This was the caption for my latest e-newsletter from my favorite directory on the web - Yelp - and I found it appropriate being that I am currently doing a course in Art Appreciation this quarter. Of course, I may have chosen this class for a couple of reasons; one was out of an interesting in Art and the other was out of a need for an easier class. Now don't get me wrong. I am in no way looking to cruise through college courses but 2006 had been a tough year in the classroom and I guess I was feeling a little burned out. Also, Joel had surgery to repair a ruptured distal tendon in his bicep in December, and I knew I would need to commit some time to taking care of him.
So back to the Arts and the difficult class that I have signed on for this quarter. The workload is absolutely crazy and it is really only an elective class! The online class began on a Monday and we had to take a 3 hr revision exam by 9pm on the Wednesday. Can you believe it? I may have read the required chapters for the week, but in no way did I feel confident to take a 3 hr exam on the material. I began to tell myself that it must consist of multiple choice questions, but again I was wrong. It was made up of essay questions, questions that force you to find artwork that relates to certain techniques and styles, AND interpreting various pieces chosen by the professor. Well, I came, I saw and I conquered, and I managed to complete the exam and scored 33/35 - so maybe there is a hidden artist within me.
* Artwork - 'I and the Village' by Marc Chagall