- What mini project did you pick and why? I picked the book, because I always need to write stuff down, and the book would be handy.
Walk in My Shoes
Pre test Question: Start by listing what you did. Then talk about strengths and weaknesses. Then say what what you could do better.
1. Art is a fluid subject. Either it's complex like pointalism, or really simple like minimalism. It could have a theme, or there could be no reason at all for whatever the piece is. Art is everything.
4. To express themselves, create history, make money, to relax, etc.
7. To introduce students to art and another way of expressing themselves. I want to take another art class now, that's for sure.
Describe: What do you see in the piece? Describe the elements. Identify materials. Identify genre (portrait, landscape, etc.) Explain everything you see, even if you don't know what it is.
Analyze: How are lines, shapes, colors, and textures used in the piece of art? Find examples of unity through repetition. Look for a center of interest. Is there one? What is it?
Interpret: what's going on in this artwork? What is the purpose of it? What is the artist saying?
Decide/Eval: Do you like it? Why/why not?
Is it a quality piece of art? Why?
What is best/worst about the piece?
Is the artist successful? Why?
When I create something, I normally start with a general idea, such as flowers, or a certain person. So, when we were given the project, I immediately thought about my aunt who I'd spent the summer with. I found a picture of her and my cousin that I adore, and I started working. First, I sketched everything in my stretch book. I decided I was going to either use chalk pastel or colored pencil. I ended up picking colored pencil and a black piece of drawing board to create my portrait. I used bright colors to express how lively my aunt and cousin are. I made most of the colors warm, to help show how happy they were when the picture was taken. I struggled with the faces a lot, and ended up having Sudkamp help me, lol. Unfortunately, I never finished, but I will eventually, hopefully. I think I was successful in capturing the moment, but unsuccessful with other elements, such as the faces, which were really difficult for me to do. Altogether, I think I did rather well.
Linoleum Block Printing
Minimalism is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of focusing on a deeper meaning, or some sort of theme, the artists focus on the raw materials themselves. Half of the movement is basically some wooden blocks, and yet, the simplicity is meaningful in it's own way. I was trying to think of what to make for my movement, and we had just made stencils, so I decided to make another one. I looked through several pages of minimalistic Disney princesses before deciding to pay tribute to my sister's favorite person. Harry Potter was a pretty good choice, because his three main features are his hair, his glasses, and his lightening bolt scar, all of which are featured in my piece.