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Oh man, I can’t believe that midterms are already right around the corner!
Because I go to an art school, midterms aren’t necessarily set dates for tests/papers. The only actual test I have is in my History of Graphic Design class, and it’s open note. I’m actually pretty unsure of my other classes, but I’m pretty sure for my Drawing 1 class we have a portfolio review. For Intro to Graphic Design, I’m pretty sure that the project we’re working on now is technically our midterm, though it’s really just an extended project. Luckily, my Breakthroughs in 20th Century class has no test and no midterm paper, although I think we have a final paper that’s a compilation of selected scholarly notes. And I don’t know about Media II.
On a tangent: my 20th century class is so difficult. The high school I came from was pretty challenging and intellectually stimulating, and so me saying that this class is pushing me is really saying it’s pushing me. I loved taking challenging literature and philosophy classes when I was in high school, but this is extreme. I’ve never felt quite so in-over-my-head, and surrounded by so many upperclassmen. I feel a little out of my league, to be honest, and it’s difficult to stay on top of things. It’s really fun though and I feel like I’m learning a lot and enriching myself intellectually. And I can sound impressive. Hopefully I remember at least some of it.
My drawing class is sort of my roller coaster class of this semester. It’s the class I only expect to pass and not excel at. I’ve enjoyed some of the projects and I feel like I’ve learned, but I don’t want to waste my stress and energy into a subject I know I won’t ever be completely happy with. My own drawing style isn’t in the style of a rendering drawing class, so I don’t want to change my style so much that it’s no longer me. If that makes sense. Maybe I’m just being lazy and making excuses.
My intro to graphic design class is SO HARD. The work load is astounding, and I never feel like I have enough time. Everything is so technical but indescribably so, which makes it hard to adjust and improve. I think part of it is that I know that this is what I want to do with my life, and so it’s really hard for me to accept anything less than teacher-approved. It’s been a struggle and it’s made me doubt sometimes, but I think it’s getting a little better. I’m getting a sense for the level of work and attention I should put into it. And even though it makes me busy as hell, it feels like a productive busy where I learn a lot about what I’m going to need to know. It doesn’t feel like work where I won’t ever need it again: it feels like I’m building things I could put into my portfolio or I could learn from.
My Media II class has gotten a lot harder really fast, but it’s a fun place to be. It gives me the freedom to just sort of experiment and not worry as much about perfection because the teacher is more interested in our effort and our ambition. I’ve created things or helped to create things I never thought I’d make or do.
And I don’t have much to say about my history class – the teacher is nice, she has a sense of humor, but the class is brutal in the sense that it’s all lecture. It’s strange, but I’m used to discussion-based art history classes so I have trouble finding a point in showing up. But I do anyway. Our test is open-notes: we’re given 90 images to choose 15 from, 3 essay questions, and 30 short answers to take notes on (15 will be on the test). All of this can be put onto our computer and brought into the test…which is great, but feels strange. Like it’ll be graded 10x harder than a normal test. But I’m good at writing analytical commentaries, so hopefully it’ll go really well.
Anyway, that’s a little summary of my classes. I hope you enjoyed, and maybe it gave you a little insight on art school and what it REALLY is. Ooo, new hub, maybe?
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