Thursday, June 12, 2014

Photoshop Name Design

How I think about art

By taking Art Fundamentals, I have truly gained a new appreciation for the world of art, as well as myself as an artist. Before this class, my art experience consisted mostly of elementary and middle school art classes and summer camps. I did attend a photography camp last summer, but photography was only medium I thought I liked and was capable of. Throughout the Art Fundamentals course, I was presented with the opportunity to try a variety of art mediums, many of which I wouldn't have chosen to attempt. From Notan designs, to Oaxacan clay sculptures, to personal space boxes, there was such a difference in the projects that I completed as a part of the course. It was definitely fun and engaging to enter each art class and be surprised with what the next project would entail. The course was certainly successful in educating me in a variety of different ways to go about and think about art. Now, I am not only taking Photo, but also Ceramics. I also would like to take Drawing and Painting, which I never would have even thought about before taking Art Fundamentals. Learning about different artists and their styles, as well as how different artists interpret art mediums has increased my respect for art as a subject. Now, when I view art, whether it be art of my fellow peers or of the masters, I can recognize the basics of their artistic style, as well as what their technique expresses to the viewer. Looking at art now, I find myself wondering what the artist was trying to convey to the viewers and how the elements included in the piece are part of that overall goal. In summary, being a student in Art Fundamentals opened doors for me in the sense that I am now interested in taking a variety of art classes. It also gave me an appreciation for art around me, since now, I have a basic understanding of composition.

Project I am the most proud of

Out of all of the projects that I had the pleasure completing in the Art Fundamentals course, I am most proud of my personal space box. I had never done a project that incorporated such a multitude of art mediums. This piece included a chance to use photography, which is my favorite medium, as well as the opportunity to share a place that had been traveled to. Photography and travel are my two favorite things, so having the chance to put them together into a project for art was really exciting for me as an artist. I really enjoyed being able to decide which of my photos could do the San Antonio fiesta justice and make the vibrant atmosphere come alive for the piece's viewers. As for my learning, this box taught me a variety of crucial art skills including how to effectively plan out a design before embarking on the final piece. Before making the box, one of the requirements was to make an "accordion box," which meant making a paper box and printing out the photos to plan how the proportions would work. I had never organized such a draft before, and in doing so with this project, I learned how to be patient in art. It was rather frustrating at times because the images had to sized perfectly so that they looked good in the box. However, the planning was certainly worth it, as it was easy to put the final box together. I think that the biggest thing that holds the most importance for my learning in this project was that art projects don't have to be limited to a singular medium. Photography, painting, and even some mild collaging can all be put together to make for an interesting project. Learning that gave me a stronger appreciation for art in general, as well as inspiring me to try to do more art in the future. 

Photoshop Designs, using Color Schemes

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

Organic Design
Color Scheme: Monochromatic (Blues)

Geometric Design
Color Scheme: Monochromatic (Pinks)

Monday, June 9, 2014

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

This box shows the vibrant city of San Antonio, Texas. I visited Texas during April break this year and spent three days in San Antonio. My family and I were lucky enough to stumble upon the city’s legendary fiesta, which is a two-week long annual celebration. My mom, having grown up in Texas, had been to similar events, but the rest of my family had never experienced that type of culture. The fiesta was full of mariachi bands, vendors, lots of traditional Tex-Mex food, and an incredible amount of color. The photo of my brother and me shows us at the fiesta one afternoon. I am wearing my floral wreath, made of tissue paper flowers, which I bought at the fiesta. The Texan culture is important to me since it is the one that my mom experienced growing up and because it is a beautiful place that is a joy to travel to. The whole nature of the event is so different from events in Maine, so the differences made for a unique and fascinating experience. For my object, I chose to use cut-outs from the official fiesta brochure that I picked up while in San Antonio. One of them states the fiesta’s name as well as the year, and the other show key parts of the fiesta and San Antonio in general. The cut-outs express the excitement of the event. Overall, I am pleased that I was able to capture San Antonio’s fiesta vibe into a box.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Winslow Homer, "Gloucester Harbor," 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: Gloucester Harbor
Medium: Watercolor
Year of creation: 1873

Describe as much as you can about the artwork.  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used?
In this piece, there are three main subjects; three people. There appears to be a man rowing and a woman seated in the stern holding a small child. The rower appears to be looking at the woman and she appears to be looking back at him. It appears to be evening time because of the beautiful pink and orange tones and lack of bright glare on the water. There is not a variety of color used in this painting. Most of the painting is made up of pinks, browns and blues blended together. The blue of the ocean really stands out, as does the off white shades of the boats’ sails. Overall, the painting appears very bright.

Point of interest/CompositionWhat attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)
The first thing that I see when I look at this painting is the rower. He is located toward the left of the painting and his off-white clothing stands out against the dark shades of the boat and the bright blue of the water. Also, the rower is positioned near the clump of sailboats with the bright white sails, which also draws the eye.

Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain…
There is asymmetrical balance used in this painting. The piece is quite definitely balanced, but it does not have the same composition in all aspects. The balance is clear through the boats pictured in each perfect third of the painting, spreading out the piece. Also, there are figures in bright hats on either end of the row boat, balancing that out as well.

Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middleground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.
There is a very distinct horizon line used in this painting. It is positioned roughly ⅔ up the painting and is features hills in the distance, a light house, and many boats sailing along it. In the foreground, there is water that is is reflecting the pink and orange tones of the sky. The row boat is in both the foreground and middleground. The boat itself is mainly located in the foreground but the people are in the middleground. The middleground also features the sailboats. The background has the horizon line and the sky and clouds at sunset.

Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?
This painting has two very different moods. The bottom half of the painting seems to be very calm and relaxed, as the woman is relaxing with her child in the stern and the man is calmly rowing. The top half of the piece features daunting and threatening clouds, giving the top half a darker mood.

Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?
I think that the painting obviously communicates a calm scene of what may be a young family rowing. However, I think that it could have a deeper meaning, representing the mystery of the ocean and being on the ocean. It is not clear if the people are happy being on the water, afraid of getting wet, or upset about the clouds that are shown overhead.