week 8 overview (10/24 – 10/28)

Next week (week 8 on our semester calendar) requires that you pay attention to some changes. All of this has been roughly outlined since the first day of class on the schedule. But, here is a more detailed day-by-day summary of what’s going on:

Monday: Essay 2 (Neufeld interpretation) is due. Bring 2 (two) printed copies on paper to class. They can be printed on both sides to save paper if that’s an issue. Also, bring the first statement of purpose (assignment 2-4) you wrote for the Kalman essay. In class Monday, we will not do a peer review. Instead, we will discuss the reflective essay component of your final portfolio and we will practice reflective writing (assignment 3-7).

Tuesday: Museum trip. Meet in the main lobby area of Riverview at 12:15. Bring a pencil and a notebook. Plan to be gone for an hour and a half. Attending, I have Leif, Tristen, Amandla, Ke’Air, Christian, Molly, and Jackie Samuelsson.
In the gallery, we will take a tour and then you will select one artwork to focus on. While looking at the artwork, take note of the title of the piece, the artist, the year of creation, the medium, and the dimensions of the piece. Do your notice-and-focus procedure, and then look for patterns, contrasts, and anomalies. Take these notes in your notebook. By Wednesday, write a short (2-page) summary and analysis of the artwork. Post this essay to the correct Ning forum.
If you do not post an analysis, that will count as one class absence whether or not you go on the class trip. So, it’s important to take the assignment seriously even if you are not attending the trip.

Wednesday: No class meeting. Post your artwork analysis to the Ning. I will be in Curtin Hall, office 284, most of the day for optional one-on-one (20-minute) student conferences. If you choose to sign up for a conference, I will have comments on your Neufeld interpretation ready for discussion. We can also talk about other issues that you want to raise. Sign up for a conference here.

Thursday: Online conferences most of the day. To use this option, you need to install the AOL Instant Messenger program and send a message to eng101rachael at your specific appointment time. Sign up for a conference here.

Friday: No class meeting. Today, your peer review essay (assignment 2-8) is due. Email the assignment as a .DOC or .RTF file to your partner and copy me (Cc:) on the email. Do not send a .DOCX file or .PAGES file because your classmate might not be able to open your feedback. Instead of attaching a file, I would suggest pasting your review into the email itself.

Monday: Class picks up again as normal. We’ll be starting a new unit with Tom Junod’s moving Esquire magazine essay, “The Falling Man.”

What should you do if you are not attending the museum trip Oct. 25? Here are some options around campus:

** Sum Total 2011
October 14-November 5, 2011
Location: Inova/Arts Center Gallery
Arts Center Building, 2nd Floor
2400 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm.
Cost: Free

** Crossing Over
October 21-November 11
Opening Reception: October 21, 5-8PM.
UWM Union Art Gallery (UAG) – cost = free
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thu 12-7pm

** The Expressionist Portrait, Pathos and Persona in German Art
Art History Gallery (Mitchell 154)
Runs until Oct. 27 (that’s Thursday, so go soon)
This exhibit showcases important paintings, prints and drawings by some of the premier German and Austrian artists of the 20th century and provides an in-depth examination of important social and psychological themes in expressionist portraiture. Featured artists include Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, K├Ąthe Kollwitz, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Ludwig Meidner, and others. Nathan Gramse, a graduate student in art history and museum studies, will curate the exhibition. Free and open to the public. Mitchell Hall is located at 3203 N. Downer. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 to 4.

** In Mitchell hall, on the second floor, there is a long hallway where student artists hang artworks on the wall. Some of these are in-progress, but you might find something of interest there.