Friday, November 17, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Belle Rosh

This piece of artwork is a recreation of a photograph I took of my best friends, drawn with assorted pencils and with the help of blending stump. Titled, “The Trio,” this work depicts my three friends—two girls walking and one boy on a bike—walking through town with scenery around them such as a gas station sign, road signs, a car, a tree, sidewalk, etc. To create this drawing, I first sketched the drawing out lightly, only drawing the major shapes. For example, instead of fully coloring in an area that needed to be done in the darkest value, I simply did a bit of light cross-hatching as a key to show me for later on.
    When we were asked to pick out a picture for this project, I wasn’t sure if I had any photos that were decently taken enough to be drawn. Then, I stumbled across this in my camera roll back from the middle of the summer and decided, “Hey, I think I can do this!” My three friends that were drawn are very excited to see the finished product, and that pushed me forward when creating it. I also chose them because they’re the greatest friends I could ask for, and I hope they stay in my life forever. In a way, this artwork is in our small friend group.
    My goals for this artwork included: making the people look as close as possible to how they do in reality. As well, my primary goal was to see if my friends approved of it after it was finished. I hoped to get the scenery more blended, but I could only do so much, and I’m happy with it regardless. All in all, I say I’ve done okay with nearly/achieving my goals.
    Overall, I really do like how this piece turned out. There is most definitely room for improvement, but it’s a good start.


    In my sketches from a work-in-progress manga (Japanese style comics) project, emotion is very evident even in the rough draft. The beginning of this story consists of the main character being startled by a minor character. His eyes widen and he begins to run, and then there’s the sinister grin at the bottom of the page. Emotions such as suspense, grimness, and intimidation are apparent. By just showing the smile at the bottom, it creates a dark feeling. Smiles are typically known to be friendly, but this grin has quite the opposite effect. Overall, my sketches create a  dark, suspenseful feeling for the obersever by using certain manga techniques and rough sketching. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Allyson Rockwell

I took a photo of my dog Gunnar with my iPhone at the lake during the summer. Since Gunnar was sitting down for once, I snapped a picture with a view of the water and trees behind him.This drawing I made is a grid drawing sketched with three different shading pencils. Using a blending stump helped to eliminate the pencil streaks and create a smoother image.  Although there was a lot of grass to draw, he still appears to stand out. When I look at this drawing, it reminds me of the day we went hiking up the falls and dragged the dog along with us. I hope that people will look at this and find the overall artwork relaxing.


After completing “Dog Days”, I started working on a carving project of a bird. The feathers stand out in the printing process, and compared to the original photo, the outcome looks handmade. In order to change the look of the carving, you have to add various textures. It depends on how deep you carve, and the size of the tools you are using. A bird symbolizes comfort or freedom, and the shaded areas in the back help to draw attention to the bird in the center. White in the background appears sharp and shows purity. If anyone were to pick my carving, they could choose any color to stamp it with. The warmer tones represent energy and joy, and the cooler tones have a more calming effect.  

Final print of carving in black

Monday, November 6, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Chan Hirunsri

I created a sketch of a champagne glass based on a photograph that I took on a plane flying to America. I wanted to draw this picture because I always feel like drawing a glass is hard because we have to make the reflections on the glass to make it more real. So I decided to try something that I thought was hard.

The techniques that I used in this drawing were sketching and using the different shades of dark to show dimension in the drawing.  The lesson I learned from drawing this picture is to use a grid to measure the scale of  picture into a bigger or smaller size. I learn to use a blending stump to make the shadow look more smoother and more realistic.

    I created a watercolor painting from a photo of a Sakura tree that I took in Tokyo, Japan. I wanted to do it in watercolor because I wanted to try something new other than sketching. Techniques that I used in this picture are watercolor techniques such as wet on wet,wet on dry and dry on dry to create different textures. For instance, when I painted water I used wet on wet(wet colour on wet paper) to make water look more realistic. I try to make the emotion in this picture peaceful by using color that not too dark and using colors like pink or green. The sakura (cherry blossom) is a symbol of love for Chinese people and symbol of hope for Japanese people. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Phoenix Jacobson

My artwork is of my dog Sophie. Sophie is my best friend, which applies to the title A Dog is A Girl's Best Friend. This is a drawing based on a photo of my dog that I took. The techniques that I used were shading and blending. The fur on Sophie consists of fine lines that vary based on the darkness and lightness of the of the picture I was using. I used a value scale to help me find out how dark and light the pencil can go so I can refer to it. 

