This month was The History of Visual Communications which taught how people have used the visual arts to communicate stories and concepts throughout history and across disciplines. From cave paintings to digital media, students will explore how visual techniques have been used to convey emotions, break sociocultural boundaries, and share new ideas.
The first week was focusing on nature. We went to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which the central theme was Tiffany glass work. I was tasked to find a favorite piece of art in the Museum. I chose a vase that was delicately painted with cherry blossoms and fish. I looked Japanese.
We had to make concept art that related to our spiritual traditions and nature or landscapes.
I have always been drawn to the works of Vincent Van Gogh and Japanese Art. To me they there are many similarities. They take inspiration from the landscapes and transform them into fantastical or whimsical. The colors are bold and not necessarily the natural color for the subject.
Their landscapes which are described as mystical, lend themselves to the thought of Buddhism.
My arts foundation so far has been more towards the fantasy, mixing real worlds with my imagination. I believe that my art of nature has connections to Buddhism.
My piece was inspired by Vincent Van Gosh and his mixing of the environment around you and the twist of color and textures.
I went to the park and took pictures and videos of many things; flowers, clovers, trees, and birds. My original thought was to put the night sky in place of the clear blue sky. However, this did not work due to technical limitations. I then tried our pool water at night with waves in it. I liked the way it contrasted and matched. I ended up lightening up the water to give it more vibrant.
Next was Wabi Sabi art. The Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi offers an inspiring new way to look at your life. I drove to the Winter park to look for flowers around the lake, but when I walked around I was drawn to this tree because of the striking contrast of living, bright green leaves and dead, the hanging moss. I played with colors and framing.
The next weeks’ focus was Imagination. I had to create a deck of our own design and style. I chose to base it on the Series I want to make, Half Note Bridge, set in a bar in otherworldly New York.
The third week was all about art and propaganda.
The last week was about Imagination.
The main project was Abstract Music Visualization, which was picking a song, listening to it and then describing it through art.
The first time I heard this song, I envisioned, the reality in black and white and fantasy life in vivid color. I used it to make an AMV showcasing this idea.
The reality is slowly deteriorating in the black and white. Fantasy is taking over. My image has the black and white burning away.
This month was awesome. I had a better connection with the projects in week one and week four. The abstract music visualization and Concepts of nature really resonated with me.
Next month is going to be amazing and totally busy.
See you on the other side.