During the course of this class, my thinking about art has changed. I began to interpret themes on a deeper level, finding new possibilities to use them that I wouldn't have seen before. I am now more likely to draw people than i was before and I use a variety of different mediums now. I also understand the different styles of art and the history behind them now. I now see more ways of expression in art. A particular unit that i learned a lot in was the artists steal unit. In this unit i learned how to base my work off of another artist without just copying it, i learned how to interpret it. The images below show how my thinking has changed because they are in mediums i wouldn't typically use before this class.
My art making skills have greatly improved over the course of this class. I have become better at using mediums such as charcoal, paint and pastels. I have also become better at drawing subjects such as hands and people. My use of value and color has improved as has the accuracy of my drawings. My interpretation of themes has also improved, i now see them on a deeper level and am able to make more creative pieces using them. Below are photos that show my growth.
My favorite project this semester was the artists inspire unit. I liked it because it had few limitations so it gave me many options to choose from. I also liked that we had to use a piece from the North Carolina Museum of Art as inspiration because we learned about already existing art while at the same time creating new art. I also really enjoyed creating my pieces, it was interesting to see how they turned out.
I really enjoyed taking this art class. I liked the variety of styles and mediums we were taught and able to use. I also liked the variety of themes and projects we took on. It expanded my knowledge and interpretation of art. This class really helped me improve the quality of my art. However, in terms of learning, I would have liked a larger clay unit or a tapestry/weaving unit. Those are both something i really enjoy and would liked to have done. I also would have liked to have done a unit of drawing human faces, something i have always found very difficult to do.
My piece was meant to convey the theme of identity. It conveys this theme because the figure in it is very vague so the viewer is left to decide who this person is, what is their identity. The words and phrases around it also have to do with identity. They have to do with how you see yourself or how other people see you. The figure in this painting could have any number of identities so a lot is left up in the air about it. The abstract colors allow for things such as the eye to stand out. The lack of other facial features also contributes to the theme of identity because it takes away what we can usually deduce from such features. This piece shows a lack of obvious identity.
My inspiration was "Me" by Anthony Berlant. I chose this piece randomly as i sifted through the North Carolina Museum of Art's vast collections. Its bright colors and fingerprint pattern caught my eye, instantly giving me ideas for my own art piece. I really liked the layers colors and the abstract look of the lines that form the swirls recognized as a fingerprint.
In inspiring me, it gave me the idea to use my arm as a canvas, to paint designs on my fingers rather than painting an image of my fingers. Over the course of five days i painted five different designs on my arm from the elbow down. It was a long process as i had to paint a base coat and allow for each additional layer to dry. In the end it was only temporary as it began to crack and had to be washed off. However, i took many pictures of my paintings and their progress.
Stop motion is a filming technique used in animation, in which the camera is stopped every frame or after a few frames to allow the object/ person being filmed to be re-positioned before continuing.
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To make a stop motion you must first come up with an idea and what you will need to do it. There are many stop motion apps that are very useful. Next you must plan your stop motion, the best thing to do is to draw frames of what motion is happening so you have a clear picture of what your stop motion should look like. Then you must make all the objects necessary in the film. Finally you can film your stop motion film. Make sure to have good lighting and an environment not likely to cause problems. You should also make sure that you are slow and small and your movements so that the frames run together smoothly. Lastly add sound or music to your film once its complete.
Link to our stop motion: http://youtu.be/BYUfaN31SA0
My point of view on the topic of problem solving has changed greatly over the course of the unit. Originally i believed that problem solving was simply finding the best solution to the problem at hand to get around it. Now at the end of our art unit, i see problem solving as a multi-step process of creativity. First you have to identify the problem and limitations. Next you must conjure up a list of solutions and pick the best one for what you want to do. not necessarily the one that will work the best. Lastly you must make your solution work and modify it if you need to. Also, sometimes its best to work with the problem instead of against it and "embrace the shake".
