Mr GoldmanArtRoom.com

Note: All ideas and approaches contained within the pages of this web site were developed long before I taught in Douglas County School District and they are completely the intellectual property of

Teddy H. Goldman

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This painting is called “Walking on Eggshells” Real painted eggshell’s were used in a creative way.

The Artist, Amy, was in 11th grade when she created this piece. Her work is brilliant! The perspective is creative and very unique. The road was done with painted egg shells. The piece below was created using Watercolor paint and egg shells for the path. Amy’s work is exceptional both in technique and in concept.

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I hope it inspires other student’s to continue to practice and learn.

 

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I also teach Digital Art through Photoshop. A big part of learning digital art is developing “Creativity” This is an emphasis in my classes.

My Art Philosophy

Art has little do with talent. It has everything to do with with developing a sense of design and learning real artistic skills and techniques. Its about the active development of awakening artistic abilities. Yes, being genetically gifted is a plus. But almost anyone can learn to be very proficient in art. In my classes, I attempt to instill a sense of design and composition. I teach how to develop and sharpen abilities in painting, drawing. I want students to reach for a high level of artistic perception. Expertise in all mediums can be learned. Progress is based on a student’s ability to focus and their passion for learning. If you have a chance, go to my posts and read what students are saying about my class. My art course is an experience worth having!

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The visual arts invite students to explore realms of thought that move away from the mundane and ordinary to the festive, the ritualistic, the spiritual, the fantastic, the world of perception and observation, the incongruous, the playful, the elusive, the transcendent, the clouded and mysterious, the devious, the captivating, the anxious, the sublime, the obsessive, the eminent, the revelatory, and the evocative. They involve goal seeking, persistence, overcoming obstacles, and a search. If we are to remain a nation of prime movers, of originators or creators, we must give students an opportunity to exercise these qualities at every stage of their education.

Walter Askin Professor Emeritus


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Pencil-Drawing and Painting II

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Here is an example of a Graphic homework assignment:

This is an assignment the involves critique of student Illustrations.
Answer the following questions….

What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics-One paragraph.
Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.

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  1. Mediocre is something that is unoriginal while excellent pieces grab your attention immediately and shows originality. Excellent pieces are also very creative and the idea isn’t stolen from another artist.

    The piece of the green umbrella is very mediocre because I’ve seen it before just with another color. The red/black/white Thomas Dodd piece is also mediocre because it doesn’t look like much time was put into it (looks just like filters stacked on top of each other).

    The piece of the cat underwater is excellent because I’ve never seen anything like that before. It takes something humans do and replace the people with a cat and mouse. The piece has a strong movement portion to it because I look all around the piece (clouds to cat to mouse).

    The Sin City piece with the orange cigarette is very creative because the artist went out of the red and white box to add another color which makes the piece different from the others. This piece is very original. This piece’s main point is contrast because the colors pop and are very visually pleasing.

    – Schroeder

  2. Mediocre Graphics consist of boring and overdone topics, however well done they may be. They don’t display “out of the box” thinking and don’t leave you wanting to take a second glance. Excellent graphics are pieces that stay with you even long after you’ve seen it. They display creativity and are unique to other pieces on the same topic. I feel that the picture of the girl walking in the rain with a green umbrella is mediocre because it’s boring and overdone. Although the artist did a good job editing the picture, it wasn’t enough to make it stand out in a crowd. The cat and mouse scene where they’re on the stairs with weapons and are fighting is mediocre as well. Besides not photoshopping in the cat very well, the scene is mundane and doesn’t stay with me after I’ve seen it. An excellent example of cat and mouse is the picture of the cat underwater with a snorkel mask on and the mouse in a boat fishing with a fake mouse on the end of his pole. This piece is incredibly unique and creative, when I first saw it I wanted to look at it again so that I could learn from it. It was also photoshopped very well with no signs of mistakes on the cat or mouse. This piece has great patterns and proportions. The main color you see when you look at the piece is blue, due to the sky and water, and the clouds in the background of the picture are smaller to show they are further away. The Sin City poster with the man lighting a cigarette in a dark alleyway is also an excellent piece. It demonstrates creativity with the light from the cigarette instead of just painting in a person’s tie or having blood in the picture, etc. You get a great sense of focus when you look at this picture, because all you want to look at is the man with the cigarette. – McMann

  3. 1. The difference between mediocre and excellent graphics is determined on how creative the project. A project that is excellent makes you surprised and amazed by what you see, whereas a mediocre project doesn’t leave a lasting effect. Deciding if something is mediocre or excellent is not based on how well the piece is created, it is based on how well the idea is composed. When something is mediocre it does not mean that it is composed bad, it just means that it could have more creative aspects. When something is excellent, you can see that they put a lot of thought in creating the idea for the picture.
    2. The picture with the green umbrella is mediocre because it is an idea that anyone could think of. The magazine cover for Mellow Kitchen is mediocre because it is a basic concept, even though it is executed extremely well.
    3. The picture with the the mouse fishing for the cat is excellent because it is really surprising when you look at it and it is not something that everyone could think of creating. The picture with the two cats looking up at the cloud shaped like a mouse is excellent because the obvious choice for this project is to have a cat and a mouse scheming against each other.

  4. In my opinion, the difference between mediocre and excellent art is simple. If effort and creativity is involved in the process, that constructs potential for a great piece. I think that taking the time to plan out an idea is an integral part to creating excellent pieces of art. It is also my understanding that not caring about the work you spotlight to the public shows mediocre art. This also demonstrates a mediocre artist. The difference between mediocre art and excellent art is the overall time, effort and creativity that someone puts into each piece.

    Mediocre:
    I think that the piece with the mouse lighting off a bomb next to a sleeping cat is mediocre. I think that the artist limited their idea to only safe options and did not go out of the box. If more time and creativity was put into it, I can see it being really good.
    I think that the Sin City piece with the two characters up close and the men with the red hats is a mediocre piece. In my mind, they could have made the two emphasized characters feel like they belong more to the environment.
    Excellent:
    I think that the Thomas Dodd piece with the girl and the roses was a flawless execution of the artist’s style. The piece to me contemplate if it was professional or not and it created amazing tone. The piece gives a great sense of balance as the red and the bright skin compliment each other without taking away from anything.
    The cat and mouse piece with the mouse that drew on the cat is a great piece. Pieces like this explicitly demonstrate how time and planning makes for a great piece. This is very unique and takes a new spin on the pranks that we are used to seeing between the characters. This piece has great focus, it emphasizes the cats face and directs the viewer to the humor.
    -Vail

  5. 1. The difference between mediocre and excellent is that mediocre is something that you expect. Excellence is going above the standards and it is something that stands out and that people will remember. The definition of mediocre is “of only moderate quality” and this means that something is merely average. The definition of excellent is “extremely good, outstanding”, which means that if something is excellent, it stands out, it is unique, and leaves a lasting impression on the viewers. Mediocre is not necessarily bad, it is just average, like a typical and bland thing that most people are used to. Excellent is something that is magnificent and superb, it really catches the eye.

