Monday, 25 February 2013

Cinema. Short film. The power of IMAGES

Red Hill was the Director of SIGNS, one of the 2009 Cannes Lions winners! A simple short film about communication.

Does it ring you a bell?

Animation. The power of IMAGES

First of all read the following text, and try to guess the meaning of the highlighted words:

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short (2013), "Paperman." 

Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him

Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Paperman" pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.


Sunday, 24 February 2013

Technical drawing exam

Remember that to study technical drawing you have to DRAW and try the different constructions several times. Study the vocabulary too.

Don't forget to bring your drawing equipment (ruler, set squares, pencils -2H and HB- and compass).

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Elements of Art: DOTS

Georges Seurat invented the technique known as Pointillism, which uses tiny dots instead of broad strokes to put the paint on the canvas. The individual dots of red, yellow and blue are sucked in through your eyes and mixed up in your head to create a variety of shimmering shades.

Click here to see an hiperrealistic and pointillist video:

Jackson Pollock (Jack the Dripper) was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock's technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting.

Alexander Calder is the most representative cinetic art sculptor.
Take a look to this wonderful mobiles by Julie Frith.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian-born artist who is often credited as being one of the first modern artists to create abstract art. Kandinsky's goal was to use brilliant color with geometric shapes, lines and points to create images that had no symbolic, figurative, or narrative elements.

Sonia Delaunay (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979) was a Jewish-French artist who, with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

What does an image tell? Self-portraits

There are many different ways to make a self-portrait. It doesn’t have to be a traditional drawing or a painting of your face. 
Idea from:
Making a self-portrait is a great way to express and explore your identity.

The idea is to do the silhouettes of your head and fill in your head with a magazine collage of what is going in your brain, what you prefer, what you are fond of...

Ideas to get you started: clothes, music, words, sports, food, people you admire, singers, actors...


Trace your head on two white papers (using the window). Then filled in the head shape with magazine images in one of the papers. The second one will be the template of the final frame of your self-portrait, so, you will have to cut out the inside part. Let's do it.

Here you will find some examples made by last year students.