“The imagination is embellished from actually looking.”–Nell Ruby
WE have now come to the intense part of the semester–exploring one particular project in depth for the next 4 weeks or so: 8-10 tentative work days in class, plus 2 studio days to present. Each artist must come up with her own schedule for time in and out of class, including benchmarks of progress and research.
The second part of the fluid media class gives students a chance to explore a particular project or painting in more depth. You may use any (or all) media from the materials we have gotten to know in class—watercolor, ink, gesso, acrylic and/or water soluble caron d’ache. All work should consider the idea of “fluid media” and steer away from more static drawing materials, although drawing will be useful (and important!) in the process of your painting.
Choose from the following list. You may work with one other person or in a group for the final project if you would like to. Groups should not be larger than four people, unless you are doing collaborative or combined projects. Each finished project will be presented to the class in a form appropriate to the project. All work should be supported by visual and developmental research that is to be documented and submitted alongside documentation of the final project. ALL PROJECTS will represent direct observation or LOOKING at a visual reference in some aspect. Each group member is responsible for submitting her individual project support documentation.
Group or individual:
- Create a video that focuses on light and fluid media on layers of acetate or some other transparent or translucent surface. Focus on the abstract qualities of the media. If you use sound, it should also allude to fluidity.
- Create a puppet show. You are responsible for the story, the puppets (figures), and the performance
- Create a “Circus” or other event poster: include text and dates. Research the circus poster, design and create.
- Create a fantastic landscape (imaginary beings—but draw and gather reference material)
- Artist’s choice (with agreement and discussion)
I have chosen to create a fantasy landscape–that is as far as decision has gone, I have waaaay too many ideas for one project (My focus, needs more focus. *Jackie Chan voice*)
Idea 1: fantasy landscape that winds up looking underwater, or on the planet Uranus (I have no idea why those two would correlate; maybe I’m thinking the gases surrounding and comprising Uranus and Neptune are so gorgeously aquamarine )