This art class has changed the way I think about art in many ways. First, now I really stop and think when I see art and think about how much time and hard work must have gone into the piece of art, whether it's a photograph, painting, drawing, sculpture, or whatever it may be. It also changed the way I think about art because I think I learned more about myself as an artist and what I like most about art. My favorite part of this semester was our photography unit. Although I don't build what is in the photograph that I am taking, how you set it up and what angle you hold the camera at is very important and that is how you make the photograph unique. This class really helped steer my art career in the right direction. This class has taught me what I like and don't like about art, and also my strengths and weaknesses in art.
I am most proud of my self portrait. This piece of art took many steps and a lot of hard work. At times it was difficult to see where it was going, from when it was just a sketch to when it was on the canvas and half painted. This had an impact on my learning because I learned how to first of all have patience in art. Some things take longer than others to come together. I also learned how to make a face look more realistic by using different shades of a color to make different areas of your face appear darker than others. This project in a whole taught me, in my opinion, a lot about who I am as an artist.
The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.
Artists Studied: Winslow Homer
The place in my box is a place that my family goes almost every year in Florida. This place is important to me because my family and I have been going there since before I can remember. The sun on the sides show that not only the night there is important. I spent many wonderful days there, even though day time isn't the main focus of this box. I chose a sand dollar because when I was younger, my mom and I used to look for sand dollars. I thought that just using a normal shell wouldn't represent as much as a sand dollar.
To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your own work;
Which artwork are you analyzing? Insert a copy of the image below this line of type.
Title: Gloucester Harbor
Year of creation: 1873
Describe as much as you can about the artwork.
What is happening? It looks like there is a family canoeing across the water. There are other sailboats in the background.
How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing? I see three people and a few birds.
Describe any buildings that you see. I don't see any buildings in this painting.
What time of day is it? It looks like it's late afternoon probably in the summer.
What colors are used? There is a mix of cool and warm colors. Mostly a redish pink and blue.
Point of interest/Composition –
What attracts your eye first? The first thing that attracts my eye is the people in the canoe.
Where is it located? It looks like it is located somewhere on the coast, possibly in New England.
How does Homer draw your attention to this area? (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.) The difference in the pink and blue draws your attention to the painting. The changes in the pattern draw your attention to the painting as well. The water is more calm and there are more lines where as the sky has no lines.
Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain... It's asymmetrical because there is no symmetry.
Is there a horizon line? There is a horizon line.
What is in the foreground, middleground, and background? In the foreground there is a canoe with a family in it and some water. In the middleground there is more water and sailboats. In the background there is the coast.
Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up?
How do you know; describe it.
Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting? The mood is calm yet alert at the same time. The story of the painting is calm, but the colors make it more alert. How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood? The color makes a calm painting into something more vibrant. The different brush strokes create contrast.
Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate? I think he was trying to communicate that this family was trying to go on a nice canoe trip but then it turned into something more than they thought it would. I think that he used the color that he did to create an un calm feeling.