Friday, April 16, 2010

UCLA Art Portfolio...?

I'm a romanian junior high school student and I'm bent on attending UCLA School of Art and Architecture. I've started to build my portfolio but they request only 5 pieces of artwork. It's pretty hard to narrow it down to only a few pieces...

My question is this: since different art schools look for different things in students' portfolios, what is UCLA's aim?

Do they prefer to see personal art or obsevational drawing? Are they interested in discovering the personality of the artist or just the skill/technique? Is illustration or concept important?

For instance: will a portrait count more than an image of a group of teenagers skateboarding? They would both be from real life, but what about the concept? I'm a fan of traditional drawing and painting. What is UCLA's preferance in art (are they liberal and creative or less flexible?)... What's they're style?

If anyone here is a student over there, could you tell me what kind of work got you into UCLA? Thanks.

UCLA Art Portfolio...?
Well, I work at a different Art School but somebody needs to answer your question.

They will be looking for a range of work - so let each piece be as different as possible.

They won't be so interested in technique since that's what they'll be teaching: so show your interests (for example, the skateboarding image sounds great).

And -- really, different art schools don't look for different things; it's pretty much boils down to: skill, technique, craft and talent.


Art activities for shapes lesson plan?

I need an art activity that involves shapes and geometry. I am reading " The greedy triangle" by Marilyn burns to the children. my objective for the children is to reconize geometric shapes in the enviroment, and to understand everything is made up of shapes. What activity would go along with this? It has to be an art activity and one I can do cheaply. I mean like with paper, markets, crayons and contruction paper. Anything that is easy to get and probably is already in the art room. The age is early elementary.

Art activities for shapes lesson plan?
After reading the "Greedy Triangle" (great book, by the way) have the children choose a shape. You can either cut some out before hand on white paper or have the children do it themselves... depends on their ability.

After they choose their shape they can either:

a) Make the shapes into "people" by decorating them, adding characteristcs, etc.


b) Make the shape that they chose look like something they would see everyday. Ex. A circle could be made to look like a clock, etc. With this one it would be a good idea to brainstorm ideas for each shape before the project begins. Make a list on the board!

Have fun!


c) Have a bunch of pre-cut shapes out for the students to make something out of.
Reply:Using Ed Emberley's "Picture Pie" as inspiration, my K-2 students used pre-cut construction paper circles, half circles, fourths and eighths to make some incredible birds and fish. I showed them how to make simple ones and then gave them more challenging pages from Emberley's book. They simply glued the shapes to colored construction paper.

I have also done the same type project - pre-cut construction paper shapes and glue - using Lois Ehlert's "Color Zoo." We see how Ehlert combines geometric shapes on top of each other to make an ox or a monkey. Then the students create an animal for our geometric zoo using the pre-cut shapes and gluing them onto construction paper. We will also use construction paper to create a "zoo" for our animals once they are created.

I know this sounds very very simplistic, but it seems to work with very young children and is certainly budget conscious.

I also divide the students into teams of four to five and give them a four foot long piece of yarn. We have shape races, which group can make the shape using the piece of yarn the fastest. I even play this game with older students who are learning more complex shapes. It is quite a challenge for four people to make an octagon out of string quickly. This is a good focus activity before the art lesson.

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Putting art onto your computer?

So i need a scanner to put my art onto the internet (deviant art) but i'm not the most comuter savvy. Most scanners are 8x11 and the art work that i do is 9x12 and larger, so how am i sopposed to get my art on?

Putting art onto your computer?
Scanners come with bigger size beds. They may be slightly pricier than the cheap models, but if scanning art pieces is what you will be doing, I would invest in a better scanner. Or just take it to a professional and have them scan it for you.
Reply:Photograph it using a tripod and a camera with high megapixels and a macro lens for detail.

My paintings are usually 2x4metres, thats the only way I can document my work. If you can't get to a photography studio then just get the most natural light you can with clean white walls in the background...

Hope that helps!
Reply:cut you art 8x11. it's so easy to cutting . you only need a scissor.
Reply:my lover photograph his paintings and drawings with digital camera, easy to put photos on computer, easy to make differnet sizes of pictures.

Art portfolio?

what does a portfolio look like... I"m going to make a portfolio of some of my art to send to a college but I've never taken any art classes so i have no Idea how to begin, I have a few pieces tha I know i want to put in it I just don't know what one looks like cause I've never seen there a website with a art portfoilo that i could look at ?

Art portfolio?
I recently had to make a portfolio to get into a college art program. I don't have any websites, but I can give you some pointers...

If this is to get accepted at a college or into an art program, judges are probably looking for a wide variety of work. When you get further along or before you can graduate you'll probably have to do one with work that's specific to your concentration. When choosing which pieces to use, try to focus more on the quality of the work than whether or not YOU like it--you're trying to show the judges that you are talented and capable of making quality art. This was a little difficult for me because I had lots of pieces that I was emotionally attached to, but which were not very well-done. I ended up using a few pieces that I didn't really like, but which were good examples of my skill.

You should have a list of specific requirements as to how you should present the portfolio, but if you don't one of the easiest ways is to use a simple 3-ring-binder. Buy a small but nice (simple, you don't want to distract from your artwork) binder and some of those clear plastic sheet protectors that fit into it, preferably the non-glare ones. If your works are scan or photograph your pieces (more on photographing your work later), and print them as large as possible on hihg-quality matte photopaper, or, if you don't have a good printer, take them to Kinko's or something. The quality of your portfolio is almost as important as the quality of your work--judges may toss out a crappy-looking (staples, wrinkled pages, low-quality images, etc) portfolio without even looking at it.

