When I first started drawing, I was in second grade. I didn't think much of it at the time, but as I got older I started to develop a passion for art. I took my first art class in 6th grade which helped me develop new skills like how to draw facial features, make gradients, draw from perspective and various other things. At first art was just something I did to pass the time in class, but it started to become a relaxing hobby that I enjoyed doing at home also. In conclusion, art is something that I feel I could make a career out of, and a hobby that I will never give up on.
Out of all the projects I've created this year, I think my mix media abstract was my most successful art work. To create my art piece, I used materials like tape, ink, graphite, newspaper, and black sharpie, then scattered them across a piece of watercolor paper. Throughout the project, I enjoyed the freedom of letting my project be wild and messy instead of being perfect and neat.
One project I wish I could change is my watercolor landscape painting. To create my landscape, I used a picture of a field landscape and combined it with a picture of a sunset to make the art my own. I blended the colors blue and yellow to create greens for my field, and I mixed blue and red to create my sunset and trees. To improve my art piece, I would have blended my greens more so my field looks more natural and not "sectioned".
This semester I enjoyed working the media tempra butik. To create my piece, I used watercolor paper and sketched a picture of a seahorse in pencil, then went over the sketch in black sharpie. Next I painted the sketch with blue, orange, and yellow tempra paint. After my painting dried, I used a paintbrush to cover the whole paper in black ink, then I washed it off. I like this media because it gives a "normal" piece of artwork a more rustic look.
My most successful print was my monoprint. To create my monoprint I used a brayer to roll blue, black, and white ink on a bench hook. Then I used a tool to draw my design on the bench hook. When I was done, I put a piece of paper over the bench hook then took it off. I feel this technique was successful because monoprinting is an easy process.
One print I wish I could change was my screenprint. To create my screenprint, I sketched a picture of a tree and cut it out of the paper, then I taped the sketch to the bottom of the screen, and put a new piece of paper under the screen. Next I put blue and pink ink on one side of the screen and used a squeegee to spread it across the screen. When I was done I removed the sketch from the bottom of the screen and my design was on a new piece of paper. To improve my piece, I would separate the blue and pink instead of mixing them together.
Linoleum Printing was my favorite technique. To create my print, I used a gouge to carve my design into a piece of linoleum, next I used a brayer to roll my ink onto the linoleum, then I pressed the linoleum on a piece a piece of paper and removed it to reveal my design. This was my favorite technique because it was fun to carve into the linoleum block.
At first I did not know what I was going to create, but seeing everyone else's sculptures inspired me. To create my sculpture, I used an x-acto knife to cut out triangles and rectangles in the center of the cup, then I colored the remaining triangles with sharpies. Next, I cut off the bottom of another cup, cut out triangles, glued those triangles to the top of the cup and colored them, then I glued the strip on top of the cup and through the center. In the beginning, I was not sure how the final product would be, but I'm glad it turned out the way it did.
The inspiration for this art piece came from three separate mixed media artworks we created earlier in the year. First, we used a viewfinder on our MM(mixed media) art to find what we want to use on our painting, took photos of what we found, then painted our photos onto the canvas.
Working on this project was a new experience for me, because I'm used to working on art on my own, but it was fun and I would enjoy doing another group art project.