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Foamcore Staircase Assignment

My students in my Portfolio class in RISD Project Open Door have recently accomplished some exciting projects.  I got involved with Project Open Door last fall, so this is my second year with the program. The Portfolio class I teach has high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.   Unlike in RISD’s undergraduate program where I only see the students for one 12 week semester, many students in my Project Open Door class were in my class last year.  I have really enjoyed working with these students on a long term basis.

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Project Open Door is “a pioneering program that attracts teens with a passion for art and attending public high schools and charter schools from Rhode Island’s urban core cities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, Woonsocket, and literally envelops them with RISD resources and intensive mentoring throughout their high school years. Project Open Door has a dual mission: to 1) to increase access to high quality arts learning and careers in art and design for under-served Rhode Island teens, and (2) to provide a community education laboratory for RISD students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”

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Foamcore Staircase Assignment

The students in my Portfolio class recently completed an intensive sculpture project. I asked the students to design a three-dimensional staircase.  We kept our definition of a staircase very loose, so that there was a lot of room for interpretation. Fundamental design concepts like shape, repetition, and negative space were all integral to creating these pieces. Students were limited to working with foamboard and hot glue. You can see all of the projects, as well as images of students working in class, and individual student portfolios here.

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Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

I had a marathon day of gallery talks and openings today between my two solo exhibitions at Simmons College and Framingham State University. I started the afternoon with a gallery talk at Simmons College for students in a Drawing I course. Right after the gallery talk, I drove straight to Framingham State University where I gave a short gallery talk followed by the opening reception. It’s been whirlwind of talks/openings/installations over the past few weeks, and with today done, I’m finally finished with all of the gallery events. I’m looking forward to wrapping up the semester at RISD, and getting some down time in before I get back into the studio. 

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

I installed my solo exhibition at the Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State Universitythis morning, my third and final solo show installation of this year. After having installed the exhibitions at Simmons College and Sarah Doyle Gallery, installing this show felt like clockwork. I’ve figured out a good system for hanging the work, and I troubleshooted all of the potential issues early on. This made for a very smooth and easy installation. I had the help of the gallery director as well as two students, and we were able to hang the show in just three hours. The opening reception is next Tuesday, November 18 from 4:30-6:30pm.

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Trustman Gallery at Simmons College

Today was the day I’ve been working towards for almost a year: I delivered my work to the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College where I worked with the gallery director and a wonderful crew of 5-6 students to install my solo exhibition, “Emerge“. It was incredibly helpful to have so many people installing the show.  The 7′ x 4′ figure drawings were large enough that each drawing took about 3-4 people at a time to hang the piece. The mezzotints and prints are small, but they require a huge amount of precise measuring to be sure that everything is level and spaced properly on the wall. This is where my years as the gallery director at the Jewett Gallery at Wellesley College is extremely useful. I have a lot of experience installing many different kinds of shows, so when it comes to installing my own work I feel like I know the process inside out from beginning to end.

Trustman Gallery at Simmons College

All in all, we installed 6 large figure drawings, 3 sculptures, 5 photographs, and 10 mezzotints, definitely the largest quantity of work I have ever shown in a solo exhibition. The quantity of work I had fit the space perfectly, which was very lucky as that’s something that you can’t predict.  I brought more artwork than I thought I needed, and we ended up hanging everything.

The opening reception is next Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 5-7pm.  I’ll be giving a 15 minute gallery talk at 5:45pm as well. You can RSVP to the opening reception on Facebook here.

Trustman Gallery at Simmons College

Trustman Gallery at Simmons College

I am featured in an article written by Elizabeth Michelman titled “On Her Own Terms” in the November/December 2014 issue of Artscope magazine. You can read half of the article atthis link.  For the full article, you can get the print issue for free, usually around Boston area art schools and art venues.

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Foamcore Staircase Assignment

My students in my Portfolio class in RISD Project Open Door have recently accomplished some exciting projects.  I got involved with Project Open Door last fall, so this is my second year with the program. The Portfolio class I teach has high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.   Unlike in RISD’s undergraduate program where I only see the students for one 12 week semester, many students in my Project Open Door class were in my class last year.  I have really enjoyed working with these students on a long term basis.

CV2a

Project Open Door is “a pioneering program that attracts teens with a passion for art and attending public high schools and charter schools from Rhode Island’s urban core cities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, Woonsocket, and literally envelops them with RISD resources and intensive mentoring throughout their high school years. Project Open Door has a dual mission: to 1) to increase access to high quality arts learning and careers in art and design for under-served Rhode Island teens, and (2) to provide a community education laboratory for RISD students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”

MB2a

Foamcore Staircase Assignment

The students in my Portfolio class recently completed an intensive sculpture project. I asked the students to design a three-dimensional staircase.  We kept our definition of a staircase very loose, so that there was a lot of room for interpretation. Fundamental design concepts like shape, repetition, and negative space were all integral to creating these pieces. Students were limited to working with foamboard and hot glue. You can see all of the projects, as well as images of students working in class, and individual student portfolios here.

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Clara Lieu
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am a professor, writer, and visual artist. I currently teach as a Critic in the Division of Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. In the past I have taught in the Illustration and Printmaking departments at RISD, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, at Wellesley College, and at the Lesley University College of Art and Design. For four years I was the Director of the Jewett Art Gallery.

My work explores isolation and mental illness through drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. I have exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Bromfield Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Currier Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center.

I am a blogger for the Huffington Post, where I write an advice column for visual artists called "Ask the Art Professor". I published my first book, "Learn, Create, and Teach: A Guide to Building a Creative Life" in 2013.

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miguelopazo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your gallery, I feel is like a representation of many episodes on my mind
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33M Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
after vacation I was delighted to see your newest deviations come through....Wonderful work.  I learn very much from your work and your writing.

M
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imFragrance Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   General Artist
Your blog is very helpful ! Thank you for your helpful advices.
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Odistrait Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I just finished going over a few of the post on your advice column and watching a portion of your lecture video. It has been truly inspiring so far and I will definitely share your advice column with the teacher who oversaw my work at the magnet art school I attended in high school, so that other students might benefit from your advice. I hope that's okay.

thanks again,

Jean
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claralieu Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course!  I am delighted that you found the columns and video interesting.  Thank you!
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GraveyardBat Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Hey,

Since you used a lot of Dura Lar in your works I've always wanted to try some.
I found some in the art classroom so I jumped at the opportunity to use it. I have to admit, I really like it and I want to keep on experimenting.
 
Here's the work.
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I did another work using the paper, but I haven't uploaded it yet.

Have a nice day!
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claralieu Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks for sharing!
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33M Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
miss seeing your work.....had to come and see if you are still here....Hooray, you are....Just stopped by to say Hello....

M
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curtis-macdonald Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work. Truely stunning.
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Fajoor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Loved your work
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