Friday, January 27, 2017

Most memorable experiences

Two highlights from this semester were learning and making an endanger species animal bowl and getting better at drawling from the still life project. Learning about all the endangered species in different countries in North America was very interesting and it helped me learn a lot about our country and our country's animals. Making the animal bowl helped me learn about patterns and colors. For example I used analogous colors to make my animal bowl. I also came up with cool and unique pattern for my animal bowl. My second highlight was my still life drawing. This is one of my highlights because I got to see my progression in my drawling skills. We first drew still life without knowing how correctly to draw still life. Then Mellisa taught us how to correctly draw still life and my second still life was so much better then my first still life drawling. I really enjoyed seeing my progression and I also really liked that this helped me become a better drawler. It was really interesting seeing all the different types of ways to actually draw. I used cross hatching for my still life but their were many other options I could of chose from. We also used a lot of different materials to draw the still life, which I liked to. Overall I liked all the options we had in this project.

Project that I am most proud of

I am most proud of my personal box. I am most proud of my personal box because it turned out really well and the box has a really special meaning to me. I really liked the idea of a personal box and how every single box can be a different but all boxes have a special meaning. It was cool to be able to show of one of my happy places with my peers from making a box with memories of pictures. If we had more time I would make another box thats how much I loved this project. This impacted my learning because I learned about background, middleground and foreground. Overall, this is my most proud piece of artwork I made this semester and my most favorite piece of artwork to make.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Basic photography skills

To become familiar with basic strategies for photographing

Read the following, then find at least one image for each strategy. Post and label on your blog. Title the post, “Basic Photography Skills”.
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by alastair
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Found on pinterest
Rule of thirds
by Darren Rowse
Even lighting
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by elahtree

Monday, January 23, 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 place is Sunday River. My personal connection to Sunday River is I have been skiing at this mountain my whole life. Sunday River is important to me because I have made a lot of memories at this mountain. I have met a lot of people and made many friends here. I included me in this space by having a picture of me skiing with my friends.

Winslow Homer Analysis: Basket of claws, 187

Basket of claws 1873
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.
  1. 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?

Two boys are at a dirty beach carrying a bucket in the middle of the painting. Next to the boys their is a dead fish in front of them, the dead fish is near the bottom left of the painting. Behind the two boys is a huge sailboat taking a majority of the painting. And behind the boat there are some buildings. Their is one brick building near the top right of the painting. To the left of the painting there are three white house. This painting takes time during the day and Winslow Homer uses a lot of bright and warm colors in this painting.

  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.)

The two boys carrying the bucket attracts my eye first when I look at this painting. These boys are located in the center of the painting, they are also very large. Homer also made the boys clothes bright colors to draw the person even closer to the two boys.

  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
It is pretty symmetrical because their are two boys that look similar, a symmetrical sailboat and then houses in the background.
  1. Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middle ground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.

The horizon line is right above the sailboat. The foreground is the beach with the two boys. The middle ground is the sailboat in the painting. The background is the houses with the sky. The background is far away because it is super close up on the boys and the houses seem very far away in the distance.

  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 mood you get from looking at this painting is discussed and sad. This is the mood you get when you look at this painting because their is a lot of garbage on the beach. There's also a dead fish and the sailboat in the background looks destroyed. Homer uses very dull colors to calm the mood.

  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?

The story behind the painting is two boys searching for crabs for the day on the beach. Homer is trying to communicate that beaches around the world are polluted and he is showing that the two boys cant find any crabs because the beach is so polluted.

Monday, January 16, 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 getting my values down and really accurate. Im proud of this because if I didn't get these values down accurately than my paining wouldn't have turned out as good as it is. I am also proud that my painting looks a lot like me. Im proud of this because I really wanted my painting to look like me.

One challenging part about this assignment was accurately painting the painting. How I dealt with this difficulty was I used a really small brush and I took my time painting. Another challenging part about this assignment was making the colors. I dealt with this difficulty by being patient with making the colors and I made sure every value was accurate.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

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

1. I chose the flying squirrel for my endangered species. I chose this animal because I thought it was a very unique and different animal. I also chose the flying squirrel because I thought it would be a lot of fun to paint a flying squirrel. The flying squirrel is endangered because of deforestation in Montana and in other states. I painted trees in the background of my animal bowl to show people that the woods is the flying squirrels habitat.

2. The color scheme I chose was analogous color scheme. I chose the colors blue, green, and yellow. These colors define my color scheme because they are all next to each other on the color wheel. I really enjoy the colors I used because they come together very nicely and they look very good next to each other. If I were doing this again I would of maybe subtracted blue and added orange.

3. The most interesting part about this project was color mixing. I thought this was the most interesting part because I learned a lot more about colors and a lot more about their meaning. I learned that blue and yellow make green. It was also interesting making a tint of a color. My favorite part about learning about colors was making our own color collage. This made us look and think about colors differently which was very fun and interesting.