As an Artist I can Stretch and Explore:
I was not very sure about how the Pumpkin was going to stand because I used the stem of the Pumpkin as a trunk for the Elephant and this was hard because I did not want the Pumpkin to roll over or fall. I tried to use wire for the tail of the Elephant to Camouflage the stand that holds it up, Some challenges I had were that the paint was Acrylic so it would dry and peel off the Pumpkin and I constantly had to repaint it. I used Cardboard and I have used it often, so I glued on the cardboard to make it sturdy and glued it on my Pumpkin.
As an Artist I Reflect:
I looked back at my project when I finished painting it and when I added the ears and I noticed it was good. Before I started painting I sketched it out and noticed one eye is smaller than the other eye so then I made it bigger when I started painting. I wanted to make something different from what other people would do so I came up with a Elephant and searched Ideas and found so many other creative Pumpkins.
As an Artist I Engaged and Persisted:
Some challenges were like the stem I was super scared my pumpkin would rot and not be able to work and I was scared that I was going to break off the stem. When I dried all of the paint I would press on it and the paint would peel off the Pumpkin which is not good. I messed up on the Elephant's feet the bottoms of the bottles were supposed to be facing down but I messed up and I like it because it looks like I recycled and turned something into something better.
As an Artist I can Develop Craft :
I decided to make a Double Pinch- pot with designs. I learned how to stamp and learned how to make and create artwork with Clay. Carving out the designs is what I originally wanted but it just looked way too unprofessional,stamps are a lot easier and have very neat designs. I learned how to use Clay and clean it up to make it look good.
As a Artist I Engage and Persist :
Some challenges that I had was that the Clay would get very thin at the bottom of the Pinch-Pot and very thick at the top. I had to constantly start over, I wanted to carve out the designs but I ended up stamping them instead. My final product did not finish like my sketch because I had to change some things around to make it work but overall I am happy with the final result.
As a Artist I Envision
I really love Zen tangles, so I wanted to add in my abstract designs. I was inspired by Susan Bach, she is a potter and I saw a clay pot of hers with Black and White designs on the outside and on the inside a bright Red color. My ideas changed because I stamped instead of Carving because if I Carve, then the Clay would build up during the process on the sides. By Stamping instead of drawing it on will give it a Texture and It would look way better as well.
I am a Freshman at VMCCA. My favorite subject is Art. I like the color Blue. One of my favorite food is Alfredo pasta.