19th Century Humanities

Original piece by John Constable,
The Haywain


My artwork

          In this picture, John Constable illustrated the view of the mill his father owned beside the River Stour at Flatford in Essex. He expressed the stillness of the whole scene and how serene everything seemed to be. Constable completed this painting in 1821. He depicted the rural life of workers in their cultivating and plowing industry using animals as a tool. This picture showed people the idealized view of the English countryside.


1)      A) Which main topic does the artifact relate to? In what ways?
          This artifact is related to human expression through arts because John Constable expressed the scene of what he saw and converted into what he think the scene feels like by using variation of colors to complete the art.

      B) Which other main topics does it also relate to?
          This can also be related to invention because of the invention of horse as plows in the fields, making cultivation and irrigation easier for farmers.

2) Why did you choose this artifact, and how much time did you spend creating and/ or processing it?
     I chose this artifact because this is a detailed reflection of the lives of people in a countryside in English. I spend six hours and more drawing this picture.

3) What insights and understanding have you gained from the creation and/or processing of this artifact?
    This artifact made me understand the scene in the 19th century.

4) Does this artifact reflect your best work and/or ideas? Why, or why not?
      This artifact somewhat reflects part of my ideas but limits the imagination due to the imitation of someone else's work.

5) Rate this artifact on a scale of -5 to 5 for the following 4 criterion:

   A) impact on the quality of your portfolio                           3

   B) Impact on your level of happiness/enjoyment               4

   C) impact on your learning                                                  1

   D) Level of creativity and originality                                   4

6) Any additional comments.