Thursday, 22 January 2015


We watched a video about an art teacher who explained his students artwork. He had no information previously about the artwork and he attempted to explain the work as if it were his own. 

What does this tell us about the importance of context

This tells us that at least some context is needed in order to understand. Having no depth of the artwork would make our explanation based purely on appearance alone. 

How would you feel if Gabriel discussed one of your artworks using the Mirror Crit?

I would feel slightly insulted and very amused. His opinions on the artworks were very straight forward and honest. Knowing that he didn't know what the artwork really meant would be amusing but also insulting. I would want everybody to know the truth about my artwork and what it really means. I would also take the criticism into consideration when creating my next piece of art. 

Do you understand your own work well enough to have it criticized?  

My work is usually just things that interest me. I like drawing as a way to empty the thoughts from my head and express myself. I would have to develop my own personal analysis of my work in order to explain it. 

What would you learn by having your work criticized?

I would learn how others view my work. Hearing the different opinions would allow me to understand what people like and dislike about my work. I would know how to improve and develop as an artist. Honest criticism would be very helpful and would be appreciated. 

Contemporary vs Traditional Art

In my opinion, Traditional art is the most commonly seen art. It usually consists of landscapes, and realistic objects or people. It's usually very realistic and resembles what we see in real life. To me, traditional art makes more sense. Traditional art is what I hope to create as an artist. I would like to be able to create images the way I actually see them. I have high expectations that I hope to meet. 

To me Contemporary art is a freer way to express yourself. Landscapes and nature is often used but without the idea of realism. It's how the artist views the world in their own way. Colours, shapes and lines are used to express the meaning of the art. I enjoy this type of art as well but I prefer realism. I respect and value both kinds of art and I hope to improve my own skills as an artist. 

- Brooke 🌸


1. Analyze the work of a contemporary artist that you believe best represents current trends in art.

The artist that I have chosen is Lucy Dodd. She creatively uses nontraditional materials in her paintings, which are all at once, out of control yet perfectly composed. Critic Jerry Saltz stated: "Dodd's work widens the senses, makes the cosmic thickening visible, and uncrumples something fundamental."

I very much agree with this statement. The use of colour and line create interesting depth. It seems as though you could continue viewing the painting and find new things about it, as though it has a story. 

2013-12-17-Dodd.jpgLucy Dodd. Courtesy of David Lewis Gallery, New York.

2. Explain the benefits and drawbacks of contemporary art. 

Contemporary art is very free and open to creativity. It's about creating something that means something to you. The artist is the one who knows what the artwork means and what the message is. I love the idea of freedom and expression rather than tradition and one ideal look.

  • abstraction is used 
  • artists are free to trust their inner visions
  • characterized by a large number of different movements occurring at the same time
  •   resembles something in life
  • can be just about anything the artist wants 

  • there are no rules 
  • Complicated/Difficult to explain
  • No traditions
  • hard to find the meaning
  • Unrealistic


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

International Art

Our grade 11 art class has been interacting with a class from Japan. The experience has been amazing and very educational. Their art class is very talented and I'm glad to have worked with them. 

One of the things we did was create a mural. Their class painted half of the mural beautifully to represent their country. Now our class is working to finish the other half to represent Canada. 

Representing Canada

In my artwork to represent Canada, my main goal was to disprove the commonly heard stereotype that Canada is always cold and snow covered. We experience the four seasons like other places do, though the weather may be different. 

Yes, our winters are cold and the land gets covered with snow, but we have more to offer than that. We have hot summers, magical winters, beautiful springs, and colourful autumns. 

Autumn ( Fall )

Many different animals can be spotted here such as:






and a lot of other wildlife!

Though I didn't capture the vibrant colours that we experience here, I wanted to capture the transition of Canadian seasons in a unique way. Drawing is my favourite way to express myself and capture landscapes. This is my representation of Canada.