Thursday, 28 January 2016

Architecture Collages and Planning Final Pieces

Some of your Collages - Nice Work!

Ok, I should do this more often, photograph some of your work and post it to the blog, because there is lots of exciting stuff being produced. This morning I had to record some of the Collages you've been completing this week as I was genuinely excited when I walked in and saw the display of what you'd been doing over the last couple of days. Keep up the good work.

Project Outcomes:
As you complete the Collage stage you should start thinking ahead towards planning your project outcome. The format of this is entirely down to you, it just needs to be inspired and visually informed by Modern Architecture.
In the past we've had paintings, large scale mixed media work, sculpture, series of prints, animations, graphic magazines, books of illustrations, garments, jewellery, even a board game!
It makes sense to produce an outcome in the area you intend to specialise in next year (if you know what this will be) as this will be of more value to your portfolio for application to Higher Education. The piece might be an extension of things we have already tackled in the project (a more ambitious collage or drawing for example) or it might explore an altogether different creative area.

There should be clear planning for your final piece in your sketchbook, so this means both annotation and imagery outlining your intentions. The nature of the imagery will depend on what you are planning, but it could take the form of painted studies, fashion illustrations, trial page layouts, photos of 3D maquettes or many other things.
You should be aiming to complete this planning (minimum 2 sketchbook pages) over the remainder of this week and the weekend, so that we are ready to start working on project outcomes in earnest on Monday. If you have particular material requirements for your final piece (e.g. Canvases, fabric for garments) then start organising these now.

As you begin work on outcomes next week remember to record your progress so you can include photos and imagery of the creative journey you take with this piece.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Mixed Media Collage Tips & Research

This week you should be aiming to create 4 (or more) mixed media collages. Use your existing Architecture imagery as the basis for this - prints, photos and drawings. Try manipulating them on the photocopier or through photoshop too. Combine this imagery with the additional collage ingredients supplied - coloured papers, stickers, tape, squared/graph paper, envelopes and tags. 
A few pointers:
  • Inclusion of text, numbers and symbols can be very effective.
  • Using strong focal points (e.g. a larger image of a particular building) often helps your collages becoming too fragmented.
  • As well as papers you might work back into your collages with paint, spray stencils, pens etc.
  • Along with addition be aware that subtraction can be a key part of the collage process. If your images become overcrowded using areas of plain papers or white paint can be an effective way of freshening up your piece. Careful consideration about the retention of areas of space as you make the collage is another way to do this.
  • As with other images we have created this year producing a composition with balance that leads the viewer's eye as you intend is the ideal. Repetition of colours or symbols can help achieve this, along with strong directional elements.
To support and inform your own collage experiments you should look at the work of all the following Artists/Designers who use collage techniques in creating their work. Once you have familiarised yourself with their work choose one of the Artists whose work is illustrated below and produce 2 pages of research into their practice. As usual obtain several good reproductions of their work, provide some background information and analyse at least 2 images in depth, identifying what media are being used and commenting on how they are being handled is particularly important. 

Richard Galpin

Martin O'Neill

Robert Rauschenberg

Nazario Graziano

Tim Marrs

Friday, 22 January 2016

Architecture Project - next week

Just a short post to remind you about a few things for next week. You should obviously have finished all the earlier drawing/photography and architect research by now. Since the trip you should also now have completed some good pieces of monoprinting and gold card.
Before your first lesson on Monday you need to cut and construct your contribution to the paper city from the thin white card. Best to make these buildings without a base so the light can flow through them when we photograph them on the lightbox. Cut and measure carefully, keep things crisp, precise and clean.
Remember to bring cameras with you on Monday (phone cameras sometimes get strange results with photos from the lightbox, so proper cameras are better if you have one).
You should also complete the research into one of the paper engineering Artists (see link in previous post) over this weekend if you haven't already tackled this.
Be aware that you will need some copy/print credit for next week, to print paper city photos and also get stuff from your existing drawings/prints/photos to use in collage. From Tuesday we will be focussing on creating some interesting mixed media work inspired by architecture.

Please also bring £1.50 as a contribution to some group materials for the Collage work - I will then purchase some papers/stickers/labels and other bits and bobs to enhance your mixed media experiments. 

Friday, 15 January 2016

Paper City

Architecture Project Update

So having been to London we now have the imagery to branch out and create some really exciting work. From what I have seen today lots of you have some excellent photography.
In addition to the work from the College Architecture (and the Architect research) from Week one (see earlier post) these are the things you should be completing for Monday 18th Feb:
  • Print out contact sheets of your London Photographs.
  • Print out a range of your best shots at A5 or A4 for inclusion in the sketchbook.
  • Have some loose printouts of photos at A4 or A3 to use for printmaking.
Next week we will be aiming to:
  • Produce at least one good sustained monoprint based on your London Photos (A4 or A3 in scale).
  • Cut and print a good gold card plate (A4 or larger) based on your London imagery.
  • Carefully cut a building to contribute towards the group paper city from white card. This can either be a fa├žade with supporting struts or a self supporting 3D piece.
  • Take a good range of "paper city" photos on the lightbox. Get in close to create some interesting angles, try to achieve the feeling of actually being surrounded by the buildings - look at the video clip post (above) for inspiration and check out Print contact sheets and larger versions of your best shots.
  • Research at least one Artist who uses paper engineering in their work, there are a range of names you could find out more about in this article

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Architecture Project - Week One.

