Monday, April 24, 2017

Create > Nature Journal

Create > Nature Journal Concentration Series


Goal:  Create a series of original visual statements based on your nature journal documents.

Concept:  Follow the prompts of each adventure.  Go outside to play, explore, document and be inspired.  After completing the initial outside adventure, make images and complete the writing activity.  Next, mindfully reflect on your experiences with gratitude.  Culminate each adventure by creating an original visual statement.  

Watch > Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jBB5iibKy0
Studio Activities:

Adventure 1:
Hike on a trail…
Make a map of your route with photos…
Tell a journey story…
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Adventure 2:
Hug a big tree…
Document leaves…
Share a secret…
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Adventure 3:
Turn over a rock…
Document what you find…
Describe the smell of the earth…
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Adventure 4:
Find a seed pod…
Document patterns…
Make a prediction about the future…
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Adventure 5:
Walk barefoot…
Document your feet & what is under them…
Write from your feet’s vantage point…
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Adventure 6:
Chase a butterfly or look for bugs…
Make close-up photos of insects…
Pen a poem…
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Adventure 7:
Stare at the stars and moon…
Document the night sky…
Invent a myth…
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Adventure 8:
Find and follow an animal’s tracks…
Document the tracks…
Narrate an animal’s conversation…
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Adventure 9:
Watch a storm…
Expose the darker side of Mother Nature…
Confront your fears…
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Adventure 10:
Find a spider web…
Photograph a spider web…
Weave a captivating mystery…
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Adventure 11:
Imagine things in the clouds…
Capture wide open spaces…
Make up a fairy tale…
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Adventure 12:
Listen to a bird…
Photograph colors, patterns or birds…
Compose a song…
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Create > Object Painting

Create > Object Painting


Goal: Use historically significant art to create an aesthetic object from an abandoned object.

Studio Activity:
Find an interesting object from the garage, attic, flea market, auction, or second-hand store.  
Pick a famous painting to use as the primary camouflage element.
Transform the object by decorating its entire surface with paint using the defining characteristics of a famous art style movement or a specific painting.
Mimic the the color scheme, brush stroke method or application and the use of subject matter.   

Art History:
Study the art style movements: Abstract Expressionism, Baroque, Postmodern, Surrealism, Futurism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Cubism, Expressionism

Trigger Mechanisms:
Reinterpret, Translate, Disguise, Substitution, Transform

Visual Examples: