{insert cheesy art title here} Claire Fink

I wanted to take art in high school even before I knew I was going to Mercy. Mercy's art department was so amazing to me and I knew I had to get involved. I took Intro because with AP and honors classes, I needed a "fun" class to relax and take my mind off of the more stressful classes, and just for the fact that I LOVE ART! I didn't know what to expect really, but I knew I was going to learn a lot based on what I had heard from others who had taken Intro before. It really didn't matter to me what we would be learning or doing, as long as I had the opportunity of going to an actual art class.

Drawing Strategies

Positive and Negative Space

Relationships and Proportions

I learned the most about the relationships and proportions because whenever I would try to draw something before this class, some part of it would be disproportionate to the rest. I'm still working on making proportions as good as they can be, but I feel like my art is looking a lot better. I feel like my art has improved greatly now that I know how to figure out proportions and apply them to the space.

Edges and Contours

Lights and Shadows

My drawing skill has improved greatly this year. Before this class, I feel like I thought I could draw, but know I know I was sadly mistaken. It wasn't terrible, but you can see the improvement. I now know to draw what I see not what I know. I also learned a lot about proportions and that they are SO important if you want your drawing to look realistic.
My fragmented portrait uses chiaroscuro to make the facial features pop off the paGe. Chiaroscuro is the use of lights and darks to create the illusion of space.

Portrait Drawing

As you can see, my portrait drawing skills were not so hot before this class. However, by learning proportions and shading, it has gotten a lot better. My first day drawing had no dimension to it and used a lot of stereotypical facial feature shapes. Little by little my skills have improved and my fragmented portrait looks very realistic to me and is much more proportionate and balanced.

Closing Information

I wish I could re-do or at least have a bit more time on my impasto painting because the colors did not blend together as well as I thought they would. I also thought the red would bring something that "pops" to the piece, but now that it's painted I don't like the red at all. I would probably choose a different color scheme if I were to do this project again.

I know you've seen this a couple times already, but it includes the area in which I see the most improvement, which is my drawing ability. Before this I told myself I would never be able to draw anything close to this realistic. My attitude has changed since then and I feel really proud of this piece. I now believe that I can draw realistic things. My love for art has grown so much this year and I have learned so much.

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