Sunday, January 20, 2013


Wack Blind Contour+Fun Colors+Cute, Kitschy Things=Correct

   We were given mirrors, paper, and fine-pointed black-ink pens, and told to do a blind contour of ourselves. A blind contour drawing, is when you draw without looking down at your paper, and usually using only one, long consistent line to create the image.
   Then, we were to embellish the drawing with different aspects of our personality. What we like, dislike, want to be, who we are.
   I decided to take my drawing home and work on the piece with my Faber Castell markers! They're my favorite markers in the world, and the India Ink makes the outcome really pigmented and bright.
  Here's the finished product! (in bad quality, thank you phone..)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Empty Bowls Dinner


     If you have no plans for Saturday, February 9th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, and $10 to spare, you should come down to the Haddon Township High School cafeteria to eat a whole bunch of soup/pasta for a good cause! You get your own handmade ceramic bowl to keep (Made by all the art class students) and you can get as much food as you want! All the proceeds go to the Food Bank of New Jersey, so pretty much you're eating so someone else can eat.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Season-Inspired Lantern


   Fall actually isn't my favorite season; spring is. BUT, Autumn is my second favorite, for all the cliche reasons. Not super cold (perfect for tea), pretty colors, nice smells from those cute people who have potpourri everywhere around their house, cute, cuddly clothing, and over-dramatic scenes of dead leaves flying around people in sad movies.
   We were to create a cut-paper lantern inspired by a season! I thought of those sad-movie scenes with the leaves whipping around in the breeze, and decided to base my lantern's design around that scene.
This is probably 1/3rd of the way in! Some people asked me if it was difficult to make the lines smooth, but for some reason it was really easy and actually felt therapeutic to make nice, rounded lines with the Exacto-knife (fun fact..?).

Here are some pictures of the finished product, after all the pieces were cut out, and the paper was glued to thinner tissue-like paper!

  When the lights are out and a candle's inside, it looks super cool, but unfortunately I don't have a picture of that :\
    This would probably be a really fun project to do at home though, and since you'd have more time, one could get some wack detail and do something awesome.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Note Page

This is my "note page" for my M.C. Escher project! We had to take notes with drawings on the artist's work and style.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Report on M.C. Escher

M. C. Escher


 Maurits Cornelis Escher

 June 17th, 1898-March 27th 1972

   Born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, M. C. Escher was a famous Dutch graphic artist, whom throughout his whole life made 448 lithographs, woodcuts, wood engravings, along with over 2000 drawings and sketches. His mathematical talents helped him create the unique and interesting art that he did, and with this he explored the concepts of infinity, tesselations and architecture. (Fun little fact: he was left handed!)
  In Arnhem, he attended primary and secondary school from 1903-1918. When he failed the second grade, he was put into a special school for the sickly and disabled, as he was so. His grades weren't the greatest, but he completely excelled in the arts and drawing.
  In 1919, he went ot the Haarlem School of Architecture and Decorative Arts. He failed a number of subjects, mostly due to his persistent skin infection. He briefly studied Architecture, but he didn't like it too much, and switched to Decorative Arts. In 1922 he left school, as he felt he had gained enough experience in making woodcuts and drawing.
   His first experience with mathematics began with George Polya's paper on plane symmetry groups. This would inspire many works of Escher's. He never had any formal schooling/training with mathematics. If you'd like to read more about what the plane symmetry groups are, here's a good article!: [Link]

The Art!
   The first graphic work that M.C. Escher created that was really praised was a linoleum cut in purple of his father in 1916. Escher's beginning work was mostly landscapes and very real, slightly bland images. He then went on a trip through Italy and France, and got a chance to look at all the ancient AND modern architecture. He wanted to improve on the artwork of the Moors, and that's where he got the idea to start most of his work with a geometric grid as a base. His interest in architecture came back, and to put a twist on it, he wanted to make it all funky! He began to drawing images of Italian architecture binding and turning and going all off what the planes in real life looked like, sometimes this is referred to as "mental imagery". He was also fascinated with 3-dimensional shapes like the Penrose Triangle and the Necker Cube.

So I'll show you some of this artwork that features tesselations, infinity, and "mental imagery"!:









"Sky and Water I"






"Day and Night"

"Symmetry No. 45"


He was a cool guy with interesting ideas. Some quotes about his own work:

-"I think I have never yet done any work with the aim of symbolizing a particular idea, but the fact that a symbol is sometimes discovered or remarked upon is valuable for me because it makes it easier to accept the inexplicable nature of my hobbies, which constantly preoccupy me."
-"I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms, even though that is how it sometimes appears. My subjects are also often playful: I cannot refrain from demonstrating the nonsensicalness of some of what we take to be irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure to deliberately mix together objects of two and three dimensions, surface and spatial relationships, and to make fun of gravity."