Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Create > Progressive Distortion

Create > Progressive Distortion

Goal:  Show visual distortion in a progressive sequence series.

Repeat, distort, change, metamorphose

Studio Activity:  
Depict the ‘melt down’ or ‘evolution’ or ‘metamorphosis’ of an object in at least a three-step sequence.  IN the first step show the object in its normal state, then render four subsequent steps showing the object gradually transforming.

Be inspired by Pablo Picasso illustrating the concept of abstraction. The ‘Bull’ series shows how to develop an artwork from the academic to the abstract.  In this series of images, all pulled from a single stone, Picasso visually dissects the image of a bull to discover its essential presence through a progressive analysis of its from.  Each image is a successive stage in an investigation to find the absolute ‘spirit’ of the beast.  

Look at Roy Lichtenstein’s abstraction series of the same subject matter.

Create > Zentangle Pattern Hand

Create > Zentangle Pattern Hand

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. You can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.
Characteristics of Zentangle Art
With the Zentangle Method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do. And even though it is a specified series of steps, it results in a creative expression that transcends its own rules.
Fun and Relaxing
Creating Zentangle art provides a fun and lighthearted way to relax and intentionally facilitate a shift in focus and perspective. The Zentangle Method of creating art is unencumbered by dogma and cost which can weigh on other approaches. Nevertheless, it is sufficiently structured and organized so you can enjoy and benefit from an activity that otherwise might be considered whimsical.
Unexpected Results
With our Zentangle Method we encourage you to not have a preconceived idea of your final result. Following this somewhat unusual approach, your creation is not restricted by your expectations.
Repetitive, simple steps are part of the Zentangle Method. These steps support relaxation, focus and inspiration. It can be a wonderful daily ritual.
Creating designs, manipulating symbols and putting pen to paper is part of our human heritage. In a time of keyboards, computer mice, and cell phones, the simple strokes that are part of the Zentangle Method automatically engage you in a comfort and familiarity of timeless, basic creativity.
Everything you need to create beautiful Zentangle art can fit in your pocket. This easy to learn method of relaxed focus can be done almost anywhere, alone or in groups, without any special abilities or costly equipment.
Our Zentangle Kit is elegantly designed, crafted and presented. If you are going to do something, then do it with the finest tools and materials available. We use the best paper and pens available to ensure your Zentangle creations will be a respected and treasured work of art. Unlike other methods of relaxation and focus, you not only feel good, you get a side effect of beautiful art to be appreciated, collected, chronicled and reflected upon for years to come.
Non Technical
Our Zentangle tools and method are not limited by technology. Your creativity is not directed by how someone else wrote a particular program, nor does it need batteries or electricity. Our Zentangle approach provides a counterbalance to our increasing use of computers, mice, screens and keyboards. It returns us to that fundamentally human behavior of manipulating symbols and putting marks on paper. Nothing is pre-programmed. Your creativity is your only limit and this Zentangle method has a way of increasing and inspiring expression of your personal creativity.
It is an empowering and uplifting experience to learn that you can deliberately relax and intentionally direct your attention while creating beautiful works of art .

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Create > Abstract Portrait

Create > Abstract Portrait

Goal:  Create a reduction sculpture that is an abstract portrait

Catalysts:  Subtract, abstract, symbolize

Studio Activity:
Create a portrait of a meaningful person.  Consider two elements: 1) An object which symbolizes the person’s interest or hobby, and 2) The image of the person.  Fuse the two elements to produce an abstracted symbolic sculpture.  
  1. Start by making sketches of the human form.  
  2. Research and view other sculptor’s work for examples of ways to represent the human form in a freestanding sculpture.  
  3. Make a plaster mound.  
  4. Make more preliminary sculptures each abstracting your human form.  
  5. Start carving your  abstracted human form out of your plaster mound.

Artist Profile:
Be inspired by Barbara Hepworth >
Barbara Hepworth was an English sculptor exemplifying Modernism.  Barbara created abstractions that investigated ‘absence’ in sculpture as much as ‘presence’ and the deep considerations of the relationship of her sculptural forms to the larger spaces surrounding it.  Her sculpture forms tend to possess clean lines of modernist aesthetics that she complicated with different textures and tactile sensations.  Her works grew out ideas connecting the human figure with aspects of nature - “All my sculptures come out of landscape”    

Artist Profile:
Be inspired by Henry Moore > Henry Moore was an English sculptor that explored the theme of mothers and children - inspired by the birth of a daughter.  He is best known for his abstract human figures made of bronze.  Moore’s works are suggestive of reclining figures and female forms.  The sculptures make use of negative space or hollow spaces to depict aspects of solid form.  The undulating form of his reclining figures switch in the mind between human-like forms to landscapes of rolling hills and back again.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Create > Emotion Box

Create > Emotion Box

Goal:  Assemble found object to symbolize emotions.

Symbolism, connections, emotions  

Studio Activity:  
Find a box that has compartments such as a spice box, tackle box or sewing container or make a shallow compartmentalized box of cardboard or wood.  Within each compartment carefully arrange objects, images, textures, found objects, parts of mechanical devices, texts, poetry, calligraphy and collage pieces from magazines or newspapers.  Arrange, alter and combine the elements within each compartment to signify a human emotion.  For example a twisted ribbon might signify love or a relationship or pieces of broken mirror glued over a photograph m ight signify anxiety or a compartment painted blue with cotton balls glued on might signify peacefulness or a mouse trap with a snared gummy bear might signify accomplishment or a piece a drift would with rusted nails might signify serenity.

Artist Profile:

Be inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell >
The box is the central metaphor of Joseph Cornell’s life.  He made boxes to keep wonders in.  He used a multitude of found objects representing expansiveness and flight, penned inside cases expressing a simultaneous tension between freedom and constraint.

<em>Untitled (Celestial Navigation)</em>, <strong>1956-58</strong>.

Be inspired by Artist Allison May Kiphuth >
Allison captures scenes inspired by her emotional and physical attachment to her surroundings at home in Maine along the sea coast.  The imagery is a metaphor expressing those emotional and physical attachments to the natural environment.  Her mixed media dioramas are constructed from layered ink and watercolor illustrations assembled with pins and strings.

Visual Examples: