For our last unit, we looked at the film adapted from “The Lost Thing”, a picture book written and illustrated by Shaun Tan. The Lost Thing is a dystopian story about a dark, colorless society where everything is in complete order and everything looks the same. One day, while collecting bottle caps for his collection, the boy comes across a strange creature but cannot find the identity or the source of the creature. When the boy seeks help from a government agency, a creature tells him that the agency will only try to hide and make him forget about unusual things or things out of order such as the strange creature, and gives him a card with an arrow on it. After a lot of searching for the sign, he follows it to fine an utopian land for lost things where it was colorful and had many different creatures unlike the city where everything was gloomy and was in perfect order. I think the message the book was trying to telling us was that diversity and uniqueness should be embraced and we should not be afraid to be different. Using the creatures in the picture book as inspiration, I designed my own creature.
In art class, I made a statue based on a famous public art, The Statue of Liberty. We had to answer the questions below in our presentation.
Public Art Research Questions
1. Q1 What is the title of the work?
Q2 Who made it?
Q3 When was it made?
Q4 What is the medium?
Q5 What kind of form does it have? (Geometric, Organic, Natural, Abstract, Realistic, Architectural, etc.)
Q6 Where is it? Describe the location and environment that the public art is displayed. Explain it in detail.
Q7Why did the artist create the artwork? What kind of messages do you think the artwork is sending to the public?
2. Reflection on our own public art
- Processes of creation (techniques, difficulties that they faced and how they solved their problems, etc.)
- Environment that they would like to put the public art and what kind of message and impact that it would give to the public.
My Presentation Notes
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a huge realistic sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, America. It is surrounded by water and it is the statue often being the first thing immigrants see when arriving by boat. The island has a land area of 59,558 square metres. The artist of the statue is Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Frédéric is a French sculptor who was born on August 2nd 1834. He attended the Lycee Louis-le-Grand in Paris and went on to study architecture and painting. Later, he focused on sculpture and exhibited bronze statues such as “The Young Vine-Grower”, “Génie Funébre”. The making of the statue was a big-scale-project and many well-known architects helped out such as Gustave Eiffel, Eugéne Viollet-le-Duc and Richard Morris Hunt. The project started from September 1875 and was completed on October 28th, 1886. The statue is mainly made out of copper, wrought iron and steel.
The female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world and it symbolizes the universal concept of liberty. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France and is an icon of freedom.
The statue I made is based on The Statue of Liberty and I think my strength is in the hair and the shape of the figure. Balancing out the clay and making sure the body parts were evenly sized was a little challenging. For example, when I first attached the arms, one was thin and the other was thick. To make the hair look realistic, I used a scraping tool to make waves in the hair to express the texture of the hair. The weakness of my statue was the face of the figure. After completion, I dropped it by mistake while trying to move it and the face got squashed and I was disappointed. After the process of trying to recover the original shape of the face, it turned out to look like the face of ponyo. Overall, I think it looked cuter and turned out quite well. If I were to improve my statue, it would be the posture of the figure as it is slightly slanted.
I would like to put this statue in the elementary library as it symbolizes peace and calmness. The lady-like figure shows a gentle feeling and the cute face will also appeal to elementary students.
I produced an artwork based on Edgar Degas’ style. Below is the picture of my artwork. My artwork is based on the artwork “The Star” by Edgar Degas.
A Short Biography of Edgar Degas
Full Name: Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Born: July 19th, 1834
Died: September 27th, 1917
Nickname: Painter of Dancers
Occupation: Painter, Sculptor
Place of Birth & Death: Paris, France
Some of his most famous artworks are “The Star”, “The Dance Class”, “Dance Class at the Opera”, “Two Dancers on a Stage”, and “Ballet Rehearsal”. Edgar Degas uses a lot of pastel in his artworks. However, he also uses acrylic. The identification of the artwork “The Star” is figurative and impressionism. He used curvy lines in “The Star” and used colours such as chestnut brown, white, orange, grey, black etc. He also used perspective and put a smooth texture in the artwork. He also puts a light atmosphere to the artwork, due to the careful choosing of colours. He also observes carefully at the ballerina’s movements and tries to express the specific movements of the ballerinas.
For the summative assessment, I made a line texture design/collage. The challenging part of making it was thinking of the balance, because I had to make sure that one side wasn’t too heavy.
The other part was where I had to cut the parts and pasting it. Sometimes I had to redo it. Also, I tried to reuse the materials. Some parts of the paper when I cut out the petals of the cherry blossoms were left, so I used it to make some more flowers.
Although it took a lot of time and concentration, I enjoyed it a lot.