We went on a surprise walking field trip to the Anderson Gallery at VCU. There were three exhibits that we saw. The first was by artist Bohyun Yoon, who made tons of silkscreen prints on glass of different faces. The glass prints were monochromatic, but each one was a different color. The images was projected in black and white on to the walls. The work was very geometric because the room as well as the hanging glass prints were arranged cubically. I really like this piece because it is so overwhelming when you first walk in. It was 2-d images that made a sculpture that made another 2-d image, which is super cool. I also liked it because it made you wonder who the people were, and what they were looking at.
The next exhibit was by Nancy Spero, an artist who commented on war, femininity and the real impacts of war and violence on society. She was a printmaker and created around 200 characters and made them interact and tell a story with other prints. Her prints were very multi-layered and she used multiple pieces of paper to create large works. I liked some of her pieces, but not all. I think some of her work was very thoughtful and utilized her printmaking skills really well. Other pieces I felt were less effective and not particularly creative in the way she told stories.
The last exhibit was a collection of videos, but we did not get to watch all of them. One that we watched was an artist traveling on her stomach, on a skateboard-esque object from the US embassy to another in Seoul. I was totally entranced by this video because, even though not a lot was happening in the video, I felt so much for the artist. She had to cross streets, navigate her way around the city, and face tons of people staring at her in confusion and distaste. I loved it and was so impressed at the dedication and powerful commentary.
This past week we finished up our Great Masters drawing. Mine was finished, then mounted. I am not that happy with how it turned out because I think the proportions are really incorrect in some places, but overall, I'm really glad its done.
This week has been really tough. We have just been continuing to work on our Great Masters drawings and I've been struggling. I think I have an image of how I want it to look and if I can't make it perfect, then I will never be satisfied. Even if it is perfect, I don't know if I'll be satisfied because I know I'll always find something wrong with my drawing. Oh well, here is my progress so far...
This past week we started really getting into the final drawing of our Great Masters drawing. I was really apprehensive about starting the actual final drawing because I had trouble sketching and planning. I just had to dive right in. Getting the mark right was and probably will be difficult because I have been having trouble combining blending and hatching where I much prefer to just hatch and scribble in all my volumes. I am worried that I won't be able to emulate the style of Pietro Faccini, but I don't know yet. Thursday, I worked the whole class on taking a picture for my take-home self portrait and I really need to find my direction on that project. Here is my progress on the drawing so far.
It is really wild how close to the end of the month we are. School days seem to take forever, but now I realize how close everything like Fall Festival and assignments due in October are due in only a few days. I have been chugging along in my sketchbook pages and I think I will end up finishing them satisfactorily by the 4th. This week we have started talking about the Renaissance, but more specifically, our Old Masters drawing. I don't love the Renaissance although I really that it propelled art forward, and I can't say I am super excited for this project. We have gone to the library and begun our research and it all seems to be happening really fast. Some pieces seem promising though. I have two images I have to choose from, one is a sketch by artist Pietro Faccini and another is a beautiful, but very difficuly dry brush painting by Andrew Wyeth. I am leaning towards the Pietro Faccini study just because I feel it can executed by me. Coach Hall asked me if I was confident enough to draw the other piece and I don't think I am confident enough...
These weeks have been the first weeks of school and preparing ourselves for the year. In art, that means doing pre-tests and Art Skill Inventories!! Yay! I am not a big fan of these at all because it mostly means that you have to draw and try to make everything you do look bad when you just realize all your artistic ability has fallen out of your brain during the summer. That is the majority of what those weeks have consisted of. That and our incredibly daunting sketchbook assignment which is due October 4th. This seemed like a long ways away when it was assigned, but in all reality, it is a LOT of pages to fill up and October is pretty sneaky. My goal is to not completely procrastinate and have 23 pages to do the Thursday before the assignment is due, but we'll see what happens!
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