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.


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.

Paper Sculpture Technology

img_0222Instrumentalism– Creating art that’s meant to make people aware of social problems.

The artworks is a 3D paper sculpture meant to make people aware that kids are spending too much time on technology today. It has a kid sitting in a looking at a computer. The room also has a trash can stuffed with food such as Cheetos. Through the window you can see another kid running outside and playing soccer. Kids and adults need to go outside more. I used form to build the computer and chair more realistically. The artwork uses emphasis as the words pop out at the viewers. The meaning of the artwork is for people to think about how much time do they spend on technology. Hopefully, viewers will take this chance to go outside and loosen their body up a bit. There are many benefits to being active and my artwork is to help inspire them. The artwork was a big success for me. It turned out better than I though and I could get a lot done. Building the computer and chair was hard, but everything looks like what they are.




img_0161The Shadowbox depicts the scene when Harry Potter fights Voldemort. The background is the Hogwarts school with the 4 houses on top. The middle shows a crowd of students cheering Harry on as he fights. The front layer is both Voldemort and Harry Potter with their wands out. I used Form to build layers to make the scene 3D. I used a lot of shapes to make the Hogwarts building. The shadowbox put emphasis on the front layer as it pops out the most to viewers. The meaning of the artwork was to make the scene alive with paper. Even for people who don’t know Harry Potter they can understand more with the elements out in the shadowbox. I think the artwork was a great and it depicts the scene successfully because the artwork is recognizable through the small cuts. It looks good on the front, but the back could have been glued down more neatly.

Paper House Critique

imageThe base is the house is made of two rectangles of paper, one for the house, and one for the driveway. The paper house is quite big and has two glued on windows with a cutout door. There is also a triangular roof with a chimney. The driveway includes a basketball hoop with a ball and a paper small pine tree. I used form to make my house pop up and have a 3-D shape. I also used unity to combine all the objects I have at home into a paper sculpture that fit together nicely. There is balance on the front with two windows and a door in the middle. The texture of the paper is very smooth. When all of the elements were combined the paper sculpture makes a realistic model of my house. This artwork represents my home and the house that I see everyday when I come home from school. Paper helped this sculpture pop out and actually look like a house. The paper model shows me a miniature version of my house that is made of paper and glue, so it is stable and safe to touch. I did good on making the house 3-D and representing what it looks like. I added good details to make the house more accurate. I had problems on covering the hole from the sides of the roof and glueing on the chimney. Some places needed better glueing and the tree needed a way to stand. Overall I think this projects was a success.