Monday, January 6, 2014

For my 3d project I decided to make an origami icosahedron. It has twenty faces and was made of about thirty different modules. 

I made the modules from a video on Youtube. The pieces of paper I used were 12in x 6in rectangles. Because the icosahedron was so large, I had to hold it together with tape before it was finished. 

I chose the theme simplicity because the shape is a fairly simple geometric shape. I chose to use simple colors to emphasize simplicity.
1. How did you show amusement and variety in your piece? Explain your choice of subject matter and how you created a unified piece of art.
I showed amusement and variety in my piece by making the piece look amusing and by using a lot of different materials and colors. I made the piece unified by making it look complete.
2. Describe your experience with using mixed media. What mixed media did you use for your piece? 
My experience with mixed media has been good. For this project I used magazine photos, watercolor paint, origami paper, fabric, and tissue paper.
3. What role did our lessons on visual journaling play in the success of your piece? Explain.
Visual journaling helped me use better techniques. I learned how to use the gel medium to glue down paper and how to photo transfer.
4. Discuss any challenges you experienced and how you overcame obstacles.
Making the trees was difficult because it was hard to find good materials for the trees. I decided to use fabric for the trunk and tissue paper for the leaves. I put paper flowers on them.

Monday, December 2, 2013

1. Who did you choose to do a portrait of? Why did you choose that person? 
I chose to do a portrait of my mom because I thought that it would be easier to do a portrait of her than me.
2. When brainstorming about this project how did you decide what would be the best materials to use to create it? Explain how your material choice impacted the look of your piece. Why was this so important. Explain.
At first I was going to use buttons, but then I decided to use beads. If I had used buttons, it would have looked more abstract. the beads make it look more realistic. I used rubber cement and white glue to glue down the beads to the canvas.
3. Describe the risks you took or that were involved in creating the project. What were the challenges you faced?
I had to keep taking beads back up on the face because it ended up looking too dark when it was only pink beads. I added white beads to make the skin tone lighter. I had to start bringing my project home so that I could work on it after school because it was taking too long.
4. How did your choices impact the look and feel of the piece? Did your choice of materials have any connection with the person you chose to represent? 
I chose where the hair strands would go so that it would look like hair and not like a yellow blob. My choice of materials didn't really have any connection with my mom; I just had a lot of beads of different colors. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

1. Explain how you developed your ideas for "Sticky Situation"
I thought about what "sticky situation" means and developed ideas based on what I thought it meant. 
2. Were you able to think outside the box when you were thinking about ideas?
3. You were to incorporate repetition, rhythm or pattern. How did you accomplish this?
I incorporated repetition by having multiple pancakes in the painting.
4. Describe your choice of media (acrylic, watercolor) and your challenges and successes while using it.
It was acrylic. It was challenging to try to find the right color and to finish the project in time.
5. How important were the mini lessons to the success of your final product?
The mini lessons were very important.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

1. Up Close and Personal was our theme. How did you develop your ideas for this project and why did you choose your subject?
I developed ideas for this project by coming up with ten ideas and choosing the one that I liked best. I chose a picture of my cat as my subject because it fit the theme of up close and personal by being literally up close and my cat is my pet so it is personal.
2. How did you demonstrate Emphasis in your work?
I demonstrated emphasis by slightly exaggerating the cats' features.
3. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? Discuss how it enhances your piece.
I used oil pastels as my medium because I like how it shows the individual colors well. It enhances the piece by showing the individual cat hairs and making it look like a cat.
We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.
4.. Did you take any risks with this project? Explain.
I took risks with this project when I did the fur. I did multiple layers and made the hairs long.

5. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art?
My art contains emotion in the cats' face. I chose a picture of my cat when she was looking curiously at my camera .

Sunday, September 29, 2013

1. What were some of your solutions to What’s the Point?
Mountains, scissors, needles, fast food restaurant.
2. Which solution did you chose and why?
 I chose the animal captivity solution because I like drawing animals.
3. How did you show contrast in your work?
 I used shadows to show contrast.
4. What medium did you decide to use? Why did you choose this medium over the others?
 I used pencil because I am terrible at charcoal, and pencil was the only other option.
5. What techniques did you use to create this work?
 I used shading and shadows.
We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.
 6. Did you take any risks with this project?
I took risks when I used shadows on the grass. Now I wish I hadn't.
7. What message are you conveying? How are you conveying this message through the use of your images or use of art elements or principles?  
I was trying to say that poaching has forced us to take animals out of their natural habitats to protect their species. In my project I made the tigers look bored and made their enclosure look dull on purpose so that it looked like they didn't like their home.