PITTSBURG — Starting with a two pound cylinder of clay and a block of foam Pittsburg State University art and automotive technology students created three dimensional models of Honda Civics, Mercedes and Dodge Darts.

The class is called Automotive Art and Design, it is a hybrid drawing and sculpting course,

and the class is not offered every semester.

Graphic Design and Art Minor Ali Gutc who designed the front and the back of her group’s model said she was happy she had the opportunity to take the class.

“I thought it was awesome,” she said. “They don’t offer the class every semester — I got lucky,” she said.

Both Gutc and her team member Noah Slade, who is a Heavy Equipment Management student, both used their skills — including sketching and drawing.

Slade said the two worked well together and completed their model of a Dodge Dart.

“We worked pretty good together,” he said. “We had a lot of fun.”

Automotive Technology Assistant Professor Nico Prelogar said the class was created around three-and-a-half years ago and this time around, PSU Interim Chair of the Department of Art James Oliver approached him with clay model kits found online.

Prelogar said the premise is to take an existing model and create an updated look while maintaining the brand’s identity.

“Usually there are a few features of a certain brand that help identify it,” he said. “They take those and evolve it, but they can pretty much do what they want for the most part — the creative license was loose.”

Oliver said the class is beneficial for student because automotive technology students can take the class as a general education course, which also follows their interests.

He said they also learn the design processes professional car designers go through.

“From idea to drawing, to form exactly the way car designers do it,” Oliver said. “Not a lot of people know about the process they undertake for that.”
The students also learned how to work as a team, Oliver said.

“The art students worked with the auto students in showing them how to draw and the auto students brought their knowledge of cars and it has worked out really well,” he said.

Automotive Technology Professor Scott Norman stopped by to see the models. He said he liked the fact the students did research on the subject and work together to learn from one another.

“This could give students a glimpse of what designing process is all about,” he said. “How you would go from a current concept, to a concept you want to come out with, what is it like to be able to design something and put it into a 3D model.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.