As far as getting the images of your work:

If you have small, flat, 2D pieces, scan them at a high resolution. If your pieces are large and/or 3D, you'll have to photograph them. Use a decent camera (not a camera phone or anything like that), and get multiple shots of 3D pieces (if you have any) to show different angles. You should take the photos outside, when it's slightly overcast (not in direct sunlight to avoid shadows, overexposure, or oversaturation), and place your pieces in front of a neutral backdrop (black, gray, or white sheet or something similar).

I like doug's suggestion as far as what order to put your pieces in. Start off with something great that will get their attention, place your least-awesome pieces in the middle where they will make less of an impact, and end with something to make them remember you, and which won't leave a bad taste in theri mouth.

That's all I can think of right now...good luck!
Reply:OK Melli,

Here are some sites. A word of caution, however. Don't take everything you read as "gospel" Pick ouit the nuggets of information that apply to you. Best way to do a portfolio is to simply make one.

In mine, I start with a strong piece, keep media grouped together, have my weakest pieces in the middle and end with a strong piece. Now, that may not wirk for you. Anyway, here are some sites. Good Luck.

also do a search for online portfolios and see what others are doing.

Art deco wedding dress?

We are doing an Art deco themed wedding, complete with a bird cage veil for me, but I can't find a dress!! Most I find are for the girls that are a size 2 and you need to have your hip bones sticking out in order to wear it (think lots of straight satin) Im a normal size 10 with curves and am having difficuly finding an art deco like dress. Does anyone know of any design's and/or designers that have an art deco like dress??

Art deco wedding dress?

Most of these are vintage dresses, but maybe you can find what you're looking for there. Good luck!
Reply:There are supposed to be some Hayworth inspired dresses here -

I think any one of these would work for you.
Reply:You could take a picture of the kind of dresses that you are looking at to a tailor and have them make something similar that is better suited for you. It might end up being cheaper too.
Reply:I don't know if art deco is the right term for the dresses you are looking for. Hayworth and Lamarr were big in the 1940's. That is way past art deco. Art deco is mid 20's early 30's.

If you are looking for 1940's fashions here are some that might work.

Good Luck.
Reply:im trying to picture what kinda dresses youre looking for...

something like these??

did you enter the second website and go to the wedding gown section they have some dresses there that are like hayworth...beautiful...

Art Themed party..Any suggestions?

I am having an "Art" party this weekend for a few close friends and co workers. I have a wide range of art supllies. And was wondering if anyone here might have some art inspired ideas. For food, beverages and how to make it a fun atmosphere. Its going to be very casual. So the goofier or wilder the better.

Art Themed party..Any suggestions?
What a cool theme! Use painter's palettes as plates with little mounds of different colored food as "paint" orange = mashed sweet potato and etc. Have fun! Put utensils in old paint cans and have canvas cloths as table coverings. Maybe serve cocktails made with Van Gogh brand vodka.
Reply:Add a Shot of Espresso

Comfy chairs, light music, the heavenly aroma of coffee – what better place for your next party than the neighborhood coffee cafĂ©? Your friends will find conversation easy as they discuss the merits of mocha cappuccino, soy latte or frozen white chocolate frappĂ©. Encourage your guests to choose baked goods from the food case. You’re picking up the food and drink tab, after all. And whatever the occasion, gifts are right at hand. Whole-bean coffee, French press coffee makers, mugs and tiny gift books are perfect mementos for the guest of honor. Now, regular or decaf?
Reply:My son does this for new years. Everyone comes in their P.J.s and they eat breakfast foods! Sound like fun to me!
Reply:I think it would be fun to do the sugar cookies with the white icing - and then give everyone food color paints and paint brushes, and let them "paint" their work of art cookie.

The white icing is basically a box of confectioner's sugar mixed with just a little water and then mix by hand until all the lumps are out of the mixture. Then frost your cookies and let the icing set up - it will harden.

Then just make some more of the white icing and then add food coloring to these, and you can make all sorts of color combinations. These can be painted on the cookies with paint brushes.

Another fun activity would be a garnishes instruction - using speciality knife and veggies (there are books with this info). They are definitely edible works of art.
Reply:My children used to "finger paint" With pudding. In the summer I let them "paint" on their little table outside which I then just hosed off. In the winter they used cookie sheets with lips. I'd put some chocolate, vanilla and strawberry pudding out for them and let them go at it. They loved it and I didn't have to worry if they licked their fingers. LOL You could also have raisins, maraschino cherries, cuts, small marshmallows, etc. to decorate your pieces of artwork.

Or why not consider creating a holiday scene? One Christmas Eve day everyone spent the day creating a Christmas village out of Graham crackers, vanilla wafers, Royal icing, pretzels, various candy, small gingerbread cookie people, wafer cookies, sugar ice cream cones, whatever edible things I could come up with. I covered a large piece of cardboard with foil and people sat down and did their little part of the display and left, maybe came back later, etc. We ended up with 7 unique buildings, fences, roads, trees, flowers, people, an entire edible piece of artwork which I saved until it fell apart a few years ago. (lasted about 10 years)

Of course, if young and silly and not afraid of getting messy you could always create art on each other. (better warn guests beforehand though). People could wear swimsuits (or not) and using chocolate, whipped cream, jellies and jams, sauces, etc. mustard, whatever, paint each other's body


Whatever - have fun!.

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I'm doing art about Multi-cultural art?

I really enjoy art and i love painting and drawing etc. The art is part of my coursework so i need to do it, last time i did pop art i didnt do good and got a grade E. when i was meant to get at least a B or C. It says i need to do:

African tribal art/patterns

Indian patterns

Japanese/Chinese patterns

Aboriginal tribal design

Can someone explain to me or give me some example photo's at what they mean? My teacher was rushing so i didn't have anytime to talk.

I'm doing art about Multi-cultural art?
Go to yahoo image search and search in there you will find a lot of it.