Jacob Interview Concept

Hello Basile, Anu, Karen, Elan, Jamie, and Mark,

This past week, the flow of ideas has been as dry and shriveled as California. However, sitting in class, your energy has inspired me.

If possible, I would like to interview an art model. I met her at the Rose Art Museum opening and took pictures of her and her son in front of her painting. She modeled for Lisa Yuskavage, whose work is featured at the museum. I plan to attend a talk on Saturday with Yuskavage, and will ask the artist for her model’s contact information. I have been considering asking the model, whose name is Ivan, the following questions:

-Do you feel shy about posing naked?

-Is there a difference between modeling for a painting versus a photograph?

-Is art modeling a hobby or a full-time job for you?

-How do artists find out about you?

-Do you see yourself in the finished painting?

-Do you want the public to know who you are?

-Do you give the artist parameters for how you’d like to be depicted?

I hope this woman accepts to be interviewed. I don’t yet have a back-up plan.


Second Post- Jacob

Hello Mark and fellow El 12B classmates! This is my first post, and the second post to our class blog. What are my interests as a journalist? Generally, I want to rise to the challenge of being responsible for transmitting [accurate] information that people rely on. I am interested in art, culture, and learning about peoples’ individual lives and backgrounds. Furthermore, covering an event or a story as a journalist helps me get a more complete understanding of what I am reporting on because I am forced to gather as many details as possible.

Recently I attended the Rose Art Museum Fall Opening (Basile had the same idea). Instead of merely passing in front of the masterpieces as I normally would have done, I ended up meeting several of the artists whose work was exhibited. I even met a woman who modeled for one of the featured paintings (I felt slightly awkward because her body was very exposed in the painting).

I am still trying to think of an off-campus story. Waltham seems to be a very ethnically diverse city, with large populations of Indians and Latin Americans. Perhaps a piece about how and why certain groups of people ended up in Waltham…?

See you all tomorrow.