Why I Chose Renaissance 2000?
Published 26 May 2017
Different interdisciplinary activities usually make up my everyday life. Regularly I join different athletic activities or activities that require my physical agility and strengths. I often go for discourses and topics that would challenge my academic skills and proficiency. I frequently attend social gatherings and group meetings to enhance my social skills. In general I am a person who lives an active lifestyle and would prefer action rather than living passively.
Thus, it had been a surprise that the humanities course that I chose in my senior year have been Renaissance 2000. It is a course that is entirely dedicated to the study of the arts, literatures, along with an introduction to the different films, music and cultures. This course focused on the relation of these different forms of art to the modern era.
I have chosen this course because I was curious about what is it in arts that it has always been a part of human life. As I have stated above, I have lived a life in a rather adventurous and quite dynamic way, and it is really interesting for someone in my condition to devote some of my time in art lectures and activities.
This course has also proved to be productive in such effect that it has helped me developed and enhance my creativity and ingenuity. Moreover, being enrolled in this course has helped me relax my mind. Appreciation of art and seeing its connection to the modern era shows that people continue to see things aesthetically. The high regards that was given by society to perfection and beauty can be reflected on how people see things and create masterpieces.
Through this course, I have realized that art is also an interdisciplinary course and that it requires as much effort and attention as any sports and academic classes there is. In fact, art is sometimes more intriguing and mind challenging since it is open to personal interpretation and bias. Art is an expression of brilliance and character. This makes it very different from other academic disciplines in which you do things with respect to rules and laws that were set by other people.
Taking this Renaissance 200 as a humanities course in my senior year was a break away from my usual self. It is a challenging experience since I was exposed to a new dimension of learning. I also had conversation with a new set of friends who posses their own unique sense of humor and character. It may not be as challenging as any sports I have played yet the challenge in this course lies in understanding what is the connection between the individual and the society in which he lives, what it is that the individual especially the artist would like to say.
Through the discussion of the different films and musical, one would be amazed as what artistic measures it takes to finish one film. It is not mere enjoyment but a sequence of aesthetic performance that should be able to capture the receiver’s attention and keep it. It is not a plain narration or a mere representation of reality for it captures what it is in reality that we seldom find interesting is actually full of mystery. Minute things that we seldom notice are given with great emphasis in this class.
So far, this course has helped me realized how important arts was in a man’s life. Art is in fact everywhere, as what you can learn in this course, art affects us sublimely and are presented to us in ways which we have never thought to be in any way “artistic”. Through my experience in Renaissance 2000, I was introduced to different kinds of arts and what it is for.
Film viewing and appreciation of good music was in a different level after I have been able to relate arts with the changes in the modern era. Along with the knowledge on arts, I was acquainted with how much it is in a culture in which one belongs is rooted or deeply ingrained on art. In choosing this course, I have been able to learn new things and appreciate the things around me in a more artistic sense.
- Dempsey, A. (2002). Art in the Modern Era: A Guide to Styles, Schools, & Movements. Harry N. Abrams