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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fine Art vs. Craft

There is a great debate about whether craft is fine art and vice versa. I believe it is all the same thing a craft no matter what it is can be viewed as art. This picture is of stained glass on a piece of marble, it is viewed as a craft, but the design and arrangement of it really displays it is art. There is no definition of each term that is set in stone, but the design and work no matter what the medium is can still be viewed as fine art.

craft vs. fine art

This ceramic plate is considered craft but in my opinion it can also be considered a fine art. It is technically a craft because someone took their time to create this individual piece and put the exact design on this piece but it can also be mass produced. Fine art is usually more expensive because it takes more time and more details are added but in my opinion this piece looks as though it took a lot of time to make and the artist put a alot of effort into it. This is why i believe this ceramic plate is a very interesting piece because although it is a craft is can be considered a fine art depending on who you are asking and their personal take on art.

crafts vs. fine arts

There's a very thin line between craft and art. Take these two pictures for example. The one on the left is a one of a kind piece done by an art student (i think), meanwhile the one on the right is the Regina gown by Maggie Sottero. Many say that to distinguish between the two, one rationalizes that a craft can be mass produced while a fine art can only be made once. However, I believe both are distinguished arts. I believe that it all pertains to how the viewer sees things. I believe in the saying that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." I also happen to love the Regina gown, while others may see it as hideous and prefer a different style for a wedding dress. I also love the watercolor work on the left because it's beautiful. Other may see it as a big mess done with watercolors, assuming that they just plain hate watercolor works.

-Tara A

Craft vs. Fine art

As previously stated by many of my classmates, there is a scarily fine line between crafts and fine art. I believe that although some people think there is clear distinction, I think it is simply a matter of opinion.  Since craft is originated from the German word, kraft which means "power or ability", I determine craft as a work of art that has ability to be useful or used in a way rather then simply being appreciated as fine art. Crafts are created by people who have a particular skill commonly known as craftsman. The picture I chose is a picture frame made from stones. Although very nice and artistic looking, in my opinion this is considered a craft because it has the ability to contain and display a memory for anyone who chooses.

Craft vs. Fine Art

This ceramic Christmas ornament is technically considered craft, but I see it as fine art. There are very intricate details on it. Most people do not have the time or talent to create something like this. However, ornaments can be mass produced. Fine art is more expensive and usually can't be replicated. Regardless, ceramics take time and are very beautiful took look at.

Craft or Fine Art?

When looking at this piece of art it may be confusing whether this is craft or fine art. Many believe that fine art has to be a serious piece or possibly antique like. This may seem like craft though because it is not made by usual and typical materials that a sculpture or installation would be made out of. I think this is in fact fine art. I think that the creativity used is awesome and so different. The combination of the craftiness of it and the impact of fine artistic portrayal is remarkable.
-Michelle Ketcham

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Craft vs. Fine Art

Based on our assignment to distinguish what is a craft vs. fine art, I chose to pick these two pieces of hand-blown glass objects.
The first one is an executive/board room table. The amber pedestals are hand blown and sit on top of acrylic bases. The top (surface) is cut glass.

The bottom picture are hand-blown garden crystals. Both of these projects, regardless of how big or small they are, take an experienced, trained artisan to create them. Both pieces of art are done under
the same extreme heat of 2,000 degrees and using the same types of
equipment. Each are meant to be used, meant to be touched and used in daily life - possibly by the same people. So, how can anyone say that one or the other should be categorized as fine art vs. a craft?

Blurring the Line Between Craft and Art

I think the distinction between craft and fine art is extremely interesting. When it comes down to it the two differ only slightly but society has a clear line where one ends and the other begins. When thinking about how these distinctions merge and blur, I immediately thought of Murano glass that originated in Italy. The glass is beautiful and coveted all over the world. To me, these pieces blur the line between fine art and craft because they can easily be considered both. There is much skill and craftsmanship involved in creating them yet they serve a primarily aesthetic purpose.

Fine Art Vs. Craft

Fine art and crafts are both pieces of art that can be absolutely beautiful. The difference between them is fine art is like a one shot deal, while crafts can be mass produced. For example Michelangelo's sculpture of David is considered to be fine art. It was produced once as an original piece of work. While on the other hand, the craft side, Michael Kors watches are absolutely stunning, and mass produced. This makes them fall under the category of craft, which I believe is under rated. Many people have made or tried to make duplicates of the statue of David, but it will never be of equal value to the original. This is also a difference. Most fine art is valued at a much higher value because it can not be duplicated, like crafts.


