ARE 6049 My Art History Yuno B.
This video is created for University of Florida, Art Education History class.
When I try to recall about when I started drawing, I just loved it for as long as I can remember. I have been drawing and being in love doing do since long before I start going to school. It was not like something I was taught to do. Perhaps my dad was an architect and his office was in the house so I may had unconsciously watched him drawing buildings every day. (Blue print was hand drawn back then). I was surrounded by huge papers and precise pencils and tools and that might led me to start experimenting with them. One thing I am certain that made me love drawing more was my great-grandpa’s love. I was loved by whole family, but my parents were occupied with daily tasks and great-grandpa was the one sitting next to me watched me draw, praised me and encouraged me with unconditional love. I feel that the feeling of being loved and knowing that I was in safe place to express however I wanted to express in drawing helped me build strong foundation of my life. Gentle care from my family made me grow up to care for others. When I enter elementary school, there was read-and-draw competition every year within the school, which was to read one book of your choice and draw impression about the book. I was recognized at the competition few times and it was a surprise for me since I thought that drawing was natural for everyone to do. Last year of the middle school, my class teacher happened to be an art and she suggested me to try to get in the art specialized high school. My teacher stayed after school hours to help me practice drawing to pass the entrance exam. After months of practicing with her, I was able to pass the entrance exam. In high school I met unique art teacher. First day of drawing class, my teacher told students “Be a bird to draw. Not ants, be a bird”. That’s all he said and he left us in studio, no other instruction. He only mentioned few key words in each lesson and leave rest to students, we were confused at that time. It was a unique way of learning, but over the time we learned a lot. He was great artist and he knew different ways to draw and I feel that he could easily explained to us but then it would be “his drawing style” that students would learn. He wanted us find our own way and wanted us to gain willingness to look for own ways. It was great lesson not only for art and also as for my life, to move forward on my own even when I face the big wall. When it was time to find a job, I had opportunity to work at afterschool care on American base in Okinawa. This experience made me more open-minded interacting with students from variety of background and different cultures. After I left my job, I decided to take classes from Kyoto University of the Art. I graduated the university and then my husband decided to go an university in U.S, and we moved to U.S. By the time he graduated UF, we had 3 kids. Once he found the job, I decided to go for Master’s in Art education at University of Florida to learn further in the field of what I love. Also another reason I decided going back to school was that the COVID19 hit U.S and it was hard for me to go back to job with 3 small children who easily get sick. It was challenging at first, but we kept moving forward and everything seems to be working out better. I enjoy doing art projects with my children at home while I’m taking classes. 😉