The Work of Masterminds

Two weeks ago, I left my small state of Rhode Island to come up here. I was aware that I would be dorming with art students from another school for 9 months out the year, but I had no idea what this would actually come to mean. Within the two weeks that I have been here and have been a part of Dr. Plante’s class, I can say that I’m am starting to understand. There is certainly more to art than meets the eye. From the detail behind every stroke, to the patience in every line and circle, art has the ability to capture just about anyone’s eye. Living in the dorm that I live in, I am forced to see art on a daily basis, and thanks to Dr. Plante’s class, am able to make connections to the world of math when I see various pieces. I pay attention to how the pieces are formed, what techniques are used and the underlying messages the artist wishes to convey.  I am most captivated by the ability of so many here to turn simple objects from 2D images to 3D by just adding a bit of shading or some color. I compare their pieces to what we are creating in class and am fortunate enough to see the work of masterminds come to life in front of me.

Of course I am not saying that I only see art when I am in my dorm. I see it all around me. From the shadow that bounces of the Brady-Sullivan tower on a nice day to the street signs that light up the night around 11pm. There is math everywhere. I feel that by taking this course and really allowing myself to grasp the meaning behind everything we learn, that I will eventually be able to create my own art and explain how I came to create it and the math behind it.



4 thoughts on “The Work of Masterminds”

  1. I didn’t know that you were an art student, but it’s great that you’re looking at how to incorporate what you’re learning from the class in art. I’m wondering if the perspective tutorials we have done in class have you considering the type of perspective street art that when seen from an angle, looks pretty amazing?

    I’ve found a pinterest gallery that you may have seen, but most use chalk on pavement as the medium, yet still can fashion nearly photo realistic illusions. I’m considering the planning that would have had to gone into these projects ahead of time before even starting with the first line of chalk. As an artist, maybe you might know more than me on the subject.

    1. Thank you for the kind words and the tips on the different forms of art, but I am actually not an arts major. I just dorm with them which allows me to be surrounded by various types of art that I can connect math to.

  2. It’s great to hear that you are an art student! I have never acquired the talent of art so you are very fortunate. I can relate to moving here to New Hampshire and seeing all of the unique art here. It seems that being in this class has taught us that there is more to math than meets the eye, like you stated above. My roommate is an art student as well and I was talking with her about the details and what it really takes to make art. She was explaining to me about the difficulties of every point and shade of every piece she makes. You said this class has given you perspective on how art is simply everywhere in the city with the signs and lights. Maybe now, taking this unique math course will help expand and broaden your approach and perspective on art. For example, the pixel art we completed last class shows how shapes and colors can lead to making art in all forms. I hope you enjoy the class and use it to your advantage as a learning art student.

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