I used pine cones to outline the shadow of a pine tree at wake tech main campus. The pine cones come from the tree and are overshadowed by its size.
I learned new techniques in the form of creating art with nature. This was my first time making an earth art piece using natural materials rather than drawing with ink/paint on paper. I gained new skills in using materials by observing my surroundings to think of ways to express the art. I discovered that i enjoy using materials outside and putting together a physical piece.
Observing the courtyard at Wake Tech main campus influenced my art by giving me ideas on how to make my art involve trees. I was originally going to make the shape of a tree out of acorns because there were a ton of them on the ground in the court yard, then I decided that they were too small and it would take much too long. Then i noticed there were also a lot of pine cones, which also came from trees, in the area. I used the pine cones to fill the shadow of a tree for my final product. I was able to capture likeness to subject matter by using a shadow as a template, and using materials that came from trees to cover a tree's shadow. Close observation was important because it allowed me to use my surroundings for inspiration and find a backup plan to do something similar but more doable than my original idea.
Stretch & Explore:
I wasn't unsure about anything in my artwork, but I did try a new technique. Trying the new technique worked out well because i was able to successfully express my art and enjoyed doing it. I chose pine cones as a material, which was different from the types of materials we have been using in the studio. The pine cones are more temporary, and have not been put in place with adhesives or anything to preserve them.
1 Month Later...
1 month since I made my pinecone shadow, it seems that the organized pinecones have been scattered, but are still in the general area that I had put them in. This could have been done by many factors such as wind, rain, leaves falling, and/or people just walking by.