Category Archives: Project Beginning

Next Step

This past weekend I went to Michael’s art store to purchase some supplies for my endeavor. I purchased a simple sketchbook, pencils, micron pens, and markers. I hope to experiment with different mediums. I have also started to research different instructional YouTube channels to give me the guidance I need to develop proper art skills. In addition, I plan to ask my friend Linzy for help because she is a very talented artist. I hope that she will be able to critique my work and help me improve. I have no artistic ability, at best I can draw a mediocre flower. I hope to develop my skills, with a focus on creating natural landscapes. I find nature very beautiful and I would like to capture that in a drawing. I am excited about my project right now. I am not feeling overly stressed because I am doing something that I enjoy.
Note: I will be including photos of my artistic attempts on this blog from this point forward. I am just currently having problems uploading them right now.

Project Update

I apologize for the inactivity on my blog. I have been trying to figure out how to change my project. Unfortunately I don’t think that a meal packing event will be feasible because it would cost around $10000 to put on. I am not personally comfortable asking others for such a large sum of money. I do not want my project to be entirely dependent on massive financial donations. For this reason I have decided to go in a different direction. I would like to learn how to draw. I believe that this will be a fun and worthwhile endeavor. If I am able to create something passable, I could have it for sale, around a five dollar price point, on an online independent retailer like Etsy. I think that this would be a good plan because it would allow me to learn a new skill while simultaneously raising money that could go to a charity of some kind.I could promote the sale of my artwork through social media. I will be purchasing art supplies and enlisting the help of both my friends, along with online instructional videos to help me achieve this goal. Again, I apologize for the inactivity, as I needed time to rework my project.

Note: the image featured in this blog post is from: http://www.theartsupplystore.co/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/prismacolor.jpg

My Current Dilemma

I will be setting up a “gofundme” account by Friday of this week. I will be posting a link to that page on this blog and promote it on my social media accounts. In addition I will begin to plan a fundraising event. I am quite nervous that people wouldn’t come to an event;furthermore, I need to make sure that it is desirable to attend. I would need to raise a few thousand dollars which could be challenging. I noticed that the organization’s web page features an event that will be occurring in a few months. It would be beneficial if I could raise money for my event on their website. It makes me nervous that at this point in my project I am doubting that I am pursuing the best idea. I think that drawing would be much more simple and perhaps more enjoyable. I feel stressed out by this project because I seriously doubt that I will be able to pull it off. It requires other people to support my cause, and I don’t have faith that others will support this. I’ve been working on this idea for the past two weeks and although I care deeply about the situation in the Middle East, I am losing faith in my idea. I guess it’s safe to say that I would much rather pursue my drawing idea but I feel obligated to do otherwise. I hope to talk with my peers about this dilemma and sort this project out.

Project Outline

First of all, I would like to apologize for having my blog post up later than I had originally anticipated. I know in my last post I said that this would be up by Wednesday but unfortunately I have been sick for the majority of this past week. Despite all of this, I have been researching the refugee meal packing event and I have a pretty good idea of what I will need to do in order to host this event. I would like to work with the Kids Against Hunger organization because that is the same group that helped with the event at my church. They do not have a satellite location in New York State so I am emailing my parish priest to see which location helped to put on the event at our church. I know that I would need to raise a few thousand dollars to fund this event, which seems like a large number but I think that I am capable of doing this. I will be setting up a gofundme page and promoting my project on social media. Additionally I might try some smaller fundraisers to raise money. I also have thought about organizing a charity event to help raise money for this meal packing. If I was to set up a charity event I would need the support of others. I think that if I organized something nice enough I could potentially make a lot of money through either ticket sales, a contest, or some sort of sale. I have also decided that if I do not meet my fundraising goal I will donate all proceeds to organizations that help Syrian refugees like Save the Children, Doctors Without Boarders, The White Helmets, or Islamic Relief USA. Hopefully I will be able to come up with a more concrete fundraising plan within the next few days. I am hoping to have this up by Wednesday.

