Has my definition of art changed since the beginning of this class?
This was the first drawing I did in this class. My definition of art had definitely changed from then to now. Before I mostly thought that art was just drawing things on paper, but now I realize it is much more than that. Throughout the class I learned that art can be any form of creativity, not just a drawing.
What techniques did you use that worked well?
This was one of the first big projects that I did and that I used a bunch of different techniques on. The medium that we used was charcoal and it was easy to blend. One thing that I did a lot was use tools and erasers to make parts of the piece darker or lighter, which was the best technique I had and made it look much better.
What did I find most difficult about this class?
The thing that I found most difficult was having to come up with project ideas. Half of the time I would be wasting time that we had to do our project trying to think of what to do for the project. This picture is a good example of a project that took me a really long time to think of, and it didn't turn out that great because I had to rush towards the end of it. In the future I will ask people for inspiration to make it easier to decide what I should do.
What sketchbook warm-up did you find beneficial/interesting?
I think the most beneficial warm up we did was learning how to draw an eye. I liked learning how to draw one because I never knew the detail that had to go into it could make it look so much better. Now that I know how to draw one, I will use the techniques that I was taught to make them even better.
Which project would I do over?
If I was able to do over any of the projects it would be the clay animal. I liked being able to sculpt things, but this didn't come out exactly how I would've wanted it. The face of the bunny is honestly a little bit scary and if I had the chance I would definitely do it over again. I would make sure that I would be able to easily paint and sculpt it so it would look more realistic and not as creepy.
For my first project I chose to do weaving because I saw and example of it and I liked how it looked. The most challenging part of this project was having to always cut string and make sure that you didn't mess up, or else you would have to take out your previous work from the loom and start all over again. In my opinion, this project wasn't very successful for me because I got tired of doing it and it didn't come out very big considering the amount of time that I worked on it.
For my uniform I chose to represent animal rights. I made the sign and posed while I held my rabbit in one hand and my dog in the other.
For our stop motion project I worked with Mia, Zoe, and Allison. While doing this, each of us had specific roles in making it look how we wanted it. On the day that we actually started filming it, Allison wasn't able to be there so we had her cut out and make things the previous day. Zoe, Mia, and I went ahead and started making it the next day. I used my phone for recording it and adding the music. Since stop motion is very time consuming, it took a lot of concentration for us to get it finished. While doing recording, each piece had to be moved in between each shot. As it may sound, this took a long time. The 4 of us all worked together to make things, move things, and provide things.
Our video was definitely successful because it came out just how we wanted it. As a group, we really enjoyed looking at the work we did together. The stop motion is really a cool thing to do and I'm glad i got to try it.
In the end, I think that if I were going to change anything, it would be how precisely we moved the characters while taking each picture. Overall I was really impressed with the storyline and the music (which fit perfectly)!
For my main project I decided that my limitation should be finger painting. After I figured out what I was going to be painting I thought that I should probably make it more interesting by adding colors. That's when I realized a sunset would be a perfect way to add more colors. The biggest problem that I came across was making straight lines and blending the colors together. Luckily, the paint I used was acrylic and once it dries it can easily be painted over. After I got the hang of it the blending became a little bit easier, but it was still hard to make the colors flow perfectly into each other.
For the land art my group and I created something out of little yellow flowers and leaves. Some things that I learned from this were that 3 dimensional objects were easy to work with and fun to make different shapes out of. Since we had to go outside and hand pick all of the leaves and flowers it made the project more interesting and gave us an opportunity to find inspiration. In the end the piece came out how we wanted it, so I would say it was successful. If I were to do this project again I would see if there would be any other shape to do to make it better.
The object that I chose to do for the clay animal was a bunny. While doing the bunny I realized how important it was to pay attention to detail it is. As I was doing the face of the rabbit I found it really hard to get the facial features correct. Overall, the body and ears was a success, but the face definitely was not. If I were to change it if I re-did it I would have made sure to be more careful while adding details.
The styrogami art that I did was the most interesting concept, in my opinion. First of all, styrofoam is extremely hard to cut! Everything I tried came out jagged or cut into the wrong direction. I learned that it was easier to go with the flow rather than trying to get it perfectly like you wanted it. Considering that I didn't have a specific goal I was working towards, I think that it was a success. Although it doesn't look like anything real it's still abstract and that's what I like about it.
"Learning Materials" spheres:
The difference between getting inspiration and stealing another artist's work is big. If you are getting inspiration from another piece, it means you are looking at their ideas and trying to make something out of them, but at the same time making them your own. If you are stealing a piece of work it usually means you take their complete idea without giving them any credit and claiming it as your own. It is definitely okay to use an idea or piece of their artwork and change it, because that means you are personalizing it. Also, it is always okay to give the original artist credit for their artwork because it shows that you have your own ideas and you do not need other people to be successful.
Two In One
I combined the alive and dead tree because although it's hard to see the gradual change from summer to winter, the trees change a lot. The mediums I chose were water color and pen. I chose these two mediums because water color has very vibrant colors, and the sharpie pen shows up really well when drawn over water color. In my opinion I don't love water colors because sometimes they are hard to mix and get the colors you want, but I chose it anyway so it would match the idea that I had in my head. If I were to change one thing about my piece I would have planned out how I was going to go about the dead side of the tree. The thicker branches weren't what I had in mind. If I had known what exactly I was going to draw I wouldn't have messed up. Other than that, I think the most successful thing about my piece is the overall look that it has. I really like how the contrast of each side is attention grabbing and how the different colors make it pop.
I really enjoyed the forced perspective assignment because it allowed everyone to think outside of the box and be creative. I like being able to throw out ideas and then making them into a fun picture. If I were to do this assignment again I would tell myself to be more creative and have more fun with ideas that my group and I had.