Our last major project of the semester before finals is also my most favorite. I love seeing how students go back through their portfolios to recreate works in new ways. This also offers them a chance to demonstrate their advancement of ideas and ability since the first time they tried the image the are selecting to revisit. Here are some highlights:
Jewel: My artwork is a newer improvised version of Rain Downpour, one of my favorite projects we did last year. This is an improvised version because it shows the techniques in stippling and the new techniques used in watercolor, like sponging and blowing. It shows similarities between the pieces like the water color back ground and the drawing in the center. Both of these pictures in Happiness at its Finest, show what make me happy, my best friends, and my puppy. :) I really wanted to revise this idea because I remembered how much fun I had the first time I did it and wanted to bring that joy back to me.
Eli: In my artwork, I decided to make a self portrait out of cut out cardboard pieces. I am redoing a piece that I made in 6th grade. That piece of work was a cardboard cut out that I painted on to. The piece I made recently is shows a lot of improvement because when I made the piece in 6th grade, all of my facial features were distorted and not placed correctly. In my updated image, I tried to make sure that all of my facial features were where they were supposed to be. I tried to be as detailed as possible in making this. For the background I took a blank white sheet of paper and I used a spraying technique to make the paint dots. I personally wanted to revisit this art piece because it was one of the first ones I ever made at Byron Center and I wanted to see how much I could improve since i've started coming here.
Gabby: My piece of art reflects a new version of a city I created in 2008. I grew as an artist in the past 8 years. I learned how to shade, draw 3-D shapes, got better at drawing people and objets, and I have more of an idea that goes into my drawings. In the old drawing there were a few people looking out of the windows, in my new piece there is a girl who is painting. The building she is painting on has a similar pattern to a building in the old drawing. The shapes I had cut out in my old drawing are now floating in the sky in my new one, along with the fish that was in the 2008 drawing (in the bottom right corner.) My art has a personal connection with Takashi Murkami because the triangles in it have faces like the little characters Takashi makes in most of his pieces of work.
Grant: I made this with a dead fish, watercolor paint, and regular paint. I made the watercolor background, took a dead fish, painted all over it with red and black. After that, I took the paper and surround the fish with it and made sure I got all the faint on the fish. The one with the white background, I put on a separate white paper and cut it out. The old thing I made this from was from 6th grade and it was a regular water color fish(not real) just painted on.
Ethan: I chose to redo my Clay modern home because I love creating house designs and I felt like I could do better with this house while still keeping the same "house" with the same design. I used the same window layout as the old house, and the same chimney, but added more exterior detail, and a roof, that would help make the house stand out.
Damien: I feel a connection with this piece of art because in 6th grade I did this piece of art and it is still really cool to me. I also just like birds in general. I did this piece of art again because it would be a great opportunity to prove that I've advanced as an artist. This bird reflects what I've learned in terms of shading and color and how it has the bird flying instead of sitting. That is why I chose this artwork rather than any other one.
Sarah: For this Project, I chose to remake/reimagine my Dot Project, mostly because I thought I could do a better job on it with more time. I decided to incorporate Mitchell Feinberg's concept of time into my work, and another student inspired me to make my piece only black, white, and grey. This piece has the concept of time because there is a young girl, and sitting next to her is an older woman. This could be interpreted as a grandmother and her grandchild, one girl as her older and younger self, or really anything you want. I personally have never used charcoal before so learning different techniques and discovering the cool effects was fun.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.