Sunday, May 29, 2016

Artist of the Week -- June Chilson

An artist is someone who loves to draw and takes pride in that passion. An artist expresses their feelings, their emotions, their surroundings, or even items to make art work. Anyone can be an artist.  As with playing a musical instrument, “practice makes perfect”. But you can also be an artist if you put your mind and effort into it. It doesn’t have to be the absolute best but as long as you enjoy it, be creative about it.


Artists use cameras and electronics to get a visual of their surroundings. Photography is also a work of art as well.  Some people take pictures of nature or animals. Pictures also help the artist get the details that they want.   



Artists sometimes use art journals as a way to jot down their ideas or sometimes to doodle and maybe pass the time. They also use art journals to make various types of art, maybe even to experiment with art work, some use it to practice.  I always like to draw flowers.  A journal is how I practice. I always put my favorite quotes into my art work and  to me it gives it a little character. I put some music lyrics in it. a lot of the stuff I have in my journal either pertains to music or is about music. Music for me is my happy place.

Histories and traditions are the past of art to help us create our own styles -- to help us express who we are. I always like to do art. It's something that comforts me, besides reading books and listening to music. I like my art work to be creative, very unique and different. I like to be and think outside the box, stand out and be who I really am. To be an artist feels good. I know that I can express myself without words and when my words fail my art speaks alongside my music.  One of the artists that inspires me is Michelangelo.  He was an Italian artist who did sculptures, paintings, and poetry.   One of my favorite art works by him is Sistine Chapel Ceiling. It's a bunch of designs coming together as one. That’s why when I draw I combine aspects of my personality as one. I think his sculptures are amazing and I wish I could sculpt that good.

Photographs can be works of art, you can take any picture you take into a work of art. I like taking photos. I took photos of the fireworks on the fourth of July and during the day.  what I have learned from experience is that you can’t have too much light sometimes it blinds everything out and all you see is light and not what you really want.

When you make a work of art into your own little thing it makes it relevant and even if you make a mistake, sometimes those mistakes can be good. My favorite is the micrograph, I had a lot of fun making mine. I expressed my entire personality with the things I like, from books to the funny things I Say to my heavy metal bands with their lyrics, food and random lyrics I heard when the music was playing in art class the places I went to and the places I am about to go to.

Artists express themselves in their different ways that interpret art through their eyes even in a group except it's like  combination of different interpretations coming together as one, one thing to is that they don’t plagiarize from anyone else or each other.

When an artist uses elements and principles of art they think of things differently, like the artist at the Artsfest I asked about private lessons. He told me when you do art think of things in a geometrical shape, everything is a shape. The man started naming things around him and what shape they were.

Old fashioned vs. digital prints. The difference is the digital doesn´t take as long as if you were to do it the old fashioned way. The old fashioned way can show a lot more intricate detail and sometimes doing digital you either might not have enough ink or the printer brakes. With the old fashioned style you don't have to worry about it because you have your print either or. Old fashioned maybe long but in the long run it is a good benefit.

From what I see from other student's journals is that they put their personalities into to it they make it as colorful and as creative as they want to, some of them look "plain jane" but there are others that have a ton of color on their covers with creative designs and or quotes inside or outside on their art journals, you can tell that they experiment with different things not everyone likes a bright colored book but compared to my book they are all different because everyone has a  different personality than me. Art is one of my favorite things to do, I want to be an artist and I hope to go to college when I am older for art. It would be my dream.


This is my identity box project. In my project I drew a picture of a pizza because I like pizza and it also represents the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I have a tune called Paint It Black from marching band with Athens Area Wildcats with the cat picture. I have a picture of a hot dog with a quote from the show Steven Universe ¨If every pork chop were perfect we wouldn't have hot dog.", Steven Universe is awesome and one of my favorite shows. I have two pictures of my favorite heavy metal band Slipknot and Five Finger Death Punch. I have a pic of the label Hot Topic because that is my favorite store when I go to the mall. On the sides I have a skull and Gir as the grim reaper because I like spooky things. On the top i have a design in red paint with a paint brush because it represents how much I like to do art and it is one my favorite things to do. Plus, I almost forgot the the flute meme I put in my box it says "I have 99 problems but a reed ain't one" with a flute picture I drew and a reed from my saxophone case.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Artist of the Week -- CJ Ellis

Taking your time and putting your love into what you are creating makes your art personal. I love to play a game called sword master. Those who know me know how much I love this game and winning. It makes me feel strong and powerful. This is one of the reasons why I chose to make a sword for my block drawing.

