Research: Conceptual Art

In a ceramic workshop that I am taking with Waleed R. Qaisi, we were discussing Conceptual Art and that the artwork is a result of something from withing the artist and the art doesn’t have to be something representational, sometimes its about exploring the material and the balance of composition.  I struggle with this and so i decided to do research on Conceptual Artists and their process.

I found this video of Ai Weiwei’s “Sunflower Seeds.”  While the sunflower seeds are a recognizeable product, the viewer might question, “Why has this artist made, or placed, all of these sunflower seeds on the ground this way?  What does it mean?”  After watching the video I had a better idea of Conceptual art and was able to develop a concept to explore throughout the workshop.

Worries and Fears

My 8th graders are making ceramic fear and worry jars.  We first discussed some common fears and worries of students their age and then created ceramic boxes and jars from slab and coil hand building techniques.  They are looking very good!!