August 28, 2005

Stained Glass

Kevin and I decided to take a stained glass class. Our first day was Friday, which Kevin missed, and woo boy, this is going to be an interesting experience. I was thinking we would never be able to use up all of this time but having experienced day 1, I see that we really are.

Our teacher is very nice, but she's a hard-core Artist with a capital letter. She made it very clear that this is a college-level art class, not adult ed or art therapy. Which is interesting because I was thinking it was going to be like an adult ed class. Here I was, anticipating finding a pattern on the net and transforming it into a nice window. Nope. That's plagiarism, and we wouldn't want to do that anyway. Because this class isn't just about fabrication, it's about design and we're going to learn as much about design as we are about putting glass pieces together.

This is bad, because my design skills are nil, and my ability to draw or sketch or really anything is also nil. I'm very nervous about being able to keep up with the art majors or other talented people. I hope she doesn't judge too harshly.

She's very passionate about art. Art should change the world! Art should make a political statement! (I really wondered how she made political statements in stained glass, but apparently she's primarily a painter). Art is about creativity and original expression! Art is about saying something! And this is very much an art class. Actually it's a bit intimidating.

Posted by Shelby at August 28, 2005 05:30 PM

You know, we were just on a trip thru Normandy recently, and one of the churches has a stained glass window of 'Madonna with paratrooper'. Needless to say it's a new-ish window. I'm not certain that counts as a political statement or not, but it seems to indicate that you could. Getting someone to display your political statement might be trickier....

Posted by: David at August 29, 2005 12:20 AM
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