In the species collegus-studentus, one sub-species stands out from the flock, that known as artus-studentus. We shall examine the artus studentus as we examine many species of collegeus, though the watering hole known as "lecture hall". The artus's lecture hall of choise is known as "art history".
When examining art history lecture halls, it is apparent that the artus studentus divides itself into clans, which can be distinuished by markings or behaviors. The markings of the "painting" clan are very vibrant splotches of color all over the body. Could it be a war-paint? A means of attracting mates? These markings are not to be confused with the "printmaking" clan, which are similar but usually more monochrome. The "sculpture" clan also has markings, which range from a white, crusty outer coating to glitter to glue to wood shavings. Glitter can also be seen on members of the "Art Ed" clan, but these are the clan's only markings; however, this clan seems to have a much higher reliance on caffiene and nicotine, and more frequently appears to be ill or diseased. Rarely seen, the "Metal Art" clan can be distinguished by various singes and chemical burn marks, along with the "photography" clan, whose members also emit a strong chemical smell from time to time. "Photography" members are also usually very pale, due to extensive time in something called a "dark room". The "ceramics" clan has a similar crusty outer coating to the "sculpture" clan, but it covers more of the body, and the coating is of a softer, maleable consitancy. Members are sometimes seen picking this coating off themselves, then playing with it.
Other clans are harder to distinguish from one another, but it is possible. The "Art History" clan is usually the only clan that remains awake during lecture hall, while most of the others fall asleep over open sketchbooks and laptops. Disquised among them is the "New Media" clan, usually found on laptop devices. One can tell the difference by looking at the laptop; a "New Media" member will be rendering an image or reading web comics, rather than taking notes.
The most elusive, the "Architecture" clan is rarely seen; this clan is known to hibernate in their collective den known as "studio".
(inspired by sitting in art history lecture last year, and noting that I could tell who was in what concentration by what substance they were covered in)
My hand still hurts whenever I try to use it, but I am 50x more happy now, b/c:
a) project is presented & done & I need to re-work it & document it but I'm not going to bother until my stitches are out b) finally went grocery shopping. Bought soy pudding & teddy grahamns :9 and bananas, because best of all: c) I GET TO SEE THE GUERRILLA GIRLS ON THURSDAY NIGHT!!!
Why, why, WHY are all the digital art programs only on the Mac network?!? Especially when 3/5 of the labs with Macs on campus ALWAYS have a class in them, and the other 2 only have like, 5 stations? Which are usually full of people who couldn't wait for a PC to open up.
Maybe you don't know about the "all art programs are only on Macs" thing here. I didn't until I took an art class that needed them. And maybe you didn't notice the GIANT BRIGHT ORANGE MTSS* crate I'm toting, which would probably indicate my need to work on an art program. Either way, rushing past me to get on the LAST MAC in the lab wasn't very gentleman-ly.
You were only printing slides, and you moved to a PC when you noticed I was only waiting in the Mac area (and giving Jerkperson dagger stares). Thank you! But,
Girl Next to Me,
Why are you playing Flash games and chatting on AIM in the library comp lab? And on a Mac, though you might not know of their rarity. I can understand if maybe, you don't have a personal comp and can only chat/play on publc comps, but there is indeed a sign (a bunch infact) that state that PLAYNG GAMES IN THE LAB WHEN ITS FULL IS NOT COOL! There is a LINE waiting for comps, maybe they need to print/send important school-related documents and have limited time. Please to be learning the appropriate time to play and chat.**
*=Media Tech Something Something. If you need to borrow equipment (laptops, harddrives, projectors, cameras, etc), you go to these guys. Everything you get is in a big, padded plastic case with MTSS written in marker all over it. And they're usually construction-cone orange, but I've gotten some gray ones.
**I'm aware that blogging is probably also not cool, but I wrote the bulk of this while waiting for After Effects to write my video project. It took awhile.
