Sunday, September 28, 2014

Logo Module 5

1.) I thought creating my logo was incredibly hard.  I had to pin point one thing that represents myself well enough in order to even begin to think about my logo design.  That was the most difficult part.

2.) First I thought about the kinds of things that represent teachers, such as books, apples, rulers etc.  I then used those symbols to start my first sketches. My first idea was just an open book but after realizing that it looked too plain I decided for my second sketch I would incorporate the ruler and pencil into the logo.  As I was drawing that, it hit me that I could place the ruler and pencil in the form of an "L" which could create a cleaner look.  The third sketch nailed it when I finally added my name, and a little about myself, creating a combination logo design.

3.) I discovered while creating my logo that close proximity is incredibly important.  I also discovered that each time I tried the logo got better and better.  Small changes added up to create one great piece.

4.) I learned that the logo design really has to connect with the product it represents.  The powerpoint was most helpful.  I found the videos somewhat helpful but truly gained most of my logo creation knowledge from the powerpoint provided.

Module 5 Art Gallery Visit Response

Jose Parla
Blooming City Marks, 2014

A.)This artwork made an impression on me because of how chaotic it looked, it drew my eye in to follow the pink swirl within the work.
B.)I felt a connection with this piece because of how busy looking the work was.  I am incredibly busy all the time working full time and going to school.  This piece really, I felt, captured this feeling of chaos.
C.)I would like to know where the artist started when doing this piece, and if the final outcome of this work is what the artist expected it to be?

Jesus Rafael Soto
Bois-tiges de fer, 1964

A.)This artwork made an impression on me because it was different than all the rest.  This piece had a draw to it that the others lacked.  The three dimensional aspect was incredibly interesting.
B.)The connection I felt with this piece was in the changing element that it displayed I found myself intrigued in this artwork for longer than I did with the others.
C.)I would like to know if the artist intentionally wanted this piece to have an optical illusion to it?

Millie Chen
The Miseries and Vengeance Wallpapers

A.) This wallpaper piece went on for a long stretch of wall.  This made an impression on me.  The size of the piece was interesting.
B.)Each part of this wall paper told a story as you walked on.  This allowed me to make my own connections to the art of what that story may be based on the drawings.
C.)I would like to know much more about this piece because it peaked my interest in wall paper art.

Ali Banisadr
Contact, 2013

A.)The color in this painting jumps right out at you.  It was impossible for me not to have an impression by this work.  The colors and size say it all.
B.)I connected with this piece because it reminded me of war.  So many parties involved, and not a clear view f what really is going on.
C.)I would be interesting in knowing how long it took the artist ti create such a huge, detailed painting.

Theaster Gates
Civil Tapestry 5, 2012

A.)This piece was created out of old fire hoses.  This made a huge impression on me.  It was incredibly interesting to think that real firefighters used these and now it is art.
B.)Firefighters are risking their lives everyday to keep us safe, so I was able to connect with this piece by appreciating the art used from their worn out hoses.
C.)Where were these hoses from would be one question I would like to know the answer to?

Milton Avery
Bucolic Landscape, 1945

A.)I really enjoyed this painting.  It made a happy impression on me.  The cow in this picture symbolized normalcy to me.
B.)I made a connection with this picture due to the normalcy of the cow but the surreal effect of the background.
C.)I would like to know more about this picture to find out how the artist intended for this painting to affect people

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Module 4 Project

1.) I thought creating the value scale and color wheel were both very enlightening assignments.  They both taught me more about shades and color than I was already aware of.  I thought creating both of the projects helped me realize how much goes into creating values of colors and shades.

2.) I enjoyed working with the paint the best.  I liked to work with the paint because this is a media that I do not use often.  I was able to play around with colors, and simply have fun while color mixing.  

3.)The most important discovery was realizing that what we all think are our primary colors is actually false.  I was unaware of the differences in a color wheel when created with cyan yellow and magenta verses the normal red blue and yellow colors.

4.) I learned from the videos how subtle one color change can make such a grand difference.  I thought the videos were extremely helpful while creating these projects step by step they allowed me to successfully complete both the color wheel, and the value scale.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Project 1

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1.)  Unity:  This metal work represents unity due to the balance of the three squares evenly distributed while the framework joins them together to create a unified piece of art.

2.) Value: This photograph has a wide degree of light and dark, the contrast of the lightened face with the darkness of the background gives value to the photograph.

3.) Line: The branch creates a complex shape leading your eye from the base of the stalk to the top.

4.) Form: The bowls have a three dimensional shape with wide depth and width.  The stacking of the bowls allows the form to be seen.

5.) Color: The painting demonstrates multiple realms of color within it.  The piece defines its shape through the vines and color  of lines against the bright yellow background.

6.) Space: The two light sconces show how the space between them affects your view of the objects and the area around them.

7.) Emphasis: This painting draws your eye to the mask, and woman's eyes due to the contrast of colors and the fact that the mask is three dimensional.  The artist wants you to notice the woman's eyes in this painting and puts emphasis onto them using the mask.

8.) Balance:  This women in the painting is off center however the painting displays balance because she carries her red hair over to the left side drawing your eye through the whole canvas.