My dog inspired my artwork and I wanted to draw her because she is my best friend. This drawing of my dog is from a day we were sitting outside and and I decided to take a picture. The emotion is this artwork will make you say, “Adorable!” or “Awwww”. As an artist I want to make more realistic artwork, and do more pencil drawings. In college I want to take a art class as well. I also want to get better and excel with my artistic abilities. I do think I  have reached one of my goals, I learned things from making this and this will help me in the future. I learned from mistakes I have made from the past and corrected them. I believe that this will influence my future artwork in a good way.

In the painting that I am working on, the butterfly represents rebirth and transformation.  There are many colors that take this role in this as well. The colors that are bright are the main focus point, but there are dull colors in the back. This could mean you should put your focus on your bright future instead of looking back at the dull.  The painting is in progress, but is based on the photograph below. 


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Lucas Aquilio

I drew a picture of me holding a sea bean. This picture was taken in the Florida keys when I went down there for the summer. I made this project by putting a grid on picture you had printed and I put another grid on a blank piece of paper. Once I had the basics down I had to shade in the darker parts first and make my way to lighter parts. I also had to erase the grid lines as i went on. I think I chose this picture because when I was down in the keys I had such a great time. The kind of camping experience was a once in a lifetime kind of thing.

The other reason why I chose this picture was because of current events that happened down there and I feel like some things can come and go so fast. Just by looking back at this picture all the memories of me and my friends doing the things on the island  come flowing back. We had done some amazing things like fish in a reef and in the deep ocean to other things like exploring the island and the many other thing that it provided. Going to the island and watching the sun set over the ocean reminded me that there is always peace somewhere in the world.Seeing all the wild life get along with each other like how small things like hermit crab get along with other creatures like the tiny key deer.  If you've ever heard the song “What a Wonderful World”, that's the song that went through my head the whole time I was there. My goal for this was to improve the way I draw pencil drawings. I think that I had done a pretty good job on this project but I feel like I could have done a little bit better.
After doing the realistic drawing, I  moved on to drawing cartoons and comics.  I had already had drawn the characters over the summer, because that's usually what I do for fun.  I had the idea of having a syfy kind of comic but I want it to have humor in it. In comics the emotions are very emphasized.  My comic is about teenagers that are traveling in space and stumble upon a strange planet that says FREE BATTERIES and they crash land on said planet. They find out that there is a great evil come to their universe and they must stop it. I feel like it might take me a while to make it but I am dedicated to finishing this before Arts4All.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Avery Boss

 I chose the leaf and squirrel stencils because I like the colors of the leaves. I see squirrels in my backyard.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Gabby Doty

For my pencil drawing I decided to draw my cat, Peanut. My project titled Peanut Butter was created with various gray-scaled pencils for shadowing and shading. The strong-point of my drawing was showing the shadows of the cat. The project was done on a large sheet of drawing paper with multiple pencils, a blending stump, and a kneaded eraser. I started off by drawing grid lines on my printed picture as well as my drawing paper and labeling each block downward and across. In each block I drew the main shapes I saw to help see the bigger picture. I decided to draw this picture simply because of the love I have for my cat. One of my goals for this project was to improve my drawing skills from previous years. My other goal was to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. I achieved each of these goals. I think my art piece turned out better than expected and I’m proud of my piece. I learned multiple skills from my project and hope to excel in further art projects.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Caitlin Stethers

I call my drawing The Fluffy Kitten. I made a grid to help draw. Then I drew parts of the outlines of the picture in each square of the grid. Kittens inspired me to draw this picture because they are small and they come in different colors, patterns, and sizes. I shaded from white to a dark gray to make it look realistic. That is called realism. I also used a shade blending stick to blend the shades together to help make it realistic.

