Urban Landscape Project

Here are some examples from my past students. Notice the details, composition, vanishing points, values and extra features (planes, cracking sidewalks, window moldings, etc).


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Monday, November 30th we have class!

On the AUB academic calendar it says that we do not have class on Nov. 30th. As it turns out, the holiday does not fall on that day, and therefore we DO have class. Please attend at the normal time.

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Classes are not being held on Monday, November 23rd for Independence Day.
See you Wednesday.

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Homework: 10 images

Our next project is the Urban Landscape. This will be a drawing based on visual research and your own imagination.

Find at least ten images of buildings (you can also take pictures locally!), print them out and bring them to class for Monday. Think about how you would fit these buildings together on a page. Research things like BRIDGES, STAIRWAYS, GARGOYLES, ELEVATORS, PONDS, TREES, etc. to add to the landscape.

You will be using these images as inspiration for your drawing so find buildings and architectural elements that you are interested in! You already have some experience drawing buildings from our last assignment.

Another note: try to keep the eye level the same. If you finding all worm’s eye, or bird’s eye, stick with that. Otherwise try to keep them all at eye level.

Here are a few examples that could work:

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Multifaceted cube – Due Wednesday


First draw your 2-point perspective cube in pencil with a basic grid over it.

Next take your eraser and start to take out individual or blocks of cubes. Attach the farthest, opposite corners of the erased boxes to the opposite vanishing point so that the interior walls are exposed.

Once you have a drawing that looks like the second cube below, determine which planes will be white, grey and black. Shade accordingly.

Your multi-faceted cube does not have to look like this one. In fact, it shouldn’t. Have at least 10 different interior walls exposed. If it is easy for you, do more!

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Extra Credit Opportunity

Go to the BEIRUT ART CENTER for this event, write a one page paper about the relevance to your art, this class, and your thoughts on the work. Due November 18th.

Around America IV
Marking Time, Making Space

Screening Curated by Beth Stryker
Wednesday November 11, 2009 at 8 pm
Entrance: 3 000 LL

Following on the imperative of Matta-Clark and his fellow anarchitects to “[make] space without building it,” the artists in this screening perform critical, spectacular, and spatial interventions at various scales: of the body, the building, the city, and the landscape. Utilizing the moving image as a tool in the marking, mapping, and etching of site, these works explore America both through an examination of those spaces which are overlooked (the voids and the gaps which don’t appear in master plans), and through a study of the ways in which the act of cartography impartially inscribes and describes nation and place.

Ana Mendieta
Anima, Silueta de Cohetes (Anima, Silhouette of Fireworks)
1976, 3 minutes, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video

Gordon Matta-Clark
1974, 10:50 minutes, black & white and color, silent, Super 8mm film on video

Alex Villar
Temporary Occupations
2001, 6 minutes, color, silent, video (excerpt)

Oliver Herring
Waterloo Street
2007, 4:20 minutes, color, sound, video

Matthew Buckingham
Muhheakantuck–Everything Has a Name
2003, 40 minutes, color, sound, 16mm film on video

For more details, click here

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Change for Monday, Section 1 and assignment for Wednesday for Section 2

Dear Class,
Because Maya Zankoul, the visiting artist, is going to do a lecture and a workshop for my other class on Wednesday at 3:30, I’ve asked her to do a lecture and workshop for you as well. She will be here on Monday (November 9th) from 1-3:30pm to give the talk and work with us.

That means that we will have to put off the final body and the drawing assignment until Wednesday.

LOOK AT MAYA’s BLOG http://mayazankoul.wordpress.com/
For Monday, please bring the following to class:

1. Write a one page paper about a social or political issue that troubles you. This could be a personal story about when you have found yourself dealing with traffic, pollution, recycling, animal abuse, women’s identities, men’s identities, the war(s), death, economic hardship, etc. (look at Maya’s blog for more examples)
2. 5 “scenes” or thumbnails that will help illustrate this topic that you’ve chosen. During the workshop you will develop these drawings more fully, but think about which scenes from your story are important to show and how you can communicate your chosen theme.
3. Sketchbook, pens, markers, and pencils. If you have a laptop bring this as well.

P.S. Please forward this email to the other students in the class that have a personal email address. Please call each other to make sure that everyone knows about this change and comes prepared to class. You will really like her a lot!!

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