Artists Who Work in Wood

I found a wooden goblet covered in detailing of grape vines that is made by Nairi Safaryan. This artist always works with art, and he just won The Grand Prize at the Carving Artistry Contest that is sponsored by Pfeil and Woodcraft Magazine for his finely detailed jewelry box. He has always worked with wood, but it was not said what kind of wood he works with. His projects take an immense amount of time and detailing because he lives up to his label as “Master Woodcarver.”

This goblet has fine detailing of vines and grapes. The stem of the goblet is shaped after the main stem or root of a grape plant. The wood that is not detailed, along the top and base, is very smooth and has no ridges. The detailing of the goblet is very fine because the vines go in many directions and the leaves and grapes have details, and they vary in size and shape.

This work of art is one of many household object that Nairi creates, but the art always has a spin on it. This object is very balanced and light when you compare the detailing to the smooth areas of the goblet. The detailing doesn’t overpower the artwork, and it looks exquisite.

I personally don’t think this artwork holds any hidden meaning behind it, other than it is a goblet or a wine glass, and it has the detailing that adds character to the glass. I don’t think this artwork was difficult or took long with Nairi being a “Master Woodcarver” either. The detailing makes sense in the way that grapes make wine, and wine is drunken out of a wine glass.

The goblet is beautiful and it has very precise detailing. The idea of grape vines on a wine glass is very common, so this artwork is not very unique. The artist did however go above those other glass wine glass by using wood, and that allowed him to add finer detail. The artwork is eye drawing because of the intricate detailing of the grape stems, leaves, and grapes. The element of art used is shape.

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Motion and Shutter Speed Reflection


When it began raining, went into my yard and took a picture of raindrops hitting a puddle because water makes unique photos. I used leading lines to direct he viewers attention to the rain on the sidewalk, and leading lines helps to move the viewers attention from contrasting elements. Some Elements and Principles of design I used were line, movement, and pattern. The raindrops were the pattern, the sidewalk was the line, and movement was the raindrops slashing in the puddle. I chose to use raindrops in my picture because they look very cool and I have never done a picture of rain for Photography Class. I used my voice by including the bright green of the grass and the imperfections of the raindrops. This assignment changed my view of the world because it was difficult to find moving objects, even when many object move in the world. I wanted to be creative, and the limited my subject matter, allowing me to look harder and deeper at objects. My weakness was that I struggled to find blur and panning photos, while I found a majority of freeze pictures. If I had to change this assignment I would have liked to get to understand my camera better by asking the teacher to help me learn my controls, so I lived up to my true potential.

Depth of Field Reflection

I went to the park and I took a picture of a hybrid flower after looking around at multiple plants. I changed my aperture to focus on the flower. By using Rule of Thirds, the image isn’t just focused on the flower, but the greenery is included. By using color and emphasis, the flower is the main focus of the picture instead of the greenery. I chose my subject matter because it was very colorful and I loved how the pink and white complemented each other. I used my voice my choosing a simplistic object, but finding a flower that had character. My view has changed because I now can look at something far away and see that has the same value as something right in front of me. I struggled to find good great distance photos that fulfilled the requirements, but I think I found some interesting objects still. If I could have changed the assignment, I would have assigned more shallow depth of Field photos, and decreased the amount of great depth of Field photos.

Color Composition Photo Shoot


I took a picture of my dog with a green hat on and I brought them outside in front of a grey brick wall. I thought the grey would look good in the picture. I used background and contrast to focus the viewer on the bright green hat. The green pops out from the grey background and the brown dog. My subject matter was the green hat. My voice was expressed because the hat was bright and in my opinion creative. This assignment changed me because I was forced to look for green items that weren’t bland and were creative. My weakness was that I found a lot of nature pictures, but I thought I found some really cool objects. If I could change anything, I would change my color because I struggled to find good green pictures that were interesting. I would rather have had the color red.

Rules of Composition Reflection


I took this picture in the woods near my house because the features are always changing, and I knew could find something interesting. I took a picture of a nut because the green added character to the brown wood terrain. I didn’t have to set up my scene because I thought that the landscape was perfect for my photo. The leaves and twigs didn’t take away value from the green nut. I chose the green as my subject matter because I felt the green balanced the landscape very well. The elements and principles I used were emphasis, contrast, and color. The green is the color I used, and the green contrasts the grayish brown path. I emphasized the green nut because I centered it and the viewer’s eyes are drawn to it. The rules of composition made my picture better because by me using ‘Creative With Color’, my picture has a main subject point and the colors in my picture make each other have value. I think using the rules make my pictures make better all together. I think I found photo subjects very easily because I think photography has allowed me to see value in every form of shape/object and I am very proud of my photos, but I don’t think I took a wide variety of photos. My voice has been expressed by me using such a vibrant color as my subject matter. The only thing I would change about this assignment would be that I find a wider variety of subjects.

