Week in the Life of an Art Major

This post will be my last “week in the life” for a while, because this was my last week at TJC and summer is here! I’ll be attending UT Tyler in the fall, so this was a little bit of a sad week, saying goodbyes and knowing people are moving off to other places. We finished up painting last week, so I didn’t have that class at all, and all the others were winding down. Most days were clean up days in the studios. May 7th was the last day the show was up, so we took it down at 3:00 on that day. It was a little sad, but we had a lot of fun so it made up for it.

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Not only was Tuesday Cinco De Mayo it was also Derricks birthday! My friend Yeseina suggested we get him a cake, so a few of us gathered some money came up with ideas and Kailan got a cake from a place in Rusk that she loves. Then We surprised him!

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Printmaking II

We turned in our trade print this week. There were 16 of us trading in all so we each had to make 16 of our prints, then we trade and we all get one of each. There were some incredible prints this semester!!

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Robbie used oil based ink, which takes sometimes more than 12 hour to dry. She still had one more color to run wednesday when they were due. I walked in and she had Chris with a heat gun in one hand and a blowdrying in the other drying her prints while she carved! It was hilarious!

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I had been wanting the do more with my St. Peters lino-block from last semester, so I carved away on it wednesday night and printed it on Thursday (which was the last day the studios where open). The backgrounds are water and ink.

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I finished and printed my intaglio, which is a long and messy process!

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I wasn’t able to get my screen print of the painted ladies done, but I’ll be doing something with them later.

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Drawing II

My drawing portfolio was due tuesday so I did last minute touches and then got stuff turned in!

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Design II

I finally finished my fish!! And he’s been totemed!!! They all look so good together. I would venture to say we have the best totem outside. I had fun doing it but I really hope I never have to use concrete again! It was a hard and very tiring process!!

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I didn’t think it would happen, but I finally got the globe done!!! It wasnt my orginal idea, but I’m really happy with it. I am so thankful for the amount of amazing people in my life that gave me keys!!

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Ceramics I

Tuesday we had a ceramics sale. I sold several things and ended up making $61!!!

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Of course I spend $76. I bought four cups, a Dave Funk Bowl and a clay elephant that my friend Lena made. The pitcher I traded for with my friend Chris for a drawing.

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Art History

I did A Lot of art history this week! Everything was due Friday and I had about four weeks worth of work to get done. Thanks to lots of coffee I got it all done! And even made an A!

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Trades

I made a lot of really great trades this semester! Here are the last of them that I made this week. The drawing the left is a Cole Beckham, and the drawing on the right is a LeTeia Larkin.

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On Thursday night I was the last student left and I said my goodbyes to all the studios, which is really dorky I know, but I couldn’t help myself. It was so strange seeing them so empty, and clean (well clean in comparison). So much has happened and been created in this rooms in the past few year for me. I’m going to miss it!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

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This was a jam packed week! Kailan, Andres and I installed our show monday, Thunderdome happened Wednesday and then we had the talk and reception for the show on Thursday and then finished the day with a celebratory dinner with some wonderful people! Next week is my last week as a TJC student! It’s crazy how fast this semester few by! I’m going to miss my department so much. I’ll be transferring to UT Tyler in the fall and continuing my studies in art.

Installation Day

Installation started at 9 o’clock on Monday and didn’t end until 6 o’clock that evening! So it took us 9 hours! It was a long day but we had tons of fun, and help from some of our amazing classmates. As great as the show was last semester I think we out did ourselves with this one. I’m so honored to get to show my art with two other artist that are as incredible as they are!!

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Thunderdome

Thunderdome is a battle to the death art competition. Two pieces of art go head to head. Different people in the crowd vote, whichever one wins advances to the next round, the other is destroyed. So in the end only one piece survives! I entered one of my door, we’ll just say it didn’t make it! haha

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Reception and Talk

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After the reception a big group of us met at Texas road house, to celebrate the show and as a goodbye dinner for the three of us showcase students. It was so much fun! I’m going to miss these people terribly!

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Printmaking II

I got quiet a bit done it printmaking this week. I got my tiny lino-block printed, started a screen print and got my intaglio in an acid bath. I’ll be printing the intaglio next week.

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Painting II

last week was the last week for studio time in painting, Monday our portfolios were due. I didn’t get to share the picture on the left last week so I thought I would this week.

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I’m finishing up my line work drawings in drawing. My portfolio is due tuesday so I’ve been adding the finishing touches, I also started a new one on Wednesday.

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Design II

I made some real headway on my concrete fish, just several more hours….

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Ceramics I

We had critique this week in ceramics, which was really insightful. It was fun getting to see everyones stuff all together and hear their processes and what they wished they had done differently.

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Art Trades

I got to do some incredible trades this week! I got a painting for my Paul Jones (jughead Jones) who was my drawing I professor and was one of the main influnces of me being an art major. Its the one of the guy riding a shark with a rainbow. Very Paul Jones!! The beautiful ladscape is by my friend Leah Scott. The mug is a Yesenia Gonzalez, I’m calling it my mermaid mug. The next one is and Andres Breffitt! I’ve been trying to trade with him for a while now! It was really exciting getting to go through his portfolio. The last one was a plate my Chris Garrett or Sunshine, as we call him. He over glazed it and didn’t like it, which worked for me, because I love it!

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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!

Printmaking II

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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