There are many ways that art can be used. It can be used to make someone happy or to cheer them up. The clay coil bowl that I made and glazed was for a very a very special person -- my mom. I even glazed the bowl in my favorite colors. I like making my mom happy.

Taking photos can be a part of making art.  Fixing the lighting, zooming in or out, centering or off centered can make every picture look very different. For example, I took a photo of a red flower to do my colored pencil art project. I chose the red color because it shows how much I care for and love my mom.

Journaling is a way to work through my feelings like happiness and sadness. A page of dragons breathing fire is my favorite. I can choose to show my work in my journal or keep it to myself. I also like using my journal for trying out new ways to use paint, colored pencil, and other art supplies. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Abby Segar

Being an artist can help define who you really are. It is a way to represent yourself through your artwork. For example, if you draw or paint dark things, you might be an unhappy person, but if you draw or paint with light colors, you are most likely a happy person. You express your thoughts through your artwork. Anyone can be an artist, no matter how good or bad your work is, you still put part of you into it. Your artwork may not be the best, but you could know so much about art and try many techniques in your work. This acrylic painting of mine, Sunny Daze, demonstrates how light colors show happy thoughts.


Artists can express their ideas of art through many different ways. They can use
cameras, cell phones, and electronic devices. There are seven ways that artists can improve their pictures. They include: filling the frame, simplifying and exaggerating, not centering the object, creating depth, connecting the dots, perspective, and lighting. These tips can help make a picture better, so it will be a better work of art. It is also fun to take your own picture and paint/draw it. This is a picture of a flower that I took. I got up close to it, to have a better result.       

    Artists use their artistic journals to practice techniques before using them in their artwork. It is better to practice and know what you are doing. They also use it to write down notes or maybe something they read. They could write down a quote that means something. There can never be a wrong way to do an artistic journal. It is about how you do it and what you need to do and how to do it. For example, I watched a video and took notes about it. It helped me remember what to do. It also helped me go step by step, to get better results. You can decorate your journal to make it your own. The pictures below are the front and back of my artistic journal.

    A photograph is definitely a work of art. It is another way to express your feelings. You have to get the right angle and it is of something that you like or represents you. I have learned that you can’t just take the picture, you have to move yourself to improve the quality. The picture should also have good lighting. A picture can be also be a work of art because after you take it, you can paint it or draw it.  For example, the two pictures below are a picture that I took and the other is a watercolor that I painted.

    Artists use old fashioned printing techniques because it makes the artwork original. You could just use a copier and make it exact, but that isn’t as fun. When you do it, it makes it unique and your own. You can benefit from doing linoleum block printing, because you can make as many as you want. Also, it gives the print an old, historic feeling. The picture is a linoleum block print I made, of my dog.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Abby Wiles

There are many different purposes for making art. Some purposes include functional, narrative, decorative, and most importantly, in my opinion, expression. For example, I created functional art when I made a mug set out of clay. I created narrative art while drawing my palm tree, because it told a story of when I was in Florida. I used expression when I painted a dancer, because I am passionate about dancing. Many artists use expression in their artwork such as Vincent Van Gogh in his work, Starry Night
 What makes art personally relevant is when you put yourself and emotion into it. Putting emotion into your art makes it better to yourself and much more meaningful. My painting of a dancer is most relevant to me because I was a dancer all my life. It was always my stress reliever. Now that I can no longer dance, painting that brought back good memories and I put emotion into that piece.

