Saturday, December 11, 2010

Reflecting on group work

It's fun to work in a group once in while. Because there are many different people, there are many ideas. In my group we combined many of our ideas into one big/good idea (that was better then any of our individual ideas) that we all liked. It's also helpful to share the responsibility for the project. People have different strengths in skill that they can contribute to the project.
Although this hasn't happened in my group, I could imagine it would be difficult if people disagreed with each others ideas. Also, it would be annoying if people didn't do there part of the project, which fortunately hasn't happened in my group.

Monday, November 15, 2010

End of Term 1 Reflection

     I really had fun this term. I got more interested in and better at drawing. I used to kind of hate drawing, but as time went on and the more I practiced, the more I enjoyed drawing. I learned how to use different techniques for drawing, and shading. I also was able to experiment with different materials like charcoal, different lettered pencils, and a simple eraser.
     I feel really good about how the most recent drawing we did (the popcorn one) turned out. I was able to use different techniques to make it actually look like popcorn, and to make it look like it's not just floating in the air. I also think that my sketch book has been a big success for me because I got to be free and do whatever I wanted to in it. I got to pretty much get to just express myself.
     Something that was difficult for me was was the fabric drawing. It was hard for me to draw the texture of the different cloths, the shape of them, and the way they hung down. Also, the collage of the the sun/water that I made was kind of hard because I had to cut out many many many small pieces of paper. It took a lot of patience.
     Some advice I would give myself is to continue to work my hardest and just keep practices different techniques.

Is candy good or bad?

     My concept was about candy, and whether it's good or bad. In the positive picture, the person is very happy and is holding candy. In the negative picture, the persons teeth are rotten and she is kind of crying.
     It was hard for me to draw the peoples faces. Also, in both the positive picture, it got kind of annoying to do the back round.
     Throughout this project I figured out to use contrast to make certain things stand out (like the lollipop and  the rotten teeth/face).
     Before I had done the back round, I asked multiple people what I should to for the back round. They all basically said if the object you want to stand out is light, make the back round dark and the other way around, if the object I want to stand out is dark, make the back round light. I asked Lili, Emma, Alexandra, Kathy, Riley, and Ysabel.
     I really like how the back round of both picture turned out, especially the positive one.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chair With Coat

I found that it was less complicated than the past still lives that we have drawn, because it was less objects to draw. Also, it was different kinds of objects instead of a lot of one thing, like the sticks. The objects were kind of spread out today, not piled on top of each other in random ways. 
The black on the chair, the wood of the chair, and the coat were all different materials that we have kind of been drawing in the past few weeks. Black was kind of like the paper, the wood was like the sticks, and the coat was like the cloths. I used what I had learned about shadowing to make the different colors and textures of the drawing today.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fabric Drawings.

I thought that parts of my drawing were okay, but I didn't really like the way it turned out. I felt that it was kind of difficult to draw the different fabrics and shading.  Last weeks drawing of sticks had more details that I liked. The fabric drawing was made of mostly shading instead of detail. I had more fun drawing the sticks than the the fabric.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Principles of Design Research

The painting I looked at is called "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper.

- It is late at night, and there are a few people sitting in a coffee shop. We are looking through the window at them. The outside is lit by the street light and the coffee shop. The people in the shop are not talking. There is a feeling of emptiness and isolation.
- Balance: Assymetrical
- Because the contrast is greatest by the woman (the two male customers are dark on a dark back round, and the worker is wearing white on a white back round), we notice her first (she is wearing red).  Then we notice the other people.
- The dark lines of the diner create a frame. The window behind them is another frame. They could almost be outside. They are enclosed, yet exposed.

Found Object Sculpture Reflection Discussions

My group said the rainbow was noticeable.

I liked Kate's "bunnaroo"(thats probably spelled wrong). I thought the tennis ball head was funny yet cool. I also like the clothes pin bunny ears. They are the actual shape of bunny ears.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Found Object Sculpture Reflection

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pile of Sticks

I thought it was kind if difficult because I like to do more details rather then just doing quick lines. Near the end I started to make more details but it was still not my favorite thing.
I think that if I had had more time, I would have been able to put more details in and I probably would have liked it better. I think it is okay right now, it doesn't really look done right now.
The sticks look like they overlap which is good, and it looks like if I touch a stick, it probably wouldn't fall down.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mid-term Reflection

1. I think that I have been pretty engaged in my artwork, and the class in general. Although I don't talk much in class, I listen and use what I hear to make my work better.
I come to class on time and and almost, if not always have my hw done on time.

