The box

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In art class we learned that an artist can create certain values to show the difference between darkness and light. The next step was to show that we understood what we learned about values through our box project. The first thing that I did for this project was drawing a box. I then created a small value scale and labeled the contrast between the different parts of the box according to our scale. When we finished drawing and labeling the box we outlined the lines of the box in sharpie. Next, I created as many different value scales as we could and then pick the value that best represented the contrast between darkness and light. Then I enlarged the value scale and used an x-acto knife to cut out the values I created on top of the photographed copy of the box. Once I finished cutting all my values out, I mounted my box onto a white paper with rubber cement. After that I cut a rough outline of the box and then proceeded to cut a more precise outline of only the box. When I finished cutting I mounted my finished box product onto a black board with rubber cement.

This project helped me learn how to create different values that show the different contrast between light and darkness. This project connects to visual thinking by showing us to really observe the different colors that we see on the same object. During this project I was a little frustrated when I was using the x-acto knife, because sometimes I would veer off from the ruler and I would have to start over. I was very close to running out of copies of my value scale, but in the end everything worked out fine.

Also, I only realized after I mounted my box to the black board that the bottom right and left edges of the box weren’t straight. For some reason when I had the box against the white paper, these edges looked relatively straight to me. Now I realize that while I was probably thinking the ruler was straight on the box, it probably wasn’t. However, I think that these edges actually gives my box an unique flare-like look and makes the box look like it will fly off the page!

Visual Analysis of Jessica Burke’s work

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Jessica Burke drew a women dressed up as Betty Rizzo and the other as Spock. Both of the drawings have soft lives and contrasting values of graphite which makes the drawing very defined.  Additionally the space behind the two painting forces the viewer to focus on the women in costumes.  The fact that the pregnant woman is dressed up as Spock is intriguing, since one does not usually associate Spock with motherhood or femininity.  I think these women in the drawings are challenging masculine roles with their costumes, stances , and expressions.

Carrie Mae Weems

In art class we watched a video about the artist Carrie Mae Weems in a pbs documentary. Weems uses photography to demonstrate to viewers the history of African Americans and the societal progress that has occurred over time. I think it is interesting  that Weems decided to reconstruct her own historical photographs when she did not receive permission to use the original photographs. Weems’ reconstruction definitely shows her determination. Her reconstruction of the photographs is connected to visual thinking since it demonstrates that history is often constructed and that one should be aware of who is telling the story. I think that Weems’ works expands my ideas of visual thinking by showing that that recreating original art can show different sides to a story.

My definition of art is very simple. I believe that art is whatever you make it.