We wrapped up the last project theme yesterday before breaking for Thanksgiving this week. It is always fun for me to view the work students have spent time imagining, planning, and bringing to life as I read their statements on Artsonia. There were a lot of ways the theme of Objects, Artifacts, and Things you can leave behind and I when viewing the results of the work students made, I feel like they exhausted them all. Here are some of the diverse results:
Kollan D.: I used a watercolor around the fire extinguisher to give it a fiery look. I thought after I made it from collage that it would be ironic if the fire extinguisher was on fire. I think this explores the theme of "objects" because fire extinguishers are something you see every day in most buildings. Art can make normal object seem interesting by using bright colors, like Jim Dine and Wayne Thiebaud.
Kenzie G.: I really liked the idea of painting on objects so create the look of a painting. By doing so, I am creating the idea that everything is not as it seems. I personally play volleyball, so I knew how to make the volleyball seem more realistic. Also, volleyball takes up a huge portion of my time, and this is just another way of expressing my log for the sport. Alexa Mead was my inspiration for this piece as she paints on objects to make them look like a painting. I liked the theme that there is more beneath the surface of something, and she conveys it well.
Kelsey C.: I used broken crayons and my arm brace for this 3D art piece. I used the broken crayons to portray all of the broken things that the brace holds and keeps in place. I chose to do this concept because I tore my ligament off my bone and this brace is a huge part of my life right now and I thought it would be a cool way to portray something that is going on with my life right now. As I said before, this brace is a huge object in my life at this moment. It was important for me to show that this brace has made an impact on me.
Austin W.: In this project, I used printmaking. I used light, bright colors for the background and then used string to block the dark colors and show the bright colors! I used several other techniques and tools to make this art look so interesting and colorful such as bubble wrap, string, and other tools used particularly for this project. The artist that inspired me to do this art was probably Jim Dine because he uses lots of color and cool and different designs for his masterpieces. I also liked how in my project I used every color to drag out the amount of color in the project. Printmaking allows everybody to make cool artwork even using useless materials that will make the artwork look even more interesting and have such cool designs. Finding any item with bizarre designs and awesome imprints through out the house or room will even make this project look cool!
Heather B.: The materials I used are pastels and sharpie, I used pastels so that I could blend the colors and make the lava lamp effect. With the bright colors standing out from the dark. I used sharpie to make circles for the background in all three lava lamps. One technique I used is blending colors together to make a new shade. This helped get the effect of the “lava” part standing out and looking more like the real thing and like its glowing. I used my lava lamp at home for a referance and this is an object that has meaning to me. That is then how is fits the theme objects, artifacts, and things you leave behind. This also shows the theme like Mitchell Feinberg’s work that has many of the same thing that makes up in piece of art work. As mine is three lava lamps (objects) that make up one piece of art work.
Lauren D.: I used photography to make this piece. I took a photo of my shoes on the bus and turned the background black and white. This shows still life because it is focusing on an inanimate object. The bus is a place where I can focus and create new ideas. I’m trying to say this with my picture by making the shoes pop and background fade, as if you are staring straight at the shoes. This shows still life because you have a meaning in an inanimate object. My piece can be compared to Mitchell Fienberg’s art. He uses photograph to show his concept, and I did too. He also uses clothing in his art like shirts or watches, and I used shoes.
Tryston V.: I choose to use felt because felt is fun and it is easy to do but it looks really cool. Also i can bring this home and give it to my sister as a Christmas Gift. I did not really know about felt but i will definitely use it more. This can relate to me because it is a sports shoe and i play lots of sports like basketball and i run sometimes. I love playing sports but i also love seeing shoes and looking at them so this fits my personality perfectly.
Maddie D.: The reason why I chose to do an old fashioned camera is because I thought of things that have changed a lot in the past few decades. One of those things is technology. I thought that by doing an old camera can show how much better things have become. I used plexi glass to make this. I did an etching technique and I used printing. I thought that this would be very cool and different if I did it this way and I added the designs just to spice it up a little bit. My personal connection to this piece is that when I go to my grandpa's house he has this old camera on a shelf on display and I always thought that it looked really cool and I liked how it was an antique. For this theme I was inspired by Mitchell Feinberg. I saw the printing that he made in those clay pieces and I thought that those were really cool. So I did a print myself and just used a different kind of printing.
Anna P.: This piece is very similar in it's theme and concept to my other piece, which is a necklace made out of calligraphy nibs. This is a glove that has calligraphy nibs sewed onto it. This shows the theme of things you leave behind and the concept that anything can be transformed into art. I took an ordinary object and made it extraordinary in a way that others may not think to do. By doing this, I believe more people can find a connection with my work because of the fashion element. This piece is similar to the piece by Jim Dine, in which he created a separation wall using tools. Both of us created a new object out of other more common objects.
Olivia L.: This triangular box has three sides because it represents the three possible out comes of a soccer game. One you can win, two you could lose, and three you could tie a game. This is similar we every competition or problem in life. This can be related to every community of people. This concept of three outcomes is also personal to me because soccer is my favorite sport. I used similar concepts as the artist Audrey Flack. They are similar because we both use very bright colors. This was a very fun piece to make.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.