Apr 28, 2010
MIT and the SAA
Posted in: Miscellaneous
I woke up at 8 this morning after passing out on my computer around 4 AM. Since I have the worst luck in the world, I had a serious case of KeyboardFace™. It you're not sure what KeyboardFace™ is, it's exactly what it sounds like.
Clearly MIT is refusing to let me graduate without a few last hard kicks in the face. (Remind me to tell you about how I failed my swim test last month.) This morning was out of the ordinary, though, because my KeyboardFace™ wasn't caused by one big epic scientific fail for once.
If you're anything like I was before I left my soul behind and enrolled at MIT, you're probably really into art. You're probably a huge nerd with a love of all things scientific, too, or you probably wouldn't have applied to MIT in the first place. And now that you're in and you've sent off your reply card (send off your reply card and come here, by the way, mmmk?), you're steeling yourself to leave all your cameras and sketchbooks and paints behind and to dive headlong into four years of SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE. Abandon all art, ye who enter here.
There are organizations all over campus specifically so that you don't have to do this. If art's an important part of your life now, it can be an important part of your life at MIT. And if art isn't already a part of your life, but you've always wanted to change that, we're still here for you too.
That said, let's talk about the SAA for a bit.
The Student Art Association is one of my favorite things about MIT. Students and members of the MIT community can take classes in ceramics, photography, life drawing, sculpture, and about eleventy million other areas. Classes are offered at every level, so you can get in on the action even if you think that throwing a pot can be classified as violent assault. Students even get a discount on the classes, so a life drawing class that might be over $200 elsewhere in Boston will cost you $85. You can't beat that. Really. You can't.
What's particularly awesome about the SAA is that the things you so there aren't just an escape from the stress of classes and, well, life. Almost all of them teach you something that you can take and apply to your work. My experiences in the darkroom have carried over to lab classes in my major; sometimes, you won't get the result you want on your first try, but you have to have the patience to look at what you've done and figure out what it means and how to change it if necessary. Wait, am I talking about brains or pictures? I'M SO TIRED.
I took a Color Photo class through the SAA last term. Their darkroom is one of the only ones equipped for color film processing and printing, and they have one of the few color enlargers in New England that takes 8x10 negatives. It's huge. It's scary. It's awesome.
Biyeun has blogged about the SAA before, so some of this might sound familiar, but it's always nice to be reminded that there's more to MIT than science and engineering.
Don't forget about art once you come here. There's no excuse for it.
And if I haven't convinced you, maybe this video will.