Week of 12/4/18 – Chock Full of Energy!

1. HOW to BE an ARTIST – Jerry Saltz’s 33 Rule – Lets take a look!

https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/jerry-saltz-how-to-be-an-artist.html

2. F.I.L.E Festival submission Collaboration Video Submission Launch

Lets share our collaboration piece! We don’t yet know if the piece has been accepted or not, but as a class we can share our work and promote it together!

Here is a link to download the video – (you can share the video via Instagram and it will loop – this part is important) if you also add the content to twitter, facebook, LinkedIn or “other” simply use the link from our class blog here – https://art550art503liupost.com/2018/11/28/we-animated-collab-submission/

Please include (copy and paste) this info when you post the video or the link –

“WE” 2018, Animated Video.

“WE” is a collaborative Video Art / Animation created by the ART550 MFA/MA Graduate course students at LIU Post in New York.

Statement:

“We” Our ART550 class of fourteen people came together to create the project we call We. That is what is important. That is all that matters. The separations we perceive between ourselves are artificial. We are more than just our looks and the skin on our bodies. We all share the same basic human characteristics. This concept is a worldview that is incredibly common, but this piece proposes another idea entirely. The skin is not a wall separating and ostracizing individuals, but rather a bridge, connecting pieces of a whole. When we are near each other we can feel how we permeate togetherness. We act like an ocean and each so called self is a singular drop of a shade of color needed to cascade into the intense spectrum that is We. We, as work of digital art represents the preservation of our class energy throughout time and the way we view our experience as a whole. Through technology and art we are preserving ourselves in unity and our interconnectivity forever.

“WE” was submitted as a collaboration to the Electronic Language International Festival’s open call for International submissions in November 2018 – Lets keep our fingers crossed! More info here –  https://file.org.br

3. Final Paper submission discussion, suggestions and methods. 

4. Final student presentation date, discussion and methods for execution – Visual & Oratory. 

***12/7  – All graduating MFA students – Thesis proposal submission deadline.

WE – Animated Collab Submission

“WE” 2018, Animated Video.

“WE” is a collaborative Video Art / Animation created by the ART550 MFA/MA Graduate course students at LIU Post in New York.

Statement:

“We” Our ART550 class of fourteen people came together to create the project we call We. That is what is important. That is all that matters. The separations we perceive between ourselves are artificial. We are more than just our looks and the skin on our bodies. We all share the same basic human characteristics. This concept is a worldview that is incredibly common, but this piece proposes another idea entirely. The skin is not a wall separating and ostracizing individuals, but rather a bridge, connecting pieces of a whole. When we are near each other we can feel how we permeate togetherness. We act like an ocean and each so called self is a singular drop of a shade of color needed to cascade into the intense spectrum that is We. We, as work of digital art represents the preservation of our class energy throughout time and the way we view our experience as a whole. Through technology and art we are preserving ourselves in unity and our interconnectivity forever.

“WE” was submitted as a collaboration to the Electronic Language International Festival’s open call for International submissions in November 2018 – Lets keep our fingers crossed! More info here –  https://file.org.br

**Please feel free to comment, add feedback and also expand upon the statement below in the comments section. I feel that this part is crucial for the further development of where the art work can be shared and shown next. 

Anyone who wishes for access to the content e-mail me.

Guest Artist Presentation & Reactions

In class on Tuesday November 20th 2018, Martynka Wawrzyniak was our guest speaker/artist. She presented her latest project in NYC as well as her recent projects from the past. She used her website’s to share images, videos and tour us around.

The class engaged Martynka is a great Q & A session after her presentation.

The class was asked to bring in a piece of their current work to generate a dialog with Martynka in the form of a critique. The class decided to collaborate and create a single document pdf. file with examples of their work. The pdf of student work was shared digitally to Martynka via the classroom’s smart board. The critique began with an anonymous peek into each students work before divulging who’s work was actually who’s.

You can revisit Martynka’s work and projects below.

https://www.martynka.com/

http://www.ziemia.nyc/home/

Reactions below are welcome and appreciated.

