There are four parts of the art criticism process. The first part is to describe the art. You can describe it using the images you see, the art elements, and the color scheme. The second part is to analyze the artwork. You do this by listing the art elements, design principles, color, shape, etc. The third part of this process is to interpret the piece. You do this by thinking about the mood, the ideas represented, and the story being told. The final part of the process is to judge the artwork. For this part you ask yourself if you think the piece was successful and you support your opinion with evidence. I'm going to critique one of my first projects which was a drawing of a tennis ball. First I'm going to describe it. In this drawing I see the tennis ball and the marble background. The tennis ball is big because its the main focus of this piece. The only colors in this drawing are shades of grey and white. For this piece I used a pencil. Now Im going to analyze my piece. I created texture by making the tennis ball look fuzzy. I did this by drawing a lot of little circles and swirls and then blending. I used emphasis by making the tennis ball really big. I used lines to create the marble background and you can see shape in this piece because I used a circle for the ball. The value at the top of the tennis ball is lighter and it gradually gets darker towards the bottom. Now I'm going to interpret the artwork. The idea/ story of a dog is being told through this piece. The mood of this drawing is fun and playful. Finally, Im going to judge the artwork. I think this piece was successful because when you look at it you know exactly what it is. It was also successful because the ball looks three demential because of the shading and shadows that I used. This piece was part of a project where you had to draw three pieces to represent a topic. My topic was my dog and I think this piece successfully represented her. I leaned how to draw better and how to use different values and shading throughout this project. The inspiration for this piece was a picture that I took on my phone. I tried to make my final product look exactly like the original picture. To me art is anything that you use your imagination to create and it makes people feel something. Your piece has to be creative and you can use all kinds of different colors, textures, mediums, techniques, and more. Artists need to use observation to make their pieces look accurate. You may think you know exactly what something looks like but when you go to draw or paint your piece it doesn't look perfect. This is one of the reasons why its important for artists to observe their subject before they start so their artwork will look realistic.
A piece of art that reflects me as an artist is my painting of San Francisco. This painting represents me as an artist because I like creating pieces that represent nature and different places in the world. I have a personal connection to this painting because San Francisco is one of my favorite places and I had a really great time there. I also think this was one of my best paintings.
The most difficult part of this class was when I painted the portrait painting. This piece was really hard because there were a lot of little details that I had to paint. The most difficult part was the skin color. The very first thing I painted was the skin color. The original color I had looked good but then I made mistakes painting the facial features and it messed up the skin color. At the very end when I went back to paint the skin again I couldn't get the right shade so it ended up looking very bad. In the future I could resolve this problem by mixing a lot of the skin color in the begging and keeping extra to fix mistakes.
My most successful project was my watercolor perspective piece. I painted a picture of a front porch at a restaurant in Beaufort. I started by sketching the piece and then transferring it to watercolor paper. Then I painted the siding, the railing, and the wood floors. After that I used this blue peel off glue to cover the railing. Finally I painted the sunset in the background, the land, and the ocean. I used watercolor paint for this piece.
For this project I started by painting the background with a mixture of blue, green, and yellow water color paint. The I printed a picture of the globe and connected 2 hearts that were located in North Carolina and Texas. The hearts were supposed to show that even in North Carolina we still support and love all the victims in Texas. Above that I wrote Apex stands with Santa Fe. I also drew people holding hands around the globe to show support. Around the globe I wrote encouraging words like hope, faith, courage, etc. I finished the project by adding some tissue paper flowers.
Some of the techniques/ mediums I used included acrylic paint, watercolor, tissue paper, watercolor paper, salt, a stencil, and ink. I used mod podge to glue tissue paper to my poster board. The tissue paper was the base for my project. Then I used a mixture of blue, green, and white ink to make the ocean. For the sky I covered the top of the poster board with black watercolor paint. Then I put salt on top of the paint to create a design. On top of that, I used a stencil to make the stars. I also free handed some of the stars with acrylic paint. For the girls hair I cut out strips of watercolor paper and used mod lodge to layer the strips on top of each other. Once I was done creating the hair, I painted the hair brown using acrylic paint. Finally I painted over it with mod podge so it would stay. The two topics that I got for this piece was how do you feel when you're in your favorite place and what do you want for an important child in your life. I combined the two and created a piece that represented my favorite place as a child. When I was younger my favorite place was the beach.
For my painting I used 1st perspective. This photo was taken on the front porch of one of my favorite restaurants in Beaufort. It was hard to paint the siding of the building and the railing because they were grayish white and it was hard to get the right color. The hallway warmup was very similar to my watercolor piece so it helped me get the right proportions. The brush control warmup helped me paint the smaller details in my piece.
I painted a portrait of my younger cousin Poppy Ann. I used acrylic paint to make my piece. I started by painting my canvas with watery red paint and then I used a pencil to sketch the outline. After that I painted her shirt and then her skin. Next I painted her eyes, lips, nose, and eyebrows. Then I used tape to cover her face so I could paint the pink background. Finally, I finished by painting her hair. I think I was successful in painting the eyes and getting the right eye color. Next time I would make a lot more skin color so I could easily fix my mistakes and have everything match.
The most helpful warmup was the facial proportions one. This helped me figure out the size and the location of all the facial features for my piece. The most surprising thing I learned about facial proportions was that the eyes are supposed to be in the middle of the face.
To complete my project I painted the flowers with blue glaze and the rest of my piece with clear glaze. Then, I fired it again to finish. I think my piece was successful because my flowers didn't break off in the kiln. Since the flowers were so small I was worried they would. If I were to do it again, I would change the way I finished my flowers. I would have painted them a different shade of blue and added more details.
The lines I used to create the small waves in the ocean and the whale tail show off the theme "line". My piece was successful because the final print ended up looking like my original sketch. I was worried that my lines weren't thick or deep enough to create the final piece, but they looked good. Next time I would try to be more gentle with my block because I ripped it and I could have ruined prints. Overall I like how my piece turned out.
Im planning on painting or glazing my piece after its been fired. I want to paint the flowers blue and make them look like poppies. I want to glaze the rest of my piece so it stays white. So far, the most difficult part of this project was making the flowers. It was hard to get the right shape because I wanted them to look like poppies. I also wanted to make sure they wouldn't break off. Even though making the flowers was the hardest part of the project, I also thought it was the most successful. The flowers ended up looking really pretty and they didn't break in the kiln. To make this sculpture I started out by wedging the clay and then I rolled the clay out to create a slab. After that I wrapped it around a PVC pipe to create a cylinder. Then I carved circles into the cylinder and made a lid and the flowers. Finally, I fired my piece in the kiln.
In this activity I learned how to use red, yellow, blue, black, and white paint to create new colors. We also learned how to change the shade of a color by adding white and black.
To create brown, you mix two compliment colors together. For my paintings I mixed orange and blue to create the right shade of brown.