Friday, January 27, 2017

Most memorable experiences

One highlight from this semester would have to be creating my color collage. This project taught me a lot about painting and looking deeply at values in a photograph. This experience impacted my learning so much by teaching me that everyone looks at a photograph differently. After all of these were completed and hung in the hallway, it was very interesting looking at how people interpreted themselves through different ranges of values.

I find it very interesting that both my most memorable experiences were all pink!

The next highlight from this semester would have to be doing our unit on color. I very much enjoyed doing our color collages. This experience greatly impacted my learning for multiple different reasons. Not only did I learn greatly about what the color pink means all around the world, but I learned immensely about the political and social meaning of the word pink also.

Project that I am most proud of

The project that I am most proud of is my Oaxacan animal bowl. I am most proud of this piece because I feel like I paid the most attention to detail with this project. I really narrowed down on what was important to Puerto Rico and the habitat. My hibiscus flowers do an outstanding job at conveying the habitat in Puerto Rico for hibiscus flowers are their state flower. The colors I used in this piece are bright and cheerful just like Puerto Rico. This project also had one of the biggest impacts on my learning. I learned deeply about the Oaxacan culture and their different types of beautiful artwork. Another thing I learned that was very valuable was about the Puerto Rican Parrot itself. This species is slowly dying off because of the increasing human population. I think this project was most important for me to realize how major the effects of global warming are and how important it is to learn about endangered species.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Personal Space Box

Purpose: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

My personal connection to Arizona is the trip my family and I took in 2014. This trip stood out to me as one of the most life changing events in my entire life. Arizona is so different from anywhere else in the United States, with its earthy tones and desert atmosphere. This place is so important to me because I associate it with so many new experiences and memories: riding in a hot air balloon, taking a jeep tour over the mountainous rocks, going to see the mind blowing Grand Canyon. It was a trip of many firsts that will always be remembered. I have included myself in this space by having a picture of my mom, sister, and I hiking in Sedona, Arizona.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Value Self Portrait

    1. To determine where values change when light moves over an uneven surface by using a range of values to paint the different values in a realistic, monochromatic self-portrait;

    2. To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
    3. To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

I am most proud of my mouth, teeth, and hair. I think that I accurately added values and shapes in order for my teeth and mouth to look both three dimensional and lifelike. At first I had difficulty at defining my individual teeth but in the end they really look my actual teeth in the photograph (given the fact that my portrait was in color). I also am very proud of how my hair turned out. I think I effectively demonstrated the waviness of my hair by differentiating the values of color for different strands of hair. I think together the mouth, teeth, and hair are most successful because I didn’t outline any of the shapes I used in these features. Outlining detracts from the blending of one value to another. The color values work well together to convey a three dimensional and lifelike feel.

The parts of the assignment that were the most challenging would definitely be the eyes!! When I started to paint my eyes I started outlining them instead of looking at the values shown in the photograph and translating them to my painting. I tried to contrast the lids of my eyes to the pupil and iris too much which caused a demon look to my painting. I dealt with these difficulties by lightning up the pupils in my eyes and covering up a portion of the outline. I also added a white fleck in both eyes which helped to lighten up my eyes and create a more lifelike feel.

Winslow Homer Analysis: A Bucket of Clams 1878

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

Title:A Bucket of Clams
Date: 1878
Medium: Watercolor on wove paper

Describe as much as you can about the artwork (over the phone to someone who has not seen the painting).  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used? There are two little boys walking on the beach and are located a little bit below the middle ground of the painting. Both of the boys are carrying a bucket together. The oldest boy who is located on the left, when looking at the painting, has a floppy, greenish colored hat and is wearing a red long sleeved shirt with a button up sleeveless blue vest. He also is wearing brown pants that are rolled up to his knees and has bare feet. The older boy is looking over his right shoulder to the boat that is behind him.
The smaller boy on the left is wearing brown overalls that fade to white at the top and are rolled up to his midcalves. He is wearing a white button down and a straw hat but a very clean cut straw hat. He is also bare foot. He is looking in the bucket.
There is a dead sand shark in the bottom left corner that is laying on his back. All over the sandy area where the boys are walking you can see small white flakes, what one could assume are seashells. In middle ground, directly behind the two boys, there is a beached sailboat, and in the very background there are buildings that seem as if they would be used to store boats or fishing supplies. The houses are located on a wooden dock or pier.  The boat is the darkest part of the picture. Its outside is black with white specks and it is tilted to the left. There are two large tan masts on the boat tilting to the right. The sails of the boat are down and warped. This painting looks to be in the morning when the sun is starting to rise. The whole painting is masked in a golden light which gives the impression that the sun is just rising and lighting up the beach and roofs of the houses.

