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Fingers Crossed

Yesterday I submitted my portfolio for submission into the  Art Education Program. So I thought I would share my images, artist statement and letter of intent for teaching:

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Artist Statement

For me, art is created to serve a functional purpose. Whether to address an argument, raise awareness about an issue, depict a memory, or reflect my future dreams, art puts reality into a new perspective. Beauty may be one of these purposes, but it is in the eye of the beholder and sometimes the function takes precedence over physical appearance. More often than not, I have a specific function or goal in mind for the work I create rather than generating art without concept.

Preparing for the Art Education program allows me to experience an assortment of courses which leads me to create through a variety of mediums. Drawing and painting serve to develop foundational skills of working from observation, whereas design and ceramics allow me to work three dimensionally from imagination. However, photography is what I am most passionate about, as the lens captures pieces of life in the purest form. Whether that may bring back positive or negative suggestions, it allows the viewer to vividly relive moments again and again.

My recent artwork is rooted in the connections between people, as it is a recurring theme in every piece of work I do. This concept is based on the social norms of strangers I see every day and the relationships I hold with the people that are dear to me. With the advancement of technology, overloaded calendars, and a highly individualistic culture, our sense of genuine community has been lost. My desire is to encourage honesty and tenderness into our world, in hopes that viewers will be more aware of the importance of the ties that they hold with one another.

 

Letter of Intent:

I have, for many years, found such joy in caring for younger children within the realm of multiple church activities, summer camps, and steady babysitting opportunities all throughout high school. Now, being an Extended School Day instructor at Mc Nair Elementary School, I have gained even more experience with children. As an extension of their normal school day, we play games, apply academic enrichment, and produce two to three crafts a week. The variety of activities we plan has given me direct practice on how to create art lessons and see how well the children do.

To me, the most important rationale for art education is to provide a feel-good activity for the children. I believe that raising a child’s self-esteem through art will give them the confidence they desperately need to combat the negativity that probably will surround them in other areas of their life. I want to provide art lessons that produce a guaranteed success, so that no child will ever feel inadequate in comparison to their classmates. However, I want them to feel proud of what they create and for them to go home and share their achievements with their families. I feel that a balanced amount of the activities should focus on the growth and learning processes that are weaved into the unit as a whole rather than on the final product of piece of art.

I believe that especially for young children, the development of cognitive abilities and psychomotor skills can easily spill over to other areas of academic learning.  The practice of art making can accelerate the development of fine-motor skills and lead to a foundation of creative learning. Incorporating aspects of math, literature, history, science, and new media into the art classroom can intensify the absorption of knowledge to the student.  This incorporation of other disciplines can be taught in a inventive and interactive way, with a hands-on approach.

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Nocturnal Drawing Project: 99

I finished my Nocturnal Drawing Project last night around midnight. Not bad, I didn’t freak out about it, I just finished it. Show up this morning and no one said anything about my drawing, but I didn’t think it was the worst in the group. Not everyone’s work was talked about and there wasn’t much to say about mine anyway. With that said, I didn’t know was to think about the grade I was getting. 99 to my surprise. I could not beleive it. I wanted to go to my teacher’s office and make sure that it wasn’t a mistake or something… Anyway, I am happy. Happy also that our final portfolio only has to include 6 sustained drawings and this one may be one of them. So my final portfolio is only two weeks away and for the first time, I’m a little bit excited about it.

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It’s not what it looks like

Ok it is. I’m avoiding my figure drawing project. It’s a “Nocturnal assignment” meaning it has to look like it’s at night. I took some pics last night for it, but I really have no motivation to work on it. I know it won’t be nearly as good as other people’s in the class. I’m in a bad mood because this morning was just not a good drawing day for me. I didn’t really like either of the two poses and everyone in my class still seemed to do a fantastic job. It just frustrates me sometimes! I am sorry I’m compalining and whining, but you don’t have to keep reading if you don’t want to obviously.
Other than my drawing project, I also need to paint something for my brother’s birthday. I have a awesomely huge 2ft by 4ft canvas, but my biggest brush is only an inch thick. haha. SO I can either pout and put that off too, or I can not paint the intire canvas and just draw or write something cool on it. Still deciding on that.
Also, I have to start thinking about my final project in Photo1. It’s completely open, which means I can do anything I want. Perfect right? I can do WHATEVER I WANT! Well… this makes me anxious because with such a possiblity for greatness, also comes the expectation that the result will be great. Well what if mine isn’t great? My TA will be thinking, “you had no limits and all this time, and this is what you did with it?” All this project means is that I’m going to be stuck figuring out what will be worthy of shooting and making something out of, while my classmates will knowingly be doing their best and very favorite thing- being awesome.
I just want it to be summer already because I am just creatively drained right now. I think I need to read my new book that deals with this very issue.

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Hands

Monday night I went to the art building to work on my outside assignment for figure drawing. The assignment was about hands, which I have strategically avoided the past two semesters in Drawing 1 and 2, but now I was forced to overcome it. I had two goals in mind while I was in that studio at 8:30 at night:
1) Finish this thing TONIGHT because I do not want to have to come again on Tuesday.
2) Have some style. This my sound pretty basic, but you’d be surprised how boring my figure drawings tend to be. In the drawing core we were taught how to “render”, but I think in figure drawing it’s more about development, growth, and self-discovery.

