Friday, January 27, 2017

Most memorable experiences

I had a few memorable experiences from this class from this class but I think the first project and the last. During the first project we all had a lot to learn and it felt like a good project for the start of the semester. I didn't think it was a fun thing to do at first because we were just cutting paper into a design, but later on in the year we used the knives a lot more and I was happy I learned how to use them at the start of the year. The last project was also one of the most memorable because everybody knew what they were doing and how to get it done. I thought it was kind of a combination of everything we have done this semester. We used the knives to cut pictures, we did some painting on our boxes, and we glued our maps and pictures to the boxes.

What I am most proud of

We did a lot of projects in Art Fundamentals but I think that I am the most proud of the Homer box project we just did. I enjoyed this the most because of how much of the project we had control over. We were basically told to make a box with a picture, a map, and a design. I got to really think about what I wanted to do and make it really personal. During the project I didn't think that I had really messed up like I usually do, I really like what I had done and wanted to keep working. At the end, I was also happy with the results and thought it was the best thing I had done in art all year.

Thursday, January 26, 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 on the beach on peaks island. I have a really good connection to peaks island. Ever since I moved to Maine my whole family would take the ferry to the island whenever we didn't have anything planned for the weekend or we just felt like going. I love to go there and go explore the island, especially the beach. In my box, I included myself by using a cutout for the whole foreground. I think that this really brings the attention to the front of the box and not just the background. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Value Self Portrait

  1. purpose:
    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.

This was actually one of my favorite projects that we did. At first I didn’t like that idea of painting a portrait of ourselves but after a while I really enjoyed it. I was really proud at the end looking at how much they looked alike because I have never been good at real life painting/drawings. The colors were really cool because instead of it just being a boring black and white it was a really cool blue. Making the different shades was also a really great part because I got to chose the colors I wanted to use and if I didn’t like the shade I could just change it.

The most challenging part of this was probably spreading out the paint equally. I also had a hard time filling in all of the paint. I couldn’t make all of the paint dry equally, you would always see little bumps and I couldn’t figure out how to fix the problem. With that, I also couldn’t spread the paint to fill everything in very well. After a while of painting I could fill everything in but I still couldn’t even it all out.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

  1. 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

I chose a bald eagle because I thought they were a pretty cool animal. It is endangered due to habitat destruction. The bald eagle can be found in all state besides Hawaii. I used ap pattern of its colors and its habitat for my bowl.

I used a cool color scheme. I used blue, green, white, black, yellow, and blue. All of those colors are cool colors. All of the colors turned out really well and went well with each other. I don't think I would change anything if I did this again.

I think that the most interesting part of this project was creating all of the colors you use. We started off with just three colors plus black and white but I could turn them into whatever color I wanted just by mixing them. Another one of the best parts was how I could use the exact color I wanted. I could keep mixing until I got the perfect shade of green or blue for my painting. If I didn't like the color after I painted I could just paint over it like there was never anything there.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: Gloucester Harbor 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.

  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?

In this painting not much is happening. It shows two adults and a kid sitting in a small boat at sunset. One of the adult is manning the oars but not currently paddling. All three of the people are wearing large brimmed hats. It is very calm and relaxing there is no movement in the water, people, or other boats in the background. The other boats are farther back and much bigger like sailboats. There is one lone, white bird in the sky. As the water goes back it turns from punk to blue and then gray back to pink in the sky. Around the horizon line there is a small island containing one white house with a light house. The coastline/horizon line is a darker color, more of a brown-pink. The sky is cloudy. There is a sliver of blue sky in the top right corner. The boat is black on the left but moving to a dark pink on the right end of it. The boat is wooden with rope hanging off the left end of it.

  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 contrast between colors in the water and the sky. The people are the clear subject of the painting and catch the eye because they seem to be the closest thing to the front of the painting. The white of the sailboats in the background also give good contrast and was one of the first things I noticed.

  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain…

This painting is symmetrical because the middle of the boat splits the painting in half. It has a very similar design on either side if you do this with the big sailboat being in the middle and the smaller ones being about the same distance away on either side. The people on either side of the boat also create symmetry within this painting.

  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.

Yes, there is a definite horizon line kind of blending with the sliver of coastline we can see. The foreground is the small wooden boat containing the subjects/three people. The middle ground is the much larger sailboats in the background showing some of the depth of the coast. The background is the small, distant coastline with the lighthouse. The clouds also show depth as they get darker from the pink as they increase in 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?

This painting gives off a very calm mood. It looks like the people in the boat aren't moving and just relaxing at the end of the day. The water is still and not moving around if the boats were moving. The colors of the sky and water show that it is sunset and give off a very calm 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?

In this painting I think Homer is trying to communicate how he should enjoy more of life. It seems like he wants to just relax and take a break from a busy life. This also might be nearing his death because it is the end of the day and it seems like everything in the picture is or has slowed down.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fabulous Faces


  • To look a bit deeper at a variety of portrait artists who use a variety of media
  • Develop understanding of different artists’ work through inquiry, research, and synthesis