Monday, May 21, 2018

Artist of the Week -- Jason Vandyke

Stretching and exploring:  What I did to explore outside of my comfort zone was working with EVA Foam making the Thor Ragnarok helmet that he wears for a short period in the movie.  How I did this was I looked on various different websites to find the templates I would later use to trace on the foam. I soon find a man on “YouTube” called “Odin” (coincidence right?) he had a link to download and print the templates.  We printed them on 11 by 17 paper. Next was tracing and cutting the foam. I used an X-acto knife for precise cutting. After I got all the pieces cut, I used a heat gun to mold all the pieces into shape. When that was done I used adhesive spray to glue the pieces together.  After the helmet was formed it was time for painting, I used metallic paint to give it that shiny look to it. I used the colors dark blue, black and silver to make it look like Thor's helmet in the movie.

Observe:  In my art projects, I got better by noticing the small details in them that I hadn't realized existed until I was working on it.  In my colored pencil drawing I never thought of using a blocking method to make it easier to get the picture just right and make it easier to place them in the right spot on the paper and make sure you can get the right detail.  On my second project, the Thor helmet I learned that the different angles of the knife can cut the foam a lot easier. If you hold the blade straight up, it will cut it smoother than all the other angles.
My final project was the senior ceiling tile.  I did the Spider-man logo. I learned that in order to get into the tiny holes so it doesn't look like white dots was to dip the paint in the water so it soaks into the holes. As Dr.Wales says, I’m too much of a perfectionist.
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Engage and persist:  At some points I did feel like giving up on the helmet because I just could not get the helmet to mold into the right shape or get the colors the right shade.  It annoyed me so bad that I wanted to leave it as is, but I was pushed by everyone around me to fix it and make it better so I tried different color mixes and found the right ones to suit my needs.
Color experiments for helmet

Understand The Art Community:  What I learned about interacting with the art community is that people like compliments about their art work. They want their confidence to be raised and to be given tips and tricks about how to do it easier and faster by getting the same look.  If you have done a drawing and don’t know if its good or not show it to one of your friends or family so they can tell you what they think and give you options to go off of.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Death of Socrates

Today students were introduced to the painting Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David.  We explored the composition of the painting by reenacting the scene. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Artist of the Week -- Caleb Cranmer

I’m a conjurer I use my phone to take pictures and turn them into a work of art in my own way.It’s fun and it gives me something to do when I have my artwork done.

This picture has good composition because it shows looks of shapes color and it also emphasis my style of art and how I work.

In my collage, I used a lot of lines to try to make the work of art more confusing to look at but I also used lots of color to try to make my images pop out a little more. This also has a little texture by looking at the white pieces of paper with the black lines on them it makes it look like it’s standing but it’s not -- it’s completely on the paper.

WaterColor: By knowing the media they are using artists can plan what areas they need more dark and less dark colors. Also they know how much water they will need to make the art more real and pop out.The qualities were useful to me by giving me the idea of making certain areas darker than others and lighten up the sky a lot.The water also helped me make the grass more light and more realistic.

My inquiry project was Pen and Ink .I want to improve at drawing nature.My essential question was, "How to draw trees in pen and ink?" The most useful resource i have found so far is a YouTube video where the artist made a wave and put pencil shading in it to make it pop. An important term I’ve discovered is pressure -- the more weight you put on the pen, the darker the line. The less pressure, the lighter the line. How that relates to my project is it helps me make my lines on the tree as light and as dark as I want it. Below is a page from my journal of pen and ink experiments.
I learned that the ripples in the waves are all single line or are almost single lines. Right now in my drawing I’m slowly following the ripple lines over with pen and ink. I can see that I have a nice pen and ink series but I guess I have a nature theme emerging .Another piece I could make is a mountain range or a forest to continue the theme.
In this picture I wanted to make a raging wave with calm and quiet waves. I used pen and ink to make the image pop and then I went over the wave with watercolor to give it the right texture look it needed. I also used a sponge to make the wave look like its going in the water. Finally the grey areas represent the cloudy sky causing this massive wave. I’m trying to make a simple wave into something great.
The Creative Process is a process all artists try to follow and use it to critique. We artists use it as a way to make art more appealing and more real. By using the creative process we make our work our way and how we see it. Don't compare yourself  to others that use the process -- it won’t help you, your work is your work. You are the best at it and no one can do it better.
Waving Goodbye (Pen and ink and colored pencil)

