For my project I chose to make a dream catcher made out of yarn and wood. I chose this because I've always been intrigued by weaving and this was my chance to learn how. First I cut a circle into a square piece of wood using a jigsaw. Next I drilled 16 holes around the circle for the string to go through. Thirdly I painted the wood light purple in one corner, dark purple in the other, and then blended them together in the middle. Then I weaved the small green string through the holes that are a base for the actual yarn. I began weaving with all different colors until I got to the outer edge of the circle. Lastly I tied the tails on the backside and cut them. What I found successful about my piece is the faded purple wood. If I did it again I would drill an odd number of holes because it makes the weaving process easier.
Art Criticism Process:
1) Describe- tell me exactly what you see.
2) Analyze- use the elements and principals of art to reflect on the art form.
3) Interpret- consider the following:
-What is the artist trying to say?
-What caused the artist to say it?
-What is the historical reference?
-Why was the work of art created in that particular style?
4) Evaluate- how successful of important is this piece of art?
When I look at this piece I see a sunset over the water. There is a silhouette of a palm tree on the left side. The sky has many vibrant colors such as orange, pink, and blue. Some of the black paint on the palm tree looks sloppy and not colored in all the way. It looks like more time would've resulted in a better looking piece. The texture of the water is very detailed making it easy to see the ripples on the water. The colors of the sunset are blended together creating a vibrant sunset. I believe the artist is trying to convey their love for sunsets at the beach. I think watercolor was used because it helps convey the beautiful sunset better than acrylic would have. On a scale from one to ten I would say this piece is a 7-8 regarding its success. You can tell the artist spent time on it but made a few sloppy mistakes. I think this piece is important because this place must mean something special to the artist. From start to finish the artist knew what they wanted the outcome to be. Their process went along with their plan from the very beginning.
18) Medium: which medium did you most enjoy working with and why? Which medium did you not use but wish you had explored? Include photo.
The medium I enjoyed working with the most is clay. Ever since I was a kid my favorite art projects were always the ones using clay. I just love the idea of taking something that is basically nothing and turning it into a masterpiece. A medium I wish I tried is found object because you can make artwork out of scraps and recyclables. Found object is an earth friendly medium that I'd love to try.
1) What is art?
Art is the ability to take an idea and turn it into reality. Whether you are painting, drawing or sculpting the point is the same. Art helps us speak our minds through creation. It is also inspiration to others and means something different to everyone. Finally, art is an escape from our regular lives into a world where there are no limits.
8) What was the warm up or sketchbook assignment that you learned the most from?
I learned the most from the facial guide assignment we did before our portrait projects. It taught me how to correctly draw a face using the face itself. The head is 5 eyes across and the ears line up with the eyes and the bottom of the nose. The nose is half of the way down the face and the mouth is a third of the way down. I've always struggled when sketching faces but now I am more confident in my technique.
To create this piece I first cut out a piece of glass and a piece of wood that were the same size. I then painted small wooden planks green with streaks of white. Then I begun working on the face by attaching pieces of construction paper to the glass by using gel medium. Once the face was finished I glued an ocean like paper to the wood and put the planks around it like a frame. Next I glued the glass on top of the planks and finally I attached seashells in the corners to give it an ocean like look. The piece is meant to look like some sort of shadow box which is where I got my inspiration from. The person in the picture is my cousin Owen who I chose because I don't get to see him much but I love to spend time with him. I thought it would be a nice gift for him.
Johny hasn't started his project yet. He plans to draw his mom with pencil and with a background of newspaper. (I don't have a picture he didn't have any sketches or anything).
6 Brainstorm ideas: right-20 inspirations
-found obeject made out of a bandaid box
-little paper mache cactuses
-paper mache hot air balloons
-an anchor clay box
-tiny folded up spirals that make up a bowl
Clay box tutorial videos:
full page sketch:
Materials: clay, glaze, carving tools, and slab roller
I made a clay whale that is meant to hold plants. I made the body of the whale using score and slip and then I created a pinch pot and placed it on top to make a sphere. Then I carved out out the top and sculped a tail and the side fins. After these steps I fired it once then i glazed the whale with blue crystaline glaze and fired it again. Finally I put black glaze on the eyes and mouth and covered the inside with clear glaze. I fired the whale in the kiln one last time. If I did my project again I might make the glaze more neat because it looks messy in some places. I really like how bright and colorful the glaze on the whale is and the shape of the tail. I am interested in taking sculpture class next year!!
I saw a clay blue bird that was meant to hold plant and I liked the idea so I made it my own by making a whale.
Ed Fairburn is an english artist who creates portraits out of maps. He uses the details in the maps also as details in the face. In order to get perfect results, Fairburn uses specific additive and subtractive techniques. I find his artwork inspiring because it is very creative and appealing to the eye. It's amazing how the map and the portrait become one. It's as if the map and portrait are two puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together. These portraits are also environmentally friendly because they involve the reuse of old maps.
This installation is called rainbow love which is a symbol of all kinds of love and people. It shows that everyone is different and that different isn't a bad thing. I think that the outline of the word love using the hearts was very successful. If we were to do it again, I might color in the hearts to make it pop a little more.