In Class Work

Final Painting With Reflection
Technical Skills
I felt that I met the standards because my artwork is neither outstanding or poor. I passed my painting in on time and with all the work included. My attention to detail is not as good as I would have hoped, although it is not horrible. Along with the detail, the quality of the painting is not outstanding, but it meets the standards.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills
I feel that I met the standards for this project. Comparing the two painting (Ansel Adam’s and mine) there is a clear distinction. On all of my colors I mixed them very well and was always added to them. My painting’s colors resemble the colors on my famous painting that I used very well. I blended my colors nicely, although I feel that I could have matched the two paintings more. The texture in my famous painting was very simple and plain, but I did a nice job of translating the texture onto my personal painting. I did all of these things at a standard level, nothing over the top or lacking in any certain parts.
Color Meaning

Still Life With Reflection
Look at the famous artist’s work that we discussed in class (the laminated sheets). Compare your marks to the marks created by Henry Moore, Vincent van Gogh and Giorgio Morandi. Which of the three artists’ marks, are the most similar to yours? Explain why and exactly where you used these marks:
I think that I am more like Vincent Van Gogh rather than the other artists. Vincent Van Gogh’s lines were all in the motion of the object and blended smoothly. Henry Moore drew more messy lines while making it look good, but if I drew messy lines there would be no way it would look good. Van Gogh does a nice job of both using lights and darks and making them compliment themselves and I feel I did that as well.

Look at your work (all in the portfolio) and progress over time. What drawing(s) make you the most proud? Please explain: At the beginning of this class I drew very light and I smudged. I thought that smudging was the only way to create shadows but I was wrong. I am most proud of my final still life drawing because it shows that I came over my fear of using dark lines. This piece also shows that I have learned there are other ways to create depth within art besides smudging. I also really like this artwork because I challenged myself. I hate drawing shoes more than anything but I feel that I tried to work outside the box on this project and did an alright job on the shoes.
What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important.
I have learned that it’s easier than it looks to create shadows and make objects 3D. I have never drawn things exactly how they look I always made things up to make it look better, but now I know that if you drawn things exactly how they look like in the end it will look way better. Also I have learned that drawing darker makes the object look more real. I use to only draw really light because I thought it would look more soft and I was right, but I would rather have artwork that looks 3D and good than soft and fake. Another thing I learned was that detail is just as important as anything else. Before I thought that if you got the basic picture it would be fine, but the detail is what gets the viewers eye. I would much rather look at a piece that is well done with detail than a piece that is just well done and leaving out the detail. I learned that in order to make a great piece and challenge yourself.

Value Portrait Collage With Reflection

Technical Skills
I feel that I exceed the standards. I paid close attention to detail, especially throughout the lighter part of the face. I left barely any, if any, spaces throughout the entire collage therefore t he pieces fit nicely together. The collage is carefully mounted onto the tag board so it looks neat.

Creative Problem-Solving
I feel that I both met the standards and exceeded the standards. My collage look three-dimensional in most parts but on the darker side of my face it loses depth. It is a clear representation of my face and does match my photograph. The collage doesn’t fully exceed the standards because of the fact that some parts aren’t fully clear, but otherwise my face is defined very well.

Why might this exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?
Breaking down of the values allows us to look at the picture in a different way. Instead of saying “thats a chin”, it allows us to say thats both a very light tone and a dark tone. When I actually begin to draw this will help a lot because looking at the light and dark spaces rather than the shapes.

Negative Space With Reflection


Technical Skills Justification:
I feel that I met the standards for the technical skills part. Each of my thumbnail sketches are different and have good qualities. Before I started my final draft I made sure that I had a good background design. In order to do this I experimented a lot and so when I did find out that I wanted to do circles I made sure that they were of high quality. Besides the design itself, the entire image is in great condition and looks very neat.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
I feel that I met the standers for the creative part. Even though circles aren’t the most original idea, I feel that I gave them a little twist of their own to make them mine. The reason I didn’t exceed was because of this reason though- if I had picked a more original design for my background my word could have exceeded. Although the positive and negative space do complement each other very well. The negative space is almost fully dark because the circles are so little which makes it look very neat.

Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work? Artists do this for accuracy. If you start out with a smaller sketch more attention to detail is made. This effects the work is big ways.
For instance if we all had made four huge drawings as our practices it would have no only taken a while but there would be no room for mistakes. Starting small is always the best idea.

Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project? The pattern of the background is important to the picture because it’s what makes the positive space stand out. Also if the pattern is to over powering it draws attention away from the image itself, you want balance. The pattern effects the look of the project because if it’s messy than it makes the image itself look poorly done even if it’s not. The pattern is what completes this piece of artwork and if it’s not done correctly than it won’t look as good as it potentially could.

Leaf Designs and Reflection

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Rhythm/ Free Choice

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Symmetry/ Tension

1. Technical Skills Justification: I feel that I both partially met the standards and met the standards. Although I put in a lot of effort I have very little gluing or cutting skills therefore my pieces look rushed and messy. I wouldn’t say that I fully met the standards because of these reasons, but I didn’t partically meet because my pieces don’t look horrid.

2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification: I feel like I met the standards in my leaf designs. My designs each demonstrate tension, balance, and rhythm. They are also each unique and creative in their own way, but not so creative as to give myself a 4. I also showed that tI understood the assignment by using positive and negative space.

3. Which of the four designs do you feel is the most successful in terms of using positive and negative space well? Please explain. My symmetry design I feel shows the best use of positive and negative space. I used both solid leafs and white leafs outlined in black. These two shapes compliment each other in a nice way and show my understanding in his assignment.
4. Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain. I feel that my rhythm design best communicates the assigned principle of art. It not only shows a great example of positive and negative space but the lay out of it is neatly done. I also like it because it’s unique and not repetitive. This design is by far my favorite.

Hue- Color, shade, tint, tone, saturation, or dye (shades or anything).
Primary Colors- Are red, yellow and blue.

Paul Signac The Red Buoy. 1895. Oil on canvas

Secondary Colors- Are created by mixing two primary colors (green, orange and purple).
Paul Signac the Papal Palace, Avignon. 1900. Oil on canvas

Tertiary Colors- Are created by mixing primary and secondary colors ( orange- red, red purple)
Paul Signac The Railway at Bois-Colombes. 1886. Oil on canvas

Analogous Colors- Are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel (red and purple)

David Hockney Portrait of Nick Wilder ,1966. Acrylic on canvas.

Monochromatic Colors- containing or using only one color (pure black, blue, or red).
Mark Wethli Flight, 1997. Oil on linen

Complementary Colors- Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel (red and green)
Wolf Kahn in Newfane VT, 2004, Pastel on Paper

High Intensity- A saturated color without any mixture; the real color, vibrant (purple).

Claude Monet Breakwater at Trouville, Low Tide, 1870; Oil on canvas

Low Intensity- A color that doesn’t have a lot of pigment and is light.
Mark Wethli Under A Northern Sky, 1992. Oil on linen

Warm Colors- Are vivid and energetic, and tend to advance in space (yellow and orange).
Giorgio de Chirico. Piazza d'Italia. 1913. Oil on canvas.

Cool Colors- Give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression (purple and blue).
Mark Wethli A Bigger Splash, 1967. Acrylic on canvas.

Sketch Book Assignments

Color Wheel

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Still Life
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Falling/ Exploding
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Household Tools