Final Portfolio


September 8, 2017

Beautiful Oops

September 12, 2017

Time Capsules

September 14, 2017

Creative Color

September 20, 2017

Blind Contour Animal

September 24, 2017

Creative Color Observational Animal

September 27, 2017

Black and White Observational Animal

October 4, 2017

Leaf Portfolio

October 16, 2017

Expressionistic Self Portrait

October 24, 2017

Independent #1

November 3, 2017

Independent #2

November 28, 2017

Independent #3

December 14, 2017

Mechanical Paradox

January 3, 2018

Independent #4

January 10, 2018

Inclusion Design

January 21, 2018

Donate Life

February 23, 2018

Concentration #1

February 2, 2018

Concentration #2

Februar 15, 2018

Concentration #3

March 3, 2018

Concentration #4

March 10, 2018

Concentration #5

March 29, 2018

Concentration #6

April 10, 2018

Sgraffito Nameplate

May 2, 2018

Environmental Advocacy

June 11, 2018

I really enjoyed Advanced Studio Art this year. Out of all of the art classes I've taken so far, I feel as though this is the one where I've learned the most about myself and my art and not how to necessarily make art and the techniques that come with it. It was rather more applying the techniques, which I really enjoyed, because that meant that I could make whatever I wanted using those techniques. Because of this, I think I was really able to explore what art meant to me and what art I liked to make. Before this class, I had been just going project to project, not really making the effort to connect them or understanding that I could connect them and make them all something meaningful to me. This year I think I've shown my ability to connect my art through a common theme and use them for a purpose. I think the purpose of my art is just to be silly or make someone smile or happy, as simple or silly as it may sound.

This year, since we were focusing on concentrations and making art related to them, I found myself focusing on the theme of dinosaurs. Since I was really young I've had a love and interest in dinosaurs and paleontology, and this year as I was taking a Latin class and discovering the importance of archaeology in our modern life, that love for paleontology and interest came back to me stronger. I like to research dinosaurs and find out where they were found, and where they came from. While doing this, I discovered that a lot of the dinosaurs we know so well were found on American soil. I started playing with the idea of what dinosaurs would be like in those areas if they were alive now, like a T-Rex in the NASA Nevada base, or a Spinosaurus in the Utah plains. I started using these ideas and mixed them with art processes, and found that I really like them! I still don't really think that I have a specific art style, but I definitely found the two mediums that I prefer and started to advance my skills with those mediums. These two mediums are watercolor and pen and ink, (watercolor is quickly becoming my favorite process), and I think that if you compare my watercolor work in my Time Capsules to the work that I did on pieces like Franklin and Reginald (which are my favorite two pieces), you can see how I grew as an artist not only through advancing those mediums but using them to make pieces of my own that mean something to me.

One thing I learned in art this year that also relates to my art theme is that having a different art theme is definitely okay. As an artist, I've always struggled with making art that is supposed to have a big emotional impact or political voice or something similar to that. I know that these art works and forms are extremely important, but personally, I've never been comfortable and have always felt awkward applying politics and art or extreme emotion and art. I think this comes through in pieces like my Expressionistic Self Portrait and many political art pieces from 2D and 3D art. I also always felt guilty not wanting to make this type of art, because I know that art is an extremely effective way to display important political views and other issues. And I love these types of works too, I just don't like to create them, for reasons unknown. I've always preferred creating on the fun side of art (not that all art isn't fun because it definitely is), and have found it easier to express myself that way. This year I recognized and learned through my peers that that is okay, and I am really glad that that has been made obvious to me now! It's okay to make whatever kind of art you want, it doesn't have to have a specific meaning or anything, as long as it means something to you. I think this is also how art relates to my life, because I acknowledge the unfortunate parts of life and things that need to change, but I prefer to do the changing through positivity. I've always been more comfortable when I'm myself, like everyone else in the world, and my favorite version of myself is when I'm calm and silly. I think I've shown this a lot more this year, in the way that I critique my peers during peer critique and in the art that I display.