Thursday, May 28, 2015

Plaster- Extra Credit

I used a granola bar box and filled it in with plaster to create my sculptures shape. I then carved it out and created designs on the sides, not particualarlly having a plan so it was sort of abstract. But it ended up having a theme a theme I did not realize- spongebob! Flowers clouds on the top, spongebob on the ends, curved lines on the side like water, and triangles the could be Patrick.

Foil Saggar Project

For this foil saggar project, I made a sculpture out of clay. There are two pieces and they fit together. At the top is a hole the shape of a star, I'll probably use this as a pencil holder or something.
We fired it in the kiln and then used leaves, sticks, copper, grass, etc. to help create cool looking pieces of art. I wrapped it in tin foil and then fired it, although it didn't get to finish, I think it turned out pretty cool looking!

Final Exam

1.What is a technique you used in your artwork that worked well? Explain what technique it was and why it was successful.
A technique that worked well and that I enjoyed very much was relief. We did a few projects at the beginning of the year that included relief: a clay tile, cardboard, and then I made a larger cardboard one. I think it was successful because it was more 2d and that is more my style. But the point of relief is to make something on a 2d platform appear 3d, as you carve around it and the shape pops out.

2.Which project was your most successful? Describe the theme and or topic and the process you went through to complete the project.
One of my most successful projects that I was very happy with was my map-weaved basket. I cut out strips of maps and weaved it into this basket. It was pretty difficult but I think it looks so cool. There are so many things happening at one time when you weave a basket and its hard to keep track of it all but I think this was my most successful project because I was able to complete this hard task.

3.Do over: If given the opportunity, which project would you do over? Describe why and how you would redo this project. Reasons might include choosing a different theme, using a different medium or creating a different idea completely.
The project I would do over is probably the foil saggar project. I was happy with how mine turned out but I would like to make another one and try to see if I can make a better one. I think it just takes practice.

4.Sketchbook: pick any warm-up from your sketchbook that you found beneficial, interesting or simply felt you handled well. Describe the activity and reason for selecting it above the others.
One of our illustration Fridays was "sound". So I drew a Harp because I play the harp, and I think it's one of my best drawings. I am very happy with it and how it turned out.

5.Pick two pieces that show how you have grown as an artist.  Compare and contrast how you’ve grown, how the projects are related, and what you thought of each.
Two projects I did are the animal head (owl) and vessel (box). They were both made out of clay and I think it really shows how I grew and how much better I got at handling clay. I don't love my owl- it's cute but not very realistic. I think I did much better on my box which I enjoyed making and really love. I didn't spend enough time on the animal head.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


My dwelling is made out of pipe cleaners. I used pastel-ish colors that went together. I bent them together and twisted them around each other to create a house. I weaved the floor and created windows, a door, and a roof (which I also weaved). I used thinner pipe cleaners to make details like the siding on the side of the house and on the door. It was pretty fun to make and relatively easy. The only problem I ran into was making all the sides and lengths proportionate.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pit and Can Firing

1. What is a pit firing? Pit firing is when a hole in the ground, or pit, is created and pots are placed in the pit and burned. Items that are also in the pit turn to vapor and will swirl around the pieces in the pit, creating color and patterns on the pot. You put things like wood shavings, sawdust, grass clippings, dried leaves, banana peels, and newspaper into the pit.

What is foil/paper saggar? Saggar firing is the method of creating a confined atmosphere within a container (saggar) The saggar can be made from anything including clay, newspaper, aluminum foil, tin cans, and grocery paper bags.You then put it in a kiln and cook it.

2. What makes the techniques special? These techniques are special because you can get really cool looking pots because of the color by the way it is cooked.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Link to pinterest: (scroll down some to find the free project stuff)

I made a basket out of maps. I took maps, cut them into long strips, and then weaved them together to create the basket. It was really fun but also challenging because I have never done anything like this before. Also it was hard because the paper is delicate. I liked the concept of making a piece with something you could get for free. It forced me to think outside the box which is always fun.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Pinterest Board: (you have to scroll down some to see the vessel pins)
I am very happy with how this project came out. I started out cutting and putting the slabs together and then carving out the designs on the clay. I also made a top which doesn't fit completely right but it still looks good. It was then fired and then I painted with acrylic paint and did a shiny top coat. I think it was a very good project and I enjoyed doing it

Animal Head

For my animal head project, I made an owl head. It's pretty cute but I think I could have done better with it. I could have made it more realistic and made the glaze more even. Other than that, though, I think it's pretty good and I did well.

Monday, March 16, 2015


I created a styrogami piece. It is kind of like a twisty-swirly thing made out of a styrofoam cup. It was a little rough because it was the first art piece I had done in a while, but I think it's pretty good, considering.
The biggest problem I had was it staying to the spine I created in the middle. It held for a good 10 seconds, I would take the picture, and it would come loose again.
If I were to do this again, I would make smaller but more spirals, and work on that spine a little more.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


This unit, we learned about relief and created clay tiles and used cardboard. The first mini lesson was the clay tile, and was probably the hardest of the two. I think it was a lot harder to create something out of clay than out of cardboard. I created a hibiscus flower with the clay, and a world map with the cardboard. They both were really fun and cool to make and I am happy with the results!

My final project for the unit was a cardboard relief, in which I carved out a tiger. The way I did it was the opposite of the world map relief. Instead of carving out everything except the tiger, I carved the tiger and kept the rest.

I Take Risks
My first idea for this project was to do something with wax. Like carve the picture out of a candle or something but it didn't work out so I decided just to go with the cardboard. I also couldn't decide if it would look good or not with the pattern and lines of the cardboard but I think it turned out really well and I am happy with it.

I Reflect
The last paragraph sort of goes along with this as well. I wasn't sure if my ideas would work, but it ended up alright. My first idea didn't work but I figured it out and decided on the cardboard, which I think was the best choice!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

3d-Printed Zoetrope Sculptures- First Sculpture Post!

This is my first post of the Sculpture class! John Edmark is an artist who creates these 3d sculptures that become animated when filmed under a strobe light or with the help of a camera with a really short shutter speed. "The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5 degrees- the golden angle."
Here is some of his work: 

John Edmark is a lecturer at Stanford in the design program of the department of art and art history. I think his work is amazing and inspires me to do the best I can at my art. I really like how when he designs it he can predict and design it so that it will be able to move when using a light or camera. That takes serious art and math skills and it boggles my mind.