For this piece the problem or limitation was using found objects we gathered outside to make art. To solve this problem we were given a list of ideas we could spin off of and were allowed to use any objects we found outside. I applied my problem solving strategies by incorporating a variety of materials and by trying not to plan in out too carefully. This way i could have a variety of options for the theme of my artwork. I settled on the theme of a cat watching birds. The leaves reminded me of wings and the dandelion fluff reminded me of flight. The newspaper ripped in a way that looked like ears. By being loose in my interpretation and restrictions outside of the ones that had already been set i was able to solve the problem.
This piece was the one of many. My limitation was working with my paint brushes taped to the fingers of my left and non-dominate hand. This restricted me in movement and accuracy. By improving my movements and application of color I was able to keep the colors from mixing together to form brown. I also improved my solutions for creating an image, instead of trying to paint an image, I used tape to create an image in the paint.
This piece was created later on in my final project. For this piece i planned more with taping the images and with my color scheme. By applying my past knowledge of how this limitation worked i was able to create this piece the way i did. I got the colors to stand out where i wanted and to mix where i wanted.
This painting was my final piece. For this one I problem solved to get the shape of the tree right using ripped tape. I also was able to better blend the colors. My work evolved into this final piece by analyzing and changing things from my previous pieces to improve the outcome. The limitation I chose to work with was harder than i expected when i tried to create something that wasn't just splotches of tempura paint. However, the more i worked with it the more i was able to adapt to it. My work definitely evolved over the course of this unit as i learned to "embrace the shake" and embrace the limitation instead of working around it.
My idea of original art in the beginning of this unit is similar to but less defined than my definition of original art now. At the beginning of this unit i thought original art was simply coming up with a new idea or changing an old idea. Now at the end of the Artists Steal unit my definition of original art is taking an old concept, idea, or another artists work and changing it it some way, shape, or form possibly by combining it with something else, making it abstract, using a new medium, etc. to make it new, different, and/or yours. We were taught a quote "Good artists copy, great artists steal" by Picasso. This means that to just copy another artist work, to replicate it, doesn't make it original but to steal another's work, to take it and change it, is to make it original. In conclusion original art means to take an idea and make it different from the way its been used before.
Character Remix Project- In this project took two of my favorite animated movies/TV shows and combined them. I took a scene from the movie My Neighbor Totoro and replaced the characters in the scene with the two main characters from Lilo and Stitch. I had the replacement characters doing the same actions as the original ones and also made them the same size. I layered water color for the background and used colored pencil for the characters. Using burnishing i was able to get the characters to the correct color and shade.
Combination Project- In this project we had to combine two objects. It took me a while to get inspiration buy i finally decided on having the feathers of a peacock morph into dandelion seeds as they fell. Again I used burnishing and layering to get the colors as realistic as possible. By having the feathers slowing change into floating dandelion seeds i combined the objects, they become each other.
Subject Steal Final Project- In my final project i picked the theme of nature from which to steal. This theme is evident in my art because it depicts a colorful bird in flight over a colorful background. The background is meant to represent the diverse colors of the forest and the bird has the coloring of a species of parrot. Both of these things exist within nature. For this project i melted a variety of softer colored crayons to get the blended splashes of color. I drew the bird in ink and first filled in in with glitter glue and later went over it in acrylic paint thinned by water.
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For this project I used a variety of graphite pencils and charcoal. Throughout the course of the unit I greatly improved my use of line weight and my use of value. I learned many new techniques through warm ups such as using crosshatching, shadowing and blending. My observational drawings greatly improved as i gained more knowledge on how to do them. Instead of trying to capture the entire image from the start as i did in the beginning, i started off with basic shapes and slowly added detail. This allowed them to take on a life-like quality. My use of one point, two point, and three point perspective can be seen improving throughout the unit as we learned about vanishing points and which line goes towards which point. My use of shadow and light source is much more accurate towards the end of the unit because of my improvement with the use of value. This makes my art pieces look more realistic and three dimensional. We also learned how to blend colored pencils using burnishing, allowing us to get the right color that looks realistic. The pictures are in order from earliest at the bottom to latest at the top.