Art-MOOC Assignment 5. Inside the space

In june 2013 I started a new MOOC on Coursera: Introduction to art: Concepts and techniques by StatePenn. I just love MOOC’s. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to place my assignments in this part of my site. So, here’s the second assignment.

Assignment details

For this assignment we are asked to create our own temporary site-specific environmental installation.  It is meant to convey our relationship to the selected space and site, as well as our creativity. We have to recall the unusual approaches to nature of the environmental artists. Their imagination and understanding of nature resulted in striking unions of color and space. They defied gravity, transformed the landscape, assembled small-scale private installations, and even changed their personal appearance and became part of their work.

My artist statement

Each week, we have to upload an artist statement, stating how the art work was made, what the story behind it is and why you create it. So, below is the artist statement I posted:

The story behind it
My art piece stands for the beauty of nature. Its colors, its forms… I wanted to add to that even more, by bringing extra color to it and showing its ever changing nature (by letting it ‘walk’). The piece is interesting from every angle you look at it. It attracts attention and complements the garden. It took about two days to finish this work and is it okay to say that I’m terribly in love with it myself? Well probably not, but I really am :-). It was kind of hard to leave it at my parents house, but my mum is totally in love with it. So I decided to make some future artwork for my own garden!

Why I created it
Last year I trimmed one of the bushes in the garden of my parents. Actually that was about 1,5 meters behind te place I put my new artwork in :-). What was left after trimming had such a great form, that we decided to keep it and decide what to do with it later. So when we got this assignment, I thought of several possible artworks, but this bush kept sneaking into my mind. My parents garden is really beautiful, but at the moment it lacks some serious color. So, I thought to combine the two. The colors I chose are very bright. Every branche got its own basic color scheme: black and white, yellows, greens, blues, reds and purples. As I love black and white patterns (I try to include them in all of my work, it’s kind of my thing), one of the branches got the graphic black and white pattern. One of the great things is that it will be ‘destroyed’ over time by the natural elements. But that will take a long time probably. I’m very curious to see what will happen with it over time. At least for now it will give a lot of color to the garden and it attracts a lot of attention.

How it was made
I took the bush and decided which of the branches I would make black and white. First I painted it white. Then I decedid which of the branches would get each color range. Then I painted each branch with different color hues. The final touch was adding the black. All the painting was done with acrylic paint. When placing it where I wanted it to be, I tried several positions of the piece. I ended op with the one I photographed. It looks like the bush is walking on intself, which I very much like.

Peer assessment (not in yet!)

Every week, a minimum of two students perform a ‘peer assessment’ of each others works. First, there is an overall evaluation/feedback on five issues (5 points each, a total of 25 points possible) and the possibility to add additional comments or feedback.

The five standard issues
1. Concept, the idea behind your art piece, ability to be creative and telle stories through images. I scored ? out of 5.
2. Technical skill, your ability to use art elements, mediums and techniques. I scored ? out of 5.
3. Composition, placement of image whitin picture plane and use of space. I scored ? out of 5.
4. Craftsmanship/presentation, the quality of your application and use of various tools and mediums; visibility of your artwork. I scored ? out of 5.
5. Artist statement, the description of your artwork, the story behind it; explains your intentions for creating the artwork. I scored ? out of 5.

The additional comments or feedback I got

  • The comments are not in yet…

Art-MOOC Assignment 3. Correspondence with memory

In june 2013 I started a new MOOC on Coursera: Introduction to art: Concepts and techniques by StatePenn. I just love MOOC’s. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to place my assignments in this part of my site. So, here’s the second assignment.

Assignment details

For this assignment we have to create an artwork that demonstrates our understanding of the Mail Art Movement. We have to create an envelope and an insert. We have to consider the following questions when creating our mail art:
– What does ‘memory’ mean to you?
– What stands out in your mind about this memory? How will you depict it?
– How will you compose the image?
– What types of shapes and lines are important in conveying your idea?

My artist statement

Each week, we have to upload an artist statement, stating how the art work was made, what the story behind it is and why you create it. So, below is the artist statement I posted:

How it was made
First I made the envelope. As I absolutely love black and white patterns (it’s kind of my thing), I decided to create a black and white border, wich I drew by hand. Then I drew the church and the girl. The dress is made separately en glued on. Then I made the card. I wanted it to look partialy like the envelope, so I again made a black and white border, but in different patterns. But first I took aquarel paper and painted it with water color, stamps, ink, aquarel pencils and white correction fluid. Just to give it a happy color. Then I made the border. At last I added the text. Everything was done by hand.

