I have had trouble deciding what to do for a passion project, and I thought I had settled on learning conversational French, as this would be an asset to my work and future career as well and it is something I have wanted to do for a long time. However, as I travelled for work this weekend I realized that it is not the best option for me. Firstly, I cannot work on it online while I am on the plane as I am not allowed to access the internet at work. Also, the Rosetta Stone course which I would be using for most of my learning must be used verbally as I have to speak to the program in order to progress through the chapters. It would be a little strange to be annoyingly speaking french to a program in the back galley of an airplane. I’m sure the passengers who are trying to sleep or read or whatever would not appreciate my language learning software. I thought I would be able to use my breaks between classes at school to learn as well, but the same problem arises – I can’t use the software just anywhere – it has to be somewhere quiet with no other people around. So it is not easy to carry around. Also, although I would like to learn french, I’m not sure that it is a passion. If it was, I would have put a lot more effort into it before now. And I really do not want to feel like I am just doing more homework that is going to be frustrating in the long run. I have enough trouble with technology in this class, I don’t want to add more difficulty and make the class less enjoyable than it needs to be.
I came back to the idea of painting. I love art and I love creating. I am a musician who writes and I also love to paint and draw. I thought it would be exciting to have a project that I am truly passionate about doing, that way I could learn and grow in my art and also my homework would be fun and not drudgery. So I have chosen to do a watercolour painting for my project. Watercolour is a medium I have not used before but have wanted to learn. I have a lot of the paints and paper I need for it, but have never used it as I have been busy with other projects and haven’t had a chance to learn it yet.
Watercolour is also the only paint I can bring to work with me on the aircraft, since other paints (even acrylics) are considered dangerous goods and not to be carried. I can fit my sketchbook into my luggage and access it during flights – I work a lot of red eye flights – and use it in a small space. It will be easier for me to practice the work while I am flying on small papers or in my sketchbook and I am undecided whether or not I will do several small projects like cards or if I will do a larger project on paper. I am going to see how it goes for now and revisit the idea in 4 weeks to see if a larger scale project would be better of my learning or challenge, or if several smaller projects such as cards would be easier to manage. I am attaching my Personal Learning Plan to this blog post so that I can look back and measure progress according to my original goal. I have also thought of adding sales to my goal – setting up a small business to sell my work – but that may be for another class.
- Project: Finish a large watercolour painting of a photo that I took
- Timeline: I have 9 weeks to finish the project
- Obstacles: working on an aircraft so access to space is limited – I can’t work on my main project at work, but I could do smaller projects. Time is an obstacle since I am in school full time and work full time. I generally need some clear space to do art so it can be difficult for me to work in a busy space or a disorganized space. Lack of knowledge is an obstacle – watercolour is hard to do and I haven’t learned it yet.
- Level of knowledge – I paint but have not used watercolour. It is a very different medium that what I am used to, but I have used watercolour paper before and watered down acrylics which look similar as background but not for actual items.I am comfortable learning but I will have to do several exercises to get the hang of it.
- How to acquire knowledge – youtube videos, ask a friend who teaches watercolour Lenaya Chrystall, use knowledge from my class at school, practice, read instructional blogs and online resources and books. chickadee painting abstract landscape saltwater painting
- Cement understanding – do many exercises and explorations to understand the medium and document the process online and in a sketchbook so I have a resource to return to for answers. Reflection on the process will help me to remember what I have learned through successes and failures.
- Demonstrate knowledge – document in a video and attach to my blog. Complete a final project and present via photograph or in person to the class.