Saturday, February 25, 2012

Master Class 12: Artist Groups

Welcome to the 5th edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday.

Style File and Techniques & Tools were the first two projects posted and links to all 23 posts can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The third project, Master Class, continues now...

Participants were asked : 'If you could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including the present, who would it be and why?'

(Images and links have been added by The Altered Page)
In some cases, rather than selecting single artists, the participants chose artist groups.

Leslie Marsh "would love to have been mentored by the artists of the Roycroft community in East Aurora, New York, during the Arts and Crafts movement.

The furniture, lamps, books and metal work produced by the Roycrofters are very appealing to me, as is their community of creative thinks sharing social and cultural ideas. I surround myself with furniture and work that came from this period, and the colors and elements I choose to work with are borrowed from the rich Arts and Crafts palette."

Wen Redmond went further back in history. "I would like to be there, for a day, with the ancient cave painters. I would like to feel their pulse of energy as the inspiration struck to use the contours of the walls in the development of their paintings."

Kesha Bruce "would like to take a quilting class from the women of Gee's Bend. I'd give anything to better understand how they go about making their compositions, choosing colors, etc. Every quilt is a universe unto itself."

Lottie Anderson said "there is a group that meets Wednesday evening and posts their work here that I would love to participate in and feed from. I love the various styles, the emotions they each capture, the fluidity. It is all so wonderful.

Deryn Mentock would chose the "American Indian jewelry artists from the old days of Indian silversmithing. That jewelry was (and still is) such a beautiful expression of the culture; done with a limited number of tolls and supplies. Amazing!"

Stephanie Brouwers chose "some unknown artist from some remote area like Papua New Guinea. I'd like to learn how that achieve so many intricate designs with the most basic tools. I'd like to see how they carve wood, how they drill the teeth and shells they use in their necklaces, how they weave fibers. The main thing I would like to learn is how to make more with less. It's already my philosophy but there's always room for improvement. I notice that the less I have the more creative I am.

Next 'Master Class' will be held on Sunday, February 26th.


lyle said...

seth, greetings from sunny? florida. tis warm too.just want to say thanks again for the master class blogs. it has been fascinating to read various thoughts on why that particular person.

Laura Tringali Holmes said...

This is really good stuff. I had forgotten about Roycroft. A good excuse to refresh myself.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I agree with all the artists. It would be fun to have not just one, but an entire community of artists showing you how they created their art, along with answering whatever questions you have. Really great post.

BTW, thank you so much for tweeting about my AB class. Sorry I am not on Twitter, but I sure appreciate your caring enough to share it with artist friends like you.

Maureen said...

Wonderful selections!

Jo Murray said...

These are unusual links Seth. Kudos to the artists who chose them.

Deryn Mentock said...

So interesting, Seth...thank you!