It took me about 7 hours and I’m going to make another one. 1st reason is to see if I can adjust the sizes of the mesh. I am thinking of my students and how they might like to make a less realistic Goose. I also have to time myself without all the thinking – now that I know how I’m going to construct the parts and attach them together. The class I’m teaching is only 5 hours. I kind of got sidetracked working the neck and head details. The legs were one piece of wire and I was impressed that my idea worked. Its can almost hop.
And now for my favourite artist of all time – sometimes that is hard to say with so many new and past artists …. but who could forget him?
450 years have passed since the death of Michelangelo – he died the 18th of February 1564, in Rome – and his work still resonates with the public … and still generates a fair amount of business.
On the anniversary of his death – and you’ll read this phrase often this year on this blog – there are major exhibitions, events, and conferences planned that will try to cast new light on the Renaissance master. And to mention a few: 7000 led lights will illuminate the Sistine Chapel and show off its beauty like never before; exhibitions, events and books are planned in Pietrasanta this year hoping to reveal the secret genius of Michelangelo, and the famed art publisher FMR will publish a large coffee-table book featuring the striking black and white photos of Michelangelo’s sculptures, by Aurelio Amendola. The photos were on display in Florence, recently; they show the…
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I love teaching art. Yesterday’s class, full of strangers, was a great experience from the beginning. We were triumphant in that the wire birds were almost complete by the end of the class. I encouraged them to continue to play with the wire – refining the shape, thinking about embellishments and another project.
Throughout the class some of my instruction was either not understood, not heard or misunderstood. I’m reflecting on those hilarious and sometimes frustrating moments for the students. Those will have to finessed! On the up side they learned to redo or think around a problem.
By lunch the class had rolled and shaped the general size and shape of their birds. After lunch we added legs, beaks and eyes and continued to shape the bodies.
Here are the 6 finished pieces by the class and my small inspiration bird. I had them work on twice the amount of material.
This is an interesting ‘steal’ – from one artist to another. I recently read a quote from Picasso – artists steal – others imitate. This is pretty surreal – I’d like to see it – the point is to step back. We all should step back to see our art.
If you’ve ever been intrigued by Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s monstrous portraits of composite heads made entirely of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other objects, then American artist/director Philip Haas’ Four Seasons is for you. Haas has reimagined the 16th century painter’s series Four Seasons as four large-scale sculptures standing over 15 feet high, one representing Spring, another Summer, Autumn, and lastly, Winter. The three-dimensional interpretations are created with intricately detailed fiberglass made to look like flowers, bark, vegetables and leaves.
Photos courtesy of the artist and NY Botanical Garden