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.
This art piece was created using the collective art styles of many students in the classroom. I began my corpse with large horns that sprouted from an unusually furry forehead. Then, as the paper was passed around the room, certain guidelines were provided as to what to draw. Each panel was drawn on by somebody different. Because people create art so differently, each section of the corpse looked extremely unalike. After the activity, our corpuses that we had each started, were returned to us. We then embellished the drawings with different mediums such as colored pencil, water color, and other mixed medias. This resulted in alien like figures that that brought out a sense of childlike imagination that would be difficult to purposefully create as an individual.
During World War II, Dadaists played this game in order to bring awareness to how child like war is.
Example of Exquisite Corpse
Within this piece of art, there are many dissimilar pieces of a corpse that come together to make a creation that is both odd but admired in different ways. Foremost, its large, spiraling horns will catch your eye. Forged with a mixture of both greens and blues, each pencil stroke was created with different amounts of pressure. The horns are followed by a humble green, somewhat soulful eye. Which brings your own eyes down its pink, furry looking face to plump, red lips. After which your eyes will trail down a lengthy, blue snake-like neck that has been carefully shaded. It ends unsuspectingly at a brilliant pink ruffled skirt detailed with blue hues. The ruffles are especially emphasized with a harder pressed pink, which makes them pop out. This transitions beautifully with shading from one color to the next to a surprisingly hairy femur surrounded by two lime green hula hoops delicately decorated with yellow beads. The speckles of hair stop right above the knees as color flows into shaded blue ballerina legs and elegant pink ribboned ballerina shoes.
As you gaze upon this piece of art, you will notice a large variety of principles. The first that you may notice is the strong sense of repetition and variations in line within the gyrating horns. Within the face you will also notice a large amount of movement and form used to create a furry-like illusion. Then, a continuing pattern of scales throughout the winding neck. The value throughout the neck provides a sense of form as well. On the belt, just at the base of the neck, there is a pattern of repeating polka-dots. This leads down to the great emphasis shown on the ruffles on the skirt using a differing line variation. On the hula hoops that encircle the legs, there are small yellow beads that create a 3D pattern around the rings. The beads as well as the ribbon used for the shoes, provides an excellent aspect of texture to the mix.Throughout this piece, there is also a contrast of colors which provides for a work that comes together in many different ways.
This piece of art can depict several different meanings. One view might be portraying a substantial sense of creativity because of the diversification of shades of color, shadowing, shape, and texture. These qualities give the piece a sense of boldness and wildness as well. Others might interpret it differently, keying more into the need to be understood whilst being so atypical. This feeling might be triggered by the solem eye and expressionless lips. Many of these elements and principles tie in together to create a diverse set of interpretations.
This piece of art was very successful, for the elements and principles of art included connect nicely to create a beautiful piece of art that stands out and really seems to speak to you. All of the body parts, although quite unalike were able to unite harmoniously through color and art style. Such as how the blue hues used in the neck flows into the blue hues detailing the skirt. Several elements and principles of art were incorporated, adding to its triumph of an art piece. This piece was created to be non realism. The childlike wildness of it really taps into how vast ones imagination can be.
Doodle for Google
Doodle for Google Final Image
My Doodle for Google art piece depicts the word, Google, in a new, imaginative way. The letter G is sculpted by a flowing waterfall, occupied by lively salmon, that rushes to the base of a mountain flourishing with vegetation. In the valley, a content dodo bird nestles. The first o is made up of a world that encourages peace and acceptance between all. The second o is a planet made up of the wonders of the universe and what has yet to be discovered. The l is a pair of 3D glasses, one lens cracked, which symbolizes how many people see life through a broken view. The l is a large tree that envelopes the other letters. Each gyrating branch leads to a word that draws inspiration from one's soul. Within the branches mingles a pangolin and working ants carrying leaves, representing the difficult effort it takes to make change, yet proving that it is well worth it. The microscope as the e shows how scientific discovery is key in nature and change. This entire piece beams with positivity do to the use of a wide range of colors. The different colored words draw attention to focal points throughout the image. The branches also provide a lovely sense of movement, rhythm and leads your eye around the painting. Because each letter is created differently, the principle of variety is brought to light as well. In this piece, I drew my inspiration from the marvelous world around me, from its plants and animals, from how all living things are connected, and from how scientific discovery brings it all into focus.
Pre-Printmaking Image in Sharpie
Traced Image on Linoleum Block
Test Carving Mini Linoleum Block
During this printmaking unit I learned how to express a story through a new medium. Linoleum block printing is a very unique form of art. An art piece can be replicated many times and in different ways. Before the actual printing of the image, a lengthy process took place in order to achieve a nearly perfect final print. First, the original idea was sketched and the the positive and negative areas were marked with sharpie. Afterwords, the image was drawn onto tracing paper and transferred to a linoleum block. Before we began carving the block, we were given a small linoleum square to practice carving and printing on in order to achieve the best results possible on the large block. Finally, we began carving on our large blocks and working towards our final print. We were allowed to create four different prints and choose the best one to use as our final print. Through my block print, I was able convey the story of my dad moving to America, being forced out of Hungary due to the Hungarian Revolution through symbolism. The bird being shot out of the war tank represents my dad, full of hope and promise. He was eager to find adventure and a new life. The ocean wave created by the blast is what carried him towards that. This image reveals a key part to my fathers history and is a story that I will remember for as long as I live.
