1. More in sculpture two than in sculpture one I have expanded my use of tools in my art. I have faced my fear of the pottery wheel and made a somewhat successful mug on it. The pottery wheel allows more professional looking clay pieces in experienced hands because it increases symmetry via smoothing and "choking". I have also used lots of wire clippers/aviation snips in my various wire projects (namely the trees). Wire clippers help so I do not have to have one long piece of wire in my pieces (although that would be an interesting idea) by cutting into multiple pieces . With clay I have used most if not all the tools in the purple bucket (ribs, needle tools, etc.). These tools have allowed much more detail and better application of techniques such as scoring and slipping into my pieces.
2.My experience with tools has increased substantially over the course of the semester, mostly because I was willing to try out new tools when I needed them. I have grown in my knowledge of using tools because of practice practice practice! Since we have had many projects, I have been willing to use many different tools such as the pottery wheel at some times and the clay tools at others. I have also grown in this knowledge because of the support of my friends at my table, encouraging me to try out new (and maybe scary at times) tools and methods of arting. Overall, I do feel more experienced with using many tools throughout the semester.
3.Regardless of whether a project was successful or not, describe the one where you learned, grew, or developed the most from? Please explain.
I think that I learned the most on my super involved figure project which was my quilted pillow. I learned not only literal skills such as learning how to sew and quilt and how to work a sewing machine, but also I learned that I could persevere through hard situations even if they are only in art class. I also learned how to use my time wisely as I kept adding on parts to this project (it was originally just embroidery of food figures but then turned into a quilt and then a pillow). Overall, while not my best piece, I am very proud of my pillow and do think it was successful. Plus my mom is happy to have a brand new pillow.
4.Which project was your least successful? Explain why you consider this work of art unsuccessful? If you were to create this project over, what changes would you make?
I think my least successful project was my pumpkin carving project we did for Halloween. Not only did this fail for me because the pumpkin started leaking and died, but the detail I put into it was not how I envisioned in my mind. I had a better image of how I wanted it to be in my head and I think I attempted too much on it, since it was such a small “pumpkin” (I think it was secretly a squash). If I were to recreate this project, I would have splurged and bought a bigger pumpkin and created a better template to trace features and detail on instead of free hand drawing the face on it. In the scheme of things, I am still proud because I knew I tried my best and had fun with it, but wish it had turned out better, especially since I could have won a contest it was included in.
5.Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in the course? Please explain.
I think that the project that was pretty random towards the curriculum was the baby doll mold project. While molding itself is pretty important for sculpture because of bowls and cups, body parts are pretty obscure unless someone wanted to build a person for their project. Since there was a molding unit, I would keep the various molding mini-projects, but maybe not make the baby parts a grade, just something for fun (because it WAS fun). Also, if molding were not involved as a unit, we would be forced to create our own shapes which may help us learn a little more (even if it is the hard way). I still do like Vicky my Teenage Mutant Ninja Baby, but feel like she was kind of random for sculpture class a whole.