Unfortunately, the rain suppressed most performers, whom I assume usually dot the Beltline. However, I found one musician along my walk: a man playing an acoustic guitar and singing. I did not recognize the song that he played, but the voice reminded me of something like a stripped down Motown song. He took shelter in a quasi-tunnel created by a bridge above which both protected him and his guitar from the rain, and produced a lovely application to his voice. Like at a subway station in New York, he left his guitar case open in front of him, and walkers dropped in change while they passed.
A plethora of stores have fronts or backs along the Beltline, and, like the Beltline itself, they take advantage of art to mix practicality and aesthetic, in this situation for advertisement. The Midtown Butcher Shoppe, pictured above, is one of these. The back of the store, lined along the walking path, features a red hare, representing the brewing company, preparing to cut up meat. On the left side, the store has painted a mini-menu of stand-out words that advertise what the store offers: Prime meats, prepared meals, fine wines, craft beers, growlers, and catering. Also like many stores, they have put a door in the middle of the back for easy Beltline access.
Underneath a bridge, two parallel walls each feature a mural. The above picture features one of them. In the center, an enormous black and dark yellow bee emerges from a similarly sized and colored flower. Several smaller bees, also the same black and yellow, spiral out from the center, surrounding the largest bee and flower. Chinese letters flank the bees on either side. Closest to the bees, the letters are bigger and change along a spectrum vertically: the highest row is a very bright yellow, nearly white, followed by two rows a standard yellow then darker yellow below, and ended with a shade that resembles a dark red. Outside of these letters are smaller and scattered black letters. On the leftward side out of the picture’s range, the artist has signed his or her name.
Quickly after entering the Beltline, I found my first piece of art (and would later be stunned by the quantity present): a sculpture, in the image above. In short, the sculpture shows a skateboarder, standing several feet taller than the people passing by. Both the skateboard and skateboarder are constructed out of typical piping, red for the rider and blue for the board, with skateboard wheels that look like little car tires.
What types of skills, techniques, and strategies will we be learning and using for observing and analyzing the environment?
What are the major projects? In a bulleted list, provide links to the project descriptions for each of them.
- Reading Annotations
- Annotated Bibliography
- Built Environment Descriptions
- Built Environment Analysis
How will your final grade be calculated?
Points are earned through assignments, projects, and extra credit. Points are gained rather than lost.
What is the “submission form” and how do you use it? Embed the form below your answer (hint: Google “embed Google form” to find out how).
The submission form is the area of the website where we can submit all digital assignments. It can be used by going to the website and choosing submission form under the projects tab.
Embed the course calendar and weekly overview below this question.
Where on the course website can you find an overview of what’s due and the readings for each unit?
Select Unit Overview under the Calendar tab
What is the best way to see an overview of what’s due each week?
Select Weekly Overview under the Calendar tab
What is the attendance policy?
Students earn ten points for attending class and lose ten points for unexcused absences.
What are the two ways you can lose points?
Unexcused absences and not submitting class preparation assignments.
What are my office hours, and how do you make an appointment to see me outside of class?
Office hours are from 9-11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and email, Skype, or Google Hangouts can be used to schedule and facilitate appointments.
How do you earn participation credit? Provide a link to the instructions/guidelines for participation.
Participation points can be earned by attending class, participating in class, and completing assignments on time, plus other options that include using of technology and other optional activities.
How many points can you earn by participating in or organizing a study group session?
Up to 25
How can you be assured of earning an “A” in this course?
Complete all major projects, miss no more than four classes, and earning 2,800 points.
What are the minimum requirements for earning a passing grade of “C”?
Missing only four classes, completing major projects, and earning 1,675 points.
What do you do if you’re not sure how to document your participation in order to earn points?
Ask Dr. Wharton during office hours or before or after class.
What are the Unit 1 readings and which one would you like to annotate for Reading Annotation 1?
Thomas Carter and Elizabeth Collins Cromley, “Introduction,” from Invitation to Vernacular Architecture
James Deetz, “Parting Ways,” from In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life
Stephanie Fitzgerald, “The Cultural Work of a Mohegan Painted Basket,” from Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology