Thursday, January 26, 2017

Most Memorable Experiences

Memorable Experiences:

Oaxaca Bowl: This was definitely a highlight from this semester and a memorable assignment. What made this such a great project for me was all the background information and research as well as the effort I put into it. Watching those videos and doing the smaller projects on the endangered species helped me learn a lot and had a great impact on my art to know the circumstances of this animal. It was also very fun and interesting to work on. I really liked the fact that we had to incorporate different patterns and different colors even if it meant just different shades. This project also involved us learning about the different color schemes which were a big part of art this semester. I used warm colors in this bowl. Overall, this was a big project and I learned a lot from it making it one of the most memorable projects we did this semester.

Still Life Media Drawing: This was also a very memorable assignment for me which I enjoyed and learned a lot from. This was one of the first projects we did this year and for me was kind of an intro into the type of projects we would be doing as the year progressed. We started by doing some small projects on how to draw exactly what you see and not overthink or distort it with your mind. In that part I had a lot of fun trying to draw my hand without looking at the drawing. After that we learned about a few really cool different types of media like using pen and cross hatching or charcoal which is what I did or the ink. These were all media I lacked experience with and I learned a lot about them. At the end of the project all of that culminated to create this which I am very proud of. It got my year in art off to a good start and so it is one of my favorite assignments.

Project that I am most proud of

This is the project that I am most proud of out of Art Fundamentals this semester. I am particularly fond of this project because I put a lot of time, focus, and effort into it. It was also a very interesting project to do: to capture what you look like through different values of paint. It also had a big impact on my learning. It taught me about different values of a color and how to use them. I also learned how to make a picture 3D and make a portrait look very realistic. I am also proud of this because I do think it looks like me and I'm impressed with myself for capturing that.

Personal Space Box

Purpose:The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

My place is Machu Picchu at the end of the four day Inca trail from Cuzco, Peru. It is one of the seven wonders of the world. It’s the most famous city of the Inca tribe. It was an incredible feat at the time for a city like this to be built. The Incas had no tools, technology, or any modern day inventions to help built this huge city. They still used intricate details, precise measurements and incredible strength to move and break huge stones and carve out parts of the mountains. It stands at 7,972’ above sea level.

My personal connection to this place is that I went there last year (2015-2016) for Christmas and New Years. We went there with our family friends who had recently lost a daughter and they didn’t want to do a traditional Christmas without her. This trip really brought out family and their family closer and it was an incredible experience to see such a different culture and witness the beauty of this wonder (Machu Picchu) with my own eyes. It was by far my favorite place I have ever gone for a vacation. What made Machu Picchu even more enjoyable for me was the fact that we chose to take the four day hike of the Inca trail to get to the top. This is pretty much where I am in this photo. I incorporated myself into the middle ground of this box. I had just finished the hike and felt like I could accomplish anything and I thought this picture of me standing on the rock overlooking Machu Picchu represented that well.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Value Self Portrait


    1. To determine where values change when light moves over an uneven surface by using a range of values to paint the different values in a realistic, monochromatic self-portrait;

    2. To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
    3. To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

I am most proud of the fact that I created this painting to look so much like me. I am most proud of this because I worked so hard to get it this way by staying after school a few times and making sure it was my best work and I didn’t rush it. I am also proud of the way I used the different color values in my face. I spent some time on this too and and the colors and their placement really enhanced this painting and brought it to life/3D. I am also proud of my patience with painting like not just moving on after one coat of paint. I waited and did multiple coats to make sure it looked really good and it payed off.

Specifically, the most challenging part about the actual painting was getting my eyes just right. They required a lot of intricate detail and were essential to making the portrait look like me. The eyes could make or break the resemblance and that scared me so I just used extra care and time to make sure they had all the details as shown in the picture. It was also kind of challenging to make the paint opaque and nothing see through. This took a lot of focus and patience to make sure everything was well developed and and the painting was high quality.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: Gloucester Harbor 1873

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work work.

Gloucester Harbor, 1873

  1. Describe as much as you can about the artwork (over the phone to someone who has not seen the painting).  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used?

In this painting not much is happening. It shows two adults and a kid sitting in a small boat at sunset. One of the adult is manning the oars but not currently paddling. All three of the people are wearing large brimmed hats. It is very calm and relaxing there is no movement in the water, people, or other boats in the background. The other boats are farther back and much bigger like sailboats. There is one lone, white bird in the sky. As the water goes back it turns from punk to blue and then gray back to pink in the sky. Around the horizon line there is a small island containing one white house with a light house. The coastline/horizon line is a darker color, more of a brown-pink. The sky is cloudy. There is a sliver of blue sky in the top right corner. The boat is black on the left but moving to a dark pink on the right end of it. The boat is wooden with rope hanging off the left end of it.

  1. Point of interest/Composition – What attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)

The contrast between colors in the water and the sky. The people are the clear subject of the painting and catch the eye because they seem to be the closest thing to the front of the painting. The white of the sailboats in the background also give good contrast and was one of the first things I noticed.

  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain…

This painting is symmetrical because the middle of the boat splits the painting in half. It has a very similar design on either side if you do this with the big sailboat being in the middle and the smaller ones being about the same distance away on either side. The people on either side of the boat also create symmetry within this painting.

  1. Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middleground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.

Yes, there is a definite horizon line kind of blending with the sliver of coastline we can see. The foreground is the small wooden boat containing the subjects/three people. The middle ground is the much larger sailboats in the background showing some of the depth of the coast. The background is the small, distant coastline with the lighthouse. The clouds also show depth as they get darker from the pink as they increase in distance.

  1. Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?

This painting gives off a very calm mood. It looks like the people in the boat aren't moving and just relaxing at the end of the day. The water is still and not moving around if the boats were moving. The colors of the sky and water show that it is sunset and give off a very calm mood.

  1. Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?

In this painting I think Homer is trying to communicate how he should enjoy more of life. It seems like he wants to just relax and take a break from a busy life. This also might be nearing his death because it is the end of the day and it seems like everything in the picture is or has slowed down.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

Purpose: To create a clay bowl with an endangered species subject, decorated in the style of the Oaxaca painted animal sculptures.

Art Culture Studied: The Oaxacan Culture from Mexico

For my endangered animal I used a Bighorn Sheep. It is endangered because of hunting, predation, and environment changes. This animal is from Sierra Nevada. There are about 500 sheep existing there. In my bowl I incorporated scenery from the sheep’s habitat in the background. Between the horns of the sheep there is a silhouette of three snow capped mountains. These sheep tend to live in mountainous areas and is where the majority of these sheep exists.

My color scheme is warm. Some specific colors I used were red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, and light-yellow as a background. All of these colors exude heat and show the environment as warm. I do like how the colors look and I’m glad I chose warm as my color scheme. If I were to do this again, though, I might add more colors, especially a little darker colors, to the background so the subject could stand out more.

The most interesting part to me was the Oaxaca culture and designs. At the beginning of this project when we looked at some examples and learned about what different designs meant I found that really useful. It was really interesting how the designs were and should be unrealistic the actual appearance of the animal. It also mentioned how the designs should be related to the appearance of the animal or something about the animal. It was also really interesting how you can tie the animals environment into the art as part of the actual animals design. Overall, this style of art was very different to me and I found the design and style very interesting.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fabulous Faces


  • To look a bit deeper at a variety of portrait artists who use a variety of media
  • Develop understanding of different artists’ work through inquiry, research, and synthesis