INTRODUCTION TO 3-D COURSE
PROFESSOR RON KLEIN
This show contains the work from the Introduction to 3-D course, taught by Professor Ron Klein. This class is an introductory level art course that deals with working in three dimensions rather than two. The challenge of factoring in the dimension of space in how a work of art is created, shown, and experienced is an integral portion of this course.
This course is broken up into two parts during the semester. The first portion deals with line and how line creates volume. To understand this, students work with wire to create three-dimensional objects. These sculptures take line out of two dimensions and put it into three. This assignment is an integral stepping-stone to later projects, in that it helps students understand the concept of volume. The second portion of the semester allows students to work with hard, flat materials to create larger than life objects. Professor Klein eases his students into this project by first having them become familiar with the objects they are portraying by creating cardboard models. Studying the object in a manageable size allows the students to come to understand the lines, contours, scale, and overall aesthetics of the object. Later in the semester, they create a larger version of their cardboard model out of foam core. The process of this second project lets the students understand the concept of scale by taking the original object, creating a slightly larger model of it, and then creating a much larger version of it. The large scale of the finished foam core pieces challenges the students and pushes them out of their comfort zones, while affirming that they are capable of creating such a work that they originally thought they couldn’t.
This exhibit contains the student’s large foam core versions accompanied by some of the smaller cardboard models. They were instructed to pick an object that they use or see every day and that has some sort of meaning to them. The purpose behind this was for students to pick an object that they fully understand the function, shape, contours, etc. Because each student was allowed to think creatively in terms of the object they wanted to recreate, you will see a wide variety of objects such as a lock, remote, and even a monkey head.
The three-dimensionality among these works creates a cohesive environment for this show. Each work stands out because of unexpected size, material, or technique, and together they form an interesting and dynamic show. Students of all majors found this course to be rewarding and a great experience. Junior Madeline Kim says the course is the best class that she has taken because it is interesting, challenging, and overall a great environment to be in because Professor Klein is incredibly encouraging and helps everyone improve creatively. The course allows both art majors and non-art students to work in a hands-on environment and have a physical manifestation of their hard work. By the end of the semester, students are able to actually see what they have learned.
Carter, class of 2015
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant