Play to Make

Fall 2021


Cross-Hatching, A Helpful Sketching Technique.

[research a drawing technique that could help you with drawing]


What Do I Want to Do?

Having now have experienced working with various mediums in the past and during my Play2Make class, the question I now face, is what next can I take the time to work with more or learn?

[What materials do you want to use? What influences your design?]

As an artist and as a person that wants to do it all, I’ve experimented with multiple mediums of art. And on my own  I’ve worked with:

  • Color Pencils
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Acrylic
  • Cardboard
  • Wood

During Play 2 Make, I got to work with materials I knew of, but restrictions made those materials a bit difficult to work with. Those two materials being: Paper and Clay.



Public Art

[research a piece of public art]


Photography. How to?

[research photography, have a couple of examples you like]


Design Elements in Everyday Life.

Everyday we walk pass and stop times stop to look at the wonders of the world that nature provides us. Rarely do we ever think to connect it back to the elements of design people use. In the following posts are five images which I believe have visible design elements that can be spotted and deduced.

Design Elements are elements commonly used by artists and designers that they use to create a piece or a design. Each element are interconnect and related to each other, its a reason why they’re all elements of design. A few examples of design elements include:

  • Pattern
  • Layers
  • Color
  • Structure
  • Perspective
  • Representation
  • Intensity
  • Light to Dark
  • Value

These nine are only a few to name from a larger list of many. Expect to see some of these nine mentioned in the following images.

Image 1

Within this image the element of perspective is found with the road, cars, and trees that appear to shrink the farther away they get from the camera. The element of shadow can also be found in the clouds, and thanks to its relationship with the element of light to dark the clouds can be separately distinguished. The sole element helps add depth and texture to the clouds. All together it can help a person take apart the image into layers, a hierarchy of what comes up first and front in the eye of the camera.

Image 2

I do apologize for the poor quality, however I believe the element of color and gradient plays a role in bringing together this image. Immediately the dark colors form a hierarchy of layers contrasting dark from color. The background is divided by contrast with the forest and fields covered by shadow. Including the just barely visible telephone lines which seems to slowly disappear into the dying light to provide perspective.

image 3

Easily in this image, distance helps create a separation of layers and form the perspective within this image. The faded color of the mountain contrasting with the bright green and the shadows of the tress helps to reinforce it.

image 4

Elements of shadows, perspective, layers, and colors are immediately visible in the image. The cluster of the trees helps form a system of perspective and layers. The sunlight causing shadows to be cast on the green scenery helps add to the colors and help the view the difference between the spaces.

image 5

In the image, the reflection of the light on the clouds and the increasing value along with the shadows of the clouds help convey that the light source is setting and separate the background from the trees into at least two layers.


My Bolivian Context.

Being born into the world with a mother who originated from Bolivia, I’ve visited the country more than a five times in my eighteen years. Of all the areas, there was a common plaza I always visited with family.

Plaza Colón, Cochabamba, Bolivia

A picture taken in the Plaza, looking out from on top of a small bridge.
A picture taken in the Plaza, looking out from on top of a small bridge.

The Colon Plaza is just what you expect, beaming full of locals, tourists, and small business owners trying to get by with their products. Besides being a hot spot for people, pigeons were fanatic of this spot. Coming in flocks for seed that would be thrown out by the locals.

A picture of the very center of the plaza. A fountain surrounded by flowers.

The plaza is surrounded by buildings on all four sides with occasional business stands taking place. It’s the to-go for local events or special days. If you’re lucky enough you’ll find the empty plaza and listen to the calm sounds of wind.

A picture taken from the viewpoint of one of the many benches located around the plaza for resting.

One of my personal experiences is getting a sign of good luck, which was getting pigeon droppings landing on my head. Well, ignoring that experience, the plaza is a beautiful work of a landscape architect and is most likely one of the highlights of the city of Cochabamba. I can only imagine how the view would be if I had visited while it was spring and not winter.


Five Definitions on the Word, “Play.”


  1. a dramatic composition or piece; drama.
    Index of /wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/07

  2. activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation
    8 Ways to Motivate Kids to Play Outside
  3. fiddle or tamper with
    Hardware Check List For Gamers Looking To Build Their First Gaming Computer
  4. to act in the character or part of
    Disney Hercules Costume for Adults

  5. to perform (music) on an instrument
    Learn To Play Viola | AxialMusic