I Had A Real Art Teacher Grade My Art...

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May 06, 2019


I Had A Real Art Teacher Grade My Art...
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  • Hey guys, it's Rae here! Welcome back to my channel. Today
  • I'm gonna be doing something that has never been done on art YouTube before. Today guys,
  • I have a real-life professional art teacher right here next to me. Guys,
  • give a huge round of applause to Miss Wolfie!
  • And just for privacy reasons, we're gonna go ahead and call her Miss Wolfie. She is actually an artist in real life
  • so if you would like to see her Instagram,
  • *imitates heavenly music* Haaaaa! *laughs*
  • But yes, she is a real teacher here on my channel.
  • *shutter clicks*
  • And today,
  • Miss Wolfie over here is going to not only give me an assignment,
  • she is going to grade it and judge it just like she would one of her students except on a harsher level, I'm assuming.
  • *Both laugh*
  • So it's a real art assignment,
  • I'm going to be executing it to the best that I can.
  • This video is not going to be about how good the art is, right? It's gonna be solely based on the assignment.
  • Yeah, um,
  • there's different levels to
  • looking at art, to basically understand within public education is that we are trying not to just grade on how aesthetically pleasing
  • that art is or how well it's completed or composed,
  • it's about basically understanding the fundamentals of what art is, about the building blocks such as the elements of art and the principles of design.
  • So basically guys, this ain't no YouTube, YouTuber trying to look good challenge. This is a real art assignment, so...
  • I'm actually currently giving it to my students right now.
  • Oh really?
  • Yeah, I have a single class level actually going through and doing this exact project.
  • -Are they failing? -Not yet.
  • *Wolfie laughs*
  • Well, that's comforting.
  • You know, I think they're really upset because it's in watercolor, it's gonna be a watercolor illustration.
  • So do you want to go ahead and jump into the assignment and like, break down?
  • -I have the actual lesson plan here with me today. You ready? I'm so nervous. -Let's do this!
  • Okay, so the title of it that I gave it is "Symbols for You." The objective, really, of it is that you're gonna
  • pick three items that represent who you are as a person, such as your personality.
  • Okay, so basically find symbolism with items that I have around the house.
  • No, it's like what you associate yourself with.
  • It can be even things that spark a memory.
  • Ohhh!
  • -I have a lot of students. -Oh, this is gonna get so dark. I already have so many ideas.
  • Yeah, I have students who will pick small little representations like a stuffed animal and out of nowhere
  • they'll tell a story
  • during critique and some of them have broke down crying because they would dig so deep within themselves and make it into a piece of
  • art that it just, it would spark,
  • ignite a strong emotion within them.
  • And that's really good because I haven't done any kind of like,
  • symbolism on my channel in a very long time. I don't know if I've ever done it,
  • I don't know if I've done it since college, so that makes...
  • I don't know if like, I've checked it out. So I don't, I don't remember either!
  • *both laughing*
  • Now, okay, so we're not only going to be dealing with symbolism
  • but it also says here that I need to have a "thoughtful composition." Please explain what is a thoughtful composition.
  • Okay,
  • you're using the principles of design to organize the elements of art and so it's just like, very aesthetics,
  • making it just attractive and not just chaotic nonsense, cause we're not doin' the abstract!
  • So basically don't just have three random things floating on a piece of paper.
  • Yeah, like what our professor used to say. You don't have them just like floating, floating in space,
  • -so they're not grounded or anything! -Okay yeah, I remember that from college, okay.
  • This is a really good assignment because not only does it deal with execution,
  • it's also dealing with like, an emotional side of artwork, a symbolic side of artwork.
  • I did not expect - honestly I did not expect you to throw this at me but yeah, okay.
  • Just imagine I'm throwing it at small people. So *laughs*
  • Wow.
  • Is there any last words, any final words you want to tell me?
  • Advice? Well, like, the kind of I give to my kids is that you're gonna screw up. You're gonna probably make a mistake,
  • you're gonna be like "Dang it! It's ruined!
  • I must scrap it!" Slow down, take your time and realize that this one mistake can just lead you to a better path.
  • -Okay. -And you're gonna be shocked by what you think you, what you're capable of doing. -Ooooh, I like that! That's really, that's good,
  • I like that. Well guys, Miss Wolfie,
  • I will see you here in a few days with the final artwork presented and ready for you and...
