I had the rewarding opportunity to work with a class of UCSB students this last quarter. The "Writing About Art" class was led by Professor Mashey Bernstein, who made writing engaging and entertaining using interesting current events, film history and the Portraits of the Central Coast project. Each student found a point of connection through a portrait painting in the project. Either they had an interest in a particular culture or identified with the person in the portrait. The classroom discussions and studio visits that ensued were enriching for all of us. I was excited to see these young adults learn about how culture influences our individual lives and how art can carry these experiences forward. The students were insightful in their exploration and eloquently ellaborated on our cutural identities. I loved sharing about art history and my personal favorite artists. These iconic artists were explored as we discussed the influences behind each portrait.
The students' analyses of the portrait paintings and corresponding cultures will be shared in future blog posts and can be found on the website under "Let's Talk About...The Paintings". You will hear more from us soon!