The process I used to make my pieces was very simple. First, I picked two trays that I wanted to use for my mold. After that, I rolled out my pieces of clay using the slab roller. After that, I laid the clay on my trays and smoothed it out using the sponge tool. After letting it sit over night, I used more tools, such as the exacto knife, to cut out any remaining clay and continue to smooth it out with a sponge. Next, I cooked my piece in the kiln. Once it was done, I picked my colors of glaze and glazed my pieces. After that, I returned my piece to the kiln to cook it for the final time. Then, my piece was complete!!
The first step of the Art Criticism process is to first describe the piece. This means explaining the elements or details of a certain piece. The next step is to analyze the piece. Analyzing means looking even closer into the piece and looking into specific elements to see what they mean. The third step is to interpret. Each piece of art has a meaning behind it and a reason for why it's made and what certain elements mean. In this step, you look into the piece of art more closely and see what the artist meant when they made it.
Looking back on my most recent piece, which was the tray set, I made a rectangular shaped tray that I glazed. To begin my piece, I first picked out my mold and then rolled out my clay with the slab roller. Once I rolled my clay out, I placed it on the mold and used certain tools, such as the sponge and the exacto knife, to properly shape the clay. After letting the clay sit overnight, I then fired it in the kiln, so I could then glaze it. Once I brought it out of the kiln, I used sandpaper to get out any final bumps and scratches. Then I chose my color of glaze, and glazed my piece carefully. Finally, I fired it one last time in the kiln and my piece was complete. Looking back, I would've taken more time on shaping my clay so that the texture was smoother and there were less bumps. I also would've put more layers of glaze so that the clay was completely covered. I decided to make a pink tray because I believe it complimented my other piece, which was a bowl that I also glazed. In conclusion, I think my piece was somewhat successful.
What is the point of this class? What did you get out of it?
I think the point of this class is to improve basic art skills and techniques that can benefit our work. More specifically, I think the point was to give pieces a meaning and to improve over time. Through out this semester, I gained a lot of knowledge on different techniques and how to use them properly. For example, I learned that drawing the entire piece is not the correct route, and that focusing on different details and parts of the entire element is going to be more successful. I also learned of many different mediums, such as chalk pastel, and how to successfully use them.
What project was your most successful? Describe the theme and or topic and the process you went through to complete the project.
I believe my most successful piece was my final piece, which was the tray set. I didn't have a specific theme for this project, but the topic was to create two pieces that compliment each other. So, I decided to make a tray and a plate. To start the process, I selected the tray and the plate I wanted to use for my mold. After that, I rolled out my clay and placed it over my mold. After letting it sit over night so the clay was harder, I used different tools, such as the exacto knife and sponge, to get any bumps out. Following this step, I cooked my pieces in the kiln. Lastly, I used glaze on both of my pieces, and returned it back to the kiln for the final step. I was very precise and took my time on this project, which is why this was my most successful piece.
In my piece, I used three point perspective. The medium I chose to use was pencil because that allowed me to easily add details. I took this photo when I was in New York, visiting the 9/11 memorial. There was so much going on around me and in the picture so I picked a certain part of the whole picture to draw. So, I ended up drawing a majority of the buildings. I found it difficult when drawing the buildings to capture all the different angles and make everything the right sizes.
On my postcard, I used five different techniques. My first technique was creating my base by laying down tissue paper. Then, I used a stitching technique around the border. After, I used the technique of cutting out a design, which was the white leaves, and then painting them onto the postcard. Then, I painted a flower on with my acrylic paint technique. Lastly, I used pen as my final technique to add detail to my piece. I think I used a total of three mediums: acrylic paint, pen, and tissue paper.
My phrase I had to use was "pick an exotic location you would like to travel to." I portrayed this onto my postcard by picking colors that reminded me of an exotic location. That is why I picked blue and green as my background. I used the orange to draw my flower because many exotic locations have brightly colored flowers. Lastly, I used brown stitching to also add to my color scheme.
Since completing my in-progress post, I first took clay to construct the tree branches. Once I finished the branches, I needed to add texture to the top. To do that, I took a rock from outside and rolled it on the top so it looked more realistic. I debated between glazing or painting with acrylic paint. I decided to paint the box with acrylic so I could get the colors to look very realistic. After I painted, my piece was finished.
The most successful part of the piece for me was the details I added to the top of the box and the details I added to the branches. I feel like it made my piece look very realistic. If we were to do this project again, I would change my approach to painting. I think I would have painted the background first, and then did the branches. It was very hard to keep my background off of my already painted branches.
My piece shows off the theme of line because I used a ton of different kinds of lines when I was drawing my petals and the swirls. I didn't use straight lines because they would not have complimented my piece as well as the swirled ones did.
I think the successful part of my piece was the flower and the petals because the lines ended up looking really smooth and clean. If I had to change something about my piece, I would make the swirls much thicker. They were drawn really thin, which made it very difficult for me to cut them out.
When I finish my piece, I plan to put it somewhere around my house where the colors match. I plan to finish my piece by painting it with acrylic paint and making it look as realistic as possible.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.