creative project analyze my painting

Use these principles: value,color,space, texture, movement, emphasis,

write 4 pages

choose any topic to describe this image except Climate change… (the link of picture)

This project asks you to explore a “personal theme.” You will create a work of art that reflects something that means something to you and create your own work of creative expression–a painting, a small sculpture, a sketch, a collage, or a mixed media work.

No prefabricated or digitized artwork will be accepted.

Students will present their works to the class, outlining how the work relates to the context of the course and will write a short 4-5 page “artist’s statement” explaining the work of art. (This should include the elements of whichever media you worked with that are important for conveying meaning in your piece. Think of a museum plaque.

You must use correct terminology (look at past Power Points and the vocabulary) when explaining/analyzing your art work, in order to explain the various elements and principles of your work. Make sure to analyze as many elements as possible but you must have at least 5.

Write about yourself in the 3rd person as the “artist” “film maker” “poet” etc…)

Grades are based on effort and quality of work/paper. Projects must be uploaded to Canvas and pictures of your work must be emailed to me.

Late projects will not be accepted.

  1. Decide on your medium, topic, and issue.
  2. Create the product
  3. Write a 4-5 page artist statement for your project. Give some background of the issue. Explain the artistic elements and principles in your piece (This should include the elements of whichever media you worked with that are important for conveying meaning in your piece). Write about yourself in the 3rd person as the “artist” “film maker” “poet” etc…you must upload your artist statement to Canvas, Turn-it-in -you must analyze your own art work, in depth. You will analyze a minimum of 5 elements in your work.


Here is an example of the artist statement:

NO CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTS– because it is used as an example, climate change is NOT a topic you can use – pick another environmental concern if that is what you want to do


Artist: Colton Flynn

Title: Discourse into Nature

Medium: Mixed-Media, Acrylic Paint, Ink, Watercolor, and Newsprint

Topic: Science

Issue: Climate Change

The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. Global climate change has already resulted in a wide range of impacts across every region of the country and many sectors of the economy that are expected to grow in the coming decades. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

This artwork depicts a lone, tall pine tree in front of a purple and blue night sky. The newsprint in the sky represents how politics and negative media can loom over nature and threaten it, given our government’s negligence to assess the issue of climate change.

The ground in this artwork is white to represent the purity and vulnerability of our earth. The gray on the ground represents how global warming has already affected the earth. The sky/newsprint is purple, which evokes a feeling of royalty and bureaucracy to represent how inaccessible our government is to the public. The sky is made of collaged newsprint torn into organic shapes. These shapes are chaotic and disorganized, much like our government.

The artist has utilized asymmetrical balance in this work to create uneasiness in the viewer. The empty space to the right of the pine the pine tree represents the space left after the disappearance of other forms of nature. The fact that there is only one tree left gives a call to action to the viewer, by showing there isn’t much time left until we cannot return to a normal earth.

To create this work, the artist first painted large sheets of newspaper with black, purple, and blue watercolor paints. He then tore them into small pieces and randomly glued them onto the backing paper. Then, he used acrylic paint to create a middle ground, which consisted of the ground and the moon. Finally, the artist freehanded the tree with a black marker to create the foreground.

To create value on the tree, the artist used hatching. This both created lights and darks, while also adding implied texture to the surface, which simulates the rough texture of a tree. This method leaves the tree with a transparent quality, which emphasizes the fast-approaching disappearance of nature. The color choice of black for the tree further drives home this point by promoting a sense of uncertainty.

The artist has also used scale in an interesting way here. The tree is very large and takes up most of the space on the paper, while also having minimal weight, due to the effect of it dissolving into the background. Scale was also used in the ground. The artist used a larger texture for the closer part of the ground, and a smaller part for the land that is receding into the distance. This makes it look more like land than just a large block of gray at the bottom of the work.

The artist did not want to use warm colors in the sky, which normally represent heat, which would have been more fitting with the subject of global warming because that would have also given the work a more positive tone and would have taken away the darker overall feeling of the work.

Overall, the artist is pleased with the outcome of the work and would not change much about it.

Grading Breakdown:

35%: Artwork with title – artwork has to be more than just a pen/pencil drawn image on copy paper, with no effort put into it – if it took you 5-10 minutes to “draw” your image – you have not done enough work and your grade will reflect that – add color, textures, other materials – your artwork has to show effort

20%: Basic information on the topic (background, history etc) Basic information of your artwork-medium/size/dimensions/how it was created etc.

10%:Personal statement – must fully address every requirement – must turn your artists statement into Canvas – did you meet all the requirements?

35%: Analysis of your artwork – you have to analyze a minimum of 5 elements but the project itself will require much more analysis than just 5 things – make sure to use the terminology from class – make sure to FULLY analyze as many aspects of the artwork as possible – just telling us the medium, size, and color will not be enough – put effort into your work


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