Friday, January 23, 2015

Most memorable experiences

     Especially being in a big class, drama in Mrs. Noack's art room during period 5 White was not uncommon.  However, good memories were made in this class and I am more than happy to have been a part of it.  One highlight of the year was most definitely the Self Portrait.  I really liked producing this project and getting feedback on all the different ways to make my art look the best it could.  I thought it was also really interesting to see all of the other student's pieces of artwork to see how their style differed from mine.  I also thought it was really funny to see everyone's "theatrical expression" as just a different view of him/her.  Below is my self portrait. 
    Another highlight from this year would have to be the value still life project.  As frustrating as it got from time to time, the end result was well worth it and I am proud of my final project.  The whole class was a little "on-edge" in the completion of this project, mainly because everything had to be proportionate and you had to portray the light hitting the objects in a certain way.  Also, like the portrait there is not a lot of room for creativity, if the apple does not look like the apple, than you did something wrong.  Although this the still life project was challenging, it was well worth the extra time and stress because I think everyone's turned out very well.  Below is my still life project. 

Thinking About Art

      Taking this class has most definitely changed my perspective of art and the art world.  There are so many different techniques and tools that I learned to use to make my artwork even better.  I really appreciate learning the tips and tricks to make art that I am proud of.  To me, being proud of my creations is everything. I am not one to settle for less, if my artwork is not how I want it than I will make it how I want it no matter how long it takes me.  I think by doing this course I have really opened my eyes to a new realm of art in the art world.  I had no idea there were so many different forms of art and what each of those forms has to offer.  I now see art in a different way and have found a new respect for artists and how they make a living off of what they create.  

Project that I am most proud of

Self Portrait 

     I am most proud of my Self Portrait using different values of colors.  I am most proud of this piece of artwork because I feel that I really mastered using different values of colors to create edges without outlining features of my face.  In addition, I also really enjoyed this project and I enjoyed figuring out how to make my face look like my face with the challenges of light hitting one side of my face and not the other.  I learned so much from doing this project. The thing that I take away most from this would be how to paint the light that hits my skin.  I learned to use different brush strokes and shapes to really create a 3D looking painting! I really loved doing this project and I love the final result! 

Graphic Designs using Color Schemes

Geometric Design: Monochromatic Color Scheme

Organic Design: Monochromatic Color Scheme

  • Gain a basic understanding of Acorn 
  • Use Acorn to create two different, interesting designs that demonstrate clear color schemes and organic and geometric shapes. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Personal Space Box

The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

In this project my place was my family trip to Niagara Falls, New York and Canada.  Two summers ago my family and I took a trip to Niagara Falls, New York and Canada.  We spent half a week on the U.S side and the other half on the Canadian side.  We took many pictures of the Falls and I featured my “family selfie” in my box.  We took this picture when we were heading out on the Maid of the Mist, a boat that takes you very close to the Falls.  With your ticket, you also receive a blue disposable poncho so you will not get super soaked as you traveled closer and closer to the Falls.  This trip was really important to me because it was a very family-oriented trip in which we got to see a great natural landmark of the US and Canada! For my tangible object I chose to use the back of a sandal that we got when we went on another tour of the Falls.  Similar to the blue ponchos of the Maid of the Mist, when you got a ticket to the Cave of the Winds you got disposable sandals and a yellow poncho.  The Cave of the Winds is a series of decks and stairs that take you super, super close to one of the smaller waterfalls on the American side.  You get really, really wet and although it is sometimes slippery, it is a total blast.  Our whole family got these sandals and wore them around for the whole entire day! Keep in mind, these sandals are not exactly considered fashion-forward.  Space wise, the back of my sandal is very well visible, but does not overwhelm the pictures and the box itself.  Overall, I had so much fun doing this project and I really enjoyed putting together a project that was more sentimental than some of our other projects.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Still Life Drawing

  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of angles & ellipses in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values between black & white to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

Artist Studied: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi & Vincent van Gogh

In my drawing I used lines based off of Henry Moore.  I made my lines curved to follow the shape of different objects. For instance, I did not use the same lines for the straight block than for the cup or the spool of thread. I really enjoyed using this type of mark-making because I liked making my objects look really smooth.  While using this line, I found it easier to make my objects look more 3D because it was easier to follow the shape of the object.  
 In my pre-instructional drawing I had not really mastered the art of proportions and different point perspective. I really learned different styles of different artists and how they use different marks to show different views of a 3D figure.  Before, I thought you just colored it in.  In addition, in my pre-instructional drawing I had not figured out how to draw certain figures at angles in relationship with other figures, so everything was at its own angle and there was no 1 point or 2 point perspective.  Also, my placement of my objects on the page got better and gave the drawing a little more balance.  Finally, my perspective of a cylinder got significantly better, especially after doing the exercises.  I finally figured out that the bottom and the top ellipse of a cylinder had to be congruent to each other.  Overall, I learned a lot in doing this project and I really enjoyed it!