Friday, January 23, 2015

Name Design

Name Design
Warm Color Scheme

Most memorable experiences

One highlight that is most memorable from this class is when we did the color scheme work. It was really fun and I really like learning about all of the color schemes because I never knew there were so many. Knowing them is really going to impact my other art like my drawings that I do at home. Another memorable assignment that we did was our value self portraits. This kind of ties in with the color schemes because it will also help with my work at home. When we did the self portraits it wasn't just about be able to make it look exactly like our faces but being able to show many different light values. We were only able to use one color and had to mix our own paint to fit the different values. We also learned how to make tints by mixing the complementary color with the original color.

Thinking about art

This class changed the way I think about art a lot. I used to think art was just creating something out of the blue, but I found out that it is a whole lot more then that. You really have to be able to think of something and then design it. What would it look like? What would your color scheme be? Do you really like it or do you want to change it? Whenever I draw at home now I have all these questions in my head. After the photography unit, whenever I went out to take pictures I would always think Oh hey this has leading lines in it or this has background included. Now if I go to an art museum I will be able to recognize the different types of artwork that is presented. This was such a great learning experience for a lot of different kinds of art and I am happy I was able to learn them.

Project that I am most proud of

I am most proud of my Oaxacan Animal bowl. I think it is the best out of all of my work because it has the most detail out of any other piece of art I have created in this class. I really love all the little white dots that I put on the manatee which makes it look more authentic. I learned how to handle clay in this class and how to shape it without making any mistakes and damaging it in any way. I put a lot of effort into this and I was really proud of how it turned out.

Graphic Designs using Color Schemes

Organic Design
(Warm color scheme)
Geometric Design
(Analogous color scheme)


  • Gain a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop, cs6
  • Use Photoshop to create two different, interesting designs that demonstrate clear color schemes and organic & geometric shapes.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Personal Space Box

The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

The place where my box is about is in Germany when I went on a trip with my family. We were sightseeing at the time and looking at different castles. That summer we decided to go on a bike trip with our aunts in Europe. The week before we met them, we were staying in Munich. My sister and I are standing in front of a fountain at one of the castles. My tangible object on my box are the business cards on the outside. I got them from a hotel we were staying at. I also including little umbrellas because it was raining in the picture.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Still Life Drawing


  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of angles & ellipses in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values between black & white to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

Artists Studied during this assignment: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi & Vincent van Gogh

In my drawing I used my own version of Henry Moore’s style. In his drawing’s he uses controlled scribbles with different curves and lines. In mine I did use controlled scribbles but instead of using curved lines I actually used little scribbles. That kind of marking worked well for me because it was easier to control the values of my drawing that way. It was just an easier mark to control anyway. I think it also made my drawing look better than it would have if I used another mark. It really brings all of it together.
I noticed that my lines look a bit more steady than they did before my finished draft. I am not as hesitant when I am drawing now then I was when we first started because I learned how to work with a mistake. I got so much better at perspective, both 1pt and 2-pt, due to the lesson about them before we started are still lives. I learned how to balance out the values of light and dark on my paper making it look more realistic. It didn’t look bad before but it didn’t look right. I also learned how to work with the paper we get. We got brown paper so we were able to use it as a middle color between black and white. The last thing that I learned doing this project was how to work out the edges of objects so I was just outlining them. I would usually just use the charcoal pencil to draw it in but when I learned how to add shadows, I didn’t have to outline the objects anymore.