Creativity is the ability to think out of the box, push the limits, and take chances. We all need a little creativity in our lives, since it is what make us so unique. Each person has the ability to use their imagination to create something beautiful, whether it be a piece of art, or dream they wish to someday fulfill. For our first project, we were to make folders, which expressed us as artist; we were given no guidelines. This creative challenge really made me think out of the box and ask myself, "what defines me?" As a student with a passion to learn, I love reading so I used newspaper. As a artist, I love admiring others work so I cut out images from art magazines. This all came together to create an image of myself, with facial features made from those of each member of my family. I was able to express what defines me not only from a personal perspective, but also physically and genetically. After taking a year off of art, the success I felt with my first project helped to make me confident over the duration of the first semester.
The most important art principle I used was contrast, which I incorporated by varying the the colors within my artwork. Making only the hair and eyes have color emphasized those particular features. Additionally, by making the eyes green, the subtle amount of that color in the hair was highlighted. Furthermore, all the paper clippings varied in size and pattern.
Snowy the Leopard, Zentangles
The most important art element used in this project was value. Since we were only using black ink, it was essential to differ the value to create variation in different features. For example, the aspects of the piece that were suppose to be snow or white fur had much more white space, creating a lighter value. With cross hatching, I was able to create shadows with a darker value, which gradually faded into a lighter value.
Kindergarten Class, Watercolor
The most important art principle I used was unity. Unity was created by overlapping and changing the dimensions of the objects along with my color selection and placement. Additionally, I made sure there was no blank areas on my composition by spacing the objects appropriately.
Geometric Blossom, Mixed Media
The most important art principle was pattern. By using repetition of a single stamp I was able to create a unified piece with visual excitement. The stamp had the ability of creating many different patterns, so I had to decide which pattern I desired to create before applying the stamp. The pattern of the paper behind the stamps added to the piece and created a nice variation of color.
The most important art element in this piece was color. when determining what colors to paint the composition, we strategically chose colors that were across from each other on the color wheel. I choose orange as my starting point and then used the two tertiary colors directly across, blue-violet and blue-green. By selecting two tertiary colors and one secondary, I was able to create rhythm with the orange really popping out and catching the viewers eye.