A Great Spring Semester
by Lisa Johnston Hancock
I had the pleasure of working with some dedicated students (at three different schools) this semester and I thought that I would share some of the projects that they completed.
For the project below, the students were asked to depict an interior space that they see on a daily basis, using linear perspective. The students were also asked to include thematic elements that told a narrative of how the space functioned for them.
For the final project, Drawing 1 students were asked to create a self portrait using the grid method. After transferring their image, the students were to include additional elements in the background/negative space to enhance the drawing.
The Drawing 2 students were given a project inspired by artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They were asked to choose an interesting object and wrap it in some type of material for working in class. After the students created the graphite drawing, they revealed the object underneath, to the class.
The image below is a drawing from the “Trois Crayon” project. The trois crayon method was a method used by artists of the Renaissance, in which they would draw with red, black and white calk on toned paper.
The Drawing 2 final project was to choose a “master work” by a master artist and re-make the work in soft pastel, adding contemporary elements. See if you can note the master works chosen and the changes added.
I also taught an Art Education, 2D Experiences class this semester. The image below, is the Cultural Heritage project. I asked students to research their cultural heritage by interviewing family members. The students then had to choose an important figure (grandparent, parent etc) and include text, symbols, colors and/or images in their work of art, that told a story about that person.
The first step was to create an ink wash drawing of the portrait, in grayscale. The second step was to match the ink values to the corresponding value of the images, symbols and photos chosen.
Another project was the “Comic Strip.” Students were to choose a current issue discussed in the news and create a 6-10 panel comic strip illustrating that issue. They had to design a main character and supporting characters for the comic strip.
For the 2D Experiences final project, they also had to remake a master work however these students were allowed to choose the medium appropriate for what they wanted to do. The dimensions of the original work were also to be considered when creating the final product.
The student below, wanted to stay true to the format of the original work so she created a square composition for her mixed media work. The figures are wearing geometric designs as tattoos, rather than clothing. This idea was appropriate for Richmond, VA, one of the most tattooed cities in the U.S.
The following student, was inspired by a Mark Rothko color field painting and the new “yarn bombing” trend that is popular in Richmond’s downtown art district.
Here’s a little more information about yarn bombing,
“On city street corners, around telephone posts, through barbed wire fences, and over abandoned cars, a quiet revolution is brewing. “Knit graffiti” is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then “donate” them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination.” To read more visit http://yarnbombing.com/yarn-bombing-the-book
The student below chose the color theory work by Wassily Kandinsky, titled Circles and Squares. As her remake, she made edible, homemade glazes and even layered different colored batter into the cupcakes. The final step was an interactive process in which fellow students were asked to try the cupcakes, explaining the different flavors discovered. This work covered several senses.