Art Motifs Printmaking Critique

In art, we (grade 6) have been working on our motifs printmaking, where we chose a motif, carved it, and printed it. Here is my end-of-the unit art critique.

At first, when choosing my motif, my idea was to use a traditional Japanese motif which consisted of numerous semi-circles. However, my idea changed when I got a piece of advice from my friend Alec who was already progressing rapidly in his cool design. He had insisted that circular designs were a bit harder when carving compared to shapes with sides and corners. As a designer, I tried to create a pattern which uses the formation 3-2-3. (The bottom row consists of three of the motifs, the row on top consists of two motifs, and the row on top consists of three motifs.) When combined all together, it would produce a 9-6-9 formation. When creating my motif, I purposely repeated the two curvy lines coming out from the motif so as to create symmetry. When choosing which colors to use during my printing, I decided to use colors that were mostly contrasting each other.

During this process, I think that I did well on the fact that I only had three art classes and (8?) open art studios to finish this entire project. Moreover, my final outcome seemed to be better than what I predicted it would be like at the start. However, now that I think of it, when carving, I was rushing a bit. Thus, some of my motifs were cut on the surface. Overall, I am satisfied with my final outcome: there is definitely room for improvement, but with the limited time I had, I am satisfied with the result. Most importantly, I very much enjoyed this unit even though I missed most of it. :'(

My artwork was influenced by many aspects of the world. First of all, you may be wondering, why would he choose to make a French motif when he’s Japanese and Brazilian? Well, I was born in Grenoble, France, and I have enjoyed staying there. While in France during my summer vacation two summers ago, (two summers ago? Is that how you say it?) I saw many interesting motifs and many have stayed in my mind since then. When choosing motifs for this unit, those motifs in my mind took action. That was what made my final decision: I thought: “Aha! That’s what I’m going to do!”. This was my inspiration for my artwork.

Dear next year’s grade 6 students, here are some pieces of advice that I would explain based on my experience.

1. Do NOT rush your work and if you need time, go to open art studio even if you want to play outside. (Or go there early in the morning, and then make time to play)

2. Go to open art studio really often- you can win a prize!

3. Make a good plan. The plan is really important, it’s what counts.

4. Don’t rush while carving, take your time and be patient.

5. Enjoy! It’s an awesome unit.

6. I’m not giving you any more tips, now go have fun!



Here is my final Product:



Art Final Product Printmaking Landscape


Art Final Product Printmaking Portrait



Art Plan (Sorry, it’s hard to see) Sketched Plan




plan (My sketched motif)



carving My carving (sorry, it’s hard to see)



Project Finished.

Andre, 22/4/15

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