My clay project  is called Family Love Home. The texture used is bricks on the roof and stones for the floor of the wonky house. One of the colors is brick red. There is different color glazes on the Family Love Home wonky house. I used a metal rib to make the slabs stronger. The texture pad is used to make the stones. I used a fettling knife to cut the  hearts, windows, and slabs out. I used slab construction to make the wonky house. I have balance of a ½ inch spacing between the hearts. I used proportion in the bricks and the hearts.I used the rolling pin to put the texture on the base. I scored the sides of the pieces I wanted to put together, then I put slip on that to glue it together. To help keep it together I used coils. 

My  family inspired me to make the Family Love Home. I tried to show how much love my family has for each other. My goals was to get better at making slabs. It helped me reach my goals. I am proud of the shape of the house and the colors I used. I feel I could improve on making the pieces.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Summer Eldredge

My pencil drawing is called A Glimpse Into the Real World. It is a picture of my sister that I took of her when she was not looking at her college graduation. It required a lot of shading, and contrast of black and white. I chose to draw that picture because I feel like it is a great picture of her, and that she would be very proud. This piece is probably my best, and I am glad because realism is something I have always wanted to become good at. I personally think the drawing looks very similar to the picture, and that you can definitely tell it is her. Now that I can draw realistically, I want to start painting realistically. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Senior Spotlight -- Dylan Evans

I decided to sketch a bird because of my fascination with animals. This bird particular looks very relaxed in nature,  making it very peaceful,  The title of this piece of artwork is called Majestic Bird. I used many different techniques in making this bird, some of which include different ways of shading, light sketching and using a grid to my advantage by placing papers over the squares. My goal with this art work came a lot better than expected. I didn't do nearly do as bad as I thought I was going to. Creating art work makes you look at things in a complete different way,  It was almost like the bird almost like the bird had its own story.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Matthew Thornton

The name of my art is Pap’s Car. I named it this because the car in the picture used to be my Papa’s car before it was my dad’s and that car means a lot to him and me. I made my art by using a blending technique and a value scale that allowed me to get it almost perfect. My artwork is important to me because my papa died when I was in 6th grade and he gave my dad that car when he died. My goals for this artwork was to make sure it looked like the real car and to make it as accurate as possible. My overall thoughts are that I got the car relatively good but it’s not my opinion that counts --  it’s my dad’s because it is his Christmas present. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Ira Lattimer

 I drew this picture in memory of my best friend and dog, Simon. I still feel his absence.  I wanted to make something that I actually completed.  I did and I'm proud of that.

My clay project is a house.  It's a house that is both broken down and fixed. It represents my life -- before and after.  Back in the day, I was a really big jerk. This is symbolized by the broken side of the house. Now I'm happy I'm working on graduating from high school and achieving my dream job as an animal control officer.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Artist of the Week: Keagan Miller


I’m Keagan Miller.  I tend to express my inner thoughts and emotions through my artwork. I would say I’m a "shaman" as an artist, because as I make my art work, it slowly starts to show emotions and meaning as I go. I don't just start out with the idea, it comes to me as I work on my art work. My painting expresses my inner self. I love butterflies and the technique of spray paint. I did this painting to show my personality.  I'm a dull person but if you look closely,  you can see that I enjoy colors as well but I don't like them standing out as much. In this painting the butterflies stand out surrounded by spray paint .But if you take a close look,  you can notice that underneath the spray paint is random colors and designs.  Each design caught my eye .

My Artwork is a painting of my eye, that I had taken a picture of, I added colors from the eye dripping down, sort of like it’s melting. I created this art piece by painting whole canvas tan by mixing white and brown, to match my skin color, then I painted the shape of the eye with black , to make it look as though she’s wearing eye liner. Then I added a pupil that contained the colors of blue, green, white and brown.  The white part in the eye around the pupil was white mixed with a little light blue, to kind of make it look more realistic. Then I added eyelashes and went over them multiple times with a dark black to make it look as though she’s wearing mascara , Then I went and added wrinkles underneath the eyes, as if she was tired. By making the tan color a little darker by adding more brown. Then I  went and put water on my brush and tapped the colors in the eye a little, including the liner. Then I sat painting upright and as I did that the colors dripped down, making a melting effect.  Then I added a little color matching the color dripping and added a touch of water and tapped above each drip to darken it .

