Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques on Coursera

I made a collage by cutting out pictures from magazines. I wanted to create an artwork that had a plain background, so the center piece would be emphasized, so I looked for pieces with shades of white and had a lot of textures. Then I drew on the collage with a thin black pen to add details.

I was inspired by Joan Miro’s Personages that features a plain textured blue background, so that the audience is immediately drawn to the drawings dead center.

My artwork is entitled “Caged” and it features a bird by the window, trapped in a cage, and outside there are little birds flying free.

The window and the cage symbolizes entrapment and domestication, while the birds flying outside and the white flower represents freedom, while the white texture and the green bird embodies a certain calmness.

I created this artwork, because I wanted to express the feeling of calmness, amidst the cage and the feeling of entrapment.

I’m taking another online class, it’s called Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques on Coursera. It’s pretty interesting because I like to draw and I like art, but I’ve never taken a formal course in art, so it’s kind of fun.

And we get assignments, for me it’s just an excuse to cut of pictures from magazines and make “art”.

This week was about Fantastic Art, and we are supposed to create our own Fantastic Art.

If you’re interested in art, you should definitely try it out, like most Coursera courses, it’s free.

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