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.

Thinking and Writing About Your Work

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Artwork I founded

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My Artwork

The title of my artwork is, “Awareness and Causes of Depression.” My initial ideas for this project were to express how deeply someone can be effected by an event or many events, and how that event changed their mind, causing them to spiral into depression. I think I communicated my message very well because I added detailing that showed causes were, and I think the feeling you get when you see my project also carries my message across to the viewers.

What I found easy during this project was coming up with ideas of how to send my message across to an audience. What I found hard was trying to configure those ideas into on project. I came up with so many ideas, that I had to narrow them down to fit into this on shadowbox. I am pleased with my artwork because I feel my message comes across, and this shadowbox took me a lot of time to construct because I put so much work and effort into it.

The mood of my artwork would be worrisome, scary and said. The theme I used for this project was how someone is effected by events that lead them into depression. I think I have explored my theme using visual language by putting in a symbols of events that really effect someone’s emotions, and that puts and mood or light on my topic.

There are no links between this artwork and my formal artwork, other than that I used a shadowbox for my artwork. From the artwork I have found, the similarities are that we both involved the brain or mind into our artwork, and we both used black to convey emotion. The main idea I have learned from looking at other’s artwork is that the mind is a very important concept when symbolizing depression, and that without the effects of the mind in a piece of artwork shown, the artwork can’t truly symbolize depression. The element of art shown is shape.

Literary Shadowbox Reflection

img_5916For this Literary Shadowbox, I represented the book, “A Thousand Pieces of You,” written by Claudia Grey. I included a office building, located in the front, the Eiffel Tower, located on the left, and a building that would be seen in Moscow, located on the right. These location represented the locations visited in the story, and they are seen in the order that they were traveled to in the book. This book is centered around the main character being able to travel to different dimensions that show the different possibilities of life that can be lived. I wanted the audience to look at this artwork and see the possibilities that are available. I left space in the center of the project to symbolize that possibilities that have not occurred yet or been seen. I would view this artwork as a success because I feel like I interpreted the book in an art format very well. I feel like a major part of the book I used is incorporated into my artwork. The principles of design I used was balance when I kept the building the same height, showing that these locations hold the same importance. The element of art is shape.

Final Paper Sculpture Reflection

img_0373This project involved finding a topic and symbolizing it. I was interested in the topic of depression because it effected my close friend. She luckily got help, but it was a struggle because she struggled with suicudal thoughts. When making my project I added the words, “RIP” on a casket because it represented the death of her grandmother and her having suicidal thoughts and actions. The rose on the front represents a flower someone puts on a casket when a loved one dies. It also represents that a part of the person with depression is now lost along with their loved ones life. I added a check in the project because I wanted to represent the worry and stress of paying bills can cause someone to be depressed or their depression to worsen. The broken heart represents someone being hurt or having the feeling of isolation. There is black paper as the back, because I wanted it to represent the darkness and isolation someone with depression feels. The black paper also represented how the person who was once there is now covered and hidden with something darker and lonelier. I put these elements in the space where I cut a human brain. Behind the human brain is the haunting of depression. The principles of design and elements of art I used were contrast and color when I used black paper in the back of my project. I also used space when I positioned everything inside of the brain, so everything was clearly seen. I thought using paper was a fitting choice because paper can rip easily, and even when you glue or tape it back together, it can never go back to what it was. I made a shadowbox because it represents the endless causes behind depression, and it shows the layer of what a depressed person feels. After making my shadowbox, I put a light behind the project and it transformed. Putting black paper in the back helped the shadowbox have a sinister look to it. The black paper added more depth to the shadowbox, making it more enhancing to look at. If I could change anything, I would take more time on making my details more precise. I would have cut straighter and make it look less messy. I felt strong with my idea of what I was going to make and how I was going to show it. I had the plan of what I was going to do when I started, and that helped me immensely. I would view this artwork as a success because my goal was to give people who saw it a understanding of how much depression affects someone, and how events in life really affect how someone lives, thinks, and acts. The element of art is shape. This art shows instrumentalism.

My Third Blog Post

imageFor this project I  created a model of my home. The side closest to the camera is a garage and an attic. The two windows represent my brother’s room and my room. I have a porch attached to my garage. A tree is placed in front of my house. I have a patio in the back, but I didn’t incorporate that into my artwork.

I included the elements of design into my artwork too. I used emphasis by focusing more on the garage and attic by adding windows and shaping it to be unique. I used shape and form to make my artwork pop and be exciting.

I view the meaning of my artwork as a representation of being welcomed. I always want everyone to be welcomed when they are invited to my home. I wanted to try and carry that into my project by making my project big and open to interpretation about what other details are needed to be added.

I think my artwork was very successful. It was my first time doing anything like this, and I think that I did a decent job on it. I wanted represent an open house and I achieved that. The element of art used is shape.