Three-Dimensional Design Student Projects
The goal of this exercise is to create a form that will pull the viewer around the piece. Some of these objects started as an oil-clay maquette and were thus enlarged. Other students benefited more by being required to not think, essentially creating a three-dimensional "doodle". The material is rigid urethane foam and is carved using Surform files and rifflers. The larger carvings required some power tools. A faux finish is required but something as simple as a white eggshell appearance is acceptable.
These pieces are roughly 16" in height
The Grandiose Mundane
The essence of this Project is taking an ordinary, everyday object and reproducing it in part or in whole on a grand scale. Homework for this assignment includes looking for appropriate raw materials at hardware and home stores, anything that can be manipulated to recreate the form. A monochromatic "paint job" is suggested so that the focus is on the form rather than color. Since I do not require power tool use in this course, students may choose an object and design the reproduction in such a way as to preclude their necessity. Some of these reproductions are easily recognizable and have a rather Pop Art appeal while others are more abstract.
Bass Relief in Paper
Students use ordinary poster board and razor-knives to create a pictorial space through the use of light and shadow. Each student chooses their own lighting requirements and are allowed only the single piece of poster board. The relief is created by cutting and folding shapes out of the surface No other material is added and the poster board remains a solid unit, nothing is detached.
Found Object Sculpture
With this project we explore the “psychological realm of the human perception of the exterior world”. Using chance and “the dislocation of ordinary things”, we create objects that change or distort the meaning of the original objects. Here we have a unique opportunity to communicate, through art, highly personal or more global feelings about the world in which we live. Examples shown in class include Man Ray's The Gift and Indestructible Object, Duchamp's Fountain, and works by Joseph Cornell.
Cast Shadow Sculpture
The shadow cast by a piece of sculpture can, at times, play a significant role in the presentation of the piece. It is also possible that the cast shadow becomes more visually interesting than the sculpture casting it (although this is not required for this project). The students are to consider shifting light sources such as the role played by the sun in an outdoor sculpture.
Drawing in 3 Dimensions
This is [usually] the first project of the semester. Most every person has had some experience drawing, and many art students have had extensive training making 2-Dimensional images. With this exercise, we try to bridge the gap from 2-D to 3-D by creating wire sculptures. Just as the pencil makes a line on the paper, we use steel wire to make lines in space. It's a great introductory project.
Form VS. Function
In many creative endeavors , such as automotive design or kite making, function is paramount. An "automobile" must fulfill certain criteria; it must have wheels, a seat, safety devices, etc. in order to qualify as a car. For this project, the students receive lectures on aerodynamics as applied to kites, proper materials, and joinery. The only sure way to receive an "A" on this project is to design and build a kite that is both original and air-worthy (it must fly). Click on the thumbnail for a random sampling of "kite-day" outings.