  1. What did you think of Martynka’s work as a whole?
  2. What project (s) stood out the most? (This could be conceptually, aesthetically or other)
  3. What did you discover about Martynka’s process on how she commits to an idea and follows through to completion? Duration/time plays a large role in her work, what does this say about the artist and her process?
  4. Did you feel that the class critique was effective in its presentation format? What would you have changed in retrospect?

Feel free to add any additional comments or questions. Martynka will be invited to respond to your feedback and questions here below.

Dealing with Internet Art

11/13 – *Bring your laptop to class (if possible)

The Digital platforms. NEWHIVE, TO.BE , Rhizome & CODE- The evolution of manual to digital. Where do you fit in? Do you? A series of in class exercises with digital publishing platforms. Understanding how to write about electronic art.

Resources for Investigation:

1. Rhizome – Net Art Anthology Exhibition – https://anthology.rhizome.org/

2. A Brief History of Animated GIF Art – Parts 1-4 by Paddy Johnson :

Part 1 – https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-brief-history-of-animated-gif-art-part-one-69060
Part 2 – 
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-brief-history-of-animated-gif-art-part-two-78532
Part 3 – 
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-brief-history-of-animated-gif-art-part-three-88928
Part 4 – 
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-brief-history-of-animated-gif-art-part-four-104733

3. Popular Mechanics – Long Live the GIF – http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a21457/the-gif-is-dead-long-live-the-gif/

4. The New World of Net Art, 2013 for Art News – http://www.artnews.com/2013/06/12/the-new-world-of-net-art/

5. The History of the GIF – via Giphy – https://historyofthegif.com/#/timeline/0

6. Tech-Crunch – 30 Years of the GIF – https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/27/30-years-of-the-gif/

7. Net-Art.org – Website – https://www.net-art.org/

8. ArtNet – 7 Masterpieces of Social Media Art – https://news.artnet.com/art-world/best-social-media-art-1182398

9. Are Memes the Pop Culture Art of our Era? Kate Knibbs – https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/when-does-a-meme-become-art/

10. Can Memes be Art? Huff Post – https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/are-internet-memes-a-form_n_1432076.html

11. UBU WEB – Film & Video Art Archive -(Explore and Explore some more!)  http://www.ubu.com/film

 

Class Collaboration Exercise of 10/30/18

Collaboration Synopsis:

This is a studio work session / reflective exercise based class.

Students will chose to bring in the materials of their choice (not mandatory but you may choose to) to generate, complete and present their group outcomes during this class session. If you have a lap top computer, this would be a good class to bring it to (not mandatory but may prove useful).

This class project is generated, documented, presented and critiqued in immediacy all in one class session. We will record our process and results by publishing them to our class blog. (This!) Each group will submit a statement of their piece and then individually respond below to the project as whole.

(Outcomes are below)

 

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Group 1 – Tranquil Tuesday

Statement – Our focus is a search for peace and calmness in the midst of chaos…whatever it is that we call chaos today.  Seeking to find the same visual language despite having different artistic approaches.  In the end, we’ve accomplished the creation of an image through a collaborate effort.  In the image, we find peace in things of nature and the organic world

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Group 2 – Collaboration

Statement – In response to current events of the later 2018 year, our group decided to embrace positivity. After deciding on a common theme and color scheme, each member contributed their own style to the creation of our symbol of peace. While the piece consists of a variety of materials, such as watercolor, acrylic paints and chalk pastels, the piece was unified by each member to represent peace.

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Each student will leave a comment below about the project by answering the following questions:

1. What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?

2. How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?

3. What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?

4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?

Week of 10/30 — Class Collaborations from NY–>Sao Paolo

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Outside of Class Reading – Please read Jerry Saltz’s recent critique on the Art World of 2018 – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/how-does-the-art-world-live-with-itself.html

We will discuss the article in class  – feel free to respond in the comments section below.

