Art 1 – Due Monday 1/6/14


Watch the following video – do not rush this – allow your sense of wonder some space and time to take a journey through the phenomenon.

During the winter break, start to notice flow phenomenon in your everyday world.  List five things in your experience that captured your attention (they may not be as dramatic as those pictured.) They can include all physical phenomenon that demonstrated “flow.”

Comment on the one which you found most engaging on a visual and scientific level and explain why.

In your sketchbook, do an hour drawing (mark the time on the back) that is inspired by the patterns in the video and in your experience. Try to make a balanced, abstract composition and use color and shading. It may be smaller, depending on detail and media.


23 responses »

  1. I felt like the picture of the smoke was the most engaging, because it presented a relatable human element, as well as a beautiful contrast of blue to a very white background. The smoke feels unpredictable, floating in the air, whipping in different directions.

  2. I found the picture of water drops on a CD representing surface tension to be most engaging, because the colorful rainbow reflection of a CD is fascinating on its own. Also, the water captures the rainbow reflection beautifully. At a different angle, the colors and reflections would change entirely.

    Everyday experiences involving flow:
    Dust in the air
    Air under the surface of water
    Snow melting
    Formation of storm clouds

  3. The one I found the most interesting was the one with the dry ice in water because I have experimented with this before and the results are a bit different each time. what I found particularly interesting about the image that they used, was that it looked as though the dry ice was burning and I’ve never seen something like that happen before.

    The five things I noticed were the smoke put out when a candle is extinguished, the flickering of flames in the fireplace, the flour ploofing up when you turn on the mixer, the different shapes and layers formed by dripping wax from candles, and the colliding ripples of multiple birds bathing in the same small pond.

  4. 1) Smoke from a cigar floating in the wind
    2) Spiral of sparks from a bottle rocket
    3) Movement of water from the wake of a boat
    4) Formation of bubbles
    5) Mixing of drinks
    I thought the surface tension was the most engaging visual and scientifically because the water on the cd is in the smallest geometrical shape possible; a sphere. Then all the little spheres reflect the CD. The CD also contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and displays them for us. The tension of the contact between the CD and the water looked fascinating.

  5. Five things in my experience that captured your attention:
    1)Steam coming off a hot pan when doused by water
    2)Smoke from a candle blown out
    3)Fire in a fireplace
    4)Mixing oil and water together
    5)Putting color dye into liquid (usually water)

    I had a very hard time choosing which image was the most interesting since I really like Combustion of Methanol (a pool of burning methanol side view), Surface Tension (phenomena of surface tension found in small water droplets on a CD), Water Talks (droplets splashes rebound into Worthington Jets), Smoke!, “All” Vortex (“All” detergent shows spinning flow), Florescent (laundry detergent fingers into pancake syrup), and Pool of Flames (a pool of flames colored purple using Photoshop). But if I had to I would take about Smoke (the first image titled smoke). The reason is because one, it is super artistic/flow/beautiful imagery, and second, it is all around us. The smoke from the person blowing it out spirals then fades out to something would would see when pouring color dye in the water. It has an eery but at the same time, a memorizing effect.

  6. At 7:28 (I think) the food dye creating a crater in the milk was fascinating because you wouldn’t expect such a small drop to create that large on an effect. When I was making cookie icing and put in the food dye it created a cool flow pattern.

  7. Everyday day experiences capturing flow:
    1) Wake/bubbles trailing off of a boat
    2) Fire burning around a log in the fire place
    3) Smoke from a candle being blown out
    4) Food dye in water or icing
    5) Water droplets/bubbles on boiling water
    I think that Collapse (8:07) is interesting because it has of the different shapes it creates like the bubbles and the circular part of air blowing out at the bottom, as well as because of the different shades of colors.

  8. 5 Things:
    1) Water being sprayed onto a smooth surface (a boat) and pooling off
    2) A paintbrush covered in paint being dipped into a glass of water
    3) Water evaporating on the ground making steam on a hot day
    4) A wake from a boat cutting through the water and the wake carrying as far as it can go
    5) Bubbles rising on the side of a glass of soda

    Water Talks (2:03) is really interesting because the water is dropped down to the large amount of water, but the droplets bounce back up after they have hit the surface. The drop displaces the other water which has nowhere to go so it has to go up. It is also really cool to see the shading of the light against the water and how it makes the shapes so vivid.

  9. 1. Milk being poured from a carton into a glass.
    2. chocolate melting in a pot with sugar and syrup, then mixing together.
    3. Melted wax sticking to someone’s hand
    4. A circular fireplace that makes a vortex with the fire and smoke.
    5. steam coming from people’s breath.

    I liked the dish soap, dye, and half and half picture at 2:23. It reminds me of an ocean creatures eye, which I think is cool. It’s also interesting how the dye snakes out of the main drop in the middle.

  10. 1. My sister’s hello kitty lava lamp
    2. Sweat slowly dripping down people’s faces
    3. Tears
    4. Steam on mirrors in the bathroom after a hot shower
    5. Melting food (like cheese, for example)

    I really liked the ink at 7:50. I feel like I could just watch ink flow for hours. It’s so pretty and visually fascinating.

  11. 1. Raindrops flowing down a window
    2. The way that the water sprays if you put a spoon under the sink
    3. The splash that happens when you drop stuff into water
    4. The mini whirlpool that forms when you swirl a drink
    5. Steam coming off of hot food

    The one that interested me the most was the oil droplets burning on a wire, because a lot of the smoke coming up from where the oil touches the wire forms the same shape, which looks pretty cool. It is scientifically engaging because it shows that the formation of smoke isn’t random, as there are many identical looking shapes.