Architecture Project Week 1

Before the trip next Thursday you should all complete the following:
  • At least 4 pages of research into 2 contemporary Architects (see the project brief below for names). Include background information and analysis of some specific buildings/projects. Discuss materials, aesthetics (form) and function. Include good reproductions of the Architect's work and take care over presentation.
  • A selection of photos from the College Architecture, print contact sheets of your shoot and include the best shots printed out at A4 or A5 scale.
  • At least one full page sustained careful pencil tonal drawing from your College photos (this should represent at least 3 hours work). Choose a complex composition that will challenge you.
  • Minimum of one full page precise linear drawing using fine liner. 
  • At least 4 other drawings exploring other techniques (expressive) and media (biro, ink etc.). Really focus on the quality of your drawings.
  • Photocopier experiments with your drawings (inverts, blueprints).
  • We will also aim to complete some printmaking before the London Trip.
So from Day One you will need:
  • Cameras (with plenty of battery and memory capacity, also USB download cables or card readers if you have them).
  • Memory sticks/online space for saving your photos, your college workspace is too limited. 
  • Money for a new sketchbook (or purchase online) - A3 generally best for this project.
  • Drawing media - pencils, fineliners, biros, erasers etc.
  • Printing/photocopying credit.

New Project - Architectural Forms


PROJECT:  Architectural Forms

TIME:  5 Weeks + Half Term
We will be generating original 2D and/or 3D responses to modern architecture. We will develop our project outcomes through a sustained development of imagery gathered from primary sources.
We will begin the project by producing observational drawing from primary sources such as the college architecture and going to London to gather imagery from modern architecture such as The "Walkie-Talkie", Tower 42, The "Cheese Grater", The Lloyds Building, 1 Canada Square as well as Norman Foster’s “Gherkin” , British Museum Courtyard and Canary Wharf tube station.
Once we have accumulated adequate primary material we will begin to develop responses using drawing, painting, collage and 3D maquettes. After a thorough exploration of our imagery we will conclude our investigation by producing one ambitious outcome. This outcome can be figurative or abstracted and can be in either 2 or 3 dimensions.
Throughout the project we will enrich our practical work with research into relevant modern Architects, and Artists whose work has been influenced by Architecture.

  • Ensure you begin the project with a range of high quality observational drawings. Good line drawings are particularly valuable as they reproduce well and can be used as a starting point for more experimental collage and mixed media work.
  • Make the most of the trip, it is essential that you gather a rich and diverse body of imagery from the day. In addition to a sketchbook and basic drawing materials you will need to bring a camera (if you do not own one, borrow one or arrange to loan one from college).
  • After the trip it is important that you print photographs within 2 days, as any delay will hinder your progress in the project.
  • Once you have got your imagery you will need to be inventive and experimental in developing responses to it. As a group we will produce some printmaking and collage based images, but we would encourage you experiment widely with a range of the following approaches: 
  1. Line Drawing
  2. Photocopying
  3. Tonal Drawing
  4. Painting
  5. Integrating Text
  6. Paint Transfer
  7. 3D Maquettes
  8. PhotoShop
  9. Photo Montage
  10. Collage
  11. Mixed Media
  12. Acetate Overlays
  13. Monoprinting
  14. Relief (gold card) printing
  15. Film/animation
  16. Sewing
  17. Spray Stencils
  18. Heat transfer
  • Imagery derived from modern Architecture lends itself towards abstraction, try zooming in on shapes, overlaying them, repeating and rotating them to develop interesting compositions.
  • Be thoughtful in your use of colour, subtle neutral colours can be very effective, and may be more in keeping with your Architectural sources.
  • Once you find an approach/idea that has potential you need to explore it thoroughly in a range of studies before attempting to resolve it in a final piece.
  • You will need to develop and realise an original and ambitious outcome. The outcome needs to express the Architectural theme in some way but the form is entirely of your choosing - it could be anything from a painting to a garment to a piece of animation. Your outcome should be clearly developed through a process of visual investigation and experimentation with your chosen media. 
You will be marked on how effectively you:
  • Observe and record from primary sources.
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness in gathering appropriate source imagery.
  • Develop your observational studies through experimentation with media and mark-making.
  • Generate ideas through purposeful investigation.
  • Demonstrate inventiveness and skill in the handling of materials.
  • Select and resolve compositions.
  • Research and present information and imagery related to the project.
  • Sketchbook including observational drawing, photography, developmental studies and research material.
  • A fully resolved project outcome.
  • Word-processed project evaluation (500-800 words).
(For additional guidance on submission requirements and evaluation see separate post)
Architects:  Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Cesar Pelli, Mario Botta, Renzo Piano, Shigeru Ban, Daniel Libeskind, Santiago Calatrava. 
Artists:  Lyonel Feininger, Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler, Naum Gabo, Ben Johnson, David Hepher, Richard Galpin, Carla Klein, Brendan Neiland, Robert Rauschenberg.
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