Art 242: Schedule

Schedule adjusted for December 4 and 5

Summary

Journeys have a before and after, or put in other words, periods of preparation and of reflection. We have organized both the overall and the weekly structure of this course with a similar model in mind. Including the journey itself, the structure may be considered as having three phases:

1. Looking Forward: the planning, envisioning, anticipation, motivation, e.g. preparing ahead of  a class meeting;

2. The Present: being in the journey, fully aware and attentive, responsive and spontaneous, alert to and absorbing the unknown, e.g. the collective journey during a class;

3. Looking Back: reminiscence and reflection, seeking meaning and wisdom, recognizing the ineffable, growing and looping/spiraling up into the next journey, e.g. reflecting on the past week and class via journals, being still, through the day-to-day.

DateDescriptionNotes:Journal Entries due every week, groups meet weekly
Aug 29Introductions: people, course, assignments; Journey.Read Berry, Remembering
— begin Journal, due Sep. 3 —
Sep 5Prof. Smith; discuss: Smith, Past/Present, vehiclesBerry
Sep 12Elaine Pase; discuss: Berry, Pase, vehicles, Discover TogetherKunitz, The Wild Braid
Sep 19Sarah Taylor; discuss: Taylor, Kunitz, Past/Present, nodes
Sep 26Vehicle skills; Nodes; discuss: journals, Past/Present, capstone ideasAgnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, Paul Klee, Paul Ware
Sep 30, SaturdayField Trip to Birmingham, AL to visit Paul Ware exhibitionDetails TBA
Oct 3Robert Bienstock; due: discuss: Past/Present, Paul Ware, Robert Bienstock, Kunitz**? Class meets 12:30–3:30 ?**— Past / Present due —
Oct 10Stephen Alvarez; discuss: Alvarez and the Ancient Art Archive, ShepherdMid-semester; Nan Shepherd, Martha Graham, movie list, 
Oct 17No class – watch On the Waterfront; The Green Book; The Night Journey; Forrest Gump; The Breakfast Club; Lost in Translation FALL BREAK
Oct 24
TORIAN
Chris McDonough; discuss: viewings and readings, capstone ideas, Night Journey & Dancer’s WorldGraham, Moses, LeGuinn, Erikson
Oct 31
CONV. Hall
[Lauren Tarshis – postponed]; discuss: Tarshis, Plachy, Shepherd, CapstoneTarshis, Plachy, Shepherd, Capstone project
Nov 7
TORIAN
TBC: Alicia Bruce; discuss Journeys, Bruce, MacFarlaneMacFarlane; Alicia Bruce, I Burn But I am not Consumed
Nov 14
TORIAN
Lauren TarshisOlivia Laing, Everybody;Nina Simone, 22nd Century and Mississippi Goddam, on BBC HARDtalk
Nov 21
TORIAN
TBDRemote session
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Nov 28Capstone project finalizing
Dec 4, 7–9 PMCapstone projects presentations— Journey due —
Dec 5, 1:30–4:30 Capstone projects presentationsPLUS — Journey Reflections due, Dec. 14, midnight —
Summary Schedule

Aug 29

Preparing

Wendell Berry, “Remembering,” Counterpoint; Illustrated edition 2009, Kindle version

During

A. Introductions Introductions and Journeys
(Sonder with Kendal Buck, and Profs. Mayes, Malde

B. Understandings of “Journey” and its possible components: The Traverse and the Vehicle.

The Traverse

1. Looking Forward: the planning, envisioning, anticipation, motivation

2. The Present: being in the Journey, fully sensory and aware, responsive and spontaneous, alert to the unknown

3. Looking Back: reminiscence and reflection, seeking meaning and wisdom, growing and looping/spiraling up into the next Journey

The Vehicle

1. Forming your Lens (in the broadest understanding, not just photographic: the instruments and technology, communication and recording methods, that we use to consider our progress and Journey) e.g. writing, mark-making, poetry, music, photography, scientific methods, 

2. Framing the Journey with the Lens

C. Student introductions, in sonders, then everyone.

D. A detailed survey of the course, including its goals, assignments, and co-teaching. Highlight Journal assignment. Point out resources, office hours, support.

Describe the first assignment: <translating another’s journey: Past from the Present before middle school and those after high school>

E. Introduce Berry, Remembrance

F. Stirlings, wrap up.

*sonder is a neologism, roughly meaning that everyone has a story, but it is also a Swedish verb that translates as “to probe.”

LCM in person;

Possible Wendell Berry drop-in

Reflecting

Begin making a list of possible journeys

Begin a prioritized list of possible vehicles 

Past from the Present assignment: at least 2 hours of conversation

Reminder: The first Journal entry is due by 6 PM, Sunday, September 3.


Sep 5

Preparing

Envision, prepare for, and anticipate whittling, visiting the home of Emeritus Professor of Religion, Prof. Jerry Smith.
Optional readings: Smith, Jerry, Whittling at the Edges of Childhood, Sewanee Review, Volume 122, Number 4
Selection of poems

Berry, “Remembering”

During

Journey to Prof. Jerry Smith’s house

The interview as a Conversation: Profs. Jerry Smith and Linda Mayes

Round-robin discussion of Smith/Mayes conversation and Past from the Present assignment

Sharing our most favored possible vehicles

Prof. Mayes in person

Reflecting

Finish reading Berry, “Remembering

Tutorials with PM and LCM about vehicles, in groups – via Zoom

Past from the Present assignment: 2 hours of conversation


Sep 12

Preparing

Discover Together and youth in deeply rural cultures

Drive and walk through the Midway / Tickbush neighborhood

Pairing your vehicle with Past from the Present assignment

Shape a summary of Berry, “Remembering

During

Story 1: Elaine Pase

Round-robin discussion of Berry, “Remembering,” and Elaine Paise conversation

Discussion of vehicles: how these may manifest in class assignments

Core skills <derived from the vehicles tutorials>

Reflecting

Elaine Pase’s story

Discover Together

Ideas for the Journey project


Sep 19

Preparing

The Huneebee Project and youth in inner-city urban cultures

Begin reading Stanley Kunitz, The Wild Braid (skim, then complete read by October 3)

