Art 1 Final Portfolio

      1.Which project was your favorite or most successful this semester? Please explain.
        I really loved the way my landscape painting turned out. I  liked mixing the paint to make the colors and they added value to the painting. It was  hard mixing the colors sometimes because the acrylics would dry up by the next day and it was impossibe to get the same color agian. My favorite part of my painting was the purple, not only is it my favorite color, but I think it added a good contrast with the orange and yellow.  Haivng the clouds purple and the foreground purple as well added a good balance in the painting and made it look all tied together. I used everything I learned from the whole semester and applied it to this painting so I think that's why it turned out so good. Last August, I would not have been able to paint this, I've grown a lot during the this semester and I will miss this class next semester. My landscape painting shows everything I have learned and how I grow as an artist during the semster and that's why it's my favorite.

       2. Regardless of whether you liked or disliked a project, which one did you learn, grow, or developed the most from? Please explain.
       The value portraits were one of the first projects we had and I think it was because it showed us the basics. In every project we had to put value and the value portraits were perfect for learning how to do it.This project was like addition and subtraction, it's the basics in math, but it leads to bigger and harder things. In all the projects after this, we had to add value but without a picture of where all the value was and we also had to use colors, not just pencil. Even though my portrait wasn't the best, I thought it was pretty good.  Art isn't exactly my best subject and this project kind of made me feel better about my art and artistic ability.  I didn't even know how to add value when i started this class and by the end of the semester, I have like ten projects all using value. Value was vital in this class and this project was a great way to learn how to use value.
            3. Choose 1 piece of Art that you used skills and techniques learned from previous projects. Discuss your growth as an artist and how you incorporated these skills and techniques to create the piece.
     Even though I absolutely hated this project, it used a lot
     of concepts from previous projects.  You had to use the 
     value portraits and the the anamorphosis. The value was harder to use in this project because the picture didn't really have a light source and you just kind of  had to wing it. From the anamorphosis you had to draw the board game really big at the front and tiny in the back. You also had to know how to use two point perspective. It was hard to do the perspective becasue they weren't on the same piece of paper, but once you found the points it was just as easy as the practice ones in our sketchbooks.  I hated this project because it was boring and you had to be exact in everything you drew. If a line wasn't perfectly straight, the whole thing would look screwed up. In the other projects it was okay if you messed, sometimes it would even look better then when you did.
      4.Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in this course? Please explain.
I thought the anamorphosis project was the least important because  we never really used it in any project afterwards. We used it in the board game drawings, but we never really disorted an object. This project almost felt like a practice in our sketchbook instead of an actual project. I like using Photoshop for this project, but we didn't really expand on any of the skills we used in this project. I'm a fan of looking at optical illusions and anamorphosis drawings, so I did enjoy working on this project. This project was short and easy, unlike all the other projects. Overall, the anamorphosis drawing was the least important in the concepts, but I did like the project as a whole.

5. Choose a piece or artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain your choice.   
I enjoyed the stencil project, it was my second favorite project. Cutting out the pieces with the exacto knife was hard and I kept confusing the negative and positive space. Even though my stencil wasn't the best, I choose it because it was my first art project that I was actually proud of. In all the other ones, I just was just like good enough for me, but on this one, I truly liked it. When I found out that we had to a landscape for this project, I was really excited because I want to travel the world one day. Europe and Australia are two places that I really want to go to so I narrowed down my choices to the Buckingham Palace and the Sydney Opera House. I know one day I'll have my own photo of me at the Buckingham Palace, but for now I have my stencil to keep my hopes up. I can't wait to see the real thing in person and tell everyone about my experience.

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