Just beyond the vast expanse of the bustling soccer fields of Neshaminy High School there is a relatively small wooded area that at times is inhabited only by the local wildlife. Once and awhile a few humans will enter Idlewood and navigate its winding trails or even get lost looking for a shortcut. The trails hold great interest to mountain bikers, wilderness explorers, and even the environmental science students.
The blazes and a reliable compass are the only guides to these people. The trails lead on and on and one starts to wonder if they are only walking in circles. Have I passed this place before? The creek was on my left now it’s on my right; which path do I take next? The wilderness explorers learn the wood’s trails and the environmental science student learns the names of all the animals, birds, fish, and trees like the backs of their hands. For some of the students, Idlewood is only a small part of the fragmented wilderness of the county, state, and country to study.
What cannot be understood inside the forest’s borders is taught elsewhere. Animal tracks, animal skulls, bird calls, and tree leaves may have been studied in a class room but the real thing was out in nature to be discovered. Once the fundamental experiments are done inside this one small area, it was time to move on to somewhere bigger and richer. The final destination was far, far away in an unfamiliar yet reminiscent place. This place was like a mature father, while Idlewood was only a small child. There, old things learned were tested and new things were learned. However when the day was over and they left this grand park, the small, familiar Idlewood was the place to return to yet again.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
While the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 have become an iconic event to the world; to China it is a forbidden topic of its history. A million people had gathered there to protest and anywhere between a couple hundred to 2,600 people were reported to have died, but today the Chinese only know about the event through family, hearsay, and foreign media. The incident is also censored from any education curriculum. It is almost impossible to find information about it besides government regulated books, magazines, and websites. The Chinese government’s censorship strongly covers the Internet and news media so that results searching for related topics come up blank. The censorship of Tiananmen Square is an example of various forms of censorship, such as educational, popular culture, and internet censorship.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Since my drawing class was waiting awhile for the model to arrive Laura sent us out to do some gesture drawings of people to warm up. Once the model arrived we did some quick blind contour drawings while she did many poses. Later we did longer 15 minute drawings of her sitting and standing. We did two reductive drawings and then did the last one with charcoal on blank paper.