Friday, January 23, 2015

Most memorable experiences

One of my most memorable experiences during this class would have to be painting my self portrait. Painting anything was one of my favorite things to do in this class. Painting did help impact my learning because of what practicing it taught me. I learned the best ways and techniques to apply the paint and much more. Another one of my most memorable experiences was creating an online portfolio/blog. At the time, blogging and keeping a record of the work I was doing was not the highlight of my day, but after doing it, it feels great to look back on how far I have come this year. It is great being able see the work at did at the beginning of the year and compare to the work I have recently finished.

Thinking About Art

Taking this class has really helped me develop a deeper understanding of art. I have come to appreciate much more experiencing first-hand what it has to offer. Even when I am walking in the city I have learned to spot and appreciate art. My own art-making has really evolved during this class. Its evolution can be easily seen when looking at my latest pieces of art compared to earliest. Not only have I developed a deeper understanding of art as a whole, but an understanding of the concepts of art as well. Overall, this class has really helped me to understand how art fits into this world.

Project that I am most proud of

The project I am most proud of is my Still Life Drawing. I feel as though this is the project that I really began to understand the importance of value in art. I was able to utilize the medium color in this project by using the brown of the paper. I was also able to get a deeper understanding of value when using the black and whites in this painting. This project had a large impact on my learning this year. Before the Still Life Drawing project, I did not fully understand the concepts of value and their importance. After using three different values first-hand, I was able to fully understand the concepts that I had struggled with before.

Graphic Designs using Color Schemes

"Organic Design"- Primary Color Scheme

"Geometric Design"- Warm Color Scheme

• Gain a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop, cs6 (or Acorn, if you used that)
• Use Photoshop (or Acorn) to create two different, interesting designs that demonstrate clear color schemes and organic & geometric shapes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Personal Space Box

The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer


The place represented in my box is Snowbird, Utah. Utah is the one of the best place in United States to ski. Not only is it the biggest mountain I have skied, but it is also my favorite. While skiing Snowbird, I found a love for skiing that I never had before. I never found that feeling skiing in the East. The tangible object that I included was an elevation sign hanging off the box. The elevation of snowbird is over 11,000 feet; that is double the size of any mountain east of the Rockies. The sign shows the sheer size of Snowbird and how great of a mountain it really is.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Still Life Drawing


  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of angles & ellipses in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values between black & white to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

Artists Studied: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi, and Vincent Van Gogh

The artist’s technique that I used in my drawing was Vincent Van Gogh’s. One can see rich use of curved lines, along with controlled scribbles, when viewing Van Gogh’s works. I replicated this style by incorporating curved lines all throughout my drawing. I also incorporated the use of controlled scribbles when drawing my largest shadow. These types or mark-making worked extremely well when have to draw curved objects and showing definite edges.

Looking at both my pre-instructional drawing and my final still life drawing, I can now see how far I have come. Before learning about one-point and two-point perspectives, I had no idea how to construct an accurate rectangular object. Not only did I learn how to do that, I also learned how ellipses worked when constructing a cylinder. Another key thing I learned while drawing my still-life was how to draw edges to make them stand out from the values near them. The final and most important thing I learned how to do was adding texture to objects to make them look more realistic.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winslow, Young Ducks, 1897

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your own work;

Title: Young Ducks
Medium: Watercolor
Year of creation: 1897
Two men are canoeing in what looks to be a lake. The scene takes place in a lake surrounded by beautiful green hills and a beach on the right side. The time of day seems to be early in the morning because of the easily visible sunlight reflecting on the water. The main colors include greens and browns.
Point of interest/Composition
The boat and the two men in the boat attract one’s attention first. This main subject is located in the middle of the bottom half the painting. Homer draws attention to this area by using a light, contrasting color against the water.

The painting is symmetrically balanced because of the horizontal aspects of the painting. The canoe is parallel to the top of the lake creating a balanced feel. The two men being on each side of the boat adds another line of symmetry to the middle of the painting.

There is a visible horizon line where the top edge of the lake meets the land. The canoe and men inhabiting the canoe are in the foreground. The forest on the right is included in the middle-ground and the back forest is included in the background along with the sky.

The mood is very relaxed and calm. This early morning canoe ride reflects the mood in a very relaxing way because of the landscape and the use of light on the water.

Two young men have left their lake house in pursuit of a very early, calm canoe ride. The sun has just rose on the horizon and these men are taking in the beautiful scene they are in.