Medium: I most enjoy working with watercolors because it's easier to blend the colors together and if you add it to dark you can just add water to lighten it. I wish that I had explored chalk paste more.
Sketchbook: I found drawing the sign language hands beneficial. I selected this above the others because hands are hard to draw so getting a chance to practice drawing them everyday helped me to improve. Also you didn't have to think of what you were going to drew you just had to draw a hand in the different letters.
Do over: If I could I would do my two-in-one project (sea turtle and flowers) again. I would do it over because I don't like the color the ocean behind the turtle turned out. Also I don't like how most of the flowers are close to the same color. I would make sure that I made the ocean color lighter and more blue than green but I would keep the little accents of white and light green. I would also draw all the flowers and then start painting them so that they can be a wider variety of shades and colors.
Most Successful: The most successful project I did was the art journaling. I got the word superhero so it was something that I had looks of ideas for. I just had to figure out when to do what layer so that the idea of a burning city with the Avengers came out. It was fun but also difficult to pick what techniques to use and learning how to do them. If you didn't like how a layer came out you could just cover it with something else and I did that a couple times.
Regardless of Success: I learned and grew the most on the project were we had to combine two different characters. I learned how to combine features from two different images to make one. Also I had to figure out which features to keep and which to get rid of to make it look cohesive. I think I grew the most in this project because the individual characters that I drew before combining them are some of the best pictures that I have drawn.
I picked weaving because it was something that I have never done before and I liked doing something new. I was drawn to the fact that you could use the yarn and create a picture, shapes, or just use different colors in lines.
The most challenging part of the project was working for the whole class period because you had to constantly weave the yarn back and forth. After a half-an-hour/forty-five minutes, I had to sit there and just take a break from staring at the string and yarn.
I think that it turned out very successfully. I think that it looks really close to what I had thought it would look like but if I did it again I would change some of the colors. I really like how the tan goes to brown, then to white and, then to light blue. I wish that I had used a different middle blue color though so that it would transition better from light blue to dark blue.
My art journal piece is representing the word superheroes. I used a background scene of a city burning and then a picture from a comic book of superheroes fighting against evil to successfully represent the word.
1st Layer: Tissue paper, I did half the page in varying blues and the other half in varying colors of red/pink.
2nd Layer: Painted newspaper; I laid down a squared piece of newspaper and painted it white and drew the outline of the city on it. To cover up the little bits of newspaper that showed above the city outline I put on some more tissue paper.
3rd Layer: Bubble Wrap; I pressed the bubble wrap into black ink and put it on the paper inside of the outline to fill in the buildings.
4th Layer: Sponge; I put down strips of masking tape and took the sponge and put it between the strips. Then I took the tape strips off to create the look of lights on in the buildings.
5th Layer: Words; I took a stencil, and using black paint, put some common words from comic books on top of the tissue paper.
6th Layer: Superheroes; I cut out a picture from a comic book of the Avengers and glued in the middle of the words to create the main point of the piece.
We made the backgrounds using acrylic paint and drew and colored the animals. I worked with Aubrie and Katelyn. I painted some of the background and moved the pieces during the video. Aubrie drew/printed the animals and person, wrote the title and "the end" part, and took the pictures during the video. Katelyn did one of the backgrounds. I think the video was very successful and showed our idea well. In the future I would change it so that the camera is set in one place so that one person doesn't have to hold the camera the whole time.
My limitation was that I could only use my left hand to paint. I knew that drawing straight lines would be a problem so I choose to do watercolor to hide the wobbly lines. I also knew that remembering to not use my right hand would be hard so I made sure to do everything, like adding the water to the paint, using my left hand.
I learned that Styrofoam cups can actually be used to make art. Before this lesson I didn't know that people actually made art out of them. I learned that cutting the cups to get a straight line is difficult because of the way that Styrofoam is. Also I learned that using just regular white glue to try and glue pieces together doesn't work well because the glue doesn't keep the pieces together. Any one who does this style often most have a lot of patience to get the lines perfect so I have respect now for their Styrofoam pieces. I think the piece is successful because I didn't just cut pieces away, I glued them back on to parts of the cup. If I were to do this again I would come up with what I wanted to do before I started cutting and I would try to make the shapes that I cut out have straighter outlines.
I learned that it's actually pretty easy to find things in nature that you can use to make other images. I kinda like how you make the piece of art take a picture and just walk away and over time it just goes away. The artist must really like what they do to take time to make a piece in this style and know that it probably won't be there in a week. I think this piece is successful because we made it look like their were more than one flower and they were getting blown away by the wind. I might consider making it a series of pictures, starting with all the flowers and ending with the pieces that made up the flowers.
I learned that working with clay you have to make sure that you don't make some of the parts to thin and that you also have to create places for the air to get out when the piece is fired. Also I learned that you have to use a technique were you scrap the two pieces of clay before putting them together and smoothing it over so that they won't fall off when the piece is dried and fired. This piece is successful because I wanted it to look similar to Dory from Finding Nemo and I think that I accomplished that. Also I think it's successful because of the way I got the tail to go from one shade of yellow to another. If I was to do this again I would change the shape of the head to make it a little bit bigger to make it more of the shape of Dory. Also I won't make it as thick in the front because when you look at it from the front it looks kinda fat and creepy looking.
About the Theme:
The difference between stealing and getting inspiration is that stealing is taking another person's work and saying that it's yours. Where as inspiration is taking the an idea or part of the work and adding your own ideas to it to create an original piece.
I think that it is okay to use parts of other works as long as you say who you got the idea or part of the piece from. Also if you do take a part of a piece you should make sure that the final piece is completely different and your own so that know one things that you just took the work that inspired you.
I combined the pieces that I did because sea turtles have always been one of my favorite animals and adding flowers to make the shell just seem like the perfect thing.
I choose to use acrylic paint because I find painting fun and I thought it would be the easiest medium to get all different colors out of so that the flowers weren't all the same.
If I could go back and change one thing about my piece it would be the color I did the background. I wish that I had done a lighter, more sea like color so that you could see the fins and head of the turtle better.
The most successful thing about my piece is the fact that I managed to get different types of flowers on the shell and they were more than one color. Another thing I thought was successful was the way I added white and a light green to show the movement of the water and turtle.
The hardest mini lesson was the charcoal object because you had to learn how to use a new medium and it was hard to make it have different shades of darkness. The forced perspective photo was the easiest mini lesson because you were working in a group so you had more than one person coming up with the ideas.