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....