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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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Hello Favorite Project!

So the Assignment was to make an existing HARD object that is between 12 and 24 inches into a SOFT creation with sewing.

An old radio I bought at a thrift store on the square in Denton.

It's supposed to look like the real thing... but in fabric with my own twist on it

So yesterday morning I turned in my latest design project. I am not one to brag but I gotta say, it was a pretty great project. Most of the time I know only a few days into these projects that mine isn’t even going to compare to some of the other people’s in the class. They just always have really good ideas and I hate comparing my work to others. It makes me feel somewhat inferior. I think I am more inspired by images, textures, and… well… shopping. haha. I have no clue what I can do until I see the materials that I’m working with. These sound like limitations or excuses but I like to think of it as knowing my strengths and weaknesses.
Anyway, on with my point- being super excited. lol. I love my object I chose to dupliacte, I love the fabric I chose and I just feel really good about my work for once. It felt really good when some other the other students in my class made positive comments about mine, when nobody really talked about anyone elses project. Rachel even said that she wants me to make something like this for her for Christmas! hehe. I think stiching is definitely my kind of project rather than dumb wood carving and things. Those kinds of tools are way too dangerous! haha.

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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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Long Time No See

Soo it has been way too long since I put any kind of update on my blog. I have been super busy with almost zero time to myself. Let me catch you up on a few things from this past month. I’m mostly going to do this through pictures considering how long this post could potentially be.

The 1st week of September, the day my 1st design project was due, I took a chunck out of my fringer with an exacto knife. It’s healing really well. 4 weeks later and I can finnally only wearing a band-aid or two. I never thought I would be so excited to wash my hands yesterday at the doctor. It was the 1st time I could wash that finger with soap and everything. haha.

The afternoon of the inncodent.

Besides injuring myself, I have been really busy with projects for Design and Drawing. I don’t have any pictures of my Drawing Stuff yet, but here are some of my Design Projects thus far… They look like nothing, but the process involved was really a lot of stuff as far as sketchbook and prototypes go.

The Assignment was to get inspiration from a 60 second peice of instrumental music. I chose the Mega Man theme.

This process involved lots of picture taking, with light drawings mostly.

I really liked the way it looked BEFORE I had to put the nylon on it, but that was part of the project.

Inspired from the color blue. Also lots of picture inspiration involved.

Close up

So yes, I’ve been doing plenty of stuff for Design. Like I siad, If I had been documenting my drawing with a scanner or something I would post those too. But they are not really that exciting anyway.

So What else is new? Hmm Trevor and I have been going to Crave at the BSM on Thursday nights. We really love it and we have a great small group there full of other Art and RTVF majors. We dig right into the word every week and after that we always have a really goot time in fellowship. We are still looking at churches. It’s been back and fourth on some weekends going from Southlake to Bridgeport and then to Denton. But we have been looking. Not sure where we belong yet, but continued prayers for guidence would be great.

Last weekend was one of the best I’ve had in quite some time. Friday night we went to the Bridgeport game and I loved seeing everyone at home. While my dad and Austin were at marching contest Saturday morning, we went to the Annual Coal Miner’s Day Festival in Bridgeport on Hassel Street with my mom. It’s a cute small town thing, hehe; we bought lots of yummy goodies and just enjoyed the morning air. In the afternoon we went to Josh and Hannah’s Wedding. OMG it was not only beautiful, but it was so good to see all of my church family together to celebrate these two families uniting. I didn’t have my camera at the wedding but my mom took some pictures afterwords of Trevor and I all dressed nice.

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More updates more often. I promise!

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Made My Day

OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS SO EXCITING! I don’t even know how to express my joy. I feel like I want to jump up and down on a trampoline for like 4 days!
Sooo remember my other post about the drawing for Karyna’s sticker logo? This happiness is like that times 10! I was on Facebook and saw a picture of Karyna tagged by a photographer in Palo Alto, CA. Karyna has been in California all summer and last night she played at The Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco.
In the picture I saw MY ARTWORK that I sent to Karyna! The photographer photoshopped my drawing into a big sign! I was freaking out! This really awesome photographer, Topher Simon, took this picture among others and I have him to thank for making me feel famous. haha. If your work is photographed by an established photographer (even if it is part of the background), that is just famous enough for me. haha. I don’t think I worded that right but I think you get what I mean. You should totally “Like” him on facebook so you can admire all of his other wonderful pictures as well as the one pictured below.

This is me right now trying to contain my overwhelming happiness with the original drawing for Karyna.

This is the photo from Topher Simon's facebook. I'm sure he laughed at my incredibly enthusiastic comment to the picture.

Do you see the matching!?!?! This is so exciting. I don’t know what else to say. Oh yes: and my mom just brought me a second slice of pizza, I just ate the crust without even realizing it! I really don’t want to go join the family in movie night, there is too much sitting still involved. Like previously stated, I really want to go find a trampoline and jump on it for 4 days. Oh my gahh! I’m sure I sound like a total dork right now but I don’t care. I’m SO HAPPY!


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Painting Gap

So today after lunch I set out to paint some art for my new apartment. I was planning on painting from my previous sketches from this weekend. While pulling out my paints, I unearthed about 20 magazines and began filp through them thinking I might find something worth saving. I really love this photo from a Gap ad and somehow it became my inspiration for this painting that I up and decided to do instead. So here it is along with a little painting mess. hehe.

Unfourtunately I had to stop because I ran out of black paint. All the stuff I think I wanna do for my room in the apartment I will need back paint for, so I will have to get some more next time I’m at Michael’s. I love Michael’s! They have such great sales! So until Thursday, when I’m in Denton again, I will have to do without balck paint. fooey.
Anyway I’m thinking that I could use some other painting stuff as well like a smaller mixing bowl or pallette and something to hold my brushes besides my toolbox. I don’t know, I’m thinking whatever I do get it will be from home already or from goodwill or something. Art is expensive!


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Drawing 1

I’m turning this drawing in today and for the first time, it is something I am actually proud of. The past drawing projects were not so great but this one I’m really happy with. I don’t want to brag or anything but I do want to finally get some pictures of my work for those of you who have been asking me to. So this is charcoal on BFK and hours and hours in the drawing room.

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