5. Choose a piece or artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain your choice.
Art 1 Final Portfolio
1. Which project was your favorite or most successful this semester? Please explain.
The landscape painting was my most successful project this semester. I took a long time on it, but I think that the end product is very rewarding. I'm proud of myself for taking the time to make it as perfect as it can be so that I'm happy with it. For this project, I tried really hard to incorporate a lot of different shades and values. The shadows in my reference picture were very difficult to replicate. I tried doing extreme darks on the flowers, but it looked so unnatural that I decided to blend it with the yellow. I love the flowers and the leaves in this painting. I think the different colors create a cool effect, and I love the red edges on the petals. The cool thing was that I took this picture in my front yard one day, and it was neat that I could take a pretty picture and then paint it to have a different and unique end result. I am a little bit disappointed in the background leaves. I didn't know exactly how to replicate the blurry background in the picture; I think what I ended up with is fine but I think my leaves are all going in the same direction and wish that could be fixed. Overall, I think this was a great way to end the semester. I was able to apply my knowledge of shades, tones, darks, lights, intensity, and focal point to this painting to create a pleasing final product.
2. Regardless of whether you liked or disliked a project, which one did you learn, grow, or developed the most from? Please explain.I did not like the contour line unit. I thought this was a very tedious and drawn out project. I don't think that it was necessary to spend so long on this, but it did teach me a lot about something I have never done. I learned how to draw things with better proportion and to draw exactly what I saw. I thought it was cool to take different objects and draw them, and seeing what I could do before and after the unit showed how much I grew and learned over the course of the drawings. I learned how to draw something realistic right in front of me, and that was a good learning experiance.
3. Choose 1 piece of Art that you used skills and techniques learned from previous projects. Discuss your growth as an artist and how you incorporated these skills and techniques to create the piece.
For this particular project, we made clay tiles of a featured animal from a biome. Our pieces were 3D, adding a really cool look. We used knowledge from previous projects for this product. Before we started painting, we learned about colors and color theories, and how the colors work together to create a specific atmosphere. We painted a practice packet, and that gave us a lot of background help. Also, before I painted my tile, I painted my landscape canvas. I got to explore a lot with colors and shadows on that, and I was able to use that knowledge when I painted my tile afterwards. I added some different colors to parts of the tile, and that was really exciting. Unfortunately, the tile was smaller and simpler than the canvas, but I tried to add some colors and some darker areas for shading. I've grown as an artist because I know much more about colors and how you can make something look realistic.
4. Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in this course? Please explain.