Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Final Exam

In my senior year looking back, I've only had one art class. This year. This art class has shown me a lot of things, but the biggest one is that something can start off pretty ugly looking and step by step slowly become something amazing. Paintings starting out as only a drawn outline, the adding paints and charcoal and shading, it soon becomes something completely different. Art class has provided me with a different view on art and how to make it. How difficult some of it can be, but how you can also excel in a certain aspect. The benefit I received from this class is that of patience. Sticking with something when you don't care about it anymore, and taking your time with things you're excited to do.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Time Capsule

 I chose this way to design my time capsule because German has been a big part of my high school career. I chose the blue because it's my favorite color.

I put the American flag because it represents the county I live in and will be defending in my career in the Marine Corps, which also is why I put the Marine Corps portion on it.

The item I put in my box was a Rubik's Cube because this gave me a big deal of trouble in learning how to solve it. Once I solved it I then moved onto other, more challenging puzzles of similar build. This cube has gotten me extra credit and helped me pass time. It makes me think more rather than mindlessly watch tv or something.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Totem Pole Project

I have played baseball my entire life, and right before high school baseball I injured my ankle and was unable to play. Baseball started back in T-ball, and has been a huge part of my life since. Going to Phillies games, watching baseball on TV, playing it, etc. I enjoy every aspect of the game. This year I started again with baseball for the high school varsity team. I am a pitcher, and this season is looking promising.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fortune Cookie Inspired Book Page

The process for this project was more fun because of my interest in languages, and I put Chinese symbols on it. It gives you a new respect for languages unfamiliar to the English alphabet. I got my ideas, again, from my interest in languages and the writing on the fortune in the fortune cookie. My work represents more my interest in languages rather than in art work for this project.

Art x 3

I did not enjoy working on this project mainly because it did not interest me much. i prefer work with drawing, painting or sculpting rather than collages. I did not mind giving up my work on this project, but had it been another that I was more interested in then it would have been more frustrating. I did not pick up on a life lesson because of my disinterest in the work.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pop Print

I chose the Eagle, Globe and Anchor (Marine Corps emblem) because it has a strong significance in my life. Since I am joining the Marine Corps I see this emblem a lot, and it resembles everything I have worked for and will keep working for. 

The process of creating the stamp was challenging due to the many tiny details necessary for my print. Digging deep, and narrow details was the most challenging part of this; along with the constant adjustments after doing test prints. 

My overall reaction to printing in mass was that it was pretty cool. Being able to make one piece of artwork and then reproducing it with ease was the best part. It looked the same everytime it was printed making the whole thing much easier than if it were just drawn and painted.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Collecting Artists - Collecting vs Hoarding

The difference between collecting and hoarding is the obsession and intensity of the collecting. A hoarder collects over a long period of time, and becomes emotionally attached to every item they have even if they didn't know they had it. It is sort of like a fear of not having a lot of things. A collector will collect a lot of one type of thing whether it be stamps, quarters, etc. Even if the subject of the collection is a broad one it doesn't become their whole life like it would for a hoarder. There is typically a reason for a collector to do what he does, a hoarder has less of a passion for the collecting and more of an unknown need to have the items for no use. I don't personally have any collections, but if I were to have one it would be one of firearms because they interest me a lot. The interest derives from the ability to use them and maintain them, not so much the desire to just have them. It also would help me learn about them and the reasons they work and look the way they do. 

Hoarding can also be considered a serious problem and in some cases hazardous. Families have had to move out our even tear down their house because the health risks were too great. A collector's collection doesn't take over their life to this extent. 
This link describes the difference pretty well: