Painting with Collage

Photo on 6-5-16 at 10.04 am #3In this collage that I have created, there are a lot of things that I applied to this art piece. There are some drip effect with multiple colors, as well as a bright background to make the painting look colorful. One of my collage pictures is a quote about life, the other picture is me being really happy and cheerful. I also added a patterned border. If you look closely, there are splats or dots that are spread around the picture. These splats are mostly gold and white.
I used the technique of juxtaposition. A juxtaposition is two things are placed together or side by side for people to compare or contrast. Something that I want people to compare is the picture of the quote and the picture of my face. I want to show people that this painting is meant to show happiness in life.
This painting process was quite long. First, I had to print out my collage photos, which was the quote and the picture of myself. Next, I used a really strong type of glue to attach my pictures onto the canvas. After gluing, there is no going back and taking the pictures off. Afterwards, I used a bright/neon yellow to do the background of the canvas, without painting over my printed pictures. Then, I used a hairdryer to dry the paint. Then, I used a fluorescent red paint, mixed it with a lot of water, and then let it drip from the top of my canvas. I used other colors like blue and did the drip effect. Next, I did the border, by doing a dot pattern. Then I used other colors like gold and white and splat it all over my piece.
I am proud of everything I’ve done to this work actually. But I really enjoyed making the drip effect. It was something that I have never done before, and it was very fun to play around with different colors. I am really happy that I got to work on this unit with class.
Maybe something that I could improve next time is applying more pictures and make my art piece look more like a collage. I could use more techniques of juxtaposition, dislocation and/or transformation to make my art piece look more interesting.

The overall theme/message of my work is about life. In our lives, we take many risks and some may end up as failures. The quote on my collage says, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This could mean that in our lives, the experiences we take are mostly risks and these experiences will end up as very important events in our whole life time. Plus, our life is short and we must spend that time really well. That’s why there’s a picture of me being really happy. I want to express the idea that life is short, spend the time well, and spend it happily. The bright colors also brings cheerfulness to the painting as well, which helps me support the idea of joy and life.

SML Reflection

What is your topic and why did you choose it?

My topic is about drawing portraits. I chose this topic because I really enjoy art, but I haven’t really spent time to work on other art forms other than painting. So I decided to learn about portraits.

Describe your experience so far: What challenges have you faced? Did you overcome those challenges?

So far my experience is going really smoothly. Some challenges I faced was just the drawing process. The more facial features a person has, the harder it is for me to draw. I did overcome some challenges. The hair was really hard to draw and at the end, I realized that I did a great job.

Has your project changed since the beginning? If so, how?

My project hasn’t changed in the beginning. I really like my topic and I’m going to keep it up.

What are you proud of so far?

I really proud of my portrait, I feel like I did a really great job for a first go at a drawing.

Do you feel creative when doing SML? If so, what are the conditions that help you to be creative?

Yes, I do feel creative when doing SML. I really like to be creative when it comes to art. It doesn’t really matter what situation I’m in, being in different areas can help me develop new ideas and boost my creativity level.

Can you share any specific samples of your learning?

I learned about different types of pencils and what they are used for in different situations in the drawing. I have also learned about how to draw realistic eyes, mastering this skill can help me draw eyes easier when I have to draw someone else.

What have you learned about yourself as a learner? How do you learn best? Does the structure of SML help? Or is the structure frustrating for you?

I find that drawing can be a very tough thing to do, but something that I learned about myself is that I can take the risk and push myself to start doing portraits. I learn best when I’m independent because I can be more focused and I can retrieve information better than working in groups. The structure of SML does help, since I’m doing a topic that I want to do and all the research is all my own notes. I wouldn’t say that the structure of SML is frustrating, it can be a lot of work to do in order to complete your goal, but at the end, I know that all the work put into this project will be worth it.

Personal Hero

Art and Design pic

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The person that I drew is my grandmother. I chose to draw my grandmother because she has been such an important person in my life. I have lived with her since I was a child and I really love spending time with her. She has done a huge impact on my life. When I’m feeling down, she would always be there to make me feel better and happier. When I’m stressed, she talks me out of it and have me calm down a bit. When it comes to big exams and tests, she gives all her support to me and wishing me luck.

