Friday, June 6, 2014

Art journaling

My topic for the art journaling project was give. I used this by using a picture of women fighting for bread to give to their families who desperately need it. I also included a picture of farmers because they provide the products to make the food to feed all the hungry people.

Artists develop art making skills
I learned the technique of collage. I have never done a collage type project before so it was something new and At first I thought I didn't like collages. I learned how to place things on a page better and how to design a page layout.

Artists create original work
I used my own unique ideas in this project. At first when you look at it it may seem confused and jumbled, but when you really look at it you begin to understand the meaning. The women getting bread and the farmers show the theme of give.


Artists reflect
I stepped back and analyzed my work throughout the process to make sure what I was doing actually looked like Spongebob.

Artists develop art making skills
I had never used clay before and I haven't done relief art.
I gained more skills with paint.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Art 1 Final Exam

Required Question
I feel that the open art room concept helped me grow as an artist. It allowed me to decide what I wanted to create. I didn't have a lot of guidelines other than the topic or medium. I think this is good because it allows the artist to create what THEY want to create, and not what the teacher wants them to create. The open art room concept allows the students thoughts and emotions to be put into the work. When you get to create what you want in art class, it makes it more enjoyable. If you aren't creating what you want, it won't be as enjoyable.

Choose a place or artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain. I chose the piece that I did in towards the beginning of the semester. It is the man in the suit with the camera as his face. I have a personal connection to it because I take a lot of pictures. I also use Instagram a lot. The man in the picture could be me because I'm always seeing things from the perspective of a camera lense. 

Which project was your most successful? Describe the theme and or topic and the process you went through to complete the project. The project I chose was the print making project. The subject I chose was the Instagram logo because it's one of my favorite apps. When I first started the project, I knew I wanted to do the logo, but I didn't want it to be the same colors as the original. I just wanted to the shape you to be recognizable. I chose black and yellow, which I think turned out well. Some of the prints where a little off on the placement but I think that that makes it more cool and layed back, which is what Instagram is.

Sketchbook: The warm up I found most beneficial was drawing the sign language hands. It helped me learn how to draw human features better. Before I made everything cartoon looking. The warm up made me try drawing more realistic.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Land art

Artists Create Original Art
For a warmup we had to find something outside and draw onto it to make it something. So for that I made a stick man out of sticks. In the land art project my group used this same idea and we added onto it to make it even better; we used leaves for hair and clothes.

Artists collaborate

While doing this project, my group contributed different ideas. We debated on what materials to use and how to create the stick figures. Through our combined ideas, we produced the different figures that we have now.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Shibori dyeing

Name: Motohiko Katano
What they create: He creates shibori patterns on cloth.
From: Nagoya

Style: katano shibori, repeating the pattern across the width of the cloth.
Retail or gallery: gallery

I picked this artist because he created his own style of shibori and created cool patterns. He also inspired other shibori artists.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Perspective Project

7. Artists reflect
When did you step back and analyze your work during this project?

I stepped back and analyzed my work when I finished drawing the project to make sure it looked how I wanted it to.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Art history video

The art piece we chose was Stuart's George Washington. It is on display in the Musuem of Fine Arts in Boston and the background was never completed. The categorie of art it falls in is American Neoclassicism. Neoclassicism became the style mostly due to Thomas Jefferson. He built the University of Virginia as a learning lab of Classicism. 

If we did this project again, I would change the way that we filmed our part because you couldn't really tell what the painting was. 

Jerry- PowerPoint & filming
Gabe- Painting
Daquan- acting

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Portrait project

Did you try something you weren't sure about as part of this project?

I attached my drawing to a skateboard deck. I wasn't sure how it would turn out because I didn't know how to attach it at first and make it look like it was part of the board.

Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?

I used a clear gel type material to attach the drawing to the board.

When did you step back and analyze your work during this project?

I first analyzed my work when I was drawing the portrait. I also analyzed the board when I was spray-painting it.

Monday, March 17, 2014




This GIF relates to me because it shows stand up paddleboarding. I enjoy stand up paddleboarding in my free time.


1st definition of art: Creating something that is visually appealing.

2nd definition of art: Art is something that you make or construct something using any materials.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pop art project

How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?

The Instagram logo is is traditionally brown and tan but I decided to go with black and yellow for a different feel.

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?

Instagram is one of my favorite apps. I like taking photos so I post them on there. So when we had to do this project it's the first thing I thought of.

Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?

I didn't know what print making was before this and I didn't know how to do it at first. But after I figured it out, it was fun.

Did you gain skill with familiar materials?

No but I did gain skill with unfamiliar materials like ink and linoleum.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Color Project

In progress

The themes I chose were Creature and Explore. Creature is incorporated because it is a skateboarder and Explore is incorporated because skateboarders explore their local area for spots.

The medium I picked was colored pencil because it is the easiest to use and gives a nice smoothness.

One difficulty I've had so far is the features on the face and getting the shape of the skateboard right.


Overall I think my piece was successful. The areas I'm most proud of are the skateboard and the head of the skateboarder because they were the hardest parts to get drawn right.

One thing I would go back and change would the wheels. Some of the wheels are shaped good but others are a little lopsided.

What I learned from this project is that if you keep trying to draw something that may be difficult, you will eventually get it right.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Two in One Project

In Progress

My drawing relates to the theme "two in one" because it is a man in a suit, but his head is replaced with a camera. The camera lens acts as his eyes and his chin would be the bottom part that pops out a little bit.

The medium I chose was graphite pencil. I chose this because I like the way it looks the best out of all the options we had. When your using a pen, you can't smooth the shading, but as for pencil you can. This medium is also the easiest for me to work with. I had a difficult time trying charcoal, and it was just too messy.

One thing I've had trouble with is making everything proportioned right and shaped correctly. Also I had a little trouble doing the camera because it has so many details.
2 in 1 in progress


I think my piece was pretty successful. The area I'm most proud of is the camera because it was by far the hardest to draw; there was so much detail.

One thing I would go back and change would be the hat because I don't think I did the best I could drawing it, but I'm still happy with the whole project.

My drawing relates to the theme "two in one" because it is a man in a suit, but his head is replaced with a camera. The camera lens acts as his eyes and his chin would be the bottom part that pops out a little bit.