1. Art Criticism Process:
Describe the artwork- List what you see in the artwork. What images do you see? How would you describe it over the phone. Which art elements? Describe the color schemes.
Analyze- the artwork. List art elements and design principles. Color, value, line, shape/form, texture, space. Balance, Emphasis, Harmony, Variety, Movement/ Rhythm, Proportion.
Interpret the artwork- What is the mood? What feeling is communicated? What ideas are represented? What is the story being told?
Judge the artwork- What do you think of the artwork? Is it successful? Why or why not? Support your opinions with evidence or criteria. (Art skills, meaning, creative, realistic)
2. CRITIQUE an older piece of your work
The piece of art depicts a picture of a sun with rockin’ sunglasses. The sun is outlined on a brightly colored background that is intertwined with orange string around the edges. The background consists of warm colors which include: orange, red, and blue. The overall shape of it is a square with the sun in the foreground, front and center. The tissue is in the back is arranged in an abstract order with no particular pattern. The mouth is formed using ink from linocut and is relatively dark and deep in relation to the rest of piece. There isn’t much added value for depth but the overall piece is just a fancy star shape (The Sun). Overall all of the space is used and occupied by something or a some color. The piece consists of plenty of variety in colors, techniques, mediums, and direction. You can see movement form from the sun rays all pointing in the same direction. The mood overall joy and relaxation. Chilling on the beach with the warm happy sun can be very relaxing. It shows lookin up on a hot summer days and just seeing bright colors and having a bright mood. I think that overall the piece is successful. You can understand the mood and what is depicted in the picture so what more can be done. I do think the string around the border is useless and adds nothing, so I wouldn’t add that next time. My mouth on it also looks really sloppy and disproportionately big. I should have designed the linocut better and planned it out more thoroughly.
3. Medium: which medium did you most enjoy working with and why? Which medium did you not use but wish you had explored?
I really liked using the basic acrylic paint. It’s very easy to use and put your thought onto paper. It doesn’t require you to color in or anything and do really complex drawing technique. I’m able to add color to a picture and make it stand super easily, unlike in drawing where it takes forever to color something in . Acrylic paint is also great because you can just paint over your mistakes. When using colored pencils or watercolor if you mess up their is now fixing it, you have to work around it. I think that for my least favorite medium It would easily be the cutout with scissors and layers of colored paper. It is really difficult for me to put the colors shapes, shades, and outlines all into 4 colors. I imagine pictures as shapes, not just different shades of colors, which is very obvious in my art. Not happy with how it turned out.
4. Was there a tool you had never used before and learned in this class? What was it and how did you use it?
Technically it is more so a medium but I had never used clay/ceramics before. This was really my first ever art class so I never was much exposed to using clay. I never knew that there were specific techniques for each type pot. For instance, I used “coiling” to make my pineapple pot, which I had never thought of. I figured that most were made with just a variant of clever pinch-potting or with the pottery wheel. The “scratch and score” was also very new to me, I was used to just sticking things together play-doh but it makes sense to do more of a locking in method that weld together with superheated water. I had to scratch and score each coil on top of each other to form the shape of the pineapple. I did find it somewhat difficult to design the pattern of the net on the outside. It was mostly pretty rough on the outside due to the coiling despite how much I smoothed it. Every time I would make a line the clay pushed aside would just fall into the crack.
5. What was the warm up or sketchbook assignment that you learned the most from?
The sphere warm ups were the most helpful to me. The allowed for a good introduction to each medium for me to understand how the colors react and how to use the tools. It enabled me to understand how to create the various shades and tints of colors. They were also helpful in understanding the basics principles of value and shading, to give a 2D shape a 3D appearance all with varying tints and a shadow. For instance, I never would have thought about light reflecting slightly of the surface back onto object to make it slightly brighter. I applied these principles to all of the art pieces I made from the warmup.
Pros: I like the overall shape of the gold fish. You can clearly tell what it is. It is also fairly fluffy and does feel like a stuffed animal. Probably one of my favorite art piece's so far and because it is so different and turned out relatively well.
