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. 

Monday, March 17, 2014


Artists develop art making skills

In the printmaking project I learned what printmaking was and how to do it. I had never heard of it before and had no idea how to do it. When we were first assigned this project I was confused on what to do. After doing a few stamps I started to understand printmaking. I developed new skills with it and got really good at it by the end of the project. 

Techniques I practiced during this project were sketching, tracing, and mixing paints. I had to sketch out the rubiks cube which was difficult because I had to measure out all the squares to be the same size. I had to trace it which wasn't very hard. During the printmaking process, I had to mix different paints to get the colors just right for this project. 

Artists take risks

I chose a popart with a lot of different colors which means a lot of different layers. I wasn't sure how it would turn out sense I had never done printmaking before. It was a risk with all the different colors, and it took a really long time. I'm glad I decided to do it. 

Printmaking was a process I was unfamiliar with. The technique was new to me and I did a lot of practice before I did the final prices. It was really hard for me at first but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't that hard. 
Finished Printmaking Peice 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Volleyball GIF


This GIF represents me because I love to play volleyball. As the volleyball soars through the air it just really speaks to me. As the girl passes the volleyball it represents me playing volleyball.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Color Project

 Color Project

I have chosen the creature theme for my color project. I drew a butterfly with exotic designs. I incorporate the theme by making the butterfly a creature.

I chose the medium acrylic paint. I decided to make the background of the butterfly a dark gray to really make it stand out. I want to do a bright background to make the butterfly pop. I like the acrylic paint because it really shows the color well and makes it look very real. The colors are pretty and it's easy to mix paints and make new colors.

Some difficulties I have had was deciding what designs to do in the butterfly's wings. I wanted the designs to be interesting so in the planning picture the wings are basically my different ideas. In my final design the wings are different then in the first sketch. Another difficulty I had was outlining the butterfly because the brushes made it hard. I had to go over it a few times to make it thick and finished looking.

I think my project was successful because the butterfly turned out really exotic. I like the design I did inside the butterfly's wings. I am most proud of the butterfly because I like the color scheme I chose and the shape of the butterfly.

If I could go back and change one thing it would be to even out the background more. I did an ombre pink background and it doesn't look very even. I would want to go back and plan out the spacing of it more. 

From this project I learned how to mix different paints to make new colors. Also, to make colors lighter or darker. It was fun to experiment and I really enjoyed using paint.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Two in One

In Progress

In the two in one project, I am incorporating the theme by morphing together a tiger's face and a human face. I have chosen to do this because I thought putting the two faces together would look cool.

The medium I am using in this project is pencil. I chose pencil because I thought it would look the best. Also, I like pencil because you can make mistakes and erase them. Sense this is the first project, I will be making a lot of mistakes. With the pencil it is really easy to make different shades which I think looks good.

So far, I haven't had much trouble with this project. Some difficulties I've encountered were drawing the face of the shape. I try to make it look exactly as it would in real life. Another difficulty is drawing the stripes on the tiger because it is really hard to make it look like a real tiger. Also, shading in the shadows of the face has been hard.


I think my piece was successful because it looks like a tiger face and human face combined. I think I did the value good on what to shade. Also I like how i drew the fur and made it look natural. I am most proud of the human eye I drew and the birthmark under it. I really like the birthmark because it looks natural.

If I could go back and change something I would probably change the tigers eye. I feel like I could've made it more realistic looking. It just looks like a black hole because I colored it in all black. If I could go back I would've colored it in with value.

I have incorporated the two in one theme by morphing together a human face and a tiger face.