I choose these two pieces due to their back story and symbolism. In Winter 1946, the boy depicted is running, symbolizing the artist's feeling of remorse. In Doors of Jerusalem I was inspired by the position the figure was in and the placement of the words. I wanted to depict this same stance in my piece, and I also wanted to evoke the same emotion that the viewer feels when looking at both Winter 1946 and Doors of Jerusalem l, ll, lll. To evoke the feeling of remorse and to provoke the viewer I decided to use stereotypes of women as seen in society today. I searched articles online and social media for examples to use. In my piece I used lines from articles and social media said by their authors. I selected certain sayings and stereotypes and I created a stencil, which I used to spray paint onto a canvas. In the corner is a girl I painted in the same position as seen in the Doors of Jerusalem pieces. The sayings and stereotypes imprison the girl. By doing this I give the viewer a thought provoking point of view into society, a view many would rather ignore out of remorse and ignorance.
When introduced to this project, I was very excited to participate. I love going to NCMA often and seeing the new exhibits and the permanent collection. So, for this project I decided to draw inspiration from my favorite pieces from the permanent collection. For my piece I was inspired by two pieces. These pieces were Winter 1946 by Andrew Newell Wyeth and Doors of Jerusalem I, II, III by Jaume Plensa.
Final work of Art
So, without delay, here is my final piece Trapped by Angela Eccles. Thanks for reading!
I really like the idea of Artists Destroy, so I decided to do one by myself. For this project I decided to continue with my American Horror Story theme. This time however, I picked a character from a season I haven't done art for; the third season Coven. I picked the character Myrtle Snow.
I decided to encase her in ice. I did this by making two layers of ice and inserting my drawing in between. I then dropped the ice and once the drawing was free, I set the drawing on fire. Ironic because Myrtle was burned at the stake.
Here are some videos that were taken of the destruction:
Here is what is left over:
For our Artists Destroy my group decided to destroy our pizza we made for Artists Collaborate. We decided to make it look like a real pizza. Here is our plan:
First we used red paint to imitate sauce:
Then, we shredded white and yellow paper to have cheese on our pizza.
By doing this we took our old project and "destroyed" it and created a new piece with it.
After much effort to find a big enough pizza box, we finished our project! My piece was the one with the sheet music and instruments. My piece shows who I am and what I like. It conveys my love for music and my dedication to marching band. Here is a picture of me with all the pieces together:
...and here is a close up:
Pizza is served!
Our new unit is artists collaborate. My table decided to do a project together and due to our great hunger for pizza, we decided to base our project after it. Each person at my table is making a slice out of a different medium, but we are all using the same Styrofoam base. I've decided to cover mine in sheet music, to represent my love and dedication to our school's marching band. Zane is doing tissue paper, Vincent is doing pencils, Sebastian is doing band logos, Sadie is doing collage, Rachel is doing origami butterflies, and Andrew is doing nails and yarn. So, when we put the pizza together in a pizza box, it will represent all of our individual pieces fitting together in one collaborative piece.
This post has made me really hungry......
Due to the longevity of my original artists solve problems, I decided to save it for a final project to work on it during my free time. So, I did two additional pieces for artists solve problems. For both I decided to use limitation. My first was a still life of vegetables made out of various food products. I used junk food in particular just to be ironic. I utilized orange filled oreos, jelly beans, goldfish, and fig newtons.
My next piece was a portrait of my dog Gabby. For my limitation, I decided that I had to draw in a continuous line. It was actually harder than I thought because I kept picking up my pencil and I would have to restart completely. However here is the finished product:
Artist trading card
For another project my class was assigned to make trading cards for kids. Each child gave each artist three words to create the card with. I got Caleb, and the three words he gave me were: running, hard, Disney World. Here is my finished card:
I was inspired by the iconic image from Life magazine taken on the day Disneyland opened: July 17, 1955.
For Illustration Friday I chose the word puppet. I decided to draw inspiration from my favorite TV show, American Horror Story. I decided to model my piece after the second season, Asylum. The main villain, Bloody Face, seemed to always be one step ahead of the heroine Lana Winters; hence the use of the word puppet. Here is my piece The Puppet Master:
Last week, my class did several problem solving projects. My favorite was the Rube Goldberg machine that I did with my group. Our goal was to pop a balloon. At the end we were successful.
