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Mythology Drawing


For the next set of installations, students were to explore boundaries and structures. It could be taken literally or figuratively. While some student explored their own structure and some explored boundaries in society, the students advanced quite a bit since the last project. Each student created a piece that was exponentially better than their last piece.

Even though students were allowed to use any materials they needed for the installation, they were required to use a whole piece of 9 ft x 5 ft paper, which became a boundary itself for some students.

Amy Warfield installed three drawn dresses and two real dresses to adress structures that everyone carries with them on a daily basis — clothes. Everyone wears clothes, and while it is a structure in society, it is also a boundary.

Diedra Fix explored the structures of herself. She created a piece that was personal to her. In her silhouette she drew in great detail and realism all the good components that have made her who she is today. Then on the floor was a door matt her silhouette stood on where she drew all of the bad things that had contributed to who she is today.

Sam Schmidt adressed invisible boundaries with a non-objective piece. She created an invisible frame around pieces of paper she cut out in abstract shapes. She conveyed the structures and boundaries that aren’t enforced but that everyone lives by. For her, she said going to college was one of those. It’s not a requirement that is enforced, yet college seems to be the place everyone goes after high school.

Mark Rountree depicted the boundary between life and death by drawing three dead rock stars. With those three drawings on the floor, he placed three mirrors above them for viewers to see themselves in. He said that we can’t reach dead people. We can’t talk to them. So that’s a boundary. But we can connect to them through their music.

Justin Longbine wanted to impose a boundary on the viewer. He drew an unattractive male torso with the arm extending out, but the arm came off the wall and wrapped around, covering up part of the drawing and only showing the torso. Justin wanted to see if people would be curious to go into the “cave” he created to see the rest of the drawing or if the torso would turn people off.

Molly Walter addressed literal structure in her installation by drawing an abandoned building on Main St. She juxtaposed a weaving over the building in an attempt to make it more attractive. Molly explored ways to make abandoned buildings more wanted. In a way, she was weaving the building back into society.

Amber Smith drew three character surrounded by zombies with a fence as the only boundary between the two. While the fence wasn’t much, it was the only form of a boundary of protection for the three characters.

Drawing students went to the Salina Art Center to view some great art from Kansas artists.

Amber Smith, Drawing major, Sophomore

My favorite type of artwork really is cartoons. I’d have to admit. That’s all I really enjoy drawing since I was a kid. You will usually find me sitting in the halls of Rarick and drawing in my sketchbook, or making fun of some new cartoon show that is on television that just drives me bonkers. I love the outrageous things that characters in 2-D shows can do. They can get flattened, blown up, torn to pieces, and even melt. Just when you think they are gone forever they come back in like 2 seconds all fine and normal shaped. The subject I chose to talk about in my blog was the paintings I do on my bedroom walls. I started painting on my walls when my parents moved me to the basement. It looked too plain and boring when the walls were only painted white. I asked my step mom if I could paint on the walls or draw on them at least. She told me it was my room, they’re blank walls, go for it.  That’s just what I did.

On my walls are about thirteen different fairly large paintings I have done on them. I even painted behind my bedroom door. It’s something I do when I’m bored, alone, or I just simply want to get away from the world. I’ll go down there and situate myself in a good spot to get the full space of the wall I need and sketch something out. One of my walls is about all the old Nickelodeon characters that aren’t seen on television anymore. I want to get them all from my child hood that I grew up watching. On the other walls are some of my other just favorite cartoon characters or television show characters.  Some are even up to about 5 feet long in length on the wall, or height. I love painting on my walls but still love drawing more because, I’m not sure but I have just never gotten the feeling of painting to sink in. It’s enjoyable and it relieves a lot of stress from a college art major that has a job, school work, and then the whole family thing.

Alissa Conway, Drawing and Education Major, junior

First post, how exciting!!! Haha, so since I haven’t had much opportunity to get really into the class since we’ve only been here for about two weeks, I think I’m just going to discuss my choice and ideas for our first book project. I really feel like I’m using this project to test myself by not following the patterns that I have recently done. In a lot of my work in the past I use a lot of repetition, I use the same pencils, I follow the same patterns, which brings me to a system in drawing that I find comfortable.  I want to test this comfort in my next project, I want to see if I can step outside of my comfort zone and still be successful in the work.
I decided as soon as we got the assignment that I wanted to have something like a survival manual for life. I am using a lot of typical things that are kind of common sense about life but I am also using a lot of things from my own personal experience. Some of the things are going to be things that will hopefully make you laugh but others will be more serious and give you more of an insight into the life I lived and the choices I’ve made that I have come to question.
I want some of my images to be very loosely interpreted but I also want some of it to be very representational and recognizable. I also want to use more colors and random patterns than I have in the past. I really like looking at Nikki Farquharson’s photographs because I love her use of abstraction and realism and all her colors and patterns! There is so much random information in the pictures, it is a challenge to the viewer to figure out what is important to the subject and what isn’t. Here are a few of my favorite examples of her work.







Students may apply for the BFA review as early as their sophomore semester. However each student needs to consult their major instructor and their advisor prior to submission of portfolio. Some students may need an extra year of study and additional coursework to make sure their portfolio is at its highest quality. If the student’s portfolio is rejected they may apply one additional time.

1. GPA of 2.8 in all art courses

2. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in the following courses:

a. Basic Design
b. Drawing I
c. 3/D Design/Crafts
d. Drawing II
e. Survey of Art History
f. 2-200 level studio courses (Preferable from your major concentration)

3. Portfolio Evaluation
a. To be held in October of every fall semester
b. Portfolio must include:
1. Application Worksheet
2. Statement of Professional Intent
3. Resume
4. Transcript of all college courses
5. 8 works of art – E-portfolio, digital images or actual artwork,
depending on the requirements within the area of concentration.



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