    2. One piece that was mediocre was the Sin City one that says “August 2005, Not Yet Rated” in the bottom right corner. The reason it is mediocre is because the designer colored the woman’s lips red and I completely expected that. Also, the person colored a few of the hats of the people in the background, which, again, I expected. Furthermore, the title, “Sin City” was colored in a bland, dark red. If the color was brighter and more vibrant it would really add to the piece. Another piece that was mediocre was the Cat VS Mouse one where the cat and mouse were on a set of stairs and the cat was holding a hatchet while the mouse was holding a sword. I think it is a good start to an idea, but it could be much better. I expected the cat and mouse to be in some kind of a battle and the idea was just really simple. The main reason that I think it’s mediocre is because the idea was very predictable and I was left wanting more.

    3. One piece that was excellent was the one of a fire in the background and a girl with the opacity
    lowered with a tear running from her eye. The reason I thought this piece was excellent was because it created a mood for me. I could feel the girl’s emotions and I felt like she was having a flashback of a previous terrible event. It really left a mark on me. Another excellent piece was the Thomas Dodd one where there was a picture of a girl on the right and on the left there was a moon and roses. I thought it was excellent because it looked professional and like something Thomas Dodd would create. The fact that it looks like a painting as well makes it so much more interesting. This was an idea I did not expect and left me pleasantly surprised. The Thomas Dodd piece had the art principle of balance. Everything was very calm and peaceful and felt right. Every area of the painting gave me the same feeling and it was very balanced. Also, everything had unity. Everything in the painting worked well with each other to create a great piece.

    -Laurie Chien

  6. 1.What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics.
    The difference between and mediocre and Excellent piece is creativity. A mediocre piece is something that doesn’t show much uniqueness, like you’ve seen it before a hundred times. Keep in mind it doesn’t mean that the piece was done bad it just lacks creativity. An excellent piece strikes emotion into who ever views it, it makes people want to view it because its new and exciting. An excellent piece doesn’t have to be very well done to be excellent, but it does help a lot.

    2.Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.

    The first piece I chose was the mellow kitchen magazine cover. This is mediocre because it feels like i’ve seen it before, and frankly that magazine seems boring with the name “mellow kitchen”. However this piece was really well done, but that doesn’t stop it from being mediocre.

    The second piece I chose was a cat and mouse where the mouse was holding a mallet. This is mediocre because it feels like every single Tom & Jerry cartoon and rehashes the same story it does.

    3.Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.

    The first piece was another cat and mouse where the mouse drew on the sleeping cat’s face. It’s excellent because it tells and original story and it’s funny, it draws the looker in. The image gives good focus to what it wants you to look at

    The second piece is a Thomas Dodd where her face is black and red. It really draws in the lookers because it uses interesting colors and is not expected. It really gives contrast to the whole image

    -Wright

  7. There is, obviously, going to be a difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphic art. However, it’s not exactly what you would expect. Most people will probably automatically think that the difference is in the lighting. Or maybe they’ll think it’s in the shadows. They might say the difference is in how good the background is or if a character in the piece is in a good place or position. The truth is, the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphic art is the idea. Mediocre art is art that looks unoriginal and somewhat the same as other pieces or examples of art. Excellent art is something that looks different from everything else, something that you rarely see, something that leaves a lasting impression, something you won’t easily forget. So the difference between Mediocre and Excellent art is not necessarily the details in the piece, but the idea that it portrays.

    The picture of the mouse about to light a bomb next to a cat in it’s bed is mediocre because it’s very similar to the examples found on Mr. Goldman’s website, almost a copy in fact. The ‘Striking Color’ piece of a girl holding a bright green umbrella is also mediocre. It’s quite easy for anyone to do and you could easily find other images just like it.

    The ‘Striking Color’ picture of the wolf with glowing yellow eyes is an excellent piece. Most people would just change the color of the eyes, which isn’t very memorable or creative. But in this piece, the artist made the eyes glow and light up the image, also creating focus.. It’s different from what everyone else would do and leaves a lasting impression. One ‘Sin City’ project is excellent for a couple reasons. It doesn’t show the regular gangster, with some gun. This one has a lighter instead and he lit something on fire. The text in the piece is also different, with a gritty, dirty kind of look, instead of fancy one. Another thing about this image is that it follows the classic circular movement that directs the viewer’s eye into and around the painting.

    – Rustad
    Period 2

  8. 1)Mediocre is something that is unoriginal, ordinary and at some times boring. It isn’t interesting and does not look professional or creative. Also, mediocre doesn’t catch the eye, because it isn’t unique. But, excellent is pretty much what mediocre is not. Excellent graphics are very appealing to the eye and mind of the person viewing it. It is unique, creative, interesting, professional and more.

    2) One piece of mediocre artwork in the gallery is the girl in black and white holding the bright green umbrella. It may be appealing to the eye, but it is not creative or unique. This piece of artwork is just a picture colored in with green. Another mediocre piece is the cat holding the hammer above the sitting mouse. This piece isn’t excellent because it isn’t telling a story about the cat and mouse and they are not interacting with one another.

    3)I think an excellent piece of artwork is the striking color with the wolf in the snow. This is a great piece because of it’s focus. The eye is led toward the bright color in the snow by the wolf and is extremely unique and creative. Without the color the eye would feel lost, but with the color it makes the piece interesting. The piece is a perfect example of focus. Another excellent piece of artwork would be the Thomas Dodd piece with the woman, the rose and the moon in the background. This is an excellent piece because it is simple, but unique and has great contrast. The dark background brings the color out in the roses and the moon, and the light skin of the woman. Contrast is used greatly in this project because of that.

    Parker

  9. The difference between Mediocre and Excellent is Mediocre is just plain boring but its almost there but not full potential. Excellent is beyond and great. A excellent piece of work would not be ordinary its new and it catches the eye. It grabs you in.

    The girl with the umbrella is mediocre. It is just one color it is way to easy

    The cat and mouse one with the bomb is just a copy its to easy.

    The underwater cat is excellent because it is new and it is not a example. it is a brand new idea

    The wolf with glowing eyes is excellent. It is out of the ordinary and a wonderful depth.
    Weist

  10. 1. I believe the difference between mediocre and excellent graphics art work all comes down to the creativity and time put into the project. The time someone puts into a project really shows, and shows how much something means to them. The creativity and thought put into a project can make or break whether something is mediocre or excellent. The creativity in a project allows for the person looking to feel an emotion or become drawn into it. Putting time and creativity into your project gives it substance and makes it an excellent piece.
    2. I think the umbrella and the cat with an axe were mediocre. The umbrella project looks nice but lacks in creativity and time. It looks as if it took them 5 minutes to put it together. The cat with the axe also looks very simplistic, and i can tell not much time was put into it because of how the cats fur looks, it also lack in creativity. The shadows were also very lazily done and overall could be much better.
    3. I think the cat underwater was an excellent piece because of the time i know they spent putting all of the pieces together. They also had to think outside of the box and come up with a very original idea. This piece was very well done in my opinion and deserves recognition. I think that the mouse with the sharpie was very creative but could have used more time to make it an outstanding piece. I think it is excellent due to the fact of its uniqueness and overall creativity. I also think it brought an emotion of laughter and playing jokes on people which can resonate with many. I think this piece showed focus due to the fact of the main thing being the sharpie on the cats face. There are no distractions in the photo and it is focused on the cat and mouse.
    -Wood Period 2

  11. 1) I think the difference between mediocre art and excellent art is how the person went about creating the art. Did the artist take their time?, be creative?, put effort into what they were working on? and most of all, were they patient and didn’t give up? In my opinion, I think that anyone can put together some kind of artwork and call it goods. When I look at a piece, I can tell if someone took their time on it because to me, it looks creative and stands out from someone else’s. “It’s unique”. Not caring about what you work on can also show through with the final piece and when someone looks at the art, they’ll probably consider it as mediocre.

