1. Which project was your favorite or most successful this semester? Please explain?
My most succesful piece this semester had to be the final landscape painting. When we did this on the iPads I started liking my project more and more and I was excited for the canvas painting. Since this was the final painting I feel that all the skills that we learned throughout the year showed in this project. The best part and hardest part to do was the blending of colors and getting the color right to the picture, I consider myself a very technical artist and need to get evreything looking like the original. The part that I am still unhappy about this project is the trees and clouds. This was a new technique that we learned before the project started and I struggled with this part the most. The clouds were difficult beause they kept blending together and started not looking like clouds. The trees were hard to make because I had to seperate each tree so that it didnt look like a pile of leaves. This project was my favorite because I thought this was my best piece and it represented my picture well.
2. Regardless of whether you liked or disliked a project, which one did you learn, grow from, or developed the most from? Please explain.
The value unit was definitly the most difficult unit for me to do beacuse I'm more used to drawing cartoon pictures where it's just an outline and I usually dont go back and color. When we first started this unit we started with the simple 2-D shapes that we had to add value to make them 3-D. This was my hardest unit, I had trouble picturing things and using the pencils because there was to many pencil lines when i wanted it to be blended together. I had a problem with that my value drawings because the value always ended up being too light. I don't know why I was so afraid to go darker, but I realized looking back at that unit that I should have just gone darker, that it would have made it better. I felt like the car and the self portrait projects really showed how much that I accomplished this unit and came along. My face project was definity still very light but I think that from the very first sketch of that project was really bad and I learned to not draw with what I thought things should look like, but I learned to acutally look at the mirror and draw what I saw and what I was looking at. Overall, I grew a lot with this project since in future projects we used value all the time; this unit prepared me well for later projects.
3. Choose 1 piece of Art that you used skills and techniques from previous projects. Discuss your growth as an artist and how you incorperated these skills and techniques to create the piece.
For the clay tile piece I felt that as one of the last projects that we did, this project showed a lot of little techniques from previous projects; shapes, value, proportions, texture, etc. I found it to be a challenge to actually build my piece. I used a lot of paper towels to hold my piece up and support it. I felt like from the real thing I proportionally had everything correct. I feel that I incorporated value well, in the beginning of the project Mrs. Rossi mentioned that the things that are at the top and things that catch light are supposed to be lighter. I was confused at this first but when I was adding my value to the tips of the petals I noticed how well it made the piece better. I added lighter and darker shades to the lily pads to make the overall piece more realistic. The most overall technique to focus on this project was texture because the clay was so functional. I added "waves" or ripples to the water to provide movement. The overall purpose of the texture was to provide realism. I liked how my final turned out, but I felt like I could have been neater with the project and I wish i did some things differently.
4. Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in this course? Please explain.
I felt like the stencil project was the least important project to learn concepts. I wouldn't get rid of the project though, it was very fun and most exciting to do. I liked the fact that we spray painted instead of painting with a paintbrush or even drawing. We got do something that we don't normally get to do. I understand that maybe the project was showing us how even little values can help, but I really didn't think that this project focused on teaching us concepts. I personally had trouble with my spray painting dripping down so I ended up having to repaint the background to cover it up. I wish I picked better colors in the end because my colors look so plain compared to everyone else's whose were more vibrant than mine. I did my project of my sister and even though I didn't like it, my sister ended up liking it and took it back to college with her. Another difficult part of the project would have to be using the exacto-knifes. After cutting out all the stencils it made me hate the exacto knife. The whole process of cutting the stencils out was very repetitious and boring. I really liked the fact that we got to use spray paint rather than painting all the time. I wouldn't get rid of this project next year.
I picked my skeleton cartoon drawing for my piece that reflects me as an artist. I thought this was a creative idea for a project and really liked it. Even though this was the first thing that we did, I really enjoyed this project. I feel like as an artist I excel in mostly 2-D drawings. I enjoyed trying to find the right proportions to fit the character who had an abnormal structure. I would really like to do more of these, I thought everyone else's was really creative to. I think that this is the perfect representation as my artwork because I felt I needed help with the other projects, I grew from those. With this project I felt like this showed what I allready knew. I find that im also a very specific artist; when I have a picture I need to make it realistic. I wish that I would be more experimental with my color and projects. I think in the end I really enjoyed this project and how it turned out.
5. Choose a piece of artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain your choice.