As of May 8, 2020, I wrapped up my first year of college! From being on campus to switching to online, as an art major, I can say that this has been the most unique experience of my life.
This semester I opted to take as many art classes as I could, and for me this was the ultimate creative experience, despite some of the obstacles that came up.
I didn’t know about all the classes that Marywood had to offer since I didn’t pick my schedule for the first semester. I opted to take Basic Printmaking, Painting, 3D Design, and two electives to try and to balance out my learning intake. With each of these classes I learned and relearned so many great ways to successfully create art. Working towards being an art therapist, is such an intriguing process. In all three art classes, in some way, I learned therapeutic applications with different media.
In my Printmaking class, I made around 50+ successful prints in a number of ways. Of course, we talked about linocut prints, woodblock prints, and screen printing, but, I learned ways to engage clientele in a safe engaging way through methods like mono-printing and relief printing with safe materials.
In my Painting class, I learned the importance of using new mediums that I wasn’t familiar with and how the learning curve is a therapeutic process.
Last but not least, for the first time in years I created 3 dimensional objects as a way of expressing myself. In the class, we created sculptures and freestanding pieces, from local material, that turned into unidentifiable objects. This taught me the energy a piece can have, and how something can speak levels without physically seeming like much.
These 3 classes alone, helped me think in a unique- open way that I haven’t previously. Because of this first year in general, I am not only a significantly better artist, but, I am more creative with problem-solving in my own work. I learned how to use the experience that I had before these past two semesters, to build a greater understanding for art and my own creative process.
These photos are works from my Painting, Printmaking, and 3-Dimensional Design classes: