This is the first time I have taken an art class since middle school. When I signed up for the class I wasn’t sure what to expect from the class and just tried to approach it with an open mind. After taking the class I was very glad I took it. Although it doesn’t apply as much to my major as other classes would have taking Play to Make taught me about expression and design and gave me an in-person class to enjoy compared to my other more traditional classes. Overall I enjoyed the in-person interactions and the positive and inclusive environment from this class and learned a lot about different elements of design.
Art doesn’t have to be something that was created with the intention of being art. Some of the best examples of this are art in nature. While it is unlikely that inanimate objects or systems decided to express themselves the forms created can be described as art.
Art can be many things to many different people. Art can be visually representing an idea or experience, it can be music or movies. Fundamentally art is an expression and how it is expressed can be anything.
Vanta black or Vertically aligned nanotube array black is the darkest material ever created. Vanta black is made of carbon nanotubes that capture almost all light that hits it preventing our eye from seeing any light that could bounce off of it. It is so dark that the human eye is unable to identify the depth of whatever is covered in Vanta black.
Both of these pictures are of the same thing just from different angles. The Vanta black is what prevents you from seeing anything when facing the front of the picture.
Clay has been used for thousands of years by humans and the overall methods haven’t changed much. Archaeological digs indicate that clay has been used by humans as early as 30,000 years ago. Clay was commonly used to make figurines and bowls or other such containers. Until recent times most of the technological change in clay manufacturing came from the firing process. Ancient clay was first tired using open fires preventing temperatures from getting too hot, once covered fires were used clay was able to be fired at much higher and consistent levels improving the quality.
Making motion out of still images is a challenge overcome by film and animation. The basic way to show motion is with the use of several images with small changes in between. Creating the individual images is hard but there are some tricks to make it look believable. The most important trick is to keep a reference for the viewer that doesn’t change much or at all. Another important trick is to have action that flows through from one image to the next in order to create believable motion.
3D modeling is the usage of computer software to represent an object in three dimensions. Different softwares can be used to create the objects but they all have the same fundamental idea. 3d models are made with the interaction of a simple handful of peices. In some sftware models are made with sketches made from mostly straignt lines and rectangles that interact with eachother through extrusions. Other software uses basic shapes that can be modified to create more complex images.
For my project, I want to do something that incorporates lens flare. Lens flare is caused by the light reflecting off the lenses inside of a viewing optic like a camera or an eye. I would like to try and get a kind of lens flare that is most commonly attributed to the twinkle of stars.
A drawing is two dimensional and trying to make it seem three dimensional is one of the hard parts of drawings. M.C. Escher is one of my favorite artists for his master of perspective. Escher is able to give his drawings realistic depth and is even able to give his depth an impossible perspective.
The Elia sculpture is a black spherical sculpture in Denmark. The art has three main parts, a black spherical dome that har a diameter of 200 feet on top of the dome there are 4 pillars on top. The most unique part of the art in its burst of flame that it will randomly fire 26 feet into the air about once every two to three weeks. The flame makes this 3.5 million dollar artwork unique.