The beginning of the end, or the other way round?

The beginning of the end, or the other way round?

After much thinking and talking, a bit of drawing, and a good measure of ‘you might as well get started’ – I started working on my Capstone Project. In order for me to graduate from Elmhurst College as an Art major, one of the requirements is the Capstone Art courses. ART 490 and ART 491 are supposed to be taken in your Senior year, speared out over two semesters, or taken together. The description for ART 490 goes as follows,

“ART 490 Capstone Course
This course seeks to provide students with a
model of the creative process, an under –
standing of how the major program is interrelated
and is integrated in practice in their
personal artwork, and to identify a personal
style. Specific course requirements will vary
depending on the studio area but, in general,
emphasis is on an individualized studio
project, developed in consultation with the
instructor, a paper, and an artist’s statement.”

Which basically says that you take a semester to produce a small body of work, showing both your creativity and technical abilities in the field. Each Art major picks the studio area they are concentrating in for the capstone course – so obviously for me that will be Photography. I say
obviously, but actually I’m planing on working between Sculpture and Photography. Anyways, ART 491 is the Capstone Exhibition – so we get a chance to show off our work to the school and our parents.

As I was saying before, I actually started the first physical parts of the capstone today. I won’t be actually taking the Capstone course until next semester, but I had thought I’d be taking it this semester and had already started thinking on it – so I have decided to start working on it anyways.

I keep getting interrupted, but as I was saying before, I physically started working on it today. I went down to the sculpture studio, got out some buff clay and rolled out a few squares. I then wrapped them up in plastic on a board and washed my hands. About 20 minutes worth of work. What is the point of this you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. It all started in the spring term of 2004. I was taking Introduction to Sculpture with Gary Lang. One of the projects he gave us was to construct, from clay, Human-ish figures using a ‘pancake’ method. I’m not sure if he had a better name for it or not, but that’s how I think of it. You take some clay, roll it out flat, and then use that to create a 3-d form. You get a lot of tubes and the like. I started playing with this, and ended up producing a series of sculptures in this form. This past term, Fall 05 I took Intermediate sculpture and furthered the forms.

The 5 large pieces on the sides (two on the left and three on the right) were the first I made. The smaller ones on the two shelves are the more rescent pieces. The Little girl holding hte boat has actually been sold.

The idea with this second series was that they would be apart of a fountain. The base didn’t work out quite perfectly, it cracked in a few places, and ended up being too small. Also the woman need to be about an inch higher to properly pour into the man. But they would have been in a circular base, sitting in a bit of water. The water is pumped into the woman, and from her flows out the rest of the family. The little girl is then sitting in the water holding her toy boat.

So the idea I’m working on for my capstone project works with these figures and adding a photographic part. As to whether the images will be on the figures chests’ or on the stands and basin I’m not sure. But that’s where the clay comes in. It’s the base media for the photography
in this concept, so I need to work on getting the technical details sorted out for getting images onto clay in such a way that they are water tight and archival.

I’ve an other concept for the capstone if I decide this isn’t going to work out. But that’s an other post, for an other day.


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