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My Journey Through the Arts By Nathan Durkin
Exploring Arts and Creativity has really lived up to its name. Through this class I have learned about many forms of art that I never would have even given a second thought to. There were some familiar art forms for me, such as plays and symphonies, that I’ve enjoyed on my own in the past. Others, such as dance and opera, are ones that I haven’t been exposed to as much, if at all. This class allowed me to see all art, from most familiar to things I never would have imagined existing. Below, I reflect upon each of the explorations I’ve gone through this semester.
All in all, reflecting back on these shows, I realize that the ones I’d enjoyed the most were the ones in my comfort zone. Yet before I began thinking about how to write this post, before I began really dissecting all of the shows I’ve seen this semester, I thought the class had been fun for taking me out of my comfort zone. I suppose that’s where the value of the class really comes from – getting out of your comfort zone and seeing something new. The things I’ve been seeking out to experience on my own, the things I’ve enjoyed for years, those were the shows I enjoyed. But the value I found out of this class was, strangely enough, the shows I didn’t really like. I was shown an entirely new world of opera, dance, and experience that I never would have sought out on my own. I may not like it, but a lot of time and effort go into it, and it has been very much worth my time to explore the fantastic things that us human beings come up with and execute. Overall, I reiterate that this class has truly lived up to its name: exploring.
I think I might go see what an art gallery is like next!