As I finish my self-portrait, my first studio art class has come to the end. During the past semester, I have learned the techniques of drawing, improved my abilities of creation, and become more flexible with different art tools. Instead of talking about what painting techniques I have learned from this class in my final paper, I want to talk about the methods I have learned from this class because those methods are what benefit me more.
From the first chair project, I learned the importance of accuracy. Without a careful and accurate measurement, the object will not look real. More importantly, I had to erase everything and start from beginning as long as I got a wrong proportion. This would waste more time and decrease my confidence. So, start from that project, I extremely pay attention to the measurement so that I can get the right proportion and a lifelike drawing. In the following box project and self-portrait project, each line I drew was based on the most careful observation and accurate calculation. With the right proportion, I not only get satisfied work, but also improve the efficiency so that I can always finish my work faster than my classmates.
As I finished more drawings in the class, I developed accuracy as a habit. I did everything with fully preparation. For example, when I prepared my collection project for my art methods class, I read all the related books I could find and did research as deeply as possible to get the most accurate information and guarantee the each work perfectly matched my exhibition theme without any controversies. What’s more, I designed my space and maquette carefully, and took advice from professors many times before I started making them. Even though I did not finish anything when my classmates almost finished everything, I was the one who made the most outstanding maquette and poster and did the least mistakes in the presentation. Even though in my classmates’ eyes, I wasted a lot of time on research and did the project really slow, I did not need to make any changes after getting feedback from professors. The preparation of this project was like getting the proportion’s right in my portrait drawing., Once I got everything accurate, I got a satisfied work and compared with my classmates who are still struggling, I saved time.
Besides developing being accurate as a habit. I become more flexible with different materials. In my overseas life, I always remind myself my dad’s words that if I cannot change the environment, I should change myself. If I applied this sentence in this art class, it should be if I cannot change the materials, I should change myself. In the past projects, all the art tools I used are unfamiliar to me, even the eraser is the kneadable eraser which I never seen before. I still remember my uncomfortable feeling when I first used charcoal. But if I had no choice of materials, how did I change myself ? I can change the way I use it to make my life easier. In my superpower animal project, I became pretty flexible with the materials. I choose the most approximate materials with the texture I want among the trash professor offered to show the attributes of animals. When I found cutting fabric in a complete wing shape was too hard for me, I change my plan of sticking three fabric to show the layers and three dimensional effect, instead, I use gold hard paper, leaves and a little fabric to get what I wanted. Also, when I did my maquette for collection project without a glue, based on the features of the board I had, I cut the contour of golden spiral on thick broad and inserted my “wall” in it to get the stability. For me, being flexible with materials is more than a way of helping me finish the homework, it is an way of thinking and living. It shows me the key of overcoming difficulties, and that key is switching the original idea and do it in the way I familiar and feel comfortable with.
These two methods are what impressed and influenced me most in this semester. As I decided to take studio art as major, I believe these inspirations were just the beginning. I think as I continue my art studies, I will find and learn more things. Even though this semester has finished, my art journey just starts. What will I get in the future? I feel so excited….