Intro to Art, Semester 1 Caici Barnhart

I took Intro to Art because I wanted a class that wouldn't add to my work load. I expected this course to be my "easy class". Although, Intro to Art is my hardest class. I expected to learn a few techniques to help my artwork look better, not specific step by step strategies.

In the first picture, it shows by drawing the negative space, you automatically correct the positive space. In the left middle picture, it uses sighting - comparing angles to the horizontal and the vertical. The right middle picture uses lights and shadows. The last picture shows a contour line drawing - drawing what I really see. I learned the most from contour drawing. When I draw without looking, it helps me recognize a lot of details I wouldn't usually see before, like how some peoples eyes aren't exactly in the middle of their face or my eyes aren't exactly a like in shape, the little unique details.
I have gotten better with using vine charcoal. Coming into Intro to Art I had never used vine charcoal before at all. Now, I have used it multiple times, to draw my hand, different objects, and self portraits. At the beginning of the year I used a lot of it, as you can see, but as we started using it more often, I learned how to control how much or how little to give the effect of 3D. Also, I learned how to shade.
Chiaroscuro is the contrast of light and dark to give the illusion of space. By
I improved immensely from day one. I think everything is better. It might not all be perfect on the last day portrait, but it sure is much better than the first one I drew. From the first day to the last, it went from not lyooking anything like me, to having some similarities. My eyes, my mouth, and definitely my nose look way closer to what I actually look like. By adding the little creases and curves to my eyes, mouth, and, nose, my portrait looks more realistic.
I wish I could redo this non-objective project because I don't really like the direction of my colors. If I had the chance to redo this project, I would make the colors more "natural". I wouldn't make rows of color. Also, I would change the colors I used. I like the different blues I used and the purple, but I don't really like the red with it. I feel like the red doesn't fit in that well. The blues and purple are more dull and go together, and then there's the bright red.
I think I have improved in my drawing ability and attitude. Throughout this school year, I have learned different techniques to make my art better. Some of the techniques are: comparing angles to the horizontal and the vertical; to draw tables, use correct facial proportions, draw the negative space to automatically fix the positive space, and draw upside, so you can't name each part you're drawing to make it easier to copy another art piece. My attitude has also improved. I have become more confident with my ability of drawing. I'm proud of myself with my self portraits and the charcoal-objects drawing. I didn't really think I had the artistic ability in me, and now I do.

Semester 2

The project I learned the most from was the glass coaster project. I learned how to cut glass and use a glass grinder. I never knew cutting glass could be so easy. I was kind of scared at first because I didn't know what to expect. I had to figure out what pieces of glass I needed to make my coaster. It was fun after cutting the class because I got to use the glass grinder. I felt professional using it. I really liked making the glass coaster and I would probably make another one if I had the chance.
The color theory is quite interesting. To make colors you have to mix certain colors, but if you mix the wrong ones then you'll get a crappy color. Yes, that pun was intended. It was interesting to figure out which colors to mix together for the reduction print. I used blue and green as well as silver to give it an extra something. The silver made the piece, I think. Instead of just plain blue and green, the silver makes the finished piece standout. Although it looks like I mixed colors to make the Oil Pastel Ferrofluid Drawing, I had to blend analogous colors to get the same affect. The finished art looked better if I used yellow, orange, then red to get a smooth gradation from one color to the next, instead of going from yellow then red because the gradation wasn't as good.
I think I was able to master oil pastels. I was able to get a good gradation where I needed, my whole piece looks neat overall, and it looks like the picture, except where I made changes on purpose. I like the way my finished oil pastel drawing turned out. On the other hand, my chalk pastel drawing didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. This chalk pastel piece wasn't my greatest work. I had trouble keeping the colors from smearing, going where I needed in corners, and getting the right color for the objects. The colors weren't as bright as I colored them here. I tried using different methods to get the right color, which didn't turn out as shown above. I tried using black in the red which you can see a little bit and I used brown in the purple, but I just couldn't dim the intensity of the colors. Then, when I was doing the shadow, I put too much color than I needed. Chalk pastels don't seem as forgiving as oil pastels where you can just scrape off the color you don't want anymore because when I tried to pick up the color in the shadow it was already set into the paper and there was no going back. So, yes I would say I wasn't a master at using chalk pastels.
I have seen the most improvement over this year in my problem solving and attitude or mentality of I can draw this, I can do this. For problem solving, I figured out how to make the design of my trivet so it's useful. I added another guitar pick so it's not lopsided and I made the guitar strings 3D. My first idea wasn't very well thought out, let's just say if you put a hot pot of pasta on it, you wouldn't be eating dinner. In solving my problem for my glass coaster, I figured out how to shave off the extra glass that dried incorrectly, so my finished coaster doesn't look like there's any problem.
From using charcoal and drawing realistic hand drawings to using oil pastels and blending, my mentality of I can draw this and this turned out pretty good for me, has been like a roller coaster ride when there are a lot of high hills and steep dips. This whole school year in art class I have done drawings and projects that I didn't think I could ever finish and they would look descent. For examples, all of the artworks above. Yes, all of those pieces and more that I didn't include are projects I didn't think would turn out or they weren't gong to turn out well at all. When I started these projects I thought I was going to epically fail, but once I finished each of them, I was proud of my self looking at the finished product. I had an idea of what Introduction to Art would be like, and although it was nothing I expected, it ended up being one of the better decisions I made. It helped me find a creative side to me that I would probably never have found without taking this class. I became more confident with my work over the course of this class which I can say thankfully to my teacher, Ms. Langenfeld, because her class is sufficient and eye opening in the way you will find a artistic side to you that you might not even know you have like I did or, maybe you already knew you were a good artist, but she helped you be a better one. All I know is that my problem solving skills and attitude have changed for the better over this past school year and there's a difference between value and intensity in colors.
As I said before I discovered I have a creative side to me; I also discovered I am a simpleminded person. I might think a certain design looks super good and intriguing, then, other people look at it like it's too simple and plain. As a couple of examples, when I designed my glass pendent and coaster. Even though I didn't make an elaborate design, I thought they both turned out cool and look like me. I like to wear simple pieces and when you put them together they look unique. That's kind of what I was thinking when I was making my pendent, what's a design that's simple, but different that I would actually wear and it would look good. Also, I did the same kind of thing with the coaster, what is a design that's simple but I would buy or use because it's not like the others. From the feedback I got with these two finished projects, I realized I am a simpleminded person and I intricate it into my art which I think is intriguing. It's interesting that people's personality or mind set can show through in their art when they don't even know it. Out of everything I learned and did through this art class, I discovered I am a simpleminded person and it showed throughout my work.

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