Blogpost: March 3rd 2015
My name is Yajat. I study at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) in Middle School, specifically, Grade 8. My favorite form of art so far since we started this course in August 2014 is Watercolor. However, I have my linear perspective drawing attached. The drawing is of a busy city and made it using two point perspective. I really enjoyed this unit and was the unit where I feel I learned the most number of art techniques since 2 point perspective was new to me.
The main message I am trying to convey through this artwork is how urbanization and technology has affected society. In the image, the children’s playground is abandoned even in the daytime. This indicates that children are more indoors nowadays on computers or watching TV. Also, there is a forest towards the right with a whole row of trees cut down which points towards deforestation. As well as that, obviously, what was once natural landscape is now replaced with skyscrapers, trains, roads, and subways. Right now, our class is working on recreating artwork in acrylic paint from famous art pieces on Google Art Project. The specific one I am recreating is by Mai Zhixiong and is a complicated 3D structure. Since the structure is a very mechanical and complicated one, I am behind schedule and have gone over the due date.
An artist that inspires me is Vincent van Gogh and I really like his painting called “Starry Night” especially since I have seen a whole process of recreating it since a student in my class recreated it for the Acrylic Paint unit. I live in Abu Dhabi and the city is rapidly progressing in the artistic field. There is a whole island, Saadiyat Island, dedicated to art and history where the construction of the famous Louvre, originally in Paris, is underway. There is also the Guggenheim art museum being recreated.