So, as I said earlier, I'm taking a book making class. Learning some cool tricks, but the assignments are lack-luster. "Here's a book binding technique, use it! Due next week". That's it :P And I started running out of ideas. I've already made: -a no-words comic about Ichi's adventures -a pretty display of the lyrics from Emilie Autumn's Juliet -a copy of a doremon story from my Japanese text
So, for last week's technique, basic codex binding, I thought about the actual making of the book, instead of what's in it, and thought, ( Let's make it tiny!Collapse )
I have a need today, to thank the ancient Japanese: Your language may be complicated as all hell, with 3 different ways to show a respectful/humble tone to someone (and I'm learning all 3, right now!), and you borrowed your writing from the Chinese, which means that some of your characters take a whole sentance's worth of strokes to create, but I feel the need to thank you. Why? Because you invented 1) tofu, for which many a veggie will be forever in your debt, and more importantly, 2) miso soup. I can keep miso paste in my fridge forever, and on a day such as today, when I spent most of my day in a bed-ridden state, I can drearily remember that tub of salty paste and think, hey, I can make miso soup! Which is the perfect sick meal, IMO. Its a very light and tasty soup, where you can just make broth or add any veggies you have on hand/can stomach (or tofu!), and you can easily only make a bowl for yourself, or a bunch if you happen to be cooking for a lot of sick-ees.
So, I am off to curl back into bed, with my utterly impossible Japanese homework, but I will sip miso soup while I do it, and think, thank you.
(Yep, threw up all morning. Didn't even have anything to throw up after the first round; it was mostly stomach acid and a few sips of water. But I took Dramamine (actually for montion sickness) and passed out until around 5pm. Which by the way, what the heck is with the Dramamine package with "MOTION SICKNESS" written in giant letters across the box? I can't imagine pulling that out for a re-dose on public trans, too embarassing.)
Trying to keep myself occupied while I re-import all my music to my laptop. Progress: 1.3 Gigs. Pretty sure I had like, 4-ish Gigs before.
.... I know, my music library is tiny compaired to most, but I prefer to spend my extra money on other things, like supplies! Speaking of which, I ordered just shy of 5 lbs of metal (and a bit of rubber) from The Ring Lord the other day. Getting that package is going to be like Christmas, pt 2 to me. <3 playing with new toys supplies.
Classes are okay so far. Rundown:
Japanese 110: larger class than I expected, with all the people who dropped/failed last semester. Suzuki-sensei is teaching all 3 sections and is infamous as the hardest sensei in the department, but so far she's been pretty good. She's real big on having us speak loudly in class. We also, finally, don't meet for class everyday! Which is both good (I GET TO SLEEP IN AGAIN!) and bad (no daily drills).
Art 446, Artist Book Making: I can see myself both loving and hating this class. Its mostly a "do your own thing" kind of set-up; the prof demos various book-making techniques, then we have to make one with that technique and somehow fill it (with something artistic/creative/worthy of a homemade book, not just random crap and sketches). I like all the freedom, but sometimes coming up with ideas out of the blue can be a challenge. I like to have that springboard of guidelines or themes or something.
Art 230, Beging Sculpture: Boy are we beginners. We aren't allowed access to ANYTHING, and its frustrating. If we want tools, we have to make sure the TA who has the key to the tool cabinet is around, but a different TA has the key to the tech/printing room, and the welding/metals room is Advanced students only :( (Miiiight be able to weasel around that if I explain that I took a year of Metals courses, but I'm not holding my breath)
European Art History: By a stroke of luck, we are focusing on one of my favorite time periods (Rococo/Revolutionary France) and reading lots of philosophy from the era. Score!
Colonial Urbanism in Asia: Okay, we're only focusing on the British Colonization of India, and that makes me a little bummed, but I'm out on whether or not to keep in this class. Its actually a graduate seminar :/ But all we have are some short reading responces and a big (not long, but 40% of our grade) final paper.
Still no word on when the defunct Metal Department will be getting their soldering station. Will have to email James at some point about that, along with other things (I can use hydrolic press?) before the month is out.
So.... other than that, I'm finally settled in after winter break + an amazing vacation, and ready to start the semester!.....
Ah, classes and finals are done for the year! But now I've got some other things to worry about, non-school related, that will pretty much hit me like an anvil when I get back from Tokyo:
- SNAG Juried Student Exhibition: due Feb 6th, submitting a 2-piece project, but only 1 piece is done right now :/ 2nd one should go pretty fast, once I get access to the semi-studio that James is setting up (& I can sneak into his office to use the hydrolic press!). There's a second exhibition entry due the same day, but I'll probably submit some older pieces for that one.
