I signed up for this class because I love participating in 4H photography, I want to learn more about my camera, and my older sister took the same class. By the end of the year I want to be able to use of have an idea of how to use photoshop, understand my camera more and know the elements and principles of photography to build better photos. As far as my future I plan to use photography as a hobby and possibly enter some photos into an art show maybe one day. because I want to do something in the medical field instead. For me to be most successful this year I would like for my teacher to help me by showing me how to build excellent photos that capture the viewers attention.
During my freshman year in 3D art, I learned how to mold and make a pinch pot starting from just a simple, small, ball of clay. My inspiration for my pinch pot was a pig. I chose a pig because it reminded me of a piggy bank that you can put coins or other items in. Over all the bowl was not very big, but it was a perfect size with four little feet to hold him up and also little marks in the dark black skin, made from the technique of scriffito.
Also in the clay unit of 3D art I was able to, and learned how to, make a clay whistle. And my clay whistle was inspired by the brown bear while also holding a bee hive. When creating my bear whistle I used the principles and elements of identity, shape, color and also form to bring my bear to life and make a beautiful deep sound. I used identity and shape to create the bears look and give him character, while form was used to create the whistle at first and then the bears body. And of course color was painting the bear and giving him a more defined life and characteristics. All of these elements and principles came and worked together perfectly to give this bear a personality and a beautiful sound to describe himself.
Later on towards the end of the year, the class was given the opportunity of making a Viking Knit bracelet. I, of course, took up the offer and decided to try it out myself. My bracelet is made up of copper and silver wire all bent and Knit together with a few small pinkish beads to complete the look. And like I said previously, this bracelet is made completely of wire and metal with a few beads thrown in as well. This bracelet represents, to me, beauty, wealth, and importance. Which is exactly why I decided to give it to my mother on Mothers Day this year. Even though the bracelet is made of relatively thin metal, I still believe that the meaning will never change because I worked very hard on it to make it perfect for my mother.
The last project that I have chosen to talk about and describe is one of my wood projects, in fact it was my final wood project. This project was over all a little challenging to make only because it took a lot of measuring and preciseness because each student was given only one board of thin wood to make their final project and no more. My final wood project was two decks of playing cards and the cards were moving/floating to the next pile. During this project I feel that my strengths were measuring and cutting the wood into similar pieces but getting all of the pieces exactly the same and also assembling them with hot glue was a challenge. And if I could go back to this assignment and or re-due it I think that I would chose a different topic or make something different than a bunch of cards because it was a little too simple for my liking personally.
But looking back over this whole year in 3D art, I have loved all the projects, accept the wire unit, and had such a great time getting to use my imagination and just have fun with my friends in the class. In the future I am planning to take a couple more art classes mainly photography and AP photography because personally I have been doing photography outside of school for many, many years.
For my Metal Metaphor Sculpture, in progress, I have chosen the metaphor “He is a walking dictionary”. This metaphors means that there is someone (he/she) who is extremely smart or educated and they can tell you just about everything, and when you are describing them you could say, “He/She is a walking dictionary”! Juxtaposition has a role in my Metal metaphor because it is comparing a human to being a dictionary because they are so smart.
This is my beginning or simple sketch of what I want my Metal Metaphor Sculpture to look like.
The materials I will be using to create my Metal Metaphor includes, silver metal, wire, and possibly a little bit of copper or gold metal. Down below are some images off the internet that I am basing my creativity and design off of.
For my clay tile I decided to use the image of a forest park/national park. I chose this scene for my tile because I thought it could give good additive and subtractive features with the trees, trail, and mountains. But over all the clay tile project was a way for students to explore an image and bring it to life with additive and subtractive features with also using our imagination. My clay tile represents place because it is a place in the world where I want to go and explore.
But between this tile project and the clay whistle project, I would have to say that the whistle was more difficult because with the whistle you had to first create the whistle and then think of a creative idea and build it off of the whistle without loosing the sound of your whistle. Where as the tile is just a flat piece of clay and you just sculpt by adding and taking away clay. But I do think that I enjoyed the clay whistle project because it did have a lot of detail and now o have a cool whistle that I can say I made. I found that finding a perfect image for my tile was a little hard. And also making the big tree in the foreground as well as the smaller trees in the middle ground were surprisingly difficult to make without the clay falling apart. And if part of it did fall apart it would either be very hard to put back together or I would have to get a new little piece to make a new little tree. But overall I throughly did enjoy this project and I love working with clay.
For my clay whistle design and inspiration I decided to use a brown bear holding a bee hive, with three little bees flying around. My clay whistle, in my eyes, is successful because it does make a whistle which is a very low or deep beautiful sound to match its personality. Now that it’s painted, I think that it brings the bear to life and gives it a lot of characteristics. But some challenges when painting the whistle included the struggle of reaching the small cracks and crevices around the bear and also coloring the bees was hard too because they were so small. If I could start this project completely over I don’t really think that I would change anything at all other than maybe adding a little more detail and making scratches in the surface of the clay to represent the fur. But other than that i love my whistle and the deep tone it makes to match its personality. Even though my bear has a personality it also has an and identity as a brown bear.
This project was basically just making a clay whistle and then creating a more complex character or object out of it. From my plain clay whistle I transformed it into a bear with soon to be flying bees. The bear is also holding a bee hive and that is where the bees are going to be coming out of. I definatly feel that this project was much harder than the Pinch Pot because this project had much more careful clay designs and attachments while the Pinch Pot was really very simple. I think that I enjoyed this clay whistle project more than the Pinch Pot because it was so much fun to create, design and think of. I also love being able to hear the whistle. I personally thought that attaching the bear’s body to the actual whistle was quite challenging and my teacher needed to help me on that but all of the other designs and processes were fairly easy but some of them just took a little time to perfect. To finish my clay whistle I will be painting my bear a black or brown color then with the sgraffito Tool and paint I will make lots of little fine marks to represent the bears fur, also for the bees it will paint them yellow and black with white wings. Once I have painted it them I will add a couple layers of glaze to get more shine. I have truly had a lot of fun with this clay whistle project and am excited for the next one.