What is fine art?

Creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. The best way for us to be able to create our own fine art is to look at professional art and reverse engineer what we believe the artist did to create it. It was important for all of us to spend some time looking at different fine art pieces and discussing them with others. Students at the meeting took some time to research different fine art creations and sent them to us for a group review.

Getting Involved

We asked the students what they liked about each piece, and how they would personally interpret it. Many agreed that interpretation is a very important aspect of fine art.

Reverse Engineering

The class really loved the repeating patterns in this image, it also has a good use of white space. The class talked about how this is a vector image with a nice texture over it.

The class discussed that this image was a good use of complementary colors, gradients and shadows. One student brought up how they liked that this image was centered to add a sense of power and urgency.

This vector graphic is also a form of fine art and follows many of the design principles. The students discussed how they felt that the artist did a really good job with lighting the hotdog naturally and they talked about where they felt the light was coming from, they also appreciated the leading lines.

This was a vector that a student liked representing fine art because it was simple and because if someone was just learning about Illustrator this would be a simple project using shapes and the shape builder tool.

Personal Application

Picking apart each image was also something we wanted to discuss as a group. Since some people have a greater level of experience in visual design than others, it was important to discuss the creative process with everyone in order to help students know how to create something like the examples they sent in. Finally, it was time to get ideas from others and start planning. Ideas are only ideas until we act on them, but many of us don’t know how to act. In small groups, we spent time talking about our ideas, getting feedback and sketching/brainstorming how to make them reality.

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