Friday, May 30, 2014

Hanna, Jacob and Arielle, Student Work, 3D to 2D Assignment

Hanna Ramirez
I combined several of my projects in Photoshop to create a collage. My human body project is on the left side trying to control the chaos that's happening in the background. The volcano is erupting and items are spewing out in many directions. This diagonal line direction visually conveys motion (chaos in this case). The items closer to the ghost like figure look like a horse shape figure in the clouds. The challenge here is to survive the storm of the erupting volcano. I used the memento project, the human body project, the short story, and the paper sculptures. I also used the tape shoes and a bit of the soap carving.

Jacob Hinman
To create this image I used portions of my paper sculpture and a drawing.

Arielle Smolin
I chose to take one of the photos from the Human Body Required assignment. I concentrated on the geometric shape of the skirt. I duplicated a detailed image, rotated and pasted together. I then pixilated the image and inverted the colors to produce the final image. Below is the sculpture and some of the steps I took along the way.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Possessions and Belongings, Gemma Green-Hope, Artist

Link here to watch the video.

When filmmaker Gemma Green-Hope’s grandmother passed in 2010, the family had to sort through her possessions and belongings. As she explains on Vimeo:
“I inherited some of her clothes to wear, books to read, a bicycle to ride. But how do you make sense of all the other things that someone leaves behind, the things nobody sees, boxes full of photographs, and bits of string? I used these objects alongside images and memories of my own to make this short animation, which I dedicate to her memory.”

Music by George Manson
Elizabeth Boat made by Rachel Sumner
With excerpts from:
The Fairies’ by William Allingham,
Eternal Father, Strong to Save’ (The Naval Hymn) by William Whiting

Source is Twisted Sifter. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Andy Goldsworthy, Artist

In his Snowballs in Summer series, Goldsworthy makes large snowballs in winter and preserves them until the summer. Inside of each snowball, he “hides” different materials such as chalk, old pine needles, and dogwood [pictured above]. For this project, Goldsworthy is interested in how different snow melts, the patterns the materials inside will melt into, and the relationship between a city and the imposed natural form.

Source is Outside Gallery.  Link here.

Stacked Felt Chair, Richard Hutten, Artist

Richard Hutten for Kvadrat.  Link here to see more.


BUS:STOP smiljan radic
image © 2014 adolf bereuter
 ‘I have seen a public space at peace in krumbach. urban exteriors seem 
to be the natural extension of small, protected interior spaces. zwing 
BUS:STOP seeks to express this domesticity. we have taken the ‘mould’ 
of a piece of a ‘stube’ and reproduced its beautiful height, its ceiling 
figures, and transformed its materiality to create a feeling of familiar 
estrangement.’ – smiljan radic

BUS:STOP wang shu
image © 2014 adolf bereuter
 ‘this is a bus shelter, but not merely a bus shelter. it is like a 120 slr 
folding camera that people can sit in. it is not only an abstract lens, 
because the camera is built by local wood and craft. the lens focuses 
on the scenery, the symmetrical, the static; sunlight illuminates 
the interior as gentle breezes filter through it; our gaze is guided to 
the mountains far away. the symmetry of the camera will undoubtedly 
trigger symbolic implications, but this symmetry is broken by the 
sloped eaves at the side.’ — wang shu

BUS:STOP ensamble studio
image © 2014 adolf bereuter
 ‘ensamble studio’s BUS:STOP for krumbach explores the appropriation 
of a local technique –used to stack wood planks in the drying barns in 
the region – and translates it into an architectural space. a single 
assembly detail resolves both the mechanics and the rough 
aesthetics, resulting in a low-res construction process that can 
crystallize in many forms, ambiguous between the sculptural 
and the inhabitable. our bus:stop is just one of many 
possible improvisations.’ – ensemble studio

Source is Design Boom.  Link here

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lucia Koch, Artist

Transforming ordinary materials into an ambitious series of photographs, Brasilian artist Lucia Koch re-imagines the inside of paper bags and cardboard boxes as larger-than-life prints blown up to architectural scale. At first glance, her photographs appears to be sun-filled minimalist spaces, but a closer look reveals that they are in fact the interiors of boxes and paper bags simply cut to create skylights and windows connecting the outside with the inside. - source link here.

