Because I won’t be here next week, here is my in-depth blog early:
- What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
On Friday, my mentor introduced me to the website – and magazine – Applied Arts and the illustrations and photography awards they hold. She explained that I could go onto their winning submissions gallery and find pieces of art that I enjoy and am interested in. By finding these photos/illustrations, together we can find out how the photo was made, the method used, and how I could learn it! So, over the course of this spring break, I have homework. Find submissions on Applied Arts that I enjoy and see best suited for me to learn how to do.
- What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
Because of this day and age, and the power of the online world, I have the ability to learn practically anything in a short period of time. Using the internet, I can reinforce new learning by synthesizing multiple approaches to one solution. This will assure that I not only know how to do something, but how the tools used to do it work, too.
- What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
Something that might accelerate my learning is the fact that Ms. Gilder is a very skilled person in the field of photography and people. And because she is such an experienced person, she as the ability to answer 99% of any questions I have related to her work. Another opportunity that may boost my learning are sketchbooks. Keeping a sketchbook with me all the time, and by continuously drawing and thinking of ideas, I can accelerate my learning experience by becoming more creative and generating better art skills.
- When you get together what do you talk about?
Last Friday, we talked about my mentor and her career. Because I didn’t really know her background and experience, we thought it was a good idea to spend a little bit of time talking about that. From that conversation, I got a general idea of what kind of thing she does. And I feel very comfortable giving the role of my mentor to her. Furthermore, she gave me a resource to look for inspiration – Applied Arts – and some homework (find pictures that I enjoy/want to learn how to take or make).
- What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
Something that is working well is our interest. Well for me at least. I am always excited for my meetings and look forward to what I want to do or talk about. And my mentor always listens with interest and generosity.
- What are you learning about one another?
Ms. Gilder doesn’t really know too much about me. However, after this past Friday, I have learned a lot more about her. She is a very interesting photographer, having had her photos on around 200 billboards. She has many great achievements that I don’t know too much about, but the point I want to make is how I (now) feel very comfortable having her instruct me and guide me towards success.
I would post my progress, but the photo I’m working on contains my Father’s face and I don’t want to post that online (at least for now).