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?

12 thoughts on “Class Collaboration Exercise of 10/30/18

  1. 1. What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience? What I clung to the most from this experience was how both groups choose peaceful and tranquil emotions to portray. I love the idea that 95% of classes who have participated in this exercise also decided upon similar emotions. That speaks to me that all beings have an inner urge to see and create balance and harmony.
    But the cynic in me also thinks this is the factory settings of the human brain that everyone can relate too for a short term group assignment. You can’t possibly dive deep into intellectual concepts in that short time frame.

    2. How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    The time frame created a sense of urgency in the decision making process. Normally in my work I am very focused on the outcome. But the meat of this assignment was the process; making quick and precise decisions in collaborative setting. A half hour to create a piece of art that meets my standards in which I am proud to put my name on for display is a tall order! On a broader scale life is about the journey, not the destination…

    3. What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?
    In writing practice just do it no matter how uncomfortable it might be is better than having nothing!

    4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    I would have liked to witness or have a part in the layering of the final image (I am unfamiliar with the process). I don’t think all of our separate pieces were sophisticated enough to stand on their own, so hats off to Danielle for finding a solution to the problem.

  2. What I learned most from this collaborate effort was the power that current events have on people as a whole, especially artists. I think that artists have a heightened sense of sensitivity. That sensitivity was displayed with both projects. As humans, in general, we strive to find peace within ourselves and the world around us. To me, that’s what the final result of this project brought out in both groups…a struggle to find peace during a time of political unrest, social injustice, corruption, and chaos where not even our leaders can be trusted or relied upon for peace.

    The immediacy of the project’s time-frame caused for a sense of urgency, I thought at least for me. But I’m ok with that. I don’t mind working under pressure. It’s actually fun. It also made me more receptive to the other artists’ ideas. I’m pretty picky, as I think most artists are, when it comes to having a vision, and creating art. Because we had little time to complete this project, I felt I should be flexible.

    As a result of this project, I will write in my writing practice about how I use comedy as a way of coping with today’s chaos, and not just with my troubled and dysfunctional past.

    I don’t think I would have done anything different, except maybe to convince the other artists in my group to somehow find something comedic that we can add to the final piece.

  3. 1. What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?
    I learned most how to decide when to take innitiative and when to let others take charge, also how to let go of control. When we create our own work of art, we are the ones in control. When you’re working with a group of people, you have to listen and let other people be in control with you.

    2. How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    The time frame was nice when it came to deciding on a theme or a topic because you knew you didn’t have much time to change your mind. I also liked the time frame for the art making because it’s cool to see what your first idea is, and it’s sort of impulsive mark making, you don’t really have much room for expanding or pushing ideas.

    3. What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?
    Im not sure..

    4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    I don’t think I would have done anything differently. I think it was a good challenge and I think my group and I handled it very organically and we came up with a cool result.

  4. 1. What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?
    When we were working on this project I thought it was fun. I enjoy working with other people and creating artwork. I am a teacher and I think that a lot of the time I feel the need to be in charge, but I learned to let others make the decisions. I think that this could help me delegate more effectively.
    2. How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    Due to the fact that we had to work within such a short window of time I was forced to let go of my more controlling nature and just trust that my group mates could do their parts without supervision, and I only had to focus on what I was responsible for.
    3. What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?
    The ability to focus on only a single facet of my writing will hopefully be a positive application of the lesson I learned from this experience. Often times when I write I get distracted by every little misspelled word or grammatical error, stopping what I am doing to fix those errors then takes me out of the flow of writing and negatively affects the end result. If I can force myself to only focus on the one part of writing at a time and go back to fix errors later I believe that will make me a stronger writer as it will allow me to better translate the words from my head onto the page.
    4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    I would have liked to use a different medium; rather than using chalk pastels I would have utilized colored pencils. They are easier to use and would have allowed me to add more detail to my part of the assignment.

  5. The collaboration we had last week invited us to describe a platform where we could share our different interpretation toward the matter of art and try to receive other’s thought as a new possibility which could finalize the image. Knowing that the outcome wouldn’t be a personal decision, we all were accepting ourselves as a part of a bigger group that its components equally should consider their participation as an important fact in getting the acceptable result. Besides, the feeling of expanding our comfort zone to a new unknown area where everyone could play an effective role, was more pleasing than being confronted by permanent problems of making art alone. I also realized that we usually establish a new identity when we are asked to take a responsibility as a member of a group which leads us to reknow ourselves. Although we were able to finalize our image, the outcome could have been much better if we had more time to work on.

  6. The collaboration we had last week invited us to describe a platform where we could share our different interpretation toward the matter of art and try to receive other’s thought as a new possibility which could finalize the image. Knowing that the outcome wouldn’t be a personal decision, we all were accepting ourselves as a part of a bigger group that its components equally should consider their participation as an important fact in getting the acceptable result. Besides, the feeling of expanding our comfort zone to a new unknown area where everyone could play an effective role, was more pleasing than being confronted by permanent problems of making art alone. I also realized that we usually establish a new identity when we are asked to take a responsibility as a member of a group which leads us to reknow ourselves. Although we were able to finalize our image, the outcome could have been much better if we had more time to work on.

