Thursday, November 7, 2013


Relief art is art that has subtle, yet varying degrees of depth on a two-dimensional background; in other words, the work of art has "layers" to it. There are three types of relief: high, low, and sunken. In high relief, the raised parts of the piece protrude greatly out from the background. In low relief, the depths of the layers are shallow. In sunken relief, the designs or pictures are carved into the background, making it somewhat hollow, rather than raising the designs above the background. My wolf  is an example of a low relief piece; you can barely tell that it has multiple layers of cardboard from the picture. I picked a wolf as the subject of my relief piece because it's been my favorite animal since first grade. I love their cunningness, gracefulness and swiftness, the bonding of the individual wolves in a pack and their sense of superiority as top-level predators. I am most proud of the colors that I put on my wolf. I darkened the parts that needed to be shaded, and I was able to successfully blend the many darks and lights of his fur. The direction of the colors also portray the illusion that he is in mid-run. If I could go back and change some things about my piece I think I would change the dark spots on his coat of fur that don't quite match the rest of his fur and also perhaps make his tail more elongated to better express his sleekness.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Stenciled Selfie

Non-objective art is pretty much any piece of art that is unrealistic. It is also known as abstract art. Non-objective art does not depict anything in the natural world, like realistic drawings or sculptures. Non-objective art usually uses many different colors, shapes, and brushstrokes/lines rather than definite shapes and lines and controlled shading. I used non-objective art in my piece of work as the background for my stencil selfie. I used multiple different contrasting and similar colors with a variety of lines and shapes to give it a disorganized and random look. In the end, the non-objective background even kind of compliments the contours of the stencil when the stencil is placed over it.

Land Art

Our group came up with the idea of making the letters AHS because they represent Apex High School, the school we go to. It was not very hard to design or make, yet its meaning was impactful. Because it was Land Art we used things that we could find in nature and around campus. We used leaves, twigs, sticks, mulch, weeds, rocks and flowers to make the art as colorful as possible. Using these materials give our AHS a very natural look along with many interesting and blended patterns within the ordering of the materials.