A Day in the Life…

In addition to the documenting and teaching I do here at The Bascom (thebascom.org), much of my time is devoted to photographing my personal work.  The current work in progress involving the blurred figure in the landscape, A Walk in the Woods, is well under way.

I spend a lot of time on frequented forest trails – most just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The objective is to photograph people in a natural setting, and to create a sense of spiritual connection with nature.

The weather is inconsequential – I shoot rain or shine.  Since not many people hike in the rain, I have a model on standby – my husband.

The exhibition of this work will be in the Education Gallery of The Bascom in mid September.

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Conclusion of Personal Vision

This past Saturday saw the last in my three part series workshop, Developing a Personal Vision in Photography.  Following a review of the first two sessions, a photo shoot in downtown Highlands ensued.  The resulting images were critiqued and a photographic path forward was discussed.

New directions were taken, and I was excited to see the progress that had taken place.  I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, and hope the participants will stay in touch – I’d love to see where they go from here!

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John Vogel

 

Summer Camp Review: Art in Motion!

My definition of art in motion is anything that moves . . . And so many things in the art world fall into this category! Dance and theatre and performance art and things powered by wind and music videos and inflatable suits! This week in art camp, the students built their own puppets out of air dry clay. They made mobiles themed around hot air balloons. The students learned about movement in photography from The Bascom’s photo resident, Vicki Provost. And, they built their very own circus inspired by Calder’s Circus. It was an amazing week–maybe my most favorite, yet!! Find out more about our camps here! And remember: you can purchase a collection of all of these lesson plans here. Have a great week ahead!!

Decision Made

After several months of exploring different styles of photography for my current work in progress, considering infrared, black and white, selective desaturation and color, I have finally decided to go with full color.  Selective desaturation was a close second, but it had a more somber feel to it, and I want to present nature as a living, vibrant environment to which humans are drawn – both physically and spiritually.  Full color has that vibe.

The forest in particular has a rich history of spiritual symbolism.  From animism, where trees were considered to have souls themselves, to pantheism, where trees were believed to be the homes of spirits, to most religions, which have many references to the sacredness of trees, the view of the spiritual nature of trees – and by extension, forests – has marched through the ages.

Humans’ value of the forest, then, goes from generation to generation, beyond the grave, but keeps a life of it’s own.  My objective is to convey this phenomenon visually, through my photography.

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Summer Camp Review: Recycled Art!

As mentioned in my previous post, I switched up weeks 3 and 4 of camp. Whoops! So this week was RECYCLED ART! To me, recycling in art means making things out of found objects, using actual recyclables (plastics primarily), and deconstructing and reconstructing previously made things. So this week, we did a little bit of all of that! For the first project, students created handheld play masks out of reclaimed matte boards (generally used for framing). For our second project, students used our wonderful collection of donated National Geographic magazines and a wide variety of other publications to create characters and self-portraits. The third day of camp was focused on robot creations. I set each student up with a kit of various recyclables, and their challenge was to fashion a robot out of all of the collected things in their kit. On our last day of camp, students were introduced to improv costuming, a phrase I coined a few years ago in graduate school. I laid out two tables worth of gently used fabrics and pompoms and hula hoops and cardboard and various other materials. Then, the students were tasked with creating impromptu costuming out of these simple objects, working in pairs and taking turns to costume each other. A photograph of their finished work was their take-home for the days work. We had so much fun!! Next week, we are creating artwork all about kinetic art. Have you seen Calder’s Circus? (I’m a huge fan . . . ) Find out more about our camps here! And remember: you can purchase a collection of all of these lesson plans here. Happy weekend!!

 

eBook Pre-Sales: CAMP CREATIONS!!

Pre-sales for CAMP CREATIONS has begun! As part of my teaching residency at The Bascom, I’ve decided to write a book that outlines the projects we have created during our summer camps. And I’m making it available to everyone for a low price until August 1st when it will be available for purchase through Amazon!

Teachersstudents, and kids of all ages: establish your own creative voice through material exploration, and learn how to make 24 different art projects using a variety of easy-to-find materials! Hooray!!

Here’s the pre-sale link: https://www.cakecrush.com/camp-creations/ ❤️ Find out more and have a blast making things!!

Huge thank you to Kat Ford and The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts for the inspiration and motivation!! Go. Make. Fun.

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Summer Camp Review: The Galaxy And Beyond!!

Well! I mixed up camps this week, but boy did we have a great time!! I counted my weeks up wrong and thought we were having our space camp last week, when really it was supposed to be our camp focusing on recycling . . . The good news is that we used recyclables and “reuseables” to build ALL of our space things! Our first day was all about rockets. The students used giant old cardboard tubes to build their rockets. The second day they used felt scraps to create small world hug pillows, complete with “It’s A Small World” song buttons inside. On the third day, we made Papier-Mâché moons and planets that glow! Aren’t they marvelous??!!! On our last day of camp we had an art party! We made lots and lots of glitter slime and created bubble prints! This week we are focusing on recyclables and space again, only with different projects. And next week, we are creating artwork all about kinetic art. Have you seen Calder’s Circus? (I’m a huge fan . . . ) Find out more about our camps here, and join us for all of the fun!!