Cons: The seams where I attached the fabric together are clearly visible and are visible I never reversed it, so now it looks inside out. The glue also busted around the fin and it split so now the fish guts are leaking. I had staple one part because I was having issues. I also wish I added more texture to it, like gills or something.
1. Traced outline of components with sharpie
2.Cutout each side of the fish and fin.
3.Put the two sides of fabric together and and glue almost all the way around.
4. Stuffed it with cotton
5. Sealed the hole with glue
6.Tried to glue the two together then just stapled to together
7.Cut out the fins
8.Layered fabric to make fins denser
9.Glued them on each side
10. Painted on eyes and mouth with fabric paint
1. For the first base layer I used tissue paper and glue, I chose relatively warm colored paper to give it the effect of the sun. I then used acrylic paint to paint the basic shape of the shape of the sun. For the eyes I then cut out sunglasses from a black sheet of paper. The mouth is created using printing by cutting the shape of the mouth and stamping it on. From there I outline the sun in sharpie to make it stand out. I tried to use the lighter to burn the edge like the sun but that didn't really work, so I just added a line of string around the outside.
2.My word was: Joy. I didn't really know how to represent joy other than bright colors and warmth, a perfect fit for the sun. The sun makes people and gives them hope.
1. This portrait piece is of me. It is related to oneself because it is I, myself. Me and Myself go way back and have been best friend for as long as I can remember :)
2. For this piece I did layered paper cutouts all on one large blank white sheet. I used 4 different colors to form the shape but most importantly the shading/value.
3a. Took a picture of myself
b.Converted the picture to a stylized form
c.Projected that image to a wall
d.Traced the image on each of the colors
e.Cut out the traces with a knife
f.Glued them together and layered each on top of the other referencing the original picture.
4.I really hate this piece. This is by far my least favorite piece of work. I would never try and do something like it again after this disaster. It just doesn't look right at all and I look like a lizard. I'd probably just do a colored pencil drawing next time.
1. Since the In-Progress post I have painted it yellow and green with green for the leaves and yellowish green for the body . I reinforced the precut design with black acrylic to emphasize it more.
2. I really like the leaves on the finished product, I think they are of decent size and shape and represent actual pineapple leaves well. I'm also happy they didn't fall off or anything because they have just been hanging.
3. I really didn't do well on the design with the black paint, it looks really sloppy. I feel if I didn't paint them and just made deeper cuts it would look much better.
1. The proportions us easily the most helpful. To be able to see the basic structure of a face is a good base for any portrait. It's one the thing to draw it and another to know how and why.
2. I found it weird that everything was measured in eyes. The size and position of everything revolves around the eyes and is relative to everything around it. It was also weird to see the whole face to be most covered up by hair was interesting.
1. The flag is made up lines to form the shape. The stripes on the flag consists of thick strokes. I also made a circular outline of the moon using lines.
2. I like the overall shape of the and the image portrayed but I could have done better. First of all the image is flipped and reflected which I totally forgot about. The empty space is also supposed to not have random lines. Another mistake I made was that there were originally supposed to be stars in space to fill it in but I totally forgot about it before it was too late.
1. I need to add color and paint. A pineapple is a colorful fruit with yellowish green color and green leaves. I plan on adding color by using acrylic because I already know how to use and mix. Nothing new and I don't have to wait for glazing.
2. The most difficult part for me was adding the lines with the knife to form the various sections. I could cut it but all the clay would clump up and couldn't get a nice clean line.
3. I really like how the leaves turned out. They look well and branch out like I wanted but didn't fall and flop down.
4. I created the body of the pineapple using coiling then smoothed it out with a ribbon. I made the leaves by cutting out the shape out of a slab. I then combined them together by score and slipping the bottom of the leaves and attaching them all together to a ball in the middle. Finally I secure it all together with a line of slab and attached it to the top.
Yep. Still me. Jacob, i'm the author and artist