Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2D Design Reflection

What is the one thing you can use from this class? How could it be better?

This class touched on a variety of topics and themes, many more than any usual art class would.  The class learned different art techniques and styles, while also learning about some famous artists.  Students were asked to engage in new creative activities, thus expanding their liberal arts knowledge.  No student was judge on his or her ability to do art.  The focus was on the effort taken to complete the activity and actually follow the directions, expanding on the project's theme.  

I took away the knowledge of abstraction.  I'm gonna be frank, I hate abstract art.  By having us complete many more contemporary styles pieces, I was forced to learn how to interpret things in new ways.  I had to expand my creativity so that I could obscure reality but still have a deeper meaning.

I do think that the pace of the course was a little fast.  I would have liked more time to plan our pieces before having to go forth and complete them so that if we needed to change something halfway through, we had the time to do so.  I created may pieces that I still want to edit but didn't have the chance to.

Construction Paper Landscapes

Jean-Adrien Guignet was a Orientalist that developed his art during the Romantic Era.  His works focused on Oriental culture, specifically Egyptian architecture and landscapes.  I analyzed his work, Afterglow on the Banks of the Nile and this inspired my contemporary pieces.  This piece was made up of a large sunset that took up the majority of the space, and featured some shadowed ruins and plants in the middle ground.
I took this same layout, with the sky taking up the majority of the painting, and made my own landscape.  I used an iconic symbol, the pyramids, as my focal point, and accented them with very small people and a palm tree.  I chose to create two pieces so that I had contrast to the bold sunset.






I began with this sunset piece, mimicking the "afterglow" from Jean Adrien's painting.  I found different shades of construction paper to evenly layer and then used the rule of thirds to place my pyramid.  I cut out a man on a camel and gave him a buddy.  This gives a size reference for the pyramid.  The colors in the piece give it an ethereal and peaceful feel similarly to the other artworks made during the time of the Orientalists. 



I proceeded to make this second piece, having it set around high noon to contrast the first piece's darker atmosphere.  I enjoyed the geometric aspect of the color strips in my first piece and wanted to use this again.  I cut out large strips of yellow paper to act as rays of sunlight spanning across the sky.  This piece appears more positive and joyful than the first piece due to its bright colors.


Both pieces have a different eye path and focal point.  The focal point of the first piece is the dark pyramid because it contrast with the bright colors in the sunset.  My eye then travels to the two small men and then up the colors in the sky.  The focal point of the second piece is the sun because of how bright it is.  My eyes follow the rays down the pyramid and then to the palm tree.

Both pieces are made to mimic the Oriental style that was painted during the early 19th century.  The pieces that were painted in this era depicted the beauty of those countries in the Orient.  European's were intrigued by these new lands and wanted to see more.  For them, the east represented their desires and the luxuries that they could not have.  I made my pieces to have the same fake, dream like quality that the orientalist put into their paintings.  Construction paper was a much harder medium to use than I thought it would be.  It made my pieces geometrical and almost cartoon like, which I actually enjoyed greatly.  This contrasts all the blending done in Jean Adrien's pieces, as well as the many other paintings created during the Orientalist movement.

2D Design Reflection

What is the one thing you can use from this class? How could it be better? This class touched on a variety of topics and themes, many ...