Reflections

1) What is one project you are proud of?

I am proud of the Hand Values Drawing because I thought that I shaded the different areas pretty well. I also liked the concept and placement of the rock-paper-scissors hands.

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2) How have you gained a better understanding of art?

I have gained a better understanding of art through the in class research we went through. Even after taking the sculpture course this year, I have learned lots of different ways of art. From photography, to still life drawings, I learned a lot of techniques.

3) What is one area of improvement you need to make?

One area of improvement I need to make is being able to edit photos better. If I can improve on editing, the pictures will look a lot better.

4) What skills OR work habits have you developed?

Some work habits skills I have developed are learning to understand critisism and reflect better. This will help me because if I listen to critisism , it will make my art a lot better.

Abstract

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
  • I think I applied the rule of space because everything is mostly inline with each other.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
  • The mood that I’m trying to convey is a dark and stormy atmosphere. It also reminds me of a rainy day because of the water going down the drain.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
  • I think the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph is taking it from a close up so that the actual content of the picture isn’t very visible. Having light and shadow is another important aspect of abstract photo. Lastly, perspective is also a major part of abstract photography because it helps figure out where the angle would best be at.

 

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
  • I applied the diagonal rule because all of the dripping lines were pointed diagonally. It is almost the vertical rule, but the angle I took the photo made it diagonal.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
  • The story that I’m trying to convey through this photo is just people dripping into darkness because of the dark left side of the photo.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
  •  I think the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph is taking it from a close up so that the actual content of the picture isn’t very visible. Having light and shadow is another important aspect of abstract photo. Lastly, perspective is also a major part of abstract photography because it helps figure out where the angle would best be at.

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
  • The compositional rule I’m applying is depth and perspective because we can see how the “M” at the beginning is a lot bigger than the “E”, showing the depth in the photo. Also, the perspective of the photo shows it from the side.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
  • The message I’m trying to convey is more of a lighter feel because it is more bright than dark. Also, the rainbow in the far right side enhances the brighter feel.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
  • I think the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph is taking it from a close up so that the actual content of the picture isn’t very visible. Having light and shadow is another important aspect of abstract photo. Lastly, perspective is also a major part of abstract photography because it helps figure out where the angle would best be at.

Portrait Photos

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    • What compositional rules did you apply?
      I applied various composition rules such as rule of space. This is because it clearly shows Nina in the middle of the picture, but showing more space on the left side to imply that something could be that direction.
    • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?
    • The message and mood that I’m trying to convey is laughter and happiness. I did this through three parts of the photo. One was her eyes- they were small in a way that shows her smiling or laughing. Another was the fountain behind her- it was bubbly showing excitement and fun. Lastly, her hands- they show playfulness by covering her mouth.
    • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)
    • I think the the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, lighting, and aperature.

     

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    • What compositional rules did you apply?
      I applied the composition rule of triangles slightly. This shows slightly between the top of her head and two hands.
    • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?
    • The mood that is being conveyed through this photo is just an aura of seriousness. By the expression in her eyes, we can see that the photo is more deep or serious.
    • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)
    • I think the the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, lighting, and aperature.

     

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    • What compositional rules did you apply?
      I applied various composition rules such as rule of space and the verticle rule. This shows through the space on the right on Nina, and the verticle bamboo sticks in front of her.
    • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?
    • The story that I’m trying to convey is a someone hiding. I purposly put the focus in the leaves to show that Nina is hiding herself from something or someone.
    • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)
    • I think the the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, lighting, and aperature.

Government Unit

How do you feel you did on the Government Unit? Remember this includes the PSA as well as the tests. 

I feel that I did pretty well overall on the Government Unit. I definitely grasped the concepts of how the US government works, the amendments, and debates about them. During the PSA, I went in detail learning about the gun control laws in the US, and later learned how it connected with the 2nd amendment. I especially enjoyed learning about the court cases and real life scenarios. I also liked the fact that we are learning about something that is in effect right now, not what has happened a while ago.

What would you do differently next time?

Next time, I would spend more time learning about the amendments and the debates that people have over them. I would study more cases that relate to what we did on the chapter 10 summative.

What study strategies worked best for you? 

The study strategies that worked best for me were reading the chapter earlier while taking notes, then create flashcards, then make sample questions for the test.

What strategies didn’t work?

The strategies that definitely didn’t work for me were cramming it all in two days. I did fine on the assesment, however, when I started studying for the big test, I realized I didn’t remember certain parts.

Next time there is a test, how will you prepare? 

