This week has been very overwhelming and a lot of work but it’s getting close to the end of it. I had school in the park which it when a class of kids come to the Mingei and create an art project with us. This week we did paper making again with the third graders and water marbling. I helped but preparing the materials such as making the paper pulp and the thickened water for the marbling. And at the end of the week the get the make a book with the paper and the book cover with the marbled art work. I’m sad to leave the Mingei but excited to return to school and see my friends. I really don’t expect much to change, I feel like I’ve grown a lot from this experience but I feel like I will use these skills more in the outside world than in school and during learning. By next week I expect everything to be back to normal including my sleeping schedule. Coming back to school I’m not really anticipating anything but I am going to miss the Mingei a lot because I felt like I could share my creativity and thoughts in order to help out there and also working is different departments while experiencing all the parts of the museum.
My mentor's name is Shannon Foley and she is the manager in the education department at the Mingei Museum in Balboa park. She tends to have a different schedule every day since the museum holds different programs and different materials to plan. So I would say her job is cool since everyday is a different day with new and different ideas and programs to experience and not in a regular job setting where it's the same and very repetitive. Growing up she grew up living in a place where it was cold and never experienced weather like here in San Diego so when she came here with her friend for vacation she fell in love with everything here in San Diego and without a second thought she decided to move here and finish her studies here. I guess you could say that she has always had an interest in art history plus education and teaching others. She has always had a passion for history and has worked closely with other museums in the past. From my overall experience so far I'm very grateful to do my internship here at the Mingei because I have discovered my interest for art history and have now considered a path in art history. It has helped me alot during my thoughts about going to college. Overall, for this week's update I prepared materials! For next week's School in the park which is a program which helps Museums and schools work together in order to give back to the community with art projects! We also helped set up and help guests to programs that were set up for art events.
In this picture it might just seem like a taco or a crazy animal, but actually this whole week I've been working on my project with my mentor. And we have started with creating a lesson plan with what we will be teaching the toddlers and what topic we will be talking about.We later started on thinking on ideas for what art project we will be working on with them. We did research on what art piece we will be creating. And we found some and decided to make some and see which one was the best option for us. That was basically what my week was based on. In my overall three week I have had here I have been grateful for the freedom they have given me to express my ideas for what they can work on and what my thoughts towards something is. I have loved how they treat they people around them. They take their time and patience with every project and work they do. Not just patients but respect they have for the museum and the work they do. This has helped me a lot to grow as an individual and as a student in away where only they could and being able to take away the way they present them selfs and respect others.
Week one overall feels like it was just a look into what I will be doing in this month such as preparing materials for the programs such as mini mingei, school in the part, the bunny wall, and more. These programs are meant to help create union between the community and the museum. I would help prepare the materials by cutting what was needed to be cut out help set up and organize the program for the day it will be held and during the program it will be done but just for these two days I have just help set the materials for the programs. I was also given a tour of the museum and got to know it a bit more just so I can be aware of where I will be for the next month. In my project I will be making and creating a project for a program in the museum of Mingei called mini mingei and it’s for parents and their toddlers in order to help the toddler with comprehension and skill building. I will utilize the skill of teaching and patience. It will benefit the organization because I believe it will help bring new ideas to the program such as new concepts and new art projects.
I am most looking forward to just learning more about how it takes to run an art museum and what kinds of projects and programs can be given to the public.I’m most just concerned if I will like it there not just liking it but just over all get a good experience out of it.I plan on working on projects being done at the museum such as interactive work with the guests and programs with the community. My goals are to learn more about what I’m interested in, such as in my future, what I want to do, and to build an ideal career path. I hope it can help me shape my future or at least an idea of it. I'm overall super excited and know I will have a great time at the Mingei Museum.
For my first week here I helped out with a program called school in the park. Which is a program that helps schools bring a class of an age group to the museum for a week every day and for that whole week we learn about a Project and do the art Project. This week we made paper with recycled paper and fabrics. With the pulps we made we then shaped out the paper pulp and let it dry. We then made marbled paper with paints and water. On that last day (Friday) we made a book out of the dried paper and a book cover with the marbled paper. We also took a tour of the museum and got to hang out with the great 3rd graders and got to have one on one time with them. One of the biggest challenges of my internship would probably be having patience but not just with the kids and students but also with the teachers and working around them because I feel like they can get very stressed out and not think straight sometimes. It can be overwhelming for me sometimes as their helper. I feel like overall this week was a great learning experience for me to be able to learn the ways for patients with not just the kids but with my mentors and adults and older people around me.