10/30 – Class –

Part 1 – Class Photoshoot – Nicole has generously volunteered to photograph the class for our collaboration in the F.I.LE Festival Submission in Sao Paolo. Lets tighten up our statement for the submission form.

Part 2  – Class collaboration project #1  – Studio work session. Students will bring materials to start, complete and present their group projects during this class session. We will be discussing the works of several artist collaborations over a historical timeline.

What are the benefits of artistic collaboration in relationship to your Thesis? 

What are the benefits of artistic collaboration in relationship to creative immediacy?

Results will be recorded and published on this website the following week.

Marc Quinn, Tyrone’s Thesis Outline Example & More

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1. Marc Quinn – 2006 – Self Portrait

Self is a self-portrait of the artist, but one that literally uses his body as material since the cast of Quinn’s head, immersed in frozen silicone, is created from ten pints of his own blood. In this way, the materiality of the sculpture has both a symbolic and real function. The work was made at a time when Quinn was an alcoholic and a notion of dependency – of things needing to be plugged in or connected to something to survive – is apparent since the work needs electricity to retain its frozen appearance. A further iteration made every five years, this series of sculptures presents a cumulative index of passing time and an ongoing self-portrait of the artist’s aging and changing self.”

Via – http://marcquinn.com/artworks/self

 

2. Class Exercise: During last weeks’s class we discussed the Thesis Outline Process.

Its time to simulate our own. This week in our class ( 10/23) we will create and complete a Thesis outline. We will gather feedback from the class about our process and plug in aspects of writing already completed from previous assignments.

Tyrone Santana Copeland graduated in 2014 from the LIU Post MFA program. I am sharing his Thesis outline below as a reference guide and contrasting element. Please review the format before our next class.

https://art550art503liupost.com/2014/11/19/tyrones-thesis-abstract/

(click the link above sooner than later)

*DUE by Tuesday 10/30 : Thesis / Research paper outline – Submit by E-mail to Ryan (at) ryanseslow.com

 

3. **On 10/30 – Class collaboration project #1  – Studio work session. Students will bring materials to start, complete and present their group pieces during this class session. We will be discussing the works of several artist collaborations over a historical timeline. What are the benefits of artistic collaboration in relationship to your Thesis?

LIU POST Campus Writing Center Info

I cant encourage all students enough to visit the great people at the campus writing center! They are waiting for you! See below,

As Per the Universities Website:

 

LIU POST Campus Writing Center


Welcome to the Writing Center. Writing is a powerful tool not only for communicating existing ideas but also for discovering new ones. The Writing Center is staffed by trained undergraduate and graduate students who work collaboratively with LIU Post students on a one-to-one basis to help them develop the strongest texts possible. Students come to the Writing Center because all writers can improve their writing through feedback. We can help you to brainstorm, plan, edit, revise and proofread your texts. In short, we can collaborate with you on any work in progress.

We are located in Humanities Hall, Room 223

HOURS OF OPERATION: FALL AND SPRING

Monday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

During our open hours, stop by by HM 223, call (516) 299-2732, or email Post-WC@liu.edu to schedule a session. Walk-ins are welcome, and will be seen whenever possible; scheduling ahead guarantees you a spot.

Come in for a face-to-face session, or Skype with us if that’s easier for you.

For our Winter schedule, please visit: https://postwc.wordpress.com/

STAFF

Writing Assistants are graduate students and upper-level undergraduates currently enrolled at LIU Post. They have been trained to help you develop the thinking and writing strategies that work best for you. They are people who enjoy writing and who understand that writing works differently for everyone. Writing Assistants will help you consider a variety of important questions about your writing, including the audience for and purpose of your text, as well as how to revise your writing with audience and purpose in mind.

Director:
Mary Pigliacelli
516-299-2732

Discussing the Artist Statement, Thesis Drafts & TANGO – Week of 10/16

1. Artist Statements & the Artist Statement List Conversion Process –

2. Reviewing your writing progress, a look into what has been accomplished thus far, what can be improved and applied. Research, the writing center & creative approaches.

