1. What is art? Beginning of semester answer: "Art is whatever the artist makes it. I can decide/define what art is whenever I see it." End of semester answer: "Art is an expression of emotions or ideas that can be perceived with any or all of the senses." While very different in wording my two answers are relatively the same in meaning, that art is whatever anyone says it is, and it's different for everyone. Not to sound too 'hipster' but one cannot define art as any one thing or set of things. While people thing art is restricted to a visual, art can actually be a trigger for any of the 5 senses, whether is be sound, smell, touch, or even taste.
4. What are some reasons why artists make art? Beginning of semester answer: "To convey passion or emotions or for fun or business" End of semester answer: "Mainly inspiration. When you see something that inspires you, you want to stem off of that and form the idea into a personal creation." I believe that at the beginning of the semester I gave a bit more of a generalization, whereas at the end of the semester my answer was aimed more towards a personal viewpoint. At the beginning of the semester I had listed some reasons why an artist would be required to make art but not what motivates them to do it.
2. List some reasons that an artist would need to use observation when making artwork. Beginning of semester answer: "Drawing landscape for example, one would need to observe textures and colors to accurately transfer those natural traits of a landscape scene." End of semester answer: "to use landscape or city scape as a background or inspiration." So as one can see, my answer on this question was pretty adamant throughout the semester. Observation can also be directly connected to inspiration, if you see something and think it might be useful in your piece.
7. What is the point of this class? What do you think you'll get out of it? Beginning of semester answer: "This class is to help me be a better artist and sharpen my artistic skills." End of semester answer: "To help further understand and expand my artistic skills. I think I got exactly that." For this question I do not see why my answer should be any different than the day I walked into that class. By looking at both answers one can see that I got what I said I would.
For the "teens inspired" I was asked to pick any piece from the collection at NC art museum that inspired my imagination and make a piece from that. In my searchings I found a very interesting piece
It's a scroll case, specifically a "Torah Case". It is meant to be buried. This lead to a whole slew of ideas and possibilities. One that I specifically liked was the idea of a "book coffin" which can be used in a similar way except replacing the scroll with a book and the case with a coffin. For my medium I was set on using wood, and for my book I used "How to Get Pregnant" (over 400,000 copies sold.) I plan on keeping my how-to-get-pregnant-book-in-a-coffin in my attic until my firstborn is of age, then I will pass it down to him, and tell him that when the time is right he may open it.
For this project I was asked to take a completed piece of mine and destroy it in any way I wished. Seeing as most others were simply tearing or breaking there piece, I felt I had to make the destruction of my piece special. By thinking this I eventually chose incineration as my destructive medium. To be specific, I put my piece in one of the school kilns, where I left it over the weekend through one baking. By the time the kiln was cool enough to open, there was literally nothing left of my charcoal drawing.
For my groups artists collaborate project we have taken the idea of creating a written/illustrated story. The way we plan on going about this is starting with a candidate, asking them to write a line or two, then draw what happens in their written part of the story; then hand the sketchbook to the next person asking them to do the same, each person adding their own touch to the story. Page by page, line by line, drawing by drawing, eventually a story will be pieced together and hung up/strung together in comic book panel form.
The problem is solved is having specific limited resources. Seeing as I only had a pan of wax it was very limited material wise. But no matter what obstacle or limitation a mind brimming with creativity can never be limited or contained. Too bad I don't have one. Apparently I take risks, seeing as I so eagerly leaped into the great unknown of this new medium. I used wax instead of taking another option which could have lead to some familiarity with the material, but I decided to take the risk and go with something in which I had zero experience. The end result was most certainly not the desired result at all but it was what was accomplished in the very unknown territory of wax and carving/etching.
For the limitations project I chose to limit myself to using only wax. Using this limitation I melted a large pan of wax (to clear out impurities) and set it out to cool. Once cooled and solidified I decided to carve the image of an eagle into it, which is still under way. After I carve/etch my chosen image into the wax I will cover the surface with a liquid pigment (most likely india ink) and wipe off the excess once the pigment has seeped into the carved bit, leaving just the carved image stained in ink.
Is copying oK? Yes I believe copying is ok and shouldn't be so put off. Inspiration can go as far as making someone want to replicate what inspired them and if that means doing it in the same way as the original then by all means more power to them. I'd been taught and told in the past that copying is "plagiarism" but it's really just an extent of enjoying and appreciating the original. Through this unit Iv'e learned that copying isn't bad and one should be confident in taking on the original piece as a challenge or making it their own.
Above is a picture of my character remix project in which I obviously took Goofy's head and put it on Donald's body. I used photo references that I took from Google and free handed it. I used pencil as my medium, it took 2 class periods.
For my finale project in the artists steal unit I took a picture that was meant as photography art and remade it in charcoal. The charcoal really makes the silhouette of the shark really stand out in the black and white of the water caused by the sunlight. The merit of this project is that I picked a picture that was simple enough to remake it with a medium and still have it look relatively realistic.
I create original art. This piece displays the negative view of a picture of a cluster of clouds I took while on a bus ride. I found this image to be very inspiring and particularly interesting compared to any other clouds I'd seen. By meticulously smearing and blending with charcoal pencils I did my best to capture the intricate and sudden darks and lights found in the negative version of the picture of the clouds. I used part tortillians, part paper towel, and part my fingers to blend in the strong black color of the charcoal to a lighter grey and off whites. To remind, I did take the original picture myself. (all pictures will be added later on, they got transferred to my computer due to an IOS update)