Thursday, January 26, 2017

Most memorable experiences

One highlight from this semester was working on our color collages. This was a highlight for me because I learned so much about how different colors work but I also got to work on a fun project. I liked organizing my paper and designing my green colleges. I was so happy that by the end of the unit I had gotten a 100 on the test. I really felt like I learned a lot about this project and that is why it is a memorable moment for me.

The next memorable moment for me was doing the value self-portrait. This was a memorable moment for me because I have never made a self-portrait like that before. I have also never used different values of the same color to show depth or shape to something before. I learned how to make different shades of a color, map someone's face with values, and paint a realistic picture of myself. For those reasons I found this to be a memorable experience and I really enjoyed it.

Project that I am most proud of

This semester I am most proud of my Oaxacan animal bowl. I am most proud of this project because it turned out exactly how I wanted it to and I like the result. This project took a lot of thinking for me to come up with the design I wanted to paint. It took me a couple of tries to get a pattern I liked that also followed the criteria. I cam after school to work on it multiple times and I’m happy about that because I know that I put a lot of hard work into it. This project helped me to become more open to new ideas, if something doesn't work you can either work around the problem or start over which is okay. I also learned from this project that there are so many endangered animals because of reasons that we can control and some reason we can’t control. Overall, I really enjoyed painting, using the clay, and designing my design in the project.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

The place I chose was Sugarloaf. Sugarloaf is a mountain in Carrabassett Valley.
I ski at sugarloaf almost every weekend with my family. I like it there because I can be away from any stressful things that are in Yarmouth and I can have time for myself to relax. I also like it because I love to ski. I alpine and nordic ski there. I love nordic skiing in the trail alone and being by myself, but I also enjoy alpine skiing with my friends that I have made up there. I also enjoy watching my siblings alpine race at sugarloaf and skiing with them afterward. Overall, sugarloaf is my favorite place to be, it's beautiful, I can be with my friends and family, and there is always so much to do. Any weekend that I don’t go to sugarloaf I am sad but any weekend I am up there I am so happy. I have included myself in the personal space box by having me staining on a ski trail with my friends and siblings.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Value Self Portrait

    1. 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;

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

I am most proud of my careful planning and meticulous work on this painting. I am happy with how much detail I put into it because I think that it really looks like me. This wouldn’t have happened however if it hadn't been for my precise shapes of the values and shade of the values. I also took my time with Audrey as we mixed our perfect colors that they fit together really smoothly. This made sure that we didn’t have any jumps to darker or lighter colors in our paintings. I am specifically happy with the shading around my eyes because I think that I did a good job defining important features and I feel like I really made my eye look like my own. Overall, I am very proud with the amount of time and energy I put into this painting. there was never a time where I “gave up” and stopped working hard because I worked my hardest until I was finished.
I think that the most challenging part of this project was making sure that all of the edges and layers were perfect, without any spaces or white spots where you didn’t have enough paint. This was also very difficult because we had a reasonably short amount of class time to get everything done. I dealt with with a problem but just taking each piece and color at a time. I didn’t rush, I worked as slow as I had to in order to get everything to look the way I wanted it to. I worked with the amount of class time I had and I came in after school and before school so that I could get everything that I needed to done. I also had some difficulty with my darkest shade of purple because it required many layers to look the way I wanted it to which meant that I spent a lot of my time going over all of the really dark parts of my painting.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: Young Ducks 1897

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;

To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work.
Young Ducks
Watercolor on wove paper
  1. Describe as much as you can about the artwork (over the phone to someone who has not seen the painting).  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used?
  • Two men are canoeing. Looking off into the distance. It seems like they are looking at the storm cloud in the sky. They are close to the shore. On a lake. The water is very calm, this could be the “calm before the storm”. Pine trees in the background. It is afternoon. There are cool colors used. Gray, orange, deep blues, white, etc.
  1. Point of interest/Composition – What attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)
  • The boat, it’s the brightest and it is in the middle of the painting. It;s clear and vibrant compared to the background/other things in the painting.
  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
  • It is symmetrical. On both sides, there is a man sitting in the canoe looking off into the distance and holding a paddle. The horizon is covered coast.
  1. Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middleground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.
  • There is a horizon line on the top of the lake. The foreground is the men in the canoe, the middleground is beach and the forest, and the background is the forest and the stormy sky.
  1. Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?
  • The feelings that are generated from this painting is calmness and mysterious because there is a storm in the distance and they are looking at it. The colors are dull and subtle, definitely waning to more cool colors than warm. The lines are not very precise, they are more loose and blended. The subject matter contributes to the mood by promoting calmness in the technique itself instead of a precise and sharp technique.
  1. Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?
  • The title of the painting is “Young Ducks” and it was painted in 1897. The story of the painting is in the distance in the water there is a family of ducks. It appears that the cannoneers are observing the ducks. They both take a break from paddling to admire what they see in the distance.  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

Purpose: To create a clay bowl with an endangered species subject, decorated in the style of the Oaxaca painted animal sculptures.

Art Culture Studied: The Oaxacan Culture from Mexico

For this project, I decided to paint the Southern Sea Otter. I chose the Otter because in pictures it looks very cute and innocent and I never knew that it was endangered. The Southern Sea Otter is endangered because in the 1880s it was over hunted to near extinction. The population is making its way back but with the oil spills and continued hunting the population is still dwindling. The Southern Sea Otters are from the California coast and are also known as California Sea Otters. Currently, there are around 3,000 sea otters in California. On my animal bow,l I made sure to show that otters live in the ocean by adding waves to the water they were swimming in.
For this project, I used an analogous color scheme. I used the colors red-violet, light blue-green, blue, and a darker blue. These all fit the analogous color scheme because they are all next to one another on the color wheel. I love how the colors work because they all look really good together and they help to show each detail in my pattern and the shape of my animal. If I did this project again I would maybe add another color to my pattern or make my pattern more intricate.
For me, the most interesting part of this project was designing and planning my bowl. I really enjoyed working with the colors and painting my bowl. I liked this because the painting was calming but I never got bored of it because I could paint a new design or with a new color. I also liked creating the colors I was going to use because it made my bowl unique.Overall, I really enjoyed this project and had a good time creating my bowl because with every new color I was able to express my creativity.

Monday, December 5, 2016

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