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

Nothing here. This class is over. I did just find my grade, though, and I am happy.


We did a full crit in this class, which is not what I expected. It was good, though, and I was happy to hear what some of the drivers and motivators of my fellow students were. Very interesting stuff, really.

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

We finished here. No crit, interestingly, but the instructor did photograph everyone’s work (for marking) and we had the usual nice time in class. I finished up one more piece:

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.


Yesterday we did our final crit in this class, and once again it was great fun. I have images of all but one of the sculptures that were turned in. (The one I didn’t get was turned in a day early, as the student had airline tickets.) So, in no particular order, here they are, accompanied by various students in the background:

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!


Sorry, but once again I have nothing but the Art School Post Index. So you can see these stories in order if you want to.


And I am calling the pile of pictures of sculptures enough this week. Enjoy!

And In Conclusion…

This article was sent to me by Giselle Gautreau, a dear friend and a fellow artist. (Be sure to check out her encaustic work!) There’s a lot of truth in it, and I suspect some of it applies to everyone:

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