As our semester comes to a close, I want to reflect about certain things about our Artt2372 class and how it has affected me as a future art educator. Going into this course, I wasn’t exactly sure of what I was getting myself into. After all, I wasn’t very confident about my technological skills and what not but I knew that I wasn’t going to get any better if I didn’t tackle this head on. I enjoyed learning and working with a bunch of new materials such as the 3D printer, the copper tape, and LEDs that I wouldn’t have given a second thought before I took this course but now I have a whole new outlook on these materials and I hope that I can put them into my future curriculum(alongside traditional media of course).
I also sincerely enjoyed learning about just trusting the process and to unlearn my previous conceptions of only being worried about the end result which I know know that really isn’t all that important. Such as when Chele and I were working on our toy hack MI and we tried and tried so hard to make our contraption work but in the end, it’s alright that it doesn’t work as long as we got something out of it. And of course, this is something that I would love to teach my students since I think that we all get caught up in trying to make a pretty picture that we just end up forgetting about our journey there and how we managed to accomplish it.
So all in all, it’s been a struggle in this class but it’s a struggle that I needed to go through to understand things outside of my comfort zone so I’m glad that I took this class. (Also I’m planning to a get a 3D printer for my future classroom :))