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Busy Bee

Posted on November 5th, 2011 by

Finally, I found some free time to write my new post. It’s been a long “break” between my first and second posts. Last two weeks were midterms; I was busy with my midterm projects & papers. I am currently taking 19 credit classes = 7 classes – > done with one, the rest will be done by the end of the semester. It’s been REALLY BUSY; still it is with all the class work, homework projects and extracurricular activities.

As I mentioned in my first post I am currently majoring in Fine Arts ( & Graphic Design). Good news is my art work ( and several other students’) was chosen to represent my college SUNY Ulster in a SUNY-wide Student Art Exhibition FALL 2011 SUNY Student Exhibition at Plaza Gallery, SUNY Albany, Albany NY, from 10/12/11 to 2/3/12. It’s very cool. On Monday, I am going to attend the opening reception with my friends & instructor. I am very excited! 😀 The show actually will last almost 4 month! I guess this is MY FIRST long lasting show!

I think being an art student is literally a painful ‘duty’ besides sleepless nights, anxiety, stress, pressure, you name it! I went to the portfolio review day two days ago and all my body still hurts! I had a huge portfolio with my art work, and I was carrying it like around 3.5 hours and waiting in long lines, just to get my portfolio reviewed by art school counselors for my 4 year college transfer. The good part you can always get good constructive criticism, but the downside is every school has different portfolio requirements! Which means that, before applying to any college it’s always good to know what they want to see in art student’s portfolio. I am actually going to visit the Open House of the college where I am applying on Friday. It’s in the NYC! Unfortunately, I have to miss 2 classes that day, but the school’s all 4 Open House dates  are on Fridays and I have to attend one and obtain information about the requirements, and what they want me to submit as a portfolio, besides the home test that they send to applicants before the applications evaluation. I am very excited and a bit stressed about it.

However, being an art student at the same time can be fun, if you know how to create your very own fun:D ! One of the extracurricular events that I am involved at the college is Visual Arts Club. The good part about participating in such activities is that while planning our own activities and producing art, we learn from each other, we communicate, we decide, we suggest new ideas etc! It’s incredibly fun once a week activity for not only art & design students, but also any student who enjoys Visual Arts! Last project that our club organized was about designing tote-bags with Halloween and seasonal designs. We had sold most of the bags, which were around 50 or so… $5 each! The project was a fundraiser for the club. Club has a budged, so we students use that budget to buy supplies, or any other activities that we would like to do, which must be related to Visual Arts such as workshops with local artist, gallery visits, travel to NYC museums, club member’s exhibition and many more!. For instance, now we are planning to spend some amount from the budget on good quality supplies, so when we start our next workshop we will be able to use them and make some art for the upcoming “Affordable Art Sale” project that my instructor/advisor came up with. Well, we sold the tote bags, so we are hoping that around the holidays we can sell student artwork, which can be a nice holiday present for friends and family etc…I know people at the college who are actually interested in student art! So hopefully, some of them will buy! 😀

OMG the upcoming week is full of traveling, studying, writing, & creating … oh well, now I am going to write another post for my college blog post. BUSY MODE ON! C U SOON!

Gülnar B.

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Welcome to my blog! I am Gülnar, an international student from Azerbaijan Republic. I am currently studying at SUNY Ulster where I obtained my A.A. in Fine Arts degree during the Fall 2011. Right now I am working on my A.S. in Advertising Design and Graphic Technologies degree. I plan to obtain my BFA and MFA. In fact I am a graduate of Azerbaijan University of Languages ( BA in American Studies), but at some point in my life everything has changed, and my career path as well. I am an artist/graphic designer/photographer. I live in upstate NY with my American family for the duration of my studies. I have many "likes & dislikes", so I am not going to count up all that in here :D, read my blog and you will see. I’ve chosen to keep this blog as I enjoy writing (yes, even in ENGLISH) besides art and sharing my observation & experience. I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I do while writing it. Thank You!

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