Studio Arts 11 Portfolio

Click here to view my portfolio of all of the projects I have done in this class (it is a Powerpoint)

Artist’s Statement

1) What do you try to do as an artist?

As an artist, as much as I like sticking to techniques I know well to make my projects look great, I love learning new techniques that help me not only improve as an artist in general, but also help me find a new way to do my art, which is often an even better technique than what I was using before. I try to keep practicing the new techniques, even if they are difficult or not my favourite, because I know that if I keep trying to use the technique, my art will look so much better and professional.

2) What is art to you?

As cliché as it is, art is a way of expressing myself. It’s a way for me to drain the outside world off and just focus on creating shapes on paper with my own hands. It’s a type of way for me to remember, as often when a big event in my life occurs, either good or bad, I like to draw a picture of it to remember, either the good times, or to learn a lesson from the bad.

3) What is the responsibility of an artist?

I think the main responsibility of an artist is deciding what art means for them. I know that what art is for me is so much different from another artist’s point of view, so I need to remember that I can’t judge anybody’s art, including my own, because since everyone is different, so is their art.

4) What are your future plans as an artist?

In pure honesty, I don’t have any plans. The reason is, I create art when I want to. My only plan is to keep drawing if I’m feeling stressed, because I know it helps me calm down a lot, but other than that, I plan on going with the flow and drawing whatever I wish whenever I wish.

Reflection

1) Reflect on which assignment you found most successful and why?

I don’t rate my artwork as successful or not successful, because I think every piece should be considered successful. I do, however, know how much work I put into each piece, and the more work and effort I put into a piece, the more proud I am of that piece. Therefore, the art project I am most proud about is either my folder or the hands assignment. The folder I created at the beginning of class I am very proud of, because it took me a long time, possibly the longest out of any of the projects (which is funny, considering that it was supposed to be a quick and easy one), because I was really trying to remember all the lessons I’ve learnt from last year’s art class and apply it to the folder, such as taking my time, and using a small paintbrush to really get good details. The hand project I am proud of as well, because I was really happy that I got to work on a canvas, and because it took me a really long time to create. I also got to use acrylic paints on that art project, which is my favourite medium.

2) Which assignment was least successful and why?

I wouldn’t say it wasn’t successful, but I think the trees project was the hardest for me. Trees have always been hard for me, and I’m really proud that I was able to see through those negative thoughts and still try to create beautiful trees. I created a simple art piece, simply using a sharpie, but I think that was the smart way to go, since sometimes simple is so much prettier and appealing than a confusing mess of too many details.

3) Any final thoughts?

I really enjoyed this course, even though half of it was online, mostly because it was a class I would look forward to every day, because I think that even if I’m not a master, drawing is one of my biggest passions that I love to do.

The “Efficient” Light Machine – A Rube Goldberg Machine

 

Steps of the machine

  1. Medium ball #1 is placed at the top of the inclined plane
  2. Medium ball #1 rolls down the inclined plane
  3. Medium ball #1 crashes into the piece of cardboard in between medium ball #1 and #2
  4. Medium ball #2 starts rolling down the inclined plane
  5. Medium ball #2 falls into the bucket
  6. The bucket get dropped down by the pulley
  7. The bucket knocks over domino #1
  8. Domino #1 starts a chain reaction with the other dominoes, causing them to fall over one at a time
  9. The last domino pushes the toy car
  10. The toy car rides down the inclined plane
  11. The toy car pushes the fidget spinner (wheel and axle)
  12. The fidget spinner releases small ball #1
  13. Small ball #1 falls into the tube with the jump wire connectors
  14. The jump wire connectors receive energy from the batteries in the circuit
  15. The jump wires connectors send an electric charge through the jump wires
  16. The electric charge turns the light on

Simple Machines used:

  1. Inclined plane
  2. Wheel and Axle
  3. Pulley

Energy Transfers:

  1. When Medium Ball #1 is at the top of the inclined plane, it has gravitational potential energy.
  2. When Medium Ball #1 starts rolling, the gravitational potential energy is transformed into mechanical energy, causing the ball to move.
  3. When Medium Ball #1 crashes into Medium Ball #2, Medium Ball #1 transfers the mechanical energy to Medium Ball #2, and Medium Ball #2 starts rolling.
  4. Medium Ball #2 falls into the pulley because of gravitational energy.
  5. When the pulley starts moving, the gravitational energy is transformed into mechanical energy.
  6. The mechanical energy is transferred to the first domino when the pulley touches it.
  7. The dominoes tip over one by one due to mechanical energy.
  8. The last domino transfers the mechanical energy to the toy car.
  9. When the toy car rests at the top of the inclined plane, it has gravitational energy.
  10. When the toy car starts moving, the gravitational energy is transformed into mechanical energy.
  11. When the toy car crashes into the fidget spinner, the toy car transfers its mechanical energy to the fidget spinner.
  12. The fidget spinner moves because of mechanical energy.
  13. The fidget spinner releases Small Ball #1, which, when it is at rest, has gravitational energy.
  14. The ball falls, transforming the gravitational energy into mechanical energy.
  15. When the ball rolls down the inclined plane, it continues to use mechanical energy.
  16. During the time when the ball is not touching the jump wire connectors, the batteries have chemical energy.
  17. When Small Ball #1 touches the jump wire connectors, the chemical energy in the batteries is transformed into electrical energy.
  18. The electrical energy flows through the wires in the circuit.
  19. When the electrical energy reaches the light, the light turns the electrical energy into light energymaking it light up.

Final Design:

 

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Humanity Exposed

The Pianist

The movie The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, is set during the years 1939 – 1945 in Europe. It is based on the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Jewish pianist who plays the piano for a living. Suddenly, the Nazis invade Warsaw, their hometown, and take him and his family to a ghetto in Poland made for Jewish people. After living in horrific conditions for some time, his family is deported and forced into a train to go to an extermination camp. However, Wladyslaw escapes and tries to go back to the ghetto where he is forced into hard labour by the Nazis. At the end of the movie, he is found by a German officer in an appalling state: starving, dirty, and unwell. Warsaw fears that this is the end for him, as he believes that the officer will kill him. Nevertheless, the officer asks him to play the piano, which Warsaw does, and then the officer feels mercy for him and gives him his jacket, which permits Warsaw to survive the cold while he waits for rescue. Although humans can seem morbid on the outside, once we really get to know a person, they can turn out to be someone much less immoral than we originally thought. The movie shows that even the least sympathetic humans are able to find mercy in their hearts, and that they can be compassionate towards their enemy.

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Data Visualization Assignment

For this assignment, I chose to do Olympic Women Figure Skating Medalists (1908-2018).

Here is the raw data from which I used information from: (Click Here to View Source)

 

And here is the poster that I created:

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Core Competency Reflection:

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