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Culminating project

Culminating project



Culminating project for Aesthetic Education class.

Culminating project for Aesthetic Education class.



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    • Jazz BowlCulminating Project for Aesthetic Education By Lisa Titus
    • Jazz Bowl Photographs
    • Noticings The bowl seemed as though it took a long time to make It didn’t seem like it would have been used The blue seemed to burst from the bowl The drawings seemed to have a scratch pattern There were clocks A city skyline with stars (maybe nighttime) Bottles of alcohol
    • Noticings con’t Bubbles Maracas’ Dice or dominoes Champagne glass and wine glasses Possibly a table viewed from above Street lights emanating light People’s heads with no bodies (probably men)
    • Noticing’s con’t It seems like it should have a rough surface because of the scratching, but the glaze would make it smooth. Probably textured Follies marquee Clock in 3:30 or 6:15 Ship in background Clouds Noisy if the scene was in real life
    • Cultural Context The bowls depict dancers, instruments, cigarettes, cocktail glasses, music notes, bright lights – and coated in Egyptian Blue Crackle glaze. He picked the blue color because he said it reminded him of the radiance from blue turquoise beads found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. He also explained that the strange blue color illuminated the bowl and was similar to the night sky in New York City.
    • Social Connection Viktor Schreckengost created the jazz bowl between 1930- 1931 in Ohio. The company he worked for was experiencing difficulty because of the Great Depression. It was also at the end of the Prohibition Era. Schreckengost took this opportunity to depict some anti- prohibition pictures on his piece. There were a series of bowls created with some having drawings of cigarettes, gambling, instrument s, alcohol and wine glasses. There was a possibility that because of the sensitive topic the bowl wouldn’t have been produced.
    • Historical Context The report is that Schreckengost was working for Cowan Potter Company in 1930 and didn’t have anything to do. He pulled a letter of a woman wanting a New York themed punch bowl. He had visited New York City and designed the bowl from his travels around Christmas. Viktor was impressed with the jazz theme of Radio City Music Hall and created the drawings around that theme. He was also impressed with the Cotton Club in Harlem where he heard Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington perform. This is the reason the last thing he etched out on the piece was a drum with the word “Jazz” carved in it.
    • Historical Context “Viktor Schreckengost created his now famous icons of American Art Deco, the Jazz Series, at Cowan Pottery located in Rocky River, Ohio in 1930-31, just as the company was folding under the pressure of the Great Depression. The first three Jazz Bowls – all bearing the New Yorker design – were commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt in celebration of her husbands reelection as governor of New York.”- http://www.viktorsjazzbowl.com/history.html
    • Historical Context Viktor Schreckengost came from a family of potters. He studied at the Cleveland School of Art and trained in Vienna. In 1930 he returned to the U.S. to teach at the school. He taught in Cleveland while he enjoyed a 70 year career as an artist. The school is now called the Cleveland Institute of Art where he founded the industrial design program and taught for over 50 years. He lived in Cleveland Heights until his death at age 101 in 2008.
    • Questions How was the vase created with such a bright blue and why doesn’t it lose its’ luster? Why did the artist incorporate so many different scenes instead of using just one? If the artist had known who it was for would he have changed his design? Why did he feel a need to create a new form of decorating a piece?
    • Personal Connection When I first saw this piece in the Erie Art Museum it spoke to me. I found myself drawn to it and went back to see it five different times. I could almost hear the music playing from the scene even though it wasn’t a real scene. Every time I looked at the bowl I saw something different and something more and more interesting. The closer you look the more you can tell the scratching of glaze must have been painstaking. I can appreciate the way Viktor made a political statement without knowing. I found it interesting that Viktor came upon the project by chance.
    • Personal Connection con’t Viktor pulled the job from the hopper and only knew that a woman had ordered a punch bowl with a New York theme. Later after the bowl was completed, that woman ordered three more bowls. It was then that Viktor found out the patron was Eleanor Roosevelt and the bowls were to celebrate her husbands re-election as governor. I also found out that at one point years later Viktor went to touch one of his bowls while it was in a museum, he was quickly told that this was not allowed. He decided to make a series of the jazz collection to be enjoyed and used by all people. This is a foreign concept to me since the entire semester we have been taught that art should be experienced to be enjoyed.
    • Curriculum Connection Booth talks about how good writing will make people feel the way the writer feels, but I think this piece of art does the same thing. Booth also states that people have an immediate and deeper connection if they are willing to explore more. I know it may not seem logical but this bowl called to me in the museum. I could feel the excitement and repression at the same time. I understood the sense of defiance for rules that seem to make no sense while also expressing a need to have fun. This artwork seems to sing without having music or a voice.
    • Line of Inquiry Pedagogical: How did this piece of art make a political statement to its generation while still invoking the beauty of its time and is this work truly an expression of the positive and negative feelings of the 1930s?Aesthetic: Why did the artist feel the need to create a new way to decorate pottery when so many others already existed and how does this piece use color and shading to change the line of sight and invoke movement?
    • Key Ideas Art as a political statement Art as a soap box Self-expression Creating shadow and texture through design Hidden details Creating sound and movement through picture arrangement
    • Activity Ideas Music- Create a dance using jazz music from the era, Count Baise, Louis Armstrong. Art- Use crayon to create a sgraffiti drawing by scribbling two colors and scratching to make a picture by revealing the color underneath. Science- Create punch bowl form using clay and wire that will be able to hold a liquid Social Studies – Research prohibition and Eleanor Roosevelt, compare and contrast the era with today.
    • Mind Mapping
    • Resources http://www.ceramicstoday.com/potw/schreckengost.ht m http://www.noalcohol.us/noalcohol/resources/theprohi bition.phtml http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/art/2011/11/an-art- deco-masterpiece-for-eleanor-roosevelt/ www.viktorsjazzbowl.com/history.html https://bubbl.us/