Making Meaning: Observation, Research and Process

“Embracing a regimen for making and securing ideas so that they exist beyond the firing of the thought may well be the factor that distinguishes between creative types and critical makers.” -Leslie Hirst, “Groundwork”, The Art of Critical Making. This semester we are going to explore…

Studio Projects

As part of this course we will be working in clay at C.R.E.T.A. Rome.  This is a chance to translate the experiences you are having in Rome into a work of art. Maya Lin, the artist who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. as well…

Roman Tile Patterns and Imagery

Read A Brief Introduction to Roman Mosaics as inspiration and direction for our studio tile making project.  Scroll through this slideshow of images from ancient Rome.  Also, take a look at some Roman tile works in the Met’s Collection.

Baroque Art

Read this history of Baroque Art in Rome:  https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/baro/hd_baro.htm Watch this video about Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, 1647-52, with we will visit at the Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria. Also, read a bit about painter, Caravaggio, whose work we will see at several…

Contemporary Art in Rome

Our two planned contemporary art stops are The Tarot Gardens and the MAXXI Museum. To prepare for these stops read about The Tarot Gardens hereL https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-tucked-tuscan-countryside-artists-mystical-sculpture-park-celebrates-femininity Check out the Maxxi Museum here:  https://www.maxxi.art/en/ Learn more about Zaha Hadid, the architect who designed the MAXXI here:  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/arts/design/zaha-hadid-architect-dies.html  

Rome Travel Resources

Professor Kupinsky put together some great travel resources last year.  They can be found here: https://romewinter.wordpress.com/category/travel-resources/.  I strongly encourage you to read this page.  There are tips on safety, getting around, finding places to eat, and more. Also, on this site are some of the blog…

Project Proposal, Final Two Paintings

Project proposal for final two paintings Plan your project Record your responses to the following questions in a notebook or sketchbook:  Look at and think about all of the art you have created in the past.  What themes appear throughout your art?  What are things that…

Canvas Building and Stretching Project, Nov. 5-9

Here is a quick review of the process I will demonstrate in class.  Please note that I did not actually nail the pieces together so you might see gaps between seams that shouldn’t exist in your finished (glued and nailed) frame. The sound in the first…

Rome: Renaissance

Read about the influence of Ancient Rome on the Renaissance. and Architecture in Renaissance History: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/itar/hd_itar.htm Read about the Sistine Chapel Watch:

Figure Drawing and Painting

For this project we will complete a series of figure drawings and paintings. You will need three sheets of prepared paper. Gesture drawing and figure painting process will be demonstrated in class. October 24, Day 1:  Gesture drawing October 26, Day 2: Extended gesture drawing and…