CLASSROOM BLOG – Week 3

Blog week 3

APP is working on an exciting photo commission for Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare Center, creating photographs to be part of an Art-Cart that will allow patients at the hospital an opportunity to select a photo to hang in the bedroom while they are there. All APP artists will be involved in this 30-week project.

We used the third week of class to introduce topics dealing with ‘public arts’, and to continue practicing with cameras and shooting.  The main topic of in class conversation this week was statewide commissioned art, mainly using the Ohio Arts council’s percent for the arts program as our image guide.  The class continued to define and describe differences and similarities   between commissioned public art, commercial art, applied arts, and architecture.

                                                                                                          

What artworks do you encounter in your day to day life?

Commissioned public art— doing you own creative arts, but with a patron in mind OAC slideshow

Commercial art — artwork used to advertise or sell a product or service

— ex. bill boards, store windows, magazines, decals, logos, newspapers, shoes, hats, cloths, and fashion–wants you to do or buy something –we then used a box of Crayola chalk to talk about its design,

Applied art– functional works of art and design including  fashion and industrial design

–ex. Furniture, design of our cameras, fashion, stop signs, clocks, computers,– in class discussion found an overlap between applied and commercial arts; commercial arts are often created with the  function of making consumers buy applied art in mind.

Architecture– notice the variety or form, color, and style of buildings.  Why is there such diversity?

–Ex. Designers creative wants of designer vs. societal understanding of what a building  should look like and limitations of material / finances .  What a building looks like is also related to different historical periods, styles, and levels of technology available.

–In class example — of function & design = “The Ridges, the outside grounds and architecture looked great, and because of the inviting grounds and the designs of the buildings it made the community feel that those who lived there were well treated and happy to call the ridges home.”

Would we feel as comfortable in a room if it was only fully functional? Or does the act of decorating a space make us ‘feel’ different?  Yes more inviting less sterile architecture alone does not provide; ambience, uniqueness, interest, bragging rights, reinforces values such as the existence of something more or greater than capitalism such as a god.

In Class Discussions

Week 3 assignment: Is it Art?

This weeks assignment is a ‘visual investigation’ (almost like a scavenger hunt).  We will use photography to document examples of art that is present in our everyday lives.

-Look for the following examples of art in your home and around town.  Photograph what you find in a realistic style so that the class can recognize your examples.  Remember to photograph each scene from several angles and distances.  75 images total

 

 

Week 2           

 APP is working on an exciting photo commission for Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare Center, creating photographs to be part of an Art-Cart that will allow patients at the hospital an opportunity to select a photo to hang in the bedroom while they are there. All APP artists will be involved in this 30-week project.

This weeks class focused on two main goals: first to make sure that everyone was comfortable with there ‘new’ digital camera, and second to introduce the questions: What is a commissioned work of art? / Commissioned works vs. Commercial?  We achieved these goals by reviewing camera basics handouts in small groups and had in class shooting time around the Dairy Barn arts center.  The class then shifted into  discussion and a slide show presentation which included images of Renaissance Paintings from Jan Van Eyck, Bellini, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and many more.  As well as ‘Hospital art’ from the collections of Vienna, Austria, and the Detroit Receiving Hospital

 

In Class Discussions

*What is a commission?

-Artwork that is played for , that has a theme or reason. Portraits

*Who buys commissions?

-Rich people, Church, Royalty, Art appreciators, powerful people famous

families

*WHY?  An artistic commission can show affluence and give not only the owner

immorality but the artist commissioned as well.

Ex. Sistine Chapel—-Public art with a Purpose

*What are some of the differences in Commissioned works of art and commercial works?

 -Commercial— Control/ persuasion,  Commercial art is never happy for you to just think or examine something it wants     to move you to action          Ex. Buy Pepsi NOW don’t think about buying it

-Commissioned— a commission often demonstrates the identity of an origination that they create for themselves –perception/ illusion.   Can express a view, subject, or idea and you don’t HAVE to buy anything.  The artist and patron have the power to influence many different people. With a commission, the artist has more responsibility to make choices about the final piece. They are similar because they both become property of the purchaser. Commissioned work can tell a story that is important and not commercial. It can capture a moment in time. In the 1800’s an oil painter was commissioned to do a painting of men in a bay surrounded by sharks in order to warn people about the sharks that had killed previous fisherman.

What are some of your usual feelings/ moods when entering a health care facility?

*Scary, Sterile, uneasy, unfamiliar, cold, uninviting

 How could a work of art change those feelings?

*re-direct attention, changes what your thinking about while your in the hospital, good for moral, one work of art could                                  change the entire experience of going to a healthcare facility.

Assignment: Mini- Commission Project #1

*Create a photograph that will go on display in your partner’s home.  Your partner will ‘commission’ this work of art from you and will create a work of art for you in exchange.  This assignment is meant to give you practice using your creative skills and vision in order to create a work of art that will enhance someone’s living space.

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