Sunday, April 29, 2012

Balsa Wood Small Sculptures, Assignment Guidelines

  • Using limited materials, make two, small scale sculptures.
  • Each sculpture must demonstrate height, width and depth. 
  • Each sculpture must exist as a sculpture that is viewed from all sides (360 degrees). 
  • One of the two sculptures will emphasize balsa wood material + at least one other material. 
  • The second will emphasize heavy weight white paper + at least one other material (can be same material used in first sculpture).
  • Each sculpture emphasizes an element or principle of art and design.  Choose two terms from the list below. Each sculpture needs to emphasize one term. 
    • Focal Point
    • Texture
    • Scale (contrast between large and small within one sculpture)
    • Repetition
    • Pattern
    • Space (create an interior space)
    • Symmetry
    • Rhythm

  • Materials must be used with innovation. 
  • Do not represent conventional imagery and symbols.
  • Do not use text.
  • Do not treat the wood as a two-dimensional plane.  For instance, you should not make marks and add shapes to the back and front of the wood.  Make sure each sculpture is three-dimensioal. Each sculpture will demonstrate length, height and depth.
  • Each sculpture should measure approximately six inches in at least one direction. 
  • Label each sculpture with your name and the element/principle you chose to represent - or attach info with a tag.


Required Materials. 
Sculpture #1 - at least 50% of the sculpture will utilize balsa wood. 
Sculpture #2  - at least 50% of the sculpture will utilize heavy weight white paper. 
Balsa Wood
      DO NOT use Exacto knife to cut wood-blades are too thin. Always use utility knife.
Rives White Paper
       This paper in your kit. It is a high quality paper that can hold up to cutting and inking.

Optional Materials. At least one optional material for each sculpture. Select from list below:
Elmer's Wood Glue
Elmer's Yellow Wood Glue (can be used as a material, examples will be shown in class)
Hot Glue (no colored glue sticks) (can be used as material, examples will be shown in class)
Tracing Paper
Clear Packing Tape
Masking Tape

Additional Materials:
Straight Pins. To keep wood structures together. Do not use colored pin tips or T-pins. DO NOT make an object with sharp ends of straight pins sticking out. Can use pins as INNOVATIVE design element.
Cut Matt
Utility Knife
Exacto Knife

Some ideas on how to manipulate the materials:
Thread (sew or string together)
Soak paper in water to create a paper mold or paper pulp.
Bend (thin balsa wood will bend if soaked in water)
Roll tape, stick rolled shapes together to form another shape
The clear tape offers opportunity to layer other shapes/textures inbetween layers of tape.

A list of info that needs to appear on your blog:
1. Images of your work in process.
2. Any notes or sketches that you did for this assignment (optional).
3. Professional photo of two sculptures together.
4. Professional images of each sculpture - at least two different shots for each one and a detail. Photograph each sculpture separately.
5. Title for each sculpture, measurements (width" x height" x depth"), materials.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Francesca Woodman, Artist, 1958 - 1981, USA

"Francesca Woodman is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s brief but extraordinary career to be seen in North America. More than thirty years after her death, the moment is ripe for a historical reconsideration of her work and its reception. Woodman’s oeuvre represents a remarkably rich and singular exploration of the human body in space and of the genre of self-portraiture in particular. Her interest in female subjectivity, seriality, Conceptualist practice, and photography’s relationship to both literature and performance are also hallmarks of the heady moment in American photography during which she came of age." - source is Guggenheim.  Link here
I found more images on Design Boom.  Link here

Monday, April 23, 2012

Kristin, Kelsey and Kasha, 3D to 2D, Student Work, Spring 2012

Kristin Duke
Manipulated several images of class projects.

Kelsey Schirard
Collaged images from Memento, Masked Identity and Paper Sculpture. 

Kasha Fahy
Manipulated images of several class projects.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Christina Bothwell, Artist

This artist is using glass.
However, the transparency of the glass is similar to what can be achieved with glycerin soap.
You can embed objects in the glycerin soap.
Or you can add ceramic forms to your soap.

Link here to see more of artist's work.