3. Thesis / Research Paper Outline simulation & discussion. Creating “the doc.”

 

“Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyński  – 1980.

Tango is set in one room with an increasing number and series of interesting characters that loop in and out of the composition over and over.

Can you stop watching? Tango won The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1983.

Questions to ponder and react to:

Tango is considered a “short animated film”, but is this a film? How would you describe it in 2018?

How would you describe both pieces technically? The year they were made plays a role for sure. Or does it?

What did you think of “Tango” and “Les Grands Ensembles” as a whole?

What is your interpretation of each piece? What is the artist communicating?

Does the art work(s) induce personal reflection in anyway? If so please share.

Do you find connections between these two works of Media Art? If so, please describe?

 

*Feel free to leave further reactions and responses in the comments section below.

Manifesto Style to Artist Statement

Last week in class we discussed and shared our Manifestos!

We discussed the writing process and technique and how it can be applied to writing an Artist Statement.

*This week MFA students will be having their mid-term critique (but all MA students are are also being asked to apply this technique to submitting an Artist Statement this week as well)

The writing approach we used for our Manifesto encourages the use of making a list of statements to communicate and express ourselves publicly. In the coming week each student will be creating and completing an outline for their research papers, and for some, their final thesis.

Between now and Tuesday 10/16, please begin writing your Artist Statement by generating a list of 15-20 (or more) individual short statements in the form of a list (just like your manifesto). Publish your statement in the comments section below.

**Put your emphasis on the most current body of your work. This should be something that you have been working on for at least the last 2 months. 

Questions and format to focus on as you generate the statement: (but you are not bound to)

1. Description – Describe the concept and idea around the body of work that you will be discussing. Be clear and objective, you need not tell your whole life story here. By creating a list, you will illustrate the many fragments of your thought process. Don’t worry about editing or making things perfect, just list. What is the work about? What are you communicating and why?

2. Process, Materials and Methods – Here you will a list and discuss the descriptions of your working processes, techniques learned and applied, and the materials used to generate the art that you have created. Why have you selected these specific materials and techniques to communicate your ideas for this body of work? How do these choices effect how the viewer will receive your work? Have you personalized a technique in a new way? How so? Were their limitations and new discoveries?

3. Resources and References – Historical and cultural referencing, artists, art movements, databases, and any other form of related influence. How has your research influenced your work, ideas, and decision-making process? What contrasts and contradictions have you discovered about your work and ideas? How has research and exposure during your last few weeks inspired this body of work? Have you made direct and specific connections to an art movement or a series of artists? Explain your discoveries and how you came to those conclusions.

By engaging this assignment from the fresh perspective of writing a manifesto you will open another pathway to generate a new outcome. 

After the list generating exercise, if you wish, you can then convert your list into sentences and paragraphs for the sake of a more traditional formation – but this is up to you.

 

PS – those Interested in submitting to the F.I.L.E exhibition should express interest this week in class – https://file.org.br/highlight/open-call-file-2019/

Week of 10/9 – Class Info

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10/9 – Simulating our Thesis / Research paper writing template, model and inspiration for formatting. In class discussion on the writing process.

1. Personal Manifesto – In class Discussion / Student examples – (This should now be posted onto our class blog.)

2. MFA Thesis Updated info – Art Dept submission date, guidelines & MFA Handbook.

3. Banksy at Sothebys – In class discussion and examination of the event, how it is shared and what this means for future artists – (please examine the articles below outside of class)

https://www.ft.com/content/5d692b72-ca4b-11e8-9fe5-24ad351828ab

https://hyperallergic.com/464419/1-3m-banksy-artwork-self-destructs-at-auction/

MFA Thesis Submission – Updated Requirements

All MFA Students:

Please be advised that the submission deadline for all MFA students graduating in May of 2019 has been recently updated via the Art Dept.

All graduating MFA students must submit their Thesis proposal by December 7th 2018. The paper will be submitted to Professor Seung Lee.

 

Updated Thesis guidelines below are taken from the MFA Student Handbook.

