I chose to take an art class as the arts course in high school where we were given the choice to take drama, art or music. The reason why I chose art is that I am passionate about art, and how well artworks can express emotions and different concepts to inform others. It is also interesting how many techniques are applied in one artwork to communicate a message, and how the different techniques used can influence the viewers to have a different interpretation.
This year, in art class, we explored the idea of how art can be used to raise one’s status. We especially focused on Dutch Golden Artworks and independently researched and learned the techniques Dutch Golden Artists, such as Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt used to raise the status of a person in a particular subject group through arts. Throughout this unit, I have developed many habits and practices as an artist. For example, I developed the habits of following the cycle of researching general knowledge first to further deepen the understanding of the work (Dutch Golden Artworks), the purpose, before developing my own idea before actually creating the work of my own. For my final work, I have decided to raise the status of my friend, as a model subculture in order to build higher status of her model career, gaining more respect and inspire others. creating artworks.
Despite learnign the purpose of status works, I have also developed my skills as an artist in general, including proposition, foreshortening, light and shadow, pose and gesture, expression. I managed to successfully apply these skills in my final work to enhance the figure as a high status model, considering the 5 different kinds of techniques often used to raise one’s status by grabbing the audience’s attention and building contrasts.
In the second unit of culture shock, I learned the connections between art and culture, and how a simple artworks can create big influences on certain aspect of culture, that could change how one view the world. Before this unit, I used to think that art was simply a style of expressing the painter’s emotion and conveying its intention. Now that I know the importance of art and how big of a impact it can bring on the society, as artwork can also be used to change one’s idea on a particular culture, or to build closer relationships between two or more cultures in conflict. I now know that art can go beyond individual expression, but interact globally with the society. In this unit, I have explored on the concept of gender stereotypes and expectations in Japan to change the stereotypical gender roles that the Japanese society has. Researching about this topic, I learned the variety of expected gender roles in Japan that I have not realised before. It surprised me how much of a gender stereotypes and expectations there were in Japan that I used to think it was normal, and realised that different gender should not be limited to certain roles, instead, both men and women are same humsnbeingts that should have the freedom to make a decision of their choice.
Throughout this unit, I have also developed varieties of oil painting skills (impasto, sgraffito, scumbling, glazing etc). With the developed techniques, I was able to apply these skills successfully in my final painting that intended to change the gender stereotypes in Japan through traditional Japanese sports ‘Sumo,’ by drawing women playing sumo on the sumo arena as it is prohibited, and this could also raise women’s status, as sumo player are considered ‘higher ranked people.’
Finally, I have also contributed well to class discussions, and I always look upon others and help others when needed. I think that I managed to successfully contribute to this art community, and will continue to do so in the future as well.