Three Dimensional Design seeks to expand your understanding of design theory as it relates to the 3 dimensional world. Working with 3D software, we will explore concepts of modularity, sequence and series, relief, contour, structure and symmetry.
We will examine the function of space, volume, mass, plane, and line. Sculptural issues will be explored through the solution of design problems. The main emphasis of this course is the development of critical thinking skills as they apply to three dimensional art forms and to help you gain a deeper understanding of visual art.
This is a working studio course. Regular attendance is expected.
This is an A level course and is part of the general education program, "Invitation to Insight" and it fulfils the fine arts requirement. As such, the goals of the class as well as those stated above are to encourage you in:
• Creative thinking
• Informed engagement of works of art
• Developing your vocabulary in art to be able to articulate visual ideas more fully.
• Articulating how the ideas in this course illuminate understanding of all three dimensional art including Sculpture, Ceramics, Installation Art and Architecture
Topics to be covered include:
Learn Blender 3D Software
Create an extended relief using radial symmetries
Explore the Platonic Solids
Learn Blender 3D software
Render our forms using Blender
"The chief reason for studying regular polyhedra is still the same as in the time of the Pythagoreans, namely, that their symmetrical shapes appeal to one's artistic sense." ---H.S.M. Coxeter
Watch this explanation of Abbott's "Flatland" and how we might imagine the 4th dimension by Carl Sagan.... brilliant. Write 1 paragraph response on the class blog.
With accompanying videos... full semester of projectsLink to Blender Shortcuts "Cheat Sheet"
Begin work in Blender. Learn to create, rotate, scale and extrude basic mesh objects.
Video 1, How to navigate in Blender The viewport, creating first objects, manipilating objects, introduction to mesh modelling. The blender interface. Object mode/edit mode.
Watch Video here.
Topics: The viewport, creating first objects, manipilating objects, introduction to mesh modelling. The blender interface. Object mode/edit mode.
1. Project 1, Open Face Polygon. create a open faced wireframe form in Blender, render it using lighting and materials. 3 forms/views. Post images to class blog (online). Emphasis: The Grid as organizing element.
Watch Video on how to do this here.
Exploring Other Dimensions: Flatland and the Third Dimension, TedEd 2013
The Golden Ratio... the Pentagram Symbolic meaning in geometry
Project 2, Morphing Grid Design. Develop a grid of 25 units which morph or change shape in a sequential way. Emphasis: Repetition, Gradation.
Project 3, Serial Planes Develop a volumetric form using a series of graduated planes, that is a sequential and gradual variation of each plane. Emphasis Repetition and Gradation
Watch Video on how to do this here:
Project 4: Modular High Relief Develop a geometric 3D pattern using identical planar geometric units. Focus: Repetition Use Wireframe modifier to create open face polyhedron. Repeat in a 6X6 grid using array modifier. Emphasis: Repetition, Unity
Watch demonstration video here:
Project 5: Radial Organic Structure Watch video here.
Project 6: Mesh modeling bowls, bottles glasses using concentric circle meshes. Emphasis- Contour
Project 7: Create a Bowl Video of my demonstrating this (project )
Project 8: Bowl with symmetrical holes video
Project 9: Video: Create Coffe Cup in Blender. Render it with basic lighting
Project 10: Video: Explore wire sculptures Step by Step using “Strange Attractor” plugin for blender, found on github. https://github.com/mtyka/attractor add curve>attractors>Aizawa / add curve>circle/ Select attractor/ click on curve properties icon/ In Geometry section in the dropdown “Bevel Object, choose Bezier Circle/ now select Bezier circle and scale it down to make wire. Add a plane, s20, set it/ select lamp, Sun size 1 use nodes, strength 6/ world, darker/select plane, new material, glossy roughness .1/ select sculpture, new > glossy, roughness .2, choose golden color. Use GPU render. Render settings 100% render 300 samples, Layers/denoising Focus: Curvilinear linear form
Watch demonstration video here.
