About a month ago, I shared the stuff I made in Ceramics II. I finally got around to taking the last few photos I needed to take for my Ceramics III pieces.
I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile now, but life’s been really busy. I took Ceramics I (more pieces here) last year and loved it. In the fall, I took Ceramics II and then this past winter, I took Ceramics III. Out of all of the art forms I’ve tried so far, ceramics is my favorite. It is very therapeutic for me and I love that I get something usable and functional out of it. I made quite a few things, so I’m just going to share the things I made in Ceramics II today.
I have a few more things that I need to take photos up, and then I’ll share my Ceramics III stuff.
I can’t believe I’m already through the first half of the semester!! It feels as if I just got here! So far, the semester has gone pretty well. I’ve enjoyed the majority of my classes and have learned a lot. I’m a lot busier than last year, but in some ways that is a really good thing. Tuesdays and Thursdays are especially hard because I don’t get done with classes (and don’t really have much of a break all day) until 5, and then have at least one club meeting, so I’m often not back in my room until 7 or 8 at night. This has made running a bit hard as well. I’ve managed to keep up with my homework fine despite that, so it really isn’t too much of an issue, but it makes me really tired. For some reason, I seem to have more trouble on Thursdays, but I’m not really sure why.
My painting class is going well. We just finished our second assignment. The first was a replication of one of Manet’s flower paintings and the second was a three-object still-life.
This is the first one. We had to change or add one thing. I decided to change the background. The original background was completely black. I didn’t realize changing the background was such a drastic change, but it actually made it very difficult since in the original background, it’s hard to see the shading. I also had some trouble with the vase for the same reason. Overall, I’m really happy with the finished product. This is my first painting ever. It is an oil painting, which I’ve heard is more difficult than acrylic painting, but I’ve never done either, so I don’t really personally know the difference.
This is my second painting. It is called “The Casualties of Productiveness”. I am really pleased with how this one turned out as well. It includes a spool of thread, a violin, and a sketchbook. The violin took me a lot of time, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
I was hoping to share my sculptures as well, but neither of them are finished and they are going to be gifts, so I’ll probably wait until after Christmas to post pictures of them.
Overall, the first half of the semester has gone really well. I liked my college last year, but I love it this year. I really enjoy being a sophomore rather than a freshman. I like that I know a lot of people and know my way around campus and such. I do miss the workload I had last year, though. I think this is going to be a really great year!
I realized I never shared the rest of my work from my art courses. I took Printmaking I in the fall and Drawing I in the winter/spring.
I really enjoyed Printmaking, although it was very challenging physically. I didn’t love all of my prints, but was relatively pleased by them. My first print was a small linoleum one- about 4×6″ and was a silhouette of a giraffe and tree.
My second print was also a linoleum print, but was much bigger (about 8×10″). It was a quote and I used red ink to print it. The letters were rather hard to make since the were small and detailed, but I was pleased with the end result. I did have some difficulty printing it because I couldn’t get the red ink to go smoothly over all of the raised area.
My third print was also a linoleum print and was pretty large. For this assignment, we had to take an image and change it using Photoshop to use as our template. This was my favorite of all of my prints! I did not using a rolling press for this one, as the lines were too small and moved when it went through the press. Instead, I used a vertical press which I hand cranked down to sandwich the template and paper together between two pieces of wood. It turned out really good, although it wasn’t embossed like it usually is when you use the rolling press.
We then moved from linoleum prints to etching. Our first etching assignment was on plexiglass and I loved both the process and the result. I did it of my dog, Maisa.
Our professor was out of plexiglass, so he had us do copper etchings. Although the process is similar to that of etching on plexiglass, I didn’t like it as much. It was much harder to create clear lines and when we printed, it was much harder to get excess ink off of the plate.
Our next assignment was to take various materials and make an image which we would then ink and put through the printing press. I decided to use wire and sand to make an image of the barn that is down the street from us. It was very time consuming! The finished product is large (about 20×26″). I had to hold down each piece of wire for several minutes until the glue was dry, which took forever.
Although there were parts of my drawing class that I liked, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as printmaking. I found it to much more tedious and difficult.
Our first assignment was to draw one object from sight. I found this incredibly challenging (I probably didn’t pick the easiest item, either). I did a graphite drawing of a pearl necklace. My favorite part is the clasp, which was gorgeous.
Our second assignment was to take three objects and create an interesting arrangement with them, and then take a picture from which we would draw the images. I chose to do a graphite drawing of a sneaker, watch, and ribbon, all of which are related to track and running in my mind. The sneaker also symbolized all that I did while wearing the sneaker (I wore this particular pair of sneakers pretty much every single day for two years).
Our next assignment was a hand drawing. Our own hand had to be in the image, and it had to be interesting. I chose to hold a dandelion in my hand and have it blow away. It was my first charcoal drawing, which was both challenging and exciting.
Overall, I really enjoyed my art classes and plan to take several more next year.
Good evening! So, here is the print I was working on in my printmaking class last week.
We started with a photograph, then used adobe photoshop to make the image easier to transfer into a print. This print took me a long time to make- about 8 hours worth of carving and 2 hours of printing. I used a different press for this one because the lines were so thin that they moved when they went through the normal press (it rolls with quite a bit of pressure). Instead I used a vertical press that cranks downward. It took a bit longer (and was harder physically- you had to tighten the screw really hard), but the resulting image was much clearer.
The contrast is much greater in person as the white is much brighter. I entered it into an art show at our college this past weekend, and I got a lot of compliments on it. Several people even said it was the best print there!! It was really nice to hear that after the numerous hours I put into it.
Our current project is very different. We are moving out of linoleum cuts and are instead doing a print from objects pasted onto paper. Mine is a barn made out of wire with grass (made of sand) and mountains made out of this special kind of paste. I really have no clue how it’ll turn out but it’s looking pretty cool at this point. I’ll try to share in-progress pictures of that one since who knows if it will look good once printed.
Have a wonderful evening!!
*As a result of it being midterms week, I am taking a bit of a break from my publishing of quotes. Hopefully, they will be back next week!