Week in the Life of an Art Major

 

This was a really strange week due to weather. It snowed and sleeted on and off all week. Classes were cancelled Monday and Wednesday, and tuesday and thursday classes were delayed, so I didn’t quite get the amount done I wanted too, but, I did some stuff at home and I spent all day friday in the studio. So it wasn’t all wasted.

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I love fridays in the studio, all the space I want! All to myself, but wonderful people still come in and out!

 

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Printmaking II

I didn’t get to go to printmaking this week, but I did get one color run.

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Drawing II

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Design II

I started a second Altoids box sculpture. Its not quite finished yet.

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Ceramics I

I’m working on a coil pitcher in ceramics. It’s a whale pitcher, the handle is his tail and you pour out of his mouth.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

After missing last weeks studio time due to being in San Francisco, it was so nice to be back. I had missed making art! I’m also a little behind so I had to kick it into high gear this week. I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to, but over all I had a good and productive week in art.

Printmaking II

I started my first screen print of the semester. I’m returning to my triangles series from last semester, but I’m doing it a little differently this time. I got my first two colors run.

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Painting II

I was super productive in painting this week. I finally got my 5ft x 3ft fame up to the school, got canvas stretched on it and finished a painting on it.

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Kailan and I started a collab for fun. We shall see where it goes.

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I’ve got three works on paper that I’ve started. I’ll be doing collage work with them soon.

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Drawing II

This week I mostly took a break from my self portrait and worked a lot with my ink drawings. We have to make 24 of them and then have to build up on 10 of them. So far I’ve made a silhouette stencil and a little feather stencil. I’ve also used water color markers, which are quickly becoming my favorite!!

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Design II

I’ve got my clay scarf sculpted and now I’m in the waiting game with drying.

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My first Altoids tin is almost done. I got it glued together and now I just have a few touch ups with paint to do.

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Ceramics I

I got my six slab cups done. Now I just have to wait for them to dry, then I’ll fire them and then glaze them.

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I started a coil pitcher. It will hopefully look like a whale when I am done with it.

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I finally got the tester tiles back! I definitely got some cool results that I’ll be using later.

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San Francisco

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This past week I had an amazing opportunity to go to San Francisco. A good friend of mine, Lesa Lovejoy has been catering for Jew for Jesus for five years now. Every time she goes out she brings two other people to help. My friend Jordan and I got to go this time. The event we worked was for about 60 people and was three meals a day, Tuesday through Thursday. It was a really fun and new experience for me. Lesa is such an amazing cook and she is such a great delegator! I’ve definitely never done any kind of catering, so I learned a lot from the week! In fact people there would ask me “what got you into cooking?” or “how long have you been cooking?”, and my response was, “I’m an art major, I don’t really cook…”. But even more than the cooking, it was so amazing to see how God is working in the Jewish community all over the world. It was just a huge blessing.

We stayed and cooked at the Jews for Jesus house that is a little bit up the hill from the headquarters. It’s basically a four story house if you include the basement. It’s old and gorgeous with tons of character!

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The trip had four categories: cooking, sightseeing, street art and eating (so much eating!).

Cooking

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Sightseeing

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Left to right: Sea lions at pier 39, Alcatraz, and if you look real close, the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Wearing flowers in my hair in San Francisco has been on my bucket list for years, and I finally got to do it! Scott Mckenzie would be so proud!

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One of the girls involved with Jews for Jesus had a album release show at the Chapel on Valencia St. It was such a good show! She is an Australian, based in Brooklyn and she goes by Heartcities. The Album is called Painting Deserts.

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The Painted Ladies

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Street Art

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This was an incredible find!! The tree outline and the bird in it is a Banksy! I’ve been trying to find a Banksy for a while and we just walked up on it. I thought the guy was also a banksy, but it turns out its by a french street artist named Blek le Rat. He claims banksy stole his stlye and seems a little bitter about the whole thing.

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This wall use to have a Bnaksy on it. Sadly other street artist painted over it. But its defintily cool stuff.

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This is a local San Fran street artist by the name of Zamar. He does this cool little squid guy and its pretty much everywhere!!! Lesa and I walked two blocks from the house to get lunch and we counted 15 of them!!!

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Jermey Novy

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Nychos

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 Eating

A fun thing about Lesa coming to San Fran the amount she does is that she knows where all the good places to eat are! We ate at Stacks twice. Such a yummy and classy breakfast place!

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Four Barrels Coffee is a super hip coffee shop! They even roast their own coffee.

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It’s Tops has been open since 1935! There slogan was “Awesome Hot Cakes!” and they didn’t lie!