Materials:
– aquarel paper
– Artline drawing system water based water ink
– water color
– aquarel pencils
– white correction fluid (for the white parts, as my white gel pen ‘died’ unfortunately)
– Letraset Promarkers
– stamps and ink

The story behind the envelope
The envelope is about childhood memories. The church is the actual church in Sint Annaparochie in the Netherlands where I was born and grew up in. It’s in the centre of the village and very recognizable because of its form. It’s the church where famous dutch painter Rembrandt married one of his wifes. But that’s besides the point. As I said, it stands for the village I grew up in. The character on the right is wearing roller skates. She stands for me. I remember skating a lot in those days. Also because we used to have a car-less sunday in the seventies in the Netherlands because of the oil crisis and everybody was able to skate freely on the roads, no car in sight. I loved that! Sometimes I took a lot of risks and fell down. Once so bad that I broke my arm :-). So that’s why my legs are placed like that.

Why did I create it
Well, last week I made a collage. I didn’t want to repeat that this week. So it’s a drawing. I love drawing with my pigment ink pens and my markers. I also love the black-and white and the figurative approach. The colourful backgrounds of the cards where a bit of an experiment. The first time I used stamps and the water colour-method. I quite like the colourful nature of it.

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Back and front of the insert20130621 - Art-Mooc-opdracht Correspondence with memory door Janet Plantinga, 4

Peer assessment

Every week, a minimum of two students perform a ‘peer assessment’ of each others works. First, there is an overall evaluation/feedback on five issues (5 points each, a total of 25 points possible) and the possibility to add additional comments or feedback.

The five standard issues
1. Concept, the idea behind your art piece, ability to be creative and telle stories through images. I scored 5 out of 5.
2. Technical skill, your ability to use art elements, mediums and techniques. I scored 5 out of 5.
3. Composition, placement of image whitin picture plane and use of space. I scored 5 out of 5.
4. Craftsmanship/presentation, the quality of your application and use of various tools and mediums; visibility of your artwork. I scored 5 out of 5.
5. Artist statement, the description of your artwork, the story behind it; explains your intentions for creating the artwork. I scored 5 out of 5.

So, I got 25 out of 25 possible points. Even better than last week! Joohooo :-).

The additional comments or feedback I got

  • peer 1 → That is fantastic! I trully like your envelope. Your artwork is very nice, i like the colors you used and the church is very much detailed. I also love the story behind it. Small village, girl with rollerskates, it brings me good childhood memories too. I thing you did a great job! Well done!
  • peer 2 → Wow. I really like your black and white theme, the background colors you have used are dreamy, and the drawings are excellent. Your envelope is very good and the two-sided insert is lovely. I really enjoyed reading your artist statement, it is informative and interesting. I have an image in my head of a girl skating around a carless road, and I think I would like us in New Zealand to also have a carless day so that all the children can safely play on the road! You are the girl who takes risks – no wonder she is able to produce such wonderful art!
  • peer 4 → It’s really lovely

Loved the feedback :-) .

Art-MOOC Assigment 2. Fantasy and you

In june 2013 I started a new MOOC on Coursera: Introduction to art: Concepts and techniques by StatePenn. I just love MOOC’s. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to place my assignments in this part of my site. So, here’s the first assignment.

Assignment details

For this assignment we have to create an artwork that demonstrates our understanding of the Fantastic Art Movement. Our artwork should be a personal approach to Fantastic Art that in some way addresses the concepts and/or techniques of the movement and its artists.  In a brief Artist Statement, we will describe the idea behind our artwork, our medium, process and the overall intentions.

My artist statement

Title work: Claustrophobia

This week, I made a collage out of photographs and a drawing. As far as I can remember, this is the first collage I ever made, and I liked doing it very much. I printed the photo’s in the right size, but I cut each piece separately. You can see that more clearly in the enlargement.

The photo of the building is made by me and is the building I used to work in. The background is the inside of a hot air balloon which I also took. The photo of the hands and the drawing of the tin can lid, I borrowed from the internet.

The story I want to get across is a claustrophobic feeling. The first time I went into the building I was kind of afraid of it falling down and I actually wanted to get out. When I was in the hot air balloon and I looked up, I also had a feeling of being surrounded. Although I’m not actually a claustrophobic person, I do get a little nauseous when looking at my own collage.

I chose to make this specific art piece because I frequently dream about it, unfortunately.