I also enjoyed the task party. My favorite task was to do twenty artistic push ups. To do this, I put paint on my fingertips and I did the push ups. This was the result:
Artists solve problems: Limitations
For my Artists Solve Problems, I decided to use a physical limitation. When I was in kindergarten I was diagnosed with Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disability; it changes the way one sees things. Instead of seeing things the right way, everything can appear backwards or switched. For me this includes letters and numbers. After I was diagnosed I had to relearn to write and read. In my piece I want to define what Dyslexia is on canvas and gradually throughout the description, letters and numbers turn backwards and switch, showing the viewer the way I used to see things before I got help. I've already gotten my canvas, and I've begun writing my statement. Here are some pictures I used for inspiration:
During this time I also decided to do another project to pass the time by. I used plastic based clay to make an ornament based on my favorite new TV show, American Horror Story: Freak Show. I used this picture for inspiration:
I used the clay to mold the Siamese Twins and wooden frame to surround them. I finished it off with acrylic paint to add color. Here is the finished product:
It will look great on the Christmas tree!
Today's update is on my class' latest unit: character remix/artist steal. Everyone is to take a character they knew before and change them. So, I decided to take my love for history and mix it into my art. I decided to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Loosely based off of the portrait of Elizabeth I in Procession by Robert Peake the Elder. Yet, my painting shows his painting in modern standards. Instead of Elizabeth being surrounded by her company, she is shown on the red carpet surrounded by paparazzi. I decided to depict her in this manner due to her lasting fame over centuries.
"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too."
History of Elizabeth I:
Elizabeth Tudor was born on September 7, 1533. Her father was King Henry VIII of England, and her mother was Anne Boleyn. After her half sister Mary I died, Elizabeth succeeded her for the throne. Elizabeth is well known for unifying England as a country and forging a strong sense of national pride. This was accomplished due to the defeat of the Spanish Armada; with this, the British claimed supremacy of the seas. Elizabeth was well loved by her people, and had been immortalized in many portraits.
With these, you can see her love for fashion and pride for her country. Did you know? Elizabeth owned over 2,000 pairs of gloves and she loved to write poetry and play the lute.
For my observation project I decided to depict my family in separate portraits. In each portrait I utilized a medium that represented their personality. For my Father I used charcoal. He can be harsh, but he can also be very soft; with this I decided to use a range of shading and blending.
As for my Mother, I used chalk pastels. By using this medium I represented her sweetness, and her beauty inside and out.
My sister, on the other hand, is girly and fun. I used watercolor to emphasize her light and bubbly personality. At this point I am still unfinished, but I will post pictures of the final product!
I also drew a self portrait, which gave me much more difficulty than the others. I drew four different attempts until the latest represented me. Hopefully with time I will get better at it! This one is also unfinished but here is the sketch so far. I plan on using collage as my medium, because so many things, past and present, have influenced my personality and style.
Here are some work in progress pictures!
With this project, I was able to take risks; I decided to use mediums that I had never used before. This proved a challenge, but one that I am glad that I'd had accomplished. Also, I was able to communicate through my work; I was able to show my family's personalities and their dynamic. Now, a brief history on portraits! Early representation of humans can be seen in art and sculptures from Paleolithic tribes. In particular, fertility statues like that of the Venus of Willendorf, represented portraiture of women. Portraits were brought to the forefront throughout the existence of ancient civilizations. The Egyptians loved to paint portraits of pharaohs and gods. With this, portraiture has evolved throughout history to what it is today.
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For the first unit of Art Two, I was assigned an observation project. So, I decided to set out a bowl of candy with a sign reading,"Take one! Have a sweet day!' on a fountain near our local Moe's to see people's reactions. Almost immediately the bowl grabbed people's attention; several kids picked up the bowl only to set it back down on their parents' insistence.
After some time, a group of kids approached the bowl and they took the bait.
Successful, I decided to leave the bowl for people to enjoy. Although, this begs the question, why didn't people take the candy earlier and why were parents so cautious towards individually wrapped sugary confections? I believe I have the answer. In 1982, a series of murders in Chicago rocked the country; these random killings are known as the Chicago Tylenol Murders or TYMURS by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The murders were a series of random and intentional poisoning deaths of victims who had taken Tylenol. At the time, Tylenol was made into capsules, which are easy to tamper with. The killer opened the capsules and laced them with Cyanide and put them back on the shelf, killing whomever took the pill. These random killings are unsolved to this day, although, the FDA changed their standards and the government implemented anti-tampering laws. The hysteria during these killings had a lasting effect- parents would check any package for holes and rips and now everything has to be individually wrapped and unharmed to ensure safety. The parents were cautious of the candy due to the lasting effects of TYMURS, but the kids succumb to peer pressure. So, would you take the candy or just leave it in the bowl?