Throughout the semester I became increasingly inspired in this class. This was a real surprise, because I thought of myself as a person who was quite untalented in art, but realized that this was not true. I discovered that making art means to follow a process of different steps, and the result was amazing. I learned to use a huge variety of different media throughout this semester, e.g. twigs, leaves, clay, lead, acrylic paint, and watercolor. All of a sudden, art means a lot to me. There is no really good or bad art, all of art means something in some way. No matter what we do in our everyday life, art is everywhere.
1. My most successful project is the screen printing. This is where I used a stencil and taped it to the screen. After that I fixed the screen to printing paper. Then, I applied paint on the edge of the screen. Next, I spread ink using a squeegee. This was successful for me, because I had used exactly enough ink. Finally, I took the screen print of the paper. I love my final picture because it looks clean, simple, and just right.
3. First, I thought my ink splat turned into a huge problem, but I solved it and found a good solution. The main obstacle was that I had created a lot of branching off in my ink. There was India ink everywhere. However, I realized that I was able to create a shark as my center of the picture. Another problem was that I had used too much watercolor colored pencil in some spots and not enough at other spots. Luckily, I noticed that I was able to use water to my advantage by applying more or less water in certain areas of the picture which in the end makes it so diversified.
5. The media I enjoyed the most was my work with clay during the 3-D challenge. My favorite part of this piece was using the glaze to paint my work. I feel like I made smart choices by using different types of glazes. This was a good example of learning that art is about following many different steps. First, my clay piece looked very boring, and I felt not really happy about it. Only after completing the last step, which means applying the different types of glazes, was I sure that I had created an interesting piece of art. I had also used glaze when I was painting my piece of clay that was part of the unity tower project as a class. This was a project that was created for our school garden by all students in my class and will be a nice memory for me when I pass the garden through my coming high school years.
This artwork is called “Splatter Gradation.” This is because, I used Indian Ink and put splatters on it. In addition, I used charcoal powder to create the gradation and then I added a dusty feeling. I created my art just using non representational art. At first, I used this art to test around, but later I decided to make lots of gradation and splatters. The goals for this piece of art was to see how well I could create this dusty and mystical feeling into my art. Overall, when I was in the middle of working I found out that I almost put too much media onto my artwork. I immediately stopped and thought this is 100% done and I thought this was my best piece yet.
1. My most successful print was the screen print. I did not use too much of too less ink. First I would make a stencil using a sheet of copy paper. Next, I would tape the stencil to the screen print. I would put this on top of a sheet of white copy paper. Next, I would apply some ink on the print. Then, I would use a squeegee and spread enough ink throughout where I see the stencil. Then I would lift the screen and look at my final product.
2. If I could I would change the collagraph. First, I cut out some cardboard. Then I would apply cardboard and hot glue it. After that I would apply some ink and then run it through the printing press. What I would change is the amount of ink. I used WAY too much.
3. I enjoyed the relief print. First, I would write on some styrofoam. Then, I would run some ink over the styrofoam. After that I would transfer it onto a white copy paper. I enjoyed this the most, because it was the least messy and at the same time I learned how to write in a mirror language.
During the making of this project I learned different techniques of using clay. For example, I learned how to flatten clay properly. To get the proper density you need to use to wooden sticks at the sides. I did not really gain skills with familiar materials. I have never used clay before and after watching the videos and finishing the project I felt really good on my skills on clay. I did not really have any talent at clay before building with it.
During this art project I solved problems. My problem was that I had created different Christmas lights that were going to explode if they were in the kiln. I learned to never have a thick amount of clay. This mistake took and unexpected turn so I decided to have Christmas light, but I would use a cookie plate too. Overall, I learned that I can never have thick clay, because it will explode in the kiln.
I never really need to step back and look at my piece of art. There was no need of it exactly. Reflecting help me like the Christmas and family spirit more. I discovered a little about myself. I discovered that I am a big fan of Christmas. I enjoyed making this project a lot.
