Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ART - Cathedrals

Tuesday, April 14th

Cathedrals are beautiful, majestic structures that were designed to make people think heavenward. BUT.... they also have a dark side. Most Cathedrals hold a burial ground, often within the interior, with bodies buried down in a basement crypt or even in the floor you would walk on! Cathedrals also hold a rather creepy tradition of displaying the skull of a famous saint or bishop in a glass box; these skulls are almost considered spiritual good luck charms.

We also discussed the creation and specifications of GARGOYLES that came about with cathedrals. These stone statutes held both a practical purpose and a spiritual purpose. These statutes were an artistic gutter: a pipe would run through them and out their open mouth to allow rainwater to pour out and away from the walls of a cathedral, preventing corrosion of the stone walls. And though some could be beautiful or even comical in design, most of these gargoyles were ugly creatures designed to scare away evil spirits from the Cathedral.

Since next TUESDAY, APRIL 21 will be our last class before presentation, please be sure to have all the following with you:

-Finish and bring in CATHEDRAL
   -Painting must be completed!
   -A cardboard or Foam board base for your Cathedral to sit on; the Dollar Tree sells a great basic foam board. This is not absolutely necessary but highly recommended to make your Cathedral easier to present for final display.

-Research and print off 4 to 6 interesting FACTS about the history of your Cathedral. 

-Bring in Cathedral folder with all your additional paperwork we've collected over the semester. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Art - Cathedrals

Tuesday, April 4th

The Cathedrals are amazing structures of design, but also a treasure chest of art. The interior of a Cathedral holds a vast array of art- from stain glass and frescoes, to statutes and tapestries. Due to the amount of classes being cut down this semester, we did a crash course of what all can be found inside.

John Ruskin was an artist from the 1800's, but his creative design of sketch and watercolor resulted in pieces of art that look very contemporary. We looked at a few of his pieces that were done on Cathedrals, using his style as inspiration for our project. Students took the image they brought to class of their favorite art piece from their cathedral, and recreated it to be featured on the sign for their individual Cathedral.


The Dark side of the Cathedrals...
Please research the following:

- Does your Cathedral have any GHOST STORIES?
- Does your Cathedral have any creepy RELICS? Does it have a CRYPT? If so, are there any interesting people buried there?
-What is the history of GARGOYLES?
   - PRINT OFF and BRING IN a photo of a gargoyle from your Cathedral. If your Cathedral does not have Gargoyles, pick another stone carving on your Cathedral, and bring in an image.

CONTINUE  finishing work on Cathedral. Complete details and spray painting; these will need to be brought in the final Tuesday class on April 18th.