Friday, January 29, 2016

Most Memorable Experiences

One of my highlights of the semester would have to the still life drawing unit in general. I thought that this project was really fun and helped me learn a lot about art. I really liked the activity where we made multiple still-lifes with different mediums. This helped me learn how to create value in a drawing, and how important value is in creating shapes. Another highlight from this semester would actually be the styrofoam cup project. Though the styrofoam was hard to use, I thought that the sculptures that we took inspiration from were really cool. In the end the cups looked amazing and it was cool that we made art out of only styrofoam cups. This project helped me learn about negative space and how important it is.

Project That I Am The Most Proud Of

Out of all the projects that we did this semester in art, I have to say that the one that I am most proud of is the value self-portrait painting. I’m especially proud of this project because before it I had always been very bad at painting.It was my first painting that I was happy with when I finished it. This project helped me learn a lot about painting and how to express value well. It was also just very fun and interesting to create a painting out of only one color. It really showed how important value is in a painting. Another reason that I’m very proud of this painting is the fact that it really shows my progress through the semester. If I had tried to paint that at the beginning of the year it would have come out awful. All of the activities with value and color that we did really helped make me a better artist.  

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place

Winslow Homer

Homer does many things in his painting Driftwood that help create a clear sense of place. One thing that helps to create a sense of place is the man in the foreground. He helps make the painting seem like a real place on the coast where people live. Another great piece of the painting that helps create a sense of space is the depth. The painting isn’t flat, but instead has a clear foreground, middleground, and background to create depth. The man and the log are in the foreground, the wave is in the middleground, and the rest of the ocean and sky is in the background. All of these pieces of the painting help to make a clear sense of place in Driftwood.

My place is Canyonlands National Park in Utah. In my tunnel book I tried many of the same things that Homer did to create a sense of place. One thing that I tried was making the book have a clear depth to it much like Homer did. My book had a clear foreground, middleground, and background that helped make my place more believable. I was in the foreground with my dad and brother, the two boulders are in the middleground, and the sky is in the background. Another thing that I did to help make my book have a sense of place was include me in it. By having me in the foreground, my connection to the place is clearer and the piece is altogether more believable.

One thing that could have made a better sense of place in my tunnel book would be a real object. If I could have found a real object from Canyonlands or my trip, my tunnel book would have a stronger personal connection. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything that was very symbolic of my trip. Another thing that could have helped create a better sense of place in my tunnel book would be a clearer foreground, middleground, and background. Though I did have a good foreground, middleground, and background, it could have used some more definition between them to create even more depth.

Personal Space Box

Purpose:The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

Canyonlands National Park in Utah

Canyonlands National Park is important to me because It was one of my favorite stops of my drive across the country. It was a great place to spend quality time with my dad and my brother. It was also one of the first stops of our trip after days of driving and it’s amazing hikes and views made every hour in the car worth it. I have included me in this tunnel book by using a picture of my dad, my brother, and I. This was one of the only pictures we took that had all of us in it and that was important to me.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer, Boy in the Boat, 1873

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire my own work;

It is midday and there is a boy sitting in a barrel in the center of the painting with more barrels surrounding him. There is a greenish blue building in the upper right side of the painting and there is a fallen mast and sail behind the boy. In the upper left corner there are more stacked barrels and a ramp going to the building with a boat on it. The colors are all pretty light and happy.

The large bright white sail in the middle ground leads my eye to the boy in the foreground. Both are in the center of the painting. The sudden change in color and the large shape both draw my attention to the area

The painting is asymmetrically balanced. A wooden shed, or warehouse is behind the boy to the right, and the rest of the boatyard, with more buildings, boats, and barrels is far behind to the left. The color and shapes on either side make it asymmetrical.

There is a horizon line where the sky meets the ramp in the upper left corner. The boy, the mast, and the barrels around him are in the foreground. The building is in the middleground, and the stacked barrels and ramp is in the background.

I have a deep sensation of melancholy while viewing this painting. The boy is simply clothed, and wears a straw hat and no shoes. Youth within industry, like a nonworking american Oliver Twist. A Maine Huckleberry Finn.

The boy seems sad and bored and he is all alone. Homer was trying to communicate to his audience a story of the in the boatyard. The audience is provided the setting and the character, the rest of the story is up to them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Value Self Portrait


  • To determine where values change when light moves over an uneven surface by using a range of values to paint the different values in a realistic, monochromatic self-portrait;

  • To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
  • To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

Artists Studied: Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Carolyn Schlam, and Neil Shigley

Portrait Reflection

I think that I am most proud of my facial features. I believe that my painting really looks like me and is pretty three dimensional. Another thing that I am proud of in this project is the color scheme. I like the blue that I used and I think the light green in the background goes well with it. I also think that my emotion in the picture is expressed well by the colors that I used.

Receiving feedback was extremely helpful in making sure that the little details in my painting were very accurate. One piece of very helpful feedback was the suggestion that I make my eyes slightly larger. This helped make my face more believable and realistic. Another good piece of feedback was the suggestion that I make myself look happier in the painting by doing small things like curling the corner of my lips.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fabulous Faces


  • To look a bit deeper at a variety of portrait artists who use a variety of media
  • Develop understanding of different artists’ work through inquiry, research, and synthesis