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Carlyn

Wacky Warhol Display

by Carlyn on February 23, 2015

in Academics

This semester, I am enrolled in an independent study visual merchandising class. This is the first time I have taken an independent study, so it is a very different structure to get used to. Everything is done on my own time, yet I still have to communicate with my classmates because we are completing displays as a team. There are four of us in the class.

There are two windows displays that we work with. For our first challenge, we took a trip to the St. Louis Art Museum as inspiration. In particular, we visited the Nick Cave exhibit. He is an artist that creates pieces out of found objects. Accordingly, we were to do the same and use a very limited budget. We also used the artists Andy Warhol and Alexander McQueen as an inspiration. I worked on the display that combined the Nick Cave and Andy Warhol aesthetic. This was extremely fun to create. I loved having creative freedom to do as many wacky things as I wanted with whatever I could find. Also, I’m a huge fan of bright colors. So, it made me happy using such a diverse color scheme as well.

It can be difficult to see all the elements of this display in the below picture. The materials used are the following. A variety of fabrics in multiple colors are draped and pinned to the entire back of the wall. The side panels consist of poster board covered in buttons, beads, sequins, glitter, and flowers. Suspended from the ceiling are colorful furry pillows, plastic bowling pins, and giant flower petals made out of poster board. One mannequin wears a cape made out of a rug and hat made out of a pillow and yarn. The other mannequin’s dress was made out of flowers stuck into a cage-like structure. Each mannequin then stands on a furry rug. The floor is covered in foil. Then, on top of that, there are layers of beads, buttons, sequins, flowers, and pillow stuffing.

Stop by Anheuser Busch Hall to see these up close and in person, and determine your interpretation of the artwork. They will only be there for a limited time until we put a new display up!

"Art is what you can get away with." -Andy Warhol “Art is what you can get away with.” -Andy Warhol

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I’m enrolled in African American Literature this semester (my final semester) and I’m so in love with the reading material (Passing by Nella Larsen, works by Charles Chesnutt, Autobiography of Malcolm X.) I’ve decided to do my senior thesis on African American Women Writers of the 19th century. I was told that this will be the very first in Fontbonne history and I want it to be perfect. On another note I’m thinking about maybe looking into teaching African American Literature. As I said, I’m so in love and the other literature classes I’ve taken never scratched the surface.

I’m taking this as an Independent Study because originally the class was canceled, and has been canceled every other time that I’ve signed up. This class has opened my mind and allowed me to be exposed to writers that I’ve never read before now.  The reading material is what makes this class so amazing. Knowledge is truly power.

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Alumni Posts

Thinking about the Brain

by Alumni Posts on January 27, 2013

in Academics

It’s really exciting to be an upperclassman. Yes, it means that the classes are harder and that the homework takes longer, but, at the same time, it allows you to delve deeper into the topics that you love. Another perk- you have the opportunity to take independent study courses.

This semester, I’m enthralled to be taking an independent study course in neuroscience with one of my favorite professors, Dr. Smith. In this course, I will learn about all aspects of the human brain, ranging from its embryonic development to its evolutionary relatedness to brains of other species to its anatomical structures. In addition, I’ll have the opportunity to work with a human brain in lab and learn about clinical neurology through readings from one of my textbooks and articles from various scientific magazines and journals like ‘Science’ and ‘Scientific American.’

This class won’t necessarily be easy; however, I think it will definitely help me out since I’d like to eventually do research relating the human immune and nervous systems. So if you decide to major in biology, I definitely recommend that you try taking an independent study course in some subject area that especially interests you.

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