FACES & SPACES
Posters were created after viewing the Brooks Museum exhibit of vintage posters. The theme or message of the museum art was then interpreted into the students own story. (Far left) Student art inspired by poster Jane Avril 1893 by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (middle left). (Middle right) Student art inspired by poster Anxiousness, 1897 by Eugene Grasset (far right).
creating original art inspired by museum collections
Visit an art museum and discover what it is that draws you to a piece. Art gives us a feeling, expression and message using colors, style and content. Through guided questions and discussions students extract and articulate what those specific things are. Not only that, they get to create a work of art using the concept or theme of the inspired work, while learning about the collection in which each project is assigned. Students don't just copy the piece, rather they use content, scale, medium and subject matter as a launching pad. They share their thoughts along the way and work through the process with instructor and classmates. The conceptual aspect of this class allows students to observe and choose from a variety of museum works. It also allows them to interject and develop their personal style. Often times, this is a chance to appreciate a new technique, color palette or medium. A great balance of structure and free-flow processes comes into play during this course.