Friday, November 18, 2011

End of Term Reflection

This term I think my level of engagement and understanding of process affected my finished work (1 piece) in a way that i didn't imagine or consider when the class started. Besides the "Final Project" (which if I had an infinite amount of time ideally wouldn't be finished) the only piece I completed was the Mark Making Portrait. Its Kind of weird to think that the two most successful projects i did this year were similar in the way they looked as well as the only pieces i completed. Before I came to beaver i never really thought about the process of my artwork: there was the initial idea => the final product however you achieved that was arbitrary and insignificant it seemed. Now after taking art at a high school level the process is stressed a ton and in some cases more than the actual outcome. I learned this term that sometimes its okay for the process to shape the piece/idea instead of the other way around. I have confessed that i don't find the mark making and the final project very good, and that i really want to be able to make something recognizable instead of resorting to abstract art, but i do realize that the eFinal Project, were the most enjoyable and relaxing projects i did this year because i could just lock myself up in the studio and not worry about if my final wasn't going to appear like i had expected because, during then i didn't have any expectations to meet or fall short of. 

Its hard sometimes to keep a sense of style and consistency in your artwork when there are projects designed for you to complete, so from the work i have done as part of the class, I don't really have trends.  If i was doing an independent study i would like to think that i would develop and portray a trend in my artwork wether it be constant use of stencils, subject matter, recurring character etc. As far as this term, i think the only trend that i notice in my work is color, and a variety of marks, (as well as a trend of unfinished assignments). I have noticed that i have a tendency to use green and bus and yellows in my work that is colored which is understandable since green is my favorite color but i hope to develop more unique trends in the future.

See First and 2nd Paragraph for shish piece i find most successful.

Answering the question what do i see the role of art in my future was and still is really difficult. Its split up into two different parts: "the role i hope art will play" vs "the role in reality that it will play". What this means is that i want to be an artist in the future as my job, but in reality i doubt that will work out. I really like making art more than most other things, in the same way some people love playing sports or singing etc. but i dont believe that this is possible for me....

Monday, November 7, 2011

Matt Rich, Visiting Artist


I really like this piece because it it appears so smooth and solid even though it is built around a wire frame. It is really amazing how using the right colors and surface you can add a sense of volume to the piece. In the description the piece is listed as latex paint on paper over wire which is a bunch of different materials yet the "mountain" looks so natural. The color scheme is very appealing to me as well, because green is my favorite color and the different shades of green go together well with the white portion. The distribution of the colors adds a whole new feeling to the piece as opposed to having equal width stripes of green and white.

2) As i was saying, I really like how the work appears to be so soft and smooth and natural, despite the fact that most of the pieces are constructed from many smaller pieces of paper. The outcome, on both the sculptures and the 2d works is very unique and cool looking I think. In the slide talk we heard about how lots of his artwork is inspired by previous experiences making art, and the process that goes into making the work. I think it is really cool how Mr Rich first makes the paper his own, then uses that to make his final product. The thought of having pieces of paper all over the ground and using a piece that was created 3 years ago, to construct the art is very cool. I also think that the pictures and description of Mr Rich's Studio seems so real and productive, being able to use whatever is lying around on the floor as part of the piece. 

Question 1) how long did it take for you to develops your style of artwork that we saw today?

Question 2) Do you ever get sick or frustrated on a piece of work and if so how do you deal with the frustration?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Figure Drawing Brainstorm

in this "action & emotion" project i would like to portray excitement as the emotion. The scenario that will be taking place is a man who is trying to convey his excitement to someone else on the other end of the phone line. The significance of the pay-phone is to include my personal reaction to excitement: the need to tell someone else. I tried to add some humor to the picture very subtly by choosing the conversation to be in public, because in theory as the man gets more wound up over the course of the conversation because no matter how exciting the news is, the receiver will never have the same enthusiasm (part of the thrill will be lost over the communication ). Keep in mind all this will be in a public place where it can be observed by passersby who are only imagining what is going on in that conversation.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mid-Term Relflection

For me this is my second year art beaver, and i can say without hesitation, Art class is something that i actually look forward to. I have enjoyed making art for a long time and beaver art class has been a great experience so far. Last year i met my two best friends at beaver in my art class, and met Mrs Roberts, one of my favorite teachers at beaver. I am happy to say that while i may not be having as much fun in this class without my two good friends, i am always happy in the studio.