    2) Mediocre:
    I think the picture of the cat that’s sitting on the stairs with an Ax and the mouse holding a knife is mediocre because one, the background doesn’t make me feel intrigued or make me laugh in a funny way that I think the image is supposed to. I think the artist could of put a little more thought into the placement of the characters and what kind of background best fits the Dynamic Duo they were going for.
    The Sin City picture of the up close man wearing a hat and the distanced girl is mediocre because when I see the image, it makes me feel like the image is two different images/ parts. I don’t think it looks “Sin City” enough and the characters look as if they were just pasted into the canvas. There’s just two different environment feels that don’t work for the image.

    3) Excellent:
    I think that the Thomas Dodd of the girl in the corner of the canvas with the roses and the moon was excellent because all the layers and objects in the art all work well together. It’s creative and unique. The image shows balance and nothing from the image takes away from another part. It also shows a circular motion and when the eyes look at the image, they never come off the page.
    The Wolf artwork with the light shooting out of the eyes was created very well. It gives a mood of warmness but yet at the same time a dark and cold feeling. The background and the yellow color from the wolf’s eyes compliment each other well too. You can tell the artist put a lot of thought and creativity into the art. I really enjoyed looking at the piece because I had never seen something like that before.
    This piece focused on emphasis very well because as everything else in the image was black and white, the beaming light of yellow caught my attention first and then continued onto the rest of the image. It was also probably the most important part of the image the artist wanted to convey.
    – Herrod

  12. What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics?
    Mediocre is a picture that you will forget shortly after looking at it. You see it, say “That’s pretty cool I guess”, then keep on walking. Excellent is attention-grabbing. It makes the person stop in their trails and analyze the picture without knowing it. It’s a picture that is good enough to the point where the person will have no questions after walking away.

    Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    The piece with the cat and mouse on the stairs holding weapons is very mediocre in my opinion. The weapons are added to the picture fantastically but the overall idea has been used before and it isn’t as well done as previous pictures. The meme addiction collage is also a mediocre piece because of the lack of “flow”. On most collages that are done well, your eyes will automatically circle the picture and jump from one picture to the other in the collage. On this piece you have to force your eyes to look at the pictures of the collage independently.

    Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.
    The piece with the glowing eye of the wolf is most certainly excellent. The shadows underneath the wolf, the reflection of the light on the ground from his eye, the darkness of the background… Everything about it is perfect. The cat and mouse with the cat underwater is another excellent piece. The way they portrayed the “underwater” look is amazing. The size of the cat is large, but proportional to the size of the mouse. Also the idea of a mouse fishing with another mouse is a very creative idea.

    -Andriese, Period 2

  13. 1. Mediocre graphics are much more common than Excellent graphics. Mediocre graphics are ideas that have been used multiple times even if it is done very well and professionally, if it is an idea used multiple times, it’s a mediocre graphic. If the artist creates something completely original and doesn’t create something that has been done multiple times in the past, it is excellent.
    2. a. The girl walking down the road with an umbrella in the rain is mediocre because although it was done well by the artist, it is a striking color idea that has been used over and over again and wasn’t very original.
    b. The cat and mouse graphic with the mouse about to hit the cat on the head with a hammer is also mediocre. Although the project was done well, it wasn’t original because that idea of the cat and mouse has been used countless times.
    3. a. The mad scientist project with the green guy with his eyes going in different directions is a very excellent graphic. It is simple, yet very original and it was done professionally. The way he made his eyes go in different directions was very creative and slight distortions made it seem exactly like a mad scientist. This piece has both focus and contrast because you can focus on his eyes and the color of his skin and the color of the liquid. The colors also contrast well with the dark background.
    b. The cat and mouse project with the mouse fishing a fake mouse to lure a cat underwater is an excellent piece. It is very creative because it shows a cat scuba diving and a mouse fisherman, both of which require imagination. It isn’t very complex, but it shows a high level of creativity. This piece shows movement because of the waves and the way the cat is looking like he is about to lunge at the fake mouse.
    -Hunt

  14. Mediocre is something that is original, excellent is something that keeps your eye on the page and doesn’t bore you to death.

    An example of mediocre would be the girl walking in the rain with the bright green umbrella. This is mediocre because it is original and you’d expect to see that kind of work. The next example of mediocre would be the one with the cat and mouse on the stairs because the cat doesn’t look like it’s actually on the stairs, and the mouse’s shadow isn’t even touching the mouse it’s like it’s just hovering beside it. An example of excellent would be the mouse fishing and the cat being under water. This piece is excellent because you wouldn’t expect it, the clouds were drawn well and all the shadows were done great. Another example of excellent would be the piece with the wolves eyes being lit up orange, and how it looks like everything is drawn instead of everything being pictures.

    -Hollenbeck

    • – In my opinion the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics is simple. One has a great creative idea that’s not basic, and the other is a basic idea of art that you over and over again. Mediocre graphics have moderate quality, the designer was most likely ameture and just thought of the basic ideas of art. Excellent graphics are superb, new ideas being brought into the field. So In my Opinion, planning and processing your ideas is key to creating your very own excellent masterpiece.

      -Mediocre : My personal opinion on a mediocre project would be the project of the cat and mouse where the mouse is lighting off the bomb next to the cat. I think it is just a plain idea nothing new. It somewhat copies other ideas. If they used a different scenery and took their time on it there would be some potential for excellence. The other project that is mediocre is the Sin City project where there are multiple guys wearing hats. There is no emotion or specialty about this, you can’t see any of the faces and there is nothing that says Sin City. If there was more time spent and thought process this project could have been better.

      -Excellent: As soon as I saw the Thomas Dodd look a like picture with the girl with low opacity over a forest with the roses to the left. The different contrast really makes the girl pop out with her bright skin and the moon creates a tone of darkness and mystery. The roses create a tone of love and they stand out against her pale skin. This person spent time and thought wand they ultimately created an excellent piece with tone and color. The other project that I noticed was excellent would be the cat and mouse project where the cat is in the ocean and the mouse is in a boat trying to fool the cat. This person spent time trying to find a new creative idea and find humor in it as well. They used great graphics and made everything blend together it looks absolutely amazing. This person really created a new superb idea.

  15. 1. What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics?
    In my opinion, a mediocre project is something that anyone can think of and put together in a short amount of time. A mediocre project usually is not inspirational because people have seen it many times. Mediocre artists usually take less time and effort to plan out and put their project together. Their creativity and art might not grab someone’s attention, no matter how well it is done. On the other hand, an artist who has excellent artwork generally takes more time, thought, and effort to plan out and create a great piece. An excellent project grabs peoples’ attention and usually is inspiring and/or fascinating; it is an out of the box idea and has creativity and originality to it.

    2. Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    I think the picture with the girl walking with a green umbrella is mediocre. I have seen multiple pictures like that. I think that it lacks originality and creativity. The second piece I think is mediocre is the cat and mouse one with the mouse lighting the bomb. It doesn’t have originality and I have seen ideas similar to that multiple times before.

