Art Critique Blogpost… The Mighty Erik Reflection

1. Explain your painting. *Check your Final Portrait Painting Plan.

  • Who is the subject?
  • What did you express about this person?
  • How did you express it? (which 2 or 3 pictorial elements)
  • What artist or movement or style influenced you?

It was a bright, sunny,  Tuesday, when my known successor unveiled the new project, gleaming on the screen of the art room. Our task had to include a subject (a known subject such as a friend, teacher, neighbour, family.), and something that explained them such as a specific pose, a direction of gaze, colours, facial expressions, clothing, setting, or an object. Along with one of these elements, an artist and style of art had to be included in the painting, described the client. I chose my punny colleague, Mr. Erik Ostlund, also known as the beefy puncake. (Beefy from his description of his face, a beefy face; Puncake from being really punny {funny with puns}). I expressed an idea about this very person. In my painting, I expressed an idea that my punny friend could be very funny at times, while in important times, Mr.Ostlund can be very serious. This is why I used mixed some colours to make bright colours for his entertainment tools, while I coloured his piano with a dark mix of purple. I expressed my friend with a specific pose, setting, and objects. Since Erik enjoys playing games, sports, and piano, he is in a background filled with his interests. Also, he is looking director at the watcher, so as to prove that he is inviting the person to come over and join him. Objects include his favourite hobbies. This painting was influenced greatly by the artists Herge and Keith Haring, with the style as a ‘comic’ style. My movement was graffiti art and cubism combined.
2. Analyze your painting.

  • Describe the TYPE and USE of colors.
  • TYPE: primary, secondary, tertiary, complimentary, analogous, tints, shades?
  • USE: realistic, symbolic, abstract, smooth brushstrokes, painterly brushstrokes, gradated?
  • Describe the emphasis in your painting: how does your composition focus the viewer’s eyes on the important area?

In my painting, I used a variety of colours. I used colours from secondary colours to primary colours. Warm and cool colours. Tints and shades. Exactly. A mix of many a range of colours. On the left side of the painting, there are many warm colours while on the right side of the painting, there are more cool colours. (Mostly, not exactly) I wanted my painting to be smooth with no brushstrokes, so that was how the painting turned out to be. I emphasied my subject by surrounding him in bright colours so that the viewer can draw attention to my subject.
3. Describe an alternative approach.
How could you express the same idea with different pictorial elements?

I could describe that Erik could be funny in good times, and serious in important times by using some colours, facial expression, and clothing. I could make the left side of his face happy and the right lobe of his face serious to show contrast. In addition, I could use some colours such as bright or dark colours to show contrast again. Again, I could use contrasting clothing to show contrast three times.
4. Is the meaning of a portrait determined by the artist or the audience?
In other words, which is more important: the artist’s idea or the viewer’s interpretation?
Explain your answer with an example.

Really, it depends. Most times, the artist’s idea is more important than the viewer’s interpretation. The artwork is DETERMINED by the viewer’s interpretation. However, that won’t affect the artwork. The artist’s idea is more important because that is what DECIDES the painting. For example, let’s say that we’re analysing Van Gogh’s self-portrait. He was the one who decided that he wanted to express his view in the way he painted. However, Van Gogh’s painting is finally determined by the viewers and their opinions.

Thus, the artwork is DETERMINED by the audience, while it is DECIDED by the artist.





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