I know we will have access to the swimming pool at certain hours but i was wondering if we would have access to the dairy loop or the track to run? =)
Yes, you will have access to the FAC (Fitness and Athletic Center) track and workout room, but the Dairy Loop is off-limits. The reason is that parts of the Loop are remote and have poor cell reception, and we have a responsibility to keep you safe. However, it so beautiful out there that we do organize group walks on the Loop on weekends. I’ll speak with the Director of Residential Life to see about organizing a group run/jog.
As promised, we are sharing with you a “What to Bring/Not to Bring” list. The list is on page 10 of the newly revised Student Handbook (click on the link below to access it).
Please note that some of the info in the Handbook is different from the one you might have downloaded from the BLUR website. Of special note for parents is that the contact information for faculty and staff (page 9) has been updated.
Hi! I was just wondering when we will be getting a list of things to bring with us?
A list will be sent via email, and be available on this blog (and Facebook) by Tuesday.
Hello, I would like to know what mediums the artists can work in for the visual arts area of the program? Are students expected to work in certain mediums for the program?
Visual arts students will work in a variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, clay, photography, and video.
are we going to have roommates? if so, how many?
You will have at least one roommate. The dorm you will be housed in has doubles and triples.
Touring the ceramics studio…hatching plans…soon BLUR students will be using these wheels. (at Ceramics Studio)
Here’s an early snapshot of who is coming to BLUR this summer. We have admitted 45 students from 16 states, including Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
If all goes well, this will be largest and most geographically diverse group we’ve ever had. It’s going to be a great three weeks!
This commencement address by sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman captures so much of our philosophy here at BLUR.
Here’s a taste:
The urge, starting out, is to copy. And that’s not a bad thing. Most of us only find our own voices after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people. But the one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.
The things I’ve done that worked the best were the things I was the least certain about, the stories where I was sure they would either work, or more likely be the kinds of embarrassing failures people would gather together and talk about until the end of time. They always had that in common: looking back at them, people explain why they were inevitable successes. While I was doing them, I had no idea.
I still don’t. And where would be the fun in making something you knew was going to work?
I went to BLUR this past summer, and I just love that a music department was added, and that in the future a dance department may be added as well. I don't know if I'll return this summer, but I'm excited to see what becomes of the two new departments. BLUR was so much fun and, unless there's another storm (let's all pause to knock on wood), I know great things are gonna come out of the program this year.
Thank you SO much for your vote of confidence! We’re very excited about this summer.
We’ve always thought BLUR was a good idea: bring together talented young artists from the across the country for three weeks in an extremely beautiful setting, and have them work under the guidance of fantastic professional artists. Add in iPads, field trips, and amazing outdoor performances by a professional theatre company. What’s not to love?
Well, there’s now even more reasons to love BLUR.
The business world speaks and says they need people with good communications skills, creativity, writing ability, can work well with others, and know their way around a computer.
Well, good thing there’s BLUR. At BLUR, collaboration, curiosity, and creativity are at the heart of everything we do. Throw in the fact that we focus students on the ways in which digital technology is changing the way we create, and it starts to sound like business leaders dreamed up our little program.
Read this impassioned plea to invest in the arts, not cut them:
In addition to working with Endstation Theatre Company’s actors and seeing them perform, BLUR students will have the opportunity to visit the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, one of the world’s premiere artist colonies, located less than a mile from Sweet Briar College’s campus. There, students will meet with professional artists in their studios and talk with them about their work. This photo is one of my favorites from last summer’s visit to the VCCA: VCCA Fellow Christine Hiebert demonstrates drawing with painter’s tape to BLUR students.
At BLUR students benefit from Sweet Briar College’s dedication to creating technologically savvy learning spaces. Here the creative writing students discuss Pieter Bruegel’s painting “Hunters in the Snow” (1565) displayed on a large flat panel monitor.
Brandon Som, the Chair of Creative Writing, often uses paintings to help students think about the importance of vivid imagery, and the way images can create story, even though they are not moving.
I haven't taken any extracurricular art activities or art classes in school so I don't have any teachers who are familiar with me as an artist, so would it be fine to have the letter written by a teacher who knows my work ethic, collaboration, etc but not artistic skills?