In this latest work of art I wanted to show how a scene of a raging wave can still be a beautiful site to see and I wanted to try to add a little of feeling into this drawing and I think I got the feeling I was going for -- horror to beautiful. I got this idea by thinking, how would it look if I made a calm island being hit by a wave nice and peaceful. The mediums I used were color pencil and pen and ink. The color pencil brings out more in the ink so it made and look slightly 3D. This piece is called Waving Goodbye.
The benefit of being part of an artistic community is the way to get new ideas and feedback on how to improve your art. I helped set up and helped some vendors set up as well. y memorable moment is making my raging wave and how well I came out. The benefit from learning from the past is that you can find someone who shows the same interest and you can use some of their techniques in your art .I learned most from Paul Klee. For one, I like the use of different things but always had a focal point. I used the idea of many things in different places to make a bigger picture. Next year I plan to improve my pen and ink to its fullest and produce art that is appealing to people. My art experience this year was amazing I was able to combine different mediums that I like and made them into a masterpiece. My biggest takeaway and thing to remember is the class trip to the art museum of all are art and different art from different schools. That was fun meeting and seeing what other people are capable of.
My advice for anyone wanting to take this class next year is be ready to work and if you can go on some art trips they give you ideas and can give you confidence for any competition you plan to take part in. Finally the best advice I can give is just have fun and try new things. Don’t give Dr.Wales a hard time, he wants the best for and from you just keep it up and  you will be fine. Somethings to add: 1.Clean up after yourself. 2.If you need something ask. 3.If you need help ask have people around you to help you so use them they could also use your help.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Artist of the Week -- Joselyn Murray

As an artist, I am a combination of a few different types of artists; analyst,draftsperson,and planner. An analyst is a person who pays close attention to very close detail. As an “artist” I enjoy making my work very detailed because I don’t like “broad” pieces of art. Also a Draftsperson looks closely at the world and copies what the eye sees onto paper. I like to have artwork that looks more realistic rather than cartoonish and abstract. Finally a planner is someone who thinks through a project carefully and creates a plan before starting their work. I like to have things that are strategically planned out and to know exactly what is going to happen instead of surprises and upcoming things that I don’t know about.


With watercolour paintings artist tend to use a method called the 50% rule. Which is where you paint one color that is very watered down and light and then they take the same color but a little darker and less watered down and only cover up half of the first layer. Before you make an artwork usually the artist plans everything out to figure out where to start and what to do where and why. With a watercolor painting you have to plan because once you do something there isn’t really any fixing of it. Therefore I personally feel that watercolor is one of the most frustrating and difficult type of artwork to do because of the fact that you can’t just erase your mistake and fix it, with watercolor you have to either deal with the “mistake” or start all over again.

For my inquiry project I decided to do chalk pastel drawing. I wanted to improve on the skills of blending the pastels to make them look nice. For this art project my overall question I had was, "How do I make the chalk pastel drawing look realistic?" So far the most useful source I have found was an article I read online and it talked about by having too many layer of pastels it won’t let you add any more, therefore you can put it in the freezer or add a fixative to it and continue with the layers. This is relates to my project because I have to blend multiple colors together to get the right tint and have the flowers look more realistic with the shadows of them. After finishing my inquiry project I came to the realization that there are many more techniques that I can use when drawing with chalk pastels.
    With each artist it takes a long time to develop a style in which it suits you the best. Over the course of this quarter I have experimented with many different mediums and techniques.I have done a few paintings with the different mediums of pencil drawing,chalk pastel. As a style, iI' still trying to experiment to find the perfect one to fit me, but that will just require more practicing and testing out media. There is a common quote “Before you learn to draw,you have to make a thousand mistakes.” throughout my process of being an artist I have continuously made mistakes. In order to make a “perfect” artwork then you have to mess up and keep trying again and again.

    Most of the time an artist works alone. However, it can be helpful to ask for another artist's input. It can be helpful to hear the insides of someone else’s thoughts as they experiment and work through their creative process. As I am making my way through my current artwork it has helped an extreme amount to hear the opinions and suggestions from my peers. After interviewing an artist in class he explained to me how he has worked through and around the obstacles along the route of the creative process. He has found ways to imagine and plan out what he was doing next and how he was going to approach it. By asking the artist, Tivon, I learned how to be more creative on how my finished project will turn out and he also threw in a few tips on how to blend with the colored pencils for the wrapper of the candy. By looking at someone else’s work it not only helped me with my art but it helped them as well. By giving someone a casual nice critique can help a person on how they will fix or do a piece of artwork.