Artists use cameras for taking personal pictures of what we feel is beautiful. For example, I enjoy taking pictures of sunsets and my animals because I  find much beauty in that. We use cell phones and other electronic devices for references and inspiration to get our minds going for ideas for our own personal artwork.
Artists use artistic journals to express themselves and to experiment with different ideas. If I wanted to try a new technique of blending, but didn’t want to use my own artwork to experiment this, I would use the journal to see how I feel about it first. If I liked it, then I would transfer it to my artwork. If I had something important on my mind and I wanted to get it out, I would use my journal to express myself. For example, I enjoy writing song lyrics. I love to do this in my journal.
A photograph can most definitely be a work of art. What makes a photograph really great is when its personal to you. I love candid photographs when you catch someone laughing because its true happiness in that photo and will always remind you of a happy time. What really helped me when taking photographs is the rule of perspective. Looking at things a different way can really change the picture. I used this when taking the picture of my palm tree. I took it looking up, which really made the photograph different and interesting.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Artsfest Spotlight: Jade Dawson

Some major benefits of holding events like Artsfest are getting people in the community exposed to the artistic ability that students have. This allows students to get their name out and possibly gain credit. This type of event is good for people trying to make a good name for themselves in the art world.

Art festivals are time consuming. They are not the type of event you can plan in a day or wing it. It takes time, patience, and help because you can't do it on your own.

During Artsfest I painted faces. I had an amazing time working with the group of people I was with. I was more than happy to work with little kids. They're so imaginative and have positive attitudes. They also have a lot of energy. There wasn't a single kid that came to me that didn't make me smile that day and I'll never forget it.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Artsfest Spotlight: Erica Hutchison

There are many benefits to holding the Artsfest. It provides lots of opportunities for artists around the community to show their creativity and talent. It helps students to get their artwork out into the world providing a business-like approach that's helpful for the future. I got to show my artwork and it even got First Place. It's very fun for everyone -- especially the little kids who enjoy the face painting, horse rides, bouncy house and more. It gives people a good time and people look forward to the Artsfest. A school told one of my teachers that they are amazed by what we do.

The Artsfest takes lots of planning and can be a learning experience for students who set up and help plan out what happens. It makes them better leaders. The Artsfest would not be as amazing as it is without careful planning. The art students help in many ways such as setting up, making art to sell, t-shirt designs, and the activity we will be providing.

My contribution to the Artsfest was fun for me. I helped set up the Kid's Tent and Clay Tent. I worked a lot in the afternoons Day 1 and 2. I painted faces and it was very touching seeing how happy the kids were. There were so many adorable kids getting their faced painted. One little girl about six years old wanted a purple kitty mask. She was so happy and was always giggling and laughing. While I was painting her face she randomly told me she loved me. It was the cutest thing in the whole world and I am so happy that I could make her day just by painting her face. I very much look forward to helping out with Artsfest next year and help plan for it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Artsfest Spotlight: McKaylah Dekay

As a student vendor at Artsfest, it's easy to say that the benefits of such an event are countless. Although I gained many experiences from being a student vendor, three of the most beneficial aspects of the festival included getting my name and art "out there", meeting new and interesting people, and learning what it takes to be a real artist.
Business Saturday started out relatively slow, selling only a small amount of commissions and maybe one painting. This kind of started to affect me mentally and made me thing, "Oh, my work isn't as good as I thought it was" and "this was a terrible idea." I almost didn't come back on Sunday, but I decided that I probably should because I had signed up to work. I got there Sunday and my art immediately took. People began to ask for my name and contact information, thus spreading the word about me. This was a real confidence booster. Having all the people come up to me on Sunday was basically free publicity and it was great.

In meeting all the people interested in my work, I also met a couple vendors as well as fascinating and creative clients. Everyone applauded my creativity and talent which also drove my confidence through the roof. Because I'm pursuing an art related career, it was extremely uplifting to hear all the kind words everyone had to offer. It was also beneficial to meet new people and gain better social and bargaining skills.

One of the largest benefits of being a student vendor at Artsfest was seeing what it takes to be a real artist and actually making money. Over a period of two days, I made over $300, which is a lot to a high school student. I also did a lot to help Artsfest including face painting and crafting. This shows the versatility that is demanded of an artist in a fast paced world.

Many people coming together for one sole purpose is what makes Artsfest what it is. The sole purpose is spreading creativity and the coming together of artists establishes this. Overall, Artsfest was a great experience for me as well as thousands of people from all over our community.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Danielle Ferguson

"I like to paint nature because nature is a work of art in itself." - Danielle Ferguson

A Walk in the Woods (acrylic)
Nature (acrylic)