Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Art Journal

My topic was Hero. I decided to make it a batman hero theme. The background is covered with newspaper pieces and then in the center is the batman sign. I think the newspaper makes the theme really work. 

Artists Develop Art Making Skills
For this project I had to make a background and I used newspaper. I used the gel glue to put it on the paper. I had never used it before, and it was kinda difficult making the newspaper stick. Once it dried it was fine. I  definitely gained skills from this project because I had never done that before. 

Artists Communicate through their work
This picture was intended to say "hero." I used a newspaper background to fit with the batman symbol. I think it turned out well. This artwork is about who I am because I chose to do the word hero.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Land Art

Artists take risks
This project was risky because we had to make art out of nature. Me and Caroline were unsure about what to do so we went outside to explore nature. We gathered some leaves and glued them onto a peice of paper to make them look like trees. We weren't sure how it would turn out but so far it had looked good. 

For the background of the Land Art we decided to use water colors. We weren't sure how it would turn out because it was hard to paint around the leaves. I'm really glad we decided to use water colors because it made the scenery look natural. 

Artists Reflect
During this project we tried many different leaves on the paper. We ended up issuing two different types of leaves and made two trees. On one of the trees we drew a little man on a swing. We analyzed our project as we progressed. 

Before gluing the leaves on the poster we layed them out to see how we liked it. We planned the layout of the picture so we could have ideas of what the background could be. 

Friday, May 30, 2014


Artists communicate through their work. 
When I drew a sketch of this peice I was very angry. I expressed my angry feelings through the drawing by having a fist come out of the mans mouth and punching the women in the face. The artwork is intended to show my angry feelings.  

This artwork is about who I am because I really expressed my feelings when I drew it. I really inspired myself to go out of my way to express the anger through my artwork. 

Artists solve problems 
I drew my sketch on a tile to make it more 3D like. When it was put in the kiln it had exploded. I was very upset because I was really excited to paint it. Instead of giving up I glued some of the prices back together. This worked out with my drawing because the fist made it look like it "cracked" my art peice. 

My art definetly took a different turn because the piece was not whole anymore. I think it turned out really cool how it was cracked because that made it seem even more angry. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Artists Take Risks
For this project I tried a new medium that I had never done before. My drawing was of the beach so I wanted to be able to be able to blend colors together. I chose to do water colors. 

I hadn't used water color for a really long time so I wasn't sure how it would turn out! I really liked using then because the colors were easy to blend. It made my drawing look more natural. 

Artists Reflect
After I drew the sketch of my drawing, I wasn't sure how it would look on big paper. At first I wasn't sure what medium I would've using so I didn't know what it would look like! As I started drawing I payed attention to every detail and I would erase some things and then redraw it. 

Before I drew my ideas I tried to think of what it would look like. I wasn't sure how the water colors would look so I tried it on my sketch and I liked how it looked! I made sure to plan ahead in my head of what the final drawing would look like. 

Final Drawing 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Art History

Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini "Wedding" Portrait

This piece is a women and a man holding hands and a dog on the ground. The women is pregnant and holding her stomach. What makes this portrait cool is that in the mirror of the painting, you can see the artist painting in it. The mirror reflects the artist. The movement of this peice was The Renaissance. This was a time when a lot of different things were becoming discovered and invented. 

In my group we all painted the poster board which was our background. We each had a head cut out in the background, so we painted or character. We all contributed to painting the background together. 

If I was to do this project again, I would try making a more detailed background. Ours was good, but it was definitely missing little details.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Artists develop art making skills-

During this project I definitely learned how to draw the different features of the human face. I traced them and it helped me get the shapes of the features. During the process I learned how to trace lightly, and then go back over it and make it your own shape. I likes tweaking the features until they looked just right to me.

I was familiar with using colored pencils, but not so much shading with them. I had to experience a lot of different colors to find the right color for skin, eyes, hair and other features. For shading I made some of the sections darkr than others. I used the same technique for shading that I used for pencil so I was farmiliar with it. I gained skill from colored pencils by experiencing different color mixtures and shading. I was going for a soft look so for coloring I did lightly shading. 

Artists solve problems-

During this project I came across a few difficulties/ problems. When I mixed different colors for skin color it didn't always turn out looking good. I would get frustrated because it looked bad, but to solve this problem I would just keep mixing until I found the color that looked right. It takes a lot of patience to find the right color for every thing. 

When I was coloring the final copy of this project I got mad at how young I had made the person in my portrait look. To fix this problem I took a gray colored pencil and drew in a lot of wrinkles and did some shading. I was still unhappy about how the hair looked so I shaded grey in the hair. I realized during this project that when you first color the portrait it probably won't look how you want it to. You have to keep mixing different colors until you find the colors that look best for your portrait.