(The photograph above is from the First United Methodist Church)

A Change of Plans

This has been a turbulent week in our country. The recent immigration restrictions mean that there are fewer places for Middle Eastern refugees to go. Last week I made the decision to move forward with the drawing idea, however I’m having a change of heart. I am deeply saddened by the seemingly hopeless condition of our world. All politics aside, there are people in the Middle East suffering, in desperate need of assistance. My heart aches for humanity. The color of our skin, the language we speak, the religion we practice, the national boundaries we lie behind, these things don’t determine our worth. Everyone on this planet deserves to have basic human rights, and unfortunately that is not alway the case. Most Americans today cannot fathom the horror these men, women, and children endure on a daily basis. It is so easy to be a bystander. It is easy to stand back and watch events unfold, to pity those in crisis, and do nothing to help. It is easy for us to see ourselves ¬†as powerless in situations like these, but we all have the power to make a difference. I realize that I have to do what I can to help these people, to improve our world for the better. I would need to raise 4000 dollars to fund a meal packing event, but I am ready for the challenge. It will be difficult, but I have to try. I was intimidated by the idea but I know this is the right thing to do. I will be posting again by Wednesday, to outline my fundraising plans and my end goal.

A Decision Has Been Made

I have finally decided to pursue drawing for my 20% project. After looking into the organization that facilitates the meal packing events, I realized that I wouldn’t have to do a lot to host such an event. I really want to work hard for my 20% project. I don’t just want to make a few phone calls. Although learning how to draw won’t really help other people, it will be interesting to acquire a lifelong skill. I am planning on contacting an art teacher in the high school to see how I can start learning the basics of drawing. I also have a few friends that are very talented artists so I will discuss my idea with them. I am a little concerned about this project because I’m not sure that I have any artistic talent. I felt very confident about putting on a meal packing event, but I am not at all confident in my artistic ability. I am excited for this project because I could fail, but I know that it will be very fun and worthwhile. If I end up producing something somewhat decent, I could always try to sell a print on Esty and donate the profits to charity. This could allow me to positively impact my community while still learning something new. I’ve always admired artists, so I am excited to really begin my 20% journey.

Weighing Pros and Cons

It has been almost a week since my last blog post. I am having some difficulties deciding between two deeply contrasting ideas. I like the meal packing idea because it would give me an opportunity to help others. I know that it would be so rewarding to help people in a war-torn area. When I have participated in these events though my church, I left feeling so happy and accomplished. It feels good to know that you are making difference in the world. However, there are some problems with this idea. I am concerned that it would be difficult to generate interest in this kind of event. I wouldn’t want to simply recreate the events put on by our local interfaith organization; furthermore, I would want to involve local students and youth groups as opposed to religious congregations. This could be difficult because many young people don’t give much thought to the struggling peoples in the Middle East. Also it would be quite costly to obtain the supplies for this project, and I wouldn’t have congregations of working adults to donate like the interfaith organization did. I also worry that I wouldn’t accomplish enough through this project. I wouldn’t really be learning a new skill. In the contrary, if I was to pursue drawing, I would be learning an entirely new and challenging skill. I could find a fun hobby that I could practice for the rest of my life. The main issue I have with this idea is that it does nothing to help others. Compared to the meal packing idea, learning how to draw seems like such a selfish and insignificant pursuit. Hopefully I will make a decision over the next few days.

20% Project Ideas

Although I have yet to decide what the subject of my 20% project will be, I have many ideas. Initially my friend and I wanted to start a band, which we later discovered would be practically impossible. We would need to involve strangers if we were to create a band, something that has the potential to be dangerous and problematic. I am glad that we realized the impracticality of the band idea early on so that I could come up with more realistic and personal ideas. One thought I had was to organize meal packing events for Syrian refugees. I have participated in a couple of these events, illustrated in the above photo. The events I have attended were put together by our local Children of Abraham interfaith organization. I feel that with the current state of or world, an event like this has the potential to give necessary aid to some of the people who need it most. Another idea that I had was to learn how to draw. I have always had an appreciation for the arts, but my drawing skills are fairly awful. I think that this would be an interesting personal project where I could learn a lifelong skill. Hopefully I will be able to decide on the subject of my project within the next few days.