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.

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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.