ART BTEC 2015 intake!

ART BTEC 2015 intake!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Architecture Update Week 2

So having been to London we now have the imagery to branch out and create some really exciting work. We were lucky with the light on the trip and 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 by the end of Tuesday 27th 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.
  • 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 below for inspiration and check out www.popupology.co.uk 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 http://weburbanist.com/2008/12/02/papercraft-creative-paper-art-design-sculpture/
  • Create at least 3 photoshop experiments, these could be based on any of your London/paper city work, you might combine scans of your prints and layer these up with photographic imagery, try adding text and altering colours.
In the second half of next week we will focus on creating some inventive mixed media collage work, before we move our focus onto planning for final pieces in the last fortnight of the project.

Paper City











Monday, 12 January 2015

Architecture Week 1 - To Do List.


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 Brief - Architectural Forms




BTEC Extended Diploma 1ST YEAR PROJECT BRIEF.

PROJECT:  Architectural Forms


TIME:  5 Weeks + Half Term
ASSIGNMENT OUTLINE:
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 London Eye, The New Hungerford Footbridges, The Lloyds Building and Norman Foster’s “Gherkin” 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.

GUIDELINES: 
  • 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 process 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. Consider 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. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
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.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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)
REFERENCES:
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.
WEB LINKS:
www.artnet.com/                                                       www.archinet.co.uk/index.html

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Fashion Project - Requirements and Evaluation Guidance

OK, so the deadline for your Fashion work is Monday 12th January and this is the minimum you need to have in your sketchbooks:

Initial Research and Presentation:
  • Observational drawing/s of your object.
  •  At least 2 busy pages of visual research into your garment, different versions/styles/shapes, try to find inventive Haute Couture versions.
  • Minimum 2 pages of visual research into your object - different versions, different uses, unusual applications of your object, if you can find examples of it in Fashion then include these.
  • 2 pages where you find examples of Collections. Most designers/design houses release themed collections seasonally, look for examples of collections that are inventive, exuberant and perhaps use elements of recycling – for example the work of Martin Margiela.
  • Copies of your presentation slides.
  • Any notes relevant to your presentation.
Illustration and Design Development:
  • 4 pages research into 2 Fashion Illustrators.
  • Your photos from the figure (the ones you used as a basis for your Fashion Illustrator responses).
  • 4 Well finished Illustrator responses based on your photos.
  • 6 garment proposals (with notes, using the templates).
  • A finished Illustration based on your best design - this should be developed independently and not based on an existing template. This might include sample pieces, annotations and colour swatches alongside.
Final Garment, Photography and Evaluation.
  • 4 pages research into 2 Fashion Photographers.
  • Your finished garment/accessory.
  • A thoughtfully styled location shoot of your garment - be ambitious, think about the photographers whose work you have studied. Arrange model, location, props, make up. Consider posture and camera angle carefully. Take plenty of shots (20+) you might use PhotoShop to enhance your best shots for inclusion in your sketchbook.
  • A studio shoot of your garment, ideally you should collaborate with the other students who shared your object and get some group shots of the collection together.
  • Your word processed evaluation (see guidance notes below). 

RECYCLED FASHION EVALUATION GUIDANCE
In order to pass this project you must complete a word processed evaluation of 500-800 words, discussing the following ……


  • What object and garment did you get to work with?
  • How did the development of your Presentation help in understanding the possibilities offered by your object. What sources did you access in researching your object and garment?
  • In what other ways did you respond to and investigate your object? (e.g. photography and drawing)
  • Who were you collaborating with? How did you share tasks? Do you think you communicated effectively together? Did you find this collaboration helpful?
  • Which designers/collections did you look at? What appealed to you about their work?
  • What did you learn from looking at the designer’s work? Did their work influence your own garment designs later in the project?
  • What were your first ideas for your garment design? Did these bear much relation to your final solution?
  • What was it that appealed to you about the fashion illustrators you chose to research and respond to?
  • What did you learn from recreating the styles of the illustrators you looked at, and how did this help you to understand the techniques employed in fashion illustration?
  • How did you go about creating your own fashion illustrations – what processes did you employ in developing your final images? Describe how you used photography to style them initially and what you did to get them to a high standard.
  • Which Fashion Photographers did you research? What appealed to you about their work?
  • Describe the process you went through to create your initial garment designs, and how you decided upon the one you chose to make.
  • What elements of your original garment did you retain and what was added/taken away?
  • What materials and techniques did you employ in the production of your final garment and what problems did you encounter along the way?
  • Discuss your final photoshoots, how did you style your garment? Mention aspects such as make up, props, location, models, postures, lighting, composition.
  • Do you feel your final garment will work well with your collaborators? Did you maintain good communication throughout the project?
  • What do you regard as the most and least successful aspects of your project?
  • How well did you manage your time and what you would do differently if you did this project again?