Ambria's Portfolio Ambria patterson

I took advanced art this year because I've taken the other art classes & I enjoy art a lot. I like being able to relax & do something that doesn't involve stressing out over school work & harder subjects. I'm hoping to learn more about things I've had little experience with, such as clay & watercolor.

I'm most proud of the Disney Castle I created for the elementary school in a matter of 4 days. It usually takes me weeks to complete an art piece, but this was done quickly & the kids & teachers loved it. My art has improved this year by taking less time to do & being able to create larger projects.

Disney Castle Photo Background

I wanted to redo my watercolor painting of a tree because I felt as if the background wasn't dark enough & the tree didn't look good. I thought it looked like I had no experience with watercolor. I have actually started creating a new version of this piece. I made the background darker by using liquid watercolor, then used ink for the tree instead of just black watercolor. I enjoy it a lot more now.

Two artistic behaviors I think I have had the most improvement with this year would be Develop Art Making Skills & Engage & Persist. Develop art making skills because I've learned new things with materials I've done little with in the past. I learned more techniques with watercolor. I also learned to use ink. I've learned how to use liquid watercolor with water to create beautiful backgrounds & I've learned to use ink & be able to control it & not let it spread or smear with the tree I made to create art work. Engage & persist is the other behavior because I've learned to stop & look at my artwork & ask others for their opinions to improve my work. I've also stuck with my work even when I got frustrated with it & it became hard to do, such as when my first water color piece didn't turn out how I wanted it to or my tree branches didn't look good in my opinion. I asked for help & learned to make thin lines with new brushes. I've also focused on my work because I was learning something new & wanted to do good with the new materials/techniques (liquid watercolor & ink).

A goal I would like to accomplish in the next semester would be to do something with the plaster body of myself other students & I created last year. I'd also like to do an art piece of a lion whether it be with clay, paint, or colored charcoal. I'd like to become more skilled with painting & clay.

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