Claustrofobia by Janet Plantinga

Peer assessment

Every week, a minimum of two students perform a ‘peer assessment’ of each others works. first, there is an overall evaluation/feedback on five issues (5 points each, a total of 25 points possible) and the possibility to add additional comments or feedback.

The five standard issues
1. Concept, the idea behind your art piece, ability to be creative and telle stories through images. I scored 4 out of 5.
2. Technical skill, your ability to use art elements, mediums and techniques. I scored 5 out of 5.
3. Composition, placement of image whitin picture plane and use of space. I scored 5 out of 5.
4. Craftsmanship/presentation, the quality of your application and use of various tools and mediums; visibility of your artwork. I scored 5 out of 5.
5. Artist statement, the description of your artwork, the story behind it; explains your intentions for creating the artwork. I scored 4 out of 5.

So, I got 23 out of 25 possible points. Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with these scores!

The additional comments or feedback I got

  • peer 1 → While the top part of the picture does give me a feeling of claustrophobia, for me personally, the bottom part (with the white part of the building, glass and trees) does not continue that line of thought. A suggestion would be to have only kept the darker tall part of the building, and filled the rest of the space with something that enhances the feeling of being trapped, for example a fence or something like that. Overall, though, well done and well thought out.
  • peer 2 → Hello! I thought this was a very interesting piece. Once I read your artist statement it made a lot of sense to me. I enjoyed that the use of the hot air balloon created a radial perspective that brought the eye into the center of the collage. I think the concept could have been pushed a little more. Maybe used a different perspective of the building–maybe a perspective that wasn’t on ground level. Excellent craftsmanship, very clean, and trimmed well. Overall eye catching and enjoyable! (Hope that helps!)
  • peer 4 → outstanding job keep up the good work

For me that was very usefull feedback! Especially the part about the bottom part of my collage. I could have done more with that. I’ll do that next time :-).

Assignment #7.1 Beta/Final prototype

Below you’ll find the following:
– The name of the artifact
– Photo’s of the artifact
– The gap
– The primary user needs
– The next steps

1. The name of the artifact

I decided to call my artifact the ‘PortiBox’.

2. Photo’s of the artifact

Below you’ll find two photo’s of my object. The top photo is the pencilbox on its side, so it can be placed in my desk furniture. The second photo shows the pencilbox standing up. Each tray is removable. You can see that in the first photo. In the second photo it’s completely removed.

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The prototype in action in my desk furniture, where I created it for.

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3.a The gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

3.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

4. The next steps

In the next steps I will take to further refine and develop my pencilbox is to explore its portability and a way to add a removable lid.

 

Assignment #6.1 Alpha Prototype

1.a My gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

1.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

2. Alpha prototype

My alpha prototype is a drawing, made in Corel Draw. Mind you, no CAD-software, I drew every line myself :-). The final design is made of wood, so it can be painted on by the owner. The segments can be removed, so the segments can be larger.

Next week I’ll try to really make it out of wood…

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Assignment 5.1 Concept testing – One concept

Final concept of my pencil box

My final concept is made of wood. The trays can be removed so bigger cells are created. The entire box can be painted on by the owner.

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Concepttesting

I made two prototypes out of card board and asked a few people to test it. They also tested the prototype out of fabric. See below which prottypes have been tested. I asked the testers which prototype they preferred. That was the cardboard one, but they made some suggestions:

  • They suggested it to be made out of wood. I thought that was a great idea.
  • They also preferred the one without the lid, wich was a bit surprising to me.
  • They absolutely loved the idea to be able to paint the box themselves, but they also liked it when it is pure wood
  • They suggested that the box could also stand on it’s back, so that the opening is on the top. Therefore I decided to make the standers out of triple parts wood, to keep the trays in its place.
  • The last suggestion was to be able to remove the trays, so that the cells could be larger.

The tested prototypes
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Assignment 4.2 Prototyping – 3 concepts

1.a My gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

1.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

2. The concept sketches I’m prototyping

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3. Prototypes

In this prototype, the artist can draw on the pencilbox. The outside of the box is made of linnen like material on which the owner/artist can paint or draw. In this example I used some of my existing drawings. The left one is unfinished (deliberately), so you can see that it can be painted on.

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The prototype below shows how the box can be supplied with several happy colors and has a lid.

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Below the prototype completely made of fabric. It took me quite some time to make it, but I actually like it very much.

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Assignment #4.1 Concept selection – 3 concepts

1.a My gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

1.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

2. Selection matrix

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3. Prototypes

In the matrix above I included the concepts I will be exploring with prototypes (bottom line, green cells).