Art School: Semester 2, Week 11

Week 11 is over now, and the crush at the end of the semester continues unabated. As you’ll read in the sections about each class, the work continues to bear down and nothing comes off the due list until next week.

We’re also working on finding our next place to live. Well, Anne is doing that and I am trying — unsuccessfully — to avoid annoying her with questions about the process. I hope we have an answer on that soon.

Anyway, let’s get started and see just how bad the week really was.

Art History

The big surprise this last week is that my instructor has gone out on maternity leave (called “mat leave” up here, a shortening I have never heard used in the US) unexpectedly early. The department chair is taking over (though she is pregnant too) to see us through the end of the semester, and the regular instructor is working with her behind the scenes, from home.

The second writing assignment is due on Monday. I’ve got a draft written and partially edited. I will finish it up this weekend and submit it. After that we have three lectures left and a take home final exam. With luck, the pressure on this class will drop a bit in a couple of days.


We’ve been introduced to serigraph printing (AKA silk screens) and I have a design worked out. This process is one in which my 3D skills are very useful, as I can easily see how to separate the design into layers of colour, and how to print them in such a way that the registration issues are minimal, if any exist at all. I think I will go into the studio this Sunday to get my first emulsion set on the screen, so I can start the printing process on Tuesday morning. I will be printing four colours, and I think it will go pretty smoothly if I can manage the brush work on the screen itself.

We have a couple of weeks to get this done, so the rush isn’t crippling on it directly, but there is a lot of other stuff going on, so getting it done sooner rather than later seems wise. I’ll try to get photos of the process.


We’re down to the wire on the wood sculpture project. It’s due this coming Wednesday, and I will be very glad to be done with it. My piece is almost finished. The legs are now mounted to the base — an insanely difficult process that had to be done carefully to avoid breaking things — and I am in the middle of touching up the finish there. Final assembly happens this weekend, and it gets taken to school on Sunday as well, I think. No new photos available yet. You saw the best photo available last week.

Once the wood sculpture is done, we’re off into the assemblage sculpture project, and that is still a total unknown to me. I have an idea, but it’s nasty and will take time and resources and I have neither at the moment. Ugh.


Last week’s assignment was to draw chrome and glass, and to add words to it somehow. Here’s what I turned in:

Chrome, glass, and words for Drawing II

Not a stellar photo, but as you can see I took it as a bit of a technical exercise, rather than specifically as a compositional one. It worked out, though. The instructor liked it, and I got full credit for it.

In class we worked on caricature drawing (at which I stink) and the assignment is to draw a few panels with ourselves in them, as if from a graphic novel or comic book. No real requirements for drawing accuracy or style. She wants a story and a way of telling it that works. Stick figures would be OK, apparently. I have a plan, which I am keeping under wraps until I am certain I can make it happen. Wish me luck on that. It’s due next Thursday.


We continue our final video project in media class. I’ve spent some hours working with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premier trying to learn how to do simple animation. It’s … time consuming. Largely because I am having to debug Adobe’s lousy products and work around their idiotic bugs on a regular basis.

As things stand right now, I have just over eight seconds of video for each of two channels prepared. That leaves something like 1500 frames to create if I go fully animated for the rest of the project, plus whatever I do on the audio side of things.

Alternatively I could throw away what I currently have completely and start over with something that might be simpler to create. Not sure about that yet. This is due in three weeks.


This has been an awful week on the school work front. I have nothing interesting to share this time around. Sorry about that.

  • The usual index of art school posts and other things here on Medium, because Medium’s display isn’t chronological, as far as I can tell.

Dog Pictures

And as with the links section, there are no new dog pictures either. Busy, busy, busy, but not taking those. Sigh.



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Jeff Powell

Sculptor/Artist. Former programmer. Former volunteer firefighter. Former fencer. Weirdest resume on the planet, I suspect.