This drawing of my grandmother made me feel a lot more happy about life. She is watching me grow from this small young child to a grown teenager and I feel so happy when I get to see that smile on her face. She always has a smile on her face every time I see her and it gives me so much joy.

Achieving success in this drawing wasn’t easy. I knew that this piece of art is a drawing of someone really important to me, so I have to make sure that I can draw correctly to feel proud and satisfied. The grid transfer method when sketching was a really helpful tool to get the correct proportions of the face, even though it took a lot of time to measure and get straight lines, at the end, it was worth it. Another thing that made my drawing successful is using the different drawing tools. Using different pencils like 2B, 4B and 6B helped be get the shading in different areas correct. The blending tool was also very useful, it made the face look more realistic as it softens sharp areas.

The grid transfer method allowed me to get the proportions correct, which made the drawing process a lot easier for me. The method also allowed me to be more accurate, meaning that I know where the outlines go and end, where the eyes and mouth are located etc. Another thing the method helped me with is shading. It was easier for me to look at light and dark areas and to see where are places that I have to blend or create darker effects.

I could really improve on drawing the teeth. Even though in the drawing, all the teeth weren’t all showing, I had quite a hard time trying to get the teeth to look like realistic teeth. The hair is also another area that I could improve on. I could make the hair a lot more realistic if I added some light spots and darker spots. But overall, I am really proud of this art piece and I really enjoyed this unit!

Photography Themes


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The theme is hopes and fears.

I have chose to represent hopes with light or bright lighting and fears with dark lighting. Maybe a picture of someone outside in the sun, or someone in a very dark room. Some of the camera settings I used was aperture and shutter speed. I knew that the higher the shutter speed, the less light that will enter the camera’s lens. So when I was taking a picture in a dark room, I made sure that the shutter speed was fast, so the picture would turn out to be darker.

Some composition rules that I used was the rule of space. In one of the pictures, it was a person walking to a very dark room and it’s not possible to see anything. In the picture with someone’s hands capturing the sun, the space around the subject of the picture shows the audience that it is the sky.

I would say that the photos are original, but I also have a feeling that a lot of other photographers have already done these type of photos. Photographers have been working with models and objects, scenery etc. for probably a few years, they have already developed a lot of inspiration from things and their creative minds have a wide variety of ideas.

I think my series conveys my theme very well. Using dark backgrounds help enhance the fear of the picture and light shows the hope within the picture. The only thing that I would change is the picture where a person is holding the frame and putting her face in the frame, the picture was not entirely focused. Next time, I should make sure that the focus is sharp and nothing is blurry.

I believe I worked very well with my group for this project. I helped my partner make a plan, brainstorming and jotting down ideas on how we would represent our theme. Then we would equally balance the pictures with one of us being the model and the photographer. I really enjoyed this project and I hope to look forward to future units.

Summative Photo Task 2

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This picture looks like a person in a rush to go somewhere and they are running in water.

The real story behind this photo is actually around 1932 near a train station in Paris. Back then, people didn’t have cameras that took colored photos. That’s why this photo was taken as a black and white photo. Cartier-Bresson is the photographer and when he was there near the train station, he really liked the frames of architectural buildings but he needed a subject in his picture. One businessman came and ran across the pool of water and that was when Cartier-Bresson took the picture. 

Khan, Nazeer. “Assignment1 – “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare” Picture Analysis.” Web blog post. Nazeer Khan. WordPress, 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2016.



I applied the composition rule of space and probably repetition and patterns. I said that the rule of space was applied because the main subject is the person in the middle, everything else around her is the space showing the scene and setting and th3 background. In the background, you can see that there are these stepping stones, that is where repetition and patterns come in. The stones continue to create a path.

In this photograph, I wanted to tell a story about moving on freely, to be happy and enjoy the moment. The subject of this picture is the person in the middle, jumping mid-air, stone by stone, laughing etc. Even if someone is having a hard time, forget the past and look to the future, have positiveness. Being surrounded by nature can also help relax and calm someone down. I accomplished this by having a student jump mid air on the stones, and at the same time, have her laugh and smile.

