For Week 10, Assignment 3: Built Metropolis 4/2

Please read this post all the way to the bottom.
We will meet in our online classroom, Zoom. The link will be sent to you on the morning of class.
Have your set-up in place on a table in your home. Please note: Class begins on time, 12:10 EST. During class, we will go over the clay project and how we will proceed with the rest of the semester online. 

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Each person will create 1 or 2 small clay built structures influenced by chosen architecture over two weeks. Your structures need not duplicate their reference. You can base your two choices of architectural styles on wherever you are in the world! The making process will incorporate hand-building techniques.
The final size can be from 4″ –  7″ in height and width.
The project due date is April 16.

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS PROJECTS Here you will find all the steps for the project, including examples of photos, sketches, research, final projects.

HOMEWORK for submission on Canvas, due Wednesday, April 1:
1. Take or research five photographs of each of your two architectural structures. You can use the ones you submitted for our previous class at Parsons, or you can start with new references. Choose from personal photos or ones you have found on the web. Make sure the images show visible sides of each building. You need to have multiple views to create a 3d object. In the end, you will create one or both of the two architecture references. Keep in mind what best suits the project, your interests, and the time constraints.
**Place them in a folder on your desktop labeled “Built Metropolis” or “Clay Project,” so everything is easy to find.

3. Two or more concept sketches in pen or pencil of your building designs based on your two chosen structures. Please draw your designed structure from all sides. Think about the function and the clay material you will use. 

4. Research (brief notes in your sketchbook) on the architectural style and history of your two building choices and their locations. **Take bright photos of the sketchbook pages and have them on your desktop in the same folder as your photos.

(If you have NEW photo references, concept sketches with research notes OR did not submit the homework before, all are due this coming Wednesday, April 1, at 10:00 pm. Upload them all to Canvas the night before class or sooner to give enough time for my review.) 

Have everything ready and laid out on the table in front of you by 12:10 at the latest
1. A protected tabletop large enough for your making process. cover table with items such as wax paper, silicone baking mats, plastic cutting board or vinyl placemats. Something you won’t mess up and can wipe off more easily.
2. Clay you purchased
3. Tools you find at home. Look at the picture of the clay tools above on the left. Select items in your home that replicate their functions and serve as substitutions.
The photo in the middle and on the right shows examples of what you will need and other objects that are suggestions. You will need an x-acto knife, paper clip, sponge, ruler, plastic butter knife, plastic fork, wooden tool, rolling pin or bottle, cardboard tube (to wrap the clay around), a piece of paper, newsprint paper, airtight container, Ziploc plastic bag, cling film, aluminum foil
(to stuff inside the clay), a container of water, paper towels, old cloth towel you can mess up.

You can choose to add other found objects. For example- (a wide-tooth hair comb, something with texture to press into the clay-like a key or button, smooth wooden stick, small rubber kitchen spatula, safety pin), or whatever you come up with. You don’t need to buy any special tools.


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For Thursday, please study the homework post below

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Week 7, Assignment 2: Myths and Legends Final Presentation (3/5)

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1. Complete your Learning Portfolio post for the Myths and Legends Project before the critique. You have to provide the link to the post on Canvas by the morning of Thursday, March 5th at the latest.
Please review the prompts and examples of a previous post at the bottom of the page here. In your post, include preliminary drawings, photos of your work in progress,  etching plates, the finished project prints, and answers to the prompts. Photograph the prints separately, so they appear in the highest quality on your Learning Portfolio. Be sure the photos of your sketches and etching plates are taken in good lighting such as next to a window during the day.

2. Prepare for a presentation and critique of the printmaking assignment. We will need to see all of the etching prints you created (both good and bad) to review the changes and improvements. Be prepared to discuss your making process and concepts for your myth and legend images. Make sure you are familiar with the titles and stories you chose to interpret.

3. Study the INTAGLIO TERMS, MATERIALS AND PRINTING TECHNIQUES on the Vocabulary page to add to your LP post and prepare for the presentation.