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Boundin has been using the same starter for their sourdough since they came over in 1849! So naturally I got clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.

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Smitten is an ice cream place that was right down the hill from the house. I ended up going twice, and both times it was soooo amazing. They make it by adding liquid, milk, syrup, an whatever else into this machine that spins it around with liquid nitrogen!  The first time I got salted caramel and the second time I got Earl Grey.

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Week in the Life of an Ar Major

Printmaking II

I finished my reductive print of salvation Mountain this week. I ran my last color, whuch was dark green, on monday. I’m very happy with it!

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I got an idea sketched out for a screen print I’ll be doing soon. I’m returning to my triangle series, but doing it a little different.

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Painting II

I started and finished this painting this week.

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Drawing II

Moving right along with my self portrait.

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Design II

I got my clay scarf all molded and together, now I have to wait for it to dry so it can be fired.

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Ceramics I

I was really productive this week in ceramics. I finished molding and carving my coil pot. I also got three slab cups made up.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

Printmaking II

So I was crazy productive in printmaking this week! I ran five colors on my reductive lino-cut of Salvation Mountain. I also finished a lino-cut, got it printed and then started carving on a third lino-cut.

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Here is a proof of what I’ve carved so far. I’m still brainstorming on the background.

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Painting II

My painting professor has been out due to family matters, so I didn’t get a lot done in painting this week. I wrapped a frame with canvas and started a background for a painting.

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Drawing II

I’m moving right along with my self-portrait! It’s turning out pretty well and I am learning a ton!

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Also, I did more work on my ink drawings.

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Design II

I finally got started on both projects in design.

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Ceramics I

I’m almost done with my coil pot. I have about an inch to go! Once I’m done I’ll be starting a coil pitcher and tuesday we are starting slab cups.

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I finally glazed my tiles, which was really fun! Hopefully I’ll get to see them fired Tuesday.

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Art Club

We didn’t have art club this week, but we did have Egyptian art club. We wrote our our names in cartouches, learned about Alexandria (Where Dalia was born and raised) and of course took selflies!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

The first week of school is always fun because you get to see everyone after a break, but the second week is fun because you actually get to start making things! I’ve already started around 10 projects, so my semester is starting off with a bang!

Painting II

In painting, Derrick, my professor, walked us through canvas makings. We each got to make a a small canvas, from cutting the wood to stretching the canvas on the frame. Saturday, I made two frames at home in Dad’s shop, one 5ft x 3ft and a 3ft x 2ft. I’ll be stretching canvas on them on Monday.

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I don’t have classes on friday, but I like going on fridays because the studios are usually empty. I started a piece with ink. I’ll be building up on in, it might even turn into a collage.

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Printmaking II

I got everything carved out to print my next color on the Salvation Mountain lino-cut, but I wasn’t able to print, so I’ll be doing that on Monday.

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I also started two more small lino-cut this week.

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Drawing II

We have two projects we are working on in drawing. The first is a self portrait. I started mapping it out Thursday. I’ve definitely got a LONG way to go!

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The second project is ink drawings. We have to do 24, 11in x 12in drawings. It’s WAY fun!!!! In fact, it’s pretty addicting! I’ve already started 10 of them!

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Design II

In 3D design we did a lot of planning this week. We are starting up two different projects. The first is a sculpture done with an Altoiods tin. I have four different ideas but I’m landing on the picture on the left. the two pictures under are testing it out with clay. The second project is a group project. We each have to make a clay piece that will fit within the 12×12 size and then they will all be put together. I’m going to be weaving a clay scarf, its gonna be interesting…

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Ceramics I

In ceramics, we Ceramics I students are working on a coil pot. I am not great at making coils yet, but thats ok! I’ll get there!

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Art Clubs

This was the first week for clubs, so it was a get to know new members and door prizes kind of Art Club meeting.

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Egyptian Art Club was also the get to know new members meeting. We also got to write our names is hieroglyphics, and thats always fun!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

Spring Semester 2015

The winter break finally ended and I got to go back to school. It’s so nice being in a major that I want to consume all my time with! It was so amazing to be back in the studios and surrounded by the wonderful people in my department! This semester I’m taking Painting II, Printmaking II, Drawing II, Design II and Ceramics I. It’s a crazy load, but its gonna be so much fun!!! It was the first week back, so it was a pretty slow week due to syllabus and safety talk jazz, it makes three hour classes about thirty minutes long. becuase of that I spent most of the time waiting in the art lobby for my classes. I was very thankful this week for friends, iPhone games and little caesars pizza!
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The picture on the left is from Drawing II, we made grey sheets, which I was surprised to find I missed! We will be starting a self portrait on tuesday. The picture on the right is from Design II, which is 3D design. The first project we will be working on is a mini sculpture with an Altoids tin. Thursday we did some brainstorming, these are two of my ideas for it.

