The art criticism process has four main steps. The First step is to describe, tell exactly what you see. The second step is to analyze, use the elements principles to reflect upon the art form. The third step is to interpret the piece considering the following questions: what is the artist trying to say, what is the historical milieu that surrounds the work of art, and why was the work of art created in this particular style. The fourth and final step to this process is to evaluate, how successful/ important is the work of art.
This piece is a charcoal piece of a broken conch like seashell. This piece has two shadows. A really dark shadow and another lighter one. The background of the piece is a cloud gray. There is a spiral like pattern on the top of the shell.
At first the shell only had medium tones to it. I used the charcoal stick to add more dark values to it. I also used my finger to smooth out any harsh edges that were produced by the charcoal. I used my eraser to create lighter values and highlights in the piece. The angle of of the shell gives the piece a good perspective. There are many curves and ridges that are pronounced using the charcoal to create shadows on top of the actual shell itself. The piece is darker towards the top of the shell so the shell can stand out.
The highlights and shadows of the piece give the piece a nice contrast. This piece has texture because of the lines and patterns on the shell that make the ridges look more realistic. The shell has a nice composition, it is not in the very center of the piece. There is a lot of emphasis on the broken part of the shell. I also exaggerated some of the darker values to make the piece more balanced. As you can see near the top of the shell the charcoal is darker.
This piece represents the sea. I love the sea and often go to the beach with my friends and family. This shell reminded me of the times I used to collect seashells with my friends and family. I used charcoal for this piece to emphasize the value changes and highlights of the piece. I also used charcoal because the seashell was an ash gray color.
This piece was very successful because of the value I added. Especially the darker value that made it more realistic. This was also my first time using only charcoal as a medium for the entire piece. I was really satisfied by how the highlights made the piece look more three dimensional then I could have done with just pencil.
Artistic style is the unique styles in which pieces of art look. Some styles include hyper-realistic, abstract, anime, etc. Different art styles depict objects differently. This means that an object in one style could look nothing like the same object in a different style. Styles of art can also depend on where you are in the world and whom you learned drawing from. Above are two of my pieces of artwork that I made. One of them is in a Disney style piece while on the other hand the other one is a more of a realistic style of drawing.
This warm up really helped me so much. Hands are one of the hardest things to draw for me. This activity made me understand how to shade and draw hands. This warm up also helped me with the proportions of the fingers and the palm. This also helped me with drawing objects with a source right in front of me and taught me how to draw exactly what I see. From this warm up I learned how to draw nails depending on the angle of perspective on the hand.
This acrylic sunset painting reflects me as an individual. That is because this painting was based off of a picture taken off of my back deck. Often I go there to watch the sun rays shine through the forest of trees that line the horizon. I also enjoy gazing up at the stars in the vast sky at night. I go there to ponder and reflect on things. This place has a crucial role for my family too. My family and I come outside once in a while to barbecue meat on the deck. This place has a significant meaning to me and I think I did a good job expressing the importance of this place in my life on the canvas.
I chose weaving for my final project. When I was young, I really wanted to know how things were weaved. I also wanted to try something new for a change and explore different types of mediums. I found out that weaving takes a lot of time and patience to do. It is good for people who are very detail oriented.
To make this piece, first I had to choose what color yarn I wanted to use. Then I took some green thread and threaded it through the loom. Then I took these ruler like spacers and weaved one through the top and one through the bottom. Then I cut a piece of yarn that was arms length and weaved it through the thread. I then used the spacer to make the yarn close to the bottom. After that I weaved more arms length pieces on the loom until i was satisfied with the length of my piece.
I think that overall my piece was successful. I was satisfied with the shape of the piece. The piece was about the same width from the start to the finish. I liked the color combination of the yarn and how it transitioned from a turquoise to white to a magenta. I am also satisfied with how none of the green thread can be seen in the piece. If I were to start this piece all over again I would use a yarn that is one color so it is easier to coordinate the endings of the colors. I might of also made the width of the piece smaller so I could make it into a very tiny scarf. I also could have redid the thread up top so that the spacer/ruler thing could properly fit on top of the loom.
I used magazine paper that I cut into shapes and layed on a canvas with gel medium. First, I sketched out the portrait that I was doing. Then I coated the canvas with gel medium. Then I found skin tone colors that were in the magazine and placed them on the gel medium in the face. Again, I coated the parts that had magazine pieces on it with the gel medium. Once I was finished with the face I moved on to the hair, the arms and the dress. I painted the outside in green acrylic paint.
My partner was Liam. He is drawing his friend. For his medium, he is using pencil and charcoal. He is going to finish up the nose of his piece and add more value to his piece using charcoal and a pencil.
I made a circular clay box with a lid. I created this piece by making a large clay slab to make the box. I then used a bowl to make the bottom base of the box. After the clay had hardened a little bit, i put coils of clay that I made on the bowl to make it into a circular box. I then smoothed out the coils with my fingers and other tools. When making the lid of the box, I cut a circle and star out of a slab of clay.. I used a needle tool to make the star look like a starfish and put it in the center of the lid. Then I made a pearl by rolling up a ball of clay and put it on the starfish. I added texture to the lid by making swirls on it to represent the waves of the sea. I added texture to the box by adding a coral reef along the bottom edge of the box that I made, each piece of coral is different to represent the many differet types of plants and animals that live on the bottom of the sea.
My inspiration of this piece came from my family's annual outing to the beach. At the beach my family and I see many different seashells and other sea plants and animals. Also, I like to admire the beauty of coral reefs and would like to go scuba diving to see these wonders up close.
I think the most successful aspect of my piece is that I added texture to the bottom edge and lid of this piece. Adding texture to this piece gave it a more realistic aspect and really made this piece stand out. I also like that the background of the box fades--its light near the top and gets darker--and the glaze fade turned out really well. If I were to make this piece again I would use a smaller bowl and make two bowls. From there I could combine the two bowls and make the more leveled. I would also make the lid bigger so it fits on the bowl. I would also make the inside parts of the lid that secure the lid in place bigger so the lid doesn't wobble around as much.
I would love to sign up for Sculpture class because I really enjoy art, especially making things that are 3D. I am looking forward to Sculpture class because I really enjoyed this project and can't wait to make other things out of clay!