Line Into Form
In the PCA: Introduction to Visual Art course, non art-majors from a variety of disciplines used traditional and nonconventional drawing methods to make a 2-Dimensional work that they then transformed into 3-Dimentional art. Utilizing fumage (drawing using smoke), stencils, and contour drawing, students first created a representational image of a shoe. These drawings were successful through the use of implied textures made from fumage and a sense of space and weight created by the varying line quality. Students then used their drawing as source material as they sculpted their shoe out of wire. Twisting the wire with a drill and by hand, students were able to achieve a variety of line qualities, real textures, weight, and form.
Students in Introduction to Visual Art begin the semester with watercolor. This medium forms a perfect introduction to art making. Students learn to embrace uncertainty, to face the reality that they don’t have complete control of the medium-which has a life and a mind of its own. Watercolor is fluid and dynamic- it bleeds, drips and runs. The painting process becomes a collaboration between the artist and the medium. The medium serves as a perfect introduction to the open, flexible mindset embodied in art making.
Color Schemes: For this assignment, students are exploring specific limited color schemes. They’re learning how to make color talk with specific intonations- warm or cool, bright or dark.