|Some of the sketches I brought from home|
Following directions D
Design skills C
Artistic merit D
Gets along with others B+
Shares with others A
Shows Confidence C-
Works hard A+
Communication skills A
1. Prepare ahead of time but do not bring sketches to class. I did produce a lot of sketches prior to class and looked at lots of spare compositions as instructed. But I wasted so much time trying to replicate the studies instead of starting fresh with the design lessons I created at home.
I wasted time adapting previous sketches
instead of creating new configurations.
An exercise in shrinking figure and ground.
I know this part of composition pretty well
so I was able to plow through it quickly.
It was the only exercise I completed.
3. Work hard and focus- I worked as hard as I usually do- opening the Barn in the morning and closing it at night. Short lunches, snacks and dinners.... But I did not focus on the steps in each exercise thinking that I already understood the concept. Big mistake. My focus was off, my work was clumsy, and I earned a poor grade in artistic merit.
4. Enjoy yourself- which I actually did. I spent time socializing and was not completely freaked out about my compositions until the last day. The good news is that I gave myself permission to deviate from the assigned task- the bad news is that I gave myself permission to deviate from the task.
5. Communicate and share- I think I earned good grades on this- I gave a solid presentation and I was willing to share my thoughts and techniques with anyone who asked. And I enjoyed this very much. It did eat up some time but at that point in class I had given up the idea that I would complete mush.
I loved this exercise and wish I had
had more time to finish it. I learned so much about color.
7. Do the work- I will start going through each assignment and I will finish them in order since there is so much to learn. And I will do it at my own pace. I think having tight deadlines paralyzed me this time instead of energizing me. I was so on task that I stopped thinking once a deadline loomed. Not really characteristic of the way I normally work.
8. Do not default to what you know. Boy was I guilty there. Instead of pushing myself to work through new problems and compositions I defaulted to the tried and true. I did want to test some different backgrounds so it was not a total waste- and I quickly assembled a figure and spent my time trying out three different grounds. But I should have tried to break through to something different. At this point- day 5 my confidence was shaky and I gave up.
9 Overall grade for the week: A+ I am actually growing up and being honest about what I can and can not do. I gave myself some bad grades but I made some wonderful connections with people that I did not know before- and there was absolutely no drama- which was wonderful.
I am going to take a year sabbatical from the Barn to work more intensely. I had decided that before i went to the Barn and I made this decision with a certain amount of sadness. I love the people, the place, Nancy, Margaret, John and Nathaniel. And I will miss that. But I am in a period of artistic transition and I need the time to focus- to make mistakes and accomplish my goals. So I will give myself and B for self-awareness and maturity...With room for improvement.