Play to Make

Fall 2021


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I wasn’t sure what this class would be when I signed up for it, but I ended up really enjoying it.  During my freshman year of studio, I was adjusting from the STEM type classes I took in high school, so the transition to the more art and design related classes I was taking in college was not the smoothest for me.  Because of this, I really enjoyed revisiting the fundamentals of design, and I gained a lot of insight from the smaller projects and faster workflow than third year studio projects.


Sourcing for my Film

My film was all firsthand documentation and firsthand capturing of the information. It retells my personal experience with a bigoted and hateful group while attempting to conduct interviews for my original film. The only outsourcing of information was a screenshot of the university statement that was published on April 1st.


Storyboard for Short Film

Inserted in this blog is a pdf link to my storyboard. The draft and the final product are very different in production; however, the message for both are the same and they were both meant to be informative pieces.

Storyboard for Play to Make



I love music and it is difficult to decide my favorite genre(s). My music selection is very dependent on my mood and I would consider it very versatile. I appreciate Rap/Hip-Hop, Alternative, Neo- R&B, Neo-Soul, and Indie music the most, so I will provide a list of a few of my favorite artists and my favorite song or album from them in each category.

Rap/Hip-Hop: Illmatic by Nas (album), 4:44 by Jay-Z (Album), Flower Boy by (Tyler, the Creator), Wunna (Deluxe) by Gunna (Album)

Alternative: Post Humorous by Gus Dapperton (song), Ice Melt by Crumb (album), Fuzzybrain by Dayglow (album), Apolonio by Omar Apollo, 1st Time by Bakar (song)

Neo-R&B/Neo-Soul: Isolation by Kali Uchis (album), A Seat at the Table by Solange (album), Gravity by Brent Faiyaz (song), Dragonball Durag Remix by Thundercat (song)

Indie: Coax & Botany by Gus Dapperton (song), Jinx by Crumb (album), Are You Bored Yet? by Wallows (song), The Slow Rush by Tame Impala (album)


Class Reflection

This semester has been a rollercoaster. Overall, I am thankful for it and I think I have learned a lot. Specifically, this class has provided a constant time in the week to take a break from other classes and work. Even just the excuse to walk to campus on the days where class was in-person helped provide a much needed break. I also loved having a constant outlet for creativity through exploring different kinds of art. I enjoyed working on the assignments outside of class too. Whether it was drawing or exploring different cuts in a book, it was an enjoyable and exploratory way to spend my time.

I think my favorite project was probably the book alterations. It was a fun process searching for a book that inspired some vision and then experimenting with other books. I got access to the build lab through this project and now want to use it for future personal projects because they have countless tools. The bandsaw provided a perfect cut for the book and I was happy with how it turned out.

One of the most challenging things for me is probably giving feedback on other students work. I would get nervous about having something meaningful to contribute, but I think throughout the semester I got more comfortable and giving feedback is one of the skills I will take from this class.

I think another thing I will take from this class is an understanding of the number of ways to tell a story. From projects like the video project to guest speakers, I learned a lot about effective storytelling. I think the ability to decide what form of storytelling can make the biggest impact and create the most understanding is something that will be incredibly important in my future.

Lastly here is my rattle/double pinch pot that we made last week!

Thanks for such an amazing semester!



End of Class Reflection and Takeaways

I didn’t have a lot of expectations going into this class. I was recommended Play to Make by my Explore CAUS advisor for an elective and I thought “why not?” I was excited by the idea of making models and playing with new ways to create art. I already dabble in visual art, but translating 2D art into 3D art was just one way I got to try something new and test my skills. I thought we were going to do more projects like the 3D model, but I was pleasantly surprised that we explored video creation and music, mediums I don’t use very often. I also had the opportunity to think more thoroughly about the process of creating something, documenting it, and discussing what other people came up with as well. Every guest speaker was also entertaining and interesting to listen to and showed me different ways to explore and understand different art mediums, the principles behind them, and what you can do with them.

Some of the projects were more challenging than others. The video project was the most challenging as whiteboard animation wasn’t something I had tried before and it took more planning than I thought it would. My favorite project is probably the book project as the process of making all the components and putting them together was something fun and physical I could do with my hands. I hadn’t had the opportunity to do origami in a while and really like the pictures I got of my book.

I feel like I can use my new creative problem-solving skills in the future when considering different ways and perspectives to see the project I’m working on. I think it’s important to push myself and think outside of the box and I know I need to start doing that more often.

