Monday, January 24, 2022

Gearing up for Week 3--Ideas into Action

So, after filling out my studio proposals with project details, I sat down to work on sketches and ordered supplies. To keep things straight, each class has a distinct theme. The first project for each class has begun. I was so into my homework lsat Saturday that I forgot to eat!


Memory and place--four pictures depicting a place which no longer exists and a memory that may or may not have occurred there. This is always a great broad theme!


Renaissance-inspired art--I love Renaissance art and it doesn't get the attention it deserves in art college. It's easier to focus on modern artist, but now I have the skill level to re-explore and do some research on the period.


Homebody--I proposed a series of square-based works of domestic life during the pandemic where self-isolation means spending a lot more time at home--and with ourselves.

The fun thing about paper-based art is that I have all the materials at home, so the projects will be thrifty and eco-friendly. I am going to track all the waste created from my projects by saving anything that can't be recycled to examine at the end of April.

Gearing Up for Week 3--Books

Yesterday was fun. My friend and I went to the thrift store to look for frames for my FIBRE 327 homework. It was actually hard to choose—I wanted something beat-up and vintage, but not too beat-up and vintage. I bought six frames and one definitely came from a smoker’s house. I wiped them down with Purell and then attacked them with Windex. Eeek! Kinda gross.

We made a final sweep of the store and I found a brand new book called Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett. It looks like a good practical guide and scholarly resource about how creative people connect. The book was published in 2018 and I gotta say, it’s hard to find anything new about big or little c crafting. Score! I miss random finds while browsing.

Book cover

My other books arrived today. Art/Work is a practical how-to guide to setting up a creative business. It’s required for FIBRE 451 and I can easily pass it on to someone else. I’m at the weird point where I know all this stuff, but one can always know more too!

Book cover

I also bought Klutz's Lego Gear Bots book for FIBRE 419. A wise person once told me years ago that if you don’t understand something, get a children’s book on it because they are easy to understand and have lots of pictures. Klutz books are great for this because they come with all the supplies to try out without spending a lot of money. It would be fun to include moving parts in my work, Lego or otherwise!

Book cover

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Week 2--A brief recap

Week 2 was relatively easy, again—teachers had individual meetings with students to go over their project proposals. The proposals are worth 5% of our mark, so everyone starts class with an A+ if they submitted one. Naturally, being a professional student, my proposals were well-thought out and contained realistic goals.

All my projects this year are going to be paper-based in some form, whether straight-up paper art or dioramas. The great thing about the individual meetings is that artist names were dropped into the chat so everyone could take a look if they choose.


Josh Fraught, Morgan Rose Free, Law Calver, Neil Goss, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, DJ Smirnoff, Marjolein Dallinga Bloomfelt,


Anna Torma, Francis Alys, Ana Mendieta, Jana Sterbak, Marlene Creates, Leonora Carrington, Iris Van Herpen,


David Hoffos/Margo Henry, Sandra Sawatzky, Roni Horn, Liza Lou, George Platt Lynes, Ann Newdigate, Jean Lurcat, Archie Brennan, Aino Kanaijami, Dance Doyle, Cloudi Jongstra, Luanne Martineau

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Back to school!

It's hard to believe, but this is my very last semester at ACAD. As you might remember, I have been at it a looooong time. There's a lot of barriers to being a mature student and fortunately some of those barriers came down in the last couple of years with flexible online working and learning.

The first week of classes is always so super easy, but this semester is going to be a little confusing because I have the same teacher for two classes and a lot of my classmates are the same across all three classes. My first assignments are a studio proposal for each class. If I pick a series of projects, it should be easy to keep them straight, LOL!

Here are the questions:
  • Summarize the work you intend to produce this term. Include your topic(s) and the processes/techniques you intend to explore.
  • PROJECT 1/2/3/4 - Describe this project including its concept, scale, budget, materials and tools required.
  • How will the work you are proposing challenge you and move your creative practice forward?
  • List at least two texts or books that relate to your topic (not including technical "how to" books.)
When in doubt, chart it out! I'll need this to keep me on track. Two of the three studio proposals have been sent in so far.
Chart it out!