    3. Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.
    I think the wolf with the eyes glowing was an excellent project. The artist not only colored the eyes but made them glow which was very unique. An art principle used in this piece is focus. The second piece I think is excellent is the cat and mouse project with the two cats staring at the mouse clouds. It is an idea that is original; not many people create a project like this when thinking of a cat and mouse. An art principle used in this piece is balance.

    -Jakatdar, Period 2

  16. 1) Mediocre graphics are what graphics that are expected, unoriginal, and/or uncreative. Excellent graphics are inspired, original, memorable, and creative. While both can be very good on a technical scale, what sets the two apart is the content and ideas of the piece. Mediocre graphics are not necessarily bad, but do not stand out. Excellent graphics are usually imaginative and different– this is what sets them apart from all of the other graphics which vie for the attention of the viewer, and what makes them more memorable to their audience.
    2) The picture of the girl with the green umbrella is mediocre. It is an image of a girl walking down the street with a with an umbrella. The umbrella is a bright green; it is the only color in the piece. While the piece is pretty, and well executed, it is not particularly original or creative; it is also exactly what one might expect as a striking color piece. For these reasons, it is mediocre, and not excellent. There are even two pictures very similar to it up on Mr. Goldmans’s website. Therefore, while well-executed, this image does nothing to stand out from the others.
    The picture of the wolf with the glowing yellow eyes is excellent. It is a picture of a wolf in the woods with bright yellow, glowing eyes which are the only color in the piece. There is no other piece like it from the graphics classes, and it gives the viewer a feeling of mystery and fantasy. There is more to the piece than just one element of the picture colored in nicely. It makes use of the color in a powerful and memorable way. For these reasons, the piece is excellent.
    3) Two excellent pieces are the one of the mouse fishing for the cat, and the one of the woman and the roses (from the Thomas-Dodd assignment). The former is a picture of a mouse on a boat with a fishing pole which uses a mouse toy as bait for a cat which lurks below in the depths of the sea. The latter is of a portrait of a mysterious-looking woman with a bouquet of red roses and a foreboding full moon. Dead trees are used as an overlay which contribute to the dark and mysterious mood of the piece. This piece has great balance. The girl, who is the focus of the piece, is on the right, so this is where the eye is initially draw. On the left is the bouquet of flowers, which are brighter than the rest of the piece (which also goes along with contrast), gives more the piece a dynamic feel. The moon draws the eye up to the top of the piece on the left side, which creates a circular motion, but also keeps it balanced.

    –Stenberg (period 2)

  17. What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent
    1. In my opinion, mediocre is when someone creates something that is not creative. It might be done correctly, but if you have seen a graphic like it before, it is not unique, therefore not excellent. Excellent is when someone creates a beautifully executed piece, and it is bold and unique. If you can not stand out as an artist, than you are a mediocre artist.
    Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    2a. The striking color project with the hot air balloons is mediocre. I think it is not excellent, because even though it is done very well, it is not that creative. Also, this creation is not very bold, so I did not remember this specific piece. I have seen many hot air balloons for this assignment, therefore it is mediocre.
    2b. Also, the cat and mouse project with the mouse lighting a bomb is mediocre. Even though this project has great shadows, this piece is not creative. I have seen this type of idea numerous times for the cat and mouse project. Again, this graphic is not creative or bold enough to be remembered. This piece is definitely not excellent.
    Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.
    3a. The striking color with the wolf and the glowing eyes is excellent. It shows focus and it is very bold and wonderfully done. This piece is unforgettable and very creative. I have not seen a piece like this before. Also, it is so clear that the yellow stands out, and your eyes keep going back to the focus of this creation.
    3b. The cat and mouse project with the sharpie and the sleeping cat is also excellent. This piece is unbelievably unforgettable and creative.The artist does a good job of using contrast. The light floors make the cat, sharpie drawing, and the mouse stand out. It is very enjoyable to see and it causes the viewers to laugh. This is a successful graphic and it is very well done.

    -Hammond 2

  18. -The thing that makes designers great is the ability to create a excellent piece. Mediocrity is easy, uninspired, and can repel potential customers and clients, but a great piece showcases ingenious solutions to problems, creativity in design, and thoroughness during the design process. I think the main difference between a great and mediocre piece is the difficulty of which it can be made. Mediocre pieces are boring, unoriginal, and easy to make from anyone, while a great piece is creative, exciting, and uses techniques that are hard to use and master.

    Mediocre Pieces:
    1-Red, Black, and White Girl- The piece was an attempt at Thomas Dodd, and I think it is mediocre because it really does not look like one of his pieces. It fits more with SIn City, but still very loosely. Overall, if the piece was more like Dodd’s works, it would be better, but I am not feeling any Thomas Dodd from this piece.

    2-Striking Color Green Umbrella- This piece is really uninspired. I have seen a few umbrella pieces from this topic, so it is very unoriginal and takes the easy route.

    Excellent Pieces:
    1-Mad Scientist With Claw: I think this piece could use some better execution with the goggles and cube, but it is a very original piece that uses human modification, something that a scientist would do. It uses good focus around the claw on his arm.

    2-Thomas Dodd; Girl With White Shirt and Roses: This piece captures a perfect representation of Dodd’s work, incorporating an interesting paint-style overlay to give it a feeling of authenticity. The colors overall have good contrast together, creating a cool nighttime feel, however the roses should be a bit darker and less pale in my opinion.

    -Smith

  19. 1: There is a vast difference between mediocre and excellent art. Mediocre art is a combination of many things. The first being that mediocre art is un-original and completely expected. This type of art also generally has a sense of carelessness throughout the piece. This type of art will only draw the viewers eye for a maximum of one or two seconds as un-original art is boring and if you can clearly tell it isn’t real then you don’t have as much interest in the project. An excellent project on the other hand has a very creative un-heard of idea that draws the readers eye. These projects will usually cause the viewer to think about it and can also extract emotion from the viewer whether it be comedic or love. These projects also will keep the viewers eyes on the project for at least 10-15 seconds as they will have many components as well as a well thought out design. These pieces will also be very realistic looking and it will be hard for the viewer to tell that you used Photoshop. The biggest difference between mediocre and excellent in my opinion is the thought that goes in to creating the project.

    2a: One very obvious example of mediocre is the girl walking in the rain with the green umbrella. This project is mediocre as it could have easily been made during one class period and looked like there was about 30 seconds of thought into it. This project also kept my eyes on it for less than 5 seconds due to the fact that it wasn’t very interesting and also wasn’t very dynamic.

    2b: Another clearly mediocre piece is the one with the cat and the mouse on the stairs. This piece is mediocre because it is exactly what you think of when you think cat and mouse. This project also has no thought put into it and doesn’t tell a story like some of the other cat and mouse projects. This project lacks creativity and thought and those two things are what makes a project great.

    3a: An example of excellence in a project is the Cat and Mouse project where there is a mustache on the cats face and the mouse is holding a sharpie. This piece is an example of excellence as you can tell the creator put a lot of thought and work into it and it really draws your eye. This project is something you would never expect and it really tells a story. Through this project you can see the mouse drawing the mustache on the cat and the cat waking up and seeing it. This project was also excellent because it made me remember it due to the comedic effect of the story.

    3b: Another example of an excellent project is the Cat and Mouse with the mouse fishing and the cat under water. This is a clear example of excellence as it tells an incredible story and it is something you would never expect from the project description. This project has an extensive amount of creativity and attention to detail. I loved how they even had the end of the pole have a fake mouse as bait to catch the cat and the cat had a snorkel. This piece tells a story and you can infer what happened and what is going to happen based on the piece.