I went to art space on November 15, 2017. Art space is a three story building that contains over 30 art studios. There are several different types of art. There is from ceramic to abstract art with acrylic paint. My favorite piece of art was a piece of art that used acrylic paint on tin. It had a glitter effect and there were many tints and shades of purple. I enjoyed how there was that galaxy effect the tin had created. When I was at art space i had created a type of batik on fabric. I used hot wax and dye on the fabric. After the sketch on fabric I had applied hot wax on the pencil lines. Then I used dye once it cooled. I tried to create a sunset with a hidden face using a type of cubism. The clouds were eyes and the sun was a nose. After the dye dried a little, I surrounded my piece with newspaper and put a hot iron around the piece. Then I peeled off the wax and my piece was finished.
Earth art is a new movement in art. It is art in the outside environment using only types of media offered my earth. For example, this would be sticks and rocks. This piece of art is not meant to last forever.
In my piece of Earth art I wanted to create a small survival building. I used sticks and leaves when I created this miniature model. Instead of graphite or painting I used my fingers and arms. I was part of the art instead of just putting something on paper. My new technique was to use my fingers more. I gained skill with 3-D modeling. I discovered I was not necessarily talented in this but I enjoyed this project the most so far.
When I used to watch many survival shows on the discovery channel I saw this exact building but on a larger scale. What I did is I found a tree, collected dead twigs and sticks, and collected leaves to make it colorful. Close observation was needed, because this was a small model. There needed to be gapes in between the sticks but it could not be too large. This would create breathe holes but there was still insulation and protection.
I took several steps back when looking at my piece of art. I always thought I could add more, however, there could not be too many leaves. Reflecting helped make look at how much someone can enjoy nature. For example, I sadly don't have any pictures, however, when I visit Germany me and my German friends will venture through the woods. We would flag where we were and create a map. We had created lots of tree houses and a map the lasted 5x5 miles. I discovered how much fun it was to forget about technology and just get lost and build in the woods.
When I was creating my culture I learned how Styrofoam. It is 97% air so you must be very gentle with it. If you put too much pressure on it, it will press in together. I gained skill with markers. On Styrofoam, ink takes time to dry. I discovered that I like using 3-D sculptors to create art.
My inspiration was when we took 8x11 pictures as a class and zoomed in on abstract pictures to practice media. Jorian who was one of my partners had this excellent picture of a spiral and lines all around it. The development of my piece was at first a sketch on newspaper. Then, our group looked at what colors we would use and what color scheme we would use. After that, we painted our background, dried it, and imprinted our sketch on the canvas. I liked this Collaborative Creative experience.
I developed art making skills during this project. I learned how to use different rollers, brushes, and stampers for texture. I gained skill and experience with acrylic paint which is a very professional paint. It is made of oil and dries to plastic. I discovered that I am a little talented in texture, however, I am not talented in painting or mixing colors. Acrylic paint is not my type of media.
I made mistakes during painting. For example, when practicing creating a mist type of droplets, I accidentally put red droplets on the painting. Afterwards, I had sprayed red on the painting to make it stand out less. This did not take an unexpected turn. I find it was a mistake that was good, because it is nice piece to the abstract project. I learned that not all mistakes are bad at all.
I tried a certain risk by highlighting the purple spiral with a type of pink. At first, I did not know if this would work out well, but I later looked at the painting and was impressed how it fit in. The technique that we used to apply the paint was using the short edge of a flat head brush to create a small surface are.
For Landscape 1 and Landscape 2 I had made in difference in which I used the Rule of Thirds. I had made my image more interesting and catching to the eye. For Architecture 1 and Architecture 2 I had used cropping as a difference. This makes it better as the information that is irrelevant can be excluded from the picture. For Motion 1 and Motion 2 I had used the Golden Spiral. This catches the eye and pleases the viewer more. In addition you can see the motion in the picture better.