Final Blog Post of 3D-Art

In my first year of art in high school I learned a lot. I learned many different techniques and materials you can work with in 3D art. I worked with paper, wood, clay, metals, plaster, and other materials. In my final paper artwork, I created an artwork about instrumentalism which tackled the idea of people spending too much time invested in technology. I used techniques that I learned beforehand hand to create the project such as used tabs to glue shapes like rectangles together. In a wood project I incorporated balance when arranging the shapes to make my artwork better. In the clay unit I learned how to crave designs into clay using a technique called sgraffito. Overall, during the year I increased my art knowledge to create artwork that people will want to see.

In my artwork I was usually given a prompt that allowed me to create unique artwork such as the wood project. The topic was consumerism where I had to create something that could be bought. I created a figure of Jolteon form Pokémon on a Pokeball that comes with a stand. With my metal metaphor I chose a unique metaphor of people watching TV with their eyes glued to the screen. This was a fun project that put two unlike things together like juxtaposition into an artwork. The clay unit was a bit different because my artwork showed more of my personal self. In my Bas-Relief Tile I added clay for a castle and carved out windows. The place was supposed to imitate Disney land which was important to me because I’ve visited it many times and lived near it. 3D art allowed to to be creative and express things visually that I could not explain as good as with words.

Each of my artworks were unique because it came from my brain even though the class was given the same topic. For example, for our first clay project we were to create a stamp. We could put basically any design that could fit on it. I chose a star because it is my favorite shape and a signature for me. The project allowed me to express myself and give me a unique identity. There are many different designs such as clovers, rainbows, but my clay stamp allowed me to put an imprint on my project that made it feel more personal. I also liked choosing a color scheme in the wood shapes project that allowed me to pick my own color combination that could mean different things. In the Shadowbox project where we basically layered paper in a box, we were supposed to recreate a scene. Even though it was hard cutting out small details, the project made it feel personal through me because I recreated the scene of the final fight between Harry Potter and Voldemort. Throughout the art year I never felt pressured to do one thing and I had a lot of freedom to put my own style into every single one of the projects.

I felt that the I grew in art this year. Whether it was an easy or hard project I learned something. A project that I really struggled on was the pinch pot. Even though I tried to make a bowl it turned to be more of a cup. I learned in this project that clay doesn’t always work how you want it to. You have to make sure to take care of the moisture levels and be patient when working with it and let it sit. I was in a rush with the project, so I kept cracking the clay when I tried to stretch it and it became harder and harder to keep it smooth. Another project I had trouble on was the wire insect. It wasn’t a material that was easy to work with, so we used pliers. Even the my wire insect wouldn’t stand so I had to give it support. It was also very hard to knot the wire so it would wrap around other pieces of wire firmly. This gave me trouble on having the antenna stand up. The third project I got stuck on for a while is the clay whistle. It was hard to do because it actually had to be functional. I made the clay whistle into a campfire which represents me goin camping a lot. While I struggled in some aspects, some things that I excelled at was creating neat folds and being careful when using a hot glue gun. My knowledge of form allowed me to neatly create the legs of the chair and shape of the TV. I felt the art year as a whole taught me a new perspective, even though I won’t be taking more art classes to pursue other interests, 3D art was a new and refreshing experience for me.


Metal Metaphor

I made a sculpture to represent the metaphor of children having their their eyes glued to the TV screen. The metaphor means that they were just very interested in what was on the TV and their eyes were fixed on it. My sculpture took the literal approach. I used copper for the chair, mesh for the person, silver for the cushion and TV, and gold for the fine details, and wire for the antenna. I think the project was a huge success and turned out better than I thought it to be. It was definitely one of my favorite sculptures through the year. I think I did good with making the metal work seem neat and not crinkled. If I could go back and do it again I would try to make the legs of the chair more balanced and the same length.

Bas-relief Tile

The project was to create a place by using a tile and carving or adding clay onto it. I chose Disney land for my place because I’ve went there plenty of times when I bought a year long pass. I also used to live close enough to it to see the fireworks at night. I think this was a bit easier than the whistle project because the whistle had to functional. What was harder to do in this project was to add the small details on a limited space. I enjoyed the whistle project more because it was fun building a 3D Sculpture that could function. I struggled with creating the colors for this project. This was not surprising because in the past I had trouble mixing colors to be the exact one I wanted.

Glazed Whistle

For the whistle I glazed it used color glaze. Now that it is painted I’m happy that the paint mixed well for the fire especially in the middle. Some challenges were painting without mixing the colors becuase reaching in the cracks of the fire usually touched the other parts of the whistle. If I could start over I would try to spend more time in creating the wood texture in the logs. I would also try to get the brown a bit lighter on the sides.

