Sunday, April 29, 2012

Balsa Wood Small Sculptures, Assignment Guidelines


  • Using limited materials, make three, 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). 
  • Each sculpture emphasizes an element or principle of art and design.  Choose three 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


  • Do not use materials to simply “attach”. Use materials  for their inherent qualities.  
  • You do not have to use all materials for each sculpture.  You do need to make sure evidence of the required materials appear across all three sculptures. See the list below for materials that are required. 
  • Do not represent conventional imagery and symbols.
  • Do not use text.
  • Do not treat the wood as a two-dimensional plane.  For instance, you make marks and add shapes to the back and front of the wood.  Make sure each sculpture is three-dimensional - work should demonstrate length, height and depth.
  • Each sculpture should be about the size of your hand, approx.
  • Label each sculpture with your name and the element/principle you chose to represent - or attach info with a tag.


Evidence of the materials listed below must appear across all three sculptures:
  • Balsa Wood and/or any other kind of wood
    • Cut balsa wood with a utility knife.  DO NOT use an Exacto - the blades are too thin and can snap.
  • Elmer's Yellow Wood Glue and/or Hot Glue Gun (no colored glue sticks)
    • The yellow color is an inherent quality of this material and can be used as a design element) - line, shape, color, texture.
  • Heavy Stock White Paper (in your kit, excellent for paper cutting) and/or Tracing Paper. 
    • In your kit. Half sheet to a full sheet. 
  • Mask Tape and/or Clear Packing Tape
    • Any width.

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.

Some ideas on how to manipulate the materials:
Thread (sew or string together)
Soak paper 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 all three 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.