Unit 4: Pottery Final Pot Reflection

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Originally I was basing my pot on the Greek pot named Kantharos which is almost like what I made. It helped me think of what to do and when I first saw it it was the pot that was also in my head. In the Greek diagram the handles are supposed to hang over the lip but I made it equal and the neck is supposed to be a lot thinner than what I made. The main body of the cup was also originally supposed to go straight up but instead I made it a curve/bowl shape.  I think pottery is a relevant form of art because it helps me create my own design like what I changed in the pot. And this is important because it helps me make decisions that are important liking the handles and the neck that supports the body. I think my pot is an interpretation because originally I did not want to create a point exactly the same as the diagram rather I wanted to add my own style to it. But the main idea is still the same. To make it different I would fix the handle and work more on it because I only had a brief time to work on the handles and there are cracks on it that makes the handles almost unusable.


Unit 4: Ceramic Lantern Reflection

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We first got a slab and used a third of the slab as the base. We made the base by using making the third of the slab to a ball then flattening it into a flat circle. We used a container for paint as a size comparison. So the base was a little bit bigger than the container base. For the walls we used the remaining two thirds of the slab and used a roller to flatten it and make it longer. And we then rolled it using the roller then flipping every time we rolled and straightened the edges to prevent it from turning into a round edge. We then wrapped the slab onto the paint container and scratch and slipped it together with the base and covered the entire container. We closed the edge by using scratch and slip as well. The container had paper around it to prevent the clay from sticking to the clay. The most important aspect of this lantern was using the paint container as the size comparison so it had the right size of walls and base. And without the container it would be a lot harder because we would have to estimate the sizes of the base and walls and if they didn’t match we would have to start over.

Unit 2: Shadow Box Final Reflection

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This is my shadow box, the story I created was about a dragon who lives inside of a lamp post. He is nocturnal so during the morning or day he sleeps and during the night he wakes up and lights up the lamp post. And when the sun goes back up he sleeps and the cycle begins again and again. 2 differences between my shadow box and Hari and Deepti’s is that his character do not have any holes in them, mine on the other hide is covered in them. Another difference is that their art uses all of the box mine only uses the sides and bottom. A similarity is that we both use silhouette for our characters. Another similarity is that we both use different layers for our backgrounds, foregrounds, and middle. An area for improvement is that I need to work on time management and thinking about how to make my ideas work. Because I did not know how to make my silhouette.

Unit 2: Shadow Box (In-process)

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In my design process, I am in the process of putting and cutting out my main character and deciding if I want to make it a silhouette or not. I also need to put a hole though my box to put the light inside it. I feel good about my progress in the time we have left to finish this project I feel I can finish it in that time. Some challenges are making the scores in the background because I have one score that is connected to a tiny piece of paper that can break easily. Also the moon was a challenge on how I should do it because I wasn’t sure to put a piece of paper in the back with just a moon on it. A success is that the backgrounds that I made were easy to make and look good and have the design I have in my head.

Cardboard Sculpture Post

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At first we wanted to start making a house. We started planning it out from a single piece for the base, we then started making connections on them and connecting pieces randomly. It then started to shape like a plane so we made wings then it started to seem like a rhino and it kept changing and changing. Working without glue or tape was a very hard task because the sculpture would keep falling and breaking. To me it was a hindrance and a challenge because the task became a lot harder because we had to take in to play the weight and height of our sculpture and because we didn’t know what we were going to make it became a very hard task. So when we could use glue it became a lot easier. An aspect that my group worked well with was with sharing our ideas because we never rejected any ideas that we had and kept building on them. What we could work on is our teamwork because at some point my group mates started arguing about what the sculpture was and hoe we should do it.

Sarah Sze Research Post

She uses improvisation and spontaneity by starting from scratch then building up from the single piece of string or what she starts with. She first gets and idea of what the sculpture first looks like like a restaurant or something then when it is near completion she completely changes the idea that she first has. And she changes the ideas each time she almost finishes a current one so there is spontaneity and improvisation to create her art works.


360 Portable Planetarium, September9-October 23, 2010, Photo courtesy of Tom Powe,l Photo from: http://sites.asiasociety.org/sarahsze/works-by-the-artist/

Similar to Sarah Sze’s artwork we also started from scratch without a plan, then we started getting ideas which we kept changing so we don’t know what are artwork is.

My reaction to Sarah’s work was “Wow.” because in the video it shows her starting from a piece of string stretched across a room then when it is completed it looks like a store that is as big as the art classroom. And I would call this art because this piece can be described differently by people and abstract art like this gives people different perspectives.

Representational, Abstract, and Non-representational Definitions

Representational- This word is used to describe a work of art that is easily recognised. For example, if you sketch a drawing of a street people will know its a street.

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Abstract- This word is used to describe art that uses pictures or shapes or colors for the subject. And they do not represent anything in the natural world.

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Non-representational- It is a synonym of abstract art. These artworks do not represent anything in the natural world. Instead they use shapes and colors as subjects.

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Unit 1 Sketchbook 14-15


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I created the sketchbook by using hard paper like cardboard that was colored pale for the front. The bind was covered with tape which help the book together. I then, put 9 holes in the sketchbook by using nails then hammering then down to make a hole for the string. I then weaved the string using the “2 front back 1” technique for the bind. It took around 2 or 3 lessons to make the sketchbook. The benefit for creating my own sketchbook is that  I can create and design it all I want and because it is mine I will take care of it. And because it is mine I can decide what it will be used for. I would design my own cover and I can add more pages if I want to and can even make another one if I want to.