In a word? Sublime. There were 5 students (4 women and 1 man) and our instructor was John Parot--he was wonderful. He was able to identify exactly what my strengths and weaknesses were and he did it in a way that allowed me to improve on my own. I had forgotten how rigorous studio classes were--we created 6 works in 2 weeks. Which means that while I was in class little things like laundry and dishes fell onto to somebody else's to do list.
At any rate, here's a visual run down of week one:
This was an in-class assignment/warm up exercise. We were given a set period of time and told to do a work that was red. It was really interesting to see how the 5 students worked within the parameters of the assignment.
This was another exercise, we did part in class and part at home. The assignment was to play with scale. The critique that came out of this work was really fantastically useful (and kind of obvious in hindsight); I was told to think about the background and to try to give a sense of narrative to the viewer. As in "what's going on with that stuff?" I think I got a little better on the next two...
This was homework. The text reads: come to my window, my baby, with me, and look at the stars that shine on the sea. I was trying to evoke a mood and I think it came off pretty well. To do it again, I think I'd tone down the tree and emphasize the crow a little more.
This was part 2 of our assignment: do something that's the opposite of the first piece. The text here reads: Bird, o Bird! Come under my bonnet, and you shall have bread with honey upon it, You shall have sugar with coffee and tea, and play every day with baby and me.
Here I started with the text, and sat and thought for a while. And my head went to The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. In that particular work, it's the owl that woos the cat, and I wondered how it would go if a cat tried to seduce an owl. At any rate, this work is probably my favorite because it's a little weird and unexpected.