Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mark Jenkins Tape Sculptures

Mark Jenkins makes these really neat sculptures by making casts of dolls, human figures, and other objects out of clear packing tape.
This video shows the process :
It kind of freaks me out watching him wrap this baby doll in plastic, but it's just a doll. This will show you how it's done, and what we will be doing in class next week. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Artwalk is Tomorrow Night

Just a reminder -- September's Artwalk is tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 20) from 5-8 PM. Just go to any downtown gallery with an Artwalk sign in front, and pick up a map, or go to the website for more info (link is on the right.)

Future dates for Artwalk are Thurs Oct 18, Friday Nov 23, and Thurs Dec 20, from 5-8 PM. (These are also on the school calendar.)

If you're interested in doing the Artwalk Scavenger Hunt for extra credit, the items needed are listed below:

• a postcard/pamphlet/or handout from any 3 galleries showing art at Artwalk. (3 pts)

• An autograph or photo of an artist speaking at any of the showings (2 pts)

• An autograph or photo of any musical performers (2 pts)

• The name of a painting being shown at Artwalk and the name of the artist who made it (1 pt)

• The name of a photo being shown and the name of the artist who took it. (1 pt)

• The name of a 3-dimensional work of art being shown and the name of the artist who created it. (1 pt)

• A piece of biographical information about an artist (artist’s statement, resume’, business card, exhibit list) (2 pts)

• The name of a “master” artist (i.e. Monet, Andy Warhol) who inspired one of the artists to create art in the first place (Ask them!!! They will be glad to tell you.) (5 pts)

• The names of 3 galleries participating in Artwalk.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Phun With Photoshop -- Funny Digital Collage

Never believe what you see in photos. :)

I took a photo of the school, but it had a really ugly sky. (You can see the photo here.) I really needed to use the picture right away and didn't have time to wait for a prettier day to take the picture, so I was stuck trying to find a way to fix the sky. After trying unsuccessfully to fix the sky by adjusting the colors of the photo, I finally decided to just erase the sky* and "glue" the sky from another photo into the background in Photoshop. That worked well, and you can see that picture here.

But, I couldn't just stop there... I was having so much fun learning new things with Photoshop that I decided to make a funny digital photo collage. I asked a willing victim... er... student to strike a terrified pose, took a photo, and cut-and-pasted him into the photo; then painted alien tractor beams from the spaceships to the ground behind him. I then adjusted the color of the highlights in the picture of the boy so it looked like a yellow light was shining all over him.

*make sure your picture is on a transparent background for this to work. If it isn't already, you can cut the entire picture and paste it into a new workspace, clicking "transparent background" when you open up the new window.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Whimsical Wire Portraits

These fun and colorful portraits were inspired by the work of Alexander Calder. Below is Calder's "Portrait of Miro":

Monday, September 10, 2007

Blotted Line -- Advanced Art for College

For this project, we studied the blotted line technique used by Andy Warhol in his early advertising illustrations:

Line Designs -- Art I and II

To prepare for this project, we studied art by Keith Haring, the Maori people, and local artist Charles Jupiter Hamilton, among others.

For a first project, I am really impressed! Way to go, everyone!