The Blue Rainbow

Well, here’s my last blog of the season, *sigh,* it went by so quickly, a reminder to me that life goes pretty darn fast and you shouldn’t take ANYTHING for granted. Enjoy every second of it. 

Before class, I was sitting outside near the Haft Auditorium entrance in the metal high chairs and tables. I felt a little sad knowing it was my last class, but when I looked across the way, I saw something that caught my attention. There was a blue arch that formed part of the design of the outside of the building, and it looked like a “rainbow” hovering over the entrance. The blue of the “rainbow” matched my mood at that moment, but it also inspired me and seemed to say, “Miranda! Get it together! It won’t be the last time you’ll be at FIT!” (Ooh… foreshadowing, perhaps?)

Blue-rainbow

To wrap things up, we’ve been drawing the face – here’s my last homework assignment for FIT:

Me-and-portrait

It looked more like me at the time.

Of course, we also did some drawings (um, it’s a drawing class), but the best part of it for me was the critique. A critique is where everyone lays out three to five pieces of their best artwork and the class walks around and gives constructive criticism. So that means people say “I think you did this really well, but I think you could have incorporated more of that,” or “I like this technique you used, but it could use more ____,” and so on. This process always intrigues me because it lets me have a chance to look at art through someone else’s eyes. It always makes me feel better about the world to see other young people who have an interest in something and are committed to learning more about it.

 

Dancing-man

Quick two minute pose.

Thank you all for taking the time out of your day to read my blog posts. I hope you enjoyed reading about my new experiences as much as I enjoyed writing about them. It’s official – I completed my first precollege drawing class. Stay tuned – I hope to write more blogs in the fall when I take another FIT class!

Certificate

Until next time,

Miranda

Hey! That wasn’t supposed to change!

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“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”
-Benjamin Disraeli (British writer and politician)

I think this quote is legit; it relates to my experiences at FIT so far on many levels. But, before I talk about what has changed, I’d like to share a homework assignment from my class, Life Drawing for Middle School, that I’m proud of with you guys.

First homework assignment.

First homework assignment.

I had to copy this work from a famous artist. It was a master drawing, which is a drawing that is so accurate and complete that the artist barely had to have a model in front of them. Copying objects has always been one of my strengths in art and something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Stay tuned for more drawings to come!

Anyways, I’ve been drawing for quite some time now. I have realized that what really matters is how well you can draw from imagination and not how well you can copy a picture. Well, too bad for me since I sometimes have trouble drawing a human being that has 206 bones and 640 muscles. Yeah, it’s daunting. Speaking about daunting, my teacher Demetrio Belenky, is always telling us that the human body is never concave, but always convex. This means that the organs and bones, etc. inside of you are always pushing out, not caving in. In addition, he says that the human body is the most complex thing for artists to draw. Wow, thanks for building my confidence.

Okay, I’m not trying to be a negative Nancy here, but I’m just very grateful that FIT is helping me develop my skills in imaginative sketching. Visualizing what I want to draw isn’t my problem, nor is thinking or looking like an artist. It’s actually getting what I see down onto the paper, and so far, I can definitely see some improvement. So, I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone (which is a good thing when it comes to creative work) for a change. Instead of copying mostly 2-D figures, I’m now drawing more complicated and realistic 3-D figures. It’s difficult, but boy is it worth it.

I could go on about my challenges with drawing from imagination, but I think you’d rather see some of my artwork.

 

Sitting-woman-picture

Measuring the body for correct proportion.

This was a long pose - 20 minutes.

Long pose – 20 minutes.

standing-woman-picture

 

 

 

Well, see you guys next time, as I continue to change on this fantastic journey!!

-Miranda

There’s a first time for everything, right?

Hi all,
A few days ago, we lost one of the most incredible musicians ever alive (in my opinion). His name was Prince Rogers Nelson, and he was my idol in so many ways. I’d like to dedicate this blog post to him. Rest in peace “Prince of all music”- and may you be in heaven where the rain is purple.

Anyway, on a happier note, I recently had my first FIT class!!! My class is located in the Pomerantz building.

pomerantz

Here’s what was on the supply list to bring for my first day of the “Life Drawing for Middle School” class:

  • Newsprint or Sketching pad
  • Pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B)
  • Charcoal (vine or compressed)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Regular eraser (vinyl or pink)
  • Pencil Sharpener

jitters

So, there I was, outside of FIT and nervous as heck. My advice to new FIT Precollege students who are as anxious as I was is, DON’T BE!! My worried state soon started to dissolve as I met all of the compassionate people who were there to help me succeed. My instructor, Demetrio Belenky, was always making sure we were all okay, and soon I didn’t even understand why I was worried in the first place!

After I’d met my teacher, we all made our way to our room, where I was met with a very pleasant surprise. I’m telling you, that was probably the BEST art classroom I’ve ever been in. Paint was all over the place, I think I even saw some on the ceiling! I felt right at home there.

workspace

Demetrio made us sign a bunch of contracts – and here I was thinking that signing things was only for adults! Then class began and we had to draw picture after picture of a model; in total I drew 16 sketches in one day… We focused on 2-5 minute quick sketches of a model. Below are some pictures of my work:        sketches

Below is one that didn’t turn out so well. (The legs are too thick and aren’t shaped correctly.) I think it’s very important to learn from your mistakes, that’s why I’ve included it for you to see.         oops-legs

When I left for the day, I was so ecstatic that I was finally getting some great instruction. Stay tuned for more as I tackle my homework next…

-Miranda

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Miranda

Miranda-Goodstein

I’d like to be able to say that I’ve been expanding my drawing skills for many years, but to tell you the truth I’ve only recently started. Many people assume that most great artists were naturally born with the ability to paint a picture like the Mona Lisa, but don’t understand that it takes an extraordinary amount of ambition and drive. Drawing is one of those things where you can’t judge too harshly. I know from experience that kids can be very critical of their artwork and this is something I try to avoid. I feel that by keeping an open mind, your art will show more development and improvement.

My grandmother has had a huge impact on my artwork and my perspective of the world. Growing up, her views were completely different from her family’s. She loved all kinds of music, especially jazz, she married a man of a different race than hers (something that wasn’t done in the 1950s) and she had an interesting and spunky way of looking at the world. Her parents did not support her interest in art, and she never really did get to pursue her dreams. I’m like my grandma in many ways. We both LOVE music and art, but today I’m able to like whatever creative thing I’m into, a freedom she didn’t have. I hope that through my art, some of her determination will shine through as well.

At FIT, I’m taking the “Life Drawing for Middle School” class. I think FIT is a great way for kids to get some instruction in art, and it gives them a tremendous advantage when applying for art high schools and colleges. I’ve never written in a blog before, so I hope that it will expand my horizons and expose me to an awesome experience. I think my main goal in FIT is to put forth my best effort, that’s really all anyone can ask of me. I also want to construct a portfolio to help me get into Fiorello H. LaGuardia Arts High School. Once a month, I take sketching classes at the Met – they have so many beautiful paintings and art pieces; it’s very hard to pick only one to draw! I hope that FIT will challenge me to take risks with my artwork and give me the chance to let my true colors show!

Peace out,

Miranda