North Carolina Museum of Art

On a recent tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art, students from Mims Studios were introduced to the permanent collections of European and American paintings on display. Highlights included masterworks by Botticelli, Veronese, Van Dyck, Rubens and Vien. American painting from the 18th and 19th centuries were represented by Copley, Homer, Eakins and Chase. The museum also displays several major works by Andrew Wyeth.

Flemish Room - North Carolina Museum of Art


North Carolina Museum of Art


Regretfully, the museum has begun expanding its architectural insult to tradition with a new 127,000 square foot building that almost makes the previous structure appear an object of beauty by comparison.

However, critics of the new North Carolina Museum of Art should at least recognize the seamless integration of design with vernacular architecture… the aesthetic connection to the ubiquitous self storage unit is unmistakable.

New North Carolina Museum of Art

Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm  Comments (1)  

Study of Ornament

A significant focus of an artist’s education in the early academies was the study of ornament, with its basis of geometry and design.  The ablilty to understand and create ornamental design was believed to strengthen the intellect and imagination behind figurative work (the study of  nature).  In turn, it was believed that to master drawing from the figure would, among other things, enhance form and subtlety in the modeling of ornament and confirm the ability to conceptualize geometric solids in space.

The history of Art has been a shifting of emphasis between the two concepts, design and nature.

The images below are taken from a recent class project using examples from the lecture series on the history of Ornament and introduce a project which will be the subject of a future post.



Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm  Comments (1)