Overall, I enjoyed this class. I haven't really worked with anything 3D up until now—prior to this, I'd worked with clay probably once in like fifth grade—and so I was glad that this was a chance for me to try new things. However, this was also sort of difficult for me. 3D projects take a lot more time and effort than 2D ones, in my opinion, since you have to consider the way that it looks from all angles rather than just the one. As such, it was pretty time consuming, and I had to really work on time management to make sure I wouldn't leave a bunch of work until the night before it was due.
I really like the process of creating the concentration project. I like the idea of having two pieces that go together, since the similarities and contrasts between the two can have a good effect. Plus, there's just something visually pleasing about two similar pieces being next to each other. So, I really enjoyed the concentration project, and I additionally liked how loose the instructions were, allowing us to choose almost everything ourselves. The process that I liked the least was probably the bust, mostly because I spent so long working on it, only to have it break before it could even get into the kiln. I had to improvise, which was kinda stressful, but I think it turned out alright in the end. With this in mind, it's kind of obvious that I was most proud of the outcome of my concentration project. I was least proud of my bust, my "Look Inside" project, my political hands project, and my wearable sculpture. For the most part, I didn't like these because they turned out looking messy and rushed, which I hate.
I think that I've definitely improved this year. I've gotten better at working with Sculpey, which is good because that was one of my goals at the beginning of the semester. I've also learned more about paying attention to all angles of a 3D piece, and paying attention to structure and form. This semester, I've found myself repeatedly using Sculpey, since that's a medium that I've come to really like. It's easy to use, and there are a bunch of possibilities of things that you could make. I've also found myself returning to the subject of monsters / creatures. I feel like that's something that fits really well with the art style that I tend to have, and it's really fun for me to be able to incorporate my (usually 2D) style into something that's 3D.
Overall, I've had a lot of fun this year. I've learned a lot about new materials, and I've discovered that I really enjoy using Sculpey. I'm excited for art class next year, too!