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IDS Contract Essay

IDS Contract Essay

Expressive Therapies in the Arts As far as therapy goes, there has been a fairly recent discovery of other methods beyond vocal therapy that can be proven helpful and productive for many people. Being a student that enjoys the arts and finds my own therapy in creating work and getting through the emotional roller coaster that follows a creative process, I found that not only an expressive therapy using the arts is possible, but already exists beyond Plymouth State University….

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Intellectual Journey

Intellectual Journey

For my senior capstone course, I will start with a post explaining my intellectual journey: I am from Pelham, NH, and I have been in this town all of my life. Living in this town, I learned how important community is and how a small school system can have larger flaws than one that is larger with more tax money coming in. This being said, I have found my high school, Pelham High School, had decreased in quality and passion…

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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…

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Analyzing Bob’s Burgers Through Theoretical Lenses

Analyzing Bob’s Burgers Through Theoretical Lenses

Bob’s Burgers is a cartoon television show created for adults. The purpose of the show is to entertain their audience. It stays up-to-date with current issues and topics, allowing diversity and gender equality in the show. A very interesting piece to this show is that, during the production of Season 8, the creators allowed one episode to be made completely by fan art. Fan art is drawn by fans of the show, typically in their own person style. Each new…

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Reality and Photography

Reality and Photography

The Photography chapter in my class’s book talks about reality and how it is not always the case in photography and painting. Just as someone could potentially change a painting to seem unrealistic, someone could take a photo to appear to be unrealistic or is unrealistic despite what it is showing. For example, a photo of a boy jumping could be seen as just a normal jump. If the photographer takes the ground out of the image, so the boy…

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Fine Arts and Their Schemata

Fine Arts and Their Schemata

Even though I am not a studio artist, or have the major in college as one, I do dabble in the arts and love to draw/paint. Below I have placed an image of a work of art I have created that will best be described through Ernst Gombrich’s schemata perspective: This image is of my backyard. I took a photo of this image, and then recreated it using oil pastel. When looking at this through the use of schemata (the…

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Advice from Advertisements

Advice from Advertisements

While reading on Semiotics, John Berger speaks of three aspects of representation: the Signifier, the Signified, and the Sign. With regards to advertisement and art, these three are the Holy Trinity of Berger’s theory. He states that the signifier is something being represented as something else. The signified is the idea of the thing being represented. Lastly, the sign being the union of the two. This seems very vague, of course. Berger mentions that this is a complex system of…

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For Who?

For Who?

Regarding Semiotics in my book, there are many many (many!) advertisements that include representing Howell’s and Negreiros’s theory of the “sign,” the “signifier,” and “signified.” These represent something (sign), represent something else (signifier), and the connection between the two (signified). As an example of these, and something that I am only going to touch on, is the sexiness of some lingerie or a bra/pantie sale. Buying these products (shown on photo shopped magazines and online/television advertisements) will show you unconsciously that…

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Cannon for Anything but Art

Cannon for Anything but Art

In our chapter on Art History, historians are known as people who are able to come together and decide what pieces of art are cannon-or something that becomes general knowledge in the art world. These examples include the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci, or Monet’s “Water Lilies” pieces, or Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” People will always be able to recognize and know the titles/artists’ name of the works whenever they are seen. As these historians have decided on artwork…

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