Ceramics in Play

This week people made solid progress on their projects.  Hands are the dominant project, but a few full bodies and feet are in progress too.  Emma, Danbi, Noah and Arav are all absorbed in their work as shown below.


We will finish up our projects next week and let them dry out over Spring Break.      Those who finish early might want to try a functional container for baked goods to be sampled later…



In your sketchbook, draw your project at least 3 times, showing a different finishing technique each time.  Since these are not functional, we need not be limited to glazing techniques.  Therefore, you might want to consider things like sand, glass, acrylics, cloth, etc. as surface finishes.  Think about patterns and textures.  Your pieces need not be realistically finished.  Note the unrealistic Lichtenstein sculpture below that is a play on the way cartoon characters are printed.



Summer Plans?

Hi Students,

Its time to make your summer art plan.  Maybe you  will just chill out and make art now and then, but for those who would like to jump ahead, here are some summer programs to check out.  Some offer college credit too!  Let me know if you have questions.


Alfred University; Alfred, NY                                   http://www.alfred.edu/summer

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; Twin Lake, MI              http://www.bluelake.org

Carnegie Mellon; Pittsburgh, PA                               http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college

College for Creative Studies; Detroit, MI                  www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/experience

Corcoran College of Art; Washington, DC                www.corcoran.edu/youth

Eastern Illinois University      www.eiu.edu/adulted/Summer_ArtCamp2017_BrochurePrint.pdf

Kansas City Art Institute;  Kansas City, MO             http://www.kcai.edu

Otis College of Art and Design;  Los Angeles, CA   www.otis.edu/soa

Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Fdtn;  Colorado Springs, CO   www.sharpeartfdn.org

Maryland Institute College of Art;  Baltimore, MD  http://www.mica.edu/precollege

Northern Illinois University;  Dekalb, IL                   http://www.niu.edu/extprograms

Northwestern University; Evanston, IL                      http://www.nhsi.northwestern.edu

Pratt Institute;  Brooklyn, NY                                    preco@pratt.edu

Ringling College of Art;  Sarasota, FL                      Ringling.edu/precollege

Savannah Collge of Art and Design, Savannah, GA http://www.scad.edu/summer

School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL  www.saic.edu/ecp

University of Illinois https://faa.illinois.edu/future-students/summer-programs

Washington University; St. Louis, MO                     http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu

Artist Pavilion Models to Ceramics

This week we critiqued the pavilion models we have been building.

Then, we moved into our ceramics unit which will continue until Spring Break.  Our focus in this unit is the human body.  Below is a Chinese Terracotta Warrior from roughly 200 BCE.


Homework due Monday, 3/5:

Collect AND PRINT 10 images that will be useful to you in your ceramics project.  This should be of either the person’s head you are doing from many angles or foot, hand, etc.  Remember these reference images must be PRINTED.

The Final Model

This week students finalized their drawings for their artist pavilions and began the final model.

Recognize the facade of the building shown below?


Homework due Monday 2/12:

Make sure your facade and ground plan drawings have met all requirements.  Include estimated cost per square foot.  Drawings should look neat and give viewers confidence about your project.  If your building is quite simple, consider adding color and/or texture to make it appealing to the eye.  Omit all errant marks.


Planning the Pavilion

This week students prototyped their artist pavilions and began working on their first floor plan.

Below is a tiny house plan that shows walls, windows, doors, landscaping and overhangs.


How much will this cost to build?  Read this article.  Make adjustments for your project depending on specifics of your construction.  Be a able to justify with research from these sites:




Homework due Monday, 2/5:

Finish the ground floor plan for your retreat.  You are limited to 2,500 square feet of land area.  You have a choice of topographical features for your site.  For instance, you could plan to be next to a body of water or on a mountainous terrain.  Your land area will be in the shape of a square and contain 2,500 square feet (50’x50’).  This means that your model’s land area will be 12.5” x 12.5”when using ¼” =1’ scale.  You do not need to show measurements, but you should have a key.

The maximum footprint of your building is 50% of  land area or 1,250 sq. feet.    (roughly 35’ x 35’; or 9” x 9” in ¼ inch scale)

The minimum footprint of your building is 25% of the land area, or 625 sq. feet.  (roughly 25’ x 25’; or 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” in ¼ inch scale)

You may have a maximum height of 40’ (roughly, if each floor is 10’ high, this means 4 stories)

You must have a minimum of 2 exits.



The Castle Prototype


This week we moved from the Lost/Obsolete to the Royal Prototype.  We are studying  Design Thinking and learning to work quickly and collaboratively to create a prototype.  The beauty of the prototype is that it allows for quick feedback without becoming too attached to any one solution.  A big thanks to Dr. Radnitzer and Mr. Adams for playing the royal roles.  Shown below are some photos from the process.

Homework due Monday, 1/29

Empathy Map:     SAY/DO     and    FEEL/THINK

This project can be done in your sketchbook or on a piece of cardboard if you prefer.  You are trying to get into the head of your client/artist.


This part will list your research about what your artist client has said and done.  Very factual.  Try to have at least 7 entries.

Think /Feel

This is your intuitive thoughts about your artist’s style.  Create doodles, drawings, swatches of colors, patterns and textures that you feel fit your artist, and show things they would like.  This could be natural or man-made.  This could be mixed media collage style, or a drawing.

Here are some examples:

Lost and Found


Danbi is shown in-process of making her lost shorts.

This week we finished constructing our lost objects.  There is quite a variety of lost objects, some of which are very ambitious (almost pop art) in scale.  The change of materials and scale gives them a playful feel.  The good variety of construction techniques displayed bodes well for the next unit where we will be constructing pavilions for our selected artist (who will act as our client).

Homework: due 1/22/18

Design a table, chair (seating area) or lighting fixture inspired by your chosen artist.  Think about not only their aesthetics, but the topic of their work.  Think about appropriate materials and colors.  You may do the assignment on the computer, but have a print out to show us.