Art one final portfolio

1.    Which project was your favorite or most successful this semester? Please explain.
My favorite project this year in Art 1 was by far the Stencil drawing. I liked this project because it was a picture of me and the colors I chose were perfect. In a way the colors I chose sort of reflected myself as a person. I loved the use of spray paint because I see spray paint drawings all over citys and I have always wanted to try it. I loved this project so much I think you should do it next year with your Art One students. Although I slightly was off track with laying them down in order, it just added more of an effect to it, it gave it some personal style. I like how the shadows were represented by different shades and colors. I lastly enjoyed getting to go outside and get some fresh air while doing this.

2.    Regardless of whether you liked or disliked a project, which one did you learn, grow, or developed the most from? Please explain.

I think I learned a lot in this project because it was the first time I had used photoshop. I didn't like it because I got frustrated because I didn't really know how to use it. Although it was good practice for future projects. I did think it was cool because I like to be able to basically do whatever I want in the world of photoshop. When it comes to photoshop, there are no limits of how much you could conquer. We did two photoshop projects but my favorite was the pancake creature because I thought it was a very clever idea. If you didn't already figure it out, it was a piranha mixed with a pancake. I had also made a hole and put the mouth inside the whole and then mixed them together. I used a blending  tool to make it look like it actually belonged in the pancake. So ya, I think that this project really expanded my horizons and made me a better artist.

3. Choose 1 piece of Art that you used skills and techniques learned from previous projects. Discuss your growth as an artist and how you incorporated these skills and techniques to create the piece.

I really grew from this project a lot. I had done this project in 7th grade so I sort of knew what exactly I was doing, but something I had learned was to put a lot of paint on there. You want all the colors to be solid and not to be light and with white specks. Another thing I learned to do is to blend the colors and to use multiple colors instead of just one color. I think that me adding multiple colors really showed my personality as an artist and maybe started a trend. I had grown on my printmaking skills by making the mistake of not cutting deep enough and also not really making my kangaroo the center of my work. But like every good artist, we learn from our mistakes. The colors I chose not only reflected me, but also reflected the warm and relaxed atmosphere of the kangaroo's environment. Overall, I grew a ton during this project.

4.    Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in this course? Please explain.

I feel like this project was the least important because it involved partially of us not even looking at our work while drawing and we couldn't pick up our pen or pencil either. I didn't like it also because it really hurt my hand and that't the last thing I need at the end of the day. With the Contour Lines, I didn't really see the value of art skills and it was impossible to add detail. Mainly we spent what feels like 2 weeks on the unit while other important projects we spent less time on. I was more focused on the paint or the huge art, not this. The only real value I saw to this unit was practicing to become used to drawing if you have never before. Maybe this project would of been a little better if we were to do some huge project involving it but we never really did. Next year if you would like to make this project a huge success, maybe you can make like a huge project, no certain project comes to mind, but it could work. I really never felt a connection with this unit and I am sure many others didn't either.

5 .    Choose a piece or artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain your choice.

I liked the Landscape project and it really reflected me. I liked how we brought in the effect of using the canvas' and we could use whatever design or scene we wanted. Allowing us to choose our own really let us reflect what we like and something that we feel close to us. I had chose to do the Golden Gate Bridge because I saw it as a huge and boisterous creation. Me myself I like to be big and loud and thats how this bridge looks. There is a reason why people can see it miles away. I didn't really do my best on this project and I saw more potential in my self, so if I could have a re-do, I would. This was a good project because one it involved paints, which I love, and second we painted it on a huge platform. Me as an artist is big and I give a thumbs up to you Mrs. Rossi for choosing this project.

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