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.

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.