I think my ability to think creatively has regressed. As said in my last critique, my art holds no consistency, and this critique didn't improve that wrong. I think for the most part most of my work holds a strong idea drive, this piece was random though and more driven for enjoyment...which actually worked in my favor. The piece i started as was more idea driven, and i didn't end up liking it. The piece i finished with had more of a technique drive, and i like it more. I used supplies provided for me by DRHSart, and worked a little outside of class. My work ethic can be strong, though it wasn't during this project. I'm struggling a lot with the concept of art itself, and getting graded on my creativity, which seems to be at its rock bottom. This project helped me learn that I need to focus more on myself than my art. The piece I was originally working on did nothing for me, while the peice i did for fun i ended up liking more. I am going to work off of that idea, and try to build off of my second work, but on a bigger surface. I would give myself a high B or low A. But i am also biased to myself, and think that grading is absurd...so maybe an actual instructor wouldn't give me that.
When walking into the show on Thursday night I was immediately captivated by the hanging installation piece coming from the ceiling of the gallery. It was comprised of paper cranes and synthetic flowers hanging and different levels by string. There were interesting silhouettes painted on the wall of the whole gallery. The arrangement of paintings on the wall was set up quite nicely. My overall first impression of the show was good and it seemed to be very well put together. The show displayed the artwork of Jinny Kang, Alex Turner, and Joanna Gray. Rather than putting their work into separate sections around the gallery, they all mixed together and marked their works with a different symbol depending on the artist. This set up was more pertaining to my eye because it made me look at each artists work more rather than only looking at their style of work.
All three of the artists use totally different mediums to complement their totally different styles. Jinny Kang uses pen to draw highly detailed drawings. In some of her artwork, she adds color to the black pen more vibrant pop. My favorite piece of Jinny’s is titled “The Dream That Killed Me.” The mediums are pastel and pen. I enjoyed the fine detail pen work and the color that was added, I also thought the over image was appealing to the eye. Joanna Gray uses mostly acrylic paint on her portraits of people. I enjoyed looking at her work. Looking at her work up close is the most interesting, the style she uses on the face is interesting because it has a line like quality that conforms together to look so life like. Alex Turner portrayed an attended emotion and a lovely aesthetic in his photographs. His images really capture a story and give the viewer the emotion that he is trying to give off. I enjoyed the slideshow going on by him and the fact that he had printed copies of his work scattered around. “There is a world inside my head” said Alex, and I think he did a great job of displaying this world he sees.
My summer work for art is an abstract piece of my feelings toward
this past summer. My summer was harder than most of the other summers I’ve
lived. I could’ve done a thousand pieces of art to describe my summer. Instead of painting something though, I took all my anger out with a paint brush. I would paint a layer, then cover up. In a way, that’s what I did with my emotions this summer. I covered them up and acted like nothing was
Art is such a wonderful concept. I feel shame to those who look down upon the arts. My brother is an artist, and so I grew up with the notion that art is in my blood. Truly, art is in everyone’s blood. Not one human out there that isn’t considered an artist in my mind. Art has taught me so many useful things about life and the people you might find. Art has taught me that its okay to be different. Art has taught me that even the most normal people can be among the weirdest. Art has taught me so much, teachers and professors are what make student artists into what they become though.
I remember in third grade I hated art, I hated going to my stupid art class to only get yelled at by my awful art teacher. When I was in fifth grade, I transferred schools and met a new art teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thessan, she and I clicked so easily. I would stay after school just to hang out with her. She taught me that I shouldn’t hate art because I had a bad teacher, I should love it because there’s an open mind to anything I want to do. When I graduated the fifth grade I one her scholar art award, I then decided I wanted to become an artist. All through middle school I wanted to be an artist as well. When I got to high school, it hit me like a brick that I’m not the fifth grade artist that I used to be. In fifth grade, the teacher would assign the same thing to every kid. Mine would always look slightly better than most students, making me think I was some prodigy. In high school, Mr. Guyer gave me no rules. Our art was officially about us, and no one person’s art was the same. I struggled my freshman year in art trying to find my place in this art program full of so much talent. When my freshman year was over, I didn’t feel like much of an artist anymore.