  • (Wolfie): Oooooh!!
  • I'm so nervous! *Both laughing*
  • It's not gonna be that bad. You're not gonna die.
  • I might! So anyway, let's go ahead and get that started.
  • *Piano music*
  • Okay, everybody.
  • So the very first step to my homework
  • assignment, which sounds so weird to say, because I've been out of college for a hot minute now.
  • But the first step is just setting up the still life,
  • making it look nice and just kind of like thinking of different ways of how I can make it look good.
  • Now for the three items that I picked, I ended up choosing a dog skull, a
  • bright pink lipstick, and lastly a laptop that I have.
  • Now as far as the arrangement goes, cause apparently that was a big part of the assignment,
  • I wanted to arrange it in a way that was reminiscent of like, you know,
  • Renaissance paintings and original still lifes from view masters and just get some like, heavy dark
  • contrast in there and I just wanted it to be like
  • there's... ooh,
  • I got some really nice reference photos going on. Yes!
  • Look at that.
  • Bow, you like my reference photos? You like my reference photos? Oh, thank you! Thank you!
  • Okay, okay, calm down, calm down, because we need to move on to the next part which will be, uh,
  • painting the thing. It's, okay can you for real calm down? She's like attacking me with her tongue.
  • *"The Price is Right" theme*
  • Okay, so now on to the next part which is the actual
  • painting process and surprise, surprise,
  • I am using none other than oil painting because when I was in school,
  • that was what I was studying and
  • this assignment honestly got me feeling like a kid in school again because I'm doing things
  • I have not done since I was in school, like for example
  • when is the last time on my channel that I've had to tactfully create a perspective
  • background?
  • Never! Never ever ever, you know. And so, it's easy to blow off and think, heh heh,
  • you know, "middle school assignment; I'll breeze through this," but no, this is actually teaching me something,
  • this is making me work in new ways and
  • problem-solve in artwork, which is something I haven't done in a while and it feels good!
  • *Background music*
  • Now for the painting we're gonna have to put this in, like
  • hyperspeed man, because you know, it's oil painting. It takes a long time to make an oil painting,
  • it's much different than it is drawing.
  • And I know what you're thinking, like Rae, why, why would you pick oil painting if it takes so long?
  • And the answer to that, real talk, is that I am still studying oil painting.
  • I got a taste of it as a student and I'm barely getting back into it. And that's why I admire and model myself
  • so much after the old masters, you know what I'm saying?
  • Like, it blows my mind that five hundred years ago
  • these people were able to master this medium and these highlights and shadows and contrast in color.
  • It's like, it blows my mind and honestly like, I want to learn their techniques.
  • That's why I love it so much and that's why I'm always like "I gotta be better!"
  • Next up I will be working on the background. Now
  • this stuff is really important because I want to make it look like this random skull, this lipstick, it's in a room,
  • there is a background, there is a
  • foreground, and I really want to follow this specific rule because she, I don't know if you guys remember, but she said
  • What, what our professor used to say: You don't have them just like floating, floating in space so they're not grounded or anything!
  • Do not have it floating in space.
  • We actually went to the same college together
  • and yeah,
  • we used to have a professor who would tell us that all the time, just like screaming it in our faces,
  • "Don't have it floating. You need to ground it!"
  • So because of that, every time I do it, even if it's just a simple drawing, I have to have like a heavy, heavy
  • brim around it, to like show THIS AIN'T FLOATING IN SPACE! You know what I'm saying?
  • *Mood music*
  • Okay, so just a quick update,
  • first of all my dog, she's such a sweetie. She's been here this whole time just like chillin' and I love her. Love you Bowie!
  • But anyway back to what I was saying.
  • So I just started working on the background, you know, it's all starting to kind of come together, but I realized that she had mentioned...
  • -Colored? -Mm-hmm. -The whole thing? -Yeah, that's kind of what a lot of my students struggle with, like they'll just like, "oh
  • I'll color this one little section" and leave the ENTIRE background white.
  • The idea is you can't just leave this space because we're talking about positive and negative space at one point in the classroom,
  • is that you have to fill everything in with positive space.
  • And so because of that, I decided last minute to,
  • you know what? I'm going to add in a little candle right here in the corner.
