Wednesday, June 11, 2014

End of the Year Reflection

 At first, I thought that getting a picture drawn or created perfectly was what all artists tried to achieve. While I was in this class though, the imperfections seemed to be what made the art work even more creative. Just this simple lesson showed me that anything you do is art. I was particularly proud of these imperfections in all of my pieces of art, from the stamp work, to the colored pages, to my book, to my time capsule, and to the totem poles. In all, I've learned a lot of different styles for producing art, which is really interesting, and helpful for the future. Something that I also discovered on my own this year, in this class was how anyone could easily insert their emotions in art work and how you can also involve symbolism. Even right now with my art book and my colored pages, I was able to involve symbolism in most of the pages, and also explain to somebody what they mean. For an example, I recently showed my mom one of my pages, and she asked what it meant, and I was able to easily explain it, and I learned that's what makes art strong, meaningful, and deep. I've learned so much this year, and I'm looking forward to proceeding with my creativity.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Time Capsule Box

 My box expresses who I am, and who I've become. It expresses me, mainly because of the different colors, showing that one thing can't describe who I am as a whole. I had the eye symbolizing free spirit, because (as cheesy as it sounds) I'm not entitled to a label. The quote "Queen of Evolution" shows change, and how the average person can easily develop as a person. All of these elements combine into the person I am today.

I was recently watching a movie called "Amélie," and in the movie, she finds a secret compartment in her apartment building, and inside the secret compartment was a box that was full of toy cars. This didn't belong to her, so Amélie researches, and soon learns whose box it was, and returns it in secret. When the man sees the box, he begins to cry, because it brings back memories of his childhood. If somebody found my box in 2034, they would figure out little things that the average person wouldn't normally see just by looking at me. The man in the movie only had toy cars in his box, and Amélie was still able to connect who the man was. The person who would find my box would also compare our society now, to our society in the future. Of course, I'm unknown to what the future is going to be like, but I do know their is going to be big difference to times today. The person who saw my time capsule might even be interested enough to analyze who I am just by looking at the inside and outside of  my box.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Totem Pole Story, Sunrise

 The cold weather was continuing to brew last year. Almost everyone impatiently waited for spring to hit. On one of those freezing days, my dad, my sister, Iris, and I declared we all wanted to do something exciting, and not lounge around indoors. We all suggested an activity to do, but nobody could agree on a idea. One thing led to another, and soon enough, we agreed to venture off to Cape May the next morning to watch the sunrise.

 At around 5:00 in the morning, we left. The sky was dark, not a cloud in the sky, scattered with glittering stars. Being one of the only cars on the highway, we got to Cape May a lot faster than we intended. Iris was asleep in the backseat, but I couldn't fall asleep, even though I was tired, because I had been looking forward for the adventure. From the beginning, I had loved the idea of going off and doing something exciting, and I especially liked the idea of sharing the experience with my family. As soon as we arrived on the beach's border, we jumped out of the car, and made our way to the sandy shore.

 The wind was strong, and everything was cold. I assumed before we went, that the beach would be a lot warmer, but since it was the morning, and the ocean's wind was strong, I assumed wrong. Bundled up in coats and hats, we watched as the blinding, bright, orange sun lit up the sky, and began to lift. The moon was just along the way, and the ocean's waves continued to crash onto the sandy shore. The ocean's waves drifted all the way to the end of the beach, opposite of the summer, where the waves would only come up a short distance.

 I hadn't only captured the memories in my head, but I was also able to capture it on my camera, where I had taken hundred's of photos. The bright, yellow sun was continuing to rise, until the sky's darkness faded, and wind had become less brisk. When the sun had finally rose, Iris and my dad had finally made their way to the car, but I wanted to glance one last time at the sun, that was shining blindly in my eyes. Taking one last picture, I followed my family to the car, longing for a nice breakfast, and warmth. We continued to venture off to the different sites and scenes of Cape May, creating more memories together.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fortune Cookie

 This project lead me to becoming stumped. I had no idea what to do for this project. So I picked up a magazine from the library called (I think) Art News that I was hoping would give me more ideas. Looking through the magazine, I saw a lot of Japanese artwork. Fortunes cookies are an Asian tradition, so I knew I wanted to keep researching different ideas on Japanese culture. Knowing that there are a lot of cherry blossoms in Japan, I searched it up on the internet. Cherry blossoms mean that the beginning of spring has started, so based on my fortunes, I decided to base my whole fortune cookie project on "New Beginnings." Later on, I soon started thinking about how birds can symbolize letting go to the past, flying away, and starting something new. The corners of paper symbolize the material left from the past. 

Art x 3

  This composition for the Art x 3 was not my favorite. It was difficult for me in a short amount of time to turn other people's work into something else. At the end, I ended up with this piece. To me, instead of symbolizes fame, they used a lot of famous people. I remembered hearing a song about how fame can be a downfall, but it's important to be a good role model because teenagers now a days look up to those people. I splattered the red paint on the piece to show how everything isn't always a happy ending with being famous. Angry and stress is a concern with fame, and I tried to emphasize that. "The Bling Ring" was a movie that showed teenagers who robbed celebrities houses because they wanted to look like them, and be like them. I thought this was a good addition to the piece because fame was a common theme throughout the movie. Lastly, I used "in the wild" to show that some people will do anything to reach to the top of the society food chain. The life lesson I learned from this art experience is that if you put all your thoughts together with just one common thing, you can come up with tons of ideas you never thought you would've come up with.

Pop Print

 Honestly, the Pop Print project was my favorite thing we did this marking period. I had to brainstorm what I had at my house that was blue, and I found a book that I remember loving last year, about a boy who lives on imagination. Drawing it was the easy part, but carving was the most difficult for me. I noticed I left some carvings on the stamp by accident, but I kept going, and I realized that it looked interesting. I also realized that not putting enough paint on stamp was a good mistake, because in my head, it symbolized that reality can sometimes be a struggle for the imagination, so the paint on the pieces symbolizes imagination, and the lack of imagination symbolizes the fading paint. I know it might sound dorky, but this is what the pieces symbolized for me. My overall reaction to this project in general was not how I pictured it my head, but it turned out better.