Photography Expectations

I took Photography as a class this year because taking photos is already something I am interested. I wanted to learn how to work a camera to its full extent properly. The place I want to be with my photography is that I want to be able to take a breath-taking, unique photo. I do not know my future goals as of right now, so I taught photography class would help me decide if I want to be a photographer. I enjoy taking photos as a hobby, and I wanted to see if that could become a career. My teacher can help me reach these goals by giving me detailed advice and instructions. I want to not only take good photos, but I want to be able to operate a camera successfully.

3D Art Final

This year in art, I’ve learned how to use plaster, clay, wood, metal, and clay. I’ve made projects for fun and some to be informative. This user I have accomplished how to made a ceramic bowl, whistle, and tile without it exploding or cracking. I had realistic goals and I would like to believe that I accomplished those goals with each project. I wanted each project to look great, but also come out to something that I can use and be proud of. I want to be able to use these experiences in the future when I take other art classes, in or out of school.

Next year I’m planning on taking photography and I want to take ceramics in my other years of high school because I really enjoy that unit this year. In the future I want to make more sophisticated pieces of art that look even better when I get more experienced and spend more time with each material. If I want better results with my work in the future, then I need to take my time more on focusing on what abilities I struggle with, instead of looking around at what I can’t do or what doesn’t look good. I believe I will get better by doing that. I need to gain confidence in my abilities of what I can do instead of what is out of my reach.

Something I think I did well was that I really worked hard on my projects, especially the ceramic projects. I came in during my free periods and I made use of my time in class. When I struggle with something I push myself to make sure I finish with the problem and better myself. I will continue to push myself and make artwork that speaks to me. I learned not to get frustrated when a project doesn’t come out what I originally planned it to be like, but I still accept it and look to improve it.

The most challenging part of this class was working with wood. It split and splintered since it was a very different type of wood than what I normally work with. I also struggled with the metal wiring and paper were difficult because I always got cut or stabbed by the material. To overcome my struggle with wood, I took my time and instead of using the exacto knife to cut everything for my consumerism gingerbread man wood project, I sanded most of it. My project came out very nice, and it looked very finished throughout.

New skills I use now are that I actually make some of my own shadow books of my own at my house, not just in class. I’ve learned to be patience and learn to accept the outcome of my work more. I can use this in my future education when I don’t get a good grade, because I can understand that I have another chance to improve my grade, and my grade doesn’t reflect who I am as a person. This experience reinforces something l learned before, because there is a saying that states,” Its not what is on the outside, but what is on the inside.” I think this is very important in school, art class, and everyday life.

In my wood work I incorporated consumerism and form. In my paper sculpture I incorporated instrumentalism and shape. In my clay tile I incorporated place, identity, color and form. I used form and color on my ceramic whistle. On my metal metaphor project, I used juxtaposition and shape. I used balance in every piece of artwork I have made. I used form, shape, and color when making my plaster sphere.

Metal Metaphor Sculpture

IMG_3198IMG_2755IMG_2756IMG_2757IMG_2759For this project, I decided to construct my sculpture based on the metaphor, “The dancer was as graceful as an eagle taking flight. This project was supposed to show juxtaposition between a dancer and an eagle. This metaphor means that the dancer did an amazing job, and she danced elegantly, as a professional would. An eagle is known for having powerful, stable wings. Comparing these two objects means that they are both talented and skillful. I will be using metal wiring to make an exoskeleton of an eagle, mesh wiring to covered the eagle, and gold metal to cover and form ballet shoes. My eagle will have it’s wings extended, and it’s claws will not be shown, but instead ballet shoes will be in it’s place. The element of art used is shape. I could used less glue when constructing the eagle, but I liked the way it turned out. The wings came out symmetrical, but the project was a bit messy or rushed looking.