Craft and fine art are two forms of artistic expression that both present beautiful works but are viewed differently by those who buy them.  Fine art is viewed and purchased for its artistic qualities alone.  A beautiful painting is not bought because it serves some functional purpose but because it is pleasing to look at and would look good in a museum or home.  Fine art is made to be viewed and appreciated while craft is made for a functional purpose.  Craft art start out as something that will serve a purpose such as a chair or jewelry box.  It is then craved, painted, or altered to add some sort of pattern or design to it in order to turn it into art.  These designs and additions do not change the functional purpose of the craft but simply turn it into more of a piece of art.  The example of craft I chose is this wood carved jewelry box.  Before it was carved, this jewelry box was just a plain box with drawers and no design.  It served a functional purpose but was not necessarily anything spectacular to look at.  Once it was carved and had a design added to it, it became a piece of art but the functionality of it was not changed.  It still serves the purpose it was originally built for.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Craft vs. Fine Art

 As we discussed in class, there is a clear distinction between craft and fine art. Crafts can generally be easily replicated and mass produced, allowing many people to have a piece of the art. Fine art is usually intended to be an original, having only one in existence. However, both require the same type of creativity and thought process. Craft and fine art are extremely similar in how they are created but differ in how they are presented. Crafts are usually treated as something less important than fine art because they are easy to obtain and do not usually cost much. I don't think that is really a fair distinction because they both posses someone's creativity and idea.


How craft is different from fine art

The line between craft and fine art is thin.  However, there is a clear distinction.  For example, this flag made of rice was probably made on a mass production, whereas a flag that may have been created in a lithograph was made once, then mass produced.  Craft is even more different as not much talent is needed for it as any first-grader can probably make a hand print turkey then color it in.  A drawing, on the other hand, takes detail and precision which only a few people have both qualities.  This attention to detail and precision is what separates these two art forms.

M Rizzi

Thursday, April 19, 2012

fine art vs. craft

Fine art and craft can have the same meaning to some.  For example, the picture shown is a type of craft because it uses a set of skills to create their artwork.  But I also see these crafts as fine art because they possess a type of beauty.  Especially a craft such as glassblowing, not any piece is the same because the glass or colors may work differently; which makes them beautifully unique.  The differences I see with fine art and crafts is that fine art tends to be more expensive and crafts are handmade and less expensive.  Either way, I think that crafts should be considered fine arts also because they have unique qualities.


Craft vs. Fine Art

I really do not see the distinction between craft and fine art.  While craft is something that is usable and art may be something pretty to look at it doesn’t mean that the useable craft item isn’t a piece of art.  For example this tea pot; it has beautiful paintings on it, but is considered a craft.  It can be just as admired though as a painting or sculpture.

Craft vs Fine art

Many people do not realize that crafts, most of the time are really works of art. Crafters need skill and creativity to create pieces of art just like a painter or sculpture would. Art is extremely opinionated. What may please one persons taste in art may disgrace another's. In my opinion I believe when done sophisticatedly, crafts can be just as valuable as the paintings seen in museums. Art is in the eye or the beholder. Crafts differ from fine art in their place in our world. It is unusual to see crafting in museums just as it is extremely rare to see fine art at say a craft fair. Yet both are forms of art meant to be appreciated and valued to those who find them to satisfy their need of art in life.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Craft Vs. Fine Art

What makes a piece of artwork craft or fine art is all subjective. The perfect example of this is Jackson Pollock's paintings. When I look at the top painting, I wouldn't think anything of it. Well in 2006, this piece sold for 140 million, making it one of the most expensive pieces ever sold. I find this funny because it has many similarities to the piece underneath it, yet its only a paint splatter craft. Yes, Pollock's piece has technics that he used to make it, but its still very similar to the piece underneath it. So what makes something sell for 140 million or 5 dollars is all up to how people perceive it. Its amazing how everyone views art differently.

- John Marchetti

Fine Art and Craft

The debate between fine art and craft can be perfectly rationalized by simply looking at and understanding jewelry. In my opinion, just like most art, the difference between the two ideas depends on the person. However, no one can deny the truth--while homemade jewelry may be fun and crafty, much of it can also be fine art. It has true beauty and meaning, and most importantly, it was made from a person with love, not a mechanical machine. Just as the picture shows, this is a handmade necklace, yet each flower is so artfully done, it looks realistic. And together, the flowers make a cross. On the back of the necklace, the words "this is love" appear. Personally, I would consider this art, made my a delightfully artist person.

