Personal Reflection Journal

Critical Response

May 12, 2010
The critical response method, which we used for our Pecha Kucha presentations was useful in several ways, but also restrictive in others.

My experience of critiquing work as always been from an "art crit" point of view. In an art crit, one never uses opening statements such as "i like", or "i don't like". The key to the crit is to outline what you see and how you interpret it - then, to ask question on the artists choice of form, line, color, etc.

When it came to the critical response in class, I found that it was much more difficult to focus on a clear opinion of the work. Most of the time we used in class was on the form of the critique rather than of the critique itself. This, I know, is not the fault of the form, but that the form requires orientation and practice. It was not completely organic. The form was methodical and planned.

Despite the difficulty of the understanding of 'rules' which the form presented, the stricktness of it allowed for a constant flow of conversation. In many art crits, the difficulty comes when viewers don't know how to say something, and the artist doesn't know how their work is being received. By using the Critical Response method, there was always a constant flow of conversation. I wish more than anything that our class time had been longer, so that way we could have continued with many of the fantastic conversations that began to blossom.

Overall, I liked learning the Critical Response Method, and will most likely use it in the future, as it is a well organized method of critique.
 

How might technological literacy shape your work?

May 12, 2010
I believe that technology is an increasingly important aspect to our developing society. Today, more than every, technology is being used as a means of communication, representation, and even transportation (in terms of imagery). Professionally, technology is used as a very effective marketing tool. Social networking web sites like facebook, twitter and linkedin are being used to connect professionals, allow individuals to market themselves or business and to explore new communities and possi...
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How does your proposal address the essential questions of your backward design process?

May 12, 2010
The use of the 'backward design' model was a great tool when planning my project for the Peabody School. I thought it was an interesting approach (which I had used before) in order to begin with my goals, and work backward to secure the process of the project.

When I was first put into contact with the Peabody School, I was asked to conceptualize a Legacy Project for the 8th grade class. What the school representatives meant by "legacy" was a project that the students would make and leave to t...
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Community Day of Scholarship Reflection

May 12, 2010
For Community Day of Scholarship, I attended Mary's presentation of arts education with children. The event was amazing, and very well organized.
She began by asking everyone in the group to take a ball of clay. We were then instructed to play with the clay and just describe the feeling of the material. We continued to follow Mary's directions as we explored our own voices as we learned the clay.
From Mary, I learned a new way of teaching by letting the students direct their own learning. The...
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How will your project shift based on your understanding of context?

May 12, 2010
My community project is based on my work as a resident artist at the Peabody School in Cambridge, MA. I will be engaging the entire 8th grade class in an arts project based on their legacy. The project will be on display at the school for years to come, as a monument to the years they spent growing and evolving throughout their education. The project is a quilt that will be separated into three sections: past, present and future. Each student will work on each section as they develop a patch ...
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What are the literacies embedded in the communities where my work will unfold?

May 12, 2010
This writing prompt is very difficult to answer. As of this moment, I am not sure what community I will be in when I begin my "work". As of today, I first and foremost consider myself a student. Any work that I do in my community is directly linked to my education (even if not included as a part of my school work). Because of this, I can not articulate what community in particular my "work" will effect.

With this in mind, I will look at my current community (Cambridge, MA) to answer the promp...
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Web Site

March 24, 2010
Reflecting on my website, overall, I am pleased with the results. I think that it is vitally important for any professional to have a web site for many reasons such as: marketing, learning, displaying works, and overall education and discovery. Learning how to understand and work technology is a literacy within itself, and in order to function in the world that is full of multiple literacies, it is important to know how to work and manipulate the technological tools we have. 

I feel that I ha...
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How innovator exemplars inform or inspire my work

March 3, 2010
I believe in muses. Throughout my journey of the arts, there have been major figures, or innovator exemplars who have inspired me to craft and develop my work to what it has become today. If I had to pick the most influential individuals of my work, they would be: Michael Rich, Tayo Heuser, and Michael Jackson.

Michael Rich and Tayo Heuser have been major role models for me since 2005. Both are faculty at Roger Williams University, where I received a bachelors degree in both Visual Arts, as w...
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Literacies Embedded in my Work

March 3, 2010
    "My Work". It is a term which is complicated to define, let alone to analyze. My work can be separated into two categories: first, my personal artwork; second, my work as an educator and community artist. Of course, there is often overlap between the two where questions which arise in one work are answered in the other, but they are usually separately defined.

    My personal artwork (refer to my artist statement) explores my environment on a personal level. My artwork explores my "world" ...
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My Wave...

February 24, 2010
Imagine a wave - hovering over you for your whole live, holding in it everything you've done, all the things you've wished you've done, everything that has happened to you, and everything you have pushed into the darkness of your subconscious. Imagine the wave, day after day, dripping fragments of those moments and thoughts down your neck, never letting you forget, or let go of the things that have made you you.

I have met my wave. And although, we don't know each other well enough to be able...
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