    -Shockley P2

  20. There is a clear difference between mediocre and excellent graphics. Determining whether a piece is mediocre or excellent is not simply based on the composition of the piece, but is based on the thought and message the piece conveys. Mediocre art lacks the qualities that enable a viewer to feel any depth of emotion. Excellent graphics evoke great emotion in the viewer by setting a mood and drawing the viewer into the intended emotion. Mediocre and excellent graphics result in two very different outcomes for the viewer.
    One mediocre piece in the art gallery is the very first cat and mouse project, with the mouse holding a bomb. This project is mediocre, because it is unoriginal and lacks depth. The basic image of the bomb limits the emotion the viewer feels and does not tell a compelling story. Another mediocre art piece is the emotion project with a guy laughing or crying with rainbows behind him. The emotion conveyed is not clear, causing the viewer to be very confused. There seems to be no tie between the rainbow graphical elements and the main photo graphical element. Without this connection, the piece lacks meaning and is therefore mediocre.
    An excellent piece in the art gallery is the sin city project with the man smoking a cigarette with a fire behind him. This piece sets a mood of darkness with the dramatic lighting effect of the cigarette. The art principle in this piece is the focus on the cigarette. By emphasizing the cigarette, the scene is tied together. This draws the viewer into the mood of the scene, making the piece truly excellent. Another excellent piece in the art gallery is the Thomas Dodd piece with the algae growing on the guy. While the composition of the piece could be better, there is a thoughtfully demonstrated dark mood, that mirrors Thomas Dodd’s art work. The art principle this piece shows is unity, with the theme of plants and algae growing on and around the guy. The viewer feels the emotion of this piece due to it’s overall unified approach.

    -Duque

  21. 1. What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics-One paragraph.
    I think that the main difference between the excellent graphics and the mediocre graphics is the base idea. A lot of the mediocre ones didn’t have a good foundation idea so it was hard to be creative and make an excellent piece. Since the excellent pieces have a good foundation idea, the illustrator is able to build off of it and make there piece amazing. Also, even if the aesthetics, aren’t the best in the excellent pieces, the great idea keeps the audience looking at the image, and that’s what makes the piece effective.

    2. Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    Two mediocre pieces form the gallery are the cat and mouse on the stairs and the the “My Battle With Meme Addiction” book cover. Both of these pieces are mediocre because of two reasons: they aren’t aesthetically pleasing and the base idea isn’t very deep. In the cat and mouse one, both the cat and mouse look out of place. The illustrator didn’t do a good job making the characters fit into the back ground. Also, the idea isn’t very strong. It doesn’t hold the audience in and make them think about what is happening in the photo. In the book cover one, the audience can clear tell the creator is an amateur. The pieces in it are not cut out well and it is very displeasing to the eye. Also, the idea is very weak. It doesn’t draw the audience in. Especially, if it was a book, it would be rarely (if ever) checked out from a library.

    3. Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.
    Two excellent pieces from the gallery are the cat an mouse with the mouse holding the sharpie and the wolf striking color piece. To start, the cat and mouse piece has an extremely creative and funny idea. This piece draws in the audience and some will even laugh at it. This is a very successful piece. If it can make the audience laugh, they will remember it and talk about it later. Although part of the mouse’s shadow is cut off, the mistake is almost overlooked because the rest of the graphic is excellent. This piece has “focus.” The audience is drawn the sharpie on the cat’s face. This is the main part of the piece and is the part that the audience will remember and talk about. The striking color piece is also excellent. It is very pleasing to the eye. Because of the shining eye, it was a circular motion following the light beams. Also, the idea is one-of-a-kind, and is very intriguing. This piece has contrast. The bright yellow of light has a deep contrast between black and white of the snowy forest.

    – Brooks period 2

  22. 1. A mediocre graphic is the portraying of an idea poorly. The creator’s intellectual composition of the artwork has a tendency of being great, however the conveying of the idea is either unclear or is cliché; unoriginal. An excellent graphic design consoles further questioning (the leaving one hanging), however promotes viewers’ propositions in tools used, inspirations for the art components, and simply how the idea originated. Those said propositions lead other people to have great ideas, because they too want to investigate the limitless ideas and tools that photoshop or another program provides. That said, the excellent pieces of graphic art create a lasting impact on the viewer.
    2. The image of the mouse about to detonate the bomb next to the cat is mediocre. Components of the project guidelines seem to be missing, as the cat is not interacting with what the mouse is about to do. The idea that was conveyed is very cliché, not motivating the viewer to do anything but continue clicking on to look at others’ art work. Another picture that is not well thought out is the girl holding the green umbrella. This picture has a lot of potential, but was not thought of long and carefully enough. It appears as though she used the quick selection tool and the paint brush, completing the project.
    3. The underwater cat and mouse project was a clever idea and was portrayed also very well. The first thing I notice when looking at the picture, is the boat with the mouse standing in it. The small section of the boat that is in the water looks amazing, as well as the bubbles and ripples of the water surrounding it. This project was well thought out, in both the creativity of the interactions and the portraying of them. Another piece I will remember, is the Thomas Dodd one that looks mystical in the forrest. When I was looking though the different examples, I was surprised how much I liked it. Emphasis is drawn onto the details of the illuminating lady, as circular motion draws your eye around the rest of the design. A lot of time and energy was put into this project and it makes the viewer appreciative of all that was done to get it to that state.
    -Cope p2

  23. Definition:
    To me, the difference between mediocre artwork and excellent artwork is based on the creativity of the piece. I believe an excellent piece is so creative that it will stick in your head whereas a mediocre piece isn’t one to remember. I think you can’t be a good Photoshop artist without a creative mind to make work/pieces excellent. Sure you can know every shortcut and all the ins/outs of Photoshop, but you won’t make it far without a creative mind.
    Mediocre:
    An example of a mediocre piece would be the girl walking with a green umbrella. It is a rather boring piece, as well as not too creative. It’s really just a painted umbrella and it doesn’t really stand out or shock me when I look at it. Another example of a mediocre piece would be the mellow kitchen piece. In my opinion it is very well done, but the idea itself is boring and unappealing to the eye.
    Excellent:
    An example of an excellent piece would be the man standing with mushrooms in front of him. The picture creates a depressed and dull mood which is excellently represented in the guys facial expression and the color tone used. Another excellent piece would be the ghost girl with butterflies around her. It shows that the person is connected with nature by the placement of the butterflies and how they are surrounding her. It is a great concept and it was done incredibly well.

  24. 1. The difference between mediocre and excellent is the creativity and effort put into the piece. A piece is mediocre if it is lacking in originality, no matter how well done the idea was done. A piece is also mediocre if it doesn’t engage the viewer, if the the viewer just shrugs and goes to the next piece than it is mediocre. On the other hand an excellent piece is original and has never been seen before. Also an excellent piece engages the viewer and causes them to look over every single inch of the piece. This is what I think the difference between mediocre and excellent is.

    2. I think that the striking color piece, with all the hot air balloons is mediocre. I think it is mediocre because the idea of hot air balloons on a black and white background is a generic idea that isn’t very original. Also I think it’s mediocre because personally it doesn’t engage me and it was one of the pieces I briefly looked at and then moved on. I also think the cat and mouse piece with the mouse lighting a bomb next to a the cat was mediocre. I think that piece was mediocre because there was really no originality, a mouse blowing up a cat is the thing that probably everyone considered doing. Also this piece didn’t really engage me, so I think it is mediocre.

