Each week will have a theme or a question that relates to the course content.
Every student will contribute one blog post per week, due by 11:59 pm on the Monday night before class.

Your posts should include images, a short text, and your name.

Monday, May 7, 2012


For my final blog i decided to talk about a place that i have always wanted to visit my entire life. This is LEGOLAND. Legoland is located in Florida, and displays many different forms of art through mostly architectural styles. In Legoland, along with a bunch of different amusement rides, they have amazing Lego structures throughout the entire park. When i was younger I was a big fan of Lego's and building all different possibilities with 
the Legos, and one day i will make it to Legoland to admire the great architectural art pieces. 

Final Blog

For the final blog, I chose to post an art form that is different from most other forms. This art form is video. Videos utilize the formal element of elapsed time through actual time being displayed in some way. This video is one that I came across on stumbleupon.com.  I found this video to be quite funny. This is one form of art that anyone can appreciate, even without basic art knowledge.

Final Post

For my last post, I wanted to display my love for Taylor Swift, through a portrait of her. It was made with a few different kinds of pencils including 8b, 6b, 3b, hb and 2h. It's truly amazing how the artist captured all of the details of her hair and face just by using a variety of hard and soft pencils. 8b is the softest, or darkest when pressed on paper while 2h is the hardest. This portrait expresses her true beauty :)

Final Post

This painting is called Tropical Paradise by Linda Paul and is painted using egg tempera. Besides the unusual material used to create this painting ,summer is almost here and this painting really caught my eye. Very excited for summer and being on the beach all season. Have a good summer everybody.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Final Post

For my last post I wanted to write about some interesting pieces done by an artist known as Ben Heine. This series of his is called "Pencil vs. Camera". I think the pictures from this collection show a really interesting intersection between different art media. I also like the element of humor that the artist uses which makes the art more accessible in my opinion. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The End

 For the last post, I will describe the art form displayed through cars. Going to a car show is the same as walking through an exhibit. The difference is you see the artist and their work of art in a car show. What makes this art is the individual can express their personality, and or emotions, through their car. The creator must think about the symmetry of the body work, and paint jobs, the style of paint they want like metallic, mate, iridescent, candy, etc. and the design of the interior and its material.

Last Post

For my last post I decided on this picture. I believe that art is everywhere if you chose to see it, just like in this picture. This picture could be seen as just some trees and the sky, or you can see the face the trees make. If you look for the beauty in things, even the smallest of things in your life, then eventually you'll see beauty everywhere.


Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Post

For my last post, I wanted to show a video of some sort of dance. Art can be found anywhere in the world, and dance is just another expression of art. This guy is amazing; the video actually looks edited, but it is really him. The beat is slow, but his body movements are on point throughout the entire song. I recommend everyone gives this a look.

--Alexis Swoyer

Last Post

For my last post I wanted to post a picture of this beautiful dress.  It is a dress by Pamella Roland that I found admiring the dresses on the Bergdorf Goodman website.  The dress, which would be considered a craft, is perfectly made.  It is asymmetrical from the top of the gown to the bottom.  The dress has a cap sleeve on one side, while the other side is a simple strap.  There is also a large slit going up the dress on only one side.  The pop of color creates interest in a sleek design.  There are vertical lines in this dress that give the illusion of length, as well as diagonal lines that give the appearance of movement.

View of a bridge

As my final blog, I decided to use the painting which has been my icon throughout this semester.
This acrylic painting was done by my daughter, Amanda, in her sophomore year in the School of Visual Arts, NYC. I loved the use of her bold, dark color palette.The linear perspective lines make the eyes follow the graceful suspension lines of the bridge in rhythm with the vertical lines. The black lines of the bridge and the darkened city are a strong contrast of the sun-setting sky's yellow and reddish colors. The horizontal lines in the water make it appear like ripples and give it a peaceful appearance.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Final Post

For my final post, I chose the statue of the flag raising at Iwo Jima.  This particular statue is located in Washington D.C. on the national mall.  I chose this piece because though most people view this as a memorial to WWII and the battle of Iwo Jima itself, it is still a work of art which I think many people some times forget.  The amount of detail that can be seen in close-ups of this statue is amazing.  The facial features and the realistic nature of the figures helps the viewer connect on a deeper level with the statue.  The viewer can develop a deeper sense of gratitude for those who fought on Iwo Jima because of this piece.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Last Post

This is a carving done by one of my friends back home. He started out with a regular board of wood and carved away extracting the wood which caused negative space. He even worked on overlapping to give the carving some depth to it. After all the wood was extracted he worked on some finer details for texture. Although this is a 3D piece of artwork, the back in not meant to be seen since it the purpose of this carving to to be mounted to a backboard. After the carving was done my friend attempted to pain the carving as realistically as possible. There are different shadings of different colors to help the piece stand out a bit more.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

last blog post

I had taken this photo a long time ago because I believed that the fold of the material over the table looked like a woman leaning over.  If you squint and think about it, it does look like a person in a painful pose.  It is sort of an abstract thing that I wanted to capture at that moment because that sheet wouldn't be there for much longer. It was cool to see and to think about. It is ephemeral art and subjective.
- AnnMarie Pollock

Last Blog Entry

I saw this installation in person a couple years ago in the Natural History Museum, and i find it pretty interesting. It is a 94 foot life size model of a blue whale. It is definitely considered a installation because it's a one of a kind piece and its made for this specific room. The scale of this piece is life-size, even though it's pretty hard to believe. There is also a color gradient from the top to the stomach. It goes to dark blue, to light blue, to white. The emphasis in the room is certainly on this piece. Even though this piece is in a Museum, it is definitely considered art.
- John Marchetti

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Art or Craft?

 Though both may seem to be considered art, the table, to me, is more of a craft then art. The table can be massed produced and sold to anyone. The painting can be replicated and sold, but the original must stay in one place for people to only see. While, the table is always being created for the public to do as they please with it. Crafts have other purposes, for example, the table can have objects placed on them for display on it, for decoration in a household, used to play games on, place your feet on to rest, and so on.
The painting can only be hung on a wall and looked at. But, what makes art different then crafts is that art can have more value then most crafts. Both are similar in certain ways for instance, they can be hand crafted, both can have the artists signature on it or in the name, and, both use techniques like symmetry, space, texture, perspective, and more. Anyway, though arts and crafts have there similarities, they are two different categories.