Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Lets have a little pun

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 1 April 2010

here are some really cheesy jokes about art and architecture that i got from
“An architect knows how to make a long storey short.”

What do the paintings of George Seurat have in common with a
vector? They are both dot products

How are architecture students told to leave?
They are shown the dooric

What type of pillars are found near printing presses?
Newspaper Columns

Why did the French art museum close?
A lack of Monet

Why did the 1700s artist apply for a loan?
he was baroque

How does an architecture student communicate with people?
You gotta column

What do the people of the back woods in Australia and artists both fear?
Brush fires



Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 20 March 2010

Doug Landis drew these pencil drawings holding the pencil with his mouth. Makes you reevaluate the difficulty of last semesters drawing class doesn’t it?

Ode to the Pencil

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 14 March 2010

Here is a poem I wrote after my pen exploded. Enjoy.
Ode to the pencil, too easily forgot.
Ode to the pencil, sharpened or not.

We praised your brother, mightier than the sword.
We praised a straightedge, titled him ruler or lord.

But did we praise you? Oh wooden one.
But did we praise you? When our work was done.

You gave us our sketches, our erasable words.
You gave us our scantron, and befriended our nerds.

You never exploded or ran out of ink.
You never were permanent when we forgot how to think.

You even sacrificed your body of lead
You even let us sharpen your wooden head

And while we were forcing you into spinning blades,
And while you watched your own letters fade,

Never once did you refuse to write
Never once did you unleash your might

So ode to the pencil, a good solid tool.
Ode to the pencil, may he always be cool.

answer time

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 12 March 2010

Last week I posted an image of an astronaut on a 12th century cathedral. Well Here is the explanation. The building may have been built in 1102, but the detailed stonework, including the astronaut, was done more recently, during renovations in 1992, as is the case for many such buildings. This is a good example of how changes in society change buildings. As architects it can only be beneficial to consider future changes. What can a building become after it is built?

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Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 4 March 2010

This is a detail from a 12th century cathedral in Salamanca Spain (built 1102)

Any guesses as why a 20th century astronaut decorates this 12th century building?

Tune in next week for the exciting answer (a.k.a my own guess).

image taken from

Strawberry Swing

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 23 February 2010

Watch the music video for Strawberry Swing by coldplay at

It’s a really impressive stop animation done with chalk drawings.

Forget house boats… go house planes!

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 6 February 2010

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one piece of paper

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 3 February 2010

Peter Callesen uses one sheet of paper in his pieces. Pictures taken from

3D illusion

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 26 January 2010

These murals were done by  John Pugh. You can see his work at


Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 20 January 2010

Watch this commercial for the Honda Accord:

This is what I call precision. while it may look animated, the entire contraption preformed in real life. There were no digital tricks or graphics used in making this commercial. It cost six million dollars to make this two minute video. Enjoy!

The validity of the film is confirmed on