(You can download a PDF copy of the handbook here)

Thesis 

The Thesis Proposal is written in the “Art 550; Art Criticism for Artists” class.

The instructor will detail the requirements for this paper, which will be submitted by the end of the fall semester prior to the student’s Thesis show in the spring.

In brief, a Thesis Proposal should detail:

  • The Creative concept within the work
  • The Technical aspects of the work
  • The Exhibition, as the student plans to present it

The proposal MUST have a title, and it should be 5-10 typewritten pages.

Students will select two full-time studio faculty members to be their Thesis Committee members whose purpose is to review the student’s Thesis Proposals at the end of the fall semester.  The Committee members must sign a Thesis Committee Form to prove that they have read the essay and are working with the student on their Thesis Proposal.  This Thesis Committee Form will act as a cover page for the Thesis paper.  Again, the Paper and Form will be turned in by the end of the semester prior to the student’s last semester. The Proposal will be kept on file with the student’s permanent record.

 

*Leave a comment of question below for further clarity, or contact me via e-mail or bring your questions to class to discuss.

Week of 10/2 – Manifestos & More

Part 1 – The Artist Manifesto – Why is it important?

Assignment: Students will generate experimental manifestos outside of class this week and post them below before our next class. (Share yours in the comments section below. You may want to write it out in a word processor first and then paste your input below.)

Remember, manifestos are public statements, posting yours here will suffice as public space.

According to merriam-webster.com : “a manifesto is written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group” This is usually made public to hold one to their statements.”

Examples to look at for contrast & inspiration-

Manifestos for Art, Life & Business :

http://99u.com/articles/7005/5-manifestos-for-art-life-business

http://www.brainpickings.org/2011/04/08/five-manifestos-for-life/

DADA – 1918 – http://391.org/manifestos/1918-dada-manifesto-tristan-tzara.html#.W7J6vBNKjOQ

https://www.buzzfeed.com/monicatan/11-manifestos-that-could-change-your-art-life-ehq1?utm_term=.ne2nG8arD#.ulReGy64Q

Video Links:

(The second above video is by Andrew Castrucci who taught at LIU in the art dept. for several years between 2000-2009. )

Feel free to also share any links that you discover in your own research into this topic. the more examples and contrast we build the better. We will discuss our finding in class.

Part 2 – This week in class we will screen  Remix and Reuse Fairness – “Andy Baio is a software developer for Kickstarter writes and speaks about his experience being sued by a photographer and is forced to settle and pay thousands of dollars.

Class discussion follows

ART550 Week of 9/25/18

1. Interview Questions – Last week, we heard from top contemporary artists like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Mariko Mori, James Turrel, Kara Walker & Marina Ambromovic via a series of video interviews and artist talks. (The blog post is here, did you respond?) Let’s consider, what would you ask any of these artists if you had the opportunity to sit down with them for 1 hour? Each student should generate at least 5 questions. You can write this by hand or type it out, and we will discuss in class – maybe after, you want to blog about it or share it on social media? The process is wide open.

2. MFA/MA Thesis Writing Guide discussion – Please read the essay and respond in the form of a comment on the How to Write Your MFA thesis in Fine Art essay on my blog. Please comment directly on the blog post itself. Go here -> – https://www.ryanseslow.com/how-to-write-your-mfa-thesis-in-fine-art-and-beyond/

3. The Artist Manifesto / Personal Statement. Why is this important? We will examine the manifestos of several diverse artists over a historical timeline. Generating new a Technique, Process & Execution.

Artist Interviews :: Top Contemporary Artists? Or Are They?

Continuing forward with our discussion, what does it mean to be an artist? (in 2018) – Below, I have organized several interviews/ talks taken from various time periods with some of today’s top contemporary artists.

Several of the interviews below will be screened and discussed in class on 9/18/18.

*In the comments section below, please leave your sentiments about what you have observed.

