Art 3: 2013 Final Portfolio

1. Which project was your most successful? Describe the theme and or topic and the process you went though to complete the project.Where the choices you made regarding material, size, technique, etc beneficial to enhancing this project? Please explain.
My most sucessful, I think, was the first project I did- Text as an Element shown though culture. At first I wasn't sure what to do- it was such a broad topic and there was so many ways to go about it. I narrowed it down to using words to form cultural icons indeginous to specfici countries and things that were recognisable. I knew I wanted to do a painting project, too. I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like in my head- I wanted a clean, crisp white background and colors that would pop, but not too colorful. I had to figure out what landmarks I wanted to pick and then how to fill them with text to make them look recognisable. I think the size of the paintings is perfect- not too big and not too small, and the white background really makes the color pop. I think this is my most successful project, only because I'm pretty sure I like this one the most.

2. Discuss on project where you felt you overcame most obstacles. What were those obstacles and how to work though them? Explain how taking risks or challenging yourself made you a better artist.
I think the project I overcame the most obstacles in was the Layers project. I remember having like, three or four ideas planned out and then hating them all. I started out with wanting to do a print on plexiglass, which I did in Mrs. Koefler's class... But as soon as I started scratching the plexi, I ran into problems. I tried to ink it, only to find out that the cuts weren't deep enough and the ink wouldn't print like it should have, and I didn'tremember how exactly she did it in the first place. I decided on going for an easier project, to cut out magazine clippings and stuff. This second option really made me focus and concentrate, I had a lot of specific colors I was looking for and specific size I'd have to cut them out in, and it was something that actually took a lot of concentration. I think that the layers project I ended up making would have been better then the one I wanted to do in the first place.

3. Look at your body of work over the semester and choose 2 pieces that show your growth as an artist. Discuss each piece and how you grew in the following areas: application of materials, techniques and skills, artistic vision, use of principles and elements, creativity, intuition and subject matter.
 First Piece: Intertextuality
  • For the application of materials, I used spray paint- something I had done once before and it turned out horrible. I decided to try again and spray paint a huge Christmas tree and grenades and letters, and so that was a step that I wasn't sure I was ready to take. 
  • Techniques and skills I used were technical skills, I guess. Cutting out all the stencils with an X-acto knife, and then actually spray painting the tree. It involved with a lot of planning and carefully executed spray panting procedures. 
  • Artistic Vision was something that I had from the beginning- I wanted it to look very specific and I think that I achieved what I wanted with this project. 
  • The principals I used were balance and contrast. The balance was used in balancing out the grenades evenly throughout the tree, and the contrast is the difference between the black/white grenade background/foreground. I think the major element I used was line- I tried very hard to make everything crisp and clean and have strong lines.
  • Creativity/Intuition/Subject matter were all somewhat harder. The creativity I guess wasn't, because no one did a project like I did. The subject matter messed me up forever, I couldn't think of an idea to do that would show intertextuality. 
 Second Piece: Perspective

  • The application of materials was something that I wanted to do for a while; I wanted to do an nice colored-pencil drawing and so that wasn't a very hard choice for me. The idea to keep all the colors around the same though, was an even easier choice. I'd figured that the style I'd drawn it in had enough going on as is, and that adding a million colors would make it harder to see.
  • I used some techniques, mostly color blending skills. The picture itself took the longest part to make, I drew it all out, inked it, and then colored it. The pen and ink took a while too, and I used minor stipiling skills to add dimension to the smoke and waves.
  • The Artistic Vision I had for this was pretty clear. I saw a picture, one of J.R.R. Tolkien's original pictures in The Hobbit, and it was of the scene where Bilbo and the Company are captured by the trolls by the fire, and I loved the way he drew the fire and smoke, and that style that he used was something that I drew influences for this style from.
  • The principals I used in this were contrast and movement. To me, it seems like the smoke is actually curling into the air, and the waves are actually rolling- movement. THe contrast was easy too, I tried to make the background stand out and contrast well with the smoke/fire or water. Within the fire/smoke and water, I did lighter aspects of every section, adding more contrast. The elements I used were color, definitely. I was very specific in the color choices, using all cool colors for the water and all warm colors for the fire and all gray-scales for the smoke, but there are patches of lighter areas and darker areas.
  • Creativity in this project I feel is pretty high. The coloring and drawing of it in itself was unique, and the mounting to the tag board was unique too. The subject matter was something that didn't take me long to figure out, I wanted a physical perspective, that from one way or the other the picture would look different- and this was the best way I could figure that out.

4. This semester we introduced a new way of teaching and learning., Students had choose in subject matter and materials. Explain your thoughts on how effective this was to your learning experience in this course. Provide examples through you r art.
I liked this, for the most part. It made it harder to pick a piece and subject and style and medium, and that really helps young artists grow. Being spoon-fed what to do, what to do it on and when it's really due is not conductive to developing one's own style of making art, or even a style in art. All my art shows a strong color sample, the use of color within the pictures, or the lack of color outside the pictures. I think that if I wasn't allowed to choose what I wanted to do, I wouldn't be able to develop my own style and recognize what I like so, I like this learning style.

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