Art 2 Final Portfolio

1.      Which project was your most successful? Describe the theme and or topic and the process you went through to complete the project. Were the choices you made regarding material, size, technique, etc beneficial to enhancing this project. Please explain.

I would have to say my most successful project was the nontraditional portrait.  I wanted to do a project that I could really highlight features and make those highlighted features work together to show the face.  I also wanted to do something nobody else was, for most people where doing their project on paper of some sort I wanted to do it on a food.  I will say this was a lot more challenging than I had expected because my surface was not flat but instead round. I also had to delicately carve out the highlights for a slip of my hand could ruin the project.  My process of how I developed my theme and project was simple I really wanted to do a project of my brother for he had asked for one and it was halloween so I thought it would be interesting to carve a actual face into a pumpkin in stead of a scary pumpkin face! It took some time to create a template of where to carve since I had to get a picture of my brother and draw in the highlights my self in photoshop which I had never used before.  Those are the reasons as to why I think this was my most successful project!

1.      Discuss one project where you felt you overcame the most obstacles. What were those obstacles and how to work through them? Explain how taking risks or challenging yourself made you a better artist. 

The sticky situation was definitely the project where I over came the most obstacles. The biggest obstacle that I had faced was the fact that I had never used water color paints before. At first I thought it would not be that bad and I would be able to manage it, which I think I did, but I did not realize that it can spread everywhere and you have to be care of how close you get to colors together for they can blend together and make a nasty looking color. I also had to figure out how to blend colors together with the right amount of each color to make the desired color. Once you get your desired color if you add to much water it makes the color lighter and not enough it becomes to dark and pasty like. That for me was a challenge because I had to be careful and get it right quickly because if I didn't then I would just keep layering paint in a particular area and that are would look different from everywhere else. I also had a difficult time trying to create a 3D looking setting not make it look to flat. For I wanted to try and create depth within the painting and make it look like it could have been a real scene.  Even after all those obstacles I feel like it came out fairly well!


1.      Look at your body of work over the semester and choose 2 pieces that show your growth as an artist. Discuss each piece and how you grew in the following areas: application of materials, techniques and skills, artistic vision, use of the principles and elements, creativity, intuition and subject matter.  
These two pieces my up close and personal and my whats the point project I feel like really show my growth of being in this class by each one I tried using a technique and material that I had never used before and create a project with it.  My up close and personal piece I was able to show highlights in the chocolate syrup and in the ice cream using chalk and give it a more realistic look. This piece proves to me that even if I have never tried a material that I can still make it work. Before this class to make a highlight I would have used white only to create highlight but in this project I used not only white but yellow, red, orange, and other colors to create my highlights.  In my whats the point project, after my had stopped aching after all those dots, I realized other techniques to create shadows. Usually I would have only used lines and cross hatching to create shadows, but I learned how to create shadows with stippling and inversion. This came to be a challenge for me because you had to carefully determine how close they can be to make it look like there is a light source and that the shadow gradually grows. It also taught me how to better create shadows on objects and make the objects look real and not flat. These two are the two projects that really show my growth as an artist!

1.      This semester we introduced a new way of teaching and learning. Students had choices in subject matter and materials. Explain your thoughts on how effective this was (or if it was not) to your learning experience in this course. Provide examples through your art projects so we can see evidence of your learning. 

This piece to me is a great example of showing that I was introduced to new techniques.  I had never know what mixed media was until this project.  I had to create a project using all sorts of materials and make it all flow together and look unified. Through this class I was taught how to make it flow together you can see this by the main focus point (the two humans with insect bodies) have their tail wrapping around the whole project and interacting with the other hybrids in the picture. 4  Not only this piece by also all my others I have learned how to use other materials and objects to make a piece of art. Another example would be my nontraditional portrait, I learned a new way to make art through materials I never would have thought to ever use. One more example of a piece that shows my new learning techniques is my sticky situation piece. As I have said earlier I have never done a project with water color, so this shows that I learned how to use it and I used perspective and depth in the piece and used water color to show it! Throughout this semester almost all of the techniques we used to create our projects I had never used before or was not as understanding of how to use them, but I feel like through my great teacher, Ms. Rossi, that I have improved as an artist!

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