Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eggs Part Deux

The whole class did better with their eggs on this second go 'round. We don't have to do them again.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Raku Firing

The MSU ceramic gurus, Steve and Tyber, pulling lava hot pottery from the kiln and placing them in trash cans full of sawdust.

After a couple of minutes, they pulled the pottery from the trashcans and placed them in a rubber trashcan full of water to cool them off.

Then we fished them out of the water to oooh and awww over them.

This is my first completed pottery piece of my MSU college career!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Design Process

In my 2D class, aka "tooty class", we did an object exploration drawing three different objects using only pen and ink. Pen and ink meaning a bottle of ink and pen nibs which I had never used before. These were to be line drawings - only lines, hatching, and cross-hatching.

After we explored our objects, we chose one to expound on. I chose a toy airplane. Then we did five concept drawings of our object (pictured here).  In class we had a silent critique, where we walked around to other's sketch books, looked over their concepts, and wrote down our favorite and least favorite stating why. Then from that feedback we chose one concept to redraw on a cold press board for the final project to turn in. 

Which do you think I chose?


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Art History Slides

For my Early American Art History class exam, the teacher will show slides, and we must identify the work, artist, and write a little something about the work.  She's given us about two dozen slides to study. I took pictures of them, so I can look them up at home. Here is a sample picture. Who uses slides anymore? The slides themselves are historic.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Waving hello!

My new diggs and roommate.

This is our first meal, but it is typical of all our dinners - veggies, wine, a little fish, and a burnt oven mitt.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Before I can take all the really cool, interesting art classes here at Midwestern, I have to take some beginning, prerequisite classes - Drawing I and 2D Design this semester.  The teacher for Drawing I is very laid back and relaxed. Last class, she taught us different shading techniques. Our homework for the weekend was to draw 3 eggs using ribbon shading, squiggly line shading, and cross-hatching.

My 2D Design class is a little more intense. We just turned in our first big project on Tuesday.  The instructor had us each hang our work on the wall and then stand there beside it for a class critique. The students were all very tactful, but they all had a little something to say.  I was the last student to be critiqued. Standing up there with my art work felt like standing in a lineup naked.