Next time there is a test, I’ll remember to use the 5-day study plan and learn ahead of time. This way, I’ll have plenty of time to review the information to remember.

 

Links:

Textbook

School House Rock Preamble

Amendments Game

 

Photographic Stories

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1) Research and find the real story behind this photo.  Add a brief description about this real story to your post and add a link to the website you used.

I found out that the real story behind this photo is that her name was Sharbat Gula and came to Pakistan in 1983 after her parents were both killed in their Afghan village. She is 12 years old in this photo. She had to flee because she was threatened by the Afghan wars. She lived in several refugee camps before coming to the one where McCurry met her. This photo was taken by Steve McCurry and published to the National Geographic magazine. It was taken in 1985, but the identity of this girl wasn’t public until 2002.

After this photo’s popularity died down a bit, she was discovered to be a married, mother of three, and still in Pakistan.

 

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photographers/afghan-girl-cover.html

Composition in Photography

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This image shows the Rule of Trianges. If I were to have taken this photo from a lower angle, it would have portrayed this rule better.

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This image shows Form (Depth & Perspective). There’s a blurry main part of a picture (stick), that shows the depth in the rest of the picture (soil).

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This image shows Diagonal lines because of two reasons. It shows the kids lined up in a diagonal line pointing to the right. Also, it portrays movement and excitement by the balls about to be thrown.

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This image shows form (Depth & Perspective) by how the leaves of the tree are behind the trunk. If I were a bug climbing up the tree, it would look like this.

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This image shows horizontal lines because of the two layers of lines. The one between ocean and hills, and the hills and sky.

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This image shows a bit of Rule of Thirds by the main part of the fountain in the left side- along the possible lines separating into thirds.

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This image doesn’t exactly follow any exact rule from the Composition PDF, however, I do like the look and angle of this photo.

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This image portrays the vertical lines because there is one main part of the picture that is moving in a vertical line (wooden board).

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I think that this image shows a pattern because there is repetition in the holes inside of the walls. This is also a unique view of the Amphitheatre (looking downwards).

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I think that this image shows the Rule of Space because there is a main object of the left that is pointed towards the empty space on the right.

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I think that this image shows the Diagonal lines because there are lines pointed towards the left. The pole is also the main object pointing to the side.

 

PBL Update: Feb 10

blog.hkis.edu.hk/wp/krohrs/

1. What are you going to build (8th grade)?

We are going to build a bike that powers a fan and creates light.

2. Why have you decided to build this object (energy transfer system) a working model (8th grade)?

We decided to build this energy transfer system because it is both practical and clearly shows electricity working. It is practical because the fan could blow away leaves near your bike, and the light can help you pedal through the dark. It shows electrical energy in two ways- the light turning on, and the propeller blowing. It shows kinetic by the person pedalling and turning it into electricity. The bike itself stores potenital energy because it is waiting to use the energy it has.

3. What materials are you going to need to complete your build  (8th grade)?

The materials we need to get are:

– 1 bike
– wooden sticks
– 1 LED light
– small gauge wires
– 1 RR DC motor
– 1 QQ DC motor

The Power of Observation – Hands

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1) Give a brief description of your work

My work represents the game of rock paper scissors. There is a fist coming from the bottom, a “peace sign” from the side, and a spread out hand from the side. This represents fun and games and just enjoying the little things.

2) What kind of hand gestures and expressions did you use and why? What are you “saying” in your drawing?

I used the hand expression of an open hand. I think it is very life-like because the hands is in a very relaxed form. The hand that is spread out is very relaxed and realistic because if you play rock-paper-scissors, your hand isn’t completely straight. The peace sign and spread out hand are in the same corner area, but the fist is coming straight from the bottom. I made it like this because the fist represents power and strength against the others. I also think that the peace sign represents peace and calmness.

3) What effect does the value drawing and separation of spaces have on your drawing?

The effects of the shading and separation make my drawing even more of an illusion. The hands already cross all over each other, but with the extra value shading, it makes it even more confusing. I personally like how the shading adds to the picture. It makes it more interesting to look at. I feel like it makes people think about it a little more when you look at it. The shading really enhances my project.

4) In your opinion, is your drawing successful and why or why not?

I personally think that my drawing is very successful. Though it did not turn out exactly how I planned, I do think it is pretty interesting and thoughtful. I didn’t think I could do this at first, but the end result was pretty good. I especially like the fist because each finger has a different color shade and it looks really detailed with the wrinkles. I also liked the peace sign because the way the fingers overlap looks really realistic. I am very happy with this drawing and hope to work on my shading and sketching in the future.