23 June 2011
So here it is. I would have more to say if it hadn't been such an exhausting project (emotionally and physically). But, it's finished and it turned out fabulous! Andee Rudloff built the structure with the help of Troy and Brandon Bradshaw, and Shelby White. I finished off the inside and the outside with the help of some wonderful volunteers, namely: Sarah Sanfino, Megan Kelley, and Rachel McClain. GO TEAM!!
In mid-May I went up to Baltimore to celebrate the first MFACA graduating class' thesis opening reception. It was lovely, but an added benefit was being able to tour the graduate studios and see the undergraduate senior thesis show. The campus was filled with work--I have 4 albums on FB to prove it. It was an amazing time to visit Baltimore. But, oh how I miss it!
A great project idea from my friend and mentor, Margaret Meehan! Enjoy!!
1. Show them a PPT of artists using hard/soft materials, or literally stuffed animals: Mike Kelly, Kathryn Spence, Annette Messanger.
2. Bring stuffed animals to the class and pile them in the center of the room.
3. Make drawings based on the pile of stuffed animals. Make sure to have at least 2 stuffed animals per student. Draw 1 stuffed animal in 1 color, then rotate the paper 90 degrees and draw the same stuffed animal exactly in another color, then rotate it again and draw again in a 3rd color. "Lovely line drawings that start to talk about abstraction!"
4. The students build their sculptures off of their drawings.
embroidery thread and needles
wooden blocks and dowels