Monday, February 23, 2015

Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design Exhibition

A class of Logan River Academy students recently went to the beautiful Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the Utah State University campus.  The students were met by a guide who showed and explained the intricate art displays.  The first artwork was a permanent installation of 100 shoes hanging on wire cords from the ceiling.  The guide pushed a button and the shoes started making sounds. Soon, the students realized the shoes were making rhythmic music.  They were then shown and told the history of artwork from the Black Mountain College of Design through the exhibition ‘Shaping Craft + Design’. The displays included a double sided tree made out of wires which looked like a painting, vases and urns with intricate designs, knotted-like patterns, interesting designs from orange threads being sewn together, attractive and practical chairs and desks made from different kinds of rich materials, and very colorful 3-D sculptures that seemed to jump out at you.  The students also had the opportunity to show their own artist abilities with the watercolor pencils made available for their use. It was a great, enriching experience for the students to be exposed to so many different forms of art and be able to express themselves with their own art as well.