  • That way you can add some depth, add a little something visual, and just add a little something something that wasn't there before.
  • And I'm glad that I added that because that was one fourth of the canvas that was completely blank. I definitely would have got docked
  • some points.
  • *Goofy SpongeBob music*
  • And finally, this leads us to the last part of the painting process,
  • which is actually pretty minor in comparison to everything else
  • but I'm just gonna add in some details here and there, fill things out that need to be filled out,
  • add in some highlights, shadows, a little bit more depth,
  • you know, add in a little, add in a little bit of color and just, you know
  • generally, just get it all ready and finish it up.
  • And yes, that includes getting it gallery ready, getting it presentable and putting it in a frame which was actually a lot of fun, to go
  • frame shopping.
  • *Music ends*
  • *Dracula music*
  • -All I know so far is that it's in a frame. -Is it in a frame or is it hiding behind the frame?
  • Okay, whenever you're ready for it.
  • Daaaang.
  • Do you want me to leave you alone to paint it?
  • -Leave me alone with my thoughts as I like, drop down everything that's wrong with it. -Or right with it!
  • -But no, uh, let me just examine it for like a second and then we'll get back to you. -Okay, sounds good.
  • She's gonna examine it. Okay ready?
  • Yes!
  • Okay, here we go.
  • So, how my ratings system goes is just what was required, effort, participation, craftsmanship and creativity.
  • Okay, so we're gonna be judged on these four things.
  • -Obviously you hit the nail on the head on that one. -Okay!
  • Mostly because
  • it was very simple. You needed three objects all together, there you go.
  • One of them is from an animal so I can't get mad at it,
  • it's just your interpretation because it also goes back to like the effort
  • idea, is that you obviously did within the amount of time given to the best of your ability. Yes, okay.
  • So those are five out of like, five.
  • 5 out of 5!
  • Those, the things out of it.
  • -Next category is... -We'll look at craftsmanship. -Craftsman, aw...
  • Okay, let's just get that one out of the way.
  • Um, overall with craftsmanship within my notes that I looked at cause kinda when you judge art,
  • it's not just like, "oh sit back, relax and look at it,"
  • it's actually kind of getting up close and personal with it, and the things that gave you a 4 out of 5-
  • Okay.
  • -was because there was obvious look of pencil marks. With craftsmanship is also looking at your references,
  • knowing what you're looking at. So I looked also on how candles show shadow, and that's what throws me off,
  • I was like, "does a candle really have that backdrop of a shadow?"
  • Because if it illuminates, it shouldn't have a shadow around it. Everything else will get the shadow.
  • -So it's going in making sure your values are hitting where they're supposed to hit, in the correct spots. -Okay. That's a good one. I like that.
  • Going in and, but the overall concept of it, you did great with making it have depth.
  • I actually gave you on that one a four out of five, because overall it is a creative piece,
  • -Okay, okay. Yeah. -It's just, it feels like maybe there could have been a little bit more oomph with those extra elements in it.
  • -Creativity was a four or five. -Creativity, four out of five. -And then effort and
  • -participation was a five. -And effort and participation four out of five. Okay.
  • -No, five out of five. - Five out of five!
  • Yeah, because you obviously got the participation down within the amount of time that you had.
  • Heck yeah. I'm into that!
  • Right now I just want to know what is the ultimate grade of what you would rate this on a scale of
  • -twenty being the total points, what is the total grade? -You got an 18 out of 20.
  • Oh, that's good! I was literally expecting like a four!
  • You got a 90.
  • Oh hey! Ha ha! Yes, we're going out tonight! That's awesome!
  • Wow, this has been a really wonderful thing. I'm so glad that you're on my channel,
  • I truly did learn a lot and guys, if you like this I- would you be down for a part 2?
  • I would love a part 2 because I have resources. Maybe I can get like a quiz or something.
  • From someone even more in-depth with the art scene than I am.
  • So anyway guys, Miss Wolfie,
  • -thank you so much for being on my channel. -Thank you for having me. It's been amazing.
  • Yes, it's been wonderful.
  • Again, if you'd like to follow her art Instagram, boom, it's right here, mines right here. And with that being said guys, thank you
  • so much again for watching and I'll see you next video.
  • -Peace. -Bye!
  • *Ending music*

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