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student drawings

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Susie B.
For the past few weeks in my Drawing 1 class (in which I am the TA) the students have been working on these lovely perspective drawings. I was responsible for leading this segment of the class and designing a project to go along with the lessons... so I assigned an architectural perspective drawing, using ink! Here are some of my favorites - didn't they do a great job?
Jean K.

Emily M.
Lily S. 
Yeeun L.
Laura R.





student work

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My students have been hard at work on their plaster body/form projects. I'm so proud of what they've come up with! Below are some images of their finished work. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE teaching? It's been so fun to help them along with their projects, to see them discover new formal/material/conceptual possibilities. Did I mention how proud I am?

Mahlet Asrat (front), Monica Peretta (left), and Miyah Taylor (right)

Carly Uhlman

Kaitlyn Schmieser (front), Kathi Ha (back)

Kathi Ha

Rachel Handler


Stephen Baird

Monica Peretta (front), Miyah Taylor (back)

Michael Ekong

Alejandro Valencia

3D Fundamentals

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Have I even mentioned on here that I'm teaching my own class this semester?! Here are my students working on their plaster projects... We've been working out in the sculpture yard when it's nice out, but yesterday was stormy so we made-do inside. I started having flashbacks to that kid's class I taught at REDUX last year. What a crazy/fun mess!

Here is the prompt I gave my students...
We will be using the human figure as a point of departure for this project. Through the manipulation of your materials, your finished sculpture should somehow reference the human form – but that doesn’t mean it has to be strictly representational. In fact, it shouldn’t be that at all. The form you construct should fall somewhere between representation and abstraction, and should evoke/express a particular emotion (or set of emotions).
 And here are a few of the many examples I gave them...
Brancusi

Henry Moore

De Kooning

Hans Bellmer

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Robert Gober

Janine Antoni

Diana Al-Hadid

David Altmejd

the start of something

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Last week, all the new grad students (there's only 4 of us) met up for an informal orientation of sorts. We got the basic run-down of the program - where to go, what to do, who to talk to, what to expect, etc. Now it's up to us to get to work in the studio. Allow me to introduce you to my fellow incoming grads...



For those of us with assistantships in the department (of art, duh), our contracts began last week as well. We were each assigned duties to help prep the studios for the coming semester. Selin and Michael and I put a fresh coat of gray paint on the floors of painting studios (see below). It was a good way to break into the program and to get to know some new faces. I feel welcomed here and certainly not greeted with the anxiety of feeling like I have to prove myself or find a place to fit in. It feels natural. Perhaps that's due to the size of the program (I believe there are 14 of us total), but irregardless, it feels just right.


I'm lucky enough to be starting off with a Full Graduate Assistantship, which, in exchange for 20 hrs of service to the department, pays for my tuition and provides a not-huge, but not-so-bad stipend that covers most of my living expenses. Contrary to the belief of many... grad school doesn't have to mean mounds of debt! Not all schools have the resources to fully fund their students, but there are lots of programs out there like UMD that offer generous assistantships and fellowships. Thank goodness! For my assistantship this semester, I will be a Teaching Assistant for four different sections (each with a different professor) of ART-100 - 2D Fundamentals. I'm excited about learning, in such a hands-on way, how to be a teacher (at the collegiate level). The program is structured so that, by my 2nd/3rd year, I will be teaching my own classes here at UMD, if I so wish. Let's hope my "students" aren't put off by the fact that I'm practically the same age as they are ;) Perhaps if I act really mature I'll have them fooled... that is... until they see my student ID!


plaster possibiliies at REDUX

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Here are some photos from my Plaster Possibilities class that just wrapped up at Redux Contemporary Art Center. The kids were great! They weren't afraid to get messy and make some really neat work.

 Alexis - 8 yrs old

Connor - 9 yrs old

 Emily- 13 yrs old

Ainslee - 8 yrs old

teaching technique with edible materials

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My edible materials class at Redux finished up this past week. We had a lot of fun, molding dough, carving melons, casting chocolate and building with pasta! These images are from our last class. The kid's made some pretty neat sculptures with pasta and hot glue!

Kate: 12 years old

Connor: 9 years old

Emily: 12 years old

Zoe: 13 years old


My plaster class starts this coming week. I believe I have 6 students this time, so it should be a blast!

teaching classes at REDUX

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This Spring I'll be teaching some youth classes at Redux Contemporary Art Center. I'm very excited to work with kids in this capacity. See my class descriptions below... or CLICK HERE to see all the other classes offered up this spring!


Sculpture Basics: Teaching Technique with Edible Materials (recommended for ages 7-13)

Wednesdays, 4pm - 5:30pm March 2 - 23
Instructor: Lauren Moore
Member $90 / Non-Member $110

Each week students will learn about a different fundamental sculpture technique, but with a yummy twist! We’ll mold bread dough, carve melons, cast chocolate, and more! Looking at classic artists and their traditional methods, we’ll talk about the basic elements of sculpture and see how contemporary artists are pushing the envelope with nontraditional materials, like food! Bring your appetite for art! Materials included.


Sculpture Basics: Possibilities of Plaster in 3 Dimensions
(recommended for ages 7 – 13)

Wednesdays, 4pm - 5:30pm
March 30 - April 20
Instructor: Lauren Moore
Member $90 / Non-Member $110

This four-week class will be an exploration of all the sculptural possibilities of that messy white stuff known as plaster. We’ll learn to mix it, pour it, carve it, turn it colors, build with it, and more! Students will be encouraged to use their creativity to construct original 3D forms while learning all the fun things that plaster can do! Materials and snacks included.

teaching at REDUX

Added on by Jourdan.
This Spring I'll be teaching some youth classes at Redux Contemporary Art Center. I'm very excited to work with kids in this capacity. See my class descriptions below... or CLICK HERE to see all the other classes offered up this spring!


Sculpture Basics: Teaching Technique with Edible Materials (recommended for ages 7-13)

Wednesdays, 4pm - 5:30pm March 2 - 23
Instructor: Lauren Moore
Member $90 / Non-Member $110

Each week students will learn about a different fundamental sculpture technique, but with a yummy twist! We’ll mold bread dough, carve melons, cast chocolate, and more! Looking at classic artists and their traditional methods, we’ll talk about the basic elements of sculpture and see how contemporary artists are pushing the envelope with nontraditional materials, like food! Bring your appetite for art! Materials included.


Sculpture Basics: Possibilities of Plaster in 3 Dimensions
(recommended for ages 7 – 13)

Wednesdays, 4pm - 5:30pm
March 30 - April 20
Instructor: Lauren Moore
Member $90 / Non-Member $110

This four-week class will be an exploration of all the sculptural possibilities of that messy white stuff known as plaster. We’ll learn to mix it, pour it, carve it, turn it colors, build with it, and more! Students will be encouraged to use their creativity to construct original 3D forms while learning all the fun things that plaster can do! Materials and snacks included.