  7. 1. I learned that given a limited amount of time with a group everyone was quick to decide on a subject and was pretty easy going as to what got done during that time. I think we all went towards “peace” as our theme because it was something we could all relate to instantly and something we could start working on right away. When given that short amount of time everyone sort of did their own thing and spoke amongst ourselves while we were still working to determine what comes next. It was certainly a different way to work, especially with no prior planning beforehand.

    2. I think given the short time everyone was really anxious at first not knowing what we were going to do. But once we decided on a theme for the project and started working everything sort of just happened as we were working. However it came out in the end is the result of us all working together so it didn’t matter all to much how it looked and everyone had their own input and style added to the piece.

    3. I’m not too sure. I think i have a better understanding of how difficult/easygoing it can be to work with people in a short amount of time. But it’s the complete opposite of how i work so ik not sure if i can apply it to anything.

    4. I don’t think we would have done all too much differently. Maybe if we had more time we would have come up with a stronger concept and planned out what everyone would contribute. But if we were to do it again without too much time to consult i think the outcome would be similar. If we were put in the same groups however i think we would have a better feel of what can be contributed given that time and may even produce a more finished looking picture?

  8. 1.What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?
    I think the most that I had learned from this experience was the way the group collaboration worked. Since it was a project that needed to be done in such a small time span, it showed how each person has a different reaction, view, and say in what we decided to do for our end project. Both groups decided on peace as the theme for their work which was interesting to see.

    2. How did the immediacy of the projects time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    I feel that I normally work in such a small time frame that it was somewhat easier to throw out ideas to the group. When working with the group, one a decision was made, I got the feeling of just start creating. For me, thats turning off my brain and just creating marks and whatever marks were created at the moment were there forever. I feel this was with everyone in the group. When someone would work on one side, someone else would notice that they need to add something to that area and would add it themselves. I feel that we had a really nice flow collaborating and the outcome of our project showed that.

    3.What will you apply into your writing practice as result of this experience?
    I will apply this to my writing when writing each paragraph. I will time myself to try and get everything down for that section of the paper and then go back to it and fix it later and add if necessary.

    4.In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    What I would have done differently would be to suggest some time just to brain storm with the group. Whether it be ten or five minutes, I think it would have been beneficial. Also if we were to do the project again with the same people, we now know how everyone works or thinks and we can probably create something even better. I also would have wished I brought a different medium to work with for the project.

  9. The collaborative assignment was an interesting way to get us to work as a group quickly, find a common theme that we can all represent and complete a piece of artwork within the time frame. It was ironic that our theme of showing Peace and Unity was a very stressful thirty minutes or so. It’s also interesting that both groups created works with the surrounding theme of peace, its a comforting thought that even though we are all different and each has a unique background we all crave and work towards peace.

    This assignment can help me towards writing my thesis by showing me its okay to set a timer and just write freely, just put down any information that comes to my mind and then later on go back and review my writing. All in all it was a fun way to get to work with classmates and just create freely with no set guidelines of what we needed to draw or paint.

  10. I appreciated planning and working with my colleagues. It was a pleasure working with easy going people who did not get stressed about the time constraints. I would gladly work with them again.

  11. 1. I learned the importance of leadership. I didn’t have so many opportunities to collaborate on an art project with others. Everyone in the group are all considered as creative artists and creative artists always insist their opinions. For me, the feeling was like I was getting a small mission with a specific topic and saving my brainstorm struggling time. Finally, all the small pieces became a complete beautiful large piece.

    2. I usually take a long time for brainstorming. This group project’s time-frame let me stick with first thought(First thought usually is perfect). Quickly catch the first inspiration in the mind and start to work immediately.

    3. For the writing, I will write down everything that comes to mind, no matter it is the fragment, sentence or the entire paragraph.

    4. I will choose the color pencil instead. Because when I use markers, it will take a few minutes to wait for the layer dry before I apply the new layer.

  12. 1. What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?
    Teamwork in a quick period made me feel very interesting. We are classmates who are familiar with each other, but we have never completed a work together. So,I learned a lot during this cooperation and saw the positive attitude and first reaction of each member to the cooperation project.
    2. How did the immediacy of the projects time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    I had a very pleasant time to have a short group creation. At the beginning of the group’s creation, everyone’s reaction was similar. Everyone was thinking about what we should do. At that time, I think that the more nervous I keep thinking about what to do, it is difficult to create a work. When everyone’s thoughts are tense. Our work also confirms our thoughts, so we relax and play freely on the drawing paper, and our members will observe and reconcile in the process of creation. This process is wonderful, like weaving a lot of roots together and naturally forming a happy piece. What surprised me is that these incompetent cooperation does not require much language communication.
    3. What will you apply into your writing practice as result of this experience?
    I use this experience when I write and create works of art. I will remember that the state and the creative process are pleasant and relaxing.
    4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    What I would have done differently would be to suggest tgive us more opportunity to work together. I think we can create more surprises, a process that is fun and inspires everyone to create inspiration.

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