Monday, December 7, 2015

What is something you never got the chance to say?

For this project, I had a hard time coming up with an idea that related to the question, "What is something you never got the chance to say?" Eventually I had an idea tha related to the question and incorporated print making. My project is about my grandma because I never got the chance to say much to her, so the answer to the question is "a lot". She lived in New York and had Alzheimer's at the end of her life. When I turned 16, my parents gave me her necklace which means a lot to me because it's the only thing I have of hers. Since the necklace has a significance, I decided to paint a figure wearing a necklace as the main part of my project. I used a bracelet chain and necklace chain to create a print as the background.


A piece I had an immediate reaction to was Out of the Box, because it was so large and dimensional.  I liked the swirls and texture, because it reminded me a lot of nature. I thought it kind of looked like a bird's nest.

A piece that I didn't have a reaction to until after I looked at it closer was The Bad Promise. At first I didn't realize that the artist used paper and collage to create the raindrops/teardrops. I also didn't notice all the detail of the hand which I really liked. I also found the misshapen hand interesting.

A piece that I didn't really he was Elegy Study because there wasn't any kind of explanation or description that allowed me to understand what it was. To me it was just boring, but maybe that's just because I have no idea what it's supposed to be.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Non-traditional Material

For this project I wanted to have a connection between the material I used and the subject, so after I got the idea to use yarn I immediately thought to make cats. I originally wanted to do a few different cats out of yarn, but Mr. Sands influenced me to try stop motion animation. At first, I really didn't like the way the cats were turning out, but it got better once I started using tracing paper.  I also realized I could repeat cats multiple times in the stop motion, so I didn't need to make as many as I had thought. I decided to glue the yarn down onto the tracing paper. I like the way the cats turned out because the fraying of the yarn gives the cat a fuzzy texture. I'm glad I tried stop motion because it was challenging and something new to try.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Post-Modern Principles Project

For this project I chose to use the principle text in order to create my piece.  I decided I wanted to make art relating to dance, because I've been dancing since I was three. I wanted to use the dancer's body to make the letters, and I got the idea to make them spell out "evolution of a dancer" because that is the theme for my dance studio's recital. Evolution of a dancer is supposed to represent a dancer's journey beginning from when they are little and as they evolve they become more flexible and creative. I showed this through the letters because the dancer starts out as a little girl making basic shapes to create a letter and  she evolves into an older dancer that creates more complicated shapes. I used pen on illustration board and framed it with different papers to add color.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"The Best Art Supply Store" Doesn't Sell Art Supplies

I agree with the line from the article, "artists can create using any number of materials," because although an artist may be experienced using a certain material, I don't think the materials make the artist. I've seen really amazing artwork made out of paint samples or sticks, so I think using non-traditional materials can turn out better than artwork made from fine art supplies.  I think limitations allow creativity and make art more interesting and intriguing.  Art made out of random materials can be less limiting and more unique.  I prefer looking at art made out of non-traditional materials because it always surprises me how the materials can transform to create art.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Olivia Gude Post-modern Principles Response

In the article, there were a lot of points I agreed with. I think that the elements and principles of art that are taught are limiting and can be insignificant concerning modern art. I believe the elements and principles of art are important basics that people should have understanding of.  However, I don't think they should be used extensively or independently. There's more to understanding and creating art than these concepts.  Learning about post-modern principles should be put into art classes in order to make the curriculum more modern and less traditional.  I think this would allow for more inspiring and innovative art.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What Evokes Change?

For this project I decided to create a question using the word change.  The question I chose to use was "What evokes change?".  I thought about answers to the question in order to come up with an idea for the art. One answer to what evokes change is wanting to fit in and be accepted.

 To show this, I decided to to use a caterpillar hanging off a branch getting ready to make a chrysalis. This shows the caterpillar getting ready to change. I also chose to put butterflies around the caterpillar to show what influences the caterpillar to change.  Someone said this idea reminded them of the ugly duckling which I agree with.

I wanted to use a material that I hadn't used before, and I picked paper because I thought it would look interesting. It ended up being a choice I regretted since it was challenging cutting out the markings on both the caterpillar and butterflies.  In addition to layering paper I used black marker to make details.  For the rest the project I used watercolor.  I like the way the project turned out overall, and think the time it took to cut and layer the paper was worth it. I also like the contrast between the colors blue, yellow, and orange.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Is Art Without Meaning Decoration?

I don't think all art may be created with meaning, but I think meaning can be found in all art. Some art may have more meaning than other art, and determining how much meaning art has depends on who's analyzing it.
When I googled "wall decoration art" I found a picture of trees and birds. Some people may view it as decoration that fills up space on a wall. Others may view the trees as representing life, nature, and connection.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Element Art 3

What element?
The element I chose was line. I chose line because I thought it would look interesting adding value to the tree with lines. The leaves are made up of a lot of green and a few yellow lines.
What media?
I used charcoal and chalk pastels on wood. I chose charcoal because it would show up well on wood, and I wanted the tree to stand out in black. I used the chalk pastels to add color by doing the sky and leaves with them.
What subject?
The subject is a tree that looks like you're looking up at it. I wanted to do a tree, and thought it would look cool to see it in a different perspective. I also liked the idea of doing a tree on wood because it forms a relationship between the materials and subject used.