    3. The Thomas Dodd piece with the woman next to roses with a tree texture over, I thought was excellent. I thought this piece was excellent because it was very original and showed that the person who made it, put a lot of time and effort into it. Also I think this piece was excellent because It was one of the pieces that really caught my eye and engaged me. Also I thought the cat and mouse piece with the mouse fishing with the cat underwater was excellent. I thought this piece was excellent because the idea of the mouse fishing for the cat was extremely creative and original. Also this piece was extremely engaging, so much so that I stared at it for a good two minutes. I think the main thing about this piece that kept me so engaged was the unity used. Nothing on this piece seemed out of place or like it was slapped in there.

    – Sowl

  25. Excellent is something creative and makes you feel something when you look at it. It also makes a person relate to the piece and reflect it in a way. Mediocre is something that is expected and doesn’t make you look at it more than once. The exception is if it’s done professionally and well done it’s considered less mediocre.
    2. The picture with a cat sitting on a sofa with a mouse above it with a hammer is mediocre because it’s unoriginal and doesn’t really go outside the box. In my opinion the mouse and the cat should be watching TV about mouse traps instead. Another mediocre piece is another cat and mouse on a staircase holding weapons. Its mediocre because it is bland in creativity and in color, it is not that kind of piece that you will remember the day after.
    3. The picture with a woman next to some roses with a moon above her head is pretty excellent because I like how this person used the background as part of the woman’s texture. I also liked how the roses catch your eyes with its use of color. I think the art composition for this is Balance because it’s not too dark and not too bright either, it fits the mood for it nicely. Another excellent piece is the wolf with the glowing yellow eyes. I thought it is excellent because it shows a story about it and the vibrant color on the wolf’s eyes is mesmerizing. I also like how the background fits perfectly with the mood. A perfect way to categorize this piece is in Proportion because each picture used has its own contrast that fits perfectly with the mood it was going for.

    -Brown

  26. A mediocre work of graphic art would be something boring that doesn’t keep you entertained. It doesn’t leave the audience in awe. An excellent work of art would be amazing! People would remember it and uses principles such as balance, rhythm, and circular morion to keep the eye entertained.

    One example of a mediocre piece is the cat and mouse project that is done on the stairs. To start off the idea isn’t very original, and out of all the examples of this project that i’ve seen it just kind of looks bland. Another example would be the the magazine cover “Mellow Kitchen”. The piece is very very well done, practically flawless but the whole idea of the project was to get people excited to read the magazine. Even the title seems a bit plain. If the assignment was to create a bland magazine the would have nailed it. Now for the excellent examples; The wolf with the glowing eyes i thought was excellent! The creator used the tool of circular motion to lead the eye all around the picture starting with the eyes then to the falling snow and up into the trees all around. Very well done and super creative. Another excellent example is the cat and mouse project where the cats see the cloud shaped as a mouse in the sky. This project is excellent simply because the idea is so creative!! Sure maybe the mouse in the sky could’ve been made better but still, such a creative idea. It uses balance with the two cats on each side and the same amount of clouds on each side.
    -Howard period 2

  27. 1.What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics.
    Art should be fun to look at. It should be visually pleasing. A mediocre piece of graphic art is a piece that isn’t eye candy. This could be either because the concept of it has been used so many times before that it’s just boring, or that the technical flaws are too distracting. An excellent piece is a creative work with good composition, a good choice of colors, and plenty of effort put into it.

    2.Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    The first piece that I would describe as mediocre is the Dodd piece that is of a girl with inverted colors and lots of red. This piece is mediocre because it’s all too clear that very little effort was put into it. It’s not visually pleasing, and there’s no concept in the art.

    The second piece that I would describe as mediocre is the emotion piece that consists of a woman’s face and a fire in the background. This piece is supposed to make me feel something; to tell a story, but it’s a very generic and vague. The techniqe is okay, but it’s not vibrant enough.

    3.Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.

    The first piece that I would describe as excellent is the Dodd piece showing a girl with leaves around her. The choice of color is excellent, and the detailing and transparency creates a mood.

    The second piece I would describe as excellent is the Dodd piece of a woman holding flowers with the moon in the background. The canvas texture makes it blend very well, it’s a unique idea not shown in any of the other projects, and the atmosphere of the piece keeps my attention.

    -DiGiulio

  28. 1.What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics.
    Art should be fun to look at. It should be visually pleasing. A mediocre piece of graphic art is a piece that isn’t eye candy. This could be either because the concept of it has been used so many times before that it’s just boring, or that the technical flaws are too distracting. An excellent piece is a creative work with good composition, a good choice of colors, and plenty of effort put into it.

    2.Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    The first piece that I would describe as mediocre is the Dodd piece that is of a girl with inverted colors and lots of red. This piece is mediocre because it’s all too clear that very little effort was put into it. It’s not visually pleasing, and there’s no concept in the art.

    The second piece that I would describe as mediocre is the emotion piece that consists of a woman’s face and a fire in the background. This piece is supposed to make me feel something; to tell a story, but it’s a very generic and vague. The techniqe is okay, but it’s not vibrant enough.

    3.Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.

    The first piece that I would describe as excellent is the Dodd piece showing a girl with leaves around her. The choice of color is excellent, and the detailing and transparency creates a mood.

    The second piece I would describe as excellent is the Dodd piece of a woman holding flowers with the moon in the background. The canvas texture makes it blend very well, it’s a unique idea not shown in any of the other projects, and the atmosphere of the piece keeps my attention.

    -DiGiulio

  29. Mediocre is work that is good. It it doesn’t reach its full potential. The mouse fishing the cat is an excellent piece that is very creative. The mouse drawing on the cat is yet another example of good thinking and creativity. The girl walking in the rain with an umbrella is mediocre because it is expected but it is still good. The hot air balloons in the clouds was good as well but is expected but still draws your eyes to it.

  30. The difference between mediocre and excellent is that mediocre is what you would expect and excellent over expectations. This means that mediocre is one that doesn’t have much detail. It lacks interest or it is very boring. Then excellent is a piece that draws your attention towards the what you are looking for and it draws you in. It is appealing to the eye and it gives the person a good picture to go off of.
    I think the piece that is mediocre is the girl holding the umbrella. This is expected and I would of thought of this. The piece is very boring and it is reasonable good.
    The one that is excellent is the mad scientist. I thought that this was really well done and it exceeded my expectations. The piece was very creative and well thought out. The eye balls were really well done and I think that this piece exceeds expectations.

  31. My second decision that I think is mediocre is the ,one with the mouse lighting a bomb next to a cat.I expected this and I was not surprised on how they did it. They pretty much copied some of the examples from his website and this was and easy give away. I thought that it was dull and could have used a bit more thought.
    My second project that I think is excellent is the one project where the cat is looking up at the sky and there is a mouse cloud in the sky. I thought that this was very clever in its own sort of way. I saw the amount of detail put into this project and the amount of hard work that was put into this. I thought that it was very well done and it was perfect. I could not see how one could have made this better.

