Printmaking/Graffiti

1) Choose one work by Banksy from the link and upload a photo of the work to your site. You may look for your own Banksy work:

https://docs.google.com/a/hkis.edu.hk/document/d/18e4S3oZGZlTOI93VVrGaEN7VyZ_qoOKQ7sTzJB-N1pA/edit

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1) INITIAL REACTION

(What does this art remind me of? What are some questions I have about this art?)

This art reminds me of someone who is dreaming of something they can’t do/have. This is because there is a person in the bottom left hand corner with his face down. Then, in the top right area, there’s a girl who is flying up with a balloon. The questions I have is who is the person in the corner. Is there a story behind the person? and, Why does the wall look so big in compairison to the person?

2) DESCRIBE (& RELATE)

(What do I see? What is the medium? What is the subject matter?)

What I see in this picture is a man sitting in the bottom left corner with his face in his hands and looking sad. Then in the top part of the photo there is a girl floating away with a stack of balloons. I think that the medium or product used is black spray paint with a stencil. This is because the lines are all very concrete, and the parts that are filled in aren’t solid, but still colored in. The subject matter is the person in the corner of this photo.

3) ANALYZE

(What is unique about the work? How does this compare to other Banksy works?)

What I think is unique about this work is that there isn’t an opposite  juxtaposition, but instead shows a relationship between the person in the corner and the girl with the balloons that could show what the man wants to remember or be again. He might have missed the times when he was younger and carefree, but is now weighed down by the heaviness of the world. Banksy’s other works usually show opposite juxtapositions, while this picture shows a different relationship of dreams versus reality.

4) INTERPRET (& CONTEXTUALIZE CULTURALLY)

(When and where was this artwork produced? What is the artist trying to say about society or culture?)

This artwork was painted on a wall on the West Bank in Israel. It was in August of 2005. The artist is trying to express the dreams of a child who wants to fly away from these problems. Bansky also used a female child to shows “innocene and vulnerablity”. It was painted on Palestine’s walls to show the desire for freedom and wanting to float over the walls. Children from both sides of the wall share this same dream. Also, there is significance in how the author used seven balloons because 7 appears prominently in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptures (particularly the apocalyptic texts).

5) EVALUATE

(Do you think that this artwork is successful? Why or why not? What is worth remembering about this artwork? How has your first reaction about this artwork changed?)

I thikn that this artwork is very successful. This is because it accurately represents the dreams that the children on either side have- to be free and away from these struggles. The part that is most worth remembering is the contrast between the person sitting and the girl flying away because they’re so different in terms of where they stand in society, but so similar in having the common dream. My first reaction changed because I originally thought it was all about wanting to return to a young age, but now after reading the artist’s intentions, I realized its about escaping a bad society and gaining freedom.

Research on Self-Portrait Artists (Part 2)

3) Provide the details of the work directly under or beside the photo.  Usually, this includes the title, artist, medium, size, and year. 

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Title: Self Portrait, 1889 
Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
Size: 57.79 × 44.5 cm (22 3/4 × 17 1/2 in.)
Year: 1853 – 1890

 

4) 1 or 2 Paragraphs for Written Work

Investigate the work:

 

  • Who made it? (full name)
  • How was it made?
  • When was it made?
  • What are your first impressions about the work?
  • What interpretation can you make just from looking at the work?
  • What is the real background story behind the work? Cite your source.

This self portrait was painted by a famous  Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh during the years 1853 to 1890. It was made using oil paint on a canvas. My first impression of this work is that it seems to represent him as an artist. This is because you can see his paint pallete in the corner, which could represent his love of art. I also really liked the texture of the painting. You can clearly see the brush strokes (what he is famous for). My interpretation of the work is that it shows his sadness or depression. This is because of his facial expression because he looks really tense, and you can even see his veins in his right forehead. Also, his eyes look very droopy, and could imply sadness. Lastly, the overall color of the painting is blue, which symbolizes peace and tranquility (which could be what he wants to achieve in life), but also symbolized sadness (which could be what he is experiencing now). The real background story is that he voluntarily admitted himself in May of 1889 to the mental asylum in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole at Saint-Rémy in the south of France. He tried to calm his delusional thoughts through his painting. Overall, I really like this painting because it represents his thoughts and life at the time by showing sadness through color, and his love for painting through the pallete.

Final Reflection (Part 3)

1) Take a photo of your finished painting and upload this to your art portfolio. 

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2) Write a response to the following in one paragraph:

  • How did you select the photo of yourself. (What made you choose this photo over others?)
  • What is the most important aspect of your final work? Why?
  • How is your work a representation of yourself and your connection to a community?  What personal qualities/traits/messages are you attempting to convey?
  • What part of your work are you most proud of? What part of your work were you most challenged by?

After completing the self portrait project, I wanted to reflect of a few aspects of the experience. One, is the photo I selected. I chose this because it was a picture of me from the Spring Formal at cotillion. This event was pretty special because I have been in cotillion for three years, and it was the last formal. To me, the most important aspect of my work is the photos behind the the main painting. This is because these photos all representing my life, friends, and family, whilst the painting of me just shows me. My work is a representaition of myself and a connection to the community because  I included a lot of photos with my friends and family members. I also have a bunch of photos of the places I have travelled to, or live in. I am trying to convey that I am very family-oriented through all of the photos with my parents and brother. I also wanted to show that travelling is a big part of my life and something that I enjoy through the photos of different places. The values of my painting is both the part I’m most proud of, and the part I was most challenged by. This is because every lesson, I had to work hard to find the exact color I used before. Also, the fact that they didn’t plainly have the color pink was frustrating, because I had to mix red and white every time to get the color. However, in the end I think it worked out pretty well. Overall, I am very pleased with the end outcome of my painting.

