Week in the Life of an Art Major

Next Monday the 27th, Kailan, Andres and I will be installing our show! So this was pretty much the last studio time we had to get stuff ready for it. This might have been the most productive week I’ve had all semester! Deadlines are great for making art!

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This was definitly the most productive week I’ve had this semester for printmaking, I got three things completely printed and got another thing finished, just not printed. This first one I started carving on friday, which is crazy! I got it all done in less than a week, and its not small. It’s titled “Life Thoughts”. It will be up in the show next week.

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Like last semester, our final is a trade print. We have to make enough for everyone taking printmaking and we each get a copy. The print below is what I did for the trade. I ran the yellow on wood so it has a woodgrain design on it. I’m really happy with it. I ended up printing 20 of them, so I kind of took over the print room!

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I finally got the sheep print done, It should be up in the show next week also.

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I got the two prints I’m putting in the show on matte board and weights on them for over the weekend.

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Painting II

This was the last week for studio time in painting, so I got everything finished up and will be turning in my portfolio on monday.

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This is why you wear shoes in the painting studio! There’s no telling how long those have been there!

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Drawing II

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Design II

I finally broke down and just got a globe to attach the keys too, its not my favorite, but its the only thing I can get to work.

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We started our concrete sculptures this week. We mixed and pour it on tuesday and then started carving on thursday. My arms are so sore from the carving! It’s a lot of work, but I’m having fun with it!

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Ceramics I

I glazed the last of my projects this week which means I’m done with ceramics for the semester. Which makes me a little sad. Now I just have to wait for everything to get in and out of the kiln. I had five of my cups and my plate come out of the kiln.

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When I made the plate I didn’t get the legs on correctly so I had to put them on with glaze, one of them shifted, so it doesn’t stand up right, maybe next time!

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Here are all the things I got glazed this week. I should get most of it out next week.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

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This was a crazy, busy and rainy week! It started up the TJC Arts Festival, which involved a lot of events! The Amazing Hancock Brothers, who are Outlaw Printmakers, took over the art lobby for demonstrations. They were nothing short of incredible! The Bell Tower Journal reception and the Art Club Auction were also apart of the festival activites. This was the last week to get anything bisque fired (which is a low fire before you can glaze and then high fire ceramic pieces), so I had to get everything finished. On top of those things I stepped on a strew saturday and had to get a tetanus shot, which was an ordeal to figure out but I finally got that done, so no lockjaw for me!

Last Semester I entered a few prints into a international print show at Minia University in Egypt and one of my prints was chosen! Chris mailed my print last semester and the show in Egypt should be up in August. The catalog for the show came in the mail this week! It’s a huge honor to be in this show! I’m officially an international artist!

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The Amazing Hancock Brothers not only did demestrations for us, but also had a show up in the wise gallery. There art is so fun and out there, I’m a huge fan!! On Wednesday they were in the art lobby showing off their screen printing skills, then on Thursday they moved to the press and printed their work on anything you wanted printed on!

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The Bell Tower reception was monday. The collaberate piece I did with Kailan and Andres was one of the art pieces chosen for it. It was a very nice reception.

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I was very scuessful in the art auction! I ended up buying four incredible pieces, and all for under $100! I even had a print sell. Below are the four pieces I got: the top two are Chris Stewarts, the bottom left is a Dalia Gayed, and the bottom right is a Derrick White.

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Painting II

More progress on this painting. I’m thinking its done, but maybe not.

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Drawing II

Still a ways to go on this drawing, but it’s getting there.

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Printmaking II

Because of the Hancock Brothers using all the printing stuff, I wasn’t able to get as much done in printmaking this week, but I did get a intaglio started.

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Design II

since what I was doing with my key sculpture wasn’t working, I decided to try something else. I made a sphere frame out of chicken wire (which is a hateful substance, says my bleeding hands) and I’ll be glue the keys to the fame.

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Ceramics I

I finally tried out black slip! I had been wanting to try it for a while and really wish I had done it sooner!

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I accidentally cut a hole in my cup when I was trimming the bottom! It was sad, I guess it will be a tiny planter!

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Week in The Life of an Art Major

Painting II

I finished my 4ftx4ft painting this week. The writing is different Emily Brontë poems.

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Printmaking II

I got my sheep lino-cuts all carved out, I’ll be printing them next week.

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Drawing II

I started a drawing of Jordan from a picture I took of her at Salvation Mountain. It still has a long way to go, but it’s a good start!

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Design II

I finished my maquets for the concrete sculpture I’ll be starting soon. I’m pretty sure I’m going with the fish.

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I also finally got my scarf done! The picture doesn’t really show it well, but I’m really happy with it.

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Ceramics I

Friday of this week was the deadline for wet clay! So I did a lot in ceramics this week! Everything here was made this week!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

Painting II

I bought wood to make stretcher frames several weeks ago, but just haven’t had the time to build them. I finally had a free weekend last weekend and I made four frames! I still have a little wood left over so I might make another one soon. So monday I got three of the four stretched and primed and then got stuff started. It was a super productive week in painting! This first painting is a 4ftx4ft, I also have a 4ftx3ft and two 3ftx3ft.

