As sad as it is to talk about art 2 ending, I feel like I learned a good amount in this class and I'm coming out of it as a stronger artist. Comparing myself to how I felt at the beginning of the year to how I feel now about art is very interesting, especially to see how my opinions were changed and how I answered the same exact questions so differently.
My first question was "what is art?". Personally, I think this question is very vague; you could really drop a ketchup packet on the ground and call it art. Art is self expression, a way of communicating your feelings and emotions in new and creative ways. There is not just one thing that defines art. At the beginning of the year I said that art was the creation of something meant to make you feel a certain way or portray a certain emotion. While I do still think this is true, I also think that some art is meant to make different people feel different things. One project that I made to make people feel school spirit was the big A on the stairs.
My second question was "Is copying always plagiarism or is there a gray area?". Both times I answered this question, I wrote very similar things. I thought and still think that if you use another artists ideas and add onto them to create something new and exciting, it's not so much stealing as being inspired. Some projects are more heavily inspired than others, but as long as they involve new ideas that are your own it should not be considered plagiarism. For my artists steal I stole the picture of simba from the lion king for my food lion project.
My third question was "What are some reasons artists make art". Again, both times I answered very similarly. I said that art is a form of self expression. Sometimes it may just be easier to express yourself through a painting or a sculpture. Also, some artists make art as a form of therapy almost, to get away from stress. When I get stressed, I draw sometimes too. Here is a picture of something I drew while I was stressed about something else in order to forget about it.
My fourth and final question was "What is the point of this class". At the begggining of the year, I thought the only point of the class was to extend my artmaking skills, and build off the ones I learned in art one. After I took the class, I realized it wasn't so much about "building my artmaking skills" as it was learning to be creative. We were given vague topics and were asked to create a project based on nothing but what we could think of. I learned a lot about building big things off of little ideas. One little idea I had was to paint a tree because I was bored. Eventually I painted a bunch of trees and this became my entire project. Here is the first tree that I painted.