Friday, January 23, 2015

Most Memorable Experiences

I do not know where to begin. It felt like a privilege to be in this class. I could not wait for 5 white to happen. Every class was special and memorable. But if I had to choose only a few of the countless life changing moments I would start with the Oaxacan animal bowl. I have never used clay before. It was new to me and that is part of the reason i liked the project so much. I liked how we created something with the culture in mind. The Oaxacan people inspired us to create them. I think if I ever went into art, i would work with clay. All thanks to the few classes we had to do this assignments. I also enjoyed doing the photography unite. I liked it because we take pictures everyday without thinking of it. It was useful to know how to take a better picture. Of all the things we learned in this class, this will be the most applicable.

Thinking about art

In this class I have learned so much about art. Not in just one are of art but in many. Before I took the class I thought all art was basically the same. But after doing all the different projects i learned that art is a very broad topic. I think i changed the way i look at art in a better way. I cant just see a painting. I see color schemes, the artists vision, and even past artists that have inspired others. I have come to appreciate art more. Some art i have seen in the past were not impressive. But after taking the class i now know artist put in a lot of work and time to create the things they make.

Project I am most proud of

The project I am most proud of is my still life drawing. I was proud of the work I put in. I was proud that I took my time and did everything the best i could. I really took my time and put care and pride into my drawing. There is pride in doing something the right way. I also learned the most in this project. I learned perspective. I learned how to draw things with vanishing points. I learned the difference between 1 and 2 point perspective and how to apply that into my drawing. The work I put in was worth it because the end drawing looks very well done.

Graphic Design using Color Schemes

Geometric Design
Warm Colors

Organic Design
Cool Colors

  • Gain a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop, cs6
  • Use Photoshop to create two different, interesting designs that demonstrate clear color schemes and organic & geometric shapes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Personal Space Box

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
The place in the box is San Francisco. More specifically, in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. I chose this place because i recently went on a trip there with my family. It reminded me of spending time with my family and seeing California. I had a fun time seeing the ocean and i wanted to be reminded of it. I used a magnet that looks like the Golden Gate Bridge. It relates to my space because it is my middle ground.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winslow Homer Wild Geese in Flight 1897

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

Title: Wild Geese in Flight
Medium: Watercolor
Year of creation: 1897

2 birds are on the ground. They look to be dead. 3 other birds are flying away. The painting uses contrast in its color theme.
The point of interest is the flying birds. They are dark on a light background to draw your eyes in.
There is no sense of balance in the painting.
There is a horizontal line separating the background and the foreground. The background is the sky, the middle ground is the tops of the hills and the foreground is the hills and the dead birds. There is a contrast between the sky and the land.
The mood is sad because the subject is dead birds.
The painting tells the story of the hunting season. Some birds die while others live. The 2 dead birds could have been living ones. The birds can not control which one of them lives and which die.

Still Life Drawing


  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of angles & ellipses in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values between black & white to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.    

  • Artists Studied during this assignment: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi & Vincent van Gogh

I used Vincent Van Gogh’s technique to make my drawing. Van Gogh used straight lines to make drawings like the way i did. To make areas darker and lighter was made by the amount of lines. I used this technique to shade. This way to draw worked well for me. It was easy enough to make and looks neat. I like how the spacing in between the lines makes the drawing.
I made a large improvement from the pre instructional drawing to the final still life. I learned perspective. I learned how to draw things with vanishing points. I learned the difference between 1 and 2 point perspective and how to apply that into my drawing. Studying how other artist draw inspired how i drew my drawing. I ended up using the style of Van Gogh. My shapes did not look realistic before. Especially cylinders. But learning how to make them made my drawing a lot better.