Being an art teacher has been great fun and all, but I've found I would much rather take an art class than teach one. I love creating and learning and, as soon as we get residency in Utah, I want to go back to school.
This summer, I was able to take a 2D design class at MCC.
Not even kidding, it was my most favorite class ever.
I wish I would have taken this class years ago so that I could've implemented
this teacher's teaching style in my own classroom; he was so great.
I felt so much confidence in myself while he was teaching; pretty sure the whole class felt the same way. And we were really pushed to create great work and the critiques were so phenomenal! I guess what I'm getting at is that this teacher better still be teaching there whenever Cam and I move back from Utah, because he was one of the few amazing teachers that you really feel like
you came away with something great everyday.
Here are some of the projects I created while taking 2D Design (per my family's request)
This project was inspired by contemporary artist Vik Muniz. Basically,we had to create a large work, made out of something small, using repetition, symmetry, and unity. I had been watching So You Think You Can Dance a lot lately, so I created a pair of mirrored break dancers out of cassette tape images.
|I made the dancers and the boom box out of individual tapes that I cut out and glued one at a time. I ran out of time to continue doing that for the background too, so I just arranged those on photoshop and printed them out.|
This next project was probably the hardest. We had to create a work that described ourselves using a metaphor, but avoiding cliches. We also had to emphasize line quality and create three separate pieces. As a newlywed, it was hard to think of myself without including Camaron. It's not my life anymore, it's ours. It's not me, it's us. I share my life with Camaron now. So I created a work where in the center, you see two kids sharing toys (Monopoly money, racecar, blocks, My Little Pony). The outer pictures are the hands reaching toward each other; they look similar but are actually very different (one is shaded with a full range of values, and the other is only made of cross-hatching lines) *the hands are stubby on purpose, I tried to make them look like a child's hand
This last project was the most fun for me. It was titled The Tortured Image. We had to each choose some image that we would need to recreate 50 times. Each one being different. We were to experiment with different mediums and really push and explore on this one. Eventually, out of the 50, we'd end up with about ten images that would just be fantastic (or at least that's what we were told). Some people really struggled with picking an image to use; for some reason, mine came to me very quickly. I chose the diving lady from the hotel in downtown Mesa. Here's a sneak peek:
|This project got a little out of hand to fit it all into this already-too-long post, so check back tomorrow for all of the details|