What is a technique you used in your artwork that worked well? Explain what technique it was and why it was successful.
A technique that I used in my artwork that was very successful is splattering. I used this technique when painting the Clay Animal during the Artist Solve Problems Mini Lessons and for the background in my final project during the Artist Steal unit. It was successful because it allowed me to just have fun and not have worry about being a perfectionist. This technique was shown to me by Mrs. Sudkamp and was used by the famous artist Jackson Pollock.
Which project was your most successful? Describe the theme and or topic and the process you went through to complete the project.
In my opinion my charcoal piece of the hot glue gun was most successful. I had never used charcoal before nor had I ever tired shading with any medium. The topic that I chose for this project was a hot glue gun because I asked Mr. Creech what I should do and he handed me a glue gun. The [process I went through consisted of a rough sketch followed my a faint outline. Then for the next few days I shaded it more and more making the blacks darker and adding more highlights. I thought this piece was successful because Mrs. Sudkamp entered it into the Hadley Show which boosted my confidence as an artist.
Has your definition of art clanged since from the beginning of this class?
My definition of art changed in the first day of class. Going into art I thought it would just be a cruise class and I could just give minimal effort. On the first day of art I sat down and was given a mint and Mr. Creech told me to draw it. The whole time I was drawing it, I hated it and looking at other students candy drawings didn't help me. When everyone finished we compared them and commented on eachothers pieces. Thats was when I realized that art isn't about being better than the next person. Its about expressing who you are on the inside through your work on the outside. I loved art and plan to do sculpture as well.
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 that I enjoyed the most was probably charcoal. It was very messy and my hand would rub up against my paper and rub away the shading I had just done. But the main reason I liked it was because it challenged me. It forced me to try my best until I was happy with it and while using thus medium I understood how challenging it actually is to properly shade and highlight. one medium I wished I is probably a linoleum block for printmaking. printmaking looked really fun and hope I get to explore it in art 2.
What did you find most difficult about this class? This could be anything from gathering materials, to generating projects ideas, to applying a particular technique. What could be done to resolve this issue in the future?
The thing I found most difficult was the group participation when me and another other student decided to work as a group on the final project for the Artist Solve Problems unit when we did a marble drop. Me and another student were initially working together and then three days through the project the third student decided to join out group without our permission. Other then making a tiny paper boat for the top of the marble drop and holding things to be glued he didn't do much of anything. In the future, students could possibly only work in groups of two or just talk to the teacher about the participation problem.
I chose this project because I honestly had no other ideas on what to do for my second piece. what drew me to this was that one day I was folding paper which turned out to be a triangle. Mrs. Sudkamp mentioned that I should combine a bunch of them to make a hemisphere, so that exactly what I did. the most challenging part of this project was how tedious the folding turned out to be and how many triangles I had to make. I'm pretty sure I chose the two most painstakingly annoying projects possible, but nob the less I'm glad I did them. I think my paper sculpture turned out very successful and looked even better with the spray paint. I don't have any in progress photos of this piece.
These six pictures are of my finalized paper sculpture from various angles.
For my first project I chose to do a weaving. Mrs. Sudkamp drew me to this when she showed me the one she was working on and all the different techniques you can use just with yarn. The most challenging part of this project was probably how time consuming to turned out to be. I chose to make my weaving very tight and dense which took much longer than I anticipated. I also found that because I chose to do straight lines for my pattern, I was very critical on myself and didn't think it was good in the beginning stages. When I finally finished, I was very thrilled about how well it turned out. I had little mistakes here and there but for my first weaving, I think it was enormously successful. This piece didn't take another direction mainly because I figured out what I was doing as I worked on it further.
My art journal is representing the words music, tree, and hope. I truly feel that the picture represent the words music and tree very well because they are the basis of this work. i threw in the word hope at the very end just because i had extra time before the project was due for a grade.
Layer one consisted of me cutting up old sheet music into tiny strps and glueing them one on top of each other to make the paper sturdier. The next layer was a watercolor roll where I rolled Seran Wrap around a broomstick and rolled it across the sheet music to make a an interesting effect and blend the blue and green watercolors I used. Next i took bubble wrap and used it along with blue ink to make a circular pattern on the bottom half of the paper. The fourth layer was when i took butterfly stamps and a green ink pad to create the canopy foliage of the tree. The final layer was when I used a sharpie to draw the outline of the tree and the word HOPE where the bark would be.
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For my stop motion video I worked with Maddie Maier. Maddie and I made a video of a lego tower being built and a guy flying to the top. At first Maddie built the tower while I took pictures one lego at a time, once we got halfway through we switched parts. After the tower was built we attached a wire to a little lego guy and I slowly moved him to the top as Maddie took pictures. For the beginning and end we had words coming across the screen, Maddie wrote the words while I took pictures. The video was successful because the music fit and the way the tower was built up flowed. If I was to do this project again I would have more camera time for gilbert (our lego man) and less time on the building of the tower.
For my Artist Solve Problems Main Project, Blaze, I, and Simon decided to do a marble drop. The limitation we faced was successfully having the marble go along the track we made from start to finish. We were able to overcome the problems that we faced by never giving up and coming up with new techniques and ideas to solve the problems at hand.
Who did what . . .
Blaze and I were originally a group and we painted the cardboard and the individual track pieces that the marble traveled on. I assembles the track that the marble traveled on and Blaze and I also came up with the idea of the marble drop. Simon added himself to our team halfway through the project without asking us and didn't do much besides make a paper boat and good around.
When doing my Styrogami piece I learned that it is much easier to use an exact-o knife and score the surface of the Styrofoam cup to cut it rather than trying to saw it with the knife. I also learned the Styrofoam is actually a medium because I never knew it was until this mini lesson. I feel that this piece was very successful because I had lots of fun doing it and I was able to see how other students used their imagination to make their pieces, If I could change one thing i would probably use more than one cup so I could make a bigger and more sturdy piece.
During this mini lesson I learned that if you roll up newspaper very tightly it will form a strong tube; which is what I did to make the 3-D cube for my project. I also learned from other students that you can use this medium to make a dress or to draw a face on. My newspaper art was successful but it was also challenging to glue all the parts together and keep the right dimensions. If I could change one thing I would probably make more of the cubes and stack them up like bricks to make a wall for fun.
For this sculpt I chose to make face rather than a fish or animal. I learned that slip is basically the same as glue and is used to hold pieces of clay together. I also learned that using clay as a medium is a lot harder than I thought it would be but it gave me a wider range of creative options compared to newspaper. This mini lesson was a success because it turned out better than I thought it would. If I could change one thing I would probably make an animal to could challenge myself and get mot detail in the art piece.
The difference between getting inspiration from from another piece and stealing an idea is most people use artist’s ideas as inspiration or as a base of creating our own design. Inspiration can come from anywhere or anyone and even I have borrowed ideas from other artists. However, if you steal the idea then you are just ripping off the artist without giving them credit. I feel that it is okay to use part of an idea or picture as long as you give credit to the original artist that had the idea because your using it as a source of inspiration to fuel your individual creativity.
This assignment was a total blast because we could incorporate any objects we wanted and we go to roam around the school. I enjoyed the forced perspective because my group and I got to use objects that I never thought could be used for art like a bucket or a wallet. I learned that if you put an object farther away from the camera it can look much smaller; so it could seem like I was holding a car in my hand if the car was farther behind me and the camera. If I could change one thing it would be to have all of us use the same objects and see what creative similarities and differences we all share.