Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pictures. Pictures? PICTURES?!!?!!?!?!!?!

Welp my little followers, the title says it all. PICTURES. TONS AND TONS OF PICTURES. (A side note for Stamper. I took the ACT with Alec today and we discussed arts beforehand. Be proud!!) Anyhow. I'm not entirely sure about this whole media exploration blog thing. But I'm pretty sure I've already been doing that in my sketches. First offff. Let me note that my concentration is based off Mauri Islanders (New Zealand) so I'm trying to incorporate that into everything as much as possible. My first pictures doesn't really have much to do with media exploration, but I'm interested in seeing how it turns out once we actually start to work with clay.
If you look really close, you can notice all these weird little men-looking creatures. They're called hei tikis, and are given to Mauri children by their parents as... Let's say... A 16th, 18th, or 21st birthday gift. It's a sign they're growing up, basically. I have all these different designs/looks for it, and it's going to have a green glaze, as most actually hei tikis are made from a substance called taonga (greenstone).

My second "media exploration" was the watercoloring. I'm sure you've already seen it, but I'm going to put another picture up to jog your memory. :P

I'm not sure exactly what project I'm going to incorporate these watercolored faces into, but I'm going to do it in something we do. We're kindof transitioning into 3d elements in the second semester, or at least right now, so I'm just waiting to be able to use it. I've really taken a fancy to watercolor this past year; and I really will enjoy watercoloring faces. It will seriously help me with my issues with human anatomy since I'm having to draw a different ethnicity and make the features shape accordingly. Overall, I feel successful with this medium. :)

Then there's the last one, and the first project we really did. The whole carving out lithography stuff. And that woman.

These four are in order of how I practiced printing. The pencil (design), checking to make sure everything was carved out correctly and exploring rainbow rolls, checking once again that I carved correctly, and then an actual print I was trying to make.
I really wanted to find some project to incorporate this into, but when I tried it with the mixed media project, it turned out horribly. I attempted to print ontop of what I had already made (it seemed awesome in my head) but it just didn't work out at all. It smudged and was horrible. HORRIBLE. But... That doesn't mean I can't keep on using it for printmaking by itself.

Here are some random pictures.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Berea College

Ever since I talked with Mr.Whitley about it, and how much he seemed to enjoy it (given that was... more than a few years ago), I started researching it. And the prospect of not paying for ANYTHING except room and board when I go to college seems so amazing. I could end up going to grad school and having half the debt I would if I went to, let's say, Murray State, UK, or anywhere else. Of course, since the college is free, the admissions rate is very low. One of the most difficult colleges in Kentucky to apply to. The acceptance rate is around 19%. However, the requirements for acceptance are very limited, and luckily for me, I believe I have all of those requirements. Here they are:
I find it interesting that 2 years of laboratory science is required by this college. That makes me feel extremely confident, because as of right now, I know about only about 20 students at Lone Oak High School of the 1,200 that go here that have 2 years of actual laboratory science. Berea is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States. I find it amazing the diversity in classes, people, ethnicity, and majors that keeps on popping up in reviews I've read. Another thing I find interesting is that the deadline for applications is on April 30th, a lot later than other colleges or universities.
The arts department is very well-focused and formed at Berea because of the fact it is a liberal arts college. It doesn't say exactly what the portfolio requirements are, but it does recommend an AP studio course, and a recent portfolio from that. The portfolio will be judged by the ENTIRE art faculty, which is kind of nerve-wracking, and they will determine whether your concentration best be fit in Studio, General, or Art History. It seems like they take their "arting" seriously, and I'm glad they do. :)
Here's the link to the art department.
Here's the link to the general website.