Luke Evans, Artist

For his latest project titled "Forge", British artist Luke Evans (previously) created a series of miniature landscapes on his kitchen table using common household materials such as flour, salt, water and rocks. The idea for the series came about after Evans accidentally knocked some flour onto a table while baking some bread in the kitchen. He was struck by how much it resembled a strange martian landscape, and quickly took photos of the scene on his mobile phone. "For me, Forge was an exercise in frugality. As a broke student, I limited myself to materials I could find around the house" Evans told Creative Review, "Mainly, the project uses forced perspective and tilt-shift; in that sense, I see Forge as primarily a sculpture project that's documented in a way to bring them to life.

Source is Junk Culture.  Link here

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lee Bontecou, Born 1931, USA

Lee Bontecou grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where, during World War II, her mother worked in a factory wiring submarine parts. This memory, together with reports she heard about the war and the Holocaust, had a profound effect on Bontecou’s childhood consciousness. As an adult, she continues to be disturbed by world events, and her work often demonstrates a sharp awareness of the horrors of war and social injustice. As a child, Bontecou also developed her life-long love of nature, particularly marine biology, due to the many summers she pent in Nova Scotia, in her mother’s native Canada. - text source is Michael Rosenfeld Art. Link here to see and read more. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Elsa Mora, Artist

Paper Sculpture

Source is Art Is A Way.  Link here.

Elements and Principles, Assignment Guidelines

  • Find two visual examples for each of the following elements and principles (see list below).
  • Image #1 has to be an image from this class blog. Include a source link and/or site artist's name. Student work from previous classes appear on the blog. You may use these images. 
  • Image #2 is a photograph you personally take of your environment. 
  • Post images on your blog and label with the correct element/principle. 
  • Do not use an image more than once.
  • Images that I used for the Elements and Principles Class Lecture are not allowed to be used.
  • When posting please number and label accordingly. Keep info in number order. 
  1. Organic Line/Shape
  2. Rectilinear Line/Shape
  3. Focal Point
  4. Color Scheme or Value Range 
  5. Scale (show a difference in size)
  6. Symmetry
  7. Asymmetry
  8. Repitition
  9. Actual Texture
  10. Simulated Texture
  11. Horizontal Line
  12. Vertical Line
  13. Diagonal Line

#11 Horizontal Line
Rebecca Horn, Artist

#11 Horizontal Line
Personal Photo

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fictitious Dishes, Assignment Guidelines

Select a short story from the list below. Interpret the elements and principles (lines, colors, textures, shapes, space, repetition, unity, balance) to three dimensional form. This assignment is inspired directly from the work of Dinah Fried and her book Fictitious Dishes. 

Link here to see book on Amazon.


  1. Practice identifying and extracting elements and principles of art and design.
  2. Visually communicate ideas about elements and principles. 
  3. Develop content.
  4. Make visual choices that have meaning and significance.
  5. Introduce paper mold making.
  6. Continue to utilize transformed plane processes. 


  1. Must have at least five (5) paper sculptures.
  2. At least two are wet paper molds.
  3. No tape, glue, string, staples, etc… 
  4. In addition to the examples I have here on the class blog, you can check out my Pinterest board, Sculpture Paper.  Link here
  5. Also, check out the categories on this blog, "Fictitious Dishes Visual Examples" and "Paper Sculpture". 

