Friday, January 23, 2015

Most memorable experiences

My most memorable assignment in art overall was creating this art portfolio. I am extremely glad I have this to show to my friends and family. I am very proud of the pieces of art I have created, and it is very cool to be able to have it all in one place. This impacted my learning because it was good to be able to reflect over each piece of art and remember what I have learned from this project.

Value Self Portrait 

Another memorable assignment I have had was the value self portrait. This was one of my favorite pieces of art I have created this class. I learned how to determine where values changed according to the light around my face by using different values in a monochromatic portrait. I also learned to use my knowledge of color to choose a color that best fit the mood of my pose. Finally, I learned to paint something that looks like me by using values and inspecting my facial structure. Overall, these experiences have impacted my learning because I will be able to use them if I take art classes later on.

Thinking about Art

Taking this art class has changed the way I think about art in many ways. To start, it has greatly improved my artistic skills. When I first came into this class, I had barely any knowledge at all about anything art related. Leaving this class, I feel like I have a great base to build off.  I appreciate art more after taking this class. I also look differently at the art in the world around me, because I notice things now that I had never noticed before. Now, I realize how difficult it really is to create such wonderful pieces of art. Also, now that I understand more about the concepts of art, I can really analyze the art better as well.

Project that I am the most proud of

Still Life Drawing

The in-class project that I am most proud of is my still life drawing. This is because I put a huge amount of effort in it and understood the concept of the project very clearly. In my drawing, I demonstrated my understanding of value by creating a good range of values between the white and black colors to help make the objects in the drawing look three dimensional. I learned how to use the brown paper as a middle value. I spent a long time working with value, and trying to perfect it. My compositional skills were good as well. I filled and used the positive and negative space well. My ellipses and angles that were used were nearly accurate. My proportions when drawing the objects were almost precise also. One thing we were told while drawing was to not outline anything. I feel like I did little to no outlining in my drawing. We were also told to choose a style of drawing, and I chose to use straight lines. I feel as though this helped to create nice shadows and values throughout the drawing. This had a huge impact on my learning because I was taught the importance of value. Overall, this was my best piece of work in many aspects. 

Graphic Designs using Color Schemes


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

Organic Design (Warm Color Scheme)

Geometric Design (Warm Color Scheme)

Tuesday, January 20, 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

My place is located on Skyline Drive on the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia. My personal connection the place that I chose is that my family and I hike this trail every time we visit my grandparents in Virginia. It is important to me because this hike has become somewhat of a tradition. I have included me in this picture by having a picture of my sister and I in the foreground. I chose to include rocks and sticks as my tangible objects. I chose these objects because the photo is located in the forest. The most common thing you can find in a forest are rocks and sticks, so that is why I chose to include those objects in my box.

Wednesday, January 14, 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: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi & Vincent van Gogh

I think I used more of Giorgio Morandi’s technique in my drawing. Giorgio’s technique was a more realistic way of drawing. He used a bunch of diagonal or straight lines like I did in my drawing. This kind of mark-making did work well for me. I think it helped add to the look of three dimensional objects.

In my pre-instructional drawing, there was no feel of three dimensional in the rock in the drawing. In my still life drawing I had started understanding value better, which helped me create the feel of three dimensional objects. Also, in my pre-instructional drawing, I pretty much colored in the whole object. I left barely any of the brown paper showing. In my final drawing, I used the brown paper more as a middle value. In my final drawing, my composition skills had improved greatly from the pre-instructional drawing. I used positive and negative space much better as well.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winslow Homer, Boy in a Boatyard 1873

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your own work;

Title: Boy in a Boatyard
Medium: Watercolor
Year of creation: 1873
Describe as much as you can about the artwork.
The artwork shows a young boy sitting in a barrel at a boatyard. He is located underneath a sail of a boat. He looks like he is a lower class due to the poor looking clothing. There is only one person in it, and that is the little boy. Therefore, he is the main subject. The boy looks very bored and uninterested. Behind the boy there is an impoverished looking, blue building. It doesn’t look like it is about to fall apart, but at the same time it doesn’t exactly look sturdy. It looks like it is around mid afternoon due to the bright, vibrant colors. There is a lot of blue, yellow, brown, and green colors used in this painting.

Point of interest/Composition
The young boy in the painting attracts my attention first. This is because he is the main subject and is located directly in the middle of the painting. He is also the only person/animal in the painting. Even though he may be a very small object compared to the rest of the painting, he still sticks out. Homer draws my attention to this area by putting it in the right location and making sure that the background isn’t really cluttered.

In this painting there is asymmetrical balance. Most of the lines in this painting are lopsided or slanted. For example, the sail post and the pole below it are at an angle. Also, the roof of the bridge in the background is slanted as well. None of the barrels are laying or standing up exactly straight, most of them are at an angle. Of course there are some straight lines in the painting, but the majority of the painting has slanted lines. If you cut the painting in half vertically, the two halves would not be similar. Also, If you cut the painting in half horizontally, the two halves would not be similar either. Therefore, this painting has asymmetrical balance.

Yes, there is a horizon line. It is located where the sky meets the roof of the bridge in the background. It is in the top, left corner of the painting. The foreground contains the grass, the sail, the boy, and the bottom barrels. The middle ground contains the buildings against the door of the blue building, and the building itself. The background is the sky, the background barrels, and the bridge in the back. The background is very deep in and far away. I know this because the main focus is on the foreground. The background is a very small part of the painting.

The painting feels like it has a peaceful mood to it. Even though the boy has a bored expression on his face, there is nothing bad occurring in the photo. There are also happy feelings in the photo. The colors show a calm mood to it because of the cool colors. The lines, brushstrokes, composition, and subject matter add to the effect of peacefulness.


I think Homer was trying to communicate the common life of a boy at the boatyard. This boy probably is on a break after working many hours working on boats. The boy looks rugged, but still young and peaceful. The painting shows that work at the boatyard is not all work, there is also rest time as well. It is not a complex meaning, just a simple photo of a boy at a boatyard.