Fine Art

In my opinion the distinction between fine art and crafts art is completely up to the individual. While someone might see one thing as inspiring or breathtaking other might see it as just another work of art. Fine art is about meaning being the piece and the feeling when the piece of art is seen but it can also be present with craft art as well. Fine art is said to make a statement but I think its based on opinion. Craft art can have that same effect on an individual based on their personal opinion and style. So overall I don't think there is a set distinction between the two types of art in society. This piece is a photograph which can be defined as fine art because of its meaning of poverty and about the working class but others may see it as just a meaningless photo just proving how opinions is what determines whether it is considered fine art or just another craft art.

Many people always consider what the difference is between a craft and fine art. To me, the difference is based on the person and their views. If someone sees an amazing piece of jewelry that takes their breath away and is amazed at the detail of the work then to them it can be considered fine art, along with a famous sculpture such as The Pieta, pictured above. I think they are treated differently because people see fine art as a piece of art that has a statement and is possibly historic and expensive, where crafts can be found at an art store like Michaels or A.C. Moore. I think people determine themselves what they consider to be fine art and crafts based on how they feel about certain objects and meanings. A person can view a fine art and get the same feeling as seeing a craft someone created and realizing that both pieces say something to the viewer and have meaning and boldness.
-Rose Migliara

Craft vs. Fine art

In the book, it emphasized that after the renaissance, painting, drawing, and sculpture had more esteem than hand craft works like (carpentry, glassmaking, etc). During the time of the industrial revolution, people were trying to reinvigorate society's appreciation for handmade craft type objects. Today, I do not see a generalized societal value distinction between the two types of art.  I know many people who prefer 3-d crafts to a standard painting or drawing.  They like the fact that the artist has to manipulate the materials in order to get the desired result.  Some of the art has a utility function also, which is a desirable attribute.  So I do not see a separation between the two. My grandmother did handmade sculpture and pottery in her free time and I like drawing.  It is wholly dependent on the individual. In reference to these 2 works, I prefer the box to Munch's work because I feel that the box is nicer and I do not like to think about spooky things. 


This is a picture I took a couple months ago of a dog named Dallas. The back-story here is that I work at the Monmouth County SPCA. Dallas was one of the dogs we had available and ended up becoming my favorite. I had a huge soft spot for him and his huge ears. At the end of every day I would visit him to hang out before we closed down for the night. I love all animals but I didn't think I'd become so attached to one at the shelter. One weekend when I was home I found out that Dallas had been adopted. It was such a bittersweet moment because although I'd miss him, it felt great to know that he had a family that could give him affection all the time. I love this picture in particular because he looks so happy and like a goofball. This was his true nature even though some people were wary of him because he is part pit bull. I miss Dallas a lot but seeing this picture on my phone always makes me smile.

Monday, April 16, 2012

60th Anniversary

This is a picture that i took of my grandparent's anniversary cake. This weekend, we celebrated my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.  My mother, the 3rd daughter had a cake made at a local bakery of their original wedding picture.  After they re-newed their wedding vows at the church in which they have been attending since 1955, they were presented at my Aunt loren's house with this cake. They were in shock and truly appreciated it. I took this picture in order to preserve this moment in our family's history even after my grandparent's will pass. I love them very much and they have done very much for my family. 60 years of marriage is truly an accomplishment that every person can truly admire.

Clown Fish

This is a picture of my clown fishes first encounter with its host anemone. All clown fish as they grow host an anemone and they use this as a home. This being my clown fishes first encounter with it i figured i would take a picture of it. I believe with this picture I captured a special moment. This moment only happens once in this fishes lifetime and for me to take a picture to remember it really seemed special. The fish seems very nervous in the picture compared to the way it swims all around the anemone now and I still find it interesting to look at this picture and see how timid the fish is. This picture truly captured a moment that can not be duplicated for this individual fish and I am very happy that I did actually capture it.


This picture was taken to capture a memory. It was a candid shot taken with a digital camera. The memory was of my high school graduation. We had been posing all day, so it was nice to capture a picture where we were natural and it turned out to be out favorite picture. It signified the relationship that we all had, representing us in different ways.

self thinker

This is a picture I took of myself with my laptop. I don’t really take any pictures and I don’t have a camera or even a camera on my phone. I was in the library and I didn’t know how well I could explain a picture of a white wall so you were unfortunate enough to get a picture of me. In this picture I tried to capture the appearance of depth with the reflection of lights on the whiteboard. (linear perspective) I also tried to create angles and interest by adding the glasses which I normally do not wear.

This was a series of pictures I took of my baby cousin. In one of my first couple of blogs I posted a picture from the time when I took these. It wasn't particularly staged. I just snapped away at my cousin while he tried to recognize the teddy bear, then he got all excited once he did. The pure joy is what makes me love these pictures. As a baby, everyone is so excited about everything they discover and there's an innocence to it all.