1. WRITE - Explain the art criticism process.
The first step in the art criticism process is to describe and tell what you see. Next, analyze the artwork by using the elements/principles to reflect upon the art form. Then, interpret the piece. Ask yourself "What is the artist trying to say?", "What caused the artist to say it?", "What is the historical milieu that surrounds the work of art?" and "Why was the art created in this particular style?" The final step is to evaluate by asking "How successful or important is the work of art?"
2. CRITIQUE and older piece of your work USING THE PROCESS FROM #1 You are going to evaluate your piece using art vocabulary and in-depth discussion of your piece, what it means, what you learned, etc. Make sure you defend all your statements. When I read this I should have a clear understanding of the evolution of the project and your use of problem solving and critical thinking skills were used to make the piece successful. Starting from the early development stages of brainstorming through sketching and final product. In simpler terms you will describe, analyze, interpret and judge your artwork. Use the art vocabulary on the blog page.
I chose my perspective piece to critique. I can see many tall buildings, and the big one in the center is what catches my eye first. Reflections have been shaded onto the glass. I can also see that this piece has been done in third perspective, as if I was standing below the buildings and looking up at them.
Some elements and principles I can see in this artwork are different hues of gray to create the 3D effect, many lines running across the sides of the buildings to help shape the perspective, different shapes such as rectangles, and texture in the clouds. I can also see geometric and organic forms. The geometric forms would be the windows on the building. An example of an organic form in this piece is the reflected building on the far right, since it has a lot of curves and looks abstract.
There is no message in this artwork, and there isn't really a history behind it. I took this picture in Houston, Texas when I was at a World's Robotics Competition, and I thought it would be a good perspective piece to illustrate. I created the art in this style because I thought this piece would look great in grayscale. The reason why I chose to use pencil is because I want people to feel relaxed and at peace when they look at this drawing. This contrasts the general thoughts that come to mind when people think of cities, such as loud, chaos, and busy. However, I wished I chose to draw it in color pencil instead because I think it would look better if color was put into it.
In my opinion, this artwork was pretty successful, even if I don't agree with the medium. This perspective piece portrays realism, since I took a lot of time making it look close to the original image. I payed attention to the smallest of details in the process of making this artwork. I tried my best to make every line as precise as possible. I was constantly comparing my drawing to the original picture to see if I had missed an important detail. Overall, I am happy with how it turned out in the end and how realistic the drawing looks.
I learned a lot about precision and detail when making this piece. Every line, angle, and curve has to be incredibly accurate to create a perspective piece. There were many times where I had to erase several lines because they weren't in the right place or at the right angle. I have also learned that putting in tiny details makes a big difference. I had to use my observation skills in order to really see and draw the details in this drawing.
When I started drawing this piece, I had to first draw big and then add in the details. I started with the center building first and then drew the general shapes of the other buildings. From there, I drew the lines running across and down the sides of the buildings. I then looked at all the tiny details in the original picture, and then copied them onto my drawing. Finally, the last step was shading. It took a while for me to shade this piece, because every single window on the buildings had different shades of gray. I also had to incorporate the reflections on the buildings. Blending tools were very helpful in this part of the process because they helped soften sharp pencil marks. They helped smooth it all together and created a "flow" within my piece.
Overall, I like the piece and how it looks from up close and afar. Paying close attention to details and accuracy helped create the perspective of this artwork, and made a difference in my drawing. This project definitely improved my drawing and shading skills by a great amount.
Pick 3 Questions:
15. Which project was your most successful? Describe the theme and or topic and the process you went through to complete the project.
My most successful project would be the clay tray project. I liked my idea of having a boat for a tray. I also like the oar spoons I created that go along with the theme. I chose complementary colors for the glaze (dark blue and orange-brown). The triangle design was based off of the shape of Tortilla chips, which is one appetizer the tray was planned to hold. The placement of the spoons in the boat shows that the spoons and the boat tray go together.