Project 11: Nesting Glass Cubes
Video how to on nested cubes here.
Nested cubes part 2... watch Video!
Project 12: Torus Bracelet video
Explore Materials and textures in Blender.
Realistic materials, rusted steel, etc.
Project 13: Glass Bowl with cloth napkin video tutorial
Model cloth, falling on a pedestal.
Insert image in "world" as a background.
More advanced design and rendering. Glass, porcelain, UV texture mapping, etc.
Physics mode in Blender... Cloth simulations
Project 14. Organic Sculpture with base. Create a harmonious form using a low poly shape you have altered by pulling vertices, edges and faces, then using subdivide modifier, render it in steel or marble. Make the base a contrasting material/color. Focus: Transition
Part one, mesh modeling starting with cube Video here.
Finish up work, organize and finalize Google Drive portfolio.
e-Portfolio Assignment: All work created this semester will be uploaded to Google Drive in a folder labeled 3D Design, Spring, 2018, "your name". Share the Drive folder with me by right clicking on the folder and choosing "Share". Enter firstname.lastname@example.org. Choose one or more of your best pieces to post in your e-Portfolio site along with a description of the project and how it explores the visual ideas discussed in class. Work found in your Drive will be one of the primary ways of assessing your accomplishments in this class. Expect to save 45-70 images
Academic Expectations: Attend all classes, care about your work, make progress in the medium, help and cooperate with your classmates, take risks, make mistakes. Your grade will be based on the care you bring to your work and the successful completion of each assignment. As this is a workshop class, good attendance is assumed. Attendence is crucial. A maximum of 3 absences is allowed.
Tradition of Honor: As a member of the Albertus Magnus College Community, each student taking this course agrees to uphold the principles of honor set forth by this community, to defend these principles against abuse or misuse and to abide by the regulations of the College. To this end, every student must write and sign the following statement at the end of each examination: "I declare the Honor Pledge."
Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.
Accommodations for Special Needs: Albertus Magnus College is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from its programs and services in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Office of Disability Services is responsible for the determination of appropriate accommodations for students who encounter barriers due to disability. Contact the Office of Disability Services at email@example.com or 203-672-6671 to schedule an intake interview and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, the Office of Disability Services will provide you and your instructor with a Letter of Accommodation. Please discuss the accommodations with your instructors as early in your courses as possible
The Germain Center for Academic Success provides quality tutoring services to all students at Albertus Magnus College. Students can make appointments by booking through Navigate, emailing Germain-Center@albertus.edu, or calling 203-773-8590. The Germain Center is open for normal hours during the academic year (Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) and abbreviated, virtual hours during the winter intersession and mod five. Further, Tutor.com (Online Tutoring 24/7) provides online tutoring for many subjects throughout the year -- even when the Germain Center is closed. Students can access Tutor.com through the link at the top of their eLearning pages. If students have any questions about tutoring, they can email Germain-Center@albertus.edu.
PGS offices are now located on the first floor of Aquinas Hall.
The Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Human Resources, and the Business Office are now located in the former PGS suite, now called the Student Administrative Services Suite, found on the ground floor of Aquinas Hall.
If you or someone you know is concerned about, have experienced, or currently are experiencing sexual harassment, assault, power-based violence, or stalking, there are many resources available both on and off campus for students to utilize.Click on the link above or here
WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE:
It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw from a course. However, failure to attend a course for 14 calendar days may result in an administrative withdrawal from the course. The policies on course withdrawals and administrative withdrawals may be found online at http://www.albertus.edu/policy-reports/academic-policies-regulations-ug#apgr
Albertus Magnus College adheres to the definition of a credit hour in compliance with, and as defined by NECHE commission policy.
