Final Project and End of Course Summary

1. Final Project:

In and Out of Tune

2. Final Project Tutorials:

Final Project Tutorials

This class was quite a whirlwind. I was working more than 50 hours a week, playing on an adult league softball team and attempting to maintain a social life while exploring Lake Tahoe. Needless to say, I haven’t slept much in these five weeks, but I don’t regret any part of taking a summer course. Although there were times that I had to miss out on some of the fun things I had hoped to do, I spent it doing some incredibly productive things.
In this course, I really had to conquer a lot of challenges. I’ve always enjoyed writing, so that portion of the class was less intimidating than content creations. I was initially extremely worried about all the different forms of media I would have to become quickly acquainted with, especially since I would be navigating this course on my own. But I feel as if I have learned an exceptional amount of very useful skills. Not only do I have a much better idea of what tools are available to me, I am getting even better at using them. I think that even as this course comes to a close, I will continue to challenge my artistic side and create digital media when the mood strikes.
In addition to learning about media and digital outlets, I feel like my creative side has been rejuvenated. As a biology, chemistry and neuroscience student, sometimes I feel like I don’t have a chance to explore my creativity. Science is an incredibly creative discipline, but it engages my creativity in a non-artistic manner. I often feel as if I’ve lost my ability to be artistic throughout the course of my scientific studies, so this class was a wonderful relief from that feeling.
I think the most educational portion of this course was definitely during the design week. There are so many aspects of design in my life that I was completely unaware of, and yet I confront them nearly every day. In that week alone, I began to see advertisements and indoor decor much differently than I ever did before. It was at times a little frustrating to work through all the resources about design elements but ultimately I’m glad I took the time to read all of that information because I really learned a lot and was able to apply the information to my projects.
The most exciting project for me was probably my daily life in GIFs projects (A Truly Endless Summer). This project was meaningful to me because right now, my daily life is like a dream come true. I spend each day working with kids that are incredibly smart, funny and energetic. I get to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world with my best friend. To be able to create my own content that commemorates these moments is fantastic. When I completed this project, I was extremely proud of it, and it got me excited for the remainder of the course. Whenever I got stuck or frustrated on another project, I would revisit my GIF project and to remind myself that perseverance through whatever issue I was having would eventually result in some great artwork.
The only thing that I would change about taking this course, is that I would like more time to complete the work. Obviously, one of the attractive qualities of online courses is that they are compressed and that is one of the main reasons I chose to take this course online and over the summer. However, I have been working so much that it was a gauntlet each and every week to find the time and energy to create quality projects. However, because much of my creations revolved around my life here in Tahoe, I think that I actually gained a greater appreciation for the experiences I have had this summer. This course forced me to be more reflective of each day, and I was able to produce some content that will commemorate one of the best summers of my life. I think that is the most exciting aspect of this class, that I was able to make art from my daily experiences. It’s amazing what three credits really gets you.

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