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⤥ welcome to my art reflection ⤦
- Introduction -
For the past few months in art, we have been working on a sculpture, more specifically, a chair sculpture. We were given the task to make a chair sculpture using given materials (cardboard, newspaper, plaster, tissue, etc) based on the theme we chose at the beginning of the semester. As we were given a huge range of different types of materials to choose from, all we had to do was to let our creativity run free! A few of my classmates even used actual candy wrappers and bottles to make the sculpture! We also had to incorporate the elements and principles commonly used in sculptures into our chair. Well, let's start from the beginning. What exactly is a sculpture? A sculpture is a work of art produced by using different sculpting techniques (eg: carving, modeling, casting, etc). Like in any other forms of art, there are various principles and elements used by artists. I have embedded a slideshow I made explaining the elements and principles of a sculpture. You will get more of an idea of what exactly these are once you look at my Skitch poster. There were also a few sculpting techniques such as additive, relief, subtractive, etc. involved in the process. Most of us used additivity for our sculpture as it is easier and requires less time and effort.
I used most of the six elements listed above. However, here is a quick summary of the four elements that I used the most throughout my chair:
- I used a lot of shapes in my chair, organic shapes to be specific.
- I also used positive and negative space around my chair. The space around the clocks made people focus more on the actual moving clocks.
- I applied colors onto my chair, covering the actual color of the chair. I did this to make the chair prettier (in my opinion).
- Apart from this, I also think I used mass a lot as some objects look heavier than they actually are. A pretty good example of this would be my hourglass (the one with sand). It is actually not that heavy as it was not entirely filled with sand.
You might want to look at the Skitch 'poster' I made if you want to see more (which is embedded in this blog post).
- Design Process -
Before starting with the actual making of the chair sculpture, we had to plan everything out to the finest details. First, we had to think of a cool theme for our chair. The theme could literally be anything! However, it is a specific theme is easier to work with in my opinion as the objects harmonize and work well with each other to create more of a feel to it whereas broader themes require more thinking involved. We brainstormed ideas of what we would want our chairs to be about and discussed and commented on other classmates' ideas. At first, my theme was 'nature' but I quickly lost interest and moved on from the thought, choosing 'time' as my new theme. We then made quick sketches of the design that we want our chairs to look like. In order to make us familiar with the designing process, we were given random themes and ideas to draw onto our chair in class. Some of the random themes we were given were dentistry and sweets. In the course of about 5 to 7 minutes, we had to sketch out about 3 mini-chairs. In my opinion, this process really helped me with the designing aspect of the chair. After 'finalizing' and having more of an idea of what our theme is, we proceeded to try out the process of sculpture. We started planning. Here is the sketch of what my chair was originally supposed to look like:
In order to know more about the actual sculpting process, we got into groups and made a sculpture of a snake eating an ice-cream with newspaper, wire, and tape. We then proceeded to do a bit more research about this. During this process, we found online tutorials on how to make a designated object or how to use a certain material (eg: plaster). We also looked for ideas on how to make the objects on Pinterest. (link to my Pinterest boards here) We also learned how to use different materials in order to model the material according to will/plan. Due to our ineffective use of time in class, we then proceeded to make a timeline of what we were going to do in the ten classes following that day. We then continued on constructing the chair. After finishing a 'product' in each and every class, we made a short video of us talking about what we did on that day. Throughout the entire process, our peers gave us lots of critical and valuable feedback in terms of helping us improve our chair. Towards the end, our teacher, Mrs. Jardin, gave us lots of feedback in order to help us make some final touches before the chairs were displayed.
[ There is a blog post dedicated to the entire process. If you would like more information, you can view the blog post here. ]
In my opinion, the design cycle really helped me. If we were to start immediately without any specific plans or instructions, I would have made a (worse) chair sculpture with no specific themes or color schemes. Plus, I like doing things with a plan in mind. Apart from this, the cycle also helped me learn more about how to make things. Before this, I never knew how to use plaster or even make paper-mache! It clearly helped me stay organized and on track throughout the process. With the due date and all the planning in mind, I had to think of how to use my class time and studio time wisely in order to finish it on time, considering that I had other homework to do, too. It also helped me improve the appearance of my final chair. As I tend to think of things along the way, my chair would have ended up as a mess due to the lack of planning. Overall, I think I would most likely use this process again at the start of my other projects (whether it's art, writing, science or math)! Even though my chair did not go according to plan and I decided to change some details up at the last possible minute due to the lack of time, I still thought of this as a pretty good process.
- Chair evaluation -
Overall, I think I did a pretty decent job at finishing my chair on time and not missing the deadline (maybe not a lot, but only slightly?). However, there are lots of things that I need to change.
Let's start with my weaknesses (and things that I really need to change), first! Throughout the process, I realized that I am the absolute worst at time management. I tend to sometimes horse around and talk during class, not focusing entirely on finishing my chair. I did not get much work done during the first five classes. However, I chose not to spend studio time doing the work. Because of this, as the end comes closer, I had to stay back almost every single day to finish my chair. Also, I did not like my design much. Even though I had already simplified it, I still felt like there were way too many details, distracting the viewers' eyes from the actual focal point, the hourglass. As there was not much time left, some of the painting was done hastily, resulting in a not very neat chair and some white spots. Apart from this, I think I used 'repetition' a bit too much. This resulted in my chair being kind of 'unoriginal' and kind of 'strange.' Aside from those thousands of problems that I still need to work on, I think my chair was pretty decent to an extent of decency.
Admittedly, I have a few strengths (very few, actually). First of all, I am really proud of my color choice and the palette I used for my chair. It had the look I was going for and it really makes my eyes focus on the 'brighter' objects. Aside from this 'strength,' I think I used spacing correctly, making people focus more on the positive space. An example of this would be at the back of the top part of my chair, where I had the hanging clocks and another hourglass. The negative space around the hanging object not only allows them to move but it also allows the viewers to focus on the moving objects. This brings me to another point. I am kind of (very) proud of myself for using kinetic as one of the main methods for my chair. The hanging and non-stop moving clocks kind of made my chair more interesting and gave my chair a 'cool' feel to it. Instead of staring at an unmoving object for about 5 minutes and criticize it, people can now stare at a partly movable object for about 5 minutes.
Here is a picture of my chair for people to criticize.
- Summary -
Here is a short slideshow talking about how I felt about the project and my chair. (Link to slideshow in case you want to view it using a different platform)
- Chair Progress Video -
Here is a sped-up video of all the progress I have made in terms of finishing my chair. The video is embedded here, however, if you wish to watch it using a different platform, please use this link.
- Skitch Poster -
Here is a poster I made using Skitch to label the elements and principles used in the chair sculpture. The poster is embedded here, however, if you wish to view it using a different platform, please use this link.
Thank you so much for reading my uninteresting blog post!