1. Does one artist stand out to you? If so, describe why?

2. Do you see and hear more similarities or contrasts between the artists? What are they?

3. Do you have a favorite artist that you have heard speak in a recent interview or talk? Feel free to paste links into the comments section as well.

 

Video with Damien Hirst- 

http://www.damienhirst.com/video/2007/ftlog-interview

“I just thought, ‘What can you pit against death?”[1]

‘For the Love of God’, a platinum skull set with diamonds, is one of Hirst’s most important and widely recognised works. Its raw materials define it as an artwork of unprecedented scale. The 32 platinum plates making up ‘For the Love of God’ are set with 8,601 VVS to flawless set diamonds, weighing a massive 1,106 carats. The teeth inserted into the jaw are real and belong to the original skull.

The skull from which ‘For the Love of God’ was cast, was purchased from a London taxidermist and subsequently subjected to intensive bioarchaeological analysis and radiocarbon dating. This research revealed it dated from around 1720 – 1810, and was likely to be that of a 35-year-old man of European/Mediterranean ancestry. The title originates from exclamations Hirst’s mother would make on hearing plans for new works when he was starting out as an artist. As he explains: “She used to say, ‘For the love of God, what are you going to do next!’”

‘For the Love of God’ acts as a reminder that our existence on earth is transient. Hirst combined the imagery of classic memento mori with inspiration drawn from Aztec skulls and the Mexican love of decoration and attitude towards death. He explains of death: “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else.”[2]

The incorporation of the large central stone was inspired by memories of the comic ‘2000 AD’, which Hirst used to read as a child. He relates how the comic, “used to have a character in it called Tharg the Mighty who had a circle on his forehead. He was like a kind of powerful, God-like figure who controlled the universe,” Hirst explains. “It kind of just looked like it needed something. A third eye; a connection to Jesus and his dad.”[3]

Alongside their dazzling brilliance and “Eucharistic” beauty, Hirst’s fascination with diamonds results partly from the mutterings and uncertainty surrounding their inherent worth. In the face of the industry’s ability to establish their irreplaceable value, it becomes necessary to question whether they are “just a bit of glass, with accumulated metaphorical significance? Or [whether they] are genuine objects of supreme beauty connected with life.”[4] The cutthroat nature of the diamond industry, and the capitalist society which supports it, is central to the work’s concept. Hirst explains that the stones “bring out the best and the worst in people […] people kill for diamonds, they kill each other”.[5]

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1. Damien Hirst – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jQ6isqr2OY

2. Jeff Koons – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZWwqlcA50w

3. Kara Walker – Domino Sugar Factory Interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkP5rcXtys&t=2s 

4. Marina Ambramovic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4so_Z9a_u0

5. James Turrell –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bvg6kaWIeo

6. Mariko Mori – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qztEpDgYA1Y

What Does it Mean to be an Artist in 2018?

Welcome ART 550 Students!

Our first class met onTuesday September 11th, it was great to meet you all!

Please leave your feelings & sentiments below in the comments section below. After you post your comment I will manually approve it. (don’t get worried if it does not show up right away, it will!)

Assignment #1 simply asks you to reflect and state:

What Does it Mean to be an Artist in 2018?

 

 

**Don’t forget to sign up!! This blog is the main way that I will communicate with the class as a whole. Simply add your e-mail address and verify your subscription. You will be receiving an e-mail each time there is a new publication to the blog.

Welcome to ART 550 Fall 2018!

Welcome ART 550 Students!

Our first class is tonight, Tuesday September 11th, it is great to meet you all!

This blog is one of our main formats of communication and learning. You will be receiving an e-mail each time there is a new publication to the blog. Reacting and responding regularly for currently enrolled students is mandatory. Alumni and those who have already taken the course are encouraged to participate and share with us!

Between now and this coming Tuesday, I would love for you to take a peek at our class schedule again – it is located here. <— thats a hyperlink, you will see a lot of these on our blog in the future.

I would also like for you to leave a comment below describing your impressions of our first class. Also, are there things that you would like to focus on during our class, feel free to share those things as well.

Thanks so much!