Art Quote for the Day

WHEW!!!!!!!

I just finished another Winterim session at my place of employment, Edgewood College in Madison WI. This is a 2 week long period of time that students can take classes and get a full semester’s worth of credit. We meet EVERYDAY  for 3 hours and I had one class in the morning and one class in the afternoon.  Six hours of classtime,  2 hours of prep-time, I was out of the house everyday at 7 am and home by 4:30 pm……. with maybe 30 minutes to gulp down some kind of lunch.

I’M EXHAUSTED!

4 days off , and then, the real semester starts and back at it!

I LOVE IT !!!

The Winterim is proof of  how much can actually get done in a very short time if that time is concentrated and focused. It is proof of what students are capable of learning and doing in that same amount of quality time.

The morning class I taught was in Figure Drawing. Drawing the nude…. everyday a live model, everyday a new set of skills to be learned: proportion, measuring ,bone structure, musculature,modelling 3-dimensional form, gesture/motion, media,patience, focus, imagination. We ended today with a 2 hour long pencil drawing of 2 poses in one drawing that related to each other in some way. Students had to draw a sitting pose and a standing pose that would relate to each other , switching back and forth about every 5 minutes….. After only 9 days of intense instruction and LOTS of practice they all managed to complete a pretty accomplished drawing! Some of the students had never had a drawing course before so I’m pretty proud of them!

The afternoon class was called Art Structure and it is specifically for NON-ART majors. Again, everyday , a new set of skills and information: drawing, color theory, design, painting, abstraction, printmaking, sculpture….. total chaos everyday…. CREATIVE CHAOS! And , once again, the work completed was fantastic.

Some of the work is posted here Enjoy!….

Art Quote of the Day

“The ‘state of the world’ and the state  of design need to be brought together.

While the destruction of the planet’s natural environments comes from many quarters, it is climate change that  has most dramatically  and  recently entered public consciousness.  Yet there are two major factors associated with this problem that mostly go  unrecognized.  The first is that  even if solutions were to arrive immediately ( a very unlikely prospect) the problem is ging to be around for a long time as some greenhouse gases have an atmospheric life of well over 200  years. And the second is that there is no real sense of how bad things will get, or where the actual ‘tipping point’ into climate chaos is – climate chaos combines high levels of unpredictable climatic behaviour with, correspondingly, the end of predictable weather patterns.

As change has to be by design rather than chance, design has to be in the front – line of transformative action.  But for design to be able to perform this role, the sum of all design practices, including architecture, themselves have to be  redesigned.  “

Design Futuring – Sustainability, Ethics and New Practice by Tony Fry

Art Quote of the Day

Martin Luther King Day- would he be happy with our progress in Civil Rights?

Inauguration Day – with President Obama being sworn in I think he would be , but still a long way to go!

Here in Wisconsin it is  minus 25 degrees !!  With a windchill added in it’s going to be even colder. This is the kind of winter day I had in mind when I made the short little video (home page,video section) of my back yard after a summer’s rain… I’m going to look at that frequently in the coming days and DREAM of warmer times!

“Every element that you add to a piece has an effect on every other element already in place.  As you work, try to see both the big picture of the overall design and the details that define its elements.  How could this new element best be added to the composition? Does this new element’s placement leave room for others yet to come? Should this item dominate or support certain others?  Should it dominate/support through size, position, color or something else?  Does it enforce the meaning and the message of the piece?  Do other elements need to be altered, repositioned, added or eliminated?

Add to the composition only those items which agreee with other elements thematically and add to the message and/or informational value.  Be prepared and willing to restructure existing elements every time a new one is added. EXPERIMENT, EXPLORE, EVALUATE.

Creative Sparks – Jim Krause