Last Monday senior Jasmine Yamazaki debuted her senior capstone show in Case Gallery; it was a combination of English and studio art disciplines, part art installation and part illustrated story. A bunch of Skid kids wandered into the gallery in Case Center, checking out the dozens of handmade flowers, wax mushrooms and interwoven paper spheres hanging from the ceiling. Jasmine transformed the small gallery space into a colorful simulated garden. She hand-wrote her story (about a girl who visits a forest and becomes a tree) and set it up so it spanned three walls with horizontal panels. So cool! Congrats Jasmine!
Her installation is just one example of the many options Skidmore students have for their senior projects, otherwise known as capstones. You can write a traditional thesis, take a senior seminar in your major, plan and carry out a lab experiment or psychological study, write a short story collection, create an art show, do a translation of a foreign language text, direct a theater performance, film a documentary…Anything goes as long as it shows a mastery of your subject matter. Jasmine did a fabulous job of combining her major and minor. Senior year of college might be a long way in the future, but it sneaks up fast! Here’s a few more pics: