Thursday, June 2, 2016


To make this instillation piece, we blew up a balloon and put two layers of plaster strips on it so that we could have a thick parachute. After the plaster was dry, I popped the balloon and painted it. I was originally going for a sunset look, but I still like the way it turned out. I liked how we all came up with ideas and decided as a class which would be the most fun. I wish we could have had more people involved so that there would be more balloons floating around school.

Scraffito Tray

Scraffito is when you scratch through the surface to expose another layer. We did this with a black underglaze that we painted onto a slab of clay fitted to a styrofoam plate. After the underglaze dried, we were able to scrape it off. I like the way mine turned out, I would probably do more planning next time. After making the design we wanted, we dipped it into clearglaze and it went into the kiln!

Empty Bowl Project

Two out of my three bowls were thrown on the wheel. I like using the wheel, although it can be difficult and frustrating. One of them turned out just fine while the other ended up having a very weak spot that turned into a hole. Instead of starting over, I made more small holes and added cracks to them to make it look intentional. That was my favorite out of the three because it looks old and damaged. The third bowl was made out of wire. I took a styrofoam bowl and molded the wire around it. I really liked how that one turned out, too. 

Unconventional Materials

I used sand as my unconventional material. I mixed it with elmer's glue and poured it onto a plastic bowl that I covered in aluminum foil. When the glue dried, I took it off of the bowls shape and removed as much of the aluminum as I could. It turned out to be really cool and a very creative idea. I probably will do this again as an activity at a party or get together because its very fun and cool and you could even add food coloring and make a very unique creation. I would find another way to make sure the glue doesnt stick to the bowl because the aluminum foil was hard to peel off.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pit Fire: Part 2

I started by wedging 4 or 5 pieces of clay to use on the wheel. It took a couple tries to center the piece but once I got it I had a lot of fun creating my piece. I tried to widen the clay and then shape it back to narrow to create the look I was going for. It ended up dipping in on one side, but I really liked it and it was unique so I kept it. I painted some of it with terasig but I wanted some red colors, so I added salt into the foil. I also glued on flowers which you can see in one of the pictures. That's about all that I did. I would definitely do it again and use different materials to see what will happen. I would like to use hair and wire the next time I do it. This technique is different from traditional firings because it depends on what objects are involved as to what your piece will turn out as. Kiln firing mostly turns out how you put it in the kiln.

Pit Fire: Part 1

Pit firing is the oldest method for firing pottery. It uses objects to burn in order to make smoke that stains the piece. A foil saggar is a process in which the piece is wrapped in aluminum foil so that the objects that are placed inside the foil can burn and stain the piece in different ways and colors.

Relief Post: Part 2

I think my piece was very successful. I sort of wish I would have done my original plan of an underwater type of thing where the fingers were coming out without the palm being visible. But I think my execution of what I ended up doing was great. The mini tile helped me understand how relief worked and was good practice of scraping away clay to reveal something. The cardboard was fun but I don't think my group's project necessarily helped with the main relief piece. I overcame shaping the fingers which was a problem I had. Getting the fingers to form out of the background was difficult, but it ended up working out.  
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Relief Post: Part 1 link to pinterest board

My pinterest board has a couple different themes that I am trying to explore. One is the hand relief that would be pretty three dimensional. I remember when I was a kid, we had this toy that was tiny metal pins you could push to make the image on the other side (I'll attach a picture so you know what I'm talking about). I like how in some of the pins I found, it showed the hand coming up through water.. I tried to quickly sketch something like that in my sketchbook. Another theme I was interested in was a colorful abstract piece using nails and either rubber bands or yarn (I pinned a really simple example of the principle of what I mean). I would use those abstract pieces that I pinned as inspiration to make a colorful landscape (almost) with a lot of dimension and a smooth texture. I also thought that the 2D/3D approach might be cool, as the pin the zebra and ship suggest, so that it would be a 3 dimensional sculpture, but it would also have some perspective so that it looked even more 3D from a specific angle.
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Inspired Artist

The artist that I found is named Daniel Arsham. Daniel was born in Miami and currently lives in New York. He is a contemporary artist who focuses on the human figure, technological objects, and architecture. Uniquely, he executes 2D (drawings), 3D (sculptures), and 4D (preforming) arts. In most of his material, he depicts erosion, which is interesting when discussing the human figure. Architecture is a prevalent subject throughout his work as well. He is recognized for his creation in the stage design for the Mercy Cunningham Dance Company, which toured in Australia, France, and multiple locations in the United States. I haven't seen a lot of his performance art, but I do find a lot of inspiration in his sculpting. Personally, I love using the human figure as a subject in my art, so seeing such an interesting take on it (the erosion he creates) inspired me to do something different with my own human figures, His website is

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Final Blog Post

Kehinde Wiley's art is interesting to me because he has very realistic people in the foreground and then he usually does a flowery or decorative background. I like his art a lot and my alien piece reminds me of his art because I tried to do a realistic looking female alien with the flowers in the background.
After making this piece, there are things I would have liked to do better. Wiley's art looks a lot more realistic than my alien, so based on his art, I would have liked to make this look better. 

My essential question piece also reminds me of Wiley's art because it is focused on one person with an interesting background. 
This is a completely different style from Wiley, but it is similar because it's one singular person in the middle of the canvas with a background. The difference is the detail, realism, and the complexity of the background. My background is more basic, but it is as important as his. The highlight around the body speaks in almost the same way as the flowers overlapping his subjects limbs. 

Never Got to Say - Prints

I had a dream where a blue blob was just being a blob in the darkness. I have a lot of very realistic dreams, so this one was different for me. It's very hard to describe dreams in a way that other people can understand because they are completely made up in your own head. I've never got to tell anyone about this dream I had other than a blue blob, so I tried to paint it. I'm working on making the swirls look more detailed and defined. For the print, I used grey metallic paint on the canvas and then used black print ink for the prints.

Art Museum

Orange Outline

This piece was one that caught my eye because of the different textures and interesting colors. I think it's cool that the artist used orange to contrast with the black and white used to make the piece. It also looks like a natural symbol in music, so that caught my eye because music is a big part of my life.

Northern European

This piece is one that I didn't appreciate until I took a moment to look further into it. I think all of the detail is amazing, and the water and sky are very realistic. I admire how the artist gave every piece of clothing in the piece some detail and folds.
Seaside Strollers

This piece did absolutely nothing for me. I think it was probably done by a four year old...

Non-Traditional Art Materials

I didn't do this project. It was really hard for me to come up with something to use that would still feel like art to me. I guess you could say I'm more of a traditional artist who uses the normal mediums like paint, colored pencils, and charcoal.