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Fostering Empathy & UnderstandingEdit

Students working with plasticine to model a life-size sculpted version on their hands in a specific pose. In order to create this sculpture, students are required to create several quick sketches and a final more complete fully rendered drawing. The class works together to come up with a specific word they would like to use to repre
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sent how it feels it be deaf (for example isolation). The challenge will be that the word must have the same amount of letters as people in the class. Each student will be asked to sculpt just one letter in that word. The specific pose you each student is being asked to re-create will be your hand posed in a gesture that represents a letter in sign language.

Peace ProjectEdit

My students started this project by reading about the history of art and social activism and viewing images. Students were then asked to describe what the word “peace” meant to them and then they were asked to create a 2-D design that showed what the word meant. Students were permitted to use their own photographs and appropriate images from the internet. Some students chose to do photo transfers while others drew directly onto their canvas. After the designs were transferred to the fabric, and attached to an embroidery hoop, they began to create their final pieces. Click here for examples and submission guidelines for 2011.

Expressive Linear SculpturesEdit

For your final project, I will ask each of you to work with a “buddy” or small group and create an interpretation of a garment from the past. You will conduct research on the internet and in books to identify a garment from the past that you would like to interpret. Using water color, pen and pencil, you will then design a new garment. After your drawn/painted idea has been approved, you will create your new garment out of wire. You will be responsible for documenting your process and creating a PowerPoint and essay that shows the original garment and your drawings, describes the original garment and shows how your garment evolved throughout this process. This project will require you to do library and internet research, and require you to take your own photographs.

Photorealism: Overcoming ObstaclesEdit

This assignment introduces students to Chuck Close, an artist who overcame learning and physical disabilities and became a successful contemporary American artist. In addition, it exposes students to the use of a digital camera, challenges them to work in the style of a photo realist artist, and shows a connection between the use of technology and art. Students will take a photograph of the person of their choosing and make a grid. Then they will recreate the photograph in the style of Chuck Close who does not have full use of his hands. Consequently, students were required to tie their fingers together while translating the photograph to their grid.

Coming & Going: Using the Past to Inform the FutureEdit

Students will create written and visual statements describing themselves, their past, and their goals or hopes for the future. The visual composition will include 3 personal symbols the students develop to describe the aforementioned that uses perspective drawing to animate student-developed personal symbols.

Campus SculptureEdit

Students were asked to create a site-specific large-scale sculpture on campus. Before creating this group project, students viewed a variety of con�temporary site-specific sculptures and discussed how space and mass interact with each other and the environment. Students were told they would be using cedar siding to build their sculpture and they could cut into the corners and sides of the wood pieces but could not alter the pieces in any other way. They only used Gorilla Glue and clamps to temporarily hold the pieces together.When creating their initial concept drawings, students were asked to think both about the inside and outside of their sculpture, how the sculpture might interact with the site, the geometry of the single unit they would be using and the overall geometry of the final structure.Click here or here for more details.

Cloning, Genetic Mutation, and Hybridization in Visual ArtEdit

Students were asked to view the artwork created by Patricia Piccinini and read her artist statement. They then visited the Human Genome Project information page and others [1] [2] [3] to research cloning. They took notes about this issue and responded to what they read. Finally they were given the following task "Please contemplate cloning yourself or perhaps a loved one or a pet, etc. Consider what it might look like to create a twin or hybrid person/animal. Please render your idea in a composition using colored pencil and watercolor. You may pick the size of your image, background, foreground, and surface."

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