Wucius Wong, Principles of Three Dimensional Design
- Designing with the Computer
Zeier, Paper Constructions
Stevens, Peter, Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design
-Patterns in Nature
Fuller, Buckminster, Synergetics, Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking
George Hart: Math professor and Sculptor at SUNY StonybrookThe Golden Section Discussion of historical references in ancient Greece.
Timaeus, Plato, 360 BC, Online at MIT
Discussion of Timaeus, Plato's "theory of everything", Platonic solids, Euclid, etc at Mathpages.com
and Art, an excellent site by George Hart, Professor at SUNY Stonybrook
"Through history, polyhedra have been closely associated with the world of art. The peak of this relationship was certainly in the Renaissance."
The quadrivium—the classical curriculum—comprises the four liberal arts of number, geometry, music, and cosmology. It was studied from antiquity to the Renaissance as a way of glimpsing the nature of reality. Geometry is number in space; music is number in time; and cosmology expresses number in space and time. "Number, music, and geometry are metaphysical truths: life across the universe investigates them; they foreshadow the physical sciences. "
Prevention of Power-Based Violence Resources
If you or someone you know is concerned about, have experienced, or currently are experiencing sexual harassment, assault, power-based violence, or stalking, there are many resources available both on and off campus for students to utilize.
On Campus Resources
Office for Student Engagement
The Office of Student Engagement is located in the front of the Hubert Campus Center and houses the offices of Albertus’ student affairs staff. Incidents, questions, and concerns can be directed to any member of student affairs to provide support and resources, both in person and through email.
To speak to someone about prevention, resources or how to access services, contact:
Project Director for the Prevention of Power Based Violence:
Campus Center Room 102J
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator can provide information on the survivor’s options, arrange for any contacts or care the survivor authorizes, facilitate any residency or academic scheduling changes the survivor requires, and offer assistance if the survivor files a complaint within the college’s student conduct system.
Incidents of assault on campus can, and should, be reported to Matt Lavery (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Student Affairs Office.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator
The Resident Assistants in each residence hall can provide information regarding the survivor’s option, contact a sexual assault advocate, and/or call for transportation to a hospital. The RA is required to immediately contact the staff who reside on campus.
Associate Director of Residential Life and Community Standards
Residential Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Additional Student Affairs Staff
Vice President For Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Associate Dean For Student Engagement and New Student Orientation
Coordinator for Student Engagement
Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Campus Recreation
Coordinator for International Student Services and Engagement
Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness has two offices on both sides of the dining hall on the second floor of the Hubert Campus Center. Health and Wellness staff can provide students with counseling services, both in person and through outside resources, as well as Health Clinic resources.
For appointments on campus, contact email@example.com
Other questions or concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your first counseling session is designed to discuss the reason for coming to counseling, obtain relevant background information and family history, and address any specific concerns. At the end of the session, you and the counselor will discuss the appropriate level of care and any recommendations to meet your needs best.
TimelyCare is a 24/7 virtual counseling service offered to students to utilize when other options are unavailable. Download the app on your phone so it’s ready to be used when needed.
Health and Wellness Staff
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jennifer Evans, LCSW
Dr. Courtney Mattice
Elena Tamayo Heitz, RN
Elizabeth Magenheimer, APRN
The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services
(203) 780-2037 (Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services provides services for victims of domestic violence. All services offered are free of charge and confidential.
New Haven Hope Family Justice Center
142 Temple St Suite 301, New Haven, CT 06510
Women and Families Center
1440 Whalley Ave # 2, New Haven, CT 06515
New Haven Pride Center
Primary Number: (203) 387-2252 (Monday - Friday, 10:00a - 5:00p.)
Helpline Number: (203) 951-9662 (Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00p.)
84 Orange Street New Haven, Connecticut 06510 United States
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Women and Families Center Hotline
Umbrella Center Hotline
(203) 736-9944 and (203) 789-8104. Toll-free 1-888-774-2900
Radial array of altered cubes
Project 1: Open face polyhedron
Stainless Steel render