This week instead of going to class, we had the amazing opportunity to go to the Japanese Gardens to sketch and take photographs. I personally love the Japanese Gardens so much and think it is such a beautiful place on campus. I have taken photos there many times but never sat and sketched the beautiful scenery I was surrounded by.The sketching experience was nice and frustrating at the same time. On one hand, drawing was very relaxing and peaceful and on the other drawing was frustrating when nothing came out amazing and I had trouble really figuring out how to draw “abstract”. I am a person who is used to structure and looking at art realistically and literally, therefore drawing an abstract picture, was a hard concept for me to truly understand. I guess everyone has a different opinion of what is abstract, which also made me have a difficult time with executing an abstract photo. Overall, the experience was a lot of fun and very enjoyable. I learned I wish I was a better artist but sitting amongst beautiful nature and sketching is so relaxing and I plan on doing it again. I loved switching up class time and recommend this activity for the future.