AP Monthly Competition – December 2013

This month’s theme is ‘Winter Wonderland” and how to interpret this.

Since I’m going to be far too busy this month to work on any new images I’ve trawled through the archive to see what I had available. Not much it seems but here they are

The image I’ve decided on for the competition is the one of black and white icicles.

Second Leeds tutorial

This tutorial was to be based around the EMA and have a discussion about sculpture (in all its forms).

The EMA is broken down into several section:

  • Title/Question – think of this based around the work that you’ve seen
  • Essay – write to the question you’ve designed
  • Pro-forma – this is essential, fail without it
  • Presentation:
    • illustrations
    • referencing
    • primary sources
    • secondary sources
    • bibliography
    • appendix – what is an appendix for – not for shoving in loads of work not able to fit into the word count

We were then given two examples of past EMAs and given time to look through them. They were both written in a completely different style from each other, one was academic and third person whilst the other was written in the first person, I always feel more comfortable writing in the first person and it was good to hear that this was OK as long as caution was used.

We then had an opportunity to discuss possible ideas we had for our own EMAs even though it was early. I asked about my ideas on The Passion Altarpiece at the Bowes Museum and looking at its place in the making of altarpieces during that period in Brussels and whether the guild and workshop system would have influenced this. J. thought that there should be more than enough material here for an EMA.

So some task to take into mind when starting the EMA:

  • look to access the reading room at Bowes museum
  • visible description is extremely important – make sure that the fact you have visited the piece is very obvious
  • ensure that the essay is about Making and/or Locating and/or Viewing
  • find information on the Brussels sculpture guild and Netherlandish altarpieces
  • look for collection of EMA titles to give me an idea of how to phrase question
  • Rogier van der Weyden? his influence on The Master of the View of Ste-Gudule
  • remember to mention scale when discussing art works – especially sculpture
  • ensure pro-forma is on Dropbox so I can work on it wherever
  • book – Spufford – Merchant in Medieval Europe
  • book – Charles Avery – Florentine Renaissance Sculpture

Slides on sculpture

  • Modelling – plastic; includes clay, terracotta, wax, plaster
  • Carving – glyptic; includes wood, stone, marble, alabaster, gemstones
  • Metalworking – toreutic; includes gold, silver, bronze, iron
  • in the 20th century there is also assembly

Important considerations for sculpture:

  • location
  • audience
  • scale
  • function
  • patronage – relative costs
  • sculpture in the round – rediscovered skill, not done since classical Roman era

Allied trades: weapon making, bell casting, ceramics, enamelling, printmaking, painting/polychromy, public celebratory making, woodcarving and furniture making