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In what way does this work represent a skilled use of the software?
This work represents a skilled use of the software sketch up because of the many tools and techniques used to get the structure and it’s surroundings to where it is. To create the basic shape of my building required use of the square and pencil tool to layout the basic shape on the floor. I then used the pull-up tool to bring up the foundation. I made use of the square tool even more by creating individual walling and windows inside the building. I then use the paint bucket tool to paint the windows and textures. All the while I was doing this, I was using the rotate tool and the drag tool to zoom in and out as well as turn the camera angle so I could work on specific parts of my building. To give the walls a thickness I used the pull up tool to push the walls out. I used the square tool to create a wall. I then pulled it out. The use of the offset tool was very useful for the doorframes and roof design. It allowed me to create a smaller but equal design in a design. This allowed me in the case of the roof to pull it up in a smaller proportion.
In what way does your choice of materials for this project represent a skillful and informed artistic choice?
The reason why my choice of materials for this project represents a skillful and informed artistic choice is because my choice of material and design follows through with my plan of creating a contemporary design. The shape of my building is unique and modern. The incorporation of the many windows and underground aquarium with the wooden walkway to the main entrance over the glass aquarium shows a modern artistic choice. I feel the combinations of color and textures compliment my idea of a modern look and thus reflect a skillful choice of materials.
How does this work you've created compare with other works of this kind by other artists?
I feel that the work that I’ve created compares with others works of it’s kind by other artists because this building looks like something someone could actually design and build. I know there is a lot of crazy modern designs out there for architecture and this looks like similar to many designs I have seen. I worked with Architecture For Humanities for an internship. They use a site called Open Architectural Network, which allows people to posts designs. There are some pretty
modern designs on there and my creation would fit right in. My piece was not inspired by anything in particular but looking on the Open Architecture Network, I could tell that I really liked the use of passive lighting with wide windows and the more modern look of the structure opposed to a standard square building. With these preferences I came up with my design and incorporated many windows as well as windows on the roof to build on the idea of passive and modern architecture.
Explain in depth the different materials, techniques, and art genres you experimented with as you were making your final piece.
I first had the idea of building a wooden cabin of sorts. I worked on that for a bit, as you will be able to see from my status posts on my blog. After some time of playing around with that I began to feel a desire to do more of a modern building. I designed a shape that I wanted my building to be instead of the boring square/rectangle buildings. I then got started from there and incorporated many ideas that I felt would make my building stand out. After I had worked on my building for a bit I decided that I wanted to incorporate a basement floor. Over a few days I did a few minor modifications such as door design changes as well as glass and color changes. The most major change I would say is the roof. I had previously considered just giving it a simple roof but a friend suggested that I add a few proportional smaller pieces to my roof giving it a step look. From there I
added the glass to the top of the roof to support my idea of increased passive lighting.
Explain how the techniques you used add to and enhance the meaning or message you were trying to communicate.
The techniques I used really complimented the message I wanted to capture. As I previously blogged, the message I wanted to convey with this piece was that “I
want my building to show a thought out design. I want it to show the time and effort spent on it. I want it to have some artistic elements in it not just a roof and four walls. I want to evoke feelings and thoughts of "this person really spent time and effort in creating and designing this piece of architecture" in people who see it.” I feel that this piece really communicates this message because you can tell
right off by looking at the building that the design is not a simple four walls and a roof. It is uniquely shaped and has elements of design in it such as proportion and symmetry. The piece looks like a quality amount of time was spent on it and doesn’t look like a rush job. Overall I feel that the piece exemplifies my intended message.
Point of View:
As I stated above, my intended message was to create something that showed a design and time and effort. I wanted to make people feel that the piece I made took time and effort. My definition of Art is really similar to my intentions with this piece. Although I feel all things are art, there is worthless art and there is art that has a meaning and is well conceived and thought out. I feel that my piece shows my idea of art because of the time spent planning and the ideas that are behind it. It is also something that looks like time was spent on it.
Context And Connections:
Specifically describe the artworks you looked at when developing your definition of Art in blogs 1-3.
