08 October 2010

field trip scheduled

The Life Drawing I field trip for this semester will take place on Tuesday, November 23.

We will leave from the Loading Dock area of Applied Arts at 9:30 am (come early to get a good seat on the bus!).

We will then head to the Walker Art Center, be there from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, and then travel to the Bell Museum of Natural History on the University of Minnesota campus.

We will be at the Bell Museum for two hours. While there, you will complete a drawing of one of the specimens. They have many wonderful taxidermy animals, skeletons, bones, and a few live animals.

We will head back to Menomonie at 3:30 and plan to arrive here between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.

Please make arrangements with other faculty and employers so you can be gone from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm on the 23rd.

I will send out an email to other faculty members letting them know why you will be gone, but you should notify them as well, and make up any work you will miss before we go.
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homework assignment: cross contour of shell

Shell Homework #1

Drawing is due Tuesday, October 19.

Drawing should be executed on Stonehenge or other high-quality drawing paper such as hot-press watercolor paper.

Color of paper: white or any light neutral

Minimum size: 22” x 30”
Optional size: 30” x 40” and/or 38”x 50”

We will use at least four sheets. Buy at least five sheets, so you have one to practice on, especially for ink work.

1.     Point of view: shell should be positioned with  a diagonal long axis from front to back (one end should be obviously closer to you than the other end).

2.     Draw the entire shell – be conscious of how you are using the page. The shell should take up as much space as possible on the page without being cropped.

3.     Sketch shell out very lightly, indicating large forms in space and arranging details such as projections and spirals.

4.     One line at a time, trace the form of the shell up, over, around, down. Follow every nook and cranny as if it were part of a landscape. Exaggerate all movement.

5.     No outline. Edge is going to be implied your cross contours.

6.     Every cross contour line you put down should be different than the one before and after. All organic form varies over a given distance.

This includes spaces between lines as well. Vary the amount of space between lines so they are not regular/machine-like.

7.     The drawing should take 5 – 6 hours. Work SLOWLY.
8.     Start light.

9.     Value of line can change to be darker in front and light in back (atmospheric perspective). Do this as you draw – not something you add at the end.

10. Use charcoal, conte, or pencil versions ofeeither. Hard and sharp.

11. Plane changes: each cc line to change direction at least once. This indicates a plane change.

clay assignment #2: abdominals

(due Tuesday, October 12)

quadratus lumborum,
vol. 5: pp. 60-61
make sure you build both triangles of this muscle

external obliques,
vol. 5: pp. 78-79

rectus abdominis,
vol. 5: pp. 72-73
indicate navel and tendinous inscriptions

01 October 2010

visiting artist

Pins, 2006.

Sterling silver, steel, magnet wire, and electronic components, 1.5 x 7 x 4.5 inches. 
Kinetic: eighteen steel sewing pins strike the wearer on the neck and vocal tract as she speaks.

Visitng artist Erica Duffy-Voss will give a presentation about her work on Monday, October 4 at 10:30 am in Applied Arts 210.

Duffy-Voss teaches in the Metals area at the University of Northern Iowa. She will be showing a four-screen video installation "stutter"  in the larger of the Furlong Galleries October 4th - November 12.

While the Installation that she is exhibiting is video, her work is quite diverse, and her presentation will include metals, video and sculpture. Her website: 

Erica Duffy-Voss

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