With finals coming up, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the courses I’ve taken this past semester. I’ve learned so much in all my classes, but one course in particular comes to mind. This class has been a challenge for me and has required me to put in a lot of effort. However, this specific course has increased my knowledge greatly in the subject. So what class is it? My biology class.
I have never been a fan of science and have always struggled with it, even in high school. So naturally, I was worried about taking a science class. I had the option of choosing between a chemistry course, biology course, and physical science course. I chose biology because I thought it would be the most interesting of the three sciences and I also thought that it would be the easiest.
While I’m happy I chose to take biology, I’m not getting through it without some late night study sessions and extra test prep in order to get me the grade I’m happy with. My biology course has taught me so much, even though I probably won’t use any of the concepts in my future career as an accountant. I’ve learned about what animal cells are composed of, how cellular respiration works, the process of Mitosis, and so much more. I can elaborate on each of those topics and that has allowed me to hold conversations with some of my more “sciencey” friends.
Even though I dread science and especially my biology class, the information I’ve learned has allowed me to be a more well-rounded individual and I am grateful for that.
First year college students walk in with a lot of insecurities. This is the year we begin to answer the question that our relatives at awkward family parties have been asking us for years: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We are asked what major we want to do and what we want to do with that major. All of sudden, you are picking classes and setting up for graduation. All this happens with the expectation you will graduate and go into the real world.
I walked in knowing I want to major in English. It was the obvious approach due to my affinity for books and writing. The question previously stated changed to “Is this really what I want to do when I grow up?” I learned this year that the answer to the question at every single family party was: English. It was always there, but I had some insecurities due to how important the decision is.
This year I learned about literature and read more authors that I have ever read. I have interpreted literature and learned more about writing than I ever knew. I was introduced to reading literature in lenses and it changed the way I read. Harry Potter is, and always will be, obviously a Marxist text.
This year I learned that I never want to stop reading and writing. My hobby turned into passion, now I want my passion to turn into my career.
Let me take you under the sea. That was the inspiration for my most recent (and last) window display in my independent study visual merchandising class. Erika Kuhn and I worked together on this one on the smaller window (you may remember me posting about the bigger one earlier in the semester). We work together in FAB and ODK, so it has been nice to collaborate with her from a class perspective as well.
The process for this display was interesting, because we actually revamped it from our original idea. We had the window about half-way done, and then changed almost everything. We tried to create a display that was upside down, and it would have been an underwater scene. This idea sounded really neat and different, but was very difficult to implement. And it did not look like we were expecting. Therefore, we decided to recreate something that we knew we could be proud of and excited about.
The entire background is covered in blue tissue paper. Green tissue paper makes up the leaves of the tree, while the trunk is painted construction paper. Moving your eye from right to left, you then see the mannequin that has a dark underworld style to her. We painted her hair and makeup in various shades of blue and green. We also constructed her dress out of fabric, rope, and netting to go along with the nautical theme. Additionally, her necklace is made out of a seashell. The train of her dress is draped up and down throughout the rest of the window, until it eventually runs into the ocean and is part of the waves. Additional types of blue fabric create layers of waves on the left and middle panels of the window. There are also strands of fish, seaweed, jellyfish and coral made out of paper, trash bags, and coffee filters weaving in and out of the waves. The entire floor is covered with tan fabric, sprinkled sand, and seashells. The final step we took was painting the border of the windows. We intended it to look swirly and wave-like. It also forces people to peek into the window more since the paint covers some of it.
Like all the other displays, I had so much fun working on this. Hands-on projects are always my favorite. It is also a nice creative outlet. As much as I enjoy this, it does feel nice to be able to say that I am done with one of my classes (I also finished my portfolio for the class). I look forward to coming back to visit and seeing what future visual merchandising students come up with. It’s time to pass the torch!
Check it out in AB Hall by next fall!
When I began my first semester here at Fontbonne this spring I knew that I was going to learn a lot. With three studio art classes and one modern art history class, how could I not? The thing that surprised me the most was how much I’ve learned in my modern art history class. In general I don’t care for most modern art. I know that art is generally subjective, and everyone likes different things, but I admit I wasn’t looking forward to being visually assaulted by elongated figures, arbitrary color, and abstractions.
The surprising thing was the information behind the art that my professor supplied to us. Historically, art has been influenced by society, technology, politics, religion, etc. Modern art is no exception to these influences. I learned that social upheaval, the Industrial Revolution, and both world wars had a huge impact on the art being produced at the turn of the century. Logically, this all made sense to me, but to see the visual progression of this process was something else entirely. The artists of this time period were literally trying to change the world around them through their art; they had a message they wanted to impart to the general public and they did so fearlessly. Their spirit and passion is something to be admired. Learning each artists’ story and seeing the resulting work has been a fascinating journey and I’m very grateful to my professor for each lesson.