As the semester progresses, the Art and Design LLC is busy with activity! The year has started out well, with residents already forming a close-knit community. Just after our first community meeting, a large portion of the LLC came together and planned a trip to go to Ian’s for pizza together! Residents are already taking initiative to plan events and get-togethers. They are also utilizing the Cambridge study spaces to work on their projects together! Currently, the 2D Concepts class is working on collage projects and the 3D Concepts class is carving plaster sculptures.
During Fall Welcome, we went as a group to the Union Arts and Crafts Center to make buttons! The Art and Design LLC members were able to register as members and got to see the awesome facilities, which they can use as they work on future projects. We also went together with Mentor Claire to the Chancellor’s Welcome – it was a lot of fun in our yellow ponchos! We made sure to cheer loudly for Scott Emmons, the dean of Peck School of the Arts.
In September, the Art and Design LLC walked together to Blick Art Materials on Farwell Avenue with syllabi to get last-minute art supplies for class. Students were able to meet the Blick staff. They were incredibly helpful for finding materials for projects.
In October, there are several exciting events coming up! This Thursday, October 16, is the opening of the Crossing Over exhibition at the Union Art Gallery. The Art and Design LLC residents can see projects done by current UWM students across a variety of disciplines – including work by Mentor Claire and myself. This is an exciting exhibition, too, because residents could be a part of it next year!
Additionally, Friday, October 17, is Gallery Night in Milwaukee! Residents will be going downtown to the Third Ward to visit galleries, including MIAD and Tory Folliard galleries. This is an incredibly fun and exciting event for students to experience Milwaukee’s art culture first-hand.
Finally, the Art and Design LLC residents will be going to the Lynden Sculpture Garden as a class on October 20.
It has been an awesome semester so far and I’m excited to be a part of the Art and Design LLC. It is always fun to see what residents are working on, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the semester and year unfolds.