Foundation Week #4

Class Notes (Week 4):

Linear image Drawing due tuesday-

Should be one whole unifying image of a single day of your life

1 drawing of the boxes on the platform

moderian lines

negative space

the golden mean

We begin to notice the differences of darker and lighter negative spaces. Some with gray scale negative space

seemed to blend in with the positive space making it more harder to visualize the negative space.

When shading with lines it varies b/t what lines are being presented like, as an example, how straight lines on a

circle that is representing value will come out less realistic than curvy lines that shape the circle.

How to make the covers for our books and also how to assemble them.

Research- Mark Rothko

I recently been in touch with this artist posters of just giant blocks of paint with only single colors. Honestly at first i was like, “Seriously… this is art?”. I mean just coloring in one or two colors on a canvas is just confusing but as i read on about some of his work I began to understand why his art became so controversial. Most of his pieces show a sense of feeling or emotion.

Throughout Rothko’s childhood he was plagued with fear due to the racism of jews in Russia. He incorporates his past emotional stress in his work with blocks of paint that are used to express a sense of feeling towards the viewer. I feel that i can relate to this artist in a sense that art doesn’t always have to be some pretty picture or a highly detailed

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The Golden Mean-

The “Golden Mean” is a sort of balance between two forces of objects or charters. Its balances the fact of a positive and negative which go in balance. As an example,  when a character is angry it sons turns into sadness the next. Same applies to art as it consists of a balance between color, value, lines, etc.

Reflection- Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

While watching this video I understood what the title first implied when it reads, “The danger of a single story”. When the speaker started talking she mentioned three things that influenced her reading, writing, and storytelling. I can relate to each of these as they are vital towards my major in digital media. I think as artist I too have had these single story references as how stores only told about of white children living in narratives only. When I’m drawing, most of my art only consists of white charters in my narratives. Though I have never attempted to draw other muti-rational   characters because when I would read books from American or English novelist, they would have only have simple charters in simple narratives.

When Chimamanda mentioned that she read at a very young age and that she mostly read books from america and england. As an artist, growing up in Brooklyn I was enriched with information from everywhere. But the only stories I was told were the stories the media would produce like how in africa they would over exaggerate on how poor the people are over there.  Honestly I couldn’t find anything that related to me in a way but what did catch my ear was the fact that there is never a single story but a story with different perceptions.

Through out most of my art class we are told to expand our ideas on how we see the world around us which in fact is what the speaker was trying to say. She continues on how her travels to the U.S. changed her perception for her. So as future animators it is our job to have an open mind about certain topics and to stick to our own beliefs. In actuality we are the makers of our own perceptions to others. When I watch cartoons, I study the back story to how they became to be since they provide visuals for me of what the animator is trying to portray.

Over all the video was insightful and interesting on how people and social media view the world around us. As for me, I started rethinking on how social views can change a person’s perception on how they view things.


About crisnegroni

I have lived in Brooklyn, New York my whole life and I currently live with my sister and my mom in a apartment building in Williamsburg. My mom is from Puerto Rico and my father is from Italy. My mom works as an assistant principal at B-SMART in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York as my father worked as an MTA transit for New York. During my years in highschool , my mother was well aware of my love of drawing. She encouraged me to enroll in a special art program in Manhattan, NY. I was accepted into the Sony Animation Project. It was there I learned about “stop-motion” animation. With a partner, we created two “short” animation videos. At the end of the six month program our work was screened at the Sony Wonder Theatre, where we received a certificate of character creation and cinematography. I attended the program a second time, created more work and received another certificate. After the films were spotlighted on YouTube and the certificates were hung on my wall, it was time to move on. In my Junior year of high school, I came across an application for a fifteen month fellowship with the “Ghetto Film School” also known as GFS. At first glance the application was intimidating and the curriculum seemed exhausting. Did I really want to go to school all summer, nine to five and even some weekends? It seemed like a lot of work. Each film student would receive a professional camera and would learn about directing, editing, writing scripts, lighting, sound, camera operating, and locations. Though there were over one hundred applicants, I got the call: I got in. I received two call back interviews and an orientation; later I was well on my way. After two weeks of class work, traveling all over New York City, visiting college classrooms in Columbia University, and taking trips to HBO and Google offices, each student was assigned final projects. We had to write a script, get it approved, hire real actors, secure a location, and direct the entire six minute short film. Only ten students would be chosen to have their movie screened at Lincoln Center. Guess who won a spot? I had to pinch my mother twice when she heard the news. Fall came, and I was still attending GFS on the weekends. I decided to accept an internship at ISCP- “Into the Studios” funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Here I got to unleash a different kind of art, at a slower pace. I worked in the gallery with other students on painting, sculptures, different types of mediums, and learned the history of other artists. You would think attending programs and keeping my grades up would be impossible, but after the intensity of my summer, it felt like a piece of cake. My heart was in everything, nothing felt like work. In GFS I collaborated on an aired ESPN commercial as the cinematographer and actor. We screened and critiqued in many short films for the class and spoke with directors and guests lectures. By this time, our enormous class had shrunk down to under twenty students, and only five would be chosen to go work on a thesis project in Shanghai, China. After a successful pitch for a lighting director part, I won a coveted spot in the group as one of the five chosen! I was off to film in Shanghai this summer, what an honor! During the end of that week, all of the ISCP students had a gallery exhibit and I was told to bring my parents. As my teachers started talking about me, my mother and I found out that I had won a summer scholarship sponsored by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to go study in Napa Valley, California to the Oxbow Art Camp. I thought my mother was going to faint. As a boy born and raised in Brooklyn, New York this was a life changing experience, an artist dream. As I watched Mr. Jose Ortiz and my wonderful art teachers from the foundation explained to my mother that it was all expense paid and would not interfere with my China trip. All in the same summer, I felt like someone was going to wake me up out of my dream. As the summer came to an end, and I embark in my senior year, I leave many things behind as I look towards my future. I leave my fears, limitations, and my insecurities to dream….I’m in a new frame of mind. Going to Alfred State College is just another milestone I’m gonna have to over accomplish.
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