Art 3 Portfolio

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List some reasons why an artist would need to use observation when making artwork. 
This piece above is my Artists Observe piece.  I sketched a picture of my friends but made the final product without a face and in stippling.  In the beginning of the year, I said that artists observe because they need a basis for their artwork.  Now at the end of the year, I have more reasons as to why artists observe.  These reasons include, artists not being able to create a piece of artwork from memory, having an assignment be  "Artists Observe" like mine, which is why I created the above piece and a few other reasons.  Overall, I like how my piece turned out and I am glad that my thoughts expanded from the beginning to the end of the year because it shows that I learned more throughout the Art 3 course.

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Is copying always plagiarism or is there a gray area? Explain your thoughts.
The above piece of artwork is a drawing of Jerry from the cartoon series "Tom and Jerry."  However, Jerry the mouse is a Patriot with clothes representing the USA.  My ideas from the beginning to the end of the year stayed relatively the same because I said during both times that there is a gray area if the piece of artwork is modified.  For example, I traced the picture of Jerry but instead of making him a normal, brown, plain mouse, I transformed him into a Patriot by wearing clothes that represent the USA.  This is not plagiarism because I have ultimately created a whole piece of Jerry.  Overall, my thoughts about this question stayed the same but I am glad that I Art 3 has allowed me to understand the purpose of a "gray area." 

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What is artistic style? List as many as you can.
The piece of artwork above is a painting of Winnie the Pooh that I made for the Artists Inspire project.  My thoughts about this question changed drastically from the beginning to the end of the year.  In the beginning of the year I said that artistic style is a common theme throughout multiple pieces of artwork.  My examples included, color, strokes and theme/moral.  At the end of the year I said that artistic style is the extension of one's inspiration using different mediums.  My examples included, gothic, realism, landscapes, still-life, mixed media and scientific.  Overall, my thoughts at the end of the year were much more extensive and detailed than what I wrote down at the beginning of the year which shows my growth as an artist.  The piece above represents mixed media because I painted Winnie the Pooh on a regular piece of paper, glued him to newspaper and finally matted him to a piece of black construction paper.  


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What is the point of this class? What do you think you'll get out of it?
Above, you will see a painting of my name made from college logos.  This is one of my favorite projects because not only do I love the final product, but I feel that it represents my personality well. At the beginning of the year I said that the point of this class to increase my ability to make art.  In addition, I would be able to get out of it a good preparation for Art 4 and AP art and be able to enhance my level of creativity.  At the end of the year, I  said that the purpose of this class to understand the different concepts of art and learn how to express oneself through art.  In addition, I said that I will get out this class different methods to get out of my comfort zone and even learn to make art on a bigger scale.  I feel that I accomplished this project well because I painted the final product on a larger scale and represented my personality accurately.      

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