Art 21 Storytelling
Kara Walker was born in 1969 in Stockton, California. When she was young, she moved to Stockton. In 1991, she received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. In 1994, she achieved a more advanced degree, her MFA, from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is known for her exploration of sexuality, gender, and race through her work. Sometimes her art is drawn from politics, culture, as well as through her early life in the 70s and 80s. Kara is mainly influenced by her African-American heritage. The silhouettes she creates are widely known. She traces life-size images onto black paper with white chalk, then cuts them out. She plasters them onto gallery walls, making use of positive and negative space. In addition to working with silhouettes, she has also worked with charcoal, graphite, watercolor, and overhead projectors to project images and colored light onto the white gallery walls. Kara Walker is continuing to make silhouette art as well as art in different mediums like 3D art, statues, and reverse silhouettes (white on black). She is selling her artwork and working at Columbia University.
Kara Walker, The Emancipation Approximation , 1999-2000
44 × 34 in; 111.8 × 86.4 cm, Sold
Kara Walker (1969). African Boy Attendant Curio with Molasses and Brown Sugar, from “The Marvelous Sugar Baby” Installation at the old Domino Sugar Factory Warehouse (Bananas), 2014. Cast pigmented polyester resin with polyurethane coating with molasses and brown sugar, 591⁄2 x 20 × 19 in. (151.1 × 50.8 × 48.3 cm).
Digits, 2016, Cut paper on paper
49 3/4 × 38 in; 126.4 × 96.5 cm: Sold
Throughout my life, I have always had a momentous passion for horses. When I was a young girl, my mother would always read the book, “The Sand Horse” to me. This literary work in particular had a large influence on my fondness for horses and how I have progressed from being a pony crazed little girl, to now owning and training two horses. I was inspired by these readings to paint a scene that speaks strongly of how I have advanced in my knowledge and experience with horses. I was eager to paint an ocean scene that reflects the storyline of the book, “The Sand Horse”. Similar to the book, I wanted to depict horses dancing within the white foam of the waves, crashing down onto the shore. The uplift of water to the crest of the wave represents how overtime I have gathered experience and now I have blossomed and become successful in what I do. The horses Galloping within the waves represent where I am now, flourishing, and my how being with horses gives me an exuberant feeling of life.
A large amount of planning was required before I began painting. Our class began individual planning in our sketchbooks. In my sketchbook, I explored various ideas, styles and colors until I decided on a combination that I felt would best express my story. Before I began painting, I coated my wooden board with gesso so that the paint would not soak into the wood. Then, over a series of weeks, I developed my craft by painting with different brush styles and strokes. I started with the background, then moved to the foreground, and lastly, painted the horses. Although I had done extensive planning, there were still aspects of my painting that required further research and experimentation. Because I used acrylic paint, I was able to perform some trial and error tactics with new techniques. This developmental process can be categorized under several aspects of studio habits of mind that encouraged me to engage and prosper in my artwork.
In this surrealist style painting, an ocean wave crashes towards the shore. From the wave emerges a series of horses galloping out of the ocean. Within this work, I created a powerful sense of movement, as the horses emerge from the waves, they look as if they are moving in an incredibly bold fashion. The way the wave and horses are positioned causes one’s eye to follow the motion of the rolling wave to the horses in such a smooth way. The multiple horses also provides a sense of rhythm as they thunder through the water. The values and variety of blue hues brings attention to several focal points on the horse which emphasize certain features. The lighter blues and white hues define the muscles of the horse’s bold, arching neck as well as the refined, delicate muzzle. The darker blues and turquoise bring attention to the horse’s soft nose and bold chin and throat. The horse’s as a whole have a large amount of brush stroke variety which brings a certain wildness to light. These elements and principles of art contained within this piece contribute to a powerful, gentle beauty that emanates from these horses.
For my visual journal, I chose to incorporate mediums such as pen and watercolor. I chose watercolor because of how well it depicts delicate objects and how gently it flows when the brush touches the paper. When I was painting the wing, my goal was to picture the delicacy, beauty, and color of every feather. I chose to incorporate pen into some of these paintings and separate drawings because of the dramatic lines and shading I could make with the bold, black color.
Art Inspiration and Art History Connections
Throughout the Art II course, I have been encouraged to explore mediums that I had been previously unknown to me and utilize them in new and unique ways. I have discovered new techniques and styles, and ways in which I can apply them to my art in different mediums. Aside from acquiring new skills, as an artist, I have discovered that I have a talent for painting in acrylic. This is a new medium to me that I have enjoyed and would like to explore even farther. Within the acrylic medium, I have developed an abstract, surrealist technique that I desire to continue in future pieces. I look forward to applying my newly gained knowledge to create more advanced art pieces.