1.) There are 4 steps in the art criticism process. The first step is decribe, in which the criticizer tells exactly what they see. The next step is to analyze the piece by using the elements and principals of art to reflect on the art form. 3rd is to interpret the piece by answering these 4 questions: "What is the artist trying to say?", "What caused the artist to say this?", "What's the historical milieu surrounding the piece?" and "Why was is created in this particular style?". The final step is evaluation, in which it is determined how successful and/or important the piece of art is.
4.)3.)In this piece I see the use of acryllic paint. There are many contrasting colors. The proportions seem a little off, and not very realistic. The background brush strokes can be seen. I see tennis shoes, a pencil inside one of the shoes, a clock and a thing of White Out in front of the shoes. There's not many medium values, it's a lot of dark and light.
The lines in the piece are pretty defined, but the piece doesn't have much shape. It seems very 2-dimentional. There are many bright, intense colors happening in this piece, but the background colors do not make the focus of the piece pop. Most of the piece is made of dark and light values, there's not many transitioning medium values. The proportions on the clock and White Out are not bad, but the shoes are doing something funky that shoes usually don't do. It's hard to tell exactly, but it looks like they are kind of twisting and the backs are really small compared to the toes and I'm not sure what happened there. Everything in the piece is a focus point, there doesn't seem to be a central node or anything.
The artist is trying to say that their life revolves around the items in the painting. They are saying this because everything in their life has to fit into a tight schedule and everything always depends on time, hence the clock. They are also saying that fitness and running help to keep their world turning(the shoes), that everything they do seems to be based around school(pencil) and that they make a lot of mistakes that they have to cover up(white out). There isn't much historical milieu surrounding the piece because it was made at the beginning of the past semester. It was created in this particular style because it was based off of a picture, and the artist was trying to make it look semi-realistic.
It is a fairly successful piece because it gets the point across to the viewer and everything in it means something to the artist. It is important because it helped the artist realize that they really loved acryllic painting.
4.) An artist can choose to create art for a variety of reasons, and every artist's reason is different. A lot of art pieces are made when the artist has something to express, be it emotions, feelings, opinions, ideas or something else. Art is a good way to express yourself, bacause it can have multiple differenet meanings depending on how a person looks at it. Some artists create art just for fun. Maybe they just enjoy mixing paint or making something that came from their mind. There are a lot of artists that make art for other people. They can sell their art and make a living, or they could give someone an art piece that they made especially for that person. The piece below was one that I made because of someone else. I didn't have a Christmas gift for my brother and a portrait project seemed like a good gift for him.
13.) The thing that I found to be most difficult about this class was deciding what I should do for my projects. I hate making decisions and whenever I brainstormed project ideas, I always seemed to be stuck with 2-3 that I couldn't decide between. They all had pros and cons and it was really difficult to choose between them. Even after I did choose and was working on that project for a little while, I kept thinking back to my other ideas and wondering whether I should start over or not. When I finished my projects, I always was curious about what ti would have turned out like if I had gone with a different idea. I'm not really sure how I can fix this, other than just stop having commitment issues and stop thinking of more than 1 good idea for a project. It would be cool if I could have made all of my project ideas, but unfortunately there wasn't time for that. Below are my ideas for the clay box project. I spent so long trying to decide what I should make for this project. I finally ended up with the TARDIS, but I kept wondering what it would have come out like if I had made Pandora's Box from Once Upon a Time or the cookie monster box.
17.) The sketchbook warm up that I found the most bennifitial was when we had to draw our sign language hands. We did it multiple different ways and I thought that I HANDled it pretty well. It was really good practice and it helped me to learn to draw what I see, not how I think it should look. Doing this helped me to improve as an artist and was applicable to almost all of our art projects. We did other warm ups where we had to draw what we saw, but the hands had so many small details and stuff that they were probably the most challenging and benifitial.
For my final project, I chose to create a wire sculpture of a wolf howling on a wooden platform. I chose to do this becasue when I was searching for project ideas, I came across a wire sculpture that was an elephant from one side and two giraffes from another side. I thought this was really neat and I wanted to make a sort of 2-in-1 piece like that. Unfortunately that didn't work out too well, so I decided to just make a 1-in-1 wire sculpture. I saw one online that I thought was a wolf that looked really cool. It turned out to be a lizard or something when I took a closer look, but that's what gave me the idea to make a wolf.
As I said, when I first started, I was trying to make a 2-in-1 piece. It was supposed to be an umbrella one way and the word "rain" another way, but I got really frustrated with that really quick because the wire wasn't going the way I needed it to, so I quickly abandoned that idea and went towards the single sculpture. I used pliers and thick wire to create the outline of a wolf. then I made a second outline minus the head. I placed the two outlines a little ways apart from eachother on a rad piece of wood that I had been saving and Ms. Sudkamp helped me staple the wires to the wood block. Then I tried wrapping the outlines in a thinner wire to make the sculpture more 3-dimentional. That didn't work out too well either. The thinner wire soon started crushing the outline so that it looked more like a wire blob than a wolf. I then had to undo all of the thinner wire, dismount the outline from the wood block and resculpt it so that you could tell that it was a wolf again. I then discarded the second outline and all of the thinner wire and remounted just the original outline back onto the center of the wood. I had run out of time at this point, so I just left it be as a wolf outline.
I found the wire outline of my piece to be pretty successful. It turned out looking more like a wolf than I was expecting. I'm also glad that I got to use that cool piece of wood with the stars burned into it. It really added to what was an otherwise boring piece. Having the stars on it was a good concept, because the wolf was supposed to be howling at the moon and the stars, so it was nice how that worked out.
