FAA 110 is a course about exploring arts and creativity. When I enrolled in this course at first, I was just trying to learn something new about arts and humanities. What I didn’t expect was that FAA 110 far exceeded my expectations. It gave me not only lots of opportunities to enjoy the show for free, but also like-minded friends and a direct channel to art.
FAA 110, a course that exploring Arts and Creativity, is my favorite course from the fall semester. Students in this class can go watch many performances and exhibitions. We had wonderful experiences during the time outside the class when watching the performance also inside the course doing the activity.
The first performance I went to was a performance by Buddy Guy and his band. I did not know of him before, but I definitely can’t forget his name now. He brought an energy that was fitting for his legacy in the jazz world. I was completely encaptivated with his ability to control the auditorium. Not to mention, his technical skills were amazing and he did a good job with having a conversation with the audience. In the end, his passion was what stuck out to me.
For the very first time of my life, the art of milestone has been made with Fine and Applied Arts 110.
By Wai Chuen Chan
It has been a wondering experience with FAA 110. Remembering when I first registered this course, I have known it is related to arts, but nothings more. The more the time passed, I have learned this class is lovely easy going and interestingly attractive. During the lecture, I have made friends easily with the environment where other classes can never be compared with. Everyone in the class was friendly and admirable. They were also come back different backgrounds and cultures which enrich my sight towards exotic countries.
Fine and Applied Arts 110 have also given me the great opportunity to touch arts in the closest moment. I have gotten to attend eight art events throughout the course, which would definitely be zero if I changed my mind at the first place. And the way arts presented to us is numerous, I have experienced arts through body, movement, vision, sound, etc. I am really looking forwards to experience arts in a different way.
Leaving us with fun memories and beautiful performances, the FAA 110 (fall 2019) class has ended.
When I registered for the course, I had no idea what to expect. Since I live in Allen Hall, my advisor suggested it would be useful to take a few general education courses here. I wanted to continue my hobbies as an artist. I initially thought FAA 110 was an art class, judging by the title “Exploring Arts and Creativity”, where students draw/paint pieces of art based on various prompts. Entering the classroom on the first day, I realized that this class was not drawing, and that it was much more.
While I was a bit bummed out it wasn’t drawing or painting, I had lots of fun going to see many shows and performances from talented people. I would always be checking the syllabus to see when the next events are, and would tell my friends about this class as well! While this class was much smaller relative to my other classes, I did meet new friends and make unforgettable memories throughout the semester.
Overall, I genuinely loved this class. I enjoyed listening to class discussions and attending various events with my peers and professors. I wish this class could last longer than just one semester.
As ready as I am for the upcoming semester to begin, I’m going to be very sad to leave behind FAA 110. Anyone of my peers has heard me talk about this class at least eight times because I enjoyed it so much. Having a class that was more focused on making me think about the different parts that go into performance and had very little work to go with it was very good for my mental health and the first semester of my college career.
FAA 110 has been one of the most fantastic classes of my college life and I can say it safely that I shall never forget this class. Professor Collins and Professor Robinson have always been enthusiastic about us and anything that happened in class. For a student who was originally not into art, after all, this class helped me start learning and appreciating any forms of artwork. Overall, I have been enjoyed this class a lot, and I can’t help but feel sad about the end of the semester that I have to say goodbye to FAA 110. Also, I would recommend any students at the University of Illinois to take FAA 110 and this class does not require any prerequisite but it gives people a direct understanding of what art is. Thinking about the fact that I could be no longer linked to FAA 110 anymore after this blog, all the memories about this class popped up in my mind over and over again. Thank FAA 110 for a wonderful experience.
Buddy Guy was the first-ever event from FAA 110 that I watched. I liked the way Buddy Guys made Jazz music a more modern way for us all, which could be a better way for students and young adults to accept.
Chris Botti was bringing Jazz back to a traditional style after I watched Buddy Guy a week before the show. It was an enjoyment for me and Chris Botti was active during the show. He kept interacting with the audience and made the mood light inside the theatre.
Home was a show that opened my mind. I’ve never seen a show that invited plenty of audience onto the stage to perform. All the actors successfully handled the relationship with the audience and made it my favorite show ever.
The dance workshop was more of an event that we can all participate. Jennifer talked to be for half an hour about how to appreciate artwork from all kinds of different to learn the diversified characteristics of the author’s ideas.
Tiger was a completely different kind of performance from any other shows that I watched. The speaker was trying to speak directly to us about the relationship between humans and nature through the media, tiger.
Illinois Modern Ensemble was an event that made me feel scared. I’m sorry that I have to describe the event this way, but I only felt like leaving the show when the band started playing. However, after I read the songs, I realized that the songs the band was playing were related to the wars theme, which made me understand the event was meant to imply the cruelness of wars.
The Campus and University Band was a show that made me feel proud to be a student at the University of Illinois. Although there were not plenty of people there to watch them perform, the music could be comparable to the world-class band from my perspective.
I have seen so many great shows and museum exhibits this semester and I don’t want to say goodbye!
Written by Catherine Webber
At the beginning of this semester, I was at a bit of a crossroads. I had come back from summer knowing that I wanted to switch from Early Childhood Education to something else. I just knew that wasn’t what I wanted anymore. Therefore, I drastically dropped all my classes and switched to English, which I now love. However, with my change I had to pick up more hours and I just didn’t know what class to take. I went around asking friends and they all recommended one class to me: FAA 110. They said I would be able to see awesome shows for free on-campus and be exposed to so many new and different things, safe to say: I was sold. I have really enjoyed this class this semester and can’t wait to come back next semester and see more great and thought-provoking shows and exhibits.