And it was gone! I'm glad we took pictures of it, because there are no traces it was ever there.
I finish my doodle.
For the future, I see us harnessing hydrothermal vents for their energy. There are ideas and theories being produced of how it could be done, which I hope to be developed further into conventional use. Hydrothermal vents are natural energy, which is renewable. It should also be much safer to harvest then oil, or by fracking. Since it’s so deep down, most of the creatures that live around the area are hardy enough to survive what we set up, especially if we are smart about what we do. I’m excited to see where renewable energy goes in the future.
...I doodle for google!
Doodle for Google is a competition that came up, which Mrs. Schumann has gotten all of us to participate in. The point is to develop a design following the theme of the competition and incorporate "google" somewhere into it. First thing we had to do was create a Mind Map.
The theme is "What I see for the future..."
I was given some prompts of technological advances that I might want to see in the future. Transportation, communication, renewable energy, etc. I decided on renewable energy, since that's always been something important to me. I toyed with the idea of energy from wasted food, but wondered how I could represent that in the doodle.
There were lots of pretty ones featuring landscapes and oceans, then just like lightning, I had an idea. Hydro-thermal energy! That would be my inspiration.
...I solved creative problems to create my own 3D art choice.
I showed my development of skill to make art that shows my knowledge of tools, techniques, and concepts.
reason. As I cut and sculpted more and more of the clay, I got better and quicker at doing it. Whether it was small details or shaping it to what I want. I definitely enjoyed how I could mix the clay and paper mache together to make it look layered. That was something I experimented with and really enjoyed.
I explored new mediums through trial and error.
The basis of this project was working to overcome a problem. To solve one, or overcome a disability/challenge. For me, I chose to not use paint. I really enjoy use paint, and I'd like to say I'm pretty good at it. Yet, to force myself to use some different mediums, that was my challenge. Leading to that, when it came to needing to put the colors for the bottom of the pond, I wasn't sure of what to do. Mrs. Schumann and I tossed around some ideas, and the colored tissue paper seemed like a good idea. I layered it down as one would do paper mache, and I also added it to the lid. It added really nice color, and I liked the way it dried. I also added some of the paper mache to the clay rocks (as mentioned above).
I set and work towards achieving personal goals.
My self set challenge was to use no paint. So, I had to be careful with all the details I wanted to make with sculpey. I also had to brainstorm other ways in which to add additional color. Doing everything with sculpey would take too long and would've probably driven me crazy. I ended up just adding paper mache to the lid, and then it got over the top where the "ALTOIDS" logo was. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted it there, but now I know I'm going to cover it completely, then carve out the logo with a different color around it.
I created styrogami
I developed new skills on working with new mediums.
As the name suggests, styrogami art is created with Styrofoam. My whole experience with Styrofoam before this project was in boxes and throwing it at my siblings until my mom got mad at the mess. Styrofoam was to me just a mess to deal with it. Even so, I got my exacto-knife ready and some hot glue, and just chopped it up. I really didn't know for sure what I want to do. I at first just wanted to get a feel for cutting up Styrofoam. It's pretty fun, as long as you do it right. When the Styrofoam is thicker, saw through it. If it's thin, slice it. If not, it can catch and mess it up. Also, Styrofoam doesn't bend very pretty. So try to be smart when you need to flatten out a cup, and try to work it out to your advantage.
I created my own original art.
I love flowers! Have you figured that out in my artwork yet? A classmate of mine named Emmerson was making flowers, and I just really wanted to do some too. At first I was going to try and make a soup bowl but I can't run away from flowers. I just enjoy making them, painting them, drawing them...
But I really liked how it turned out. It's supposed to be a lily, and I just used whatever ideas I had in my mind of what a lily looked like. It was pretty straight-forward work on this project.
I explored new things to create and pursued my ideas.
For my base, I wanted something huge. The sculpture was small, but I wanted a framing landscape. Searching through Mrs. Schumann's pile of styrofoam, I basically just got the biggest piece I could. A huge hunk of it. Then I just went gung-ho and covered all the holes and painted it blue. I love to paint, so I just had fun with different colors and mixing new shades. Mrs. Schumann has so much paint, I go crazy with excitement. I finally realized I should take a moment and look at it, and from then I added little details to make sure I liked it all.
