In my student teaching placement, we have a visiting artist from the Print Center coming to work with 2 of our classes. They jump-started the project with an "exquisite corpse" style collage. Students were provided color copies of photos by Print Center artists to divide, swap, collage, divide, swap, collage, divide, swap, collage. Once the original images had been collaged, students individualized their pieces further with magazine collage- although using ArtNews magazine instead of the sports and fashion ones we usually have made for very different-looking images. Here are some of the more interesting ones:
Thursday, February 24
Sunday, February 20
Somehow between the class I taught Thursday night at Fleisher and home the little embroidery I was working on disappeared. I went to pick it up to work on and discovered it was missing on Friday night. It's put me in quite a disjointed state, since my fingers want to work on it and nothing else.
Wednesday, February 16
Last Thursday we had a Valentine-making night in my Stitch and Surface. Everyone brought lots of bits and pieces, and I dragged out all kind of scraps, stuffing, and the sewing machine. Hopefully everybody got theirs done before V-day, but here some are in progress for your viewing pleasure:
|From this view you can see the dimensionality!|
|No Valentine? Gotta love bacon! This has lots of experimentation with stitch styles and applique- even some more dimensional stuffing.|
|Some more 3-dimensionality over here with ribbons, rosettes, pearls, and charms. If you've been reading for a while you may recognize this person's work! She took my class last semester and came back for seconds.|
|Okay, seems like everyone must be itching for a sculpture class! This artist decided to create a padded cover for a store-bought scrapbook kit, proof that one can always innovate and individualize with a little creativity!|
Saturday, February 12
Art 21 special and Here's a video of his shadow procession. Too bad youtube doesn't work at school!
Monday, February 7
Remember this lady?
Well she inspired a whole lesson we're trying out with the high school students I'm working with. We're calling them action figures, inspired by sports-figures in magazines, traced, filled with geometric shapes, then repeated and overlapped for watercolor washes and transparencies. Here's the exemplar I made:
Crossing my fingers!
Saturday, February 5
This past week was my first full week of student teaching!! It went well, but don't expect too many posts in the near future.
Tuesday, February 1
In moments of waiting for other things to happen I've managed to squeeze in some more drawing exercises following the "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" book. I'm working on the "negative spaces" drawing section. You're supposed to close one eye to flatten your view and look for the space created by the negative spaces around an object rather than the form of the object itself. It's supposed to bypass our literal tendency to recognize, name, and symbolize things.
I had more than a few minutes in the car waiting for the Philadelphia parking authority to become helpful. Thus I explored the spaces around the barbed wire fence (above). The drawing method felt a little stiff to me, so I also did a version in my usual sketching manner (below).
I thought this might be a good exercise for helping students recognize how objects can be broken down or made up through geometric shapes. So I found an interestingly-posed figure, cut her out of the picture, glued the background to my sketchbook, and filled the positive space with various sized forms which make up the figure.