Friday, January 18, 2013

Hollow Bowls

Every other year HTHS holds magnificent fundraiser for the hungry people of South Jersey, the Empty Bowls Dinner. This year I was lucky enough to contribute and create bowls for the dinner. After 3 weeks of molding, firing, and glazing the bowls, we created over 600 bowls, plates, platters, etc. I made a couple of decent bowls and got to see tons of amazing bowls too. All profits from this dinner will go towards the food bank of South Jersey and will feed hundreds of hungry citizens all across Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, Salem, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties. This was a really good experience and I am really glad I got to be a part of a fundraiser for such an important cause.


Currently I am working on my blind contour self portrait. It is a work in progress at the moment but it is really coming along well. The questions I had to answer about myself were surprisingly challenging and took some thought, however, I eventually answered them. I'm planning to build them into my blind contour with drawings, words, and symbols. I'm excited to see what the finished portrait looks like.

Cutting Paper

Our first task of the second marking period was to make cut paper lanterns. I was a little uneasy on the cut paper art at first, but it ended up being my favorite thing we have done so far this year. We got to do it on a season and I choose the beach, so my season was summer. The biggest challenge was drawing and cutting out the wave. It was really a challenge but eventually I got it down and made a pretty good wave. The project brought me back memories of the beach and has me looking forward to summer and Ocean City. What started off as a mind boggling challenge, ended with pure enjoyment and accomplishment.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Midterm Artist - Keith Haring

As I resarched artists form the list I was given, one artist really stuck out to me. This artist is Keith Haring. I really enjoy the colors that he uses in his artwork and the simplicity of it. At the same time each piece of art is very unique and different from the others. Most of his artwork also has meaning behind it. He is very famous for displaying the awareness of AIDS in his later pieces from the time he was diagnosed with AIDS up until his death. His artwork is shown all around and there is a very good chance that anyone reading this post would have seen some sort of his artwork in your life. Haring's artwork, which may seem simple, is filled with messages and meaning. The Keith Haring Foundation was created to keep up the awareness of AIDS, and to help prevent the disease. Haring created and published his artwork from 1978 until his death in 1990. He made tons of awesome things over these 13 years including drawings, editions, paintings, and scluptures. My favorite piece would have to be the skateboards that he drew on in 1986. The artwork is really sick and its on a skateboard deck which is something I like to do. Skateboarding was also starting to become very popular around this time. Haring is a inspiration to many including myself; thanks to the help of many, his artwork lives on and is still very popular today, 23 years after his death.!/introduction