I learn how to impact the world.
It's the idea that when people are given two choices, they will be more motivated to pick the choice that is more fun.
Ex. People would rather go up stairs that played music than an escalator given the opportunity.
If I could apply the "Fun Theory" to something, it would probably be for vacuuming. Maybe a counter to how much dirt is sucked up and it is counted as points towards a game? Something silly that would still motivate others to get as much dirt with the vacuum cleaner possible.
I learn about others, and their creative journey.
"And instead of telling each other to 'seize the day', maybe, we can remind ourselves everyday to seize the limitation." -Phil Hansen
I grew up in a very simple family, and no one ever pursued art, but at the same time they always were supportive of whatever I was interested in at the time. For a long time, art in my head had always been very specific actions; painting, drawing, and sculpture was all I really know. I never imagined painting with hamburger grease (yes, Phil said he did that) or instead of paintbrush, doing karate chops with paint ever, even now that my horizons are broadening. I loved watching this for what it opened up to me. It was all the opportunities I should seize. Instead of worrying about how I don't have the patience or memory to draw my own cute cartoon characters or scenes from nature, I should creative with what I can do. Next time I go through my art supplies, maybe I'll have some new ideas.
had fun and painted a pumpkin!
I envisioned how I wanted my piece to look, and worked through each step to make what I wanted.
I totally threw myself into this project headfirst full of excitement. I really enjoy painting, so I was beyond ready to do.. anything really. There were so many ideas I could go with, and I toyed with many ideas. Pinterest and Tumblr practically pulled me this way and that. Then, I saw a painted pumpkin that looked like a fish bowl.
That immediately gave me an idea. I didn't want a cutesy fish bowl but maybe something more sinister. Bloody palm? Clips from horror movies I've never actually seen flashed through my head. Murders in the shower = a streaky mess of red. Then with that, I thought of different containers I could turn my pumpkin into. I turned to Tumblr exclusively, and saw a goblet. There was the idea, I would make a goblet that was over flowing with..liquid. I made a really rough (and honestly terrible) sketch on my idea was made and I began envisioning an artistic masterpiece that would make people stare and gasp.
I took risks to make my artwork look better.
Unfortunately, there's a reason people plan out their projects. I was painting here, painting there, going to town to just be able to paint. Painting is something I'm definitely comfortable with, especially something so simple as the layers of grey and gold I was putting on the pumpkin. Getting to the jewels, I must give a thousand thanks to Mrs. Schumann for finding me some false jewels. Painting them would've been a challenge and a half. That was done, and now was the best part. The liquid dripping out. But, painting it would've required so many layers, since I wanted it thick. Mrs. Schumann to the rescue again, and I got to literally pour pure paint onto my pumpkin. Cue the excited giggles here, as I made a mess mixing the paint and pouring it. It was really weird to do, since I usually work with thin layers to add more and more details to my work. Literally pouring on a thick layer of paint was just shocking for me to do.
After doing this, the pumpkin looked awesome. I was super happy with it. My pumpkin has no theme, but I just loved looking at it. It was my pumpkin! I did it!
I sometimes think if I should've just taken the time to paint it all, so I could've added much more of the details I wanted. But at the same time, pouring on the paint was super fun and satisfying, and ended up looking pretty good as well.
I reflected on the work as I made it, honestly admitting mistakes.
When I paint, it's in layers. Grey undercoat, does it look good? Yes or no, and I go from there. So each coat of paint I put on was down after I paused to think about it. The biggest times I would pause and think about my next step or what I should fix would be before/after each new color layer. Grey to bronze to gold, I thought it out where it would go and the best way to apply it to each shape.
It was useful so I wouldn't get ahead of myself and end up painting the wrong part or just making the painting progress way harder than it needed to be.
It turned out that I have terribly shaky hands. Trying to put in small details was absolutely a nightmare. I wanted pretty, straight lines and instead passed off with putting the jewels near the mistakes so it looked like I had done it on purpose. Next time I paint I may stick to big, bright pieces instead of needing perfect details.