Monday, January 24
After the inspiration from Henry Bermudez I decided to have my lesson be to create a pattern and mark cube. Within Bermudez's work one can see moments of mark-making where the design elements are related to repetitive hand motions as well as moments of patterning with more specific repeated motifs. Bermudez finds patterns within his environment, and students can do so as well to create their own marks and patterns.
I scanned my template and attempted to upload it as a pdf. I'm not really sure this will work, but let's see:
The cubes have multiple possibilities. This should be a one day lesson to make them, but they'll be useful for another project. You can do cube and geometric solids drawing. You can use them as dice to play a zen-tangles game, or roll two together and try to create a new pattern combining elements from both showing.
Friday, January 21
I have to design a one-day lesson plan for next week. I've been thinking about mark-making and pattern. Henry Bermudez is an amazing artist I've been thinking about using for talking about pattern with my new high school students. He's from Venezuela originally, but he now lives in Philadelphia. I'd like to introduce many contemporary artists to my students and use their work for inspiration with them. Here are some videos that talk about him and his work:
Yesterday I helped hang an exhibit of my fellow student teachers' artwork. At the end of our internship course last semester we had a final project which involved visiting the Narcissus in the Studio exhibit at PAFA, filtering out some themes within the show, creating our own work of art in response to one of the themes, and designing a lesson plan based off of our own artwork. Our professor was quite pleased with the resulting range of work and decided we should show it off. The art history and art ed classes are held down in a bright-white and fluorescent-lit basement at Tyler. The hall leading to the classrooms is covered in homosote, but it's very rarely used to display anything.
Sorry, need to find the names on these two again.
The patchwork jeans were my contribution. They are a pair that my daughter had outgrown. I found lots of fabrics that she had worn throughout her childhood and stitched them in a progression representing growth and change.
I reproduced one of her drawings in thread and included her zodiac sign. The jeans are completely stitched through, rendering them an unwearable object and an artifact to preserve my own nostalgia.
The title of the show was chosen to let everyone know that these fine works were made by art educators (often looked down upon in the art school setting). "Reflect" refers to both the Narcissus reference and the inspiration of the project. "Practice" signifies that these art educators ARE practicing artists. There's also the term "reflective practice" which refers to the teacher's role in educating also being one of critical thought, revision, and learning for ongoing improvement.
|Ben Dasher's hitchhiker drawing- lots of mark-making|
|Lisa Noce's Self-portrait Pieta in acrylics on unstretched canvas|
|repetitive Lithograph- very Ida Applebroog|
|recurring dream landscape watercolors sewn together|
|Kristen Eberly's burnt book spines and shell encrustations|
|Gay-Hong Hua's teacup animal caddy|
|Alyssa Lombardi's beach nostalgia with digital transfer, drawing, and tissue|
|My daughter's jeans patchwork|
|detail of my daughter's reproduced cat drawing|
|detail of my daughter's zodiac|
Sunday, January 16
Saturday, January 15
It's been quite a busy week! All my Fleisher classes started (Monday nights color theory, Thursday nights Stitch and Surface, and Saturday afternoon kids silkscreen). My 30-day residency with my 3rd graders came to a close (although the final project still needs to be completed and mounted, and we might get a few more classes later in the Spring). Add a snowstorm and some deadlines and now you know why I haven't posted much lately.
But anyway, my last post shared some ideas for the scrap challenge I expected my embroidery students to work on. Here's the piece I created in response to it:
I'm recreating my Fleisher ID badge. I plan on sewing it up with a piece of card inside for sturdiness, embroidering an eyelet for the chain, and actually wearing it! The red square is reverse appliqued. There's chain stitch for the flower logo, satin stitch for Fleisher, and various straight stitches for the rest of the text. I hope to get some pictures of what some of my students made next week.
Next week classes at Tyler begin, and the week after that I start student teaching. Poor colored-thread might get neglected pretty often....
Tuesday, January 11
My Stitch and Surface class begins Thursday night at Fleisher Art Memorial. I can't wait to get started!name jewelry
vanity license plates
Sunday, January 9
A couple of weeks ago I picked up "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards at the Free-Library's second-hand book store. I've been thinking about the importance of drawing skills a lot lately. "If you can learn to write you can learn to draw" was the rational for having drawing lessons in public schools back in the 1870's. Unfortunately, most people stop learning to draw in elementary school and never surpass a 10-year-old stage of drawing development. It's a great book for helping anyone get past the "I can't draw a straight line" freeze. One of the exercises is to copy a drawing of Igor Stravinsky by Picasso UPSIDEDOWN. The flipped orientation helps your brain get past the naming tendency of "eyes, hands, glasses" which forces us into symbolic representations so that you can focus on lines, forms, comparisons, proportions, etc required for truly realistic drawing.
I love drawing. It's been a long time since I actively drew just for pleasure or practice. For the past few years I felt that idle sketching time was time better spent working on more complex studio projects. I would still sketch to plan out compositions or jot down ideas, but I wouldn't sit and draw from observation for extended periods of time.
Tuesday, January 4
Anybody remember seeing these?
There's something special about random creative play. It turns off the busy analytical commentator in the brain and allows for flow and serendipity to occur.
Saturday, January 1
I'm wondering if there's much money in Mummer design.... The costumes are out of this world.