Visual arts is the mantra behind human creativity because, without drawing, sculpting, photography, or painting, the world would be one-dimensional. Each form embodies an artistic purpose using a wide variety of tools and techniques to create one of a kind images. As an artist, I have found that mixed media was my favorite art form I worked with this semester. Today, I will be sharing the Solar System: Next Generation project I did for my Fine Arts 155 class!
First I gathered all my materials, then prepped my work station to begin my project.
Next, I sketched the background and arranged pieces of green-colored paper onto the Earth to create the mosaic effect.
I continued to arrange the colored paper to build-up the mosaic effect, then used blue acrylic paint to color the Earth’s ocean.
Next, I used a combination of acrylic paint and colored pencils to add detail to my planets.
With the techniques set for the elements, I used my purple and white acrylic paints to color my background and create stars.
Overall, this assignment was one of my favorite projects as I was able to create an innovative art piece using the skills learned from my Fine arts class. So thank you, professor, Daphne!
Living in the “City that never sleeps” I have enjoyed many exciting New York attractions from electrifying, Times Square to the famous thrill ride, the Cyclone. However, only one place holds all the comforts of home, Turks and Caicos Islands, a charming archipelago nestled in the Atlantic Ocean. Apart from, its beauty Turks also has the world’s best beach; Grace Bay beach and delicious cuisine, including cracked conch and conch fritters. Below are a few photos taken during my summer break.
The pristine, Grace Bay Beach!
The scenic pirate-themed galleria, Ports of Call.
While on vacation, I also enjoyed a fun day of boating.
And dining on my favorite dish, cracked conch with peas and rice!
Being an artist requires not only learning to sketch or paint. As a studio art minor, it has exposed me to both the physical and digital mediums of art. My favorite project I did this semester for CT101, was the zine collaboration, a project where I could showcase my new skills using Adobe Photoshop! to express technology as a powerful tool for communication.
The first step was to find the images to create the base for my zine collaboration using https://unsplash.com.
After choosing the images . I created my zine collaboration using a few easy steps! (I will be using image one to demonstate )
- First, drag the image from the browser onto the desktop.
- Launch the Adobe Photoshop application. Click on file then open to set the image inside the application.
3.Select the lasso tool, the thrid tool located on the toolbar by hovering the mouse over the icon, . Click on the lasso tool to cut any unwanted areas off the image.
4. After cutting, click on https://unsplash.com to find an accent image to complement the piece. The Facebook buttons were perfect!
5. Re-select the lasso tool, to cut any unwanted areas off the image.
6. Repeat steps 3-4 until desired image is formed.
7. After cutting out the images. Click on photoshop menubar and select File>New
8. Select New> Background content. Set desired background color. I chose Pink.
9. With the background set, I have created the zine collaboration image!
In the end, this assignment was fun for me, especially when using the lasso tool, which gave me more of a free hand movement, when cutting making the process less tedious! Creating beautiful images, I am proud to call my own. (second and third image are linked below)
During my trip to Jamacia, I became wild about Hope zoo and all the animals that lived there! I remember being fascinated by different habitats and the memories of feeding manatees and monkeys with my older cousins. But, what struck me most is at age twenty-two, my favorite reason for visiting the zoo was watching the animals come alive before my eyes.
At the entrance, ready to explore!
The koi pond and well-manicured lawns were an absolute delight!
However, the best part of Hope Zoo was getting the chance to meet all the animals that live here. The sweet snacking turtle was a bit shy at first but eventually struck a pose!
Next were the gorgeous pink Caribbean flamingos peaking through their enclosure, while having a drink of water.
And the miniature horses, who were walking around there stable socializing.
As I continued to walk around the grounds, I visited the squirrel monkeys, an ostrich, an African lioness, a whitetail deer, the macaws, and a zebra.
Ending a great afternoon filled with nostalgic childhood wonder 🙂
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 cupcake liners
1/2 cup (1 stick butter), softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup milk, plus as needed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fill muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.
- Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a sperate bowl. Add in the milk and mix until smooth.
- Combine the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix until well combined.
- Divide the mixture equally among the prepared muffin tin. Bake for 18- 20 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Place the cupcakes into a cooling rack before frosting.
- Cream together butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add in half the confectioner’s sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Beat in the remaining confectioner’s sugar until the frosting is creamy, spreadable consistency.
12 red or green apples
3 cups of sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup of water
1/2 tsp of desired food coloring
24 sandwich cookies such as Oreos, without filling
12 lollipop sticks
- Rinse and dry the apples. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and coat with cooking spray.
- Place the cookies into a large Ziploc bag and roll with a rolling pin to crush. Set aside.
- Insert the lollipop sticks into the top of each apple, then place onto the baking sheet with the sticks standing straight up.
- In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Continuing cooking until the candy thermometer reaches 300ºF.
- Remove the pan from the heat and carefully stir in desired food coloring. Dip each apple, one at a time into the candy mixture then twirl the apple over the pan to let excess drip off. Decorate.
1. Roll the apple in the crushed cookies immediately after dipping. Let it set.
During my visit to Jamaica, I also got a chance to visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, exploring the history behind Reggae, the genre of music indigenous to Jamaican culture. Located at 56 Hope Road, the museum is dedicated to Robert Nesta Marley, who is considered a pioneer in reggae music. The coolest thing about this museum is it was the former residence of the artist and also housed his recording studio, which produced many of his famous hits. The museum was also the scene for a failed assassination on Bob Marley’s life. Below are the few pictures I took during my visit!
Got my ticket ready 🙂
The museum’s entrance painted in the traditional colors of Rastafarianism, which reflected on Marley’s lifestyle being a member of the Rastafarian movement
There was also a mural featuring pictures of Bob Marley and his bandmates!
And a second mural featuring Bob Marley and his seven sons, all of whom have followed in their father’s musical footsteps.
There is a courtyard featuring the lion of Judah, which symbolizes Haile Selassie, the emperor of Ethiopia, known as Jah (god) to rastas.
The focal point of the museum is a life-size statue of Bob Marley, which measures 5 centimeters and 7 inches (Marley’s height).
However, the greatest lesson I learned on this tour was life is not about wealth or possessions, it is about love, peace and doing right by others,
a mantra relished by Bob Marley through his music.