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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Soap Carving Assignment Guidelines

ASSIGNMENT
Observe from life to complete two soap carvings. Use a small, plastic animal as the source of observation and soap as the medium. The final solutions will depict correct proportions, textures and details. Once carvings complete, create a two drawings and a color analysis.


OBJECTIVE
Observe from life. Interpret three-dimensional mass, space and form into a small scale, proportioned model. 


MATERIALS
  • Two large, dense, good quality bars of soap.  
    • Purchase large, good quality soap bars at Marshalls or Ross here in St. Augustine.  Do not confuse Marshalls with Michaels Arts and Craft. Marshalls and Ross are clothing stores. Michael's an arts and crafts store and does not sell the hard, dense soap needed for carving. Michael's sells glycerin soap for soap making - glycerin not able to be carved. 
    • Do not use drugstore soap (IVORY, Dove, Irish Spring, etc...).The bar width too narrow and these soaps have a lot of detergent which causes them to crumble when carving. 
  • Kemper Ribbon Carving tool set.
  • Banning wheel.These are available in the classroom. Please do not remove from the classroom. 
  • Small plastic animal or figure (if needed, you can borrow from me).* If buying your own plastic animal, avoid giraffe, flamingo, squid, whale, dolphin, shark, elephant.
  • Toothpicks can sometimes be useful for detail work. 
  • A butter knife can also be useful.
  • Small pieces of wire can be useful - embed wire in soap to attach pieces.
  • The soap can also work as a paste to smooth over areas that have to be reattached. Soak soap shavings in water to create paste. 
  • Do not use an Exacto, utility knife or any other sharp blade. 
*Make sure to turn in the plastic animal you used for observation with the final carving. 
The final carved forms do not have to be the same size as the plastic animal. 


STEPS TO FOLLOW
The pictures below show the slow, observational process of carving. 

Step 1
Begin with large, chunky shapes. No details in the beginning. Think simple shapes - triangles, rectangles, ovals. Make sure you work in the round - do not carve in any one area too long. Keep the soap rotating in your hands and use banning wheel often to view carving and plastic animal so that proportions will develop correctly.

Step 2
Once you have the basic shapes, begin to define each shape. Very slowly. Again, make sure you do not work in any one area too long. Keep the soap rotating in your hands and use banning wheel often to view carving and plastic animal so that proportions will develop correctly.

Step 3
Depict texture and details. 

Below is a list of information that needs to appear on your blog:
1. At least one in process image. 
2. Any notes or sketches (optional). 
3. At least one professional image of both soap carvings alongside plastic animal.
4. Professional images of your best carving photographed at various angles (at least two) and at least one detail image. 
5. Title, dimensions (width" x height" x depth"), medium (soap). 











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