W. o’ W.: Jean Renoir

“To the question ‘Is cinema an art?’ my answer is, ‘What does it matter?’ You can make films or you can cultivate a garden. Both have as much claim to be called art as a poem by Verlaine or a painting by Delacroix. If your film or your garden is a good one it means that as a practitioner of cinema or gardening you are entitled to consider yourself an artist. The pastry-cook who makes a good cake is an artist. The ploughman with an old-fashioned plough creates a work of art when he ploughs a furrow. Art is not a calling in itself but the way in which one exercises a calling, and also the way in which one performs any human activity. I will give you my definition of art: art is ‘making’. The art of poetry is the art of making poetry. The art of love is the art of making love.”

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Catalog Preview

The second annual Actual Works catalog (or do you spell “catalogue?”) is… in the works. Here’s the preview: 

Annabel Perry, Caitie Dawson, Erin Dalton, Christina Buerosse, Hailey Anderson, Kristen Kuhn, Maggie Kramer, Molly Hendrickson, Mike Cygan.

College Board Countdown

Here is the text of last week’s handout. I hope the impromptu “skip day” doesn’t prove to be a spanner in the works for the absentees.

Friday, 4/29: Open lab. Give me work to shoot, finish preparing portfolio cases, decide which 5 pieces to ship. Milwaukee field trip head count.

Monday, 5/2: Desperation Darkroom. Bring a storage/transfer device, load pieces onto your account, and give me work to shoot.

Tuesday, 5/3: Bring a storage/transfer device, give me work to shoot for the last time, write a final draft of your Commentary, load and sequence work on your account.

Wednesday, 5/4: Bring a storage/transfer device, load and sequence work on your account, make a final edit of your Commentary, remove your work from the exhibit, label the 5 pieces to ship.

Thursday, 5/5: Load your Commentary onto your account, and load and sequence work on your account.

Friday, 5/6: You are field-tripped out beginning 5th hour. Appear at the library computer classroom no later than 12:00; we are scheduled to remain there until 4:00 (or until everyone has completed the online portfolio requirements and packed their work).