Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
There are a few people in my life I consider magical and Doug Biggert is definitely one. I feel lucky to have him as a friend and the projects we have worked on in recent years have been fun beyond words. Biggert's generous, funny, spontaneous, and observant to a point which is almost dangerous. To a fellow beer enthusiast, and lover of dogs I salute you Sharif. Stay warm, eat garlic, sip red wine, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
- The student body at SCC is really, really diverse, economically, ethnically, and racially. It's been refreshing. So much so in fact that it caused me to reflect on what my academic experience has been on the university level leading up this. There was definitely diversity at UCD and CSUS but not anywhere near this degree.
- The other reason this diversity was so apparent to me was because my students drew my attention to how white the art scene I travel in is as a result of the Faces of Art show at the Kondos back in January/February. I ask them to go and write down their reflections and I was not only surprised by the results but also surprised and a little disappointed in myself for not noticing this sooner.
- Students are really, really receptive and have memories like elephants.
- In contrast this memory can be oddly selective.
- If information is important you should probably repeat it several times and once you think you've repeated yourself to the point of inanity perhaps repeating that info one more time would be wise.
- Covering 32,000 years of art history in 4 weeks is ludicrous even though a lot of art history books do it. Every week for everything we discussed I could think of dozens of things we were leaving out.
- I really need to brush up on my Middle Eastern and Asian art history.
- Students will ask you totally left field questions about things and are often concerned with technicalities as opposed to ideas which is something else I found refreshing. In some cases the how really is as interesting as the why.
- Finally, about two weeks ago the thing I would imagine most instructors dream about happened. I was sitting with my students in small groups discussing various assignments and one of them said, 'you know that quote you read on the first day of class about society needing doctors and lawyers but also needing artists to remind us of the joy of being human?' I said yes, and then this student said, 'well I was discussing this concept with my friends over the weekend and we were in agreement that, that is totally true.' I swear to god it was the most moved by anything I've been in quite awhile. I imagine it's the sort of thing most of us hope for. In the best case scenario you want your students to keep thinking about the ideas you're discussing beyond the classroom and in the mega best of scenarios they'll share these concepts with their friends and this chain of learning will just go on and on.
"It’s important for some people to be crazy. Every village needs doctors and rational thinkers and mathematicians and all that but they also need people that just sort of worship the art of being human and I think that’s what the artist is." - Christopher Owens, Girls