This semester is wrapping up and it’s hard to believe that it’s already done when it feels like the start wasn’t that long ago. I feel like this semester has presented so many valuable lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me into the summer and beyond. I learned that one of my biggest passions is ceramics. I love working with clay to create something beautiful. Best of all, there is so much support and encouragement from teachers and fellow students to do what you’re passionate about that it can help drive you forward in your goals.
Like many students, I will have to work a lot during the summer, bills are a never ending reality, but after this semester I’ve gotten a renewed confidence in the art that I create and a resolve to continue creating ceramics over the summer. A local pottery shop, Krueger Potter Supply, has studio space and classes available all summer. That, coupled with a generous opportunity to sell my art at a gift shop in St. Charles, and my summer feels complete!
I could not have stepped out and taken these opportunities if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement from my teachers and classmates here at Fontbonne. I feel grateful and beyond blessed. So I would just like to say that if you have a passion for something in your life then go for it! This life is so short and we only get one shot at it. Do what you love and always go with your gut, it’ll help steer you down the right path. Cheers!
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.
I never thought I would be where I am today. I’m glad I have ended up at Fontbonne and I am thankful for every moment along the way. They say everything happens for a reason and I firmly believe that.
I have met many people here at Fontbonne in this past year but one person stands out to me: Professor Rebecca Foushee. I first met Becky when I was a prospective student last Spring. She accepted me with open arms and devised my one year plan for me within minutes. She was so engaged and gave me a great impression of what academics would be like at this small but fantastic university. Last Fall, I was in Environmental Psychology, one of Foushee’s favorite classes to teach. Due to her unique attitude and openness, I received a plant during that first week. I still water that plant and keep it in my dorm room where it has almost doubled in size. I take pride in that plant because I feel that it has grown throughout this past year, just as I have done. Foushee’s attitude toward class, students, her busy life at home or her adventurous side is an eye opener and is something I greatly appreciate.
This is my very first semester at Fontbonne and, honestly, I had hopes of meeting new people and making some new friends. I definitely wasn’t prepared for what I found here! As an art major I have found that it is a small community unto itself here. Many of my classmates are in several of my classes and we all seem to inspire and encourage one another. One classmate in particular has not only inspired me, but has also given support without even being asked. Alicia has inspired me in class with her determination in every project she under takes. There is a flare and passion to her work that is always a joy to see. She’s also very encouraging of others, giving her honest opinion, and constructive feed back. She’s also been kind and supportive outside of the classroom. She’s helped me with studying for tests and also taking the time to sit and chat during one particularly stressful week. She’s been a huge inspiration and so supportive, I feel grateful to call her my friend.