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15 Dec

The things that stand out in my mind most (MY  FIVE FAVORITES ):

1) “Italian food and Electronics”

I liked Roxanna’s workshop– the day we did the Italian cooking and the electronics. I liked it because it was the first food work shop we did which opened up the door for other great food work shops. I also just think it was cool for everyone to get to eat food together, learn a new recipe, and share Roxy’s love of cooking. I think she did a great job at letting us participate and was funny and charming as we all watched and listened to her. For me, the electronics intro was also really great becuase I would never in a million years look into that kind of stuff on my own time, so it opened up the possibilities of electronics for me and presented something I haven’t thought much about. It was pretty great just to see how excited Roxy got about electronics too!

2) “Belly Dancin’ it up!”

I  enjoyed the belly dancing lesson. I thought it was cool of Rachel to bring in all those fun belly dancing costumes for us and actually let us wear them. It was even more fun to see the dudes wear ’em and break down those gender roles, lol!!! It was nice to actually get a lesson of the dancing moves too. Best best of all tho, I think it was fun to watch Rachel “shake it”  because she knew what she was doin’! Whenever somebody gives so much of them self to the class and lets you in on something personal and dear to them, that takes guts and I gotta give you props for that Rachel!!
3) “pottery and performance …”

I liked the time we did the poetry with Simon and Amy. It was nice to hear other people’s writing styles and watch them get up and read their stuff. Poetry is a pretty cool thing to bring into the classroom and I think I need to remember that because I usually don’t… That was also the day Jean did her crazy performance–“Ooooh, you so crazy, Jean!” But, if anything I guess it was all performance after all and a reminder that anything can happen in a classroom.

4) ” Favorite artists!!”

I learned so much from the favorite artist blog posts. I thought it was silly to try to pick one favorite artist because we all love so many artists, but it was a good assignment in the end because it gave me so many ideas and I got to see people I didn’t know of. Everybody brought in cool people and many of them I was not even familiar with…Like Ali’s dude, the guy that did the Katy Perry video and made the gingerbread houses and stuff; he was awesome!  How you always come up with such cool *@%$, Ali!? Anyway, it was also really great how we later have been able to see some of those favorite artist presentations go full circle because a lot of us have used many of those artists to do our lesson plans… So, good job to all of us!

5) “Community!”

This class was seemingly very based of this idea. Through the sharing and presenting of things we are interested in to the commiserating about all we have to do and the conversations we had as a class. Everything we did formed us into a community. Our common interest of going through this program and getting through it together has brought us closer together as a group. I am not trying to be cheesy, but for real, I really do think that the community aspect of the class was nice and often heart warming at times…  🙂

The end!

Thanks for a great semister Cultural Approaches to Production!


Needel Felting,yo!

17 Nov


Needle felting is the process of combining wool through intertwining the fibers with the use of specialized barbed needles and without the use of water.This can be done in a 2D of 3D fashion and it’s fun and easy to do!

Wet felting is layering wool by processing it with water to create a sheet or piece of felt. It requires no needles or sewing Once you get a large piece of felt, you can then use a pattern to sew something like a felt hat for example. At that point, you might use needle felting to embellish by applying pieces of wool and pushing the fibers into the felt to create a design.

***Felting must be done with real wool fibers or roving(unspun wool from a sheep. Sheep don’t die from this tho so don’t be sad!)***



Antonio Gaudi and Barcelona!

17 Nov

Antonio Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi was an architect and designer, during the early 1900’s. He is considered by many as is the most internationally prestigious figure in Spanish architecture. He was born in Reus, which is a part of a region in Spain called Catalonia. He went to school in Barcelona, also part of Catalonia.  In his work he used wrought iron, stained glass, sculptural work, mosaics, ceramics and so on. He designed and created within an organic style of decoration and with the integration of many elements during the construction process.

One of  Antoni Gaudí’s most famous  projects is the Sangrada Familia Cathedral. He worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life to it. Even though Gaudi died in 1926, the work continued  till it was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1935. After 1910, Antonio Gaudi spent all of his effort on religious commission, so this project was the kind he wanted…. The Cathedral’s completion has been continuing because he left a number of models for the completion of the nave and the two other main facades. His plans included a central tower higher than St. Peter’s in Rome. After the Spanish civil war ended, architects have carried on the work since 1940. They expect to complete this church in 2041 but there is much speculation from the people of Barcelona because the project has been going on for so long and there are controversies and mysteries surrounding it…

In his own time, Gaudi was both admired and criticized for his style and innovative architecture. Gaudi was fortunate to have loyal clients to support him. From early in his career,  he got attention for his work, but he was known for shunning publicity. At the end of his life he became a recluse and spoke to almost no one. He was killed in a fluke accident because he was hit by a street car when walking home.

Gaudi has been indentified with the Catalan Modernismo moevement of the late nineteenth century. His work is of the  international art nouveau style of the time. To make his work the collaboration of structural engineers, sculptors, and metalworkers was needed to carry out his ideas.

Gaudi was both a political and religious man. He was a devout Catholic. After a certain point in his career he even decided he would no longer make secular work. This was around the time he decided to devote himself to the La Sangrada Familia Cathedral.  As a man of Catalan decent he identified with the nationalist desires of Catalonia which have long since stood against Spain. Even though today Barcelona is of course considered a part of Spain as a result of the Spanish civil war there are still intense ideas of identity and separation in the region.

For a lesson plan that may revolve around the work of Gaudi, I think it could be interesting to have students build their own organically shaped buildings. By blueprinting them through drawing and making miniature models as the project they will also get the feel of an architect’s career. Students would be able to approach scale, measurement, and creative use of space through such a lesson plan.

6 Oct


fav. artist(s)

6 Oct


takashi murakami

5 Oct

Critism of his work–does it amount to critical cultural critique or is it “just pop art”?

Bio and history

Key terms:

“Super flat”-Murakami’s term for the style of his art, not pop art as he describes it but art that is re-conceptualizing postmodernism, consumerism and Japanese popular culture

“Kawaii” -cute

“Otaku”– a Japanese terms used to describe people with obsessive interests like video games Anime and Manga–general info and pictures of show at Versailles