During this semester, I feel I have gained extensive knowledge and acquired many skills that will enable me to improve my artwork in the future. Several different art styles were taught during this period of time, each one unique. Some of these styles I had previously worked with, such as chiaroscuro. Because of this, during this semester I was able to enhance the quality of my work with chiaroscuro geometric figures by a large amount. On the other hand, some of these techniques I had never been taught before, such as contour line drawing. This proved to be slightly difficult because when doing a contour drawing, the artist must only use a singular line, never taking the pencil off of the paper. However, with the guidance of my instructor and some practice I was able to improve. In addition to learning new techniques and styles of art, we acquired new skills using several different art mediums such as graphite, wet graphite, charcoal, crayons, markers, colored pencils, clay, glaze paint, acrylic paint, and water color paint. Sometimes, several different mediums were incorporated into a singular piece of artwork. For example, the background of our self portrait was created with water color, the face was sketched with graphite, then painted with acrylic paint, and detailed with colored pencil. It was interesting and fun to be able to so many mediums in one piece of artwork. Overall, our class got to experience and learn about many different aspects of the extensive areas of art. I will never forget this semester, for I gained so much knowledge, unforgettable experiences, and timeless laughs and smiles with my peers and instructor.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas
This beautiful painting is called "An Extensive Landscape with Cottages near a Lake" by Richard Wilson. Richard Wilson was an influential British landscape painter, who worked in Britain and Italy. His paintings are very elegant and serene. I particularly favor this painting because the calming but joyful feeling that is gives off. In this painting, it is a beautiful day outside, and a few people are out enjoying it. Just the thought of how pleasant the people in the painting must feel brings a smile to my face. The landscape is so utterly breathtaking as well, this entire painting makes one feel so tranquil yet cheerful. The tranquility aspect comes from the fact that there is not much excitement going on in the painting, rather the simplicity of a beautiful day emanates happiness
Title: An Extensive Landscape with Cottages near a Lake, Date: 1744–45, Artist: Richard Wilson, Dimensions: 32 x 49 1/8 in. (81.3 x 124.8 cm), Medium: Oil on canvas, Location:NCMA
In this art piece I thought it to be most appropriate to use a monochromatic color scheme because blue, my base color, I learned most accurately symbolized my personality as a whole. By using several different variations of the acrylic paint color I was able to create and incorporate more of an Andy Warhol technique into my art. Because of how it was created, I feel this piece gives off a very excited and radiant feeling to it. The background was made using brightly colored watercolor spray paint, which further demonstrates the exuberant emotions one might feel when looking upon it. The emotion shown on my face in the painting is without a doubt, quite joyful as well.
This clay mask took a few weeks to complete, however I am extremely satisfied with the result. As the days went on, more and more aspects were added onto the mask, which received its initial form from an armature. My ceramic clay mask is a work of art that was created in order to symbolize me and my personality. I take great pride in this work, as much effort was put into it. The shape of my mask, the head of a horse, is the most important feature of the mask. The horse represents my freedom and independence, as well as power, wisdom, grace, and beauty. On the horse, there are the hands of a clock, The center of the clock on the map representing where I am currently, North Carolina. The hour hand is pointing towards California, which represents where I want to go long term. California is where I was born and is my true home. The long hand points to the rest of the world, where I want to travel. The clock incorporated into the map symbolizes my love for travel, as long as wisdom and patience, two qualities that I believe I display quite well. Lining the underside of the horses’ right eye are pearls. Pearls represent purity, which is also the meaning of my name. I've also incorporate pearls into the strings of the dream catcher, which rests at the peak of the horse's forehead. Within the circle of the dream catcher, I have created a tree, in place of the usual string weaved in it. The tree represents acceptance of change, wisdom, and observance. The rays of sun emanating from the other eye symbolize being bold, brave, and outgoing. I feel all of these characteristics displayed by the use of these objects are what describes me as a person. This mask truly reflects who I am. I have also found that these characteristics can be incorporated into the Native American culture. I found a way to display this feature in my mask by replicating traditional cultural patterns in the ears of the horse.
Finished personality clay mask next to planning sketch
The puppet show in itself held so much meaning to so many people. The goal was to share the stories of history and human rights through animals. Sometimes these creatures are able to reach a deeper place in the human heart, giving the touching story a whole new meaning. During the time leading up to the final production, I largely participated in the creation of several of the puppets, including many of the eland (pictured below). In addition to this, I was able to perform in the production as "The Wind". This was a dancing part, as I was visually representing the wind, who carried the stories of the people through the mountains and kept the stories alive. This play meant so much to me because of its in depth meaning. Each puppet I feel portrayed its own personality. Weather it was the way each penguins eye was painted, or the different stripe patterns on the eland, they were all unique. So many artists and actors came together for this and it was just so incredible to see the results.
Pop art is art that is based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values. Pop art often uses bright colors to express different emotions. In order to create a pop art image, computer editing software was used. I had chosen a picture in which I had a slight smile, because I was trying to give off a sort of funky, mysterious, and jazzy mood. The bright green and green blue also helped to give of this feeling, resulting in a very different and creative piece of art.
Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks. It is the principles, ideals, or practice of producing incongruous imagery or effects in art by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations. Surrealism was used in these digital art pieces. Various images were arranged in different ways, ways in which you would not normally see them. For example, in both images the techniques of distortion and visual metaphors were used. Cocks were used to represent the sun, which is the use of a visual metaphor ( an image that is presented visually is compared to something that belongs to another category). Also, distortion is used when several objects look much larger or much smaller than they are supposed to look. These images were placed in such a way that they created a harmony of sorts that initially portrays my personality. Each image is a symbol and reflects who I am as an individual. Each of these images represents me in its own unique way. I feel that to an outsider, these pictures might be difficult to make sense of, however, to me it makes perfect sense. Because, after all they portray and symbolize many aspects of myself as well as containing many personal connections. To create them, a picture editing program was used. This gave us limitless opportunity to crop, add, delete, rotate, and create our works of art however we saw fit.
Digital personality collage 2
Digital personality collage 1
The purpose of learning how to draw these features was to prepare for our end of course self portraits. Each feature was demonstrated and explained by our instructor prior to drawing it. After this, we started to sketch. An image referral and paper packet specified to each feature that displayed the drawing steps was also beneficial to the process. The eyes, out of all of the different features, where perhaps the most complex to draw. They involved several different steps and lots of detail. Stencils were involved in order to achieve a perfect circle for the iris and pupil of the eye. All of these art pieces required in depth shadowing and detail in order for them to look realistic as a result.
Ears 1 & 2 front and side view
in order to create this value scale, 11 boxes were measured and labeled accordingly. Then, starting with the lightest value, the color of the paper, each box was colored a shade darker than the one before it. Having a value scale can provide to be quite useful in art because it provides to be a good reference when working with graphite.
This was an assignment in which we had to create examples of both types of perspective, one and two point. At first, I found it difficult to distinguish the differences, however after this lesson was complete it discovered it to be much easier. After the cubes were drawn in correct perspective, a light source must then be chosen. Once this was done, each cubes shadowing must be done according the where it is located in comparison to the light source.
chairoscuro one point perspective cubes
Chiaroscuro two point perspective cubes
The creation of these drawings were based off of wooden models placed in the center of our working areas. The purpose of this lesson was to be able to apply our skills that we gained during our lesson in chiaroscuro geometric figures to the composure of the human body. As seen in the model figures, there are many areas in which these geometric forms are found, such as the joints in the arms and legs being spheres. I feel as though I successfully understood and completed the assignment, as I was able to create an additional model figure of a horse that was not placed on the table.
Imaginational mannequin drawing
Observational mannequin drawing
When creating these geometric images, the class was able to gaze upon examples of paper cones, spheres, and cylinders to assist in where to apply shadowing. In addition to this, our instructor, Mrs. Burwell, gave directions and provided a visual that she drew on the board to demonstrate the process of creating these geometric figures.
Chiaroscuro cones and cylinder & chiaroscuro horse
In the process of producing these art pieces, I was able to learn how to use only a singular line to create an image. This form art appealed to me because of how unique it is. The elephant and bird cage was an observational drawing. The structures were solid objects, not contour sculptures, but were drawn as if they were. The blind contour drawing was drawn just as the name suggests. We had to draw what we felt out hand looked like, using a singular line, with our eyes closed. Since the brain cannot accurately create an image with your eyes closed, the resulting art piece was not very realistic.
Blind contour drawing of my hand
Contour line drawing of elephant and bird cage
During this lesson, I acquired skill pertaining to portraying movement with varied line types. When creating these works of art, I was taught how to apply several different types of line variety. I now have a better understanding of how these different line techniques can help show dark and light areas throughout the art piece.
In order to create these drawings, real life models were used to create visual gestures. the models would demonstrate three poses for us to draw in a gesture drawing art form. A black crayon was used
singlular gesture drawing of Dylan
Gesture drawing of Alexis
When creating this observational skull line drawing, several cow skulls were placed on our art tables. This was done in order to assist us in creating proper shadowing techniques using varied lines. These skulls were the objects we modeled our art after. We used graphite pencils that we dipped in water to create the cow skulls. Dipping the graphite pencils in water enhanced their color and made them come out as more of a watercolor paint texture.
Before Creating the skull line drawing, we had to experiment with the new medium that we were being introduced to, wet graphite pencils. On a separate sheet of paper, we were allowed to practice with varied lines and tones of graphite. I wanted to try sketching a horse with this medium because I thought the result would be quite unique.
Wet graphite experimental page
Before this lesson, I was unsure about how the various ways of balance. However, being the visual learner I am, this activity helped me to remember these terms. Im sure this will become helpful in my future works of art. In this lesson I was also able to gain a better understanding of the elements and principles of art. In order to better learn the elements of art, we had to cut out a picture from a magazine, then transfer into 7 boxes. From there, we practiced each element in order to see how they differed. To display the principles, we were required to cut out construction paper to create helpful visuals.