  32. Mediocre and excellence are near opposite words. Mediocre is poor quality, perhaps not showing much effort or creativity. Excellence shows extreme creativity and high quality.
    Two examples of mediocre art pieces are the “dog dies in fire” and the cat and mouse on the stairs. The piece with the dog and the owner could be seen as mediocre because it is very obvious, and doesn’t convey much of an emotion. The news on the TV says “dog dies in fire trying to save owner,” which gives away the purpose of the piece, and would’ve been better if it left the viewer to guess what happened, and creating more of an emotion. The other graphic with the cat and mouse is very mediocre, simply because it is bland, not creative, and looks very unrealistic.
    An example of an excellent graphic is the underwater cat and the mouse on the boat. This is very creative, and extremely well done because it has a sense of balance and depth. It feels like you can see into the water, and the piece has a sense of circular motion as well. The piece with the wolf in the woods is also excellent because of the color that strikes out.

    -Pavelis
    Period 2

  33. I feel the difference between mediocre and excellent work falls greatly within the intention and partially the execution of an artist. An excellent artist puts time into creating fresh ideas where viewers become enveloped. They put equal work ethic into execution of a project, balancing and challenging principles of design. A mediocre piece incorporates only basic ideas. Design is segregated between parts and ideas don’t challenge the viewer. Mediocre and excellent art vary extremely visually and begin from a difference in mindset of the artist.
    The first piece I found to be mediocre is the all black and red Dodd piece. I feel the image has too many filters that are misleading. the style varies too much from the style of Thomas Dodd and though edited well, looks simple. The ideas seem lost in the style. I also believe the cat and mouse on the stairs felt mediocre. The cat seems disproportional and neither piece of the artwork look fitting on the staircase. The piece’s ideas are simple in my opinion.
    The mad scientist with rolled eyes piece is excellent because it is unique. The piece is consistent, full of ideas, and uses contrast well. The strong difference in color and black and white accentuates the elements of the photo. The second work I believe is excellent is the Thomas Dodd photo with roses. All parts put into the art piece work in unity with one another. Viewers can feel intention and good execution in each part put together.

  34. 1.What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics-One paragraph.
    The main difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics is that excellent graphics are very creative, they have good composition, and are well done. Mediocre graphics are often copied, unoriginal, or lack creativity. A piece that may be considered well done may not be excellent if it is not creative and a piece that may not be well done could still be excellent if it is very creative. Pieces that are easily remembered or stand out compared to others can be excellent.
    2.Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    The piece with the mouse hitting the cat on the head with a hammer is mediocre because it lacks creativity. Although it is done well, it is extremely boring and does not stand out. It does not evoke a thought or memory.
    The piece with the face in front of the fire is mediocre because it is not very well done. There is very little balance in this piece because it is very basic and there is not much to look at.
    3.Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.
    The piece with two cats looking up at a cloud shaped like a mouse is very excellent. This piece is very excellent because it is very original and different and it has very good focus on the cats and on the cloud.
    The sin city piece with a man with a cigarette in his mouth and a burning body behind him is very excellent. This piece is very good because it has great movement around the piece between the title, the man, and the body. It is also a very different approach to the sin city project instead of coloring a tie or hat.

    -Hansen

  35. Scherrer Period 2

    1. What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics?
    Mediocre artwork is common because of how simple it is. It can be taught, ingrained into an artist so that every piece is perfect, exactly like the masters before them, and it still would be mediocre work. This is, ironically, because of all that training. Creativity cannot be taught, and it is the key to an excellent piece. When artwork stands out, even if it has a few areas that could be improved, it is an extremely successful piece because it stands out in the viewers’ minds and keeps them thinking about it’s message. Mediocre artwork simply cannot do that.
    2. Choose two pictures in the gallery that are mediocre. Describe them and explain why.
    One picture that I found mediocre was the cat sitting upright on a couch, with a mouse behind it holding a hammer. It had many aspects that could be improved in the composition (i.e. the shadows, brightness and contrasts), but the main focus of its mediocrity comes in the story the image tells. It is a classic idea, of course, but it has been done too many times to be called original, and it doesn’t stick in the mind. Another image I thought looked mediocre was the “Mellow Kitchen” magazine cover. It is perfectly done, with pristine shadows, contrasts, space, etc. But again, the idea is entirely unoriginal. It looks like thousands of other magazine covers, causing it to fall into the background.
    3. Choose two pictures that are excellent. Describe them and explain why. Describe one art principle listed below that was used in the piece.
    A picture I thought was excellent was of the girl with the roses, trees, and moon in the style of Thomas Dodd. It has a very distinct emotion, albeit one that is very hard to articulate. Everything in the picture has a purpose, and all of the components come together beautifully to create a clear image with emotion attached that makes a viewer keep coming back to it. An art principle they used was unity, because not only do the trees, the moon, and the face create a circular motion, but they all seamlessly blend together and complement each other. Another image I found excellent was the lone wolf with glowing amber eyes. The snow surrounding the wolf, as well as the dark forest, create an ambience that resonates with the viewer. The idea of glowing eyes is nothing new, but the way it is done, with the subtle glow surrounding and touching everywhere, it is such a distinct emotion that it embodies excellence.
    -Scherrer, period 2

  36. What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent graphics?
    The difference between mediocre graphics and excellent graphics are how they react towards people. A mediocre graphic is represented in the way that if someone sees it, its most likely to be forgotten in a short period of time. Where as an excellent graphic is something that can catch someones attention quickly and make the viewer more intrigued on what the design is trying to represent.

    One piece of mediocre artwork that was showed in the gallery would be the girl walking in the rain with an umbrella. I would call that certain piece of art work mediocre because even though it was a striking color project and you just had to change one part of the photo to a different color, the project itself wasn’t unique. Its a type of photo that is used over and over again and its something that everyone has already seen. As my second piece that I would say that is mediocre would be the cat and mouse project where the mouse has a mallet and the cat is just sitting on the couch casually. My reason for this is that when somebody says anything about a cat and a mouse in a feud, the first thing that comes to mind is just the mouse hitting the cat with something. Plus this type of thing has already been used in the hit show Tom and Jerry so its not even unique.

    One piece of art work that I thought was excellent was the cat and mouse project where the cat is under water and the mouse is fishing for the cat but with a mouse. My reason behind why I think this is an excellent piece of artwork is because I have never seen anything like it before and its something that I will never forget. Plus personally its something so unique that I would have never come up with it.
    The other piece that I chose that was excellent was the striking color project with the wolf. I thought that this was excellent because the artist didn’t just change the color of the eye to make it stand out, he made the eye look like it was glowing. He also used shadows to put around the wolf to make it seem that the glow of the eye was reflecting off of the grown.

    -Griffin

  37. 1. The difference between excellent art and mediocre art really comes down to the consideration put into the elements of a project. An excellent piece of art is thought through, it has movement, style, and it is original. Mediocre art is different, because it may have some cool things about it, but it’s something you’ve seen before, unoriginal. Nothing jumps out and there isn’t a lot of thought put into the artistic features.

    2. I think some of the most mediocre art in the gallery is the picture of the girl with the green umbrella and the cat and mouse with the hammer. The piece with the green umbrella doesn’t hold the viewers attention for very long and is very unoriginal. Also it is just a photo that was selected and colored; there was no creativity. The cat and mouse one doesn’t have much of a story behind it and reminds me of several already existing examples.

