During my second semester of my second year in Vernon Malone, I was nervous to take art but at the same time I was excited for what laid ahead. What got me through this semester was having an open mind and knowing that I shouldn’t get discouraged for any “mistakes” that would occur. I was amazed with how many techniques I learned throughout this class with a relatively little amount of days and how if you let your imagination run wild, then you can come up with some magnificent ideas. One project that I felt I was the most successful at was my first official art piece with the pastel background and India ink painted girl and tree. For it being my first time doing anything artsy since elementary school, I feel that I exceeded in proving myself that I did have potential. At first I was nervous in what to make when choosing what to do because I never really thought about using my imagination to make art but with some help and inspiration from friends, likes, and Pinterest I was able to come up with a simple yet meaningful sketch that I would soon develop into a colorful art piece. I had learned to enjoy using the soft pastels and but was quite uneasy at the beginning with using the deep black ink. So without further to do, with a slow hand I surprisingly made a good looking silhouette. Once I saw my piece hung up for many to see, I felt proud with what I had created and that was what initially opened the door to more creativity for me. One of my projects that I felt that I had to overcome many obstacles was when I made my mug and bowl set! Good gracious I struggled with those two pieced of clay! I was very new with the throwing on the wheel thing and had not yet learned all the techniques to make them better. Though I enjoyed it a great amount, the struggle was for real but with a lot of persistence I was able to overcome many obstacles. I had a lot of trouble getting things centered, having clay that was too hard to work with, making the sides too thin on one side and think on the other. I had to keep trying out different techniques and learn from videos or just trial and error until I saw at the perfect moment something would come out and I wouldn’t mess with it anymore. That is basically how I came out with my mug and bowl. The glazing was super easy so all I have to say is that I’m really happy with how they turned out. I enjoyed working with water colors a lot and clay. I started liking watercolors by a mere coincidence. I was able to do a few projects with it and play around with them, I even went and bought some at Michael's because I liked it so much. Another medium that I really enjoyed was the pottery clay. Even though there was a struggle with it, the final products of what I made looked really cool to the point that I want to go take classes or something so I can keep on making stuff. In retrospect, I'm really glad that I was able to learn stuff about art. Art has taught me a lot of different things from knowing how to center a mug, to having patience in every art piece. I already signed up for Art II I believe, so I'm excited for what other challenges and opportunities I'll have in the future.