Bring all process drawings, printing plates, and final prints (I will bring in the prints you left drying in the Printmaking Shop)

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For Week 6, Assignment 2: Myths and Legends-Printing the Story (Part 2) Native American Legends (2/27)

We will meet in the classroomAt the start of class, we will review the prints you created last week and make comments and suggestions. No need to collect the prints from the Printmaking Studio yourselves.  I will bring your prints to class with me. Be sure to bring back the plexi plates you etched into and printed from last week to include in the mini-crit. Afterward, you will continue with the second part of your project. YOU HAVE TO BRING BACK THE ETCHING NEEDLES YOU SIGNED OUT.

1. COMPLETE A TWO PAGED SHORT READING on Seven of the Most Popular Legends attached (here.)  Please note this is not the same reading you completed for last week. This is an additional reading to prepare for this coming Thursday.

2. Based on your choice from this week’s reading, create ONE interpretative drawing on 5×7″, 6×8″ or 8×12″ drawing paper. (Those are the sizes of the plates I have leftover.) No need to make two drawings. (Now that you are familiar with the printmaking process, you can better judge the outcome.) The image will serve as a tracing template for your printing process.
Please put time and effort into the drawing to reflect a successful outcome. Once the drawing is complete, put it on tracing paper or scan and print it in reverse.
Upload an image of it onto Canvas.

3. Work on the etching plate you printed from during our last class. If you took the etching needle home, work on the engraving you started in class. If you need to wash it off, use soap and water.
Don’t create a NEW etching plate until you come to class on Thursday.

2. You can purchase one large sheet of BFK Rives printmaking paper and divide it into 4 (buy that specific brand as it works best for the type of ink we use)or continue to use the BFK Rives paper I have leftover from our last class.
I will provide the etching plates again as well. No need to buy your own. (We all need to have the same thickness of the plate to fit through the etching press)

Materials we use in class: Akua printing plate, Akua Intaglio Inks, BFK Rives printmaking paper, diamond point etching needle, twisted etching needle

Class Lectures
Student References

Please email me if you have any questions about preparing for class. I want to be sure everything is clear.

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For Week 5, Assignment 2: Myths and Legends-Printing the Story (2/20)

Etching and drypoint examples


Mythological Playing Cards. Dated: 1644. Medium: 12 etchings on one sheet. Museum: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Author: STEFANO DELLA BELLA.

series of playing cards printing on one sheet, the 1600s

1. For those who would like to make corrections to their laser wear project, If you have access to the projects, please submit with changes by the next class. (Keep suggestions in mind from the crit)

2. Complete your Learning Portfolio post for the Laser Wear Project. You have to provide the link to the post on Canvas by Wednesday, February 19, at 10:00 pm at the latest for my review. The day before our next class to give me time to make comments.
Please use the prompts at the bottom of the page here for what to write in your post. Include photos of your work in progress, sketches, architectural reference, the finished project, and answers to all of the prompts.
There are links to examples of posts that are good models for the Laser Wear Learning
Portfolio reflection.

3. COMPLETE A TWO PAGED SHORT READING on Nine of the Most Famous Greek Myths attached (here.) 

4. Based on your choices from the readings, create two interpretative drawings on 6×8″, 8×10″, or 8×12″ paper sizes. (In other words, I have 3 different sized etching plates leftover, so choose one size out of the three listed above for your two drawings) The images will serve as tracings for your printing process.
Once the two drawings are complete, put them on tracing paper or scan and print them in reverse. This way, the etchings will not print out backward when running through the printing press.

TO BRING for working in class:
-I will provide ALL of the supplies you need.
However, you have to complete the reading and drawing homework. Have it ready at the start of class. It will be uploaded to Canvas at that time.

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For Week 4, Assignment 1: Laser Wear Final Presentation (2/13)


Please consider the design, function, fit, scale, amount of detail, number of pieces on your adornment. 
Bring all parts of the project for the FINAL CRITIQUE
Our special guest Chrissie Dowler will take part in the critique. She will need to see all the steps of your process.

