Sunday, April 11, 2010

Winding Down, and the Work of Roxanne Swentzell

Welcome back from spring break everyone! There are only 7 more weeks left in this semester, and so we'll spend the remainder of our class days finishing works in progress, and creating projects that can be started and finished in a relatively short span of time. 
This past week, River (Evergreen) finished a piece that he's been working on for the past several weeks (above). The artwork is a mixed media piece, watercolor and marker on watercolor paper, and is titled Graffiti. River created the "graffiti" image from the letters in his name. If you look closely, you'll find them. 
Great work, River!
Ceramics I student works were recently glaze fired, and were returned this past week. These are just a few photos of the works that were returned to our class following the firing. There is, clearly, some very nice sgraffito work here! What amazing artists!
Thanks to all the students who chose to do the spring break web challenges! The following artists did ALL THREE challenges, and each added 3 more ATCs to their collection:
Ivy, Parker, Tavia, Hunter, Morgan, and John-Luc! 
Great work, everyone!
The previous challenge was to learn about "altered book" art, and to find an artist's work which appealed to the student. Several students stepped up to the challenge. They are . . .
. . . Joel, Dillon, Keith, Delaney, Morgan, Hunter, John-Luc, Tavia, Parker, and Ivy! Again, fantastic work everyone! If you get the chance to see any of these jewels in person (altered books), be sure to take advantage of the opportunity. Pictures rarely do them justice :)
Tribal Mask by Roxanne Swentzell 
I have some personal commitments that will occupy much of my time in the coming weeks, so rather than offer up new web challenges, I will feature works from artists that I often mention in class, but whose work you may not be familiar with. This week, I'm sharing the work of one of my very favorite contemporary artists, Roxanne Swentzell, who is a well known ceramic artist from the Santa Clara pueblo in New Mexico.
Steps Through Time by Roxanne Swentzell.
Roxanne has a beautiful gallery--The Tower Gallery--that is filled with her work. You can visit her gallery, which is located less than 1/2 hour north of Santa Fe, NM, in the pueblo of Pojoaque. It's well worth the trip, and is free to the public.
Babies at Indian Market by Roxanne Swentzell
Please note that, while there won't be any further web challenges this semester, I will continue to post photos of the work we're doing in class, along with each week's featured artist, so be sure to check back here each week! Also, over the next few weeks, I will count up the total number of challenges done by each student, and anyone who has done 5 or more is eligible for an ART PRIZE!
Good luck, Everyone!

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