Rowena Reed Kostellow - Foundation Studies

    Problem One: Rectilinear Volumes

    In this exercise keep the axes of the volumes static (perpendicular to each other). The static axis is the simplest and will help you get away from flat compositions. Later, in more advanced exercises, you will try to achieve a variety of movements of the axes. In fact, to make your designs more three-dimensional you should use as many movements of the axes as possible. But for now, we start with a simpler challenge

  • Problem Two: Curvilinear Volumes

    Start by making many curvilinear volumes in clay. Make volumes of varying proportions to explore their properties. The jump from rectilinear to curvilinear is a big one because the new shapes are harder to handle. Create a dynamic composition by combining any three curvilinear volumes.

  • Problem Three: Rectilinear + Curvilinear Volumes

    Make a variety of rectilinear and curvilinear volumes in clay. Combine five to seven rectilinear and curvilinear forms of your choosing in a relationship that has dynamic balance. Apply the principles you learned in the first two exercises.

  • Problem Four: Fragments

    This is the first time in the Foundation curriculum that you are asked to create your own form. You can work with any of the following simple geometric solids: sphere, hemisphere, cylinder, cone, ovoid, ovoid plinth, round plinth, rectilinear solids

  • Experimental using constraints from problem 1