1. If needed, make an appointment for a consultation with the Laser Lab right away. Setting up the consultation appointment (30 minutes)
Mon-Fri, 10 am-8 pm and Sat-Sun, 11 am- 7 pm
Email your Illustrator document to the laser Lab after you make your appointment and before you meet. Take your materials in for approval. The appointment for your laser cutting will follow.
2. Have laser wear finished with all parts assembled and ready to be worn by the client for whom you created the design at the start of class.
3. Wear black to best enhance the jewelry when you wear it during the critique. Your photos will come out better as well.

1. Your paper prototype
2. materials you used to laser cut and put the parts together (such as links, cords, etc.)
3. Your sketchbook with drawings for the project 
4. Any pieces that show mistakes and were not used for the final outcome (visually explains the learning process) 
5. Your completed piece(s) of jewelry or adornment**You will use all items listed above to show and talk about during the crit.

You will need to bring your computer for posting on your Learning Portfolio during class. **All items you bring in for the crit will be photographed and shown in your LP post.

1.  Using the Laser Lab Setup and Laser Cutter
2. How to photograph jewelry  

Ask for advice via email at any time. 

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For Week 3, Assignment 1: Laser Wear (2/6)

Please read and review this post all the way to the bottom to be sure you include everything that is required for the assignment.
Here is the link to a page with several tutorials on using Illustrator to help you create the assignment.

1. For those who have not done so, attend the Laser Lab orientation by Wednesday.
2. Please have your chosen design(s) completed in Illustrator for the start of class on Thursday. Upload your ai document onto Canvas. Please do not submit a jpeg or pdf file. Use the naming conventions laser wear_your

3. Amongst your individual groups, decide who will work on their laser cutting project first. I will review the Illustrator documents then take you over to the Laser Lab. Please note, all student documents will be reviewed before the end of class.

Critical applications, even if your pieces are simple. You should include all three techniques to make the most out of learning to use the laser cutting process. The steps below show the Illustrator drawing, color line, black fill, and line weight applications for:
1. vector engraving 2. vector cutting and 3. raster engraving
-Please be sure to complete the steps below,
even if your shapes are geometrical.
-Only use vector drawings created in Illustrator. Do not use 
jpg images, clipping masks, blends, or pattern fills. Patterns must be strokes and fills.

Examples of Illustrator documents setup with three cutting techniques. Note the duplication of pieces in various sizes.

Strokes, paths, anchor points, shapes, line width, artboard size, and color are all essential to properly set up your document.

Please note:
There are two parts to this project.
1. Designing for your client.
The client should give the designer inspiration and some artistic license.
2. The Laser Wear project which is about using laser cutting methods in as many ways as possible.
  Push yourself to think in less minimal ways. The pieces themselves can be simple, small (but not too small), and minimal but use drawings on the parts to incorporate more. You want to show all you can do in the laser process. 

1. Sketchbook  Please show corrections, changes, and additions made to your designs
2. Computer with the completed Adobe Illustrator document. You won’t be able to work in class without it.
3. You materials you will use for laser cutting. Only bring what is approved by the Lab. Please see the list supplied in a link in the last post. Untreated craft wood is available at Blick and the Laser Lab store. Plexiglass is available through the Laser Lab Store. Color plexiglass can be bought at Canal Plastics (you can buy small sheets to save money.) The buttons and other items I showed in class can be purchased at Pacific Trimming   Chains, links, cords, fabrics, and leather and other supplies can be found at Michaels  (on 6th Avenue btw. 21 and 22nd St.) Trumart Discount Fabrics (there you have to bargain) Mood Fabrics ask for untreated, natural leather for the Laser Lab. Let the store know your requirements.

I have two pieces of clear plexi and one piece of untreated craft wood, which I can bring to class for anyone who should need them. (Please let me know) I will also bring jump rings and other attachments for you to take.



Please let me know if I can help in any way. 

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