My sophomore year of art has taught me so much. Everyone and anyone is an artist. I thought I wasn’t good enough to be a part of this program because I didn’t have the creativity that most students thrive in at this school. But now I realize that it’s all up to the artist, you shouldn’t go through life comparing your work to others. Art has taught me that sure you might hate one of your pieces, but I bet someone else sees it as a master piece. The artist of a piece of work is only ever going to see the flaws in it, and that’s my biggest problem. I’ve spent my whole life being Cody Roberts little sister so I feel as if people have expected me to be such an amazing artist. I may be Cody’s little sister, but I’m sure not Cody. My sophomore year of art has made me realize that im not Cody, we are two completely different people with totally different minds. I love art so much more now!
Art in general has taught me so many interesting things. I’ve learned to be more confident in myself and my work. I’ve learned that the most amazing pieces have mistakes. I’ve learned a heavy amount of the renaissance as well. But mostly, art has taught me that it’s totally okay to be weird. Art is among the only class that I go to and have an open mind. I am pushed to reach my limits and dig deeper into my heart to put meaning into my work. An artist’s job is to make their audience feel and see their minds I think. Art is like a human, what you see at first might not be the whole thing. Art has taught me so much through the years, but mostly its taught that being different isn’t
Daniel Davison was born in San Francisco in 1965. He is part of the modern art movement. He is most commonly known for his cartoonish, elaborate doodles or his portraits of people in a colored and mirrored image. I stumbled across him on Guyer’s site. The first thing I liked about his work were his mirrored portraits. They have a trippiness and delusional look to them. I liked these because the style was so unlike mine. I think that looking at his portraits will help me expand my horizons is being more unique and out of the box. I also really liked his cartoon doodles. There is just so much going on them that you don’t know what to look at. I think in a way that’s his way of describing life. There can be so much going on and people only notice the big picture, when really…there are so many more little things that are going on in your life. I think it was his way of expressing how some people may feel in such a big world.
The first artist I studied this year was Mathew Cusick. His work has been mostly in the modern art movement, anywhere from 1993 unto now. He is best known for his map collages that he makes into colored portraits and landscapes. He has the design method that a paint brush is so similar to a brush stroke. He uses certain features in maps like highways and colored indication to turn maps into brilliant intricate warmly colored pieces. I liked learning about him because his creativity is what stands out. I lack on that level, I can be the most technical and interesting artist, but having ideas is what I stuggle with. Our next assignment in art is going to be a multimedia, and studying Mathew Cusick will help pursue better, more unique ideas.
School is school. From tailgating in the fall, relaxing with your friends in the winter, and even cramming for your finals before another summer break, school is a fun place to be a think. I’ve always been a strong believer that hard work pays off in school or just in life. I manage my time to a precise schedule of studying and doing homework, cheering for my school team and travel team, spending time with family and friends, studying some more, and then school of course, but with such a packed schedule it’s hard to find time for things that I want to do for me.
Creativity is such an amazing gift to have, and everyone has it. Some may be more creative than others, but everyone is creative in their own way. John Locke’s Latin expression “Tabula Rasa”, meaning “Blank Slate”, means that all humans are born with a blank slate. Every has an open mind to life, and it’s up to them to fill their blank slate with their own creativity and ideas. After studying the research from Sir Ken Robinson some might have to rethink their creativity and all they’ve done with their “tabula rasa.”
Sir Ken Robinson has a study that shows that schools and learning slowly but surely take the imagination and creativity out of the kid. I agree with him in a sense. Teachers and professors don’t like to see imagination and thoughtfulness. When Albert Einstein was in a grade school his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He responded “happy” and his teacher reprimanded him saying that he didn’t understand the point of the assignment. Albert Einstein told her she didn’t understand life. I think this is a really interesting and easy way to relate to what Sir Ken Robinson is saying. Most teachers seem to be sucking the creativity out of their students, thinking that’s going to keep them the most focused and studious.
The arts are such a great part of learning. I feel as if art classes are among the only classes that the teachers are more impressed with creativity than a student’s intelligence alone. Art teachers are pushing students to their limit in the field of creativity rather than making them feel like a wide spread imagination isn’t normal. I love art! Whether its music, studio, or even fashion. Art is a great way to escape the people that try to make it seem like an imagination isn’t a good thing. I love getting lost in music that makes me feel happy and forget about life. I love painting and drawing things that only I may understand. I love wearing things because I want to wear them, even though it may not fit the standards of someone else’s fashion. I love the arts because it goes against everything Sir Ken Robinson goes for. I can walk into any class and feel mind trapped from creativity. But when I walk into art class, it’s like I’m being rewarded for my creative mind, and that’s an awesome feeling.