During

Keynote speaker:  Sarah Taylor

A summary breakdown of class today:

  1. Linda to introduce Sarah and outline the idea of “nodes” and stages of adult development
  2. Sarah to present for about 30 minutes
  3. Sonders discuss Sarah’s talk and Kunitz, 15 minutes
  4. Q & A, 15 minutes
  5. What are mind maps and how may we use them to visualize nodal clusters
  6. Go to Stirlings, coffee, mind maps and nodes

Discussion of key points (nodes) in Taylor, Kunitz, Past/Present and Journey assignments

Reflecting

Continuing conversations and work on Past from the Present and how it overlaps with other discussions

Consider key points in your life that may be “journey nodes”

AFTER CLASS: 5:30–7:30 PM, pizza and conversation at Pradip’s home. We will be joined by Smith, Elaine Pase, McGrath, and others, with Linda on PizzaZoom.


Sep 26

Preparing

Agnes Martin

Joan Mitchell

Paul Klee

Paul Ware and Joanna Ware, Birmingham AL, Sewanee alumni, 

During

Core skills and project scaffolding

Discussion of the idea that there are points at which multiple journeys meet and radiate out from, like nodes 

Round-robin discussions of Journals, Past from the Present, ideas that are forming for the capstone Journey project 

Reflecting

Continuing conversations and work on Past from the Present and how it overlaps with other discussions

Consider key points in your life that may be “journey nodes”

Shepherd, “The Living Mountain

Saturday, Sep 30

Field trip to Huntsville, AL, to see Paul Ware’s exhibition and attend reception, details TBA. Optional attendance.

Prof. Mayes in person


Oct 3

Preparing

Robert Biestock

Finalize and prepare for presentation, Past from the Present 

Prof. Mayes in person

During

Keynote: Robert Biestock

Discussion of Past from the Present, which is due by the start of class, Robert Biestock and Paul Ware conversations, Stanley Kunitz’s The Wild Braid

Reflecting

Round-robin discussions of Past from the Present


Oct 10

Preparing

Shape a summary of Kunitz, The Wild Braid

Start reading Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

Study  Alvarez and the Ancient Art Archive 

Your group’s capstone project ideas

During

Stephen Alvarez’s story

Round-robin discussion of Stephen Alvarez conversation. Especially, discuss what are the journey, node, and vehicle overlaps between your groups capstone ideas, Kunitz, Shepherd, and Alvarez?

Core skills short review

Reflecting

What is your capstone Journey project


Oct 17 – FALL BREAK

Reflecting

Watch  On the Waterfront; The Green Book; The Night Journey

Read through your Journal


Oct 24

Preparing

Martha Graham, The Night Journey, A Dancer’s World

Prof. Chris McDonough, Mine 21

Robert Alter, Five Books of Moses, Ch. Intro and 1-2, 3-4, 5-12, 13-18, 19-20, 21-23, 31-34

Ursula K. LeGuin, Papa H from “No Time to Spare”, pp. 52–58

Erik Erikson, from “Generativity and Identity”

During

Prof. Chris McDonough’s story

Round-robin discussion of McDonough, Graham’s Night Journey, Moses, Erikson, and Le Guinn and overlaps with your group’s capstone ideas

Reflecting

Provide updates and feedback among each of your group’s capstone projects


Oct 31

Preparing

Lauren Tarshis, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

Sylvia Plachy, Self Portrait with Cows Going Home

Shape a summary of Shepherd, The Living Mountain

During

Keynote: Lauren Tarshis (https://www.laurentarshis.com/)

Round-robin discussion of Tarshis’s I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, Plachy’s Self Portrait, Shepherd’s Living Mountain, and overlaps with your group’s capstone projects

Prof. Mayes in person

Reflecting

Provide updates and feedback among each of your group’s capstone assignment


Nov 7

Preparing

Robert MacFarlane, The Old Ways, Ch. 5

Alicia Bruce, I Burn But I am not Consumed

During

TBC: Speaker: Alicia Bruce

Discussion of Journeys, Bruce, McFarlane

Reflecting

Provide updates and feedback among each of your group’s projects


Nov 14

Preparing

Lauren Tarshis books, various titles

Olivia Laing, Everybody, Ch. 8, pp. 283-309

Nina Simone, 22nd Century and Mississippi Goddam, on BBC HARDtalk

Capstone project finalizing

During

Lauren Tarshis, remote

Review work in progress of capstone projects

Reflecting


Nov 21

Preparing

Capstone project finalizing

Tutorials

During

Tutorials – in groups, via Zoom, with each instructor

Reflecting


Nov 28

Preparing

Capstone project finalizing

Shape a summary text of capstone project

Tutorials

During

Final group discussions of capstone 

Reflecting


Dec 4

Preparing

Capstone project is due for presentation at the start of the evening session of class

Finalize capstone project, including presentation introduction

Prof. Mayes in person

During

7:00 to 9:00 PM, location(s) TBA. Final presentations of the Capstone Project.

Reflecting

Begin Journey Reflection, due, Dec. 14, midnight


Dec 5 – Last Class

Preparing

Finalize Journey Reflection

During

Continue presentations of Capstone Project, location(s) TBA

Reflecting

5:00 to 7:00 Class gathering.


Last day of Exams, noon, Journey Reflection due today