If I were to do this piece again, I would probably research wire sculpture making, so that I would know some tricks to making to wire bend the way you want it to and such. Also, I would spend more time trying to shape the wire so that it fits around the outline doesn't crush it.
For my portrait piece, I used pen for stippling and sheet music that I tore up and glued to the canvas with gel medium. After I chose a canvas, I printed out some antique sheet music from online and used gel medium to stick it to the canvas. Then I rebrushed over it with more gel medium. I lightly traced the portrait in pencil to get the proportions right and then I used pen to stipple all the shadows and values and a portrait was the result. I chose to draw my brother mainly because I didn't have a Christmas gift for him yet, but also because he was wearing sunglasses in the picture I found and it is hard to get the eyes right. Also he's a cool kid and has smooth skin that I thought would be good to draw.
Person: Jessica Fuko
Jessica drew her brother.
The mediums she used were wood, acryllic paint, paper and charcoal.
She is finished and I thought it was a really creative to splatter paint on top of a piece of wood. I would have never thought to have charcoal and acryllic in the same piece. I love how many madiums there were and the colorful background with the black and white portrait looks really good, it makes the piece pop.
For my sculpture project, I decided to make a clay box in the form of a TARDIS. I made it by rolling out the slabs of clay and sticking them together with some slip. For the lettering, I used alphabet soup letters that would burn away in the kiln. All the lines that I had to draw on the sides were drawn freehand with a needle thingy, so they're not very straight. After it was fired, I glazed the piece with dark blue glaze(except for the white windows) . Glazing was probably my least favorite part. I love painting, but the glaze just made me feel disgusting.
Originally, I wanted to recreate Pandora's box from the TV series Once Upon a Time, but the patterns were really complex on it and it was kind of an ugly color, so I decided to go with a simpler box from the world of fandoms.
I think the most successful part of my piece was the lid on the box. I was really expecting the little nub on top to crack and fall off because it didn't seem very secure, but it stayed on. Also, the corners on the lid were sculpted nice and sharply. If I were to make it again, I would smooth the slabs out more, the sides to the box are pretty bumpy. I would also give it another couple layers of glaze and fix the letter color, because apparently on the real TARDIS, they are white with a black background indtead of the other way around. Oops.
I'm not sure I would sign up for sulpture class if I could. I really liked the finished product of my clay poece, but the work put into it wasn't that fun. I'm a little germophobic and people were finding hairs and roaches in the clay and there were a bunch of mysterious lumps in the glaze and that made me really uncomfortable. Maybe sculpture would be fun beacuse there are other things to sculpt besides clay so I might do sculpture later.
https://www.pinterest.com/bolton1884/clay-boxes/ here is a link to a Pinterest board with my 20 clay box inspirations. Below are the plans/sketch of my piece and my 6 brainstorms.
these were the two videos I used for research on the clay box process.
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In order to create a linotype, we first had to sketch out our idea on paper and then go over it in sharpie and white out to mark which parts of the print we wanted to be black and which parts we wanted to be white. Then, we scribbled on the back of that paper in pencil, covering all the area that has part of our sharpie/white out sketch on the other side. Next, placing the rubber pallet that we were to transfer the print onto underneath that paper, with the pencil side touching it, we traced over the sketch so as to transfer the design onto the pallet. After that, we had to then again trace the pattern on the rubber in sharpie. Then we could begin carving away the part of the image that we wanted to be white in our print. When that was all ready, we rolled out ink onto the rubber pallet and pressed a piece of paper onto the now-wet-with-ink pallet. When we lifted the paper, our linotype was complete.
The theme of this piece was "line". I incorporated this into my piece with the lines in the girl's hair and the somewhat line-y background sky and ground.
The most successful part of my piece was probably the stones on the tower. I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out when I was carving them away, but they turned out looking more like stone than I was expecting. If I could do it over, I might change the black mountains. They didn't print very well on any of my prints. Maybe it was just too much solid ink or something. I also wasn't quite sure how to make the mountains look mountainous, so I just carved some wobbly lines into them. They might have looked better if I had consulted Ms. Sudkamp or an image of mountains.
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(I had an Illustration Friday for "Orange", but it was made from an orange and I ate it.)
The idea of this installation came from one of my peers. We had to think of things that would take up some space and art-ify our school. She (my classmate) thought of the idea of spelling out the word "love" with paper stars. Our class voted on an installation to create and hers got the majority of the votes. It turns out making origami stars is really difficult so we decided to alter the original idea and use origami paper hearts instead. In order to add color to the piece, we outlined the hearts with different color marker.
The spatial projection of the paper hearts was what I think was the most successful in this installation. They are placed in such a way that it looks as if somebody splattered paint on the wall; sort of accidental but still artsy and meaningful.
If we could do this installation over, I would probably suggest that we add more color to it. When I walk past it in the hall, it is kind of unnoticeable and just blends in to the cinder blocks behind it. It would really pop more if we had maybe spray-painted all the hearts a rainbow of colors and placed them accordingly on the wall.
The place that I chose to paint is of a sunset and a church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This place is important to me because my family took a big trip to Yellowstone a few years ago and we stopped here before we got into the super touristy area. The weather was soo nice and it was really beautiful there. It just made me really happy to be there. I used watercolors as my medium because I had already used acrylic on my still life and also I thought that it would be better for blending a sunset with wispy clouds.
I think the silhouette of the trees and church were the most successful part of this piece. I was able to make the edges nice and sharp and the tree edges had just the slightest bit of sunset colors shining through them. If I could change something, it would be the blending of the sky. I didn't have much time to finish the piece, so I quickly slapped some color into the sky and didn't pay much attention to the fading from blue to orange.