C1 – Art and My Life

I have had many different and enjoyable experiences in this class. I have really learned a lot from the artist conversations and projects in this class. Firstly, creating plaster castings taught me that art can be something valuable only to myself. Many people will see this plaster cast as just a sand cast with no meaning. I will only be the only one to see this piece as valuable as it was my hand. The design thinking was a very impactful project to me as I never really thought of any other future me’s or even a back-up plan. The finger painting project taught me to not stress about creating an art piece and instead find the nature of art. The e-portfolio was another impactful project as I will take what I learned and use it for the rest of my life. This was the first time I ever heard about an e-portfolio; I feel that being able to create an eportfolio as a freshman has given me an edge over the rest of the students with just a hard copy resume. The e-portfolio is something I will definitely use and keep updated as it is something that will help me obtain a position I desire in the future. The graffiti project taught me how hard it actually is to spray paint. The vlogging was the only project I didn’t turn in. Although I do send short clips of my life to my friends, I still don’t feel comfortable uploading a video of my life for public viewing. Its something I didn’t want to haunt me in the future. The drinking and drawing painting was more of a relaxing project that showcase my drawing skills through the drawings of my surrounding environment. In this project I learned to draw without processing the image in my head and instead I drew what I saw directly onto my paper.  The environmental portraits gave me a realistic feel of the kind of environment I’m going to be working in the future. Thinking about the work environment is something everyone should consider before choosing their career path.

I have met a lot of different and great people through the artist conversations. I have also learned many things through these conversations. Many of these artists have planned ahead and decided what they are going to do ,but many of these artists haven’t and are simply rolling with the ball. These artist conversations have taught me to plan ahead, find the meaning of the art through my own eyes, and resonate the art with my life experiences.  Throughout the semester my perspective of art has changed. In the beginning, I thought of art as an aesthetically beautiful and valuable piece that took long lasting periods of time to make. Now I see art as a vessel to express someone’s thoughts toward a certain subject or topic. Finding a connection with the art was something I found very helpful in interpreting the art piece. As an aerospace engineering major, I feel that I can incorporate many forms of art into my life. As a mechanical engineer, I can think of new ways to develop new technologies such as hybrid engines or increased battery size in order to keep up with future needs. I can incorporate art in my life by being creative and seeking new ways in which I can make air travel more effective and efficient. As an aircraft/spacecraft designer, I can apply my creativity in seeking new and improved designs that will impact the future of aerodynamics. Critical thinking is the college of engineering’s motto. Whenever I hear this phrase, I think art. I feel that critical thinking really binds art and engineering together. In a way, the university wants the engineering students to incorporate art into their lives by making them think critically. Being open-minded and communicating different ideas with others is something that will help develop your own thoughts and open your creative mind. In the field of engineering, it is best to work with a team to obtain the best method in solving a problem through binding everyone’s input and creating one powerful solution. This class has taught me to find meaning in anything I do; if I don’t find meaning, than I’ll try my best to incorporate it with my life.

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