3D Art


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.



My final wood project was based around consumerism. This wood sculpture can be used as decoration or be used as display.



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.




My pinch pot is simply made out of clay. To create the bowl I used the pinching method in order to make the pot, and then for the feet of my pot are just little cylinders attached as animal feet. My design I was going for was a pig with simple features such as, feet a nose and ears. Then I used the sgraffito technique to create little marks in the skin to look like the fine hairs pigs have. From my personal view, I think that the top bowl part is successful because it has a smooth top and edges as well as the clean and careful design on the outside. The idea of a pig to be a pinch pot bowl juxtaposes very well together because of the thought of a piggy bank. And the bowl can represent the bank part of the pig.

If I could start completely over on my pinch pot I think that I would change my design and make more of a sgraffito imprint instead of more clay appearance. And for the feet of the pot I would make more of s round or circular plain stand just to keep the base simple but the overall design more complex.




Beatrice Coron is a paper Sculpturer (cutter), but more importantly she is a story teller. Beatrice Coron creates paper cutouts of stories, weather they are her stories or others that she has been told. Her inspiration is the world, friends, family, history, future, and present day problems or events. I find Beatrice Coron to be very interesting not only in her accent but how she manages to be so free with her artwort. In other words, how it is almost a natural gift that she has, and just how precise and beautiful her creations are.

Watching the TED talk of her makes me think that she wanted to show an audience what she creates the artwork, how she does it, what topics she focouses on, and why she does what she does. Thinking back if the TED talk I think that Beatrice Coron was very successful at capturing the audiences attention, and how they were mesmerized by her precise artwork and why she decides to cover a certain situation or event instead of others. Finally Beatrice Coron was able to physically and emotionally capture the attention of the audience by walking out on stage with one of her art pieces around her, then presenting many, many more up on a screen and describing the thought process of them or most of them.



The piece of artwork that I have decided to look more closely at is a beautiful wood sculpture,which are spheres, that are complicated in their own ways. These two hallow spheres presents on the outside many delicate and smooth circles that are placed with percision that compose the difference between the small and the larger circles surrounding the whole sphere. In addition the two spheres are made from local hardwood trees such as the Big Leaf Maple and also the Pacific Madrone. And because of the two different types of hardwood trees used I can only infer that this is the cause of the beautiful color difference between the two works of art.

To my knowledge I think that these two pieces of artwork use the principals of shape, balance, and also texture. The wood spheres use the principals of shape to distinctively show their beautiful shape and how it was carfully carved. The principal of balance was in hand with these two pieces of work because of the distinguish and spread of the larger and smaller circles and how they vary around each other. And finally the principal of texture plays a role in this unique artwork because of the smooth and delicate movements from the carpenter.

From how I view the artwork I think that these pieces would be a great use for decoration, maybe to hold something that would be genial on the piece but still prove a point. As I have stated before these spheres are made out of local hardwood trees like the Pacific Madrone and the Bug Leaf Maple too. And from my perspective I am thinking that it was a perfect idea to create artwork from hardwood because the explanation is in the name of the wood, hardwood, it is sturdier and tougher than other woods so it will present its shape and design better. Dale Larson, the creator of this art work and much more, has done an amazing job with the whole look, purpose, and function  of the items that he has made.

In conclusion I think that these two spheres are both beautiful pieces of artwork that have great detail, craftsmanship, and time put into them. I overall loved taking a closer look at these pieces because it has showed me just how complicated they are and how hard they are to make. I would 100% recommend to anyone who wants to find some well made and authentic bowls, sphere artwork, and other wood sculptures to take a look into Dale Larson’s work and what he has done.

-Emma Fentz

Dale Larson’s websitehttp://www.finewoodartists.com/gallery/larson/dale_larson.htm



Instrumentalism Definition: Instrumentlism is an instrument or tool for some practical purpose, rather than in more absolute or ideal terms.

My final paper sculpture is a shadowbox made of paper, of course, and a few pieces of foam core on the edges. I decided not add any color to my shadow box because I wanted to keep it natural and personally I did’t think that the shadowbox needed it. In my artwork I used the elements of shape, movement, and a little bit of space to further contrast the meaning of Poverty around the world. I used shape in the shadowbox on all three of the layers creating the trees and grass, the people and pickax, and also the big bold letters that spelled out poverty in the front. As I have said briefly before, my shadowbox is representing the important cause of poverty. And I personally wanted to show in my artwork people helping one another to overcome the hardest moments in poverty. Finally I do think that my shadowbox does represent the problem of poverty very well, and the viewer is able to identify what the cause is.

Emma Fentz




My Literary Shadowbox is representing the important cause of poverty. It is completely made up of card stock and foam core. In my Shadowbox my last layer, the one that’s the darkest, is just words that spell out poverty. My second layer has three people struggling to get out of the “hole” that is poverty and attempt a chance at a better life and job. And my back and lightest layer is a simple tree line. In my project as a whole I used the principles of shape and form especially to contrast each layer from the other. Since my Shadowbox is made of paper materials and on the topic of poverty I think that together I represents the poor press that people in poverty face everyday. During my time in this assignment I have realized that cutting small shapes and delicate figures is something that I could consider as a strength and creating the outside cover all by myself was defiantly something that I would think of as a trouble or a weakness for myself. Finally looking back if I could change two things I would change how I cut out the letters in front and also the whole outside cover because in my eyes it looks a little sloppy and I could have done a little better if I would have asked for more help, But overall I am happy with my final results.

-Emma Fentz




For my model house I used the elements of shape, space and balance. These elements were used in my model by the complete shape or diaphragm of the house, space is used for the whole perimeter and area of and around the house, and balance is used because of the number of windows and doors that appear on the houses front and back.(also the side if your counting the garage door.)

The subject matter of this project is paper, as I’ve said many times before. This project represent of course my home and where I have grown up and have been living in my whole life. Some of my strengths for this project was being able to remember what my house looks like exactly, and a weakness would be cutting out the windows, door and getting all the little details the right size. And if I could redue this assignment I would make sure that it was neater and more carefully completed.




My name is Emma Fentz, I love running Cross Country and I am on the Noblesville High School team, as well as spending time with my friends wether we are going to see a movie or just out and about. I also love being outside and climbing trees, fishing, walking my dog, and riding my bike.

Question for the Future me

1: Did you try out for pull vaulting?

2: What was your best 5k time this year for Cross Country?

3: Did you keep good grades for your freshman year?

4: How was your freshman year?