Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Tour of the Art Studio

Yesterday was our midterm quiz in Launching the Imagination, and it didn’t last very long. This left me with quite a bit of time to kill before Design 1. I decided to get out my camera and wander around taking pictures. I mostly took pictures around the art studio, so I thought that I would do sort of a tour, so you could see where I take classes three days a week.
I’ll start with a mini tour of the Art Center itself. There's a lot more to the building than what I took pictures of.
This is the main part of the building. It’s actually quite a bit larger though.
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The part in this photograph that wasn’t in the last one is the auditorium. it is a massive room with balconies and tons of seating.
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This is the parking lot. One tiny fraction of the parking lot. Fill in that one empty space and take all these cars by ten or fifteen, and you’ll get an idea of how many cars there are. And this is only one of the many parking lots around the campus…
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This is the main room when you walk in the front door.
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This is the stairway to the lower level. I may do a more extensive tour later, but right now I’m going to focus on where I go every day.
If you go out the back doors you can see some of the sports fields, and some buildings, but it’s mainly trees. It’s a nice view though.
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You can’t tell from the front but you are actually entering into the second floor.
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I’m sure by now you’ve noticed this thing in some of the pictures.Art Center 002
I’m not exactly sure what it’s supposed to be. I guess it’s some type of modern art.Art Center 003
My guess is that it’s supposed to be a woman, even though it looks like a futuristic dinosaur robot.
I think the middle is supposed to be a silhouette of her head and the rest of the "head thing" is her hair.
This is only a guess. I really have no idea what it is.
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And now, where I spend all of my time at school, the Art Studio.
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There are two rows of these tables on one side of the room for general classes, and artwork.
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This is the teacher’s desk, though students can use the computer if they need to.
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The room is separated by this island thing that holds tons of art supplies.
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More art supplies on the counter, plus one of two sinks in the room.
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Inkwash from our last drawing project.
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Paint Brushes
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Our main artistic tool: pencils.
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And if you have pencils, you need erasers.
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Charcoal, not my medium of choice, but some people can do amazing things with it.
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There is a small library at the back of the room that contains tons of art books.
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On the back wall hangs recent examples of student’s artwork.

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This is the working clock at the back of the room.
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This is the not working clock at the front of the room.  Look how well they fixed it with construction paper! So much easier than climbing up and setting the right time!
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These are the easels set up around the still life to the side of the room.
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Speaking of still life, in case anyone was wondering, this is the pile of rubbish we had to draw recently.
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This is closer to what mine will look like though, since I was not seated directly in front of it.
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There is lots of specialized lighting all around the room for lighting drawing subjects, or displaying artwork.
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There are two store rooms full of even more art supplies.
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I discovered that this is also where our artwork is being stored.
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Here’s Joel’s and mine!
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There are tons of magazines back here for use in collages.
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There are also magazines at the entrance to the studio, but they are NOT for use in collages.
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There’s also a stack of mirrors for self portraits.
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And a big block of ???.
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In the other store room, among other things there are cabinets of paper and various markers and colored pencils.
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There’s a hallway behind the studio that leads to some offices, but it also contains a bunch of artwork.
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More Lighting.
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And another statue.
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The windows in the studio also contain recent examples of student’s work.
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They also have a great view.
These aren’t the only pictures I took yesterday, but I think this post has gotten long enough. I’ll save the rest for another day.

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