Q: Has your definition of art changed from the beginning of this class?
A: My definition of art has definitely changed since the beginning of the class, I use to think that art could only be a thing like a painting or a portrait, even a well made sculpture. But, since I've been taking this art class, I've learned to appreciate more forms of art, such a graffiti, nature art, and more free form pieces. I love how I'm able to see and love more kinds of art in the world around me. I can see the different forms of art all around me, just like the little styrofoam sculpture that I made in class one day. (picture below)
For our stop motion video, I worked with Kristin Fast, we both made the pipecleaner people and painted the set and props, and then on the first day Kristin took the pictures and then I adjusted and repositioned the people; I wasn't able to be there for the second day of filming, and she did a great job! I think that the video was very successful in the way that the pipecleaner dance moves flow smoothly, and the pipecleaner people look really cute and they move with the music! If I were to do this project again, I would get better lighting and I would take more time so that there wouldn't be parts of the table in the frames, and the picture in the back wouldn't move around as much. Overall, I'm really happy with how our video turned out!
My limitation on my "Artists Solve Problems" piece was that it had to be 3-D. So, in order to do this I wanted to make the tutu for my ballerina out of something that would pop out, but I didn't have any fabric or materials that are conventionally used for a skirt. So, I got the idea to use paper airplanes. Once I made all of the airplanes, I overlapped and glued them together in the shape of a skirt. Then, I spray pained the whole thing with pink paint and added silver litter to make it even more girly. Lastly, I painted on the silhouette. The only real problem I had was that I couldn't get the airplanes to stick together and to the paper, but I was able to overcome this issue by overlapping the planes and gluing them in a certain way, and then I put glue on the folds so that it would stick to the paper. Overall, I am very happy with how this piece turned out!
In my land art piece, I made a large flower out of other smaller flowers. I learned that you need to take time to pick out your flowers carefully, and make sure that you can get enough weeds and flowers to fill up the spaces in the fence if you're doing a piece like this. I think that this piece was successful in the way that the colors looked and that it sort of looked like a flower when you put all of the pieces together. If I did this piece again, I would change the type of flowers that I used, and I would also make a stem for the flower out of grass.
In my newspaper art piece, I learned that I had to crumple the newspaper pieces many times to get the desired effect, and I also had to glue the pieces together in many places, on the paper as well as to each other. I think this piece was successful in that it portrayed the idea that the newspaper is made out of a tree, and the cycle goes on. The only thing I would have changed is that I would make the "trunk" of the tree longer and I would also add a tire swing made out of black and white newsprint.
I chose to combine an eye and a road after sketching out a few different ideas, and then it just came to me! I really enjoyed learning how to draw an eye, and then one day when I was drawing the eyeliner, my arm slipped, thus came this (eye)dea! I picked the medium of oil pastels because I think that they are fun and easy to use, and the vibrant colors worked very well for my piece. If I could change one thing about my piece, it would be that the sunset would be blended more evenly and the colors would melt together more smoothly. In my opinion, the most successful thing about my art piece is how realistic I was able to make the iris of the eye. Also, I really liked the skyline in the back and the dark night sky. Overall, this is my favorite piece that I have ever drawn, so I am extremely happy about it!
I really enjoyed doing this forced perspective assignment, it was really interesting how you could make something look so big or small, and still have it look realistic. I enjoyed being able to take pictures for this assignment, because it's much more fun and a lot easier than just drawing a picture (((in my opinion)))! The only thing I would've changed would just be having more props and having ideas planned out beforehand. Overall, this was a really fun and creative assignment!