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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Open WASH House

Join us for
WASH student exhibition
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
5 to 7 pm
WASH House

When coming north on 45, take first exit after Sam Houston Statue
travel along 75 ~1 to 2 miles. The WASH house is on the left. 
If you get to McCoys, you passed it.

Parking is at a premium, carpool if possible. 
Speed limit along hwy 75 is 50 mph so please be careful pulling in and out of the parking lot.

Students have been busy preparing. Come and see.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

texture/color studies project (WASH 2010 student projects)

How do you make an accordion book of texture/color studies interesting?

Sequencing--balancing unity with contrast
Contrast of color
Contrast of scale
Contrast of density
Contrast of organic forms vs geometric
Contrast of negative/positive
Contrast of opacity
Contrast of degree of visual noise
Did I mention craftsmanship
Rhythm through unity and contrast

Does the use of color and texture, unity and contrast
create the illusion of
story, rhythm, or music?

hmmmm. inflatables without a leaf blower

Monday, April 12, 2010

under the influence

of a haiku (WASH 2d project)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Menil fieldtrip Thursday.

The Menil

Text for Team Names

exclamation point
danny, melissa, ike, jessell, david

haley, sami, jamal, rachel, spencer

no pressure
amanda g, kelsey, zach, jamie, jessi

ashley, amanda j, agnes, mckenzie, theresa

jennifer, morgan, katelyn, jack, jay

island nation
clark, chris, sean, kristen, courtney

liz, amanda p, reece, raquel, bekah

nick, ellen, alexiah, kiara, cheryl

7 panda
jessica g, amber, grady, andres, grace

type specimen sheet

Tuesday, April 6
  1. turn in according book and swatches at beginning of class (be sure blog is up to date)
  2. each team member presents their 40 individual solutions for team name to group
  3. team helps member narrow down to top 8 to refine and present for Thursday (these should be cleaned up and refined, not the same ones presented Tuesday)
  4. bring materials (paper for copier, extra printed out pdf sheets copied at varying sizes and possibly tracing paper if needed) to refine final 8

Thursday, April 8
  1. each team member presents refined 8 team name solutions. 
  2. team narrows down to the top two to be further refined by the member. 
  3. team selects final logo to be refined and used as group brand/name/logo for inflatable project. 
  4. make sketchbook of to 30 designs (from the 48 created); mount logos on black paper and stab bind book (due Tuesday).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Texture studies

Am looking forward to seeing all 30 of your texture studies on Tuesday as well as your self portrait projects. Be sure to bring materials to create 30 new textures--consider bringing a variety of different surface materials to work with as well as a variety of papers, from tissue to hard and slick, smooth and course. Bring a lot to work with, be prepared to experiment and explore.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Some interesting color toys:

side by side color picker

online color vision test

Photoshop-type color picker

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Stabbinding your mark making sketches

video example

handouts for binding [1] and [2]

Book should have black cover and twenty of your best marks that show a variety in mark style and tools used to make marks.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

A reprieve!

Calder earring c. 1942
Mini-Calder mobiles: Deadline extended until Tuesday, March 9 (hang them at the beginning of class)!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The same but different

Students hunt for formal relationships.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cubist forgery homework project

Forger: Theresa

Mark making

Experimentation with simple mark.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I am not myself (and npr's 3 minute fiction)

Three minute fiction (NPR)

"if you can't say it in three minutes, perhaps its not worth saying"

worth listening to in terms of character/story development

though this is about writing, it is about character development in a similar manner as your current project.

101 questions for the actor (about his character)

Using The Proust Questionnaire to develop your character
The Proust Questionnaire (from Vanity Fair)
The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. Which living person do you most admire?
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
7. What is your current state of mind?
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9. On what occasion do you lie?
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
11. Which living person do you most despise?
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
16. When and where were you happiest?
17. Which talent would you most like to have?
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
21. Where would you most like to live?
22. What is your most treasured possession?
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
24. What is your favorite occupation?
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
26. What do you most value in your friends?
27. Who are your favorite writers?
28. Who is your hero of fiction?
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
30. Who are your heroes in real life?
31. What are your favorite names?
32. What is it that you most dislike?
33. What is your greatest regret?
34. How would you like to die?
35. What is your motto?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mark making to music [Th 2/11] homework

  1. choose one drawing from all that you've made to date
  2. take a photo of the whole drawing (don't tilt camera; hold it straight over the middle of drawing = no distortions)
  3. move camera around over same drawing
  4. consider zooming and cropping
  5. shoot 19 more shots thinking of each one as a unique composition
  6. post all 20 shots on your blog; 1 image should be whole drawing
  7. after first image sequence rest by personal preference
no camera angles/tilting just zooming and cropping.

brownie points
post before, during and after of the marks you intentionally drew into.

dots in space over time (human dot project)

And more dots

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mark making to music


Mark making :: All so many words and so (homework) by Theresa!

So I took a towel and blindfolded myself because i KNEW i would peek as I wrote. The assignment I chose to do was #11. Close you eyes and write a word one hundred times. This one was the thought "Go away." I was listening to Flyleaf's songs, I'm so Sick, Fully Alive, and Cassie.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hmmm grading some interesting well crafted work

Good ideas that are also well crafted and presented with care are not only easy to grade but a pleasure. I struggle with grading work were a really good idea is masked by ackward or poorly executed craft or presentation. And I laugh when I know I've been had by an amazing presentation or wowed with craft so that I don't even notice or care that the primary idea isn't that strong. So bring me pleasure with your good ideas or make me smile with your presentation or amazing craft. Please make it easy for me to recognize your A work!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Modular madness morning!

Can't wait to see what you've each done.

And the it will be time to explore the human dot as composition in the afternoon. Bring materials for your team to test and try.