  1. Point of interest/Composition – What attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)  What attracts our eyes first is the bright red long sleeved shirt the older boy is wearing. The red draws you in to look at the older boy and then attract your attention to the younger boy to his right, when looking at the painting. Homer draws our attention to this area by making the two boys the closest thing to look at. The bright red shirt is a major contrast to his blue vest and all of the yellow and brown tones throughout the rest of the painting.  

  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
There is a symmetrical balance to this painting. If you were to draw a line directly down from the top of the painting to the bottom you would see a relatively symmetrical painting. There is one boy on side and another boy on the other side of the painting. About half of the boat in the background is on one side and the other half continues into the other side. There is a balance with the number of boat houses on one side of the painting as on the other side. The sand shark on one side of the painting is equally balanced with the shadow of the younger boy.

  1. Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middleground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.
There is a horizon line but it is not visible because of the houses but because of the lines of the piers and boat it s easy to imagine where the horizon line would be. The boys are the foreground, the boat is the middle ground, the buildings in the back and the sky is the background. The picture is deep because the buildings are smaller than the boys implying that they are a lot closer to the viewer than the houses.

  1. Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?
The emotions in this painting include a very dreary and washed out feel. When looking at this painting it looks like the day after a big storm. It’s still weary looking outside. The colors yellow and brown contribute to making this painting look stormy and ominous. The lines and brushstrokes add to the mood of the painting by creating a beachy and smooth looking painting.

  1. Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?

It looks like two little boys went out the day after a storm to collect clams in their seashell bucket. The beached sailboat and dead shark on the shore adds to the fact that there was just a storm. Homer is trying to communicate having a relaxing morning with your family and being peaceful. The calm after the storm.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

Art Culture Studied: The Oaxacan Culture from Mexico
Purpose: To create a clay bowl with an endangered species subject, decorated in the style of the Oaxaca painted animal sculptures.

The endangered animal I chose was the Puerto Rican Parrot. The reason why I chose this animal was because I was both interested in the country where it comes from, Puerto Rico, and the tropical colors of the bird itself. I’m very interested in Puerto Rico’s atmosphere and florals. What drew me into Puerto Rico was my family and I have visited there multiple times on vacation and the hibiscus flowers, which are the country’s national flower, always have caught my eye because of their beautiful range in elaborate colors. The Puerto Rican parrot is endangered because of the increasing population of humans and increasing deforestation. As more and more people settle in Puerto Rico more forestation is being destroyed and converted into land for agricultural businesses. The calculated total for Puerto Rican parrots in 2006 was only 44 birds. As one could imagine, the total has probably dropped even more since then.

My color scheme is warm colors. The specific colors I used was light yellow, light orange, fuchsia, light pink, and bright lavender. All of these colors show heat and warmth to create a warm color scheme. I like how the colors look together. They all add together to create a warm and tropical feel which ties in very well with the country Puerto Rico. If I could add anything to my bowl I would add more color. I think I could have used a wider range of warm colors. If I could subtract anything I would have taken away the black and white pattern inside the wing of the bird. I think it makes the bowl look a little bit chaotic.

The most interesting part of this project was incorporating different patterns from Oaxaca folk art with the concept of endangered species. I found it very interesting we learned about Oaxaca folk art because when I traveled to Arizona all of the gift shops had these elaborate Oaxacan animals in them. I never really understood the background of Oaxaca folk art so it was really exciting we got to learn more in depth about this style of art. I also thought it was very effective to incorporate endangered animals in this project. Having to learn about an endangered animal help students understand and learn about a prevalent problem today. Not enough students are aware of how many animals are endangered.