Erasmus IP: STONE IN PICTURE AND SHAPE

Project  “Stone in picture and shape” is based on cooperation of :

• Higher Vocational School of material design and photography in Sežana, Slovenia,

• The School of Arts of Oviedo, Spain and

• Art Accademy in Split, Croatia.

The IP topic would be the process of developing and producing turist souvenirs made of stone. The three participating institutions have similar educational programs. We believe that students from photography, video, sculpture, material design and graphic design will aplly for this program. They will be devided in groups.

There will be the melting of past and future by using traditional stone cutting methods with the options that are given by 3D support in design and the “through the camera lens” point of view on the details that make the stone objects and the stone processing methods so unique.

Student will work in mixed groups. The 2 weeks program consists of computer based 3D design of stone objects, studying stone heritage and carving into the fine block of Brač’s stone a desired object. The island Brač near Split has a school with long tradition in stone cutting by using traditional roman methods and tools and their own quarry. The Island and also Split, the nearest city, have various monuments and buildings with the variety of stone processed details ready to catch the curious eye of a photographer. The antique roman process of carving can be documented in the workshops with greatest masters of Pučišča.

There will be lectures, workshops of  tourism, haritage studies, documentaristic photography and video, photojournalism (photo and video), basics of visual communications, architectual photography and advertising photography/video  and promotion.

In the last decade the global markets are recording an increasing need for experts with skills in the field of traditional and modern processing technology, design and restoration of stone. The data show that on the world market the need for the treated stone is growing: the final products for use in construction, and for the ambiental and memorial arrangements and  other functional and decorative products made of stone.

Slovenia is short of qualified staff, with knowledge about materials, design and creation of functional and decorative items and architectural elements. The main object of the IP is to understand the importance of knowledge about the properties of stone and the stone elements, the  processing with traditional hand tools and procedures, before designing the products and objects with 3D programs. You cannot design properly if you don’t know the behaviour of materials.

The  students of sculpture should try the traditional  process and tools, mentored by high skilled professionals from Brač. The IP program will allow the achievement of the following skills:

• Students become familiar with traditional processing techniques of natural stone.

• Students become familiar with techniques of surface treatment of natural stone: moaning pointing, scraping, brushing, grinding, polishing, aging..

• Students become familiar with and work tools used for hand shaping and finishing of stone.

• The student knows the types and uses of domestic natural rock with an emphasis on the basics of heritage crafts.

Students will be documenting the IP. Pictures, video and 3D material will be used in The manual of  Traditional roman stone cutting methods with 3D support (one of the results of the project). It will be written in English and published in “selfpublishing” edition. Along with the manual the students (with mentors) will prepare the educational video Tutorial for Traditional roman stone cutting methods with 3D support. So they will gain competences of the following subjects:

  • Advertising photography,
  • Architectural photography,
  • Photojournalism,
  • Basics of film and television shooting,
  • Film editing and digital post production,
  • Photographic and documentation…

We believe that well-organized lectures, workshops and the best photo/video material can be achieved with the participation of experts from Brač school.

Coordinator, Maja Prešeren

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