Art Unit 1 Reflection

Look at both your Class 1 self-portrait drawing and your Class 13 self-portrait drawing.
How did your learning help you improve and learn to draw more realistically?

I think that I have definitely developed my drawing skills. I think that I improved on my shadows and highlights. If you look at my Class 1 drawing, I had no shadows and highlights at all and it looked very 2D, but my Class 13 drawing has more detail and looks much more realistic. I began to understand that gradation and value were a BIG part of drawing realistically. When we first started Unit 1, we made Value Scales and Gradation Scales and I kept wondering why we really needed to do this. However, I now know that without gradation, I wouldn’t be able to change the lightness and darkness slowly and make it blend together, and without value, my drawing would look very flat and I wouldn’t be able to make shadows and highlights.

Imagine you could draw your self-portrait again, with all your new skills and knowledge.
What 3 things would you do differently to make your drawing even better?

If I could draw my self-portrait again, I would ask more people about their opinions on my drawing and take it into consideration more than I did this time because that would probably make my drawing better. For example, some people told me to fix my shadows and I didn’t think that I needed to add more, but the next class, I saw what they saw and realized that they were actually right. I would also use better value and try to create more of a contrast with it because my drawing doesn’t have a large variety of different shades and it makes my drawing look like some details are missing.

Unit 1 Statement of Inquiry: “The process of artistic creation can lead to self-discovery”.
Which 2 LEARNING WORDS best describe you as an artist during this unit?
inquiring knowledgable thinker communicator principled open-minded caring risk-taker balanced reflective appreciation commitment confidence cooperation creativity curiosity empathy enthusiasm independence integrity respect tolerance

Explain why these 2 words describe what you have discovered about yourself.

I think that one of the words that best describe myself during this unit this year is communicator and integrity. I think this because I was able to ask Mr. Reed questions when I was either confused about something and needed clarification or needed help with my self-portrait. Another example to support why I think of the words communicator and integrity is that I was able to give people honest feedback on their self-portrait drawings, communicate with them easily, and give them suggestions. Another word that I think best describes myself as an artist is reflective because I kept holding my self-portrait out in front of me to see what I could improve on, add, or change, and I took my time to look closely at the details and try to fix up most mistakes.


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