Crochet Tutorials

The basics on crochet techniques…

This site is an excellent resource and includes step-by-step instructions:
And here are some other references:

How to Crochet: Single Crochet Stitch from pumashock on Vimeo.


How to Crochet: Triple Crochet Stitch from pumashock on Vimeo.


Sculpture 2/3: HW: Readings and Responses to Project: Beauty

Four readings on the concept of beauty and a suggested schedule for completion:
Week 1: Read and respond: Dubuffet’s AntiCultural Positions, 1951(anticultural_positions)
Week 2: Read and respond: Elaine Scarry’s On Beauty and Being Just, 1998 (scarry_onbeauty.pdf)
Week 3: Read and respond: Dave Hickey’s On the Vernacular of Beauty, 1993 (hickey_beauty_selected_essays),1993
Week 4: Read and respond: Wolfgang Welsh’s The Return of Beauty?, 2007 (return_of_beauty)

Fred Wilson “Mining the Museum” at the Maryland Historical Society

Fred Wilson is a contemporary artist who re-arranges museum collections to reveal racial injustices and prejudices within institutions (such as art museums). This artistic practice is referred to as “institutional critique.

A change of heart – Fred Wilson’s impact on museums from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.

From “Mining the Museum”:


Other Projects:

Introducing – Negative Space Still Life (3D Design: Project 2)




A plaster detail of Auguste Rodin’s La Muse (1905-1908) at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris

La Pensee (the thought), carved stone, Auguste Rodin, 1895
A portrait of his mistress, Camille Claudel
Examples of themes: example.pdf
More theme examples:

Things from the North side of my house.

Retrieved from cluttered spaces.

Found at grandmother’s house.

Defense Mechanisms

Parker’s Picks

To Be Recycled




Road Trip to Alabama

Tools and Materials for Moldmaking and Plaster

Plaster tools and supplies:

– extra small bottle of WD-40
– 2 and 1/2 quart mixing bucket
– 2 Thin plastic (7-8 mm) drop cloths (hardware store)
– Fine 400-600 grit Wet/Dry sandpaper pack (hardware store)
– Clay tools (fabricated, found, or purchased), small sponge, pin tool, ribs
– N95 particulate respirator mask (hardware store)
– Sur Forms: size aprox. 2” by 1 ½” and 6” by 1 ½” (found in the tool section of the hardware store near saws/clamps/files)

Sculpture 2/3 Assignment 1: Getting to know you


Pick a partner. Interview them using the questions below. We will spend Wednesday’s class on interviews (1/27). Make a PDF or Keynote presentation that uses their answers to these questions (Homework!). Be ready to present their work on Monday 2/1. Bring a flash drive. Presentations will only be accepted in a pdf or keynote format on a flash drive at the beginning of class. NO PREZIS!!

Your presentation should be 5 minutes long. It should include at least five images of the artist’s work. These images will supplement the artist’s answers to the interview questions.

Your homework for Wednesday is to bring images of your best work on a flash drive to share with your partner during class. If you have a laptop, you should bring that also.
Sample Interview Questions:

Where are you from?

Why are you here?

What is something that we should know about you?

How did you first become interested in making ART!?

What is your work about? What themes do you find yourself returning to over and over again? Are you interested in stylistic continuity? or experimentation? (are these mutually exclusive?)

What do you consider to be your artistic strengths?

What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

In order to provide us with a context for thinking about your work, what artists or movements in art history inform your practice?

How does your work relate to that of practicing contemporary artists? Name a few that you look to for inspiration.

Please share your ideas about how the media, materials, or processes that interest you relate to the concepts or ideas evident in your work?

What are your long-term goals for your work and your life?

Does your work draw heavily from your own life?

Do you start out with a concrete concept or idea for how your piece will be, or do you create as you go?

How heavily do you research before starting a piece?

What do you do when you feel like you’re lacking in ideas/the desire to make art?

Do your family and friends support what you do? Do you feel that you have a support network in place?

Do you have a specific goal for how the viewer sees your work/ experiences your work?

What are some strategies that you use for responding to material/process/concept throughout the act of making?

Declare something. What is your manifesto?

Other questions?…

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