Engagement: This art class so far has been a lot different than last year mainly because i keep forgetting its only half as long. While last year we had 2 terms this year we only have one term, which frankly is making me anxious right now. I feel that its halfway through the Intermediate Drawing and Painting course and i still have a lot to finish. I think this effects my engagement in ways that are not always good, but it helps me in some ways too. For instance: even though we have no real due dates for projects during the term, i am envisioning the final day of art class and ending with only the mark making portrait as a finished product. When i look around and see the progress and appeal of the other kids in the class and their artwork, i often get discouraged because i don't like how mine looks. When i don't like the way my piece is coming along i unfortunately cant help but lose some passion or interest in the work. An example of this is the still life project we were working on, which was very challenging for me to approach with confidence and openness because I knew it would turn out bad. I figured if i am having trouble making art with pencil which i am much more familiar with, i couldn't make a good painting. I got lots of guidance and help from the teachers which helped me but i definitely could have had more of an open mind about painting rather than going in to the project with a droopy attitude. i guess i thought that if i didn't get my hopes up about the outcome i couldn't be disappointed with the outcome, which is a terrible state of mind for an artist or anyone else.             Another thing that i need to work on is participating in the discussions more. I remember at the beginning of last years class we wrote a letter to the teacher describing how we individually show engagement. i said that i don't like talking in front of the class so just because i might no speak out in the discussions doesn't  mean I'm not interested or engaged.  However pretty early on i remember i began to participate in the discussions a fair amount because i felt comfortable speaking in front of that particular class. This year however, i have gone back to being shy  not purposely but because I'm not as familiar with the people in the class. I think it is partly because i know the people that well , and partly because the class is made up of various grades. Don't get me wrong I'm sure everyone is nice but adding kids who are a grade above me to the audience makes me more nervous.                 I think i do a good job focusing on my work even though it gets harder if i am not as enthusiastic about that particular project, and I don't think that distracting others by talking to them is a problem for me. I try to ask for feedback often and am generally open to the suggestions, and if i am not keen on making said change, i usually have a explanation for why i like to stick to what i was going to do.

As far as process goes, i think that i am generally pretty good at planning in my sketchbook especially when i am trying to come up with an idea, but there are some times where its hard to sit down and blog about or sketch about the idea because i already know what i want to do and just want to start the making of the artwork. I don't know if this happens to other people or not but i get a lot of my ideas for art outside of the art class, and more often when I'm not trying to come up with an idea. I might be watching a  movie that inspires a piece, or i might see something while I'm outside, etc. Other times i am just doing nothing and out of the blue an idea pops into my head that isn't sparked by anything that i saw at that moment. it seems that things sometimes form in the back of my head and i don't notice them until they are an idea that i can picture in my mind. Its hard for me sometimes to use these ideas in class because i have a picture in my head of what i want the art to look like and having to incorporate the parameters or the aspects of the project are challenging without changing the idea. I end up having a bunch of ideas stored in the back of my head for another time when i can freely make them and pull them from back there.

As for the Product, i mentioned my challenges with the product somewhat in the first paragraph, and how i am often disappointed in the final outcome of my work but another challenge i have is that i am not that familiar with the experience of finishing pieces of art regularly because i get behind a lot of the time. i cant keep up with the pace of the class at some points which makes it hard to finish all my projects. I always try to do my best work but sometimes i get burnt out from a project and find it had to keep going full force. i also wish that i took more time in my sketchbook because i know that is something i enjoy once i actually am working on it but i usually save it for a time that i don't or cant put everything into it.

Just for the record if this post sounds kind of gloomy, i want to be clear, I enjoy art class a lot.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Found Marks

Bird Poop
Spider Web
Leaf Outline

Rotting Wood

Striped Stone
Tree Bark W/ Lines

Leaf Veins

Rotten Leaf spots