Friday, January 10, 2014

book carving

Prompt: Explain how you developed your design for your book carving. How important was it to have a clear plan before starting? What were the challenges you faced when working on this project? Explain how you overcame them. Discuss your design and how it relates to the book you chose (if that was the case, if not just discuss design). Did you take any risks? How and why? Describe how you felt about the overall project and if you felt it was successful.

I developed my design by just thinking of things I love, which are jungle animals and palm trees. I decided I wanted to combine them into one piece. Having a clear plan before I started was very important so my book carving would come together as one piece once I was finished. Challenges I faced was the tedious amount of work it took to carve out very intricate pieces. I overcame them by working slow and using a steady hand. I created a jungle scene with a giraffe, elephant, and a palm tree. I love how my project turned out because it is simple, yet interesting at the same time.

Monday, January 6, 2014

mixed media

1. How did you show amusement and variety in your piece? Explain your choice of subject matter and how you created a unified piece of art.

I chose to do colorful elephants. I think elephants are very playful and amusing, their trunks are whimsical and they have beautiful tusk. I chose to draw 2 elephants and added words and expressions to unify the piece. 

2. Describe your experience with using mixed media. What mixed media did you use for your piece?

I used photo transfer, as well as tissue paper. I had some troubles with photo transfer because sometimes the photos wouldn't stick or they would peel off, but over all it turned out great.

3. What role did our lessons on visual journaling play in the success of your piece? Explain.

Visual journaling helped me bring my piece together and give me inspiration for my piece.

4. Discuss any challenges you experienced and how you overcame obstacles.

I had some challenges with photo transfer because sometimes the photo wouldn't stick or would peel off, but other than that my project turned out great.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sticky Situation

1. Explain how you developed your ideas for "Sticky Situation"

I made a list of ideas that I could paint. I got the idea to do gum stuck on the bottom of a shoe and thought it would be interesting.

2. Were you able to think outside the box when you were thinking about ideas?

Some of my ideas were pretty generic, and some of my ideas were really creative. I decided to do gum on the bottom of a shoe because no one had ever tried it before.

3. You were to incorporate repetition, rhytnm or pattern. How did you accomplish this?

I incorporated repetition by painting multiple bricks, and showing multiple leves on the plants.

4. Describe your choice of media (acrylic, watercolor) and your challenges and successes while using it.

I used acrylic paint, and for the gum on the bottom of the shoe I used actual gum. I love the way acrylic paint blends so I had mostly success with using it.

5. How important were the mini lessons to the success of your final product?

By brainstorming ideas, even though it's a small lesson in my product, it really helps bring together the whole art piece.

Portrait project

1. Who did you choose to do a portrait of? Why did you choose that person? 
Me & Ashley Stella worked together and created a picture of half of each of our faces. We wanted to do something interesting and different. 

2. When brainstorming about this project how did you decide what would be the best materials to use to create it? Explain how your material choice impacted the look of your piece. Why was this so important. Explain.
We used beads that were connected together to outline the features in our face. We traced our faces then painted over it, using different colors to highlight each of our features.

3. Describe the risks you took or that were involved in creating the project. What were the challenges you faced?
Blending half of our faces together turned out to be successful, although it was a risk because both of our faces our opposites. They ended up contrasting together nicely.

4. How did your choices impact the look and feel of the piece? Did your choice of materials have any connection with the person you chose to represent? 
The beads outlined our features and eyes, and we used it to create hair. Since we represented ourselfs, we felt the beads were colorful just like we are.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Up close and personal

1. Upclose and Personal was our theme. How did you develop your ideas for this project and why did you choose your subject?

- I developed ideas for this project by creating a list of ideas that I thought appealed to the subject as well as things I wanted to create. I chose the subject of watermelon because I love the colors and I think it's a really beautiful fruit to draw.

2. How did you demonstrate Emphasis in your work?

- I demonstrated emphasis by using chalk pastels to create yellow and white stripes in the background of the picture. This made the whole picture pop and made the watermelon really stand out.

3. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? Discuss how it enhances your piece.

- I used chalk pastels, and I chose this medium because I love the way it blends and creates texture. It enhances my piece because I was able to blend and create different shades of pink and red to create the color of the watermelon.

We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.

4.. Did you take any risks with this project? Explain.

- I think I took a risk when creating the background. It could either overshadow the watermelon or make it pop, but in the end it brought out all the colors beautifully.

5. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art?

- medium. My medium was chalk pastels and I like the way I was able to blend everything together to create my art.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What's the point

1. What where some of your solutions to What’s the Point?
Cliffs, rollercoasters, pencils.

2. Which solution did you chose and why?
 I chose a cliff because it came out the best looking out of all the ideas I chose to draw.

3. How did you show contrast in your work?
 I shaded with a charcoal pencil and used a blending tool to make it into one smooth transition. 

4. What medium did you decide to use? Why did you choose this medium over the others?
 I chose charcoal pencil and regular pencil to create contrast, and show the dark parts of the picture.

5. What techniques did you use to create this work?
Shading with a light pencil and a charcoal pencil.

We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.

6. Did you take any risks with this project?
I think I took a risk because of the shading in the mountain. It was very hard to get an even transition yet still keeping the colors dark.

7. What message are you conveying? How are you convey this message through the use of your images or use of art elements or principles?   
I want to convey the calm and peacefulness of being alone and in a beautiful place.