Art School: Semester 4, Week 14

The semester is over. Really and truly over. I now have about three weeks of doing nothing before the next semester begins. The past 14 weeks have been a good time, filled with a ton of work. Next semester will be no different, even though I will have one less class on the schedule.

And the classes next time are Advanced Design II, Advanced Sculpture II, and 3D Aboriginal Carving. All three are in the afternoons (Tue, Wed, & Thu), and all should be great fun.

There is no other news this week that I can think of now. Here’s the summary:

Professional Practice


We also briefly discussed the next class a bit more. We’ll be designing stools of some sort, to be made from plywood, and we’ll be using Rhino CAD to do the design work.

I am also going to spend some time with either Rhino or Fusion 360 over the break to design a fix for some headphones I bought. More about that in a later post during the break, once I have a clue and some pictures.

Aboriginal Carving

After Hokusai

Most (if not all) of you know The Great Wave, by Katsushika Hokusai. Note that so far I have encountered three possible names for that work: The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, Under The Wave Off Kanagawa, and The Underwave Off Kanagawa. I have no idea which of those is really correct, but they all refer to the same, famous woodblock print.

I was looking at that print for inspiration when I discovered for the first time that there are boats in that print. I had no idea they were there, having spent all my time concentrating on the foam and froth coming off the top of the great wave itself.

When I learned of the boats, I decided that there is a second image in the series, and created it. It’s the aftermath of the wave’s passage. Note the one boat, sticking out of the water, but clearly in the process of sinking.

I do not claim this is a particularly great work. There are numerous issues with it, but what I was doing was learning how to use my new gauges, and continuing to understand the limitations of red cedar. Still, it was fun, and I kind of like the result.

I don’t have any details about the next class. I suspect we’ll be carving masks, though, and how that will go I have no idea. Beyond that, time will tell.


As you can see, they varied all over the map. Remember the assignment criteria: cast some part or part of a human body and mix that in with welded steel. In some cases the steel is only an armature, and in other cases it makes up a substantial portion of the work.

In all cases, the discussion around the works was very interesting, and it seems like everyone did well.

Next semester there are two projects. The first is a casting project that (I think) involves two part moulds. We may have the chance to cast aluminum as part of that, which would be very interesting. The second project is something the instructor calls “choose your own adventure.” We’ll be writing and researching a bit more about our work as well, not just creating it, so it will be a more fully developed process. Should be a lot of fun!



And In Conclusion…

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

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