Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Architecture Relief Assignment Guidelines

Select two architectural time periods. Merge/combine/adapt the elements and principles of each style to create a relief sculpture that demonstrates you were inspired by architecture. I have started the research process for you regarding time periods.  See information and links below.

Important - Research Imagery due the day after I assign the project. We will discuss each students in research in class. You must have images posted on your blog or print out images (see Step 1 below). Make sure all research images, with sources sited and labeled, appear on your blog by end of semester.

Expose students to historical time periods and introduce relief sculpture. Challenge the student to observe and analyze elements and principles apparent in three-dimension.  Use the information gained to construct a relief sculpture that represents student's own ideas.

There is a check list on LMS with the info listed below. ·      

-The following materials MUST be used.
·     -The following materials MUST appear as design elements in the final solution.
·      -The following materials MUST be used with innovation.  Some suggestions are listed under each material. You do not have to use my suggestions – you may invent your own innovative solution.
·      -No colored ink, paper, markers, etc…
·      -Mark the checklist so I am aware of how you used each material and turn in with your final solution. 

1.  White Foam Board (in your kit). Option – purchase additional at any thickness. Can also purchase black foam board.
                        Score it
                        Stack it
                        Sew into it
2.  White Rives Paper (in your kit). Option - purchase black paper.
                        Fold it - to transform or use creases as an element
                        Stack it 
                        Weave it
                        Sew it
                        Cut into it (paper cutting)
                        Peg and Hole
                        Build a three-dimensional form
3.  Balsa Wood (in your kit). Option – use another wood besides balsa – tons of scrap in woodshop.
                        Cut it
                        Carve it
                        Sand it
                        Sew into it
                        Stain it
                        Sew into it
                        Emboss it
4.  Clear Packing Tape (in your kit) AND/OR Trace Paper (in the studio, cabinet left of computer).
                        Roll it (inside out and stick together to make another form)
                        Roll it into a long, tubular form
                        Twist it (into a linear form)
                        Layer it
                        Put something in-between it
5.  Elmers Wood Glue AND/OR Gel Medium AND/OR Gesso (all three in your kit).
                        Mix it with ink for marbling effect
                        Paint layers, peel off for another plane (wood glue and gel medium work best).
6.  Black Ink (Winsor Newton brand in your kit) AND/OR Black Ballpoint Pen/Sharpie. 
                        Dye it (paper or wood or string)
                        Drip it
7.  White/Black/Grey Thread (I have some in the classroom). Option – purchase string or wire.
                        Sew with it
                        Dye it in the ink
                        Use it to wrap
                        Embed in glue/gel medium
                        Put in-between clear tape or trace paper
                        Allow to extend beyond main form and onto/into wall/floor
                        Hang objects (that you make) from it
8.  Mask Tape (in your kit).
                        Twist (to make rope/string)
                        Layer it
                        Wrap it
                        Shred it
                        Roll it
                        Make another form out of it
                        Use it to make graphic shapes/lines
                        Crumple into balls
                        Cut a pattern into it

The following materials are necessary for construction:
    1. Straight pins (with a flat head).
    2. Box cutter/utility knife (must use to cut foam core and balsa).
    3. Can use glue to attach elements as long as it does not show. Use the Elmers Wood Glue. 

    1. Final solution must be approx. 24 inches in at least height OR width.
    2. Depth must be at least 2 inches approx.  (depth refers to how far off the wall the sculpture extends).
    3. Must hang on the wall. 
    4. Must use materials 1 - 6 as design elements. The amount of each material is your choice. Innovative use of materials considered when evaluating the final solution. 
    5. In addition to the visual examples provided here on the class blog, I have a Pinterest board for Relief Sculpture that you should check out.  Link here.

    Step 1:
    Select four (4) time periods or architecture style from the links below. Find an image for each time period/style. Print out all four (4) images and bring to class. Option, bring laptop to class and present research on your laptop.
    *Note: Eventually all four images need to be posted on your blog. A source link needs to appear for each image. The images need to be posted by end of semester.
    Step 2:
    In class we will discuss the elements and principles for each image.
    Step 3:
    In class demo on how to score foam board, cut balsa wood, use straight pins and a few other tricks.
    Step 4:
    In class - using all the required materials, make a small relief sculpture. Explore materials and innovative ways to use each material.
    Step 5:
    Homework - come to next class with progress.
    Step 6:
    Take photos of work while in process.
    Step 7:
    Post final images on your blog.  Images must be professional and you must have at least three images. 1.) Image of entire piece   2.) a detail   3.) a view from the side, showing how the sculpture comes off the wall, shows depth
    Step 8:
    Write a brief statement about your piece.  Include measurements of the artwork (H x W x D).

    I found the following resources for architecture. You don't have to use the links I have below. You may find your own resources. 

    This link has a plethora of information and breaks down building types and styles while introducing additional information such as climate and context.  All info gathered in a tidy, chart format.  Link here.

    Prehistoric Time, before recorded history
    Ancient Egypt, 3,050 BC to 900 BC
    Classical, 850 - 476
    Byzantine, 527 - 565
    Romanesque, 800 - 1200
    Gothic, 1100 - 1450
    Renaissance, 1400 - 1600
    Baroque, 1600 - 1830
    Roccoco, 1650 - 1790
    Neoclassical, 1730 - 1925
    Art Nouveau, 1890 - 1914
    Beaux Arts, 1895 - 1925
    Neo-Gothic, 1905 - 1930
    Art Deco, 1925 - 1937
    Modern, 1900- present
    Postmodern, 1972 - present
    The above info from  Info for each time period offered. Link here.

    Neolithic 9500BC
    Ancient Mediterranean, 3000 BC to 300(?) BC
    Islamic Architecture, 600 AD - 1700's
    Africa, 2000 BC to 100 AD
    Asia, 5000 BC - 300AD
    Pre-Columbian 200 BC - 1600 AD
    Medieval Period, 500 AD - 1600's
    Colonial, 16th - 20th centuries
    Early Modern, 1900 - 1940's
    Contemporary Architecture, 1950's - present
    Source is List Verse.  Each section has a a brief description that offers useful information for this project. Link here.


    1. In process photos (at least one).
    2. At least three (3) professional images of final solution. Include a detail.
    3. Artist statement. 
    4. Optional - any sketches or drawings. 
    5. Four (4) images of your visual research. All images for visual research should be properly labeled and source sited

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