Ceramic Scenary

IMG_2619.JPGThis project’s assignment was to find a image of a scenery that interested the artist, and to depict the project as accurately as we can on a 5 inch by 5 inch clay tile. I chose a picture of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. This place shows where I want to live, and it shows the identity of what the community is like, which is vibrant. I chose this picture because I want to live there after graduating high school. In comparison to the whistle project the whistle was more difficult. Even though this project had much more detail needed, I struggled to whistle into a elephant. The first whistle I made was too wet, so it caved in, and I had to make a completely new whistle in a shortened time period. I also dealt with adding heavy pieces onto the whistle, where as this project didn’t require that much clay to be added on. This project did have it’s struggles while trying to scrape away clay to create a leveled effect, the clay didn’t cooperate as much as I would have like. Since this project was large, pieces dried out at different times, so I dealt with parts that were too wet or too dry. I was surprised at the color the building turned out to be. It was much more vibrant than I expected, but it resembles a rustic color, which is what I wanted. The project I enjoyed the most was probably the elephant whistle because I think that a clay whistle is such a cool creation, and I spent so much time on that project, that I can really appreciate it. The element of art used is color.

Ceramic Elephant Whistle

IMG_2618.JPGFor this project, I made an elephant shaped, ceramic whistle. I successfully made the whistle work, by getting a sharp sound out of it. Another thing that I viewed as successfully was that my project didn’t crack while in the kiln and my project was smooth and had no excess clay to make bumps. The most challenging part of glazing my project was getting the right color. When mixing glazes to get the color that I wanted, I didn’t lighten the black enough to paint the head. The eyes were supposed to be the pure black that the glaze originally was, while the rest of the head was supposed to come out a light grey to resemble a real elephant. If I could do this project again differently, I would curl the trunk upwards instead of tucking it in, and I would definitely lighten the coloring of my glazed head to a light grey. I used the element of art known as form when I shaped the elephant and made dents to show aging.

Ceramic Elephant Whistle


My assignment for this project was to construct a whistle that worked, and the whistle had to be creative and neatly constructed. I decided to make my whistle into an elephant head because I wanted my project to be detailed. The elephant has grooves throughout it’s trunk and the project has grooves near the location of the eyes. I thought of an elephant because I wanted to add a realistic project, and I thought the trunk would be an interesting detail to add.

If I had to compare the difficulty of my pinch pot(ceramic bowl) to my elephant whistle, I would have to say that the whistle was more difficult. When I first constructed my simple whistle that had no detail added to it, the bottom of the whistle collapsed. With my whistle I had to add a lot of extra clay, so I had to really work it to make sure there were no air bubbles(it could explode if there are pockets of air). It was also difficult to add the detail and smooth the clay to the original whistle because I had to make it look like the whistle was made from the same piece of clay, and I had to make sure I didn’t smash or break my whistle. Luckily I didn’t not have an issue with the whistle working throughout my project because a major part of the project is if the whistle works.

The project I enjoyed more would be making my whistle. I was able to add much more detail, and I could be more creative with my project. I was surprised by the amount of difficulty I had with this project’s ears. I constructed many ears, but I had issues with tearing(clay was too wet) and cracking(clay was too dry). When I tried smoothing the ears to the whistle, I had difficulty getting in the awkward angle the ears were attached. After quite some time, I successfully smoothed the ears while keeping the ears at the same angle because I wanted the elephant’s ears to be realistically positioned.

To complete this project, I will add glaze. I want the majority of the elephant to be grey, but I will paint the rims around the eyes, the tusks, and the grooves carved into the trunk, black. The element of art shown is form.

Ceramic Sgraffito Pinch Pot


For this project the assignment was to create a sgraffito, ceramic pinch pot(bowl) out of clay. I used the pinch method, which is using your hands and pushing your fingers from the inside and the outside of the clay to create a thin wall that is the same thickness throughout the project. I used the sgraffito decoration technique, which is putting black glaze on your clay project and carving away the glaze to create a design. If I could change anything, it would be that I could of worked more efficiently and carefully to make my carved design (sgraffito) look more professional and clean. I didn’t scrape all of the glaze away form my clay, so after the project was fired, the black is in the white colored clay. I like my design because it reminds my of ancient blueprints/drawings of tunnels. The shape of my bowl came out the way I wanted it to(wide and short). The top of my project isn’t completely level, but it is smooth. The inside of my project is smooth, which is great because we were supposed to used the rib tool to clean out bumps. I think this project was successful with its form and design choice, but I should have scraped all of the glaze out and leveled the top better. The element of art used is color.