Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Last First Day

Well, it is now my last first day of classes. As far as undergraduate goes. I had my first class at 11:15am which was Children's Literature. I have to say, I am very excited about this course. I think it will be very beneficial in associating literature and history. Today wasn't like how first days are expected to be, the professor runs through the syllabus quickly and tries to get everyone out as soon as possible. Nope, not like that at all today. I think that's a reason why I appreciate this class so far. The professor is serious about teaching this subject and wants to give an outlook on what class is going to be like for the rest of the semester. If you don't like the topics and conversation, than you can get out ASAP. Like I said before, I think this class is going to help me in the long run and get me thinking about how to incorporate reading into art projects. 

Today we did an overview of Children's Literature and the comparison of how children were viewed in the past to today. In the past, knowledge of history was taught orally because of a lack of a printing press and literacy (which was confined to a small portion of elitists). Children before the 15th century were seen as vile, dirty, and economically draining and in the words of my professor, "Evil Mini Adults."  Whereas today, children are now being sought to educate the adults. Learning from their innocence to reform our culture based on their lack of culture. Because of the industrial revolution and the printing press there became more opportunities for "common" people to learn. This also gave a wider horizon of book possibilities. Children in the past were basically shunned from reading books because they were based upon adult knowledge and the adults did not want to spoil their purity.

That's about all we covered today. We were also told that there will be a project that will be a major portion of our grade. There are three options to this: One, doing story-time sessions for an elementary school class with a paper at the end. Two, an analytical research essay. Or three, write and illustrate a book along with a proposal. Even though the last option is going to be the most labor intensive, I think I already have an idea for a book that I would like to talk with the professor about doing. I have to meet with her before hand in order to get the project approved though. Cross your fingers that all goes well. :) I was also thinking that this might be a good addition to my senior show. 

Anyways, I have now just finished my lunch and wanted to share with you my first day in my first blog. Off to Printmaking in a little while!


  1. Whoo Hoo! I'm your first 'follower'! You know if you change your mind and want to do the story-time sessions for an elementary school class with a paper at the end... You are always welcome in my room. Also, if you see Paul DeLong in the print lab, tell him Nichole 'Tweite' says hi. I think he might remember me. If not tell him I did shoes, lots of prints of shoes:) Let me know when you senior show is. It's a big deal! Hope things are great so far in the school year. The beginning of school for me was wonderful!

  2. I would love to do story-telling for you... but the professor already has set sites for it and only allows the ECE students to do it. :P I actually have Paul for Printmaking! I will make sure I tell him that too! I will for sure let you know when it is! I am getting anxious, nervous, and excited. I am so glad your school year has started off well!

    Woo Hoo to you being my first follower! :) I do have another blog on my name for when I was in Scotland, you can check that out sometime if you'd like!