Friday, May 25, 2012

Recycled Robots with Clayton Bailey

Two Day Project

Discussion: Form 
Artist: Clayton Bailey (1939-       )
Born 1939- Clayton G. Bailey is born in Antigo, Wisconsin .
1960- Inspired by the abstract expressionist work of Peter Voulkos, he begins to make ripped and torn ceramic forms, and begins a series of unique "pinch pots". 
Bailey receives a B.S. Degree in Art Education in January 1961, and continues in the Graduate Program. Littleton hires him as studio technician, and instructor of a beginning pottery class.
1962- Bailey receives an M.S. Degree in Art and Art Education. 
His students in ceramics are children aged 4 to 18 years old, and adults of all ages; and his classes meet six days of the week. 
The slogan, "Think Ugly" is painted on the wall of the ceramic shop by one of Bailey's students as a rationalization for the ugly sculptures they are making.
Bailey notes that "beauty" is an attribute of the familiar and the comfortable. The artist, he claims, should seek to discover the new and unusual, and should not strive for beauty.
He moves to Northern California in 1968.
1968-The Funk Art Festival is organized by Bailey and Coelho at U.S.D., Vermillion. California artists Roy DeForest, David Gilhooly, David and Maija Zack are the invited guests.
During the next decades, this toy collection will grow to many hundreds of battery operated space and robot toys.
He is a featured ceramic artist, along with Peter Voulkos, Toshiko Takaezu, and Paul Soldner, in the ABC-TV prime time special; "With These Hands; The American Craftsman", sponsored by the S.C. Johnson Co.
Roy DeForest coins the term "Nut Art", saying that "it has to do with phantasmagoric ideas and fantasies. 
Bailey and friends often meet at the Dairyville Cafe or at the Rainbow House in San Francisco 
He is a panelist for the California Arts Commission Fellowship Program.

For additional information:
Project: using collected cans create a robot sculpture
Step1: find two matching can legs
Step2: find a body
Step3: Find a head
Step4: help students glue them together
Step5: add fun hardware for eyes, hair, body parts (switches) shoes etc...
Recycled cans of all sizes
Clear Silicone glue (Home Depot)
Hardware from around the house

This project was inspired by Jane Hastings Robot artwork for more info on Jane visit her on pinterest:

Watercolor bowls with Chihuly

Discussion: Form 
Glass sculpture
Chiluly’s artwork
Artist: Chihuly (1941-       )
Born in Tacoma, Washington,
Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. 
After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. 
He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.
His work is included in more than 200 hundred museum collections worldwide. 
He has been the recipient of many awards, including eleven honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
team approach to blowing glass
major exhibition venues include the de Young Museum in San Francisco, in 2008,
Step 1: using washable markers, create a pattern on a coffee filter
Step2: spray it with liquid starch and set it over a bottle to dry
Step3: hot glue the form to a piece of black construction paper for final display. 
Washable markers
Coffee filters
Hot glue
Liquid starch (dollar Store)

For additional information on this project, check out this great blog:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pattern Words with Romero Britto

Discussion: Pattern
Where do we find pattern?
Have we seen any pattern in our art work we have discussed already?
Do you have on pattern today?
When you discuss pattern what subject are you on? 
Why is pattern importnat to art?
Placing things on to and behind one another
ARTIST: Romero Britto (1963-      )
was born in Recife, Brazil 
Self-taught at an early age, he painted on surfaces such as newspapers. 
In 1983, he traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the work of Matisse and Picasso. 
He combined influences from cubism with pop, to create a vibrant, iconic style that The New York Times describes, "exudes warmth, optimism and love."
In 1988, Britto moved to Miami and emerged as an international artist.  
He has also illustrated several books published by Simon & Schuster and Rizzoli. 
Britto's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries 
Britto considers the role of an artist to be an agent of positive change. 
He serves as a benefactor, donating time, art and resources to over 250 charitable organizations and several boards such as Best Buddies International, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 
Project: create the word love from Britto pattern 
Step1: Draw a straight line down on the left hand side 
Step2: draw a line across the bottom
Step3: draw a line up
Step4: draw a line back to the left
Step5: draw a line up to the top
Step6: draw a line over to the top of the first line: L
Step7: on the bottom of the L draw a large circle
Step8: Draw a small circle inside the large circle: O
Step9: Draw a diagonal line behind the letter o
Step10: Draw a line across the bottom
Step11: Draw a diagonal line back up
Step12: draw a line across the top
Step13: Draw a diagonal line down to the center
Step14: a line across the bottom
Step15: A line back up to the top
Step16: A line across the top to meet the first: V
Step17: From behind the V draw a line down
Step18: a long line across the bottom
Step 19: Continue with up, down and across lines helping students to construct an upper case E
Step20: draw a squiggly line across all the letters
Step21: fill in the top part of each letter with a pattern
Step22: fill in the bottom portion of each letter with a pattern
Step23: one pattern should be One heart to honor Britto
Step24: fill in the pattern using only one colors in each pattern in oil pastels
Step25: fill in the remaining portion of each pattern in watercolor
Pencils, Sharpies, Oil pastels, Watercolors. Spray bottles

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tooling Foil Masks with Folk Artists

Discussion: Mayan Masks
Tin Art
Folk Artists
Folk Art Tin work, known in Mexico as hojalata, goes back to the 16th Century. Artists use natural, oxidized and brightly lacquered paints to create ornaments, nichos, mirrors, lanterns and other decorative pieces. Our interesting variety of tin work comes from Oaxaca where the artists use more natural and lacquered tin, and from San Miguel de Allende where oxidized tin is more popular.
The Maya occupied a vast area covering southeast Mexico and the Central American countries of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Mayan culture began to develop in the Pre-Classic period, around 1000 B.C. and was at its heyday between 300 and 900 A.D. The Maya are well known for their writing, of which a great part can now be read, as well as for their advanced mathematics, astronomy and calendrical calculations.
Mayan masks had a wide variety of uses: 
Some of the most complex masks were created to adorn the faces of the dead.
The Mayan's wore masks during important events, including during battle.
Whatever the use of masks in battle was, today’s scholars are able to learn a lot about the Mayan civilization from surviving masks made by the Mayan people.
There were also masks that showed the faces of people. We know that some masks were used in wedding ceremonies, 
There were masks made to commemorate many births and deaths.
The Mayan's also used masks for entertainment.
The uses of masks by the Mayan people were as varied as the style of the masks themselves.

Tips for tooling Foil: 
Use dull pencils (we used colored pencils
Work on a pad of folded newspaper
Project create a two tear tooling foil sun mask 
Step1: On the first square, draw a new pattern on each of the four sides
Step2: cut the corners off the second square turning it into a circle
Step3: Think about what type of mask you are making, add eyes, nose, mouth, ears hair, etc. 
Step4: using sharpies color both of the tooling foil pieces
Step5: using a large bead hot glue the square pattern foil underneath the round, mask foil 

2 sheets of 5”x 5” tooling foil
Dull pencils
Sharpie markers. 
Hot glue gun