The piece I made was totally different from the pieces of art I looked at before my project. I had looked at a four-year-old girl who was reportedly a “genius” at art. She creates paintings and they sell for thousands. I also looked at a Yale student who created an art piece with the remains of intentional miscarriages. With
both of these I did not agree that it was meaningful art. With the young girls, I could not see anything that would fit into my definition of meaningful art. It was merely splats of paint on a canvas to me and showed no real direction or thought. With the Yale student, I felt that her piece did not really convey anything. It was something that was just controversial and attention seeking. My piece compared to these follows my definition of art, which is something that exemplifies effort, time, and design.
Based on your exploration of Art, what specific characteristics does Art need to have?
Based on my exploration of Art, the specific characteristic that art needs to have is just being called art. Going deeper, there is useless art and then there is meaningful art. I ensured that my art piece fit into the meaningful art category by have a purpose, a goal, and by having a design. I also ensured that my design then looked like something that was of a quality that would show that time was spent on it.
Discuss the specific stages you went through as you started reading, researching, thinking about, designing, building, and revising your project.
The specific stages I went through was first reading and looking at art. In this process I developed my definition of art. After that, I thought about what I wanted to do to represent my definition of art. I came up with the idea of making a structure in Google Sketch Up. I then thought of a structure design and moved on to create it. After playing around with it I decided that it didn’t really meet what I had in mind so I scrapped it and made another building that fit into my idea more. I then moved on to revise this piece and improve on it.
Describe the specific art and technical techniques you used in "art-specific" language.
In creating my piece, I used a lot of tools and techniques that had to do with the program Google Sketch Up. Most of the tools have many functions and it depends on how you apply the tool. For example, when using the square tool it laid a simple rectangle that was not 3D. Using that square with another tool called the pull/push tool, I am able to bring the square up into a shape. These were the two tools I used to create the basis of my structure. Using the eraser tool I was able to correct my
mistakes as well as delete extra lines that appeared in my created shapes. Using the measuring tool I was able to get the proportions of my shapes and lines to create a more balanced structure. Using the offset tool I was able to create the proportional shape in a shape as seen in the doorframes and in the roof. If I wanted to bring something out like the roof layers, I used the pull/push tool to do so. Using the magnifier I was able to zoom in and view my structure in more detail. Using the orbit tool I was able to view my building from different angles. As I have said, combining tools like the pull/push, I was able to create different parts of my building. I had to learn what the tools did and what could be used to create what. I also had to think about ways to do something that I didn’t know how to do making me create techniques to get what I wanted done.
Ask them to grade your art project against the rubric and to give you warm and cool feedback.
I got Zaid to grade me initially and he gave me all proficient’s. He recommended that I get into more of the little details. He said that that was pretty much it and that the building has a nice design. He said that once the color and detail go in it should look a lot better.
Compare your finished work next to an established, professional work of art.
Comparing my art to a work to a realistic painting of a lake in my house, I can see that the piece took effort, time, and thought just like mine. This type of painting fits into my definition of art perfectly. You can see that the artist chose his colors well and that with the details in the painting, the artist had to have spent a lot of time on it. In my piece, I know I spent a lot of time and thought in picking the type of materials I wanted and the colors I wanted. Although his is a painting and mine is a building, they both fit into my definition of art because of the creation process.
Describe how your definition of art grew and developed over the course of the project.
My definition of art grew and developed over the course of this project as I continued to work on it. At first I believed that my definition of art was that everything is art. After looking at art pieces I changed it into something more complex. I said that although everything can be art, there are different types of
art. There is useless art and there is meaningful art. Meaningful art is something that shows time, effort, and thought. As I worked on my project, I stuck with this definition of art. I feel that my project follows this definition and as of now my definition remains the same.
What strategies did you use to overcome setbacks you encountered in the process?
Some strategies I used to overcome setbacks I encountered were to ask friends for help and opinions. I also played around with different tools and different techniques to try to solve my problem. Another strategy I used was to go online and look for help. I tried to see if anyone had the same problem as me and to see if there were any guides to solve my problems. I found that what I did was useful because it allowed me to overcome my frustrations and failures constructively instead of just giving up or getting mad.
What feedback did you get from your peers and from Ted about how to improve your piece?
Building on Zaid’s review I added additional details as well as changed up portions of the structure to look more clean. I also used the bucket tool to finish detailing the
structure. I finished up with the coloring of the walls and windows and such. I moved on to detail the surrounding areas of my building. I created the lawns and added trees for details through the Google model import tool. Overall I followed his advice to finish detailing and get into the little details.
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