Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish sculptor is one of my favorite artists now. Thanks for showing Rivers and Streams Stoel…
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We are learning about sculpture and presented some overview of our assigned artist to the class this week. Matt and I presented on the artist Deborah Butterfield. Her sculpture in the Weatherspoon Sculpture Garden is one of her horses that so accurately show the nature of the horse. Her closeness and attention is amazing in representing the aura of the horse and it’s gentle strength.
Illustrating the 15 Properties on 5×5 pieces of paper and composing a presentation board that looks nice was good for me. I tried making the illustrations of the properties using weak colors and literal images which after a while I found frustrating. To bring all the different literal images together as a cohesive composition was not working, even with the similarity in color. With guidance and clarification I was shown by Stoel how to find something that I did want to work with from the 15 cards that I had made. The one card that I made using an elliptical template was one of three that I kept. Finally seeing that I could express the ideas of the properties through the common shape of the ellipsis was a huge breakthrough for me. It seemed so much simpler. I will remember that in future projects. It makes everything so much simpler. Then the hint of the color binding the ideas together easily makes the jump to a composition. Arrangement on the board was rushed and at the last minute I put the legend on the front, which I should not have done and it made the board not the best. A cut of the board and a more conscious arrangement of the 15 would make it much better. Too much space between and left over made the pieces seem disconnected. So, lessons learned. Photos to be added here.
Regarding our drafting I am also learning to see my mistakes and how to make the drawing look neater and consistent in letter size,
spacing, line weight hierarchy, poche’. Our vellum drawings will be due on Tuesday. I may do this again and look for more mistakes. I am sure they are there…
We are moving into 3-D models of the 15 properties. Totally unprepared I presented a model that illustrated I was unprepared. Sorry! I am making a model this weekend of an elliptical model that I will do gesture drawings with shadows. We are very busy!
This week we continued learning about and identifying examples of the 15 properties of good design and worked on our 5×5 cards. Our presentation boards are due on Wednesday. Learning to accurately draft has been a challenge, but I believe I am getting the hang of it somewhat. Learning shortcuts and how to work with the tools is making me see things more quickly.
Love Andy Goldworthy! My new favorite artist. He is so connected to nature he is almost not here. He is engrossed in his work and seems like he is in a trance when he is creating and working. what a happy place to be. His views on flow, time and change fascinate me.
I am sure we did many important things that I have not listed…oh the 3rd year Metropolis entries were fun to see. I hope someone from UNCG wins!
This week we looked at Christopher Alexander’s book The Nature of Order and learned of his fifteen principles that make something have life. It seems a bit thick at first, but after you get into his way of thinking it loosens up my brain enough to wrap around his somewhat abstract ideas. Personally, I think he is great. Obtuse but great. He is correct in my opinion of our diminished life in the things we are surrounded by in modern architecture and living itself. We are disconnected from our own being in ways that are possibly irreversible. Remembering that we are creatures that need to be connected to our environments is a first step. We are making 5×5 images illustrating the principles that Alexander mentions. Our drawings of the principle of levels of scale were interesting and it seems that we are understanding, although as always I complicate things and drew a fish with scales and levels of scales of scales…get my point? I see levels of scale everywhere and maybe this was my attempt at humor. So what else are we doing? Oh, we are learning how to accurately draw a box that is unfolded and detail correctly the dimensions, lettering and features of this box. It is more complicated than you would think! Tommy says that box designers make loads of money. Something to keep in mind. We heard from two 4th year students about their experiences in IARc and what their future pursuits may look like. Very nice job! Today Sunnny (not her real name) from China told us about her experiences with product design and all about something I now have to go crazy with…biomimicry and biophilic design. Sounds like things I would love to be involved in. Also, I decided to move on design wise by taking down my shoji screens and take home a lot of the distractions on my desk. Maybe it will help me simplify. Vellum drawings are due on Tuesday! Hope it is better than the last one I submitted.
Stoel Burrowes also shared his life with us by showing us his work, travels, pain and inspirations. We are very lucky to have such an influence in our lives. Remember: When you go looking for a job, take your lunch! Get ready to work!
Learning to draw and communicate ideas accurately and quickly on paper will be a big challenge for this semester. I can do this…
We had a great time today seeing all the masks that everyone made over the past week. Birds, bears and Lions…OH MY~ and swans and chipmunks~ all were thought out and beautifully unique. We even took a group photo with all of the class wearing their masks. Afterwards, we went to show the second year class our creations. For a weeks work, it went well, but I personally would have loved to have another week for another iteration. You always want MORE TIME…As I have been taught FAIL FAST! We are now assigned to create two gesture drawings of our masks for Monday.
This week we also worked on our Bulldog Clip Orthographic Drawings. First on graph paper and then on vellum with proper titles, we continue to learn to perfect our skills in drawing and lettering. We are assigned to redraw our bulldog clip with corrections for Tuesday.