1.) The art criticism process is a 4-step critiquing process for works of art. The first step is just telling exactly what you see of the piece. Secondly is analyzing the piece by looking at the title, the medium and techniques used to make it. Also looking at the certain style the artist used on the piece. Third is to interpret the piece by first figuring out what the artist is trying to say through their art. This could be done through metaphors, symbolism and many types of themes used throughout the piece. Next is what caused the artist to say this. For example, this piece here.
This is a piece of art portraying the realism of the industrial revolution. It shows child labor and the darkness and fire shows the horrors of this time. The artist wants people to know what real life felt and looked like at that time. The next thing is looking for historical milieu that surrounds the work. This means if there is any history or social culture affiliated with the piece. For my example you can definitely see the industrial revolution history. But for other pieces you may see metaphors or symbols representing politics, history or social classes. Now you want to analyze why the work was created in its particular style. For my example, it was created in a very realistic and detailed style to show every part of what life looked like in that moment. The artist wants to portray how busy the and crowded the environment in the piece. Lastly, you want to evaluate how successful or important is this work of art. If there is a lot of meaning and it is visually appealing that is probably and very successful piece. And the more meaning behind the art that is relevant the more important that piece could be.
2.) I'm going to critique my 2 in one piece.
I see a kiwi bird cut at the back to show a kiwi fruit inside. He is on a white background but with a shadow below him. I came up with this idea from taking together a bunch of other ideas and picture for inspiration. My main inspiration was from a picture of a burger, but is was cut in half showing a chocolate cake inside, this was part of my 20 pictures in my blogpost. I then started brainstorming what I would do, I was thinking of words that were the same but had different meaning when I came to kiwi. I knew kiwi was a type of bird and a fruit, so I though I would cut the bird showing he's made of fruit. There are 2 different things in this piece, but can only be described in one word, "Kiwi". I chose to use prisma colored pencils so show the very vibrant colors of the fruit, and so I could draw each strand of hair on its fur. This piece is sort of making fun of the English language on how there are so many words that are the same but have different meaning, or that there are words that sound different to how they are spelled. I chose this just because I thought it was a little funny and very interesting. Mostly because the kiwi bird is very unknown of by most people and because I though it would be fun to make. There is no real historical milieu in this piece other than that kiwi birds and fruit are real things that exist. I created this in a realistic style to made it look almost as a kiwi was actually cut showing kiwi fruit inside to make it believable. I think this was a successful work of art because it finished looking realistic because of the fur and the color of the fruit. In the end, this piece finished looking very close to how I envisioned.
PICK 3 QUESTIONS
1. What is art?
Art is anyone expressing there feelings, beliefs or any thoughts through any form. Most used form of art is visual through paintings, drawings or sculptures. But another form is music, it is a very creative way of expressing your thoughts through beats and lyrics. Also there is literature forms of art. This lets anyone express feelings and so many types of ideas through words. Everyone can write something creative and tell a story. Combining these three forms of art creates movies, television and video games. Art is created and seen by everyone. Everywhere you look is created by art. There is architecture everywhere and every person you see has different ideas that can be expressed in any way they want. This example of art is just someone using their creative mind to fool someone using perspective. They show a very interesting use of perspective to show a fake whole going through their hand.
2. Regardless of whether a project was successful or not, describe one where you learned, grew, or developed the most from? Please explain.
The pen part of our very first project was very interesting. Not just because of the pen, but I chose to use the stippling style for my piece. I was very intimidated by this but also very excited. I have never done anything like this style before, so I was worried I would mess up. I learned not to overthink the art. Instead of me just relooking every dot I put, I was fairly careless and just mindlessly let my head do the work by looking at the spoon and continuing. I am very happy with how my piece turned out in the end, and this really showed my how art isn't just about copying what you see, its all about using your head to explore different areas of your brain. Seeing things differently and transferring them to paper in your own way is more important than just copying. Not even halfway through this piece, I wasn't looking at the spoon anymore, just coming up with it in my head and building up the dark areas my own way. This made the piece so much more fun and stress free to create.
3. What is the point of this class? What did you get out of it?
I think the main point of art 1 is introducing as many forms of art as possible to give students an opportunity to see what they are skilled at and what they enjoy. Giving an opportunity to many mediums and styles shows gives everyone a chance to find their strengths and weaknesses. From this class the main thing I figured out is that my favorite medium is prisma colored pencils. My biggest weakness is water color.
My water color landscape I am very unhappy with. I am very bad with handling and controlling water color when I use it. When I tried to layer the mountains, the paper was getting soggy and messing up, and when I tried to darken them the water just went all around the paper. I hope in the future to practice water color more so I can learn to control it more. I also want to try more stippling pieces. I really enjoyed making my spoon as I said in the last question. Things like that, stippling, if I never took this class I would never have known of it and now that I do, I want to try it more. I'm happy I took this class and hope to use the skills I learned in the future.