Nelson Atkins- Contemporary Exhibit

The Nelson has done an incredible job with their addition of contemporary exhibits onto the museum. I really found myself enjoying the contemporary art more than I thought I would. I enjoy reading the titles of the paintings and trying to link them to the work itself. Also, trying to come up with the process that the artist might have gone through is something I found myself doing. After learning so many different ways to enhance creativity I wonder what different techniques these artists used to create their piece. New art that isn’t just your usual painting and a work that uses different types of materials is really interesting to me because where do artists come up with these ideas?! I wish that I could create something like this. I need to keep exercising my creative brain so one day I can make a masterpiece of my own.

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Spring Jewell Theatre Showcase

After Professor Martin invited us to the 24 hr theatre project I was very intrigued with the idea. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that there were other performances going on that night as well. “Girl, Capital G” by Aidan Swanson and “Vaginas On Display” by Raquel Louisa Consuelo Shaw were my two favorite performances from the show. I like how expressive these two girls were and how real they came across. I have learned in acting that you don’t have to hold anything back and I really admire that. There was other performances that were good, but I thought the creativity involved in Aidan’s and Raquel’s was unparalleled. It is amazing to me how they can stand up there and remember all their lines and not be incredibly nervous because I would freeze.

The 24 hour projects were awesome. Again it showed how in acting anything goes!! How these actors came up with such creative performances in only 24 hours is beyond me. HAIL HYDRA! I could not stop laughing at how funny they were. It goes to show how when put into a collaborative group you really can come up with the unimaginable!

 

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First Friday

Meeting artist Ian Lambert was a highlight of my first friday’s (May edition) experience (can’t forget the dancing for panties though). Sarah, Erin, Kelsey, and myself got a chance to catch up with Ian and ask him a few questions about his artistic process. It was interesting to hear what he had to say…

His goal of this collection was to appeal to his audience by creating visual works of peoples favorite story book characters. He tried to stay as authentic to the text as possible, but at the same time add his own creative value to the work to be different than anyone’s before him.

“While each illustration includes a slight variation in design, the truth of the character remains consistent”

-Ian Lambert

 

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Senior Art Show

 

 

 

 

This was the first time I have attended an Art Show put on by my fellow Jewell Students and I was throughly impressed. Julie, Rachel, and Haley are all very incredibly talented artists and I really appreciated their creative vision. I really enjoyed Haley’s sculptures using classic board game pieces and Julie’s photography was beautiful. I like how she used the beach as her environment because they weren’t you’re average beach photos, they were unique to her style and imagination. Overall I was very impressed by the talent of my fellow seniors! Way to go girls!

 

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Nelson Atkins Museum

The traditional Nelson gets better every time I visit because I learn to appreciate something new every time. I remember dreading this field trip to the Nelson every year in grade school, but now I get excited when I get to visit the museum. This time when I went I found myself drawn to the architecture more than anything. Each section of the museum has unique and distinctive features. I love it. Just walking up to the building you are in awe of the beauty around you. The building itself is beautiful and when you get inside the marble and arches tie everything together.

A few of my favorite pieces are pictured below…I found myself drawn to the beauty and creativity of these objects because of how different they are and how amazing it is that they were created in the time periods so long ago!!

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It was great listening to these kid’s take on Monet’s waterlilies…”you can’t even tell what those are” was my favorite, but the kid has a point. That is what impressionism is all about though. You can always take something different out of a painting than someone else will.

PitchKamp

I am so happy that I took this opportunity. I think that I learned more about myself in those 4 hours on a Friday night than I have in a long time. The most important thing that this has taught me is to be myself. I used PitchKamp as a way to help me learn about how to better pitch myself as the best candidate for a job. They helped me break out of my comfort zone and be able to get in front of a group to talk about myself. I’ve never been one to brag about myself or feel proud of myself, but the guys who came in from Think Big helped me to see that I am a good candidate for the job, and I have to present myself that way so that the employer will think the same thing.

Some of the exercises we did were at fist scary and uncomfortable. I was very nervous to participate. The Think Big partners helped me understand that it was a scary thing to speak in front of a group of people about you, but that with practice it becomes easier. This was a huge thing for me.

Restoration Arts

Listening to Makoto Fujimura was very inspirational. His video “Golden Sea” really painted a picture of his inspiration and creative process. I love how he took us through the shop where he was first drawn to painting and colors. I thought it really proved how different views can lead to a truly beautiful creative happening. In the video his mentor mentions how his outside experience allows him to see things from a different view. Also, that his religion made such a deep impact in his work. I love how in his work there is a depth and beauty that is easily seen. They draw you in and you can’t look away. I liked this video and listening to him speak on his creative process because it was a way into seeing his process.

Moscow Ballet

The Moscow Ballet put on a performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts that was incredible. This was my first time at the KCPA and I was blown away by the beautiful architecture and design. To top it off the performance was amazing. It was also the first ballet I had ever attended so I didn’t quite know what to expect. The dancers displayed the story of Sleeping Beauty solely through dance. They never once spoke, but you could tell what was going on the whole time. Their outfits were beautiful and their skills were unparalleled. For my first ballet experience I was extremely pleased. I was worried that it might be boring, but I was interested and drawn into the story the whole time. I still can’t believe how good these dancers were. The set also stood out to me because of how detailed it was, but also how it was understated enough to let the performers do the story telling. It would be interesting to watch the creative process of designing the entire show. I can’t imagine the amount of time was put into making the performance a success, from the choreography to the lighting and music. I really enjoyed my experience learning more about ballet and Kauffman.

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