Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Extra Credit for Over-Under-Through assignment

Choose one of the four subjects below. After investigating these websites, write up to 2 pages answering the questions for that subject, listed below the links:

Ukrainian Eggs:
"Creativity is not something separate from life, or that has to be in a special place. Art is a spiritual thing connected to all people." -Roderick Sykes muralist
what is a pysanka?
learn how
gallery of pysanka
1. Describe the process of making a pysanka.
2. Where did this tradition originate, and why eggs?
3. If you were making a pysanka for yourself, what symbols or imagery would you use?

Islamic tile & pattern:
"Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes." -Kahlil Gibran
metropolitan museum
Iranian examples
star pattern tile work
tile work
geometry & flowers
1. Why is most Islamic art patterns or geometric?
2. Where are some of these buildings located?
3. Do you think that creating boundries (example: no people, only certain colors or forms, etc.) for an artwork will make a stronger piece? Explain why or why not.

Celtic Knot Work:
"Art strives for form, and hopes for beauty." -Rose Elizabeth Bird
The Book of Kells
contemporary Celtic knots
more Celtic art
tile work
1. When & when did Celtic knot work flourish?
2. What is the Book of Kells?
3. What symbol(s) would you select to represent yourself and why?

Bronx graffiti & murals:
"...And the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls." -Paul Simon (singer/songwriter)
history of graffiti
early & current graffiti
about graffiti
1. Why did people in New York and the Bronx start doing graffiti?
2. What do you think about the Metro Transit Authority's attempts to "de-graffiti" their trains?
3. Artists who now use canvas for their art... is the art more authentic or less?

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