Facing our fears (collaboration with elementary school)
Students from Lakeview elementary school drew their monsters and shared their visions with high school students. The high school student selected these images and used them for inspiration for their own paintings.
Students were asked to think of a distant memory and write things associated with this memory on slips of paper. These were stored in a canning jar and then the created an image from this memory. We discussed how memories are rarely in sharp focus and that things from our past can tend to be a bit fuzzy.
standing out from the crowd
The assignment began with the conversation with students about what makes them unique or what made them stand out from their peers in the high school setting. There were layers of this assignment, including written elements expressing their personality, shape and color related to self and some form of 'representation'. This was created on the backdrop of large old photos from the archive from the school that they were wanting to get rid of.
The assignment was for students to examin how they look to others and how they are on the inside. The creative constraint was the size and the use of a diptych format. This show was hung on BYU campus in the art education building.
art in public spaces: banner murals
I wanted some collaborative project to help my two advanced classes to connect to each other at the start of the school year. The banner murals were the result with the two classes working to come up with an image and then everyone contributed by working on the mural. The creative constraints of mural size and black and white media was chosen. The murals are currently on display downtown and there are plans to move them to another location at the start of the new year.
students created a series of letters using collage, painting or what ever means interested them. These letters of various font syltes where than scanned and printed and placed on a table for them to form somethign they felt was worth saying in public. The students then posted these messages throughout the ocmmunity.
Working with my student teacher, Andrea Frohm, we created an opportunity of exploring installations on a miniture scale. Video clips and discussions prepped students for designing and creating their own installation. The articulation of form within space and other concepts were addressed in this project.
mix media collaboration
My art students worked with students from the graphics department in created a collaborative project. Students found time to discuss various approaches, imagery and ideas.
in & out
size and the "in and out" theme were initially the only limitations for this project and scheduled student show up on byu campus (jesse knight builing). the students set up the additional constraint of having all works be monochromatic and then later black and white.
You can use acrylic, gouache or or color-aid. This work will be assessed base upon craftsmanship (usually represented by the amount of time spent), objectives and creativity (are you thinking outside of the examples displayed above?). You should also adopt a clean graphic look to your design and the composition should reflect and reinforce your visual message.
the role of visual culture
As we drive to and from school we are confronted with a glut of imagery and words. Signage and corporate identity are closely aligned with font use, colors and patterns. What, if any, corporate identities are you attracted to and why? In the next few days gather the wrappers, packaging and container from the things you ‘consume’. These will be used to help you create an collage, from which you will create a larger work.
Lessons related to the formal properties of art can be addressed as students engage with the larger issues of this project: color harmony, color theory and composition. wordPLAY.pdf
Color Coded self portraits
IN this project I was seeking to create an environment where students emotionally connected to colors and working with the proportional constraints that were generated by the Color Code Personality Test. They were urged to find forms, shapes and images that reprsented them.
the Hot Shop: Planet Earth
today we are exposed to various perspectives on the environment, man made and natural and how artist have tried to communicate the need for a proper balance between the two. Your challenge is to create a set of design solutions that visually represents ‘striking a balance’ between the two worlds, man made and nature, that we live in.
design a set of eight cards using your color-aid skills to represent the balance of man and nature. Consider organic vs. geometric shapes and somehow strive to find an appropriate balance between the two in your composition, color and shapes used to communicate your ideas. each card should be 3 1/2 inches by 4 inches in size.
where I live
This assignment is for people who haven't spent much time with the land around where they live. So if you have planted a big, beautiful garden, that is terrific and you should go do another assignment. The rest of you are people who may not even really have a yard - maybe you live in an apartment and the yard is maintained by someone else, or maybe you just have a parking strip that seems to belong to the city. Maybe you live in a dorm and the "yard" is in the quad. Leave your home with a camera and big piece of white cardboard. Look around. Each time you see a new kind of living thing, put the white cardboard behind it and take a picture of it against this white background. This will be easiest if you have a friend who can hold the cardboard up. Take photographs of every single different growing thing that you see. Notice grasses, weeds, flowers, trees, insects, birds, cats, dogs. You don't have to identify what anything is, just take a photograph, as if you are a scientist on an island that no human has ever set foot on before.
You will create a coherent design from these collected photographs, sketches, and google earth images. (source Assignment #66-Make a field guide to your yard" www.learningtoloveyoumore.com)
With only the parameters being the size limitation, students were to create a portrait of someone over sixty after interviewing them. Students gleaned insights about how to live lifte and how life is lived. From their interviews, insights were gleaned and they created portraits which best represented their experiences. The works served as a catalyst for a lively, and at times emotional discussion as students shared a bit of their own life experiences. sexagenarian.pdf
Each student will read one graphic novel and one picture book, then create a one-page description and interpretation of the graphic novel. This review will use the artistic conventions of the book and can include images or design elements from the book. The final studio art project will be the beginning of an original illustrated book or graphic novel (a two-page spread).
A suggested theme or subject for this graphic novel would be in a day in your life.
Here is a link to several examples of various graphic novels with examples. http://www.noflyingnotights.com/
my mandala project
Mandalas: Purposes of Mandalas: Inner Peace, Heal the earth, meditation on things of importance, focus. (curriculum sketch in the form of a mandala). A Mandala is means "having" or "containing". It is also translated as circle-circumference or completion.Â In this assignment you will first create a collage of images from you life, places, thoughts that you feel are sacred. It could be general, like the earth or a very specific place.
questions to consider in creating your mandala:
Is it an actual location? Or is it an inner state of mind?
What images come to mind? How is sacred place defined?
How do you recognize it? How do you experience it?
How does a place become sacred?
Scale/size: no smaller than 40 inches by 40 inches
circular, heavy use of pattern, color and personally significant imagery that communicates your most sacred place
mapping self project
In this age of information, the map--an image long associated with information--has increasingly become a means of expression for artists to organize and disseminate information. The Mapping the Self explores how you, as an artist/teacher/researcher, could use a multi-layered map to understand and explain yourself and the
At Least five areas of your life should be represented through a visual map, representing these areas. Most materials you work with should be transparent to semi-transparent, allowing the viewer to making interesting connections between these different ‘map worlds’, or areas of your life. A variety of media including
photography, drawing, collage, computer imagery is encouraged.
Make sure to investigate how you can best use traditional mapping iconography in a very personal and expressive manner.
1-geographic (travel: time and space?)
2-artistic (influences, aesthetic concepts or philosophy that governs art making), 3-teacher/student (mapping pedagogy?)
Maps can communicate highly complex ideas such as identity, politics, and culture. As a medium, maps allow artists to address all kinds of interesting issue and filter ideas of space and time through personal perspectives.
in the eye of the beholder