Independent Projects

In the last project of the term, painters chose their own prompt, subject and image. Some of the topics that they tackled included current politics, their interior lives, challenges, what they missed or longed for, feelings and landscapes among others. They did reflective writings, made sketches and studies and before embarking on this finished pieces.


Independent Artists make paintings

Some students, with previous experience in a Painting class, worked independently, creating sketches, studies and then artwork based on their own subjects, interests and ideas.


Wire Sculptures

Urban alum Jody DeAraujo created a beautiful how-to video
to help students learn how to crochet wire into forms inspired by Ruth Asawa.

“My curiosity was aroused by the idea of giving structural form to the images in my drawings. These forms come from observing plants, the spiral shell of a snail, seeing light through insect wings, watching spiders repair their webs in the early morning, and seeing the sun through the droplets of water suspended from the tips of pine needles while watering my garden.” -Ruth Asawa


Body Object

Thinking about the body and objects.
We looked at work by Ann Hamilton and Lee Matarazzi.

The assignment: Look around your house and think about which objects you have a relationship with and why. Think about the visual qualities of these objects in terms of shape, texture, materials. Think about the function of the objects and how your body relates and interacts with them.

Things to think about:

  • The five senses – how do you, as a body, know about an object? How can your  Body / Object photograph shed light on how you understand this object through your senses? Or perhaps the photograph is about that threshold being interrupted or altered or mixed up somehow.
  • Play. Humor. Fun.
  • Metaphor. Poetics. Nostalgia.

Prosthesis Project

Sculpture students created a prosthesis or wearable sculpture out of found materials. We started off this project with a TED talk by MIT professor Hugh Herr and then looked at body extensions by sculptor Rebecca Horn.

Your assignment is to design a “prosthesis” for a “missing” limb or body part or to enhance the functionality of a body part, to be functional in a political protest, or to provide protection or immunity. This can be a fantastical body part from a different incarnation. Or it can be a current body part that you would like to expand upon or enhance.


Iceberg Projects

In this project, printmakers reflected on the idea of identity as an iceberg, thinking about what aspects of themselves may be “above water” or visible to others and what may be “below the surface” and invisible.

You will be creating a self-portrait / portrait / project that may or may not include an actual image of you. It’s up to you.  You do NOT need to know where this will end up. You are in the beginning stages. Be OK with not knowing.


Stone Sculpture

Students are working with rifflers to carve alabaster. These photos are mid-process.


Baked Sculptures

Bake a Sculpture. Leave yourself plenty of time for this. This assignment requires you to follow a recipe (which is good practice for working with other kinds of sculptural materials).

shape of your choice
be creative in terms of form
think about how people will interact with your piece
how it is put together and how it will be taken apart

it can be out of anything that is baked and you need to do the baking … it can be made out of anything
and it must be BAKED!!

criteria for the judging process:
how it looks
how it tastes (if edible)
how it smells
how it feels
how it sounds
extra credit for something surprising
NOTE: Cookie dough does not make good sculptures.


Portrait Series: hue and value

In this series of painting exercises, student artists created several small portrait paintings in color and in black and white experimenting with using values to create depth; different color relationships; and conveying the likeness of a face using simple shapes.



Student artists made an artwork on a postcard that reflected something that they hoped for by the end of the school year.  Some were big dreamy hopes while others were small, simple hopes.  They sent these postcards to someone else in the class in effort to brighten their day.


Mail Art Project


Photos inspired by 6 word stories