- SNAG 2009 Conference Apprenticeship: due ASAP, as soon as they post the app online. If I don't get the apprenticeship, I pretty much can't afford to go to the conference.
- SNAG 2009 Conference Portfolio Review: also due ASAP whenever they post the app. Not quite as worried about this one, but since I'll be at the conference anyway, and the next one won't happen until after I graduate, AND it could be in LA or something else less convenient than Philly for me, it could prove very helpful.
- Centre County 2009 Summer Arts Fest: app due VERY early Feb, but not sure on exacts. Have to make prototypes of my production work, photograph it, and write an artist's statement. I'm going to try to write the statement before my trip, and order supplies so I'll be ready to work when I get back.
Oi! All of this is pretty much in anticipation for summer activities (SNAG Conference in Philly, right after finals in May, and Arts Fest in July). I should also have a summer workshop app on my list, but unfortunately, I just don't have a spare $1500 to spend on a week of classes. poo. Maybe next year.
Lastly, classes for Spring: - Rennaisance Art History - History of Asian Architecture - Japanese 110 (which I hear is a doozy!) - Beginning Sculpture (New Media 3D class wasn't offered, and Game Art requires that first :/ ) - Artist Book Making
7:30 - up, clothes, out the door w/o breakfast 8:30 - franticly work on movie project until... 10:00 - Japanese: skit presentation. We bombed so hard we left scorch marks. 11:00 - RUN to New Media studio. Try to finish last bit of project 11:45 - girl presents project, passes out muffins. My savior! 12:30 - I present. Prof likes it, YAY! 2:20 - class ends late, run to Otto's for a veggie burger since a girl can't live on free muffins alone 2:45 - clean out Metals bench. holy crap I have a lot of stuff here! 3:45 - final meeting with James. B-, but if I remain motivated & keep working out of class, he's willing to bump it up. He is very confused about the pet squirrel photo in my Flickr gallery ^_^ 4:00 - futz around, relax 5:00 - dinner w/ Katy & Eric. Lobster bisque & candy cane ice cream. Yum.
Today: 8:00 - up, delicious egg & mushroom breakfast. Study for oral exam 10:30 - getting nervous. Note: Do not have delicious egg & mushroom breakfast before an exam 10:50 - exam 5 mins early. Not what I was expecting, but not too bad. Remembered obscure grammer. Kept talking about my dad in too polite a fashion. Damn informal speak. Got results from bombed skit: C-, way better than expected.
later today: -get car inspected, oil change, etc. Dredding the bill. -going to veg & play games for the next 12 hours, since I am partially free until the weekend.
Taking a short break from my project so I don't go crazy from listening the same 40 second voice clip over, and over, and over while I attempt to sync video to it.
This feels like its been a very shitty week. Have to finish (an hour ago that was "start") my video project for tomorrow, but this lab is only open for another half hour, so I'll probably need to move downstairs then. Sitting here in multiple layers + gloves, but when I (tried to) worked downstairs earlier, it was so hot that I had to strip to just my tank top (I thought heat rises?).
Anyway, I still have the website that goes with this project to work on (thankfully I can do that at home, assuming my laptop doesn't crap out) and I have to re-write my portion of my group's Japanese skit, which is being presented tomorrow (and I haven't even read through the other parts yet!!!)(can't do that on my laptop, since it refuses to type in hiragana).
Once tomorrow's over, only my Japanese oral exam (eep!) and final will be left. Then I can drive all over the state of PA to see my family, then a VERY quick break at home before Christmas and then Tokyo! I leave right after Christmas (7am on the 27th) and don't come back until January 9th (and classes start the following Monday). My winter break is going to disapeer at lightning speed, but I'm going to have so much fun it'll be totally worth it.
So, today I had an appointment with my advisor. Got rejected from the Sculpture BFA, talked over my options. The BA option means that I've basically taken twice as many pre-req courses as I needed to, and that most of this semester totally doesn't count at all. UNLESS, of course, I take the New Media BA, since I'm taking New Media courses now. If I go the New Media route, I only have 3 studios left, + 2 Art Histories + 3 Japanese courses = I can graduate next Fall, so long as the Japanese Dept. lets me Independent Study my last required course in the Fall (since they only offer it in Spring, and I have to take 110 first). New Media also = Game Art & Web Development courses, which could give me enough bare-bones skills to get some kind of "real job" - type thing.
