During this semester we discussed many different forms of art and different artists. One of the projects we did had to do with postmodern principles such as text in art, appropriation, or juxtaposition. I chose to do appropriation which is when you take another artist's work and change it in such a way to make it your own. The artist I stole from was Banksy. Banksy inspires me because he or she has such an amazing talent in communicating a message. All of his/her works are always kind of out there but the street art is really unique and clever. I took Banksy's heart balloon street art and made it my own for that project.
Researching Banksy and all his/her art made me realize that I can communicate through art as well. Another project we did was based off of an essential question. We had to come up with a question that could be answered through art. For me, I really grew as an artist during this project because I had to go deeper and find a way to pull at someone's heart when they look at my work. I couldn't make just another piece of art to hang on a wall in a room. So with much thought I came up with the question: what hurts you the most? For me the answer to that question is words. Insulting and mean comments that upset people. The background of my painting is typed up definitions of hurtful words on paper and then I painted a silhouette of a person catching their tears.
This semester I grew as an artist with the ways I communicate art and in ways that I expanded my thinking. For a few of the project I encountered difficulties when trying to find inspiration but eventually I overcame them. Art isn't always an easy process but in the end everything that you create will be appreciated. This semester was really fun and I really enjoyed taking this class!
What is something you never got to say? I never got to say goodbye to my dog Sadie before she died. She had been really sick for awhile when I was in kindergarten. I just remember coming home from school one day and she wasn't at the door to greet us. So for my project I painted a house and made a print of a dog to go in the doorway. The dog is white to show that she's a ghost that died many years ago.
I always thought it was kind of cool to communicate through art, but I didn't really enjoy having to answer a question through my art. I felt really limited in what I could do with this project. I still think communicating through art is great, but I didn't like what I had to communicate for this project.
This week my art class went on a field trip to the NC Museum of Art. I really enjoyed this field trip because it was interesting to see all the all works from different eras all the way to the more modern art from today. Art has really evolved over the centuries.
My first reaction to seeing this piece was confusion. I was like, "why are there a bunch of rocks on the wall?". As I walked closer I realized that they weren't rocks, but faces of people carved into rocks. I ended up really liking this piece because I thought it was really interesting and intriguing.
This piece really dumbfounded me. When I saw it I thought, "Why is there a blue parallelogram on the wall? Why is it in this museum?". It didn't make sense to me then and it still doesn't make sense to me now. Overall I don't like this artwork because it doesn't bring out any emotion in me except that I don't like it. Maybe that's the emotion it's supposed to bring out in people. I don't like that there isn't any meaning to it.
For this project we had to use non-traditional materials to create art. It took me a while to decide on what to do for this project because there were so many different materials I could use. A list of non-traditional art materials is endless. Originally I was going to make a landscape out of leaves, but then Mr. Sands was talking about different materials and one of them was bird seed. That's when I got the idea to make a bird out of bird seed. I really enjoyed this project because it forces kids to think out of the box and come up with great ideas. Thinking out of the box helps us to grow as students and as artists. I think my bird turned out really well and I really enjoyed using non-traditional materials for this project.
I think that people tend to forget that art can be made out of anything. You don't have to go to an art supply store to make art. You could just look in your backyard and find a hundred things to use to make art. Art can be made out of materials used to build something or household items. It can be made of natural items or food. There is no limitation for art materials. The hardware store is a place that has materials used for creating something. That something can be art. Art supply stores can be really expensive. You can make just about anything from materials at a hardware store and it won't be as pricey as an art store.
Appropriation is taking someone else's art and changing it to make it your own. For the postmodern principles project I chose to do appropriation. I took some street art by Banksy and made it my own. In the original piece of art there is a hear balloon. I decided to take that and turn it into a balloon with a real heart attached to it. I chose to do this because I really like Banksy's work and wanted to do something with it. For this project I used charcoal as my medium. Working with charcoal was different for me. Normally I use paint or pencil. It was interesting using a different medium and it taught me that it is ok to branch out and use other materials.
I think that it's good that art teachers teach their students principles of art. It gives the students ideas for their projects and also helps them understand them better. I think it's also helpful to the teachers to teach about postmodern principles because it gives structure to the class. Art class is about making art, but it's also about learning. I do however, think that someone can be an artist without knowing a ton of vocabulary. The vocabulary isn't what makes an artist. What makes an artist is their use of media and the art itself. You can have a vision and understand it and create it without vocabulary. Overall I think that teaching postmodern principles is a good thing, but it might not be necessary.
What hurts you the most? This art project was all about essential questions. We had to come up with a question and our art had to answer it. For me, I struggled with this concept. I couldn't figure out how to answer a question through art. At first I came up with the question when will we be set free? Or who will set us free? I had an idea but nothing I sketched seemed quite right. So, I decided to scrap the idea and come up with a new one. My new question was what hurts you the most? My idea for the art to go along with this project was to have a silhouette of a person catching their tears. The background was pieces of paper with typed up definitions of mean or hurtful words that people say to each other. Some of the words also expressed emotions of the person in the silhouette.
I did this project because I know how much words can hurt. Nick-names can sometimes hurt too. Every day we don't realize how much our words affect other people. We forget that every word we say has a meaning. Good or bad words affect people. It's not a problem that just bullies have. Everyone says hurtful things. One reason that we forget how words affect others is that some people don't care or they just act like they don't. They put up a wall between their emotions and you. Just because you don't see their emotions doesn't make it ok to keep saying mean things. So next time you are mad at someone just remember the words you are using and how much they can hurt another person.
I think that all art has meaning. A painter doesn't paint without a purpose. They choose to paint something that means something. Art is used as decoration all the time. Even if you don't know the story behind it that doesn't mean that there isn't one. I think that art with a story is deeper and richer than any other art. The first art project I did this year was a painting of a sailboat. I explained in my last blog post how my dad used to draw sailboats and I was inspired by his art. However, I think that in the right setting my painting could be used as decoration.
The second photo is a sketch of my next project for this semester. As you can tell there is a deeper meaning in it. I don't think I'd hang the finished work up in my house as decoration. I think there is a difference between art on display and art as decoration because people don't want something really deep on their walls, they want something bright and nice.
For this project I chose to emphasize the element color. For a while I was planning my project to be black and white and the element was going to be either line or value. I decided to do color because it was something I was more comfortable with. The media I used was acrylic paint. Over the summer I worked a lot with acrylics, but this was the first time I did something bigger with it. I was inspired to do a painting of a sailboat by my dad. When he was in school he did lots of pen and ink drawings of sailboats on the water. Over all I feel like I grew in my painting skills during this project.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.