Our Design elective class had a remarkable opportunity to experience a dynamic design process at Shinola Headquarters. Thanks to Bill Guy, August and Ramsey’s dad, and the head of Watch design at Shinola, we were able to visit studios, offices and factories in the Taubman Center. We learned about so many aspects of the design process, from concept generation to merchandizing design.
DESIGN - AN ART ELECTIVE
The focus of our Design elective was Design Thinking – a program originating from Stanford University. The Design Thinking process encourages critical and innovative thinking. As we created characters for our lines of clothing, costumes and props, we asked ourselves the following questions:
What is my character’s story?
What does my character need or want?
What strategies – tools and art materials – can I use to construct my collection?
How am I using the elements of design in my work?
Inspired by Bill’s talk about watch design at Shinola, each artist in this elective created a design on thin Plexiglas. Here are some of our designs:
Our Earth Day Study with Brittney
Brittney led our Earth Day inspired art study. She collected and cleaned many found objects she discovered while walking her dog, Sawyer. The children also collected many found and recycled items. Thanks to all of you who helped with this effort! Brittney brainstormed ideas for art pieces with children, and they formed collaborative groups. This art process required much problem solving as the children searched for ways to transform their ideas about taking care of the earth into artworks. Our Stage III artists created a papier-mâché earth filled with environmental messages, a sea created from a car floor mat and military aircraft that drops compost and seeds.
EARTH DAY MURAL
We celebrated Earth Day, 2017, by creating a group mural in the art room. I brought in a variety of early plants growing in my gardens, and each artist chose a subject to draw. Using black and white charcoal, we rendered leaves, buds, twigs and more. Each class added to the mural, mindful of the overall composition we were creating. This piece hangs outside the Stage III art room – upstairs.
Spring in the
We had a wonderful day in our outdoor studio on our last day of this 5th Sign-Up. Each artist chose a view – a point of affinity – near the creek. Using charcoal, we drew what we saw, refining our observational skills and artists’ eyes. Here are a few of our pieces: