Friday, May 16, 2014
Artists Solve Problems: First of all we had to find a way to get our word from the cardboard cutout onto the wall without messing up the perspective. We tried laser pointers and directing each other where to lay down the tape. It took for ever with that method but in the end it worked out well. When told we could not use chalk by the janitors we were kind of bummed and were thinking of completely new ideas to work on in other parts of the courtyard. Mr.Sands suggested we use a different material such as colored paper, I thought Duck Tape!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
So i decided not to pick a specific news story to base my project on, but a modern downfall. I chose to use the idea of unhappy marriage and put a fairy tale twist to it. The idea I'm going with is Happily Never After. This is a series of 5 works that show how the Disney Princesses don't get happy endings either. My ideas were to have Cinderella walking through NYC and tossing her glass slipper away with shopping bags for big name shoe stores swinging from her arm.
For Snow White, I'd like her to be cutting up red apples while her prince calls in from the other room "What's for dinner?"
Sleeping Beauty will be sleeping on a couch in a living room filled with trash and dirty laundry and her wedding picture hanging crooked on the wall
Rapunzel will be up in her tower tossing all of Flynn Ryder's stuff out into a pile on the ground, several things will be broken, since she's up so high.
As for Belle, she will be sitting in her library reading with a fire roaring in the fireplace and Beast's head mounted to the wall like a trophy.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Artists Create Original Art- No one in class has used dominoes as a medium and because the idea behind it is so personal, I'd venture to say that this is a very original art piece. I decided to paint the dominoes so they wouldn't look like ordinary dominoes. I wanted my piece to be unique.
I didn't use an art piece as inspiration, but rather a song that really summed up how my family works together to take care of each other.
Artists Solve Problems- As you would have guessed working with dominoes that were not going to be glued in place was a rather strenuous activity. It took me several tries and lots of stress to get the final product. I wanted the symbolism to be real in the piece, so I wanted the dominoes to have the ability to still fall down eventually. It just fell down a lot more often then I would have wanted while working on it :)
I didn't have enough supplies to make the whole phrase All Fall Down, but I felt like the fact that the dominoes can fall kind of helped portray my message without having to spend too much extra money on the project.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Our idea is to use chalk in school colors to write the word PRIDE in the courtyard. My group (Michelle, Madison, Marisa, Brittany, Rocio and myself) had other ideas for words to use ("Enchilada", and "come together" to give a few examples),but this one was short and actually had to do with the school so it would be cool for people to see in the courtyard. We are making our perspective work using a cardboard cutout of the word PRIDE and Michelle is guiding us where to draw with the chalk. We are starting with just an outline of each letter then we will color them in. It's a lengthy process but we have had fun working on it.
Our idea to use chalk was discouraged by the janitorial staff therefore we had to rethink our idea and will begin outline our letters in masking tape and make the school colors with duct tape.
(more pictures will be added as we progress in our work)
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Artists Communicate Through Their Work: The idea for my project is for the dominoes to spell out All Fall Down with the possibility for them to actually fall down. I got the idea for the phrase from a song by One Republic that's about knowing someone is there for you when everything goes bad, or when it "all falls down" around you. The song really meant something to me because I have a big family that is very close and we're all there for one another when the going gets tough. This message speaks to me more than the other work I've done because this one of the few serious works I have done.
Artists Take Risks: This project will only work with patients and hard work. Every time the dominoes fall I have to set them back up again. I didn't know when I came up with the idea that dominoes would be so hard to find but I had to go to multiple stores to find them and they were kind of expensive. I am setting up my project on some white poster board so that the dark colors of the blue gradient will be seen. This is a project that must be looked at from above to get the full effect. I have started marking where I put the dominoes in order to more quickly and efficiently set them back up when they fall.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I wanted to use characters that are very familiar to everyone, but put my own spin on it. I used pictures of the Mickey Mouse gang and added the zombie features and scratches to it.
4. Artist takes risks
I just kind of wung it with the zombie features from movies and TV shows I've seen. I risked changing a well known character. My painting this time is a lot less structural than others I have done, less clean lines and taping off edges.
2. Artist develop art making skills
I worked more with the projector to get my image scaled right onto the canvas. I had to come up with new ways to mix colors to create dull, dirty colors that are associated with zombie apocalypses. I had to make a lot of small details and be really exact in my painting.
3. Artists communicate through their work
I chose to make the Mickey characters kind of creepy and zombie like because my family has always liked zombie movies and we used to watch my dad play the Resident Evil video games when we were little. I also liked the layout of the characters because it looks like a family portrait which also went along with the idea that my family all share an interest in the living dead. This work is meant to be purely for entertainment. I want to give this painting to my family and have them all laugh and remember how much fun we have when we have zombie marathons.
5. Artists collaborate
Our whole table and other classmates came up with ideas for this project and we shared them with each other. We kind of gave each other ideas on what appropriation means to each pf us whether it was a play on words or taking an already existing piece of work and changing it to something new. When I found myself thinking more about using the Mickey Mouse characters I asked the girls at my table what they thought of my idea and what I could do to certain characters to "zombify" them.
6. Artist solve problems
I had a million other ideas before I chose this one, it was difficult to try and pick a subject just because there were so many to choose from. I'm not very good at moving a a drawing from paper to scale on canvas, so I used the projector to make sure my drawing stay intact. I responded to challenges with enthusiasm, knowing that if I overcame them I would become a better artist. Pretty much the entire project was unplanned. I was just looking through Google for ideas and happened upon a zombie picture of Mickey Mouse.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Media: colored pencil and marker
The idea was to make a sect or drawing of something you could do in the real world, whether it be a sculpture or a painting on a wall. I chose to make it look like someone had colored a brick wall in rainbow chalk and spell out PRIDE with both positive and negative words used in the gay community. Some other ideas we had were a aerosol can spraying out the word hairspray, a radio playing lyrics from its speakers, ribbon tied in the bars of the Eiffel Tower to spell Paris, and balloons spelling out words as they float away.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Out of the themes we were given I chose fears and phobias. One of my biggest fears is to be stuck in a mental institution. There is this TV show where Alice was in an asylum, I got my subject from that. Thrown in a cell because of the only people she had trusted, now feeling betrayed because they allowed her to be taken away. After several years Alice loses her hope of rescue, she begins to doubt her friends' existence in the first place. She opens up to doctors and begins telling her tales of adventure, danger, and love. For the design of the project it was very import to plan before starting to make sure the idea will fit on the page. You also have to plan how deep you want it to go. while the book is open, with each page the pages pull farther from the others so my work kind of moved farther to one side. i shaved down the sides of the lower levels to make it even. I painted it with acrylics watered down so that you can still see the words from the book.