    By researching art history it can educate you on multiple different techniques and knowledge. For my art history project I researched three different amazing artists. Ralph Goings, a man born in the late 1920’s, Many people can’t imagine how he does his artwork so precisely and adequately. He is an artist who sets a goal of creating artwork (that some might consider masterpieces) that look very realistic. Ralph Goings typically had a theme of old American diners or things that represented Americana. He would take photographs and would paint the pictures exactly how they appeared in the photo. Along my journey of researching art history I found two more artists who I thought fit me better by choosing artist who worked with pastels. The two artists I chose were Mary Cassatt which is an artist born in Pennsylvania and would tend to do portraits of people using chalk pastels. Chloe O’Shea is an amazing artist I discovered on social medias such as Instagram and Pinterest. She works with chalk pastels like Mary Cassatt but she had an approach of drawing landscapes and more nature like paintings which I found very astonishing.
    As I continued to do my research about the artists from the past I learned new techniques and gained inspiration from them. I realized that artwork does not always have to be “perfect” or the most real looking. I also came to the conclusion that it can take a long time to complete something you are happy with, but that does not give you a reason to give up and quit with what you are working on. From Chloe O’Shea, a phenomenal pastel artist, I took in the techniques of the way she blends her colors in the sky and how she adds colors you wouldn’t normal imagine to be in a sky landscape to your pictures. She would work day in and day out perfecting how the grass blends with the mountains. She would mess up and ruin what she had due to experimentation and going out of her comfort zone just to find the perfect way to make it. It can be a hassle getting your artworks to look exactly how you want them but through hard work and determination she accomplished that, just like any other artist can do the same.


Art. It is all around us, everywhere we go, whether you notice it or not, it is in everything we pass on a daily basis. Recently our small little town of Athens portrayed a thing called Arts4All. Basically what we did was set up a bunch of vendors to show off their masterpieces as well as had occasional events and games set up throughout the building. For a way to show the community about the art club in the high school we had set up a face painting booth which  I decided to help out with. I thought it was a good idea to go out and show the people that i was willing to contribute for a few hours to help make the profit of having a smile on the children’s face when I was done. As for once i was done with my shift at the face painting booth I decided to walk around and check out an new upcoming artist who were vendors. I didn't expect many to be there but as I looked around I saw some really amazing art from such young artist and couldn’t believe my eyes!
As of right now I do not plan on taking an art class in the upcoming school year due to the fact that I want to try out other curricula throughout high school. However, that does not mean I will stop dead in my tracks and with art and just leave it behind. I enjoy art and many people find it as a way to relax and let out emotion. Therefore, I plan on still doodling and drawing/painting at any free time that I have just I don’t forget about the different information I have learned throughout the years of art classes.

Art in general can be amazing thing and can have a variety of impacts on people and the society. Many artist struggle with inspiration and starting a new art piece, but by the thoughts of others and looking at others artwork can help them spark a new idea. Throughout this whole year of art I have gathered and taken in an abundant amount of new ideas and information from not only myself, but articles, videos, as well as my peers in the classroom. Each and everyone of them has given me some sort of inspiration throughout my time in the classroom. Whether it be through giving my confidence about my drawings and paintings to giving my advice on how make them better or fix them. In the beginning of the school year I originally did not have an art class placed on my schedule but I changed a few things up a bit to make one fit, and it was a great idea! That would be my advice for any upcoming student debating on whether they should take an art class or not. Just because you think it is lame or doesn’t suit you, you would be amazed on how much you actually enjoy art class.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Birdhouse Project

Over 50 birdhouses were donated to us by the Carantouan Greeway project. They were created by craftsman Ralph Geiger.  They were offered to us on the condition that students could decorate them any way they wish, but that ultimately they would be hung outdoors and available for birds to use them as homes.  Students approached this unique design challenge in so many different ways!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Arts4All commercial

Artist of the Week -- Eleanor Carroll

My artwork is a self portrait, of me looking up in New York City. I created it using many different shading techniques, blending the harshly contrasting lights and darks. My goal for this piece was to portray hope, and things getting better, given the title of the piece, “Looking Up”.

This artwork depicts my sisters and I when we were younger. I used multiple shading techniques and used contrasting lights and darks. I used black and white, and used pencils and blending stumps. My piece of art is supposed to represent family, peace, and joy. My overall opinion of my work is that I tried to use many different contrasting lights and darks and tried to portray the effect of a camera flash.

The purpose of my coil pot was to bring awareness to the issue of global warming.  My coil pot was a round Earth shaped pot, that was surrounded by melting clay to symbolized melting glaciers and rising oceans.

This piece of art is a mix of different techniques, colors, textures, and emotions. The contrasting colors bring out the emotion in the painting, and show the troubles of depression. The woman depicted in the art is covered in dark colors, like blues, purples, and blacks, showing that she’s sad, and depressed. The bright colors in the back represent the happiness in the world that she’s surrounded by, but her eyes see through a filter of depression, and only see the darkness, hence the purple dark flower she’s looking at through her blue eyes. The  artist’s goals for this piece were to bring awareness to the worldwide issue of depression and mental health.