How’s everyone’s summer going? I hope you’re enjoying Art110. From the looks of your activity pix I’m going to guess that you are. And, hey! let’s share a few of your fun activity pix!
In the past 10 years I’ve taught about 30 sections of F2F Art110 at CSULB. This summer is the 4th summer that I’m teaching a 100% online version of the class. As you guys might identify with, students love, probably always, and especially in the summer, the freedom of a class that doesn’t require you to be at any physical place, and that doesn’t require you to “attend” at a specific day or hour.
While students tend to love the flexibility of 100% online classes, they do miss the chance to get to know their classmates. I hope the 5 optional meetups we’ve had have let some of you get to know each other a bit. And that the forums on Slack have been another way for you to connect and communicate. I really love that we can all share in the dialogs on Artist OTW and Art Talk, but don’t forget that you can also IM each other if you want to have person-2-person chats.
Next week’s activity will be Cuisine, Couture or Coiffure, a chance for you to play with your food! 😀 Or with your clothes or hair. Of course you can do this activity by yourself as always, but I’d like to encourage you to partner up with someone from the class for this. It could be a fun chance to get to know a classmate better. And you could prepare food together. Or help a classmate with an outfit or their hair. Like the optional meetups, collaborating with a classmate on your CCC project is optional. But I think if you go to the effort to meetup, you’ll be rewarded with a great experience.
Here’s a few pix of your summer class so far. You can click on most of the images to see the image larger. And you can read the story to go with the image by dropping by your classmates websites. Everyone’s on the Roster page!
Week 1 – Plaster Casting
Week 2 – Automatic Drawing
Week 3 – Graffiti Writing
Week 4 – Sketching
Week 5 – Instagram
We used the hashtag #art110su16 to create a giant “group portrait” of our class on Thursday of week 5. You can see the whole collection at the hashtag. Here’s a nice one from Ariza Padua:
Week 6 – Landscapes with a Corpse
Week 7 – Museum Visit
I’m sure you all have been pretty busy outside of Art110 this summer, but from all these pix I’d say you’be done and seen a lot in the 1st 7 weeks of the class. I know many of you have heavy loads this summer: finishing your degree, preparing for the GRE, raising kids, and more. I hope a few of you have an easier summer! And I hope all of you have a chance for a break now and then. If Art110 has been able to teach you some new ideas that might, however abstractly, be useful in your lives ahead, then I’m happy. If it’s also given you an excuse to go to the beach, visit a museum, and try other things, awesome!
Thanks to all for being a part of our summer adventure and for all the great work. I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the last 4 weeks of the class.