This semester in art has been a great eye opening experience. Before taking this class I thought that it was going to be like an art class I took in high school. I thought I was going to just be drawing and completing projects. This class was able to educated me on what art really is by learning it, but even more by doing it which was the best thing about taking this class. I was able to compare art to what I wanted to do in my actually life. It made me think about what I am doing with my life and If I am happy with it. I use to think that art was just about painting and drawing, but there is much more to it. Art is a way of expressing how you feel. Art could be about a bigger issue that is happening around the world and needs to be heard. Art could literally be anything that a person sees as art, which I find that to be a wonderful meaning of art.
Before starting Art 110, I’ve never been to the art exhibits on campus. I didn’t even know where it was located, but Art 110 gave me that opportunity to attend these exhibits. I got the chance to meet many different artist who stories where so inspiring. I got to see that art has many different backgrounds and somehow they could all relate to one another. These SOA conversations I was having gave me a chance to learn much about who the artist truly were and why they chose to go a certain route with there art piece. I enjoyed hearing their stories then going back to look at their artwork because it made me see things I didn’t see or think of in a certain way before. That’s the amazing thing about art, it could have many different ways of looking at it and interpreting. When looking at art pieces it all comes down to if the person could really relate to it, because I know with me I went towards more art pieces that were related to my life for example, the Fuerza: A Duo Painting Exhibition discussing the women who grew up in South Central LA was relatable to me because I was raised over there. Another exhibit I found to be interesting and relate about is the Queer exhibit because me being a gay male, which is what’s very important about me because it is who I am. That exhibit was relatable too because I’ve been in the gay scene before and know how the nightclubs and gay lifestyle is.
When looking into art with a deeper meaning and relating it to my major, I could see me finding art within my major. I am a Communication Studies major. Within my major I tend to do a lot of projects where I have to create presentations to show to my fellow classmates. These presentations I take my time with and make sure I do the best I can by adding images, different fonts, and etc. Also I find it to be art with the way I explain or present the topic I’m going to be talking about. Having the right tone could either make or break a presentation and I learned about that a lot during my Communication 305 class. Within Communication I can get jobs like Public Relations or Marketing. Both of these career choices has a lot to do with being the face of the company and creating this image. By being the face of the company I have a chance to express through advertising of what I want the public eye to see and think of the company I would be working for, which I think is great.
Overall, Art 110 was one of the best classes I have taken since attending Long Beach. The way the course was taught made me be able to explore how I see art in my own eyes not being just taught it like most professors. I was able to see other artist art pieces come to life and be able to understand where they got the idea to create certain pieces, which I enjoyed and some of them I will remember because I related to them the most. Art is surrounding us everywhere we go, it just all depends on what we as a individual think art is. Art is within my Communication Studies Major. When it comes to creating projects I use art all the time. I will use art a lot within my future because when it come to creating that’s a part of art and it is use in Public Relations and Marketing. This class was an eye opener and I now look at art in a completely different way then I did before taking this class