To create this sculpture, I first used aluminum foil and formed it into two slightly bent "rod" shapes. I created a clay slab and then laid it on top of the aluminum "rods". This helped create the boat shape. I trimmed the slab and let it sit in that position for a day. The next day, I removed the aluminum foil from the clay. I flipped the clay over and then pushed the sides of it to give the clay more of a boat shape. Then, I trimmed the top of the boat and made two smaller slabs of clay for the seats. For each slab, I pushed the sides upwards to make it into a rectangular prism shape. This way, the seats would be hollow. I attached the seats into the boat by using water and scoring. I wanted to add some design to the boat, but I also wanted it to look simple. So, I used the back of a paintbrush to create triangle designs on top of the seats. For the oar spoons, I made two small slabs of clay again. For each slab, I pinched more than half of it together to create the handle. I slightly curved the other part of clay to make the spoon shape. I made the boat smoother by using water, my finger, and ribs. I wanted the oar spoons to be situated inside the boat. To do this, I used a large drill bit to make holes in the side of the boat. I smoothed out the holes and made sure that the spoons would fit inside. After firing the clay, I glazed the tray and spoons. I used a light orange-brown color for the outside of the tray and the seats. For the inside of the boat and the spoons, I painted it a dark blue. Lastly, the clay was put back into the kiln to be fired.
16. Do over: If given the opportunity, which project would you do over? Describe why and how you would redo this project. Reasons might include choosing a different theme, using a different medium or creating a different idea completely. Include photo.
I would do the two-in-one project again if I was given the opportunity to do so. I would do this project over again because I think that it would look a lot better in a different medium.
Instead of water color, I would use color pencil for the reindeer. Color pencil can blend together and can show texture on the reindeer. I would keep the background the same water color green. I would also add more detail to the reindeer's antlers/trees, such as adding a bird's nest and grass beneath the antlers.
18. Medium: which medium did you most enjoy working with and why? Which medium did you not use but wish you had explored? Include photo.
The medium I enjoyed working with was acrylic paint. I really liked painting the Costa Rica picture that I took, and it was fun to experiment with the different colors, shades, tones, and highlights that you can create. I also incorporated acrylic paint into my postcard, because it was my favorite medium to work with.
The medium I didn't use was colored pencils, and I wish I used them in a project. I wanted to explore blending with colored pencils instead of using regular drawing pencils. Even though I think my perspective piece turned out great, I wished I used color pencil so that I could blend and shade with color.
1. What is your tray set used for? How does your design make it used for that?
My tray set is used for holding appetizers and sauces for dipping. My design is a boat with seats that act like dividers. It has oar spoons for scooping up the dips. The seats divide the boat into 3 separate sections. These sections can hold for example, chips, salsa, and guacamole.
2. How did you come up with your idea?
I told my mom about this project when I was brainstorming ideas at home. The first suggestion she gave me was a boat. At that instance, I formed an image of a clay boat tray in my head that had seats and oars for spoons.
3. Explain your process and materials. (3 or more sentences)
First, I took aluminum foil and formed it into two slightly bent "rod" shapes. I made a slab of clay and layed it on top of the aluminum. I trimmed it and let it sit in that position for a day. Next, I took the clay off the aluminum and slightly pushed the sides of it to give it more of a boat shape. Then, I trimmed the top of the boat. I made two separate, smaller slabs of clay for the seats. I pushed the sides of the slab upwards to make it a rectangular shape. In this way, the seats would be hollow. I attached the seats into the boat using water and scoring. I used the back of a paintbrush to create the triangle designs on top of the seats. To create the oar spoons, I used two small slabs of clay and pinched part of it together to create the handle. For the other piece of the slab, I slightly curved it. I made the boat more smooth by using my finger, ribs, and some water. To make the holes in the side of the boat, I used a large drill bit . I smoothed out the holes and made sure that the oar spoons would fit inside. I then fired the clay. Once it came out of the kiln, I glazed the tray and the spoons dark blue and light brown. Finally, the clay was put into the kiln again to be fired.
1. What perspective did you use? 1, 2, or 3?
I used 3rd perspective.
2. What medium did you pick?
I used pencil to do my piece.
3. Tell me about the photo, where did you take it?
The original photo was taken in Houston, Texas. I was in downtown Houston for a World Robotics Competition, and I thought it would look nice if I took a picture of the buildings from the ground.
