I’m finally blogging about our trip to the MacLeod’s bookstore and Vancouver Public Library Trip we had last Friday! It was a really fun experience and I am so glad that I got to go.
Initially, I mostly considered getting books and research done but as the trip approached and I still hadn’t done my intro post, I thought that it would be a great way to get some inspiration. I had tried several times and failed to make a satisfactory intro post, but after the trip I had a general idea of where I wanted to take my project. After considering all research related aspects of the trip, I realized it would be a great bonding experience for me and my fellow TALONS.
First of all, I was blown away by how large the library was. I had no idea where to start so Deon and I had to search the catalog to find a place to start. After that, we still couldn’t find our books so we had to ask someone for assistance. When we finally got our books, there was hardly 20 minutes left so I had to thumb through my books really fast and jot down some notes. I had looked into Bateman before but I felt that looking into his books gave me a better sense of who he was.
For me, the theme of the trip would probably be, “pay attention to one’s immediate surroundings.” A lot of the time, we’re all very absorbed and wrapped up in the world of social media, and that’s fine and all but we often don’t notice the things around us and take things for granted. This trip was really inspiring and actually a good amount of my speech is based off of the notes I took from the books I borrowed. I didn’t expect them to be so informative despite being mostly pictures.
I’m glad that we’re doing this project because it ties into my IEP goal about furthering my interest in art perfectly. In fact, there’s a quote by the German poet Goethe that sums this up:
“He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth”
In other words, if I was relying only on my very limited knowledge of the art world, I would be in a very sad state. However, through our eminent person study I am able to learn about Bateman and art throughout the ages. I didn’t really understand wildlife art at the beginning of the project and didn’t even know that it got a bad rap.
Anyway, I’ll wrap this post up with a few pictures that capture the trip perfectly.