INESSA KALABEKOVA

Unit 1 Assessment (Draft) Work Plan

Work Plan:

2. Exploration of Tree of Life Symbolism Across Cultures – Action Plan: 8 weeks. 

Objective: To delve into the symbolic significance of the Tree of Life across diverse cultures through a comprehensive and multi-faceted exploration.

  1. Research and Reading: week 1. 

    • Identify key literature on the symbolism of the Tree of Life in various cultures.
    • Read books, articles, and scholarly papers to gain a foundational understanding.
    • Take notes on common themes, variations, and cultural interpretations.
  2. Meeting and Interviews: week 1, 2, 3. 

    • Identify experts, scholars, or individuals with cultural knowledge related to the Tree of Life.
    • Schedule meetings or interviews to gather insights, anecdotes, and diverse perspectives.
    • Record or document the discussions for reference and analysis.
  3. Sketching and Drawing: week 2, 3, 4, 5.

    • Set aside dedicated time for intricate sketching and drawing sessions.
    • Experiment with different artistic techniques to visually represent the interconnected branches and roots of the Tree of Life.
    • Allow creativity to flow, capturing both universal themes and unique cultural elements.
  4. Symbolism Analysis: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 

    • Analyze the symbolism of the Tree of Life in each cultural context explored.
    • Identify common threads and unique nuances, emphasizing the universal and culturally specific aspects.
    • Reflect on how the symbolism has evolved over time within each culture.
  5. Documentation and Reflection: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Create a detailed documentation of findings, including notes from research, interviews, and artistic endeavors.
    • Reflect on personal insights and connections made during the exploration process.
    • Consider how the symbolic interpretations of the Tree of Life contribute to a shared human experience.
  6. Cultural Context Exploration: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Dive deeper into the historical, religious, and mythological aspects of each culture under study.
    • Explore how the Tree of Life has been integrated into rituals, stories, and societal structures.
    • Look for patterns that highlight cultural similarities and differences.
  7. Synthesis and making artwork: Tapestry with artwork and symbols, sketches. week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Synthesize the gathered information into a coherent narrative that highlights the global significance of the Tree of Life.
    • Share the findings with interested audiences through exhibitions, talks, or digital platforms.

3. Journey into the Past through Manuscripts – Action Plan: 8 weeks. 

Objective: Immerse yourself in the world of ancient manuscripts and scrolls, drawing inspiration from the past to create visually captivating and mystique-evoking drawings.

  1. Research and Reading: week 1, 2, 3. 

    • Select a variety of ancient manuscripts and scrolls from different cultures and historical periods.
    • Dive into detailed readings to understand the symbolic and artistic elements embedded in these historical texts.
    • Take notes on unique features, styles, and cultural contexts.
  2. Sketched Exploration: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

    • Dedicate time to sketching visual representations inspired by the selected manuscripts.
    • Experiment with different sketching techniques to capture the essence and intricacies of ancient drawings.
    • Focus on details such as calligraphy, symbols, and illustrations that contribute to the mystique.
  3. Meeting with Scholars: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 

    • Identify experts or scholars specializing in ancient manuscripts and book history.
    • Schedule meetings to discuss your findings, seek guidance, and gain insights into the cultural and historical significance of the selected texts.
    • Incorporate expert perspectives into your exploration.
  4. Interviews with Enthusiasts: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Connect with individuals who share a passion for ancient manuscripts, perhaps collectors, historians, or enthusiasts.
    • Conduct interviews to gather diverse perspectives on the allure of historical texts and their impact on contemporary art.
    • Explore how these individuals interpret and connect with the mystique of ancient writings.
  5. Drawing Techniques Experimentation: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Experiment with various drawing techniques to convey the sense of mystery and antiquity found in the manuscripts.
    • Consider incorporating shading, cross-hatching, or texture to evoke the tactile qualities of aged parchment and ink.
    • Use a diverse range of tools, such as pens, inks, or brushes, to achieve different visual effects.
  6. Symbolism and Meaning Analysis: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Analyze the symbolism and meaning embedded in the visual elements of the selected manuscripts.
    • Reflect on how these symbols convey cultural narratives, beliefs, or historical events.
    • Integrate these insights into your drawings, adding layers of depth and significance.
  7. Documentation and Reflection: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Document your exploration process, including sketches, notes, and reflections.
    • Reflect on your personal journey and connections made with the ancient texts.
    • Consider how this exploration influences your artistic expression and perception of historical symbolism.
  8. Creation of a Series: Art work looks like a book of the books. Working title “Book about Book: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

    • Compile your sketches into a cohesive series that tells a visual narrative inspired by ancient manuscripts.
    • Ensure each drawing reflects the mystique, cultural richness, and historical essence discovered during your exploration.
    • Pay attention to the sequencing and flow of the series for a captivating presentation.

4. Immersive Exploration of Flood Mythology – Action Plan: 8 weeks. 

During this phase, the focus will be on delving deep into the profound aspects of catastrophic floods in mythology. The approach involves a multi-faceted exploration, including:

  1. In-Depth Study: week 1, 2. Conduct thorough research into the mythological narratives that feature catastrophic floods. This will involve reading books, scholarly articles, and ancient texts to gain a comprehensive understanding of the symbolic and cultural significance attached to these events.

  2. Visual Inspiration: week 1, 2, 3. Gather visual inspiration by studying artistic representations of flood myths. Explore paintings, sketches, and illustrations that capture the dramatic and powerful nature of these mythological events. Analyze how different artists have conveyed the themes of chaos, destruction, and rebirth associated with floods.

  3. Meeting with Experts: week 1, 2, 3, 4. Arrange meetings with experts in mythology, history, and art to gain insights into the diverse perspectives surrounding flood myths. Engage in discussions to comprehend the cultural nuances and explore how civilizations have interpreted and adapted to the symbolic impact of catastrophic floods.

  4. Interviews and Personal Narratives: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Seek out individuals with knowledge or personal experiences related to floods. Conduct interviews to gather unique perspectives, anecdotes, and personal narratives that can provide a human touch to the mythological exploration. This adds a layer of depth to the artistic representation of resilience and adaptation.

  5. Experimentation with Techniques: week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Explore various artistic techniques that can effectively convey the power and impact of floods. Experiment with different painting styles, color palettes, and textural elements to capture the dynamic and transformative nature of these mythological events.

  6. Creation of Artwork: Scroll. week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Translate the gained insights and visual inspiration into a scroll. Depict the resilience and adaptation of civilizations in the face of catastrophic floods. Artwork should aim to tell a unique story, portraying the strength and tenacity of communities navigating through the tumultuous waters of myth.

  1. The Tree, the Fruit, the Carpenter – Dragon. 100% done. 8 weeks
  2. Tree of Life – Sacred Tree. Tapestry with artwork and symbols. 30% done. 8 weeks. 
  3. Books from the Past – Book about Book. Art work looks like a book of the books. Working title “Book about Book” 8 weeks. 5% done. 
  4. Flood- Artwork: Scroll. 
  5. Balance, Harmony, and Rebirth – Phoenix.
  6.  Mother Goddess – 
  7. Manuport – 
  8. World Creation – 
  9. Myths of the Underworld – Griffon

 

 

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