First few weeks into Fine Arts Research class…

First off –


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“Fine arts research” doesn’t feel too far off from the investigative project researches I had back in high school. As incomprehensible as coming up with an original art work may have sounded like to me just a few days prior, it seems like it’s not all that different of a process from coming up with a science proposal influenced by numerous pre-existing research journals.

I’d say I may be beginning to understand the flexibility of the term “originality” and “relevance” thanks to my professor’s and classmates’ inputs in class discussions.

I assumed that the class would have been lecture-driven, something along the lines of digging up art history and commentary for inspiration, given that the course title is “Research in the Fine Arts.” I didn’t really expect to have to come up with an impromptu pitch on the very first day of lecture. (It wasn’t that bad, actually.)

Although at first it seemed that the class was too lax to be called a research class, I’m pretty sure I have a better understanding of what “research in the fine arts” is now than if the professor had presented research procedures on PowerPoint.

Taking in the comments and suggestions from both professor and students, it’s beginning to sink in that art really is always a work in progress. Our initial ideas will most likely be too idealistic to be executed, be it in mechanics or in the strategy used.

The initial pitch will have to be revised over and over and over again.

And when we do arrive at an acceptable output, we’re still going to have second thoughts on the finished product.

Like with any other research, I suppose I will need to gather up any and every resource I can find that may be able to help me conceptualize a realistic and tangible output. The process of art-making, especially with one that is tied to a class deadline, needs to be set with a time table to ensure that every step is accounted for. And most importantly, I need to have my heart in my work. I need to be interested in it and have fun making it, not just because it’s a requirement I need to fulfill for a class.

This is what I ought to do.

At the same time as I am typing this, though, I’m having doubts over my own resolve to take art seriously what with all the workload I have now when it’s only the start of the semester…

Can of Dices