As some of you may or may not know, I'm currently taking summer classes. For Summer I, it's Geology and Concept Studio and, for Summer II, it's Art History of the Renaissance. Right now I'm going to talk about Concept Studio.
At first, I wasn't too sure what to make of this class, but now I sort of enjoy it. The class is about contemporary art, and various methods of making it using random objects. Concept Studio is designed to push art students away from their comfort zone and into something they're completely unfamiliar with. Early in the term, each student had to present a powerpoint slide show on 10 things that inspired them to make art. I had absolutely no trouble doing this.
Here are my first two projects.
First week's theme was inspiration. I didn't base this project on that particular theme because, while making it, I was oblivious to the fact themes were being issued out. It ended up not mattering because I received an A anyway. I chose to create a stop-motion video, with the aid of chewing gum, tin foil, and playdoh. My wife was kind enough to take the pictures while I moved each individual piece in place. I never done this sort of thing before, so it was very new to me. To be honest, I think more time was spent editing the video than actually orchestrating it. The idea of chewing gum came to mind while sitting through a lecture in Geology class. The storyline sort of happened on the fly, so no real thumbnail or script was made.
Second week's theme was place, so I chose to illustrate some of my personal accounts from my last tour in Afghanistan. While working on the first project, I was already half way done with this baby, which actually took me 2 weeks to make. I chose to stick with only 4 frames a second because my patience was beginning to wear thin on the third day and it was just taking too much time. As you can tell, I'm not an animation guru.
Right now, I am working on my third project. The theme is time.
I'll post the project once I present it to the class next Thursday.