Reflections

1) What is one project you are proud of?

I am proud of the Hand Values Drawing because I thought that I shaded the different areas pretty well. I also liked the concept and placement of the rock-paper-scissors hands.

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2) How have you gained a better understanding of art?

I have gained a better understanding of art through the in class research we went through. Even after taking the sculpture course this year, I have learned lots of different ways of art. From photography, to still life drawings, I learned a lot of techniques.

3) What is one area of improvement you need to make?

One area of improvement I need to make is being able to edit photos better. If I can improve on editing, the pictures will look a lot better.

4) What skills OR work habits have you developed?

Some work habits skills I have developed are learning to understand critisism and reflect better. This will help me because if I listen to critisism , it will make my art a lot better.

Abstract

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
  • I think I applied the rule of space because everything is mostly inline with each other.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
  • The mood that I’m trying to convey is a dark and stormy atmosphere. It also reminds me of a rainy day because of the water going down the drain.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
  • I think the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph is taking it from a close up so that the actual content of the picture isn’t very visible. Having light and shadow is another important aspect of abstract photo. Lastly, perspective is also a major part of abstract photography because it helps figure out where the angle would best be at.

 

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
  • I applied the diagonal rule because all of the dripping lines were pointed diagonally. It is almost the vertical rule, but the angle I took the photo made it diagonal.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
  • The story that I’m trying to convey through this photo is just people dripping into darkness because of the dark left side of the photo.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
  •  I think the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph is taking it from a close up so that the actual content of the picture isn’t very visible. Having light and shadow is another important aspect of abstract photo. Lastly, perspective is also a major part of abstract photography because it helps figure out where the angle would best be at.

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
  • The compositional rule I’m applying is depth and perspective because we can see how the “M” at the beginning is a lot bigger than the “E”, showing the depth in the photo. Also, the perspective of the photo shows it from the side.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
  • The message I’m trying to convey is more of a lighter feel because it is more bright than dark. Also, the rainbow in the far right side enhances the brighter feel.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
  • I think the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph is taking it from a close up so that the actual content of the picture isn’t very visible. Having light and shadow is another important aspect of abstract photo. Lastly, perspective is also a major part of abstract photography because it helps figure out where the angle would best be at.

Portrait Photos

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    • What compositional rules did you apply?
      I applied various composition rules such as rule of space. This is because it clearly shows Nina in the middle of the picture, but showing more space on the left side to imply that something could be that direction.
    • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?
    • The message and mood that I’m trying to convey is laughter and happiness. I did this through three parts of the photo. One was her eyes- they were small in a way that shows her smiling or laughing. Another was the fountain behind her- it was bubbly showing excitement and fun. Lastly, her hands- they show playfulness by covering her mouth.
    • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)
    • I think the the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, lighting, and aperature.

     

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    • What compositional rules did you apply?
      I applied the composition rule of triangles slightly. This shows slightly between the top of her head and two hands.
    • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?
    • The mood that is being conveyed through this photo is just an aura of seriousness. By the expression in her eyes, we can see that the photo is more deep or serious.
    • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)
    • I think the the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, lighting, and aperature.

     

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    • What compositional rules did you apply?
      I applied various composition rules such as rule of space and the verticle rule. This shows through the space on the right on Nina, and the verticle bamboo sticks in front of her.
    • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?
    • The story that I’m trying to convey is a someone hiding. I purposly put the focus in the leaves to show that Nina is hiding herself from something or someone.
    • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)
    • I think the the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, lighting, and aperature.

Composition in Photography

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This image shows the Rule of Trianges. If I were to have taken this photo from a lower angle, it would have portrayed this rule better.

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This image shows Form (Depth & Perspective). There’s a blurry main part of a picture (stick), that shows the depth in the rest of the picture (soil).

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This image shows Diagonal lines because of two reasons. It shows the kids lined up in a diagonal line pointing to the right. Also, it portrays movement and excitement by the balls about to be thrown.

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This image shows form (Depth & Perspective) by how the leaves of the tree are behind the trunk. If I were a bug climbing up the tree, it would look like this.

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This image shows horizontal lines because of the two layers of lines. The one between ocean and hills, and the hills and sky.

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This image shows a bit of Rule of Thirds by the main part of the fountain in the left side- along the possible lines separating into thirds.

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This image doesn’t exactly follow any exact rule from the Composition PDF, however, I do like the look and angle of this photo.

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This image portrays the vertical lines because there is one main part of the picture that is moving in a vertical line (wooden board).

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I think that this image shows a pattern because there is repetition in the holes inside of the walls. This is also a unique view of the Amphitheatre (looking downwards).

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I think that this image shows the Rule of Space because there is a main object of the left that is pointed towards the empty space on the right.

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I think that this image shows the Diagonal lines because there are lines pointed towards the left. The pole is also the main object pointing to the side.