Portfolio Reflection

Portfolio Reflection

1. Elements and Principles of Art and Design

When looking at the elements and principles of design, and looking at the Formalism chapter in the textbook, I have chosen the blog post called, For Who?This post did not literally show the elements of design, but instead theoretically showed the elements in advertisements. What is pleasing to the eye, and will gain customers requires an advertisement to meet quite a few elements. This includes color, as my post shows specific coloring for women’s only pens. These are gendered colors including pink and purple, in which our society associates these colors with girls and femininity. Time is important when it comes to the point in time of existence for our culture. For instance, if this pen had been advertised before the 60s, and before the Women’s Rights Activism started, they would be wildly accepted, and women would feel special to legitimately have a pen that appreciated them.

2. Exploration and Ideation/Sketching and Drawing

For this section, I have decided to use the post I had created on Schemata. This post featured a work of art done by myself, where I was working with physical sketching and drawing to get my point across. The point I had been trying to make involved the idea of Schemata, and the use of working with nature and the visual aspect of it, rather than drawing based off of what I believed nature would look like. I created this work based off of a photo of my backyard, and tried to make it as accurate as possible, careful not to imagine what my backyard looked like, and instead rely solely on the photo. The “sketch” aspect of this work was the mental planning involved, where I wanted a natural piece of work that was close to my heart. This mean choosing the right time of year to take this photograph, and choosing exactly what I wanted and did not want to show in my photo. Then, I had to choose my material, the right paper for the material, and the size of my work.

3. Cross-Disciplinary Work

This can all be strewn back down to my Methods and Materials for Art Education class, and my studio drawing class. These course taught me to understand the careful planning in artwork, and how a piece of art would benefit from the correct materials used. The careful planning of my blog posts are important when deciding where to find my images (online, in person, my own photograph), and what examples I could use. I have these examples stored in my memory bank due to the art classes I have taken over the years, reminding me of art history lessons on the projector in the studios. Inspiration was derived from other artists, and then helped me remember their work and how it influenced me. This then stayed with me throughout the years, allowing me to associate their work with the different theoretical lenses in art. One example I have is a blog post created about cannon in art. A cannon, as derived from our book, is an art historian term in which a work of art or artists has become common knowledge.

4. Visual Literacy

When applying meaning to art, there can be a lot of different interpretations. When I think back to my blog posts, I immediately think of the post on photography. In this post, I described the different interpretations of a photograph of jellyfish that I had taken. The jellyfish appear a certain color, movement, and allure a certain freedom that is not actually accurate. In actuality, the jellyfish were clear in coloring, only tinted blue from a light. They were given a fairly small tank to float in, despite the tank appearing endless in the photo. This being said, when applying meaning to a work of art, the work or text can be labelled incorrectly or even offensively.

5. Aesthetic and Critical Theory

When understanding the use of aesthetic in someone else’s work, it can be easier to appreciate and evaluate it from an art historian’s perspective. I did this when comparing a TV showBob’s Burgers, and its episode featuring strictly fan art, to what original comedic cartoons show. Usually, fans are appreciated with shoutout’s and visits from the teams and actors from the show. The writers and creators of Bob’s Burgers, however, decided to appreciate the fans of their show by displaying an episode with only their work. Each scene is drawn by a different artist, while the episode continued on with its normalcy of comedic shenanigans. It was an interesting view of the show, and many fans took it to heart that the television show wanted to prove to their fans how much they cared for their support.

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