We talked about a second choice in Sculpture, but honestly, after learning what this school's sculpture department is all about, I'm not too interested. I'm thinking about going back to Drawing, since that's just technical look-at-naked-models-all-day stuff, but that still only leaves me with 4 studios to take, + 1 or 2 beginner courses. Even if I took just the beginner course this spring, next year I'll be barely holding on as a Full-time student. I might be able to take the New Media major and add in an extra Drawing Course, which would make me happy.
As far as after-school goals go, it doesn't really matter. I want to make jewelry and other pretty metal arts, slap a price on 'em and see what sells. I want to tour Art Shows & Craft Fairs. Metals department is gone now, and there's no "Craft Fairs" major. I also want to learn blacksmithing, but that will have to be pushed aside until I can afford those workshop courses up in the mountains.
Its kind of cool, to be looking at my last year as an undergrad, but also kind of "well, what was all that extra work for?" grumpy-ness. I could have done this in 4 years, easily, if I had planned accordingly. If I had taken more studios and stuck with just 1 concentration the whole time. Its not even that: I just did what I was told, took every required Gen ed. right upfront, then the transfer, now this. At least, I can't blame the Japanese, which was the main reason for my transfer up here. It's going just as fast as I can manage it.
This entry doesn't feel complete. I don't know how to end it, but I have work to get to. Bah.
You know fashion inside out but you're far from being its slave. To you fashion is what you decide to wear. You've got great, if unconventional, taste and plenty of courage to put your ideas into practice, which inspires admiration; but few have guts to copycat you. I suppose it doesn't worry you because to you originality counts. You are self-confident, perhaps even arrogant, and consider a day wasted when no one gives you an interested or shocked look. Great job.
The opposite style from yours is Librarian [Tasteful Conventional Random Prissy].
I feel really akward tonight. This is the first night in at least 3 weeks where I didn't have something that NEEDED to get done. I still should be doing 1 or 2 things, but they're not necessary, and damnit, I want a night off!
The problem is, A) I'm so used to having things to do that I'm having trouble turning that part of my mind off that thinks I should be working, and B) I want to do SO MUCH because it's been SO LONG. I'm burnt out on metal, but I want to sew, play Wii, play WoW, and paint all at the same time :/ also C) I'm so brain-dead wiped that I just want to veg out and go to bed early.
So, I scheduled for fall semester a few weeks ago. 18 credits, I thought I could handle it, but I figured I could afford to drop Art History if I felt I needed to. But I wanted to try. Today, I get this messege:
The department has dropped:course ART H311 section 001 campus UP semester FA2008 from your schedule.
Looks like the department just isn't teaching that class now. No other Art History 300s fit into my schedule.
Why don't you ever want to play? I'm tired of this piece of string. You sleep as much as I do now, and you don't eat much of anything.
I don't know who you're talking to I made a search through every room, but all I found was dust that moved in shadows of the afternoon.
And listen, about those bitter songs you sing? They're not helping anything. They won't make you strong.
So, we should open up the house. Invite the tabby two doors down. You could ask your sister, if she doesn't bring her Basset Hound. Ask of things you shouldn't miss: tape-hiss and the Modern Man, The Cold War and Card Catalogues, to come and join us if they can,
for girly drinks and parlor games. We'll pass around the easy lie of absolutely no regrets, and later maybe you could try to let your losses dangle off the sharp edge of a century, and talk about the weather, or how the weather used to be.
And I'll cater with all the birds that I can kill. Let their tiny feathers fill disappointment.
Lie down; lick the sorrow from your skin. Scratch the terror and begin to believe you're strong.
All you ever want to do is drink and watch TV, and frankly that thing doesn't really interest me. I swear I'm going to bite you hard and taste your tinny blood if you don't stop the self-defeating lies you've been repeating since the day you brought me home. I know you're strong.
My fingers (and eyes) despratly need a break from my pliers (it's due tomorrow and not even half done yet!), but I can't think of anything interesting to say, except that I am now in LOVE with Meta Knight! <3
Also, when I have a break this summer from the barrage of conversational/school/official modern Japanese, I'd really like to learn ancient/tradititional/poetic Japanese. And hopefully not screw it up with the former. nihon no haiku o kaketai desu ^_^