Clay Whistle

In my newest project I had to build something sculptural into the clay whistle. I transformed my clay whistle into a campfire because I like to go camping with may family and Fire is my favorite element in many games. I think this project was more difficult than the pinch bowl because this time we had to make something that functioned and if the hole or slant was off by a bit, it might have not worked. I enjoyed the whistle project more than the pinch pot because even though it was hard having something functional like a whistle was cool. A challenge I found was doing the wood designs. This was not surprising, even though I had a reference I couldn’t do it, so I made my own so it could be more unique. Finally, before it is finished I will add some colored glaze. Orange and red for the Fire and brown for the logs.IMG_0438

Clay Pinch Bowl

I built this project out of clay using the pinch method to shape the bowl. I then used sgrafitto to create the skull design. The bowl has a design of a skull in the front and two crossed bones in the back. There is also a star stamp seal near the bottom. I think what was successful with the bowl was that the glaze didn’t shave any major problems and the sgrafitto came out better than I thought. If I could redo this project I would try to shape the project into a more bowl shape before it dries out.IMG_0412

Beatrice Coron


Beatrice Coron is a paper cutting artist. She creates art by cutting paper, leaving silhouettes. She gets her inspiration from the things she reads, hears, or sees. This allows her artwork to shaped into a story. What I found most interesting is how passionate and creative she is with her work. She uses multiple images formed from her mind to create an artwork that has so many things going on, the viewers can create a story for the artwork their self. With this TED talk I think she was trying to share how she gets ideas from her artwork and that they represent stories to ponder about. For example, she once created an artwork that had fire fighters running in the same direction to help people, but also showing that they could go in all directions to help everybody. I think she was successful in conveying her message as her artwork was very detailed. This wouldn’t have worked in a magazine because her passion brought out the shine in her artwork and having Beatrice speaking allows her to explain to the fullest detail what went on in her mind.


Paper Sculpture: Thinking Process

Ideas and Development

I was asked to do an artwork based on instumentalism which was an art that represents a social issue. I had to use 3D art in the project such as pop ups, and 3D paper shapes. The project was graded on my Craftsmanship, Concept, Composition, and having ownership to the project.

I managed to do all that was asked like putting my name on the artwork. I did craftsmanship when I tried to make the glue not spill out and made my cuts as straight as possible. I represented my concept clearly by putting a tired person watching the computer as someone plays soccer outside. There are also words that say to go outside.

My initial thoughts had  making this project was technology. I had three choices which were when children gained freedom of technology, cyberbullying, and too much technology. I ended up choosing too much technology because  felt I could represent it best. If I had done cyberbullying I probably would have created a sculpture that shows someone with depression while the bully keeps saying mean comments.

Form and Process

I used a X-acto knife to cut the paper, particularly the letters. I used a lot of glue to glue the 3D shapes down used a huge cutting board with cutter to trim down the base. There are also pencils drawings with the faces, soccer ball, and the Cheetos in the trash.

I found that there are many things I struggled with for the project. Gluing down the cylinders were hard to do as they don’t have easy long tabs like rectangles. I also found it hard to cut curved letters with a X-acto knife. Last, I found it hard to measure and cut the precise pieces that would fit the artwork.


Content and Mood

I think my artwork is effective in expressing its idea. This is because many teens can relate to this and when they think about it, the amount of time on technology is too much. Now that they recognize it they will feel guilty and try to go outside more.

The theme of the artwork is that many people even adults spend too much time with technology and we should be getting outside more to help future generations. Kids will become the next adults and we don’t want to have the future to be too consumed in technology, but rather look at the outside world in a different perspective.

I think that my artwork is kind of unusual. I may express a common problem, but my artwork is unique in the way I express it. I have somebody sitting at an computer and some food in their trash can. This can be very relatable as sometimes, we just don’t feel like doing anything. The artwork itself has two ops sites separated by a wall. One bring active and happy while the other tired and lazy.


In my previous artwork, I depicted a scene of Harry Potter with a Shadowbox. Both were created with paper and had some 3D effect to it. There are not many similarities between the projects, but both also have some glueing to really make the piece come together.

In a Banks’s artwork it says to follow your dreams, but it is cancelled. Just like my artwork, people used to be active, but now we are entering the era of technology. Today, people sometimes quit when they are frustrated and don’t follow your dreams. Both the artworks represent that we should make a change in our life.


When looking at other’s artwork I learned a lot of things that helped me build the artwork. First, I learned how to make basic shapes with paper and make them stand up. I expanded this with my sculpture. I also learned how an artwork is an example of instrumentalism nad how to weave it into the artwork, so that people can understand the message.

Alan Goulbourne’s Wood Sculpture




This is an artwork called “Furys,” by Alan Goulbourne. Goulbourne was born in Perth Scotland and graduated as a master of fine arts from Cardiff in 2010. He showcased his work at the Al Riwaq Arts Space. He works with wood to create many 3D sculptures. He likes to make explosive pieces of art that inspires some growth and movement. In the artwork, “Furys,” he uses thousands of planks of various colors to create 3 human bodies. The bodies are sitting down and face each other in a triangular shape. On the leftmost body you can see that the dark parts are actually partially burned. Goulbourne created the artwork in 2012, 2 years after he graduated.

Here is a artwork I did showing consumerism through buying figures.