Stirling Dickinson Escuela de Arte Spring Semester at Biblioteca

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By Jim Reeves and Rick Brunson

Imagine making a three-dimensional piece as part of your education. The curriculum of Stirling Dickinson Escuela de Arte’s (SDEDA) spring semester is devoted to 3D Design—six weeks of papier-maché sculpture and six weeks of clay sculpting. Sculpting encompasses carving, casting, assembling, and modeling with SDEDA’s curriculum focused on modeling and assembling.

In elementary school, Jim Reeves remembers making these papier-maché figures as an art project. It was very fun, he says; it made his hands sticky with all the water and glue on the wire frames. He vaguely remembers making an animal back then and did not realize that the whole experience engendered the creative process for him. The idea of making something three dimensional opens the eye to what a figure and shape look like. When someone creates a piece of art, he invests time, thought, skill, feeling, and soul into a piece he is creating. The result is spectacular. Jim did like his personal piece as a child. Maybe you have a similar memory.

Three-dimensional artwork provides real benefits for a well-rounded artistic education. Two-dimensional work, which includes drawing, painting, animation, photography, and printing is assisted and enhanced by a 3D background. Working with their hands, these young artists begin to feel, see, and sense dimensional perspective. Training in 3D is a training of personal perception. As Rick Brunson points out, “Most art forms are 2D. Working in 3D provides both an opportunity for students to enhance their 2D visual acuity and to explore their natural talent in sculpting.”

Many of SDEDA’s students show natural talent and passion for 3D. Watching their 3D work progress from 2D drawings into successful 3D sculptures is a joyful and meaningful experience. Jose, Ilse, Martha, Paolo, and Uri are students who have been committed for the past four semesters (more than a year and a half). They have experienced the personal satisfaction of envisioning ideas and bringing them into reality with great success.

One definition of an artist is “someone who sees the artistic in the routine of daily life.” It takes courage to create something from personal observation and follow the creative process, knowing there will be hills to climb.

 

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