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Drawing II

In Drawing we are still doing line work. I’m having a lot of fun with water soluble graphite.

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Printmaking II

I am still craving away at my sheep lino-cut. I’m hoping to have them done next week.

One of my professors, Paul Jones, had suggested last semester that I should try printing on some of my weavings. I thought that was a marvelous idea and I did a test run. It worked out quite nicely, so I’ll be starting something with that soon.

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Design II

I got my clay scarf out of the kiln a few weeks ago and didn’t like how the glaze turned out, so with some advice for Mrs. Pace and Dave I’m getting it reglazed. I should have that out next week.

We are staring concrete sculptures soon, so we have to make three makets first. I’ve got one done.

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So the glue I was using for the key sculpture isn’t working so I’m going to have to figure out something else. So back to the drawing board!

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Ceramics I

My whale pitcher came out of the kiln! He’s so dorky and adorable!

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Also my cups came out. I’m really happy with them.

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I got my platter glazed, I’m excited to see how it will turn out. I finally got on the wheel! It is as difficult as I thought! But it;s really fun. I’ll be trying it some more next week.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

Printmaking II

I pulled a proof of my first sheep print, its almost finished. I also stared the second one. I’m gonna try and get a lot of carving done this weekend.

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Painting II

I’ve started a new series where I’m painting on old photographs.

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Drawing II

We started line work in drawing this week! It’s super fun and surprisingly tiring.

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Design II

I’ve started my key globe. It’s not going as well as I would like it to, but I will get it to work!

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This was the state of my globe after it toppled to the floor and broke it to several pieces.

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We’ll be starting a concrete sculpture soon, so I started sketching. I think I’m going with this little guy!

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Ceramics I

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

This was an extra crazy week! Because of all the ice and snow days we had a few weeks back several midterm portfolios got pushed to this week. I got everything done, but there was definitely a lot of stressing before I got it done! Another big thing about this week was the TJC student show. All enrties were due this week. I had a painting chosen last year and won $50 for fourth place. I’m really hoping I’ll have a piece chosen again. We were aloud to enter up to three pieces. These are my three. I entered one painting, one print (that is two together), and a drawing.

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Printmaking II

I finished my screen print this. I ran eleven colors on it, which I’m pretty sure is the most I’ve done so far. I’m very happy with how it turned out. It’s my favorite of the triangle series that I started last semester.

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I finally got another lino-cut started. Its going to be four 6×8 prints that go go together. I went out to the Boyces sheep ranch over spring break and got more pictures of sheep. I enjoyed the last lino-cut of sheep I did so much that I thought I would re-explore it.

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Painting II

I still haven’t had time to build stretcher frames so I started a couple more works on paper this week. I also did a little more with that big piece.

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Drawing II

Portfolio was due this week, which means self-portrait and ink drawings had to be done.

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Design II

I finally finished my hamburger Altiods tin! It’s super adorable.

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I did a lot of gathering for my found objects sculpture over spring break. When I went out to the Boyces, Jo found me 82 keys form the ranch!! Also my wonderful Latvian friend Mikus found out I needed Key and he sent me some! All the way from Latvia, so they are extra special.

 

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Ceramics I

I finally started my platter in ceramics. I used my linoleum block of St. Peters Church to imprint the clay. I had my friend Christ stand on it to really get the image in!PicMonkey Collage3

I did some more glazing this week! They are in the kiln right now so I will have them next week!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

This was the last week before spring break, so I had a lot to get done. Due to all the bad weather days last week and then one this week, most midterm portfolio aren’t due until we get back, but I did try to get as much done as I could so I wouldn’t have to worry about it over the break.

Printmaking II

I ran four colors on my triangle screen print. I’ll probably run four or five more. I did some brainstorming on a lino-cut, but never got it started.

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Painting II

We had critique this week in Painting so we had to have at least 5 painting done before midterm time. I had seven done, so I’m ahead of schedule!

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Drawing II

Due to the weather I only got to go to drawing once. I got a little bit more done on my ink drawings and worked on my self portrait (which I forgot to take a picture of).

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Design II

I got quite a bit done on my hamburger Altoids tin. I might be redoing all the insides during the break, so it will all fit better, but I really like how it is turning out.

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My woven clay scarf came of of the kiln. I also got some tester tiles glazed and fired. I’m still up in the air on what I’m gonna do with the glazes for it.

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After the break I’ll be starting a found object sculpture. I’ll be making a globe out of keys and door hardware, so I’m gathering up all the stuff for it. I still have A LOT of stuff to get for it, but its a start.

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Ceramics I

I completely finished my first project in ceramics this week! My coil pot came out of the kiln and I got it glazed and fired. I really like how it turned out!

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I got my whale pitcher all sculpted, now I just have to wait for it to dry.

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I made a few slab cups just for fun.

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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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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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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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