Art II Portfolio
The History of the Game
The Exquisite Corpse Game is a game created by surrealists as early as 1918. It was created to pass time as well as to show how childlike art could be as artists of the time often viewed war as childish. The game is played by a group of individuals, who each draw or write one part of the random "exquisite corpse." The result is an often chaotic mixture of techniques and styles, which is only viewed as a whole when it is completed. It originates from one of the sentences assembled by the game's creators, "the exquisite corpse drinks the new wine."
One of the most powerful elements in this work is the use of color as combined with the principle of emphasis. For example, the area under the eyes is emphasized using a bright purple in opposition to the lighter shades of violet and red on the cheeks. This combination is further enhanced by the use of the element form. The use of form in the subject’s under-eye area allows the area to appear as if it is receding or acting as a shadow, whereas the forehead and the bridge of the nose are painted only with a wash of watercolor so as to add dimension while also keeping those areas highlighted and in the foreground. This work is also disproportionate and asymmetrical. In terms of disproportion, the head and neck take up roughly the same amount of space as the rest of the body, giving the piece a sense of chaos. The work is not symmetrical due to the mismatched shoes and precariously perched snake hair.
This piece is a successful work of art. This is because of the cohesive color scheme of the work, which plays a major role in the work’s unity. Reds, blues, and violets grouped together are close enough in tone that they can be used to color not only clothing and items, but also skin. While this piece is surrealistic, the lack of realism is intentional and does not affect the work negatively. Instead, the surrealism allows the artist’s message of turmoil. The subject of the painting seems bored and helpless against its surroundings. Overall, the combined elements and principles, such as color combined with form, make this piece successful. This piece is effective because of its use of surrealistic techniques and balanced elements and principles.
This piece is a representation of global unity and diversity. I wanted to combine diversity with a sense of individuality. I showed this by making the people in my project as colorful and different as I possibly could, and by showing them all joining hands together, young and old, from all different backgrounds. In the background, I added the flags of many different countries. To create a more "full" feeling of the work, I added colorful shapes. Overall, this work is successful because it combines color, shape, and balance. In terms of the Studio Habits of Mind, I developed my craft in this work by using mixed-media.
Art Inspiration & Art History Connections
Growth Statements & Wrapping Up the Semester
Throughout the course of this semester, I have learned more about printmaking, watercolor, acrylic, water-soluble graphite, and colored pencil. During the printmaking unit, I learned valuable skills, including how to carve lino blocks and print multiple colors layered together. During my independent projects, I stretched what I already knew about watercolor and colored pencil, and really took the opportunity to grow as an artist. I also practiced techniques with water-soluble graphite for my second project. This semester, I have learned that I really enjoy collage and watercolor, and that I have a good sense of what goes together. In my work, I have developed the theme of meaningful work. In many of my projects, from my google doodle to my independent project to my visual journal, I have made things that have significance to me. Continuing to build my skills, I will work on more visual journal collages, more colored pencil and graphite drawings, and more watercolor paintings. I would like to continue making meaningful works.
Art I Portfolio
Observational Drawing Unit
Pretests: Self-portrait, hand, and hallway perspective drawing
Gesture Drawing: A gesture drawing is a quickly drawn sketch of nothing more than a scene/character's action, mood, or feeling.
Contour Drawing: A drawing made by sketching the contour, or outline, of a subject, usually using a couple (or sometimes one) lines.
Value: How light or dark something is.
Chiaroscuro: Contrast of light and dark, and how light falls on a subject.
Form: A three dimensional shape. Can be real or illusional (drawings, paintings, etc).
Perspective Drawing: To draw a three dimensional object on a two dimensional surface so that height,width, depth, and juxtaposition are shown.
Analogous Colors: Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.