Here we are! Almost done with another year and I can honestly say as an English major and student I have grown immensely! Coincidentally,a large part of that growth I can attribute to this class. If you had told me freshmen year that I would be creating podcasts or collages for an English class I would have not believed it. But here we are, relating technology and art to literary aspects and its been a gratifying experience. English was always my favorite subject in high school; yet, when I got to college, my beloved past time of reading became seriously dampened and overburdened with the work load and course material. However, this class has renewed my love for English and also awakened my creative abilities. Here are a couple examples of my what we have done this semester:
(Please note all of these are still in the process of being finished)
Literary Playlist: http://www.teachmix.com/litflow/node/10
I chose to do my playlist on my favorite movie character,Penny Lane. I attempted to personify Penny from my perspective through my song choices but I feel she is hard character to peg. I'm hoping with a little more work I can complete the playlist to do Penny justice!
My podcast subject is Third Eye Blind. This was probably the hardest assignment for because I was not very familiar with the Audacity software before this class. I had worked with it a little in my foreign language courses but never to the extent that we needed it in this class. It also was hard for me to come up with subject matter for the podcast considering I actually am not familiar with them at all! (I know I'm a little behind in the times) However, listening to my fellow classmates' podcasts helped to give me ideas on how to make mine better and also where I should go with the podcast and how. I hope with time my podcast will turn our the way I envisioned it too.
The subject of my collage is Marilyn Monroe. I entitled it Norma Jean however because I tried to show the "Marilyn" aspect of her as a sort of facade. I put all of the pictures on a stormy, cloudy background to represent her troubled adult life. I also choose to make many of her adult "Marilyn" images opaque or barely visible because they did not represent the true Norma Jean. That part of her was generated by Hollywood and caused her so much strife, hence the opaqueness to the cloudy background. In general, I'd like to rework this collage before the end of the year however because I'd love to do a lot more with it. I think this collage was a product of me FINALLY getting the hang of GIMP. Now that I know a thing or two about the software, I can really get my creative juices flowing!