By 11pm the building was getting ready to close and I had to be out of there in no more than 10 minutes, still with one more hand to go. I threw it on the paper, and even though I didn’t spend hours upon hours on my assignment, I was REALLY happy with it. I was just so relieved that I made something that finally had some personality and I felt that I wasn’t as pressured to do amazing as I have been in the past. I felt so proud that I took this picture and texted it to my parents, regardless of how late it was.
This morning we had a critique over the assignment as well as our best gesture drawing and best sustained drawing. My favorite part of it was talking about our hands. Everything about them: the intricacy of each wrinkle, the parts that are more fatty, knuckles and nails, uniqueness and personality. Our hands were perfectly designed by a perfect God. He created musicians with long, lean fingers in order to reach the keys of an instrument. He created strong, thick hands for those who were made for intensive labor… etc. Looking at the different descriptions of hands on those papers on the wall, and then examining my own hands, made me realize what an amazing God I have. Psalm 139 comes to mind. This God, who created the universe, who lived a sinless life, who died so that my slate may be wiped clean… also designed the hands that are typing this blog right now. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty cool.

Side note: This blog post I read earlier today is in close relation with the subject with a spunky point of view. You should check it out.

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The Most Greatest Day

Yesterday was such a GREAT day for a number of reasons.:
1) I turned in my LAST Design II project EVER and people liked it= YAY! I’m done with working with powertools and sharp objects for as long as I can help it!

2) I turned in my LAST two Drawing II projects EVER!
The “triad” project was my favorite of the semester and I think I’m going to end up giving it to my friend for Christmas in a really cute frame. My friend Angela added in critique, “You can tell in your drawings that you don’t take yourself too seriously, and I like that. I think it’s a good thing.” I was like, yeah that’s pretty true. lol.
The “Time of Day” was basically a one night project. I was so ready to be done with the class I didn’t have much motivation to do it so you can tell it really wasn’t my best drawing. As we were commenting on each other’s work, a guy in my class said, “You can tell that the person who did this drawing has a really colorful and fun personality.” That made me feel pretty good about it.

3) It was really fun talking and goofing off with my friends in Drawing for the first 45 minutes or so before we started critique. I hope I see them around next semester, they are really fun and I love laughing with them.

4) After class Trevor picked me up and we went to his house to make lunch and chill for a bit. He made us some of his “famous quesadillas” haha. They were great.

5) We headed off to Southlake to spend time with his family for the evening and celebrate his mom’s birthday. I made her a card which was super cute if i do say so myself. I absolutely LOVE Trevor’s family. We hung out at the house for a bit and then went to a fancy dinner with the whole family. It was soooo good! Peyton and I got the same thing off the kids menu- Penne with Alfredo and Shrimp, YUM! Trevor wanted to share something with me too so we split a salad, hehe I thought it was cute. I feel so greatful to be apart of their family and spend time with so often. I was smiling the whole evening.

6) We finished the night off with the weekly soccer game in the Colony. Anna was there so it was fun rooting on our boys and cheering when they scored a goal. It was a good game, they won 7 to 6 with less than a minute left.

Anyway so yeah, it was just a great day. I am so relieved to be done with Design and Drawing and now I can start painting Christmas presents for people, with the occasional studying for finals in between. I don’t feel stressed about it though. I have two Quizzes tomorrow for Design and Drawing and then I’m done with those forever. I have my Art History Final Monday then History Essay Final on Wednesday. No big.

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Made My Day

Trevor and I bought nerdy glasses yesterday 🙂 I like 'em

I have had a GREAT DAY so far! Hooray!!! First, I FINISHED my design project before class was over today. This is awesome because now all I have to do is photograph it and turn it in on Thursday. That’s one thing off my check list.

When I got downstairs (in the art building still) I noticed the art being shown in the lightwell. It was various projects from design 1 and 2 classes thus far. My foam core project was one of them! Check it out!

Mine is the cyclone looking one on the corner of the display


this may be a better picture


Next, I went down to the vending machine to but a Pop Tart to eat in drawing class. But wait, while walking to drawing- What’s that? Could it be? YES! The Jimmy John’s guy! This means I get a free turkey sandwich! SCORE! So I ate that when I got to drawing instead. This was awesome because I was suuuuuper hungry.

Then after doing “in progress critique” we watched a short pastel demo and then our TA let us out early! THANK YOU! So walking to the bus stop I had a nice conversation with my friend and then I was on my way home.

It began to sprinkle just a little bit, but the rain didn’t really start to come until I was already up in my apartment. And by this time I was already enjoying my toasted Pop Tart with milk in the comfort of my bedroom. It was nice.

Anyway, for now I must go. I am headed to TWU to do some research at the library there for my History paper and after that I have to write my other paper for my Art History class. But I have a good attitude about it. It’s been a good morning. Thank you God 😉

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Goodbye summer!

Summer School is done! Yay! I tried my best not to post things about summer school because of the fact that I knew they would not be nice things. Anyway I am so glad it is over. I took 6 hours in the 1st Summer Semester and 6 hours in the 2nd summer semester: English and Govenment. Made A’s in both sessions of English- Yay! and a B and a C in Government- not so yay. While I worked on my many english papers on Sunday afternoon’s after church, my boyfriend Trevor worked on this puzzle that my dad bought when we visited the Hearst Castle in California. I contributed to maybe 4 or 5 peices of this puzzle, so the credit of completion goes soley to him. So yes, Trevor is very good at puzzle solving he was solving that thing like lightning!

This puzzle was 3 feet long! It stretched across the whole side of the table!


Over 500 peices! Oh man!

Close up. Tiny weird shapes.


Also, here are some pictures of Trevor and I last Tuesday before we left to go to his soccer game. By the way, he scored 2 of the 6 goals that won them the championship 🙂 hehe’s pretty great at everything.

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