  12. flames
    paint splattering in slow motion
    melting metal
    a barreling wave
    really really big bubbles

    I think that flames are the most engaging visually since they are completely erratic and have no pattern what so ever. They can be a variety of changing colors and no matter how quickly a flame changes it looks fluid and continuous. Its not that scientifically engaging since it is just the product of combustion.

  13. 1. Raindrops on a window
    2. Raindrops on a moving plane window (being pulled backwards)
    3. The smoke left over from fireworks
    4. Waves
    5. Sweat rollin down my face

    The water bubbles from the dry ice were the most intriguing to me, because at first I thought they looked like floating globs of silver, and because I’ve worked with dry ice before.

  14. 1. Dust specks in sunlight
    2. Cloud formations
    3. Smoke after blowing out a candle
    4. Throwing a pebble in a puddle
    5. My breath when it’s really cold outside

    I thought the oil droplets burning on a wire were the most engaging. All of the shapes formed are very unique and kind of remind in some ways of graffiti writing. At the same time they all have the same type of formation which is very swirly and (eventually) dispersed. Scientifically they show how the smoke interacts with the other plumes, mixing and combining to create even more interesting shapes.

  15. 1. the way clouds change color and shape over time as winds pick up and the sun sets
    2. mist near the street lights in the early morning when its still dark
    3. the foam and milk patterns my favorite barista (Sam) “draws” in my cappuccino. Usually a zebra-patterned heart ❤ Sometimes a leaf.
    4. the ink bleeding extensively onto the paper as I hesitate about what to write
    5. the build-up of bubbles from mine uncle's glass of beer

    I liked the look of the blue burning methanol. It reminded me of a fungus, as much of the other visual flows did. Many also remind me of deep-sea translucent/fluorescent creatures, like jelly fish or squid.
    The methanol, when excited by the thermal energy, doesn't just react violently, but it seems to actually have an order and direction to how it flows. This might be the effect of the burner, perhaps there is a lot of force from the burner, causing for the methanol to jet and then funnel as it does…

  16. 1. The way dogs’ hairs go different directions but with a similarity and a kind of pattern
    2. Little birch seeds swirling around when you walk through them
    3. The way spider webs stretch and then break when you open a window after a long time and they kind of float around for a while before settling
    4. A cloth blowing in a breeze and crumpling in on itself then being pulled taught again
    5. The different small movements of single blades of grass in a field how they pull your attention this way and that when one blade moves here and then there

    I liked pool of flames just because it was really pretty and also the motor oil on water and snow. It’s weird how something so well kind of toxic-seeming can have so many colors. This picture reminds me of once when I was wiping down a table and noticed the cloth had bright blue spots on it and I realized this red shiny liquid on the table was blue ink from a ballpoint pen.

  17. 1. dust in the wind
    2. ripples in a puddle
    3. the movement of flames in a fire
    4. smoke from a chimney
    5. glass slowly cracking and shattering

    I thought that the flow of water around a tube in a channel was very interesting, especially from the angle at which they showed it.

  18. 1. Water residue left by a sponge
    2. Smoke curling up from a fire
    3. Milk poured into a glass–how it sort of curls up to the sides of the glass
    4. The way the bottom of a dress waves in the wind
    5. How steam from a shower fogs up the mirror

    The piece I found most engaging was the surface tension one, because i’ve always been fascinated by the science behind it. I love how some bugs have evolved to use this unique property of water to walk on liquid and often enjoy just hovering my hand over the sink and pressing it down to feel the water adhere to it. I feel that the piece does a great job conveying the mystery and awesomeness of the scientific phenomenon.

  19. flow:
    pouring liquid
    dripping candle wax
    water marbling

    I find ripples to be the most interesting and integral part of natural flow. I love how it is possible to visualize the point of a ripple’s origin and expansion while it is in motion and how intersecting ripples bounce of one another into more ripples.

  20. 1. Fog
    2.small pieces snow on the road
    3.melted ice cream air going up from the fire
    5.when the fish swim cross the water

    My favorite is the first one, I went back to Beijing. The pollution was visible, in the morning, we can see the whole city was gloomy, the fog has white color with a little bit yellow, it kept flowing, the city was like hiding behind the fog.

  21. List five things in your experience that captured your attention (they may not be as dramatic as those pictured.) They can include all physical phenomenon that demonstrated “flow.”

    Comment on the one which you found most engaging on a visual and scientific level and explain why.

    1. Fire
    2. Smoke
    3. the movement of the ocean
    4. clouds
    5. a sunset

    I found the oil on a wire lit on fire the most intriguing mostly because I think fire is one of the coolest substances it has such flow and inconsistency. It’s really cool and mysterious because it has no mass but it is tangible and visible and you feel something when you go near it. The way it has no mass sort of lets it not have limits and the way it moves is just the most amazing thing to watch.

  22. The smoke from a candle wick after it has been blown out.
    The crater in shampoo the water from the shower makes.
    The parting of the night fog on the highway.
    Bubbles floating upwards from dish soap, shimmering in the kitchen light.
    Sparkling water bubbles spilling over the edge of the bottle rim.

    The detergent flower in syrup was amazingly symmetrical. I found it interesting how it all pushes apart, considering detergent and syrup are very similar liquids in texture.

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