Figurative Painting

Explain what the meaning and purpose is behind the work that you have created. Describe how you used particular formal properties (1 element, 1 principle, composition), media and visual symbolism to convey an idea visually?

My figurative painting represnts how online learning has "sterlized" the classroom. No more random off-topic discussion while kids are working or easy ice-breakers. Everyone is just a box on a screen, the teacher talks sometimes the, kids ask questions, and that is that. Group discussions are completely silent once the bare minimum has been accomplished. This was easy to represnt: I used color and contrast by making the human a sillouette, erasing their humanity. I used shape and form to represent the environment this takes place in. That is how I conveyed my idea.

What were some of my most powerful learning moments and what made them so?

One of my most powerful learning oments was when I truly comprehened how many colors and shades I could make with just the 3 primary colors. I had to use this in my project as well, with6 distinct shaddes of grey, as well as several other colors. This was useful as color is a fairly important part of a painting.

How will I use what I've learned in the future? (in art or elsewhere)

The skill I have learned in this project I believe will be most important to the future is color mixing. Whenever you do anything involving art, color is important. Minute differences pop out. Being able to mix colors correctly will make anything involving color far easier in the future, even if just for the fact that I understand how colors are mixed.

What were some of the most interesting discoveries made while working on this project? About the problem? About yourself? About others?

I learned a lot about the problem my art piece is about. By making this project, comparing-and-contrasting in-person and online schooling became much easier, and the differences much more obvious. I relized how hard it is to have a casual conversation online, and just how drasically different the experiences are.

What were some of the most challenging moments and what made them so?

At one point I messed up the drawing on the whiteboard. I first tried blotting it out with a paper towel, but that just smeared it. Eventually, I chose to paint over it after it dried. However, the result wasn't perfect, you can still see the red smears barely. I chose to keep the red smears rather than waste time removing them because the red smears made it look more like a whiteboard, turning a mistake into an oppurtunity.

Break down your composition. What are the important parts and their purposes?

My composition can be organized into 3 parts: the background, the laptop, and the person. The background shows the environment: the desk, the whiteboard, etc. It sets the stage. The laptop is the main focus, blaring light and blotting everything else out. Finally the person is blotted out by the light of the laptop. Showing them reduced to a mere sillouette.