Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sergei Isupov

Amazing craft and detail goes into Sergei's work.....
Here's the link...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christina Cordova

A wonderful and powerful figurative sculptor, Cordova works in ceramic and creates these figures that often suggest stories..... She combines stories from her cultural past with her incredible technical skills to produce stunning sculptures.
"Paseante", 2009 is seen here.

Great pieces to look at for ideas and techniques.....

See more at her website  here... 
and her Flicker page, here...
Here's a video of the artist....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sarah Sze's eccentric assemblages

Look at how Sze uses collections of objects to build these elaborate structures. Some of the parts move, light up or even make sounds. Her work seems a good response to the enormous streams of information we live with today.

See more of her work here....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Prints of Karen Kunc

Look at these wonderful prints to get some ideas about COLOR and VALUE and how they can be used to create exciting images! How might you use these designs and color combinations in your own work?
See more of her work at this link...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Alternate Worlds are Done!!

Here they are! Students have made a portal into another world- They used "forced" perspective, changes in size of objects, and overlaping objects to create the illusion of dramatic depth... all in a small cardboard box!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adrian Arelo's figurative sculptures-

I've been amazed by the creativity and skill of this wonderful artist! These are medium-large sculptures (sometimes they are life size), with a wonderful use of gesture and surface texture!! Look how your attention travels through the figure- along the limbs and over the textures.

See more of her work here...

Sculpting the Head in Clay

Here we go! Let's create a 3/4 size "portrait" using clay. The completed pieces will have correct anatomy, an expression and gesture (twist).

Here's the handout-

Head Anatomy!

Look at the structure of the human face and head....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Zaha Hadid and the art of architecture

Hadid is a British-Iraqi Architect.  She has designed buildings, clothing, furniture, and even the layout of urban developments. In 2004, she  received the Laureate Pritzker Prize for Architecture - considered the "Nobel Prize" of architecture. Her work displays strong ORGANIC and GEOMETRIC FORMS. 
You can see more of her work here....

This "Tri-flow tap, is a faucet with three channels for hot, cold and filtered water to flow through. It has a touch sensative button to activate the flow of liquids, and was produced with a unique fabricating process. 
Beautiful form!


Here is a whole museum devoted to decorative design and the art of CRAFT. The site is a reat place for ideas, and good links to see designer's work and their creative processes.
Here is the link....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

James Owen's "The Grammar Of Ornament" (1910)

This is a classic book- THE classic book of decorative design ideas. Owen collected these patterns and designs from a variety of cultures and architectural resources. He created his own rules for organizing designs and applied them to his own work.

Such amazing patterns to look at and learn from!!!
Check the link here....

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Alternate Worlds! a new project-

OK, this one we can get into!!! Let's make a sculpture that takes us away from this world....
Create a scene inside a box of EXTREME DEPTH and space... use lighting to create drama..... forced perspective.... and place a character in there too! 

Here's the handout!

Todd Rosenthal's set designs- WOW!!

Here's a great example of things you could do for a creative career- scenic design! Mr. Rosenthal was trained at Yale in set design and lighting. The sophistication of his training shows in the AMAZING sets he has created.

You can see more of his work here....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Joseph Cornell

Cornell is the inspiration for our next project- "Alternate Worlds"...... His box constructions are fantasy worlds, made of collected images, objects, and fragments. By using the Surrealist's ideas of juxtaposing different objects together, he created a "story" to the scene....

See more of his work here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Amanda's super awesome plaster sculpture

I really went crazy on this sculpture by making holes and dents and patterns. Here it is->

gabby's plaster sculpture

Kelly's Plaster Sculpture

In my sculpture I used wire to pierce the plaster and create small holes. I wanted to show the the sculpture was lifting up off the table, so I rounded the bottom and made different sculptures of the sun on it. Also, I put it different holes and gaps to let the light shine throughout the sculpture.

Ryan's plaster sculpture

I found this project to be fun and exciting. At first my sculpture was really wet and it was harder to work with. When it dried some it was a lot easier to work with. The tools i used was the clay tools and some spare wire I found.

Jessica's Plaster Sculpture

For my sculpture I used a spoon, knife and dental tools to carve smooth lines into the plaster. I also made a cave underneath my sculpture in order for it to tilt and stand. There are also piercings and tool marks on various spots. :)


For my sculpture, I mostly used a knife and a spoon for carving and digging.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Amanda's Pterodactyl

I based this sculpture on a pterodactyl stuffed animal I have named Misora. I used a variety of techniques on this sculpture, but I used winding the most and the best. A fun little detail I added is the ball of wire in her head. She is also holding my name as my signature.

nils sculpture

I tried to add the couture line in my shell sculpture by making curved lines everywhere. I also tried to in my photograph try to add light an dark.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lauren's Wasp

Jess' Dragonfly

For my sculpture I used different gauged wires to show the difference between the thickness of a dragonflys body and the wings. I wrapped wire around each individual wire to create the mass of the body. For each of the wings I used a different technique to show how detailed they were.


I enjoyed sculpting with wire. I thought it was fairly easy. We used steel and aluminum wire of various gages. I found the hardest part of the project was the steel wire shell that we made first. I found the aluminum and the small gage steel was a lot more malleable.  

sea shell

A wire sea shell made of aluminum and steal wire. Using thicker wire helped show the dense parts of the sculpture toward the bottom of the sculpture 

Braeden's wire sculpure

The wire sculpture is a shell that has several different textures and wire features that represents the textures of an actual shell.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Kelly's Sculpture

The technique that worked best in my sculpture was winding the wire. Since all the flowers and leaves had to be connected to the stem, I used this technique so they stayed on securely. The image of the flower was best showed by winding and twisting different wires to create the overall shape.

Alyssa's Wire Sculptutre

My favorite detail on my shell was the pattern on the outside. It resembled mountain peaks moving across the shell. So i tried to incorporate that on my sculpture by closing off the outside mimicking that design.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ever wonder about freshman year at RISD?

Here's a quick video to show you what you could do in college with your developing art skills :-)

Wire Sculpture Project

A new challenge for the class! Create 3D drawings describing an object. Use wire as a "line" in space to render the mass and volume of their subject. 

Braeden's Jungle

Evan's wave

this sculpture represents a wave type form. using different textures and folds and uses of powdered graphite.

Andrews Roach

Well for this project in sculpture class that we have been working on I chose to sculpt a roach.Add ImageAdd Image I found out while I was working on the roach the technique that worked the best was the piercing one. for this i used a hammer and nail to create on its head.  Although this piece it didn't come out as best as i hoped it was still pretty decent.