Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BIG MOUTH Pinch Pot Fish with Claes Oldenburg and Vincent Scarpace


DISCUSSION: look at the examples of Scarpace fish
What do you notice first?
How big are the eyes
Is there pattern on the fish
Do you see shapes, lines?
how many fish are in the piece?
J. Vincent Scarpace
American Artist
Born: Buffalo, New York
His original works are “a personal journey through the use of basic of art elements: line, shape, and color - resulting in an arrival at unique works of art which purposely resemble fish.”
He’s followed his passion for the creative process, the pursuit of one’s own creative potential.
J. Vincent knew from an early age exactly what he wanted to do with his life.
encouraged from about age 2 to pursue line, shape, and color, and the creation of art.
J’s mother, artist, taught young J. Vincent how to enjoy drawing, painting, and sculpture very early on.
Having worked as an apprentice, production artist, and studio artist .
J. Vincent holds a BS in Education (Art and Education),
after several years of teaching in both private and public schools, he’s now a former teacher, "retired" very early, to his studio to continue his creative journey and drive toward the creation of unique works of abstract fish art. Today, J. Vincent Scarpace’s original works can be found in private and public collections in over 40 countries and in all 50 U.S. States.
He is currently in art galleries, in numerous restaurants, and in many corporate and professional collections. J. resides in College Station, TX 
PROJECT: create Scarpace style fish with paint
Step1: paint the inside of the mouth a fun color
Step2: paint the eyes white
Step3: paint the fish with stripes, dots and or all one color
step4: finish the eye by adding a dot for the fish to see
step5: add any additional details: gills, scales, ect.
Kilned fish created in week 1
gloss acrylic paint
paint brushes

I adapted this project wonderful for the preschooler age group. For more information on this project: http://www.theclayteacher.com/bigmouth_fish_clay_project.html 


DISCUSSION: Form and Claes Oldenburg
Clay: what is it? Where does it come from?
  what can you make with it?
  when you make things with clay are they flat like paper?
Form and sculpture
How is sculpture different then what we have done so far?
If you look on the back of a painting what might you find?
If you look on the back of a sculpture of a person what will you find?
Can you touch a sculpture in a museum? how about a park?
We looked at Dropped Cone, 2001, Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne, Germany. 
 The children really respond to this piece esp. after we had studied Wayne Theibaud's Ice cream cones.

ARTIST: Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) 
He is best known best known for his public art installations 
Many of Oldenburg's large-scale sculptures of mundane objects elicited public ridicule before being embraced as whimsical, insightful, and fun additions to public outdoor art.
In the 1960s he became associated with the Pop Art movement and created many so-called happenings, which were performance art related productions of that time.
His work typically features very large replicas of everyday objects. 
Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects.
for additional information, please visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claes_Oldenburg
Project: Pinch Pot Fish
Step1: after warming your clay create a ball
Step2: using your thumb to push in and your fingers to go around begin to create a hole in the
Step3: continue going around until you have a little pot. don’t let your sides get too thin
Step4: from the bottom of the pot pinch out a fish tail
Step5: at the front of the pot pinch the sides together to make a big smile

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mollie,
    We are glad you found our fish inspiring! For your information and your followers that project and over 25 others are in our new DVD set of workshops for working with clay with young students. You can get more details on our website at http://www.clayforschools.com or at The Clay Teacher website http://www.theclayteacher.com. Have a great Summer.
    Jim and Cindy
    The Clay Teacher