4. What did you find difficult about the project?
The most difficult and time-consuming part of the project was using the ruler to draw each line of the buildings. There were many times where I didn't get it exactly right and I would have to erase the line and draw another one. Finding the right angle for the lines was also challenging. Sometimes my hand would slip and I would draw a line at the wrong angle. Another time, I realized I was drawing the lines on the side of the center building at the wrong angle, and I had to erase all of it and start over.
1. How many different mediums and techniques did you use? Describe each one of them.
I used 7 different techniques and 6 mediums. One of the techniques I used was pasting tissue paper with mod podge. I also stamped ink down to create the water. For the sun and its rays, I cut paper with designs out and glued them down. I made a circular design by cutting a stencil and painting it on between the sun rays. For the trees, I painted bubble wrap and stamped it on. Next, I added green glitter to it. The last technique I used was transferring ink onto tape and then sticking it on. I printed out the word "Hawaii" in cursive. I cut it out and put tape on it. I used water to transfer the ink onto the tape and after it dried, I stuck it at the bottom of the postcard. The mediums I used in this piece are ink (for the water), acrylic paint, cut paper, glitter, tissue paper, and the ink on the tape.
2. What was your word and how did you portray it?
The sentence I got was "Pick an exotic location you'd like to travel to and do a page about it." I picked Hawaii because it was an exotic place I really wanted to visit. I searched up pictures of Hawaii for inspiration and found an image with three palm trees in front of a sunset. This is what I used for my postcard. I added the text "Hawaii" so viewers would know what place it is.
1. How does your piece show off the theme of "line?"
The lines in the flamingo create different, abstract shapes. I also added lines in the rocks in the background. There are lines in the water as well.
2. How is your piece successful and what might you change if you were to do it again? (3 sentences)
My piece is successful because I like how the flamingo turned out. The thickness of the lines created the various shapes and I think that's what made the flamingo very appealing. I might add more detail to the water and to the mountains in the background if I could do this again.
1. Since completing the in-process blog post what has been your process since? Use vocabulary: glaze, paint, glazeware, finish, and fire.
I glazed some parts of my sculpture, such as the wings of the bird and the foamy parts of the waves. I added a lot of coats because I really wanted the glaze to show. After firing it, I painted the glazeware with acrylic colors. I stuck with different shades of blue for the colors. I painted both the outside and the inside of the sculpture, as well as the lid and the handle. After painting, I finished the sculpture.
2. What do you find successful about the finished piece?
I like how the waves turned out. The texture gives it another dimension. I also like the color I gave to the waves. I added some highlights in it and I think it made them look more realistic.
3. What would you have changed if you were to do it again?
I would have changed the seagull on the top. It looks a bit tilted and it isn't very smooth. I wished I worked on the bird a bit more and straightened it out.
1. What do you plan to do with your piece? How do you plan to finish it? (3 sentences minimum)
I plan to glaze some parts of my box and paint the rest with acrylic paint. I want to do an ombré blue for the waves. This is why I chose acrylic paint to do it since it would be easier to blend the colors.
2. What things have you found difficult so far? How were they difficult?
The seagull was difficult to sculpt. It took some time to shape it and make its wings even. I also had a hard time figuring out how to add texture to my box. I was unsure about how to create the waves.
3. What do you find successful so far?
I think I was pretty successful in creating the lid and cylinder shape. I am also proud of how the waves look.
4. Explain your process up to this point. Use vocabulary: slab, scratch and slip, greenware, bisque, fire. (3 sentence minimum)
First, I created a slab of clay. I used a pipe to wrap the slab with in order to create the cylinder. I trimmed the top and bottom so it was even and then I joined the two sides of the slab together to complete the cylinder. Next, I worked on creating the bottom and the lid. I gave the lid a wavy edge to it and I sculpted a seagull to put on top of the lid. The bird would act as a handle. I had to make separate pieces of the seagull first, and then put the whole bird together by scratching and slipping. For the waves, I used really wet clay and dabbed it on. This gave the waves a foamy appearance. To make the waves look more three dimensional, I attached strips of clay to the edges of the waves. At this point, my greenware was complete. My sculpture was put in the kiln and fired to turn it into bisqueware. I painted glaze on some parts of my sculpture and now it is ready to be fired again.