    3. Two of the most excellent art pieces in the gallery are the cat and mouse under water and the dark mad scientist. The one where the cat is underwater is very original and fun to look at. It’s an idea that was well thought out, has a story, is an original idea, and has a nice use of color and movement. The one of the mad scientist in the dark lab is excellent because it creates mood and has certain focal points that capture the viewers attention.

  38. 1. The difference between mediocre and excellent art is the surprise you get from excellent work that mediocre lacks. The art piece needs to be unique to be excellent, mediocre gets to the point and has no story. Mediocre is done with little experience and is like most others where it has similar ideas or even pictures. Excellent tries to flex what is normally done and grows to something new and unlike any other pieces.

    2. The piece with the cat and mouse and the piece with the green umbrella are mediocre. The cat and mouse show the cat trying to hit the mouse with an axe and the mouse wielding a sword. This piece is showing the fight they have with each other and doesn’t try to uniquely show it a different way, it reminds me of many others like it and won’t keep my attention for too long. The other piece with the girl in the rain with a green umbrella is extremely obvious and lacks any kind of story or something different than any other pieces like it. It looks like it was made to be done with and has no meaning or effort put into it.

    3. The piece with the two cats starring at the mouse shaped cloud and the piece with a wolf with glowing yellow eyes in a winter forest are excellent. What makes these excellent is their great stories and how different they are than other pieces. The cats looking at the mouse shaped cloud is like no other cat and mouse projects I’ve seen and tell a story of how these two cats are together to sit and enjoy the clouds. The wolf in the winter forest is a well thought out piece that keeps me looking at it and coming up with different stories that it can tell. Both make me focus on a point that is different and makes them so interesting. In the cats piece it’s the mouse shaped cloud and the wolf piece it’s the glowing eyes. each has it’s way that makes me want to not look away and keep me wanting to see more of the picture that is not shown but to me must exist.
    -Greene, Period 5

    • Definition – To me, the difference between mediocre artwork and excellent artwork is based on the creativity of the artwork itself. I believe that an excellent piece of art will be remembered by the person who looked at it. A mediocre piece isn’t one to remember. I think you can’t be a good Photoshop artist without a creative mind to make excellent pieces. You could know everything about the program photoshop but you would still need a creative mind to make excellent work.

      Mediocre – An example of a mediocre piece would be the girl walking with a green umbrella. It is a pretty boring piece, as well as not too creative. It’s really just a painted umbrella and it doesn’t really stand. Another example of a mediocre piece would be the mellow kitchen piece. In my opinion it is very well done, but the idea itself is boring and unappealing to the eye.

      Excellent – An example of an excellent piece would be the man standing with mushrooms in front of him. The picture creates a depressed and sad mood which is excellently represented in the guys facial expression and the shadowing and contrast used. Another excellent piece would be the two cats looking at the cloud shaped as a mouse. It was the best done but the idea was super creative and a truly original design. It is a great concept and it was done to the point of excellence.

  39. 1. Mediocre is a type of thing that someone expects you to do. It’s alike other things in many ways and doesn’t stand out. An assignment that is mediocre is not creative and didn’t take much thought to create. Excellent, on the other hand is very well thought out, has a story. Something excellent really stands out from others and is extremely creative. It’s almost something not many people thought of doing.

    2. One example of a mediocre picture in the gallery was a cat and mouse project. The cat is sitting on the couch with a mouse above him with a hammer. This shouts mediocre because you see that type of thing on Tom and Jerry. It doesn’t tell and funny or creative story. Another example would be the picture that has a woman up close and a fire in the background. This isn’t excellent because the mood or feeling of the picture isn’t obvious. I can’t tell if the woman is sad, angry, or scared.

    3. One example of an excellent picture in the gallery was the photo of the wolf in the snowy forest. This struck me as excellent because of the way the person showed the pop of color. Mostly everyone took and object and colored it just one color. This person focused on an area of an animal and made the yellow color different shades depending on where the light was in the picture- very different from everyone else. Also another example would be the mad scientist project where somebody created a picture that was grey and had himself as the scientist. That is the reason I thought this was excellent because the person used himself as the scientist and made it wacky. There is definitely a creepy, mad scientist mood to it. The other projects have an animal or food they are testing that doesn’t show the whole “mad” scientist portion.

  40. Beckman Period 5

    1. Mediocre graphics is a piece that is “okay” but there isn’t anything about it that makes it unique. Excellent graphics is a piece that grabs the viewer’s attention and is unique. The whole idea of art is to create pieces that no one else thought to create. You are being creative and taking an idea and making it come alive. That is excellent.
    2. One mediocre piece is the cat vs mouse project with the mouse lighting the bomb. It isn’t very original and seems like it was a copy. Another one that isn’t very original is the girl with the green umbrella. It is not super creative. They could have added something else to make it more original.
    3. One excellent piece is the wolf in the snow. The eyes provide a lot of emphasis and the background adds balance. The whole piece fits really well together. A second excellent piece is the cat vs mouse under the water. It all is pieced together very well. None of it looks fake or anything. I like how they lowered the saturation. It gave the picture a dark mood.

  41. Mediocre artwork is a boring idea just redone in different ways. It’s unoriginal and not memorable. When mediocre is compared to excellent the difference Is well seen. Excellent is interesting and easily memorable. The idea is very new and original.

    The picture with the green umbrella is very mediocre. That idea has been done a million times and is boring to look at. It’s very unoriginal. The mellow kitchen picture is very mediocre as well. It’s not eye catching and it’s very boring to look at. It doesn’t interest you and it’s been done a million times.

    The cat underwater picture is excellent. It is an original idea and it’s interesting to look at. It’s also isn’t boring and memorable. Also the picture of the cats watching the mouse cloud is very excellent. It’s a new idea and catches your attention. It’ also keep your interest and doesn’t bore you right away.

    In the wolf piece with the orange eye uses contrast. It’s an original piece And with the use of contrast it becomes even more interesting.

    -Jean

  42. 1. In my opinion an excellent piece of work creates a specific mood for the viewer and allows for a connection between the viewer and the piece. An amateur piece does not create any specific mood and end point of piece is expected. To create an excellent piece you need to first understand the task and brainstorm multiple ideas until one stands above the rest.
    2. I believe the last piece and 3rd to last piece are mediocre pieces as it is expected of what is going to happen and is a simple solution to the task at hand. The mouse dropping something on the cat is predictable and many people did it so it is not creative, and the colored umbrella is just one piece colored in a black and white photo, it lacks feeling and that is why it is mediocre.
    3. I believe the second to last and sixth to last are excellent pieces as they both create a specific mood and intrigue the viewer. It takes a creative approach to a simple problem and allows you to connect to the actual piece. The cat and mouse having marker smears on the cats face is unique and can inspire other works of art and the Sin City adds a perspective aspect to the cover and allows you to assume role importance in the movie. Unique, Creative and Mood are key aspects to an excellent piece!

  43. Scearce per 2

    What is the difference between Mediocre and Excellent? I thing the difference between mediocre is that mediocre ya the pice might look cool but the person will only look at is fore 10 seconds. with an oxalate pice is some thing that people talk about for a long time and they remember it.

    1 the pice with the bay and the dog is mediocre because the idea is flat and it is way to bright.
    2 the Mello kitchen pice is mediocre is because it is not intriguing and it does not grab your attention

    1 A pice that is oxalate is the pice with the two cats looking at the mouse cloud, it is a really creative idea
    2 An exalante pice is the one where the mouse is fishing for the cat because it is so creative .

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