The point of my art work is to  express my personality and the way I see art. If you look at my art work you can see how I see things.  It’s sort of  like a diary but without words. Honestly my work means a lot to me , even though it’s not as good as others, but I can see myself learning new techniques, and I'm taking more time on my work and not really rushing to get my work done.  In this painting I'm showing a girl lost in her own thoughts which is slowly killing her.  She’s confused , and she feels as if she’s slowly fading.

My goals are far from being reached . It’s just the  beginning. I want to get better at my work and develop more techniques . I want to learn how to blend better and make my work more realistic and not cartoony.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Great Minds Think Alike

When you wear the same shirt as the art teacher...

Hey, let's all buy a shirt like this and wear it on the same day!  #squadgoals

Friday, August 25, 2017

Getting to Know Yourself as an Artist

College art professor Anne Thulson created this assessment tool for students to assess their own tendencies as artists. This week I asked Art 3 & 4 students to look at each definition and circle the three terms that they felt described their artistic temperament.  They then put a star by the one that they felt best described them. We made journal entries in which we recorded the categories we chose. We'll revisit this idea from time to time as we notice how we respond to certain artistic tasks.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Haley Frisbie

For my pen and ink drawing, I did a pumpkin that was not real and it also had the letter ‘F’, symbolizing the first letter of my last name. I drew out the design and then erased the lines so it wouldn’t look like I used a graph. I then outlined everything that was needed, and once I did that, started to fill in with ink. It took about a week, or a day less than a week. I feel it’s a little more abstract rather than a picture that’s straightforward. Although you can tell what it is. This is one of the best pieces I did, even though it might not look as great, it still looks awesome. I decided to call it “The Letter of a special one”.

         Next I did a colored pencil orange rose. I got the idea from a memory I recalled a little earlier in the year when I gave one of my friends this particular rose. I wanted to keep it as much realistic as I could so that’s where the orange comes into play. It was a special moment, and I wanted a picture to remember and sort of “relive” it. It’s also like a mystery, because there are no hints given in the picture as to what this piece represents. All anyone knows is that I wanted to color a flower, specifically a rose. I called this piece “The Loving Rose”. The emotions for this piece I think was happy, and sad. Sad because that was one of the special moments in life and you only live once, and to keep that for infinity was the main goal of this piece.
        Next I did a watercolor of a moon. I feel with this picture, it may have not have gone the way I wanted it to, but when all else fails, you just add your own touch to it. No one says you have to try and make the colors the exact same, and the lines have to line up. The moon doesn’t fall under being perfect, so this picture wasn’t really meant to have the perfect idea. I didn’t really have any emotions for this piece. I just felt the need to make a really cool watercolor and thought it would make a really cool one.
         While wondering what I was gonna do next, I ended up doing a poster type of painting for “The Flash”. It’s a t.v. series, and it’s pretty good. I actually got into it because of a friend of mine. I was going to maybe give it to my friend, but I am not sure if I will or not. If they want it though then maybe I will. It’s again kind of a memory that I enjoy having to think about. Sometimes expressing your emotions in an art piece is better than going to see a therapist.
      Lastly I made a canvas with my nickname and some decorations. I often get called “Hal” in softball by my coach and teammates. I am used to them calling me that so I decided to make it into a canvas and soon hang it up on my wall. It’s sort of like a great memory again because it’s something I can look at and remember playing when I was for . I feel the happiness in this piece because having a nickname by someone those years and not saying, “just call me this for short” is an exciting thing for me, and I just really enjoy it, with playing my sport.

