Taking this calss has given me more knowledge about what kinds of art classes our school offers and what classes I want to take. I liked that I got to work with different medias and art styles. It has really made me consider different art classes than I originally intended. The class forced me to push my boundaries with art and learn new things. I enjoyed this class because of all the oppourtunites we had to be creative. I look forward to taking more art classes in the future.
The in-class project I am most proud of is my value portrait. I am most proud of it because I took my time on it and really thought about every creative descion I made. When planning the different values I struggled to see how it would look like me in the end. But, I took time on the values getting them right so than when I began to paint I could work all the details out. During the paining process I really enjoyed using the different shades and slowly seeing the paining develop into a self portrait. The self-portrait painting helped me learn that to create a good piece of art it takes alot of crude planning and sketching before you can start the "fun" part like paining or designing.
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.
My box is about Pathfinder Camp in Algonquin Park, Canada. It is a canoe tripping camp where you live on an island and go on long canoe trips. This place is important to me because I love being in the wilderness and Algonquin Park is very wild and serene. I included a picture of me and a friend re-creating the famous "Titanic" pose on the dock. I chose to create a red canoe out of paper, this relates to the space because when you are out canoe tripping in the park the camp has signature red canoes that say "Pathfinder" on them.
To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your own work;
Title: Gulf Stream
Year of creation: 1899
Describe as much as you can about the artwork. 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 is a man in a boat, the boat is missing a sail. There are sharks around and what looks like blood in the ocean. The man looks like a soldier in the army, he has camo pants on and what looks like a dog tag necklace. I see a ship i the distance. There is only one man and a bunch of sharks.
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 boat attracts your eyes first because it is in the center of the painting. He draws your attention by having the ship be brown and white where in the rest of the painting there is blue. The waves look very violent and rough.
Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain…
There is asymmetrical balance because all the waves are at different heights and different variations. There are three or four sharks but they aren't in symmetrical positions.
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, it is where the sea meets the sky. There is a boat in the distance is on the horizon line. The background is the sky and ship. The middle ground is the ocean. The foreground is the boat, person, and sharks.
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 is very dark and scary. The water is a deep blue color, the waves are high and crashing. The sharks in the water have their mouths open and their teeth are showing. The mood is very solemn and survivor.
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?
I think the painting tells a survival story and that during a sail in the Gulf Stream that maybe the boat was damaged in a storm. So this is the man and him trying to survive.
To gain a basic understanding of folk art and Oaxacan artistic culture and to create a ceramic bowl inspired by this culture’s style
To become acquainted with basic ceramic vocabulary
The Oaxacan Culture from Mexico
One thing that I learned when painting my bowl is to read directions more carefully. In the beginning I painted the black over the clay, forgetting about the white that had to go under it. This is important to my learning because it taught me to read directions more carefully. The second thing I learned when doing this project is more about the Oaxacan culture. I had heard of the culture in Mexico before but never explored it like we did. It helped me to learn more about a new culture. The third thing I learned is how to paint careful small patterns onto a small surface. I really enjoyed having the freedom to paint the patterns we wanted. I look forward to painting more patterns in the future.