Artists to research:
Bell (response to the "Formalist Theory)
A great essay for group discussion.
EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK:
Using a reductive method, create an organic form(s) out of 2 x 2 x 36 inchBalsa Wood. Design principles and elements to consider: Linear, convex, concave, volume, weight, shape, texture, light, open and closed space, form, organic, balance, unity, contrast. Discuss possibilities in class.
Organic forms are shapes with a natural look and a flowing or curving appearance. For this reason, they are often also referred to as curvilinear shapes. Examples of organic shapes include leaves, plants, and animals. (Wiki Links)
2 x 2 x 36 inch (2 pieces) DO NOT USE BASS WOOD
-Adhesive: Wood Glue
-Razor knife / box cutter
-Sand paper, variety pack including 100, 220, 400 grit.
-Wet/Dry sand paper, 800 grit.
-Wood Filler, Elmer's or Mini wax (a small squeeze tube works best)
-One Can of Spray Paint (White Primer)
-One Can of Spray Paint (your choice of color)
-Pencil and paper for sketching ideas and thoughts.
Rules: discussed in class
Research! Use "Artists to Research" section above for inspiration. Consider what direction you might want to explore. Begin cutting the balsa wood using a hack saw and a vice. Cut on diagonals so that you can create twisting and turning joints. Experiment by carving and sanding the material to a fine smooth surface. Balsa wood cuts like an apple. Consider various forms. If you do not like the direction your work is going you can re-cut and re-glue your design. Balsa wood is very forgiving. Finish: Spray paint (primer) 4 coats by sanding (800 grit wet/dry) between each coat. Spray paint (final coat) your choice of color (2 times). Aim for an automobile-like smooth finish. Sketch, plan, think, work, repetitively throughout the entire process.
HOW TO PAINT..... click here
Grading: Five C’s
-Idea, preparation, and how well understood / executed the project.
-Overall design and presentation
- use of media, neatness
-Originality, problem solving,
-Does the project seem complete and developed/evolved?
Group critique and self-critique questions:
Is the form highly developed and complete?
Describe the formal aspects.
Does the color support the for?. How?
Does the color support the concept? How?
Describe the concept.
Is there a creative use of materials? Describe?
Are there distractions from the overall form? If so, what?
Is there a narrative or concept emerging?
What is more prominent, form or content?
What is lacking?
What is the works' strenth?
What would you title it and why?
Is there a historical or cultural reference?
Have you seen this form or shape before? Describe.
Does the final result surpass the original materials properties into another realm or material?
POST-IT CRIT for the final (personal note for me)