       The studio habits of mind really help artists in ways they think because in ways it helps express artwork, or helps with ideas or whatever it may be. I feel Observe would be most prevalent to me for two reasons. One, not copying, but basing some techniques, or skills off of someone else's’ artwork. It really helps with the ideas of others. Two, sometimes you start to work on a project, and you just don’t know what to change or improve on your piece, or maybe someone else is having that problem, and you're either their pair of new eyes, or they are to you, and could help you out.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Sarah Montrose

Before starting art class, I would have described my art as a cookie cutter of other peoples. I always used watercolor or pen and practically copied something I saw another artist do. However, since taking art class I have expanded my mediums and my style. I've started doing more realistic pieces and doing pictures that are more personal to my life. I wouldn't consider having any certain style yet, I'm mainly just experimenting to see what my true potential in every art medium is.
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    So far this year, I've done a charcoal piece to show the highlights and shadows of still life. I found I do not like this form of art, it allows no room for creativity and made me feel like I needed to be a perfectionist. Next, I did a pencil drawing. This medium took a very long time and sometimes made me angry. It was a drawing of my boyfriend and I, so it had relevance to my life and was something I cared about and wanted to look good. Although I am proud of my piece, I feel this medium is still not my style, for I can not seem to get shading down yet. After that, I did a more simple and creative piece, I made a mandala using watercolor, finally something I was comfortable with. What made this piece different than ones I used to do was that this was completely out of my imagination, I used no other image or anything to go off. I don't think I liked the result as much as other watercolors I've done, but I was more proud of myself because the design was my own and not a variation of another person's. As for my most recent project, I'm trying to challenge myself again. I've decided to use acrylic paints to paint my horse as a gift for my mom. I've found this is difficult yet very easy at the same time. It is hard for me to find and mix to get the correct colors, and also the brush strokes I haven't quite mastered. However, for being my first acrylic piece I don't think I'm doing too terribly.
    I have since finished my acrylic painting of my horse. The outcome was astounding, never had I imagined that my acrylic piece could look so realistic. To help fix my confusion about brush strokes and pigment of colors, I researched acrylic painting techniques and found scumbling and wash. Scumbling helped me get the furry look of the horses hair and wash allowed me to dilute the acrylic colors to better my color pallette. I also started another watercolor piece of my other horse which I also completed before Christmas. I have never done a realistic watercolor piece and so I had to again research techniques for watercoloring. This time I found the wood grain effect and dry brush. I used the wood grain effect to get the wooden door to look more realistic. The dry brush allowed me to get the horses fur to look most realistic.
    Also I made a goal to do a linoleum screen printing. Using linocut tools and screen printing ink, I made a collage of my brothers band. It was challenging to carve out the design because i’m not very strong, however the messiness of it really added to the final product. Instead of carving it out completely, I left some  ridges to add to the whole effect of the piece. Altogether, I am very impressed with the results of my work and wish to continue pursuing different art mediums.
    Starting from the third marking period, I started doing an abstract watercolor piece. Using a snapchat filter, I copied a picture of my friends and I and tried to imitate the abstract design the filter applied. The main purpose of the third marking period was to find artists who inspired you and expand your knowledge/work from there. Andrew Wyeth is one artist I found and was inspired by. His abstract watercolor pieces, that also seemed realistic in their own way, made me want to recreate that in my own watercolor piece. Edgar Degas, another artist I researched, tried capturing the gracefulness of woman by making them the focus with asymmetrical designs in the background. I’m going to research him more, and use his ideas to help me make my “Lady Justice” painting for my boss. The last artist I researched, and my personal favorite, is Janet Fish. Although I haven't used her work to inspire me in any way, the way she captures light on glass in her paintings is beautiful. Also what I like about her is that she started out confused as to what truly inspired her and through trial and error found that painting scenes with light reflections was her niche.
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    Since I’ve only completed my abstract watercolor piece this marking period, I went to a less stressful, more random piece. I took a previous art students canvas and am just adding abstract designs through pointillism (the creation of designs through dots). The reason for this painting is just to get me out of my artistic block so I can perfect my future Lady Justice piece.
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For both paintings I’ve been working on this past marking period, my creative process has been to keep things abstract since all my paintings during the second marking period were realistic. Although my first painting of me and my friends did not turn out exactly as I wanted, many peers thought it looked great which made me feel much better about the piece. Although I faced many challenges in the creation of that painting, I feel I executed the original idea as well as I could. I am continuing my pointillism piece and may add a design on top, but for now that is all I have completed within the third marking period.
    Nothing really seemed to pursue me to approach these projects the way I have. I mainly just decided I wanted to challenge myself, and after the positive feedback I've received, and the tips people have given me, it made all the work fun. It can be frustrating, but the satisfaction in the end of seeing what I can do with no prior experience is so rewarding and I guess that may be what inspires me to continue trying these different types of mediums.
    As for my goals, I mainly only have one, and it is to improve. I don't expect to go anywhere with my art, but to know I have experience is rewarding in itself. I just want to be good enough at everything that people will see my work and say ¨wow¨, and I guess that's what my main goal as an artist is. I am impressed with my work, not that I don't see room for improvement, but I definitely am impressed and happy with what I can do. Honestly, art makes me happy, and being able to share it with classmates and get feedback makes it all the better. I hope to one day be able to teach others what i've learned and hope they feel the same joy from art that I feel.
Throughout the year, as a class, we have covered many techniques to improve us as artists. One of the first techniques we learned was observational drawing. This technique of drawing allows us as an artist to notice shadows and light reflections better since it is an object in front of us. However, observational drawing is more complicated than photographic sources because lighting, outside surroundings, and even placement constantly change. However, even though it can be complicated, drawing from life has advantages that allow you as an artist to create more realistic pieces. Going from this type of drawing that taught me shading and highlighting techniques, I was able to do my drawing (below) based on a picture and easily pick out the shading and highlights I needed.


