Last week’s class assignment and homework, brought me back…way back. Some of us may have a more colorful recollection of Kindergarden than others, but if any of you still have your memory box from childhood you probably have some macaroni art or animals made from various shapes.
To help us learn the basics, how to manipulate figures and transform them within Photoshop we worked with some of our important food groups! While neither of these images are “portfolio” worthy they were fun and surprisingly challenging. I think all of us in the class found the artistic part of the assignment an act of stepping outside of the box. It isn’t often that someone asks you to use food and make it into something artistic, something different.
In class, we all made little food chefs – see mine below. He reminds me of the swedish chef from the Muppets.
Meanwhile, the homework caused me much frustration. It is sometimes shocking that what seems like the most simple of tasks I can turn into the most complicated. I had visions of grandeur, I wanted to build a bridge or recreate a beautiful scene from the Serengeti – below is what I ended up with. Had my soon-to-be three year old “nephew” Joe Joe come up with this I would hang proudly on the fridge, but I expected more of myself. Why as adults do we always have to expect more? Why can’t we be happy with this silly little elephant?
After this project and seeing what my classmates came up with, I’m trying to extend myself a bit of latitude 1) I’m still learning the programs 2) It was meant to be a fun assignment 3) It’s not that bad.
Be happy that you are doing and learning something new and that you’re enjoying that, not beating yourself up because you have to start back at the beginning.