Unlike the dreaded "friend zone," the comfort zone is a place in which people typically enjoy spending time. This is certainly true for me, my comfort zone being math and science. However, as the saying goes, it is good to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while.
My first-year semester at Lyco presented the opportunity for me to get outside of my math and science bubble. My first-year seminar, which is required of freshman students, is called The Artist’s Choice and it involved analyzing art, specifically in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
I’m not much of an artist and I know little about analyzing art or art history. As you can probably guess, I was pretty anxious about this class. I thought the only benefit would be the field trip we’d be taking to The Met in NYC, and I was dreading just about everything else. Now that the class is almost over, I can see that the trip to the Met was definitely a highlight, but it wasn’t the only one.
The trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art was amazing. I can now say that I’ve seen Vincent van Gogh’s artwork in person. Plus, the museum itself was astonishing in size and contents. It was pretty awesome to see some of the paintings and sculptures we have been studying in class in “real life.”
My first project for the class was on the painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. I knew from my research that the painting was pretty big, but nothing prepared me for how big it actually was. It took up an entire wall in one room of the museum.
The other part I like the most about this class is the visits to the Lycoming College art gallery. These are required and at first I wasn’t too happy about visiting some gallery on a Friday afternoon. But I soon realized that the work displayed there was actually really interesting. My favorite exhibit so far is the most recent one by Pedro Lasch. This exhibit featured maps painted on the wall and photographs of his mirror mask project.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed multiple aspects of this class that I thought I was going to hate. Lycoming offers many opportunities such as this one for students to get outside of their comfort zones. Now that my first year seminar is almost out of the way I look forward to taking distribution classes in fields outside of my major. The thought is a little frightening but I now know that it’ll be worth it.
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