I have been away from home, my computer, and this blog for the past 2 months. Been traveling around a bit. Headed first to O’ahu where I attended the 12th Annual Hawai’i International Conference on Social Sciences. That was an intellectual teaser of sorts. It opened my eyes to what educators are currently studying as research topics. I presented my research about kapa and some applications that can be made to mainstream education. Education reforms are desperately needed and a complete overhaul to public school education seems in order. I propose embracing cultural domains where diverse worldviews are explored as paradigms. I was excited to share my research and it was well received. My presentation was short and to the point. At that time, I had not written out my full findings or outcomes. I will share some of these outcomes here in due time.
Next, I ventured to Florida where I studied at the University of Florida in Gainesville. I went there to complete the tail end of my graduate program and my Masters of Arts degree in Art Education (received August 13… whoopee! I did it in two and a half years). I attended two studio art courses this summer: Printmaking with Bob Meuller, and Sketchbook with Patrick Grigsby. The most important take-away? Make studio practice a priority!! An artist has to do as a singer has to sing as a dancer has to dance… I am looking forward to getting deeper into making more art, including more kapa! ~aloha~
Congratulations on your research, presentation and degree! I love the colors and the quality of the self portrait.
Thanks Susan! As you know, now is the time to move forward from the work accomplished and new understandings gained. I am working in the realm of the museum at the moment and that is something we should talk more about. The dynamics of art in the museum and such is on my agenda as I plan for a show of my work in kapa soon to be featured in a local gallery here… ~Aloha~