BPII

I am a fine art student and we happen to have our very own library in the Bartlett Center called the Visual Resources Library. The Library curator and webmaster is Sally Schuh. She doesn’t really post any helpful tips and the library website is pretty straight forward with one simple link to resources- where we can look at the books and videos stores in the library – and on other link to the art department. It’s okay though it isn’t anything impressive. (I will note that Ms. Schuh just started here and may do something wonderful with the site later on. She herself is very kind and sweet and glad to work with you if you come to see her.) Most of the texts there are things we use for quick research in classes like art history and studio methods. The librarian has no useful references posted like some other majors may enjoy from their libraries. We are left to take care of ourselves, apparently. Which is just as well. Most artist actually are capable of finding the material they need on their own with a little help from google. Preferred references vary from student to student. Some hoard scientific anatomy books, some actual how to draw books, other references to historical clothing.

Now, departing from the online section, I have walked into my library and tend to once a week or so for class. The journals and magazines we have to select from are things such as Art Forum, which is post-modern (as our current art era is still called, though we don’t represent unfortunately), and Art Focus. These don’t show up on the VRL online catalog though they are definitely in the library itself. A favorite amongst the students that isn’t represented in our library (though we dearly wish they would start collecting) is Hi-Fructose. The journal/magazine is so popular that the art professors actually have to beg us to pick other journals to write essays/reports on.

 

BP1

I am an art education major with a focus in 2d arts. Before here I was a game design major at the art institute of Austin.  I would really love to produce my own comic series someday. I’d like to focus on poorly represented people {poc, various genders & sexuality} as main characters in fantasy settings without being .condemned to stereotypes and unneeded sexualisation as is standard in the comic world. Before I complete that goal I hope to help provide highschoolers with an art history jam packed with the non-standard selection of minorities {Such as this}. I feel that representation is needed in school even if it is something as subtle as a painting to help bring forth equality. I also feel like there are not enough art teachers going outside of their comfort levels.  As for important questions professionals in my field like to discuss… I guess what is art and what qualifies as it. Especially in the classroom- obviously we can’t have works like some of dada because it can be seen as crude or offensive. I can’t say what really drew me to my academic interests? I mean, I’ve always done art so it was a given but teaching? I guess it was seeing how so many teachers put so little effort into my education. The only way to turn education around is to take it into our own hands.

 

 

About me

I am Denyae {Y is silent, mind you!} Orey, I’m 20, egalitarian, and I am a junior majoring in Art Education. I have celiac disease and therefore can not eat gluten. Potatoes are my best friend. My art specialization is with pencil and ink though I’m very interested in watercolor and digital work and practice both extensively. The visual mediums I’m most interested in right now is semi-realistic and abnormally stylized comic work. A lot of my inspiration comes from Native American and Turkic cultures. Photographers such as Jimmy Nelson and Edward S. Curtis are great recorders of both, one being from present time and the other during the early 1900s. Several of my favorite artist are Joao Ruas {as features in the blog image}, Elena Kukanova, and Stephanie Escalona Morales.