9.) Contrast: The softness of the kitten is in contrast with the harsh shadow lines.  Therefore, giving a play on textures between soft and hard, the contrast of the two create a harmonized picture.

10.) Proportion:  The tomatoes in this photo represent proportion, they are each different shapes and sizes, however they are still all in proportion within the size of the basket.

11.) Pattern: The criss crossing of the lattice shapes in the foreground play against the soft grass in the background.  The repetition of these shapes across the photo create pattern.

12.) Texture:  The texture in this photo is represented by the surface of the flower.  The petals have a soft texture that is obvious while the center of the flower shows a hard and pointy exterior texture.

13.) Shapes: Although the color in the stained glass is varied, the shapes are defined through the black outline of each shape allowing for the form of each shape to be seen.

14.) Movement:  This piece allows for the eye to start at the base of the art where the branches are thicker, drawing you to follow it through the carving so your eye moves freely from one end to the other.

Overall, throughout this project experience I was able to realize many artistic elements and principles are obvious in everyday items.  I also noticed that some pieces can have more than one element or principle apply to them.  I found this interesting because it made me more aware of the objects that surround myself.  I now pay attention more so to the objects and what elements and principles of art may apply to them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Module 3 Colors and Emotions

1.) Colors are the reflection and refraction of light on objects.  Color has many effects on emotions.  As explained in the video and texts, red is thought to bring feelings of being trapped.  Red can also convey feelings of anger, while blue has a more calming effect.

2.)  The idea of color that fascinates me the most is the theory that emotions can be driven straight from the colors we see.  Certain colors appeal to us based on how even the light has been distributed in that particular fiber that creates color.

3.) As June continued to change her painting based on the fact that she believed it wasn't capturing the right color tone she wanted demonstrates what was most impacting on me.  The simple change of one tone of red to another made the painting have a completely different feel.  Color is a psychological thing, it has so many meanings, symbols and ideas.  The color creates the feeling for the artwork as June mentions.

4.) Feelings effect art directly.  The biggest impact made to me in the second video was about the power of perspective color art on feelings.  The artist will create a work of art with full attempt to convey an emotion, or intensify the religious stories for example. However, the perspective of the viewer can be completely different than the feeling the artist intended for. The video mentions perspective stands for man thinking differently than what he is.  This applies to art for no one thinks the same thing about a piece, unless told to do so, of course.  The color is the first symbol of emotion to pick up on.  Humanity has its own radiating power to understand the message of the painting to the best of their ability.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Videos and Article response Module 2

1.)Aesthetics: Philosophy of the Arts video main points:

Aesthetics is the philosophical study of beauty and art

theory of musics' effect on body and will was an important contribution on aesthetics.

Plato brings to the art world, the idea of beauty.

Hutcheson believed the human being has sense of beauty and harmony.  The perception is from an inner sense that registers with an outer sense.  The inner sense is thought of by him as innate and spontaneous.  

Part of us has to be oblivious to what is happening to enjoy art.  We need to forget about other things to focus on the art of something.

CARTA: Evolutionary Origins of Art and Aesthetics: Neurobiology, Neurology and Art and Aesthetics

Symmetry of our human bodies themselves help contribute to the origins of art.

Science and art meet in the human brain
the point of art is to deliberately exaggerated the image in some way to produce pleasing effects on the brain
universal principals that cut across culture in art.  

Article points:

There are universal key things that we all believe are beautiful, symmetry is one of these.
Exaggerations of what we believe are beautiful become more pleasing to us.
The brain responds strongly to what we see and know in nature.
It is our brains that are able to make sense of the art examples: black outlines of items.

2.) I believe Plato had the most important role in aesthetics with his idea of beauty.  Plato the Greek philosopher from 428BC.  Plato brings to attention that art is copying to convey the beauty in an object.        Plato considers art as something that furthers you from the truth.  Although this sounds bad at first the truth here is that Plato was able to identify what other philosophers came up with decades later.  The idea that you have to let part of yourself go to enjoy the aesthetics of art.  One cannot appreciate literal art they need to invest some imagination into it.  I chose Plato because he began to turn the wheels in thoughts on art.  He had many ground breaking theories that apply to art and aesthetics today.

3.) Changeux and Ramachandran spoke about the brain and art.  They both made me realize many theories of art and our bodies and brains that I would not have originally linked.  Both scientists spoke of symmetry and how we all universally find it appealing.  Perhaps we enjoy symmetry because all animals we know are symmetrical.  Also both went on to speak about the perception of what we already love in a hyperbole is what we look for as beauty in art.  I enjoyed these lectures for the fact that they made sense to me combining science and art.

4.) The videos and article relate to the reading by acknowledging the history of art and explaining why we may perceive art the way that we do.  Symmetry was brought up multiple times in each of the texts and videos.  As all went on the idea that asethetics comes from nature and copies of it is prevalent.  

5.) The films and the article were interesting to say the least.  Each source gave a further understanding of different takes on aesthetics.  The first video helped enhance my information from reading the text about the history of aesthetics and art.  while the scientific lecturers helped me understand why the art appeals to us in the way that it does.