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.

 

Allison Kanning

Allison Kanning

Mara Olsen

Mara Olsen

Seneca Schickel

Seneca Schickel

Grace Dillow

Grace Dillow

Recent work from Contrast: Photography + Digital Manipulation

I wanted to share some recent work from the students in Contrast: Photography + Digital Manipulation. After getting oriented with their DSLR cameras, as I talked about in my last post, the class has moved on to specific technical and conceptual studies. Our first project was tied to the use of aperture to control depth of field. The second project was all about time, specifically using shutter speed. From there we’ve used point of view to create transformative images, and now have started on a portrait project, inspired by photographers like Richard Avedon and Diane Arbus.

Here are a few of the class’ recent works:15334024932_4d1c7caf75_k 15166414919_9242b75801_k 15166415789_9d9c337965_k 15399184586_4e8bd85832_k 15265714820_c96fa816ce_b 15158582827_efdf3a8cc0_k 15467881411_d15fdb7a35_k

Embracing Uncertainly: Beginning with Watercolor

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.
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