2. So far I have worked in my SB, done a painting, a collage, a sculpture and some drawings. I have worked hard on all of them. I like how they have all turned out, especially the found object sculpture. I like how I didn't just glue on random buttons, but I made a rainbow with them.

3. In my SB, there is all different kinds of things. There are drawings, a collages, a page filled with round stickers, doodles, cut outs, a painting, and pages full of colors. I really enjoy working in my SB because it is relaxing and fun. I get do whatever I want in it, and express myself.

4. I used to hate drawing, but the more I practiced, the better I got. Now I kind of enjoy drawing, depending on what it is. I guess I am kind of glad to draw every Tuesday because I get more and more practice drawing in different ways, and with different materials.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Found Images Collage 2

I finished my my found images collage. I really like how it turned out. I like the colors and the way the water and fire blends together.

At first it was fun and I couldn't wait to work on it, but later on it got more difficult to keep cutting little pieces if paper. My whole collage is a bunch of small pieces of paper cut out by hand. Also I had to re-glue some of the pieces because they fell off cause the glue I used wasn't that strong.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Changing Still Life

To accomplish the goal, I had to 1: work fast, even though it might not look that good, 2: work lightly, so in the end I could erase things, and 3: have patience so I wouldn't get upset about it.

I had to work fast because that was the only way get everything down on the paper. Things kept getting added so I had to make sure to keep drawing them.

I had to work lightly because I had to erase almost everything in the end. It didn't erase very well, so now I know to not draw hard so it can be erased and look good.

I had to have patience because if I didn't then maybe I wouldn't have been able to do and finish it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Found Images Collage

        I cut out the white paper into the shape of a sun. The pointy parts are going to be the fire and the middle is going to be water. I got the idea because I found a lot of pictures of water. I also found a picture picture that had an image that was the color of fire so it reminded me of fire.
The advice I got was try to make the fire and water kind of blend into each other. Also make the flames part look more like fire and less like a flower shape.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

three forms drawing

I'm not all that into drawing. So today was kind of hard for me. I thought that the cup turned out well, and the block turned out okay. I didn't really get to do the pine cone. I didn't have enough time. I started it though and it was pretty hard to do. I have trouble drawing the details. I also need to practice and need to work on shadowing. I haven't really done much of that in the past. Overall, I think I did good and if I had more time, it would have been better.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Extending our findings from The Pour Paintings.

     I decided to use the color as an inspiration. I used the blue to make an ocean and sky. I used the orange and yellow to make the sun. I painted in birds in the sky to represent an animal. I chose to do a painting because I really like to paint. 
     I didn't get any feedback from my classmates other then it was really good.  I got feedback from the teacher about how to make the sun and clouds look more realistic.

Pour Paintings

     First, my partner and I mixed different color paints and poured them on the paper. One of them looked like a heart, and one of them had a dinosaur and some kind of animal. The heart one dried weirdly so it doesn't look like a heart anymore.
     I didn't end up using either of the ones that we made. The one I chose was different shades of orange in weird shapes. I ended up turning it into a gorilla with huge hands. I painted in the grass and the sky so it wasn't just floating in mid air. I also had to paint in the back legs. I painted over some of the orange that was above the gorilla because it didn't work with what I was doing. I thought it was pretty fun.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Talk and Draw

At first I was the one listening and drawing. It was hard because I couldn't see or completely understand what was on the table. I also didn't know the size, shape or position that everything was.
When I was the describer, it was hard because I had to tell my partner the size, shape, and position of everything in a way that wasn't confusing so she could draw them. It was also difficult because not only did my partner have to listen and understand, I had to understand the shape and size. It was kind of hard to explain the details of some of the items.
Overall I thought it was pretty fun.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Collaborative Drawings.

I think that the final result is pretty good, except the sky is not as good as i wanted it to be. It was to dark for me. I would have liked a lighter shade of gray. I liked the hill. It was changed from being snow, to being grass.  Overall I thought it was okay.

I felt okay. Like I said before, i liked the way the hill ended up, but not really how the sky turned out.
It was fun seeing what other people thought of to change or add to my art piece. It kind of gave me other kinds of ideas. It opened my mind in different ways, and gave me a new perspective on it.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thinking about the Artist.

An artist is someone who expresses themselves in a creative way. Creativity is when someone creates something new and original. An artist needs time to do there work, and a space to do it in. They also need to have patience, and an openness to the world. They need to let their mind flow from the inside out, as well as from the outside in.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Reflecting on Picasso quote.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

 A young child does art without thinking about if there is a right or wrong way to do it. They can be very creative  and express themselves without self consciousness or worry about what others think. As they get older they start thinking about what other people think, and if there is a right way to do it. This could make them self conscious and stop there creativity.