Friday, January 18, 2013

Blind Contour Self-Portrait Drawing

This year we are doing a blind contour drawing of our face. I'm still working on mine but this is what I have so far. I'm going to continue to do more of these until I create one that I like better then this one, then I'll go into it more. Blind contour is always hard, but at least you can tell that mine is kind of looking like my face.

Empty Bowls Dinner

Every few years we do an empty bowls dinner for the hungry. Every class made bowls and platters and they all turned out very nice. It makes me really happy to be apart of this cause, and to help every hungry person in America. It's important because it's a great feeling to know you have helped someone in need. So many people in America are starving, and it's nice to know that our school is helping out those people.

Winter Themed Lantern

In class we had to create a lantern and pick our favorite season for the theme of it. I chose winter because winter is a magical season, and I had a good idea for it. I decided to put a pretty lady on the side because it was different from what other people were doing. I also added her hand to make it seem like she was blowing snowflakes off of her hand. After we made the design we had to use a paper cutting knife to cut out the shapes for our lanterns. Then you have to add another piece of paper on it. Then your done! (It felt way longer then it actually sounds) all you have to do is light a candle in the center of it and it will light up and cast its shadows. I felt mine turned out very nice.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Venus and Mars

I really like this painting because of the meaning for it, it means love conquers all. Even Mars, God of War stopped fighting for sometime because he fell in love with Venus.

The Birth of Venus

This painting is also another one of my favorites. I like this one because I think it's creative the way she is created. She was born from the ocean and Botticelli painted her standing on a sea shell.


This is one of my favorite paintings by Botticelli. I like this painting because it has to do with Greek mythology and overall it's is very magical. It has Venus in the middle preparing for the beginning of spring. The three Graces on the left, and on the far left is Hermes, God of messengers. Hermes is protecting the grove from intruders. On the right is Flora tossing flower petals on the ground, and next to Flora is Chloris, who later transforms into Flora. On the far right is Zephyrus, God of the Wind. He his in love with Chloris. And above Venus is her son Cupid, shooting his arrows.

Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli, was born on March 1st, 1445 in Florence. He was an Italian painter in the early Renaissance. At the age of 15 he decided to open up his own shop to sell his paintings and take requests for paintings. He mostly did paintings of characters from Greek mythology. Botticelli was most famous for his painting Primavera. Which was a painting of Venus, Goddess of Love in a orange grove. It represented the beginning of spring. During the time of the Renaissance was when his paintings were most popular, but later his paintings were less desirable. After he died, many years later his paintings were yet again more popular.

I really enjoy Botticelli's work because I had always liked Greek mythology and the stories behind them. The myths had many messages in them. So when I saw that Botticelli did paintings of the Greek Gods, I knew I wanted to my project about him.

The three paintings that appealed to me the most were Primavera, Venus and Mars, as well as The Birth of Venus.