Overall, I really enjoyed this class and liked how it was different from my other classes that had me watch lectures and take notes every week. I value the experiences, opportunities, and perspectives that I got to see this semester. :)


Final Thoughts

Overall, this class was very fun for me! I liked the wide variety of projects that we did in the class, helped itch the creative aspects of different kinds of arts. I really enjoyed doing the video project as well as making the clay rattlers. My only recommendation for the future of this class is to do more hands-on activities like the clay rattlers, I think it’s really fun to get your hands on materials and morph them. I know due to the pandemic, that was hard to accomplish, but as the virus fades away, more in-person activities would be a great way to invigorate the class. Thank you for the great semester!


Favorite Music

I have a few favorite genres of music. When I was younger, I used to really be into Video Game OSTs. When playing video games, the music always stood out to me and I would always listen to the tracks outside of the video games. My other favorite kind of music is glitch hop, which is electronic music, emphasizing sounding like it’s glitched out. I like this music just because I think it sounds neat, that’s really it. My least favorite genre is 90’s euro-funk, specifically Jamiroquai. The upbeat nature and funky tunes of the music always get me.


Reflection on PtM

When I think about this class I look back to when I was selecting classes for this semester trying to find something that would catch my eye for Pathways 6d. Something about this stuck out to me the description of it seemed interesting. I had no idea what I was really getting into though when I first came to this class.

I remember when we did the photography project. I really liked that as I already enjoy doing photography, primarily on cars though. I walked all over campus just after a snowy day with my camera taking picture after picture. Its posted on this blog earlier but ill post some here when I can get my camera.

Starting from the first drawing project (Which I unfortunately no longer have pictures of) when we first met in person at Moss after having missed the previous class. I remember panicking in the lobby of the nearby Zaxby’s before I walked over to the UPS store to ask for paper and came up with a quick and as you all may remember, very rough 2d composition. Seeing everyone else amazing art at the time made me feel rather outclassed.  The art that you all showcased to me was honestly amazing. Though I believe my second attempts at it were better some were no where close to the things you all created but I’m very lucky to have gotten to see such art.

The next project I thought was really interesting was the bookmaking project, I really liked the class session where we crafted and bound books and had a lot of fun. Though when it came to making my own project of a 3D composition of a book I was stuck for a bit figuring out where to start. However after much looking I found a picture of a book with a heart cut into the pages and attempted to recreate that to I what I think was some good success. The book turned out fantastic in my opinion. I really liked how it looks and it was really fun to make.

The next project was the film project and honestly it stumped me. Initially I had a lot of fun making the video about drifting and thought it was really interesting to do. It helped expand some of my skills in video editing. Here’s that video:

On the last in person day of class when we sat together making the music makers and listening to our playlist was a really fun and necessary relaxation time for me honestly. I’ve spent this whole semester stressed about one thing or the other and continue to do so until finals are over. But the time sitting there on a nice day was so nice, I felt really connected to my classmates for the first time in a long time thanks to Covid, it was nice to interact with people outside of zoom and work together to make these interesting things. I had a great time in class. Ill post a picture of my music maker once I get it soon:

If I were to add any kind of assignment to the class, honestly? I’d have a project where each student takes something they’re really interested in or passionate about and create something with it to present to class, be it a musical composition with a guitar, a video showcasing a sports car, or even pottery. I think it would be really interesting to have a time where everyone can express themselves in a way they really like and to share a part of themselves. It would be something they could genuinely enjoy doing that may not really feel like an assignment or school work, but as something fun and interesting for them. I think that would be really really unique and fun.

I have to say I’ve enjoyed my time in this class more than I ever thought I would. At first, taking an art and design class seemed like it wouldn’t be that interesting to me as a Stem major (CMDA). But honestly my expectations were blown away and seeing everyone’s take on how they create their projects was really fun to me and how they expressed themselves in their work. I feel closer to everyone in this class more than I do most classes and being here was a fun time I’ll always remember, while listening to the Spotify playlist, looking back at this blog, or even while just looking at things in a different light. It’s been a truly unique experience so I have no regrets about taking this class. You’ve been awesome by the way Ms. Sullivan, thanks for an amazing class.


Response to Spotify Playlist and Guest Speaker.

I really like the idea of a collaborative playlist with this class, it allows all of us to connect through an amazingly diverse medium of music. The members of our class are very diverse and so is our music taste so allowing it to all culminate together in a playlist is something special. Also it allows us to all have a piece of this class whenever we want just by listening, and remembering the memories of this class.

When it comes to the guest speaker I thought he was really interesting and showcased a lot of really interesting things. The idea of coding music seemed really neat to me as someone in a very CS heavy major and a background in programming. Another program that caught my attention was Pure Data as it was so simple like a blank piece of paper yet you could put things onto it and create different sounds and it was so interesting to me. It really gives you room to be creative and express yourself and I really like that.

Its so unique how it can be both really simple and really complicated but both ways can make really interesting music and sounds entirely from a computer.