My Friend, the Skeleton

Posted by Jessica Meek in Picture This. No Comments

27th February

Findlay’s drawing classes are attended by a real human skeleton. Well, technically, everyone who goes to class brings their own skeleton with them. However, a skeleton without a body’s accompanying organs is a little more unusual.

“Phyllis,” as she has been named, was the subject of my first big project in drawing class. Unlike the first drawing class I took, this one is blessedly free of still lifes and representational accuracy. The focus is on abstraction. I went through several phases of drawing this skeleton: gesture, value studies, purposeful distortion, and finally, a large, semi abstract drawing.

Gesture drawing involves capturing the gist of an object with big, sweeping strokes, avoiding detail. It’s a good way to begin translating an object of reference into a 2-d drawing state. Value studies, however, involve getting closer and more personal with different areas and bones. … Read More »

Doing What You Love

Posted by Madison Simmons in Tales from the Barn. No Comments

14th February

The best feeling comes when your academic focus is also your passion! I am fortunate to have had so many great learning experiences and internships as a student at the University of Findlay.

From the moment I arrived at the farm, I never thought I would love it this much or be where I am today. Working at the sheep farm during the summer of 2015 was the best thing ever! Now, I bring the lessons and experience I acquired there over the past two summers back to UF and learn even more.

This is my final semester at UF, and I am excited to be taking Sheep Production and Management with Dr. McCarthy. He loves his sheep and is most enthusiastic when teaching students about his passion. Similar to Beef Production and Management class last semester, this class assigns a pregnant ewe to each student. After the ewes … Read More »

A New First

Posted by Julia Bastian in Taking the Reins. No Comments

14th February

As an equestrian major, it’s so easy to get caught up at the barn with work, horses and friends. However, I decided to make my time here at Findlay mean more than just horses, so when some friends asked me if I wanted to go skiing with them, I said yes! I had never skied before, so it was quite the experience.

Mad River Mountain is only an hour’s drive south from Findlay. It’s known as Ohio’s largest ski and snowboard resort. Friday nights are ‘College Fridays’, so the slopes were full of college students who were taking advantage of the discounted rates. The lift ticket was $20 after showing my college ID, and equipment rentals were an extra $15. Even as someone who had never skied before, I know that that’s a pretty good deal!

After I finished strapping my feet … Read More »

Satchel Synthesis

Posted by Jessica Meek in Picture This. No Comments

7th February

My final semester in Findlay’s children’s book illustration program woke up and roared as soon as classes began. With work, exercise, Bible studies, and additional activities, I feel like I’ve been running all over the place all the time. Oddly, my schedule echoes my very first semester at Findlay. I have another drawing class and another art history class, with the same teachers, at the same time, as well as a lengthy night class on Thursdays, with the same professor as my last Thursday night class. To keep the parallel going, I once again feel like I have a ton of work to do.

I seem to have both more and less free time than before. Excruciatingly long Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:30 a.m. to about 10:30 p.m.) leave me with no classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, my Professional Practices … Read More »

New year, new semester, new horse?

Posted by Julia Bastian in Taking the Reins. No Comments

1st February

I don’t know about the rest of you, but by the last week of Christmas break, I was already looking forward to coming back to Findlay for the spring semester. While sitting at home and taking a break after finals was very relaxing, I started missing having classes and my time in the barn.

This semester, my classes consist of a mix of GE (general education) classes, barn classes and a business class, which is quite typical for an equestrian at Findlay. It’s recommended that you take a lot of the GEs during your freshman and sophomore years, so that there is more time for you to take the upper level classes that count toward your major(s) your junior and senior years.

This semester I’m taking: speech, English, statistics, management, the barn and (equine) judging. I’m really excited about judging class at the … Read More »

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