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In printmaking I started a reductive print of Salvation Mountain. I started it monday and was able to print my first color on friday! So I’m moving right along with it.

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I’m finally taking a Ceramics class, and its gonna be super fun! Us ceramics one students in the class made tiles that we will be using to test glazes with. Here are my dorky tiles.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

Finals Week

This was a crazy week! I had a couple of finals left, I had to get all my art out and my show down on Thursday and I did weaving at a live Nativity in Pottsborro Tx. But I got everything done and it was a great week! The photo under this on the left is yarn bombing I found on campus!! It wasn’t me, I wish it had been! I’m pretty sure I know who did it thought! They are my hero!!! The picture in the middle is my Art History review that I was hard at work studying in the lobby. The photo on the right is the first load of stuff I loaded Thursday before I left campus, I had a lot more stuff in the back when I left, but it was raining so I didn’t get a photo.

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Figure Drawing II

We finished drawing last week, which was pretty sad, I’m gonna miss figure drawing so much! This week studio was spent putting finishing touches on drawing and getting my portfolio together.

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Fiber Arts II

I mentioned earlier in the post that I wove in a Live Nativity. My wonderful friends, the Lovejoys, invited me to weave at their church’s event several weeks ago, and of course I had to be apart of it! Luckily for me, my Professor, Paula, is wonderful and let me borrow the table loom for it!

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I was able to get some more headbands. I’m hoping to start selling them soon.

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Printmaking I

The final for printmaking was a print exchange! Everyone in the two printmaking classes and Chris, our fearless leader, had to make a print from any of the processes we’ve work with and then make enough for everyone in the classes! They all turned out amazing!!!!

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I also went ahead and did one more print. I had been wanting to try a rainbow roll for a while!

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Georgetown Baptist Live Nativity

The Live Nativity was so amazing! So much work went into and more a thousand people came out to see it! People would start there journey into the Bethlehem market with candle making, spices, dancing around a fire, carpentry, live animals, Roman guards and more. Then they were guided to the inn where there was no room. From there they were lead to Herod’s palace with harem dancers and all! Then to the manger with Mary, Joseph, Angels, the wise men with a camel and of course, the star of the show, baby Jesus! Last, they were taken to the chapel for hot chocolate and the rest of the story.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

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This was a crazy week! It felt like this week was never going to come, but then I blinked and it happened! Andres, Kailan and I installed our show Monday, it opened on Tuesday, and we had a reception and artist talk on Thursday!

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Here are Kailan’s wonderful pieces:

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Here are Andres wonderful pieces:

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Here’s mine, minus the weavings:

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The Collaboration:

 

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Artist Talk:

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 Figure Drawing II

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Fiber Arts II

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Printmaking I

Next week in printmaking we are going to be doing a print exchange, so everyone is working hard  on prints for it. I’m really excited about the prints I’ve been seeing people work on!

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Week in the life of an Art Major

Because this was Thanksgiving week I only had class Monday and Tuesday and neither of the art clubs met. It didn’t fall on the best week for me because the semester ends in a couple of weeks and my show is next week, but breaks are always nice. Even though I only got to go to each class once, I still got quite a bit done.

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Chris, from my painting class, and I had been talking about doing a collaboration for a while and now that painting class is pretty much over we started one! Hopefully we can find some time to finish it. It’s turning out really cool!

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Figure Drawing II

I started a hands drawing of SirIssac, and it kicked my butt most of the night. I’m definitely learning a lot!!

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Fiber Arts II

I was super productive in fiber arts this week! I started my third scarf at the beginning of the class and finished it in a couple of hours. Now it was about half the length of the other two, but who’s counting feet anyway?

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I also started my first piece on a triangle loom! It’s lots of fun!

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I’ve been making a lot straps on my inkle loom!

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My friend Michael, from fiber arts, is a great crocheter and knitter and he had recently taken some of yarn I had purchased to make a hat for me. It turned out amazing!!! I also bought the purple one on the left, because it was beautiful!

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Printmaking I

I finally finished my third screen print. It’s my favorite of the three.

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 In printmaking I was able to get quite a bit done with presentation for the show I’ll be in next week!

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My wonderful friend Amanda has been working on this lino-cut for a while and finally finished it. I was able to talk her into a trade! The pressure wasn’t right when this one went through, thats way it has the white grainy pattern. Which is why I picked it, I LOVE the way it looks! Imperfections make things better!

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