Another technique we learned was how to draw and paint what doesn’t exist based on photography of models in class. I recently used this technique to paint a modern Lady Justice. As pictured below, I used many poses of different classmates to capture details such as hair, pose, and body composition easier. These photos then led to the final product (also below.)5ad0b4b1-bc23-4d04-98e8-677a05258920.jpgIMG_20170216_104548844.jpg17 - 1 (1).jpg9d2df2ac-4d04-4afe-be23-b948fc1cc29e.jpgIMG_20170216_104523032.jpg

Goal-setting is another major technique we learned this year, I made a goal before Christmas to get 2 paintings, an acrylic and a watercolor of my horses,  a linoleum block of my brothers band, and a small acrylic of me and my (other) brother all done so I could give them as gifts. This goal-setting technique really helps an artist to pursue their goals because they have a set date and time to get things done by. Below are pictures of a couple of pieces I was able to finish by my goal of Christmas.
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Our class also made it a priority to provide feedback on every piece we’ve done. Artists use feedback to improve their work and get a non-biased suggestion/compliment/etc. in order to better their work. Throughout the year I've constantly asked for feedback - positive or negative - to help me continue my piece. Almost everything people have told me has been helpful and if it wasn’t I still respected their suggestion and tried to see their vision as they described it. However, the biggest support and person who gave me the best feedback was Dr.Wales. Whenever I had an artistic block, was confused, unsure, or doubting myself, he went out of his way to lead me in the right direction for what I was trying to accomplish. An example of feedback that helped me and my work was when Dr. Wales told me to add purple into my horses fur. At first I thought he was crazy, but after trying it and seeing the dimensions it added to the fur, I was incredibly pleased with what that little suggestion did to add to my piece.
One of the last requirements for us as students was to somehow come together and help make the Artsfest possible. Being such a large event, it took months of planning and executing and the outcome is always amazing. This event was made possible by dedicated faculty and sponsors who came together to make this weekend for the community. To help make this event possible, I went to local businesses and handed out flyers. I also worked at the face painting booth for 2 hours on Sunday. The outcome of Artsfest is amazing, it’s a great way for the community to come together and learn about art and get their own art out for the world to see and buy.
As for the future, since my high school art career has ended, I plan to continue to expand my art in college. I love art and this class has expanded my skills tremendously. Throughout the summer I am going to continue making art to decorate my dorm with and am hoping to take some form of art in college. Now that the year is over I want to say thank you for everything I’ve been taught and for your dedication to us as students. I’ll make sure to come back and visit - goodbye 4th period art class, I’ll miss you.