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Students in Associate Professor of Art Travis Head's Drawing Concepts class are working on a collaborative project this semester, building a full-scale set piece from a movie out of cardboard.
We're building the truck from the 1940 film, "Grapes of Wrath". And we're building it all out of humble materials like cardboard and hot glue and paint. This is the extension to drawing from film. And it's really, the emphasis of this is on collaboration and thinking about an expanded kind of drawing in space. We chose a piece from a black and white movie so that we could really key in on tonality and value. Another thing is thinking about scale and proportion. When we're looking at an image, usually it's kind of the reverse. We're looking at an object and trying to translate it to a two dimensional surface, and in this case, we're going from a flat surface and trying to dimensionalize it. We went through different parts that we had to make and he listed them and like how necessary they were. The first half of the project, me and a couple other students were working on building the wheels for the car, and then we made spare tires. And then once we've finished that, we then branched into different sections. I tended to really like the building aspect, So I'm, kind of, sticking with that. And then other students who didn't really like the building immediately went into painting. As a designer, you kind of work more in the design element than you do in the making it. So I think it's kind of interesting to really dive into the making point of it because we don't really have to design anything. We already have the car concept all made. So it's really just the building aspect we're getting into. This is going to be an ephemeral object. This is made out of materials that can't hold together. We can't drive this out of here. So, what happens at the end ? It sets up a situation where students might focus on the process more than the product and understand that it's not wasted effort even if the object doesn't live after the fact. It's definitely something that has been really enjoyable doing, and I don't think a lot of other people can say that they've made a cardboard car.