Explain the art criticism process.
1. Describe: Tell exactly what you see
2. Analyze: Use the elements/principles to reflect upon the art form
3. Interpret: What is the artist trying to say? What caused the artist to say it? What is the historical milieu that surrounds the work of art? Why was the work of art created in this particular style?
4. Evaluate: How successful or important is the work of art?
Critique an Old Project.
Which project do you find most successful?
The piece I found most successful was my sculpture vessel piece because this was my first time working with clay. The theme of the piece is gifts. When is the time when people get gifts? I thought the answer to this was Christmas, so I worked from there. I started with a slab of clay to create basic rectangular shapes; nothing special. From there, I put the rectangular shapes together in order to form the box and lid. After that, the clay piece was put into the kiln to be fired. After the wait, I then used acrylic paint to add a Christmas vibe to it, like the small snowmen on it.
Which medium do you enjoy working with most?
Which piece do would you like to do over?
A piece that I have created that I do not like as much is my perspective piece. I do not like this piece because it felt rushed and the prisma colored pencils interfere with my regular pencil medium. I used prisma colored pencils because I wanted to add a focus (the vehicles). I should have left the drawing as a regular pencil drawing because there was more texture to the piece without the colors added onto it. Once I did use the colored pencils, the textures I created using regular pencil all of a sudden disappeared; texture was essential to this piece. Overall, this piece is one of my disliked ones.
How did you come up with your idea?
Originally, I was deciding to make a food court tray. However, the proportions of my tray refused to cooperate with my ideas. To make it more proportionate, I kept cutting the sides evenly. To start with, I had a large rectangular slab of clay, but after I cut it several times, it had shrunk by almost 50%. I spontaneously made the apple while I was trying to come up with another idea of a tray (by making a ball) since my current tray was basically too small to fit anything. I stuck with the food tray idea and decided to make the ball I created into an apple. The final product was an apple tray.
Explain your process and materials.
I started with a large rectangular slab of clay. From there, I cut the sides more and more to make them proportionate. I then started making what the tray was going to hold which was an apple. After the items had been made, the clay had been put into the kiln to be fired. A glass finish was then added onto the apple to make it shiny like real apples are. The piece was then fired in the kiln again. After that, I painted the tray, leaf, and stem of the apple using acrylic paint.
What perspective did you use?
I used one point perspective which is focused on the parking lot that has the red vehicles.
What medium did you pick?
I chose to use colored pencil as my medium because it is easy to work with it since it does not make a mess of my defined details.
Where did you take this photo?
I took this photo in the senior parking lot, next to the stairs around building C of Apex High School.
What did you find difficult about the project?
I found it difficult to draw all the vehicles since they were too much for me to handle. All of the vehicles were different and have variation in shape, so I only drew two.
How many different mediums and techniques did you use? Describe each one of them.
Mediums and techniques in this piece that I used include paint, tissue paper, thread, sharpie, construction paper, and marker.
Paint - used for backsplash
Tissue paper - used for surrounding the edges of paper to represent rose.
Thread - used as part of the journal to keep it together and look like a real journal.
Sharpie - used for the music notes in journal
Construction paper - used to create the book
Marker - used to draw the person in the "journal about someone you admire"
What was your word and how did you portray it?
I actually incorporated both of my words which were "music" and "journal about someone you admire". I portrayed these words in my postcard as a song written in a journal for someone I admire.
What do you plan to do with your piece? How do you plan to finish it?
My plan for this piece is to make a gift box. Originally I wanted to make arms on the side to show that the box was unboxing itself, but proved to be a waste of time to do. I plan to finish this piece by painting it using acrylic paint; specifically by using red and white or orange.
What things have you found so difficult so far? How were they difficult?
So far, I have found it difficult to make the lid of this box. The lid was difficult to do because the sides of it kept cracking and falling apart. Ultimately, the lid after it was fired in the kiln, had cracked causing one of the sides to fall off. However, I glued the fallen side back on.
What do you find successful so far?
So far, I find that I am succeeding in making the shape of the bow. It turned out better and easier to make than expected.
Explain your process up to this point.
The process of making this box started with a block of clay. I cut a portion of the clay then went to the slab roller to process the clay into a slab of clay. After that, I cutout the different sides and shapes needed to make the clay box. To put these sides and shapes together, I had to scratch the sides the were going to be put together and slip the sides to be attached next to then scored pieces. After the greenware was assembled, I had it set in the kiln to fire. As a result, I achieved the hardened clay piece.
Slideshow for different spheres created using different mediums:
What medium did you like the most and why?
I enjoyed using the chalk pastel because I found it much more simpler to blend the colors together.
What medium did you dislike the most and why?
I disliked using pen because of how precise the different patterns need to be in order to get the affect that pleases you the most.