Behind the Scenes: Aleta's Project

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I must share with you the incredible story of Aleta Boyce, an innovative artist and one of my art students in my Abstract Elements: Miro' class. Aleta decided to take her abstract elements and form them into a sculpture.  Here's a glimpse of her process

Aleta's Project

Aleta started her project by finding elements -- color combinations and lines -- from Joan Miro's work that fascinated her.

  



Next, she began planning a mobile sculpture to connect these different elements.


Next, she began welding.

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Now, she is working out color options by comparing Photoshop mock-ups.  Here is one color model she is considering.

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The entire class has learned so much because of this impressive artist.  I never envisioned that I would have a participant who was inspired so much that she created a real sculpture influenced by the work of Miro'. 

To see more of Aleta's sculptural work, please visit her website or her Facebook page.  


photo courtesy of http://www.aletaboyce.com/


Alexander Calder and Joan Miro'

Ironically, Aleta is not the first artist inspired to create sculptures by viewing the work of Miro'.

Spanish painter Joan Miro' and American sculptor Alexander Calder were close friends who corresponded through letters, despite the geographical distance between them.  Calder was originally inspired by Piet Mondrian, but wanted his color planes to move.  When he saw the work of Joan Miro', he had found his muse.  Calder created mobiles -- moveable hanging sculptures -- based on his impressions of Miro's work.  

To read more about their friendship, check out this LA Times article.  An interesting tidbit is that they never discussed art or techniques in their correspondence.  Somehow, they had a deeper connection that radiated between the two artists without much need for verbal definition.


Alexander Calder and Juan Miro
photo courtesy of Art Times Journal


How to enroll in a Skillshare Class

The online Skillshare class community is a supportive environment where artists can develop their skills quickly, with encouragement every step of the way.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to interact with such talented artists.  

My Modern Art Masters are blowing me away with their creativity and hard work.

It is not too late to enroll in these classes and join us.  Over 700 Skillshare student have enrolled in my classes to date.  Why don't you come along with us and develop your creative talents?

More information on how to enroll is below. 

The 2 week Modern Art Challenge workshop is a focused experience with daily emails from me and lots of interaction with feedback from other students in the class and from me.  We discuss ideas, potential directions, themes -- everything that contributes to a student's successful class project.








You can enroll in the Miro' class here.





MIRO Intro from Nicole Arnold on Vimeo.



You can enroll in the Klee class here

Abstract Elements: KLEE Intro video from Nicole Arnold on Vimeo.


The workshop is a focused experience with daily emails from me and lots of interaction with feedback from other students in the class and from me.  We discuss ideas, potential directions, themes -- everything that contributes to a student's successful class project.


I hope to see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions.











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