  1. Use only white copy paper.  No card stock.
  2. For color use the Winsor Newton ink set. Colored pens/pencils can also be used. Important - if incorporating "white", use the white ink that came in your kit. Do not leave paper white. 
  3. Cut matt (please do not cut on the table.  Extra cut matts available in the studio). 
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Scissors
  6. Ruler 
  7. Pencil

A different story for each student.  Stories assigned in order of requests. 

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
The Lottery Ticket by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin

Select two stories. Read both. Make notes on the elements and principles that you imagined when reading each story.

Come to class with your notes. Share/Brainstorm ideas with other people in class.

Begin experimenting with ink and paper molds. Materials: Winsor Newton Ink Set + white ink, brushes, white copy paper, pens/pencils, scissors/exacto, cut matt.

Begin design and construction of final solution.

What to put on your blog:
1. In process photos. 
2. At least three (3) professional images of the final solution. 
3. A personal response to the story you read.*
4. A statement about the work you made.*
*#3 and #4 can be combined. 
5. Optional - any sketches or drawings. 

Alicia Buszczak, Artist

More to see on artist's website. Link here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fore-Edge Painting

Special Collections Librarian Colleen Theisen recently uncovered a fore-edge painting found on a scientific book from the early 19th century. The book is from a set of four volumes about the seasons by Robert Mudie that were donated to the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa by Charlotte Smith, each one holding a hidden image on the edge of its pages. Upon its discovery, Theisen promptly created a gif of the secret painting on the Autumn book.
It turns out that a secret image of a panoramic landscape corresponding to the volume's season is revealed on the fore-edge of each tome once the pages are fanned out. After coming across the blog post containing the eye-opening gif and realizing that there were still others in the collection that the librarian had not yet shared, Colossal's Christopher Jobson got in contact with Theisen to unveil the other three volumes. Now, all four seasons' landscape paintings have been unearthed and presented as gifs.

Image and text source is My Modern Met.

Bill Domonkos, Artist

More to see. I found these on My Modern Met.

Maciek Jozefowicz, Artist

Sculpture made from Basswood Sticks.
In our class we are using Balsa (not Basswood).  Balsa is softer than Bass.  
You can cut Balsa with a utility knife. Bass cannot be cut with a utility knife. 
I found this artist on Behance.

Water Fountain Replica Assignment Guidelines

Replicate an existing drinking water fountain.  A water fountain located on campus will be assigned to you. 

A beginning challenge that allows student to explore the basic concepts of three- dimensional shape.  Expose student to methods of construction for a three-dimensional structure. 

  • Cardboard. 
  • You will have to gather cardboard on your own. Clark's appliances on the corner of Carerra and US 1 a good source for cardboard. 
  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure/ruler (a cloth tape measure will work best for this project).
  • Mask Tape can be used to hold cardboard together while you put on final layer of duct tape. 

Take multiple photographs of the water fountain you are assigned. At least 10 images. 

Measure water fountain. Measure every shape, angle, line. Create a diagram with all your measurements. 

Build a maquette out of copy paper (or card stock) and scotch tape/mask tape. Maquette to scale and approx. six inches square (hint - a dollar bill measures six inches). 

Step 1:
Research, Part I

Step 2:
Research, Part II

Step 3:
Research, Part III

Step 4:
Begin building final structure out of cardboard and duct tape. 

Step 5:
Install your water fountain on the wall.  
In class we will discuss options of where and how to install.

The following information is required for the Digital Journey Assignment:
  • Photographs
    • At least one in process photo. 
    • At least three professional photo's of the final solution installed on the wall. Include at least one detail shot. 
  • Research (particular to each assignment)
    • Research, Part I - Multiple photographs of the water fountain you were assigned. 
    • Research, Part II - A photograph of your sketch with measurements. 
    • Research, Part III - A photograph of the small, paper model you made. 
  • Artist Statement
    • Writing must demonstrate collegiate writing skills. Writing demonstrates time and effort. Writing demonstrates content, reflective thought and intellect. Writing is free of grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.

Francesco Romoli, Artist