Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Camera: a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box.

From this project, I learned three things about the process of creating pinhole images. First, I learned that it is a much longer process to create a pinhole image than it is to get a digital image with the latest cameras. You have to go through a long process of putting the photo paper in the camera, taking the image with a certain amount of exposure time, and then go into the dark room and put the image through the developer, fixer, stop bath, and rinse. Second, I learned how to use trial and error to find the right exposure time to get a good photo. If you open the exposure for too long and let too much light in, then your image comes out very dark. If you don't keep the exposure open long enough and not enough light gets in, your photo will come out too light. The third thing I learned was that it is very important to make sure the pinhole camera is pointed toward your subject. Without immediate feedback, it is more difficult so you have to be sure the hole is lined up correctly.

Overall, I did indeed enjoy this project. I found it very interesting to break from the norm of today's digital cameras and cell phones to something less technologically advanced. It was also a fun challenge to try to problem solve to make a good photo with a camera that it more difficult to use. There were a couple things that I didn't like about this project. First, it is a little irritating to go through a whole developing process before being able to see your image. Also, I didn't enjoy the dark room. I didn't like the small, dark room and the smelly developing fluids.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Most Memorable Experiences

One of my most memorable experiences from this semester was completing my value portrait and seeing how well it turned out. I was very surprised and pleased that I produced something of that quality. Also, spending a lot of class time and time after school drawing, tracing, labeling, mixing paint, and painting made it the biggest project of the semester, in my opinion.

Another of my most memorable experiences from this semester was our discussion right at the beginning of the course on whether art was created or discovered. It started off the course with a very interesting conversation. I still say that art was created because how do you discover something that hasn't been created yet? Anyway, it was very interesting.

Thinking About Art

This class has significantly changed the way that I look about art, especially from before I came into this class. I have especially changed the way I look at the art that I personally produce. I used to consider myself a pretty bad artist and didn't really think that I could produce anything very good. Granted, I am still far from being a very talented artist, but techniques that I learned in this art class have really helped me to produce quality work. Another way that this class has changed the way that I look at art. Now, I don't only look at a piece of art. I see how it was made and what the artists did to create it.

Project that I am the Most Proud Of

The project that I am most proud of is my value portrait. I am most proud of this project because I spent a very very long time on it and worked hard to produce a good project. Also, I did not believe that I would be able to make it resemble me, and, although it's not exactly like looking in a mirror, I think that I was able to make it look like me. This work taught me to look at the littlest details and shadows to display them in a painting/drawing. Also, this project taught me how to mix paint to show these values. Overall, my value portrait is the project that I am most proud of this semester.

Graphic Designs Using Color Schemes

Organic Design

Geometric Design


  • Gain a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop or Acorn
  • Use Acorn to create two different, interesting designs that demonstrate clear color schemes and organic & geometric shapes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Personal Space Box


The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

My place that I illustrate in my box is an ice rink, specifically Travis Roy Arena in Yarmouth. I love hockey, so all rinks are important to me, but this one I have a personal connection to. First of all, it is in my hometown and is the rink that I have been skating in since I was five. Second, as a part of the Yarmouth boys hockey team, I wake up every morning at an unreasonable hour to attend practice at Travis Roy Arena before school. Something about waking up at 4:00 am to go play hockey there gives you a love/hate connection to the place, but a strong one nonetheless. I chose an old hockey skate lace of mine as my tangible object for this box. This relates to the hockey theme of the ice arena, as well as being the thing that I chafe my fingers on every time I tie my skates to go out on the ice.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Still Life Drawing


  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of angles & ellipses in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values between black & white to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

Artists Studied: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi & Vincent van Gogh

I used a similar technique to Giorgio Morandi in my drawing. Morandi’s technique uses many tightly packed line going in the same direction to show the small details and texture in a drawing. This mark making worked well for me and helped to show the value of the objects, especially to show the trend of the string/yarn.

From my pre-instructional drawing to my final still-life drawing, I have learned new drawing techniques to shaw value, such as curved lines that follow the shape of a figure and small mark-making packed both loosely and tightly together. Also, I have learned how to use a single and double points to improve the drawing of objects with perspective. Also, I have learned how to draw a cylinder, especially noting that the top is an oval and doesn’t come to two points. In addition, I learned how to use the color of the paper as a middle ground for value in my drawing.