Like what I previously explained before, I believe that the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, the background and the lighting. A person’s expression can tell a story to the audience, the subject could have a terrified face, they probably just faced war or they’re suffering from something really bad. The background sets the scene and the setting of the photograph. The lighting can show the mood of the picture, if it’s dark, the main purpose of the photograph might be showing fear or loneliness.

Summative Photo Task 1

I think the story behind this photo is about a girl who is a refugee and escaped from a war, she looks dirty and afraid.

The actual story behind this picture is how she escaped from Afghanistan because there was a war happening there. She escaped to Pakistan where there was a refugee camp covered in tents. The photographer’s name is called Steve McCurry and when he first went inside the girl’s tent, he said she looked shy.

“Afghan Girl.” A Life Revealed. National Geographic, Apr. 2002. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.

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I would say that I used the rule of space for this picture. On the left hand side, you can see a lot of greeneries, which allows the audience to see that the person in the picture is taking a picture of the greeneries around her. The person in my photograph is telling the audience that she is passionate about photography. In the picture, she looks serious and focused on taking a picture. I believe that the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph is the person’s expression, the background and the lighting. The audience can tell from the person’s expression how they’re feeling or what they’re thinking. The background shows what setting the person is in, if the background have shades of black, maybe the person has a big fear of death. The lighting is also very important because it emphasises the picture more, making the picture create a more gradient effect on the person.

Hand Drawing Photograph

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1) Give a brief description of your work

I made a peace sign with my hands for this picture. Then I drew patterns on my hand and a few rocks on the background.

2) What kind of hand gestures and/or expressions did you use and why? What are you “saying”?

As I said previously, I made a peace sign to represent peace. I wanted to use this hand gesture because I believe that a relationship between everyone and the world must have peace. People will not gain anything from war.

3) What effect do the line drawings have on your photograph?

All the patterns and the designs I made are all different. That represents how different everyone is, and just because we’re different, that doesn’t mean we have to criticise other people and create war. We should have peace between people.

4) In your opinion, is your work “successful” Why or why not?

I believe it is successful, everything is taken from my imagination and creativity. I am satisfied with this drawing and all the designs I have created.

Sketchbook Reflection


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This sketchbook is made out of 10 A3 papers and 2 hard covers. First, I took one sheet of A3 paper and folded it in half. Then, I took the 2 hard covers and put it on top of the A3 paper. Instead of covering the whole A3 paper, I took the 2 hard papers and move them outwards from the crease by about inch. After that, I glued the hard papers onto the A3 paper. Then, I taped the spine of the sketchbook both inside and outside twice to strengthen the book spine. Afterwards, I grabbed the other remaining A3 papers and placed it on top of the hard covers. I got a ruler and a pencil and placed the ruler in front of the middle crease inside and marked a dot every 3 cm. Then I got a board, newspaper, hammer, and nail. I placed the board with the newspaper on top. I hammered on the dot points, creating holes on the book spine. After hammering, I got string and needle, I measured the string by the height of the book 4 times. After measuring, I tied a knot through the needle and started sewing. I started at the bottom and tied a knot at the first 2 dots. Then I went to the first “free” dot, then go backwards one dot, then through the next “free” dot etc.


Artist: Kathy Abbott

This work is a book with the front and back cover filled with shapes. Shapes that include squares, circles and triangles. I think that this artist is trying to show the variety of shapes that is around us in our everyday lives, since the cover is filled with different shapes. A picture can tell a thousand words, and maybe the artist is trying to do that with shapes.

I believe that paper books are still necessary. For our own health, it’s better for our eyes. But, everybody has a different characteristics. Some people like to read paper books, some people like to do it online or on the kindle. Also, 100-200 years ago, there was no computers. People recorded diaries, observations etc. on paper. Some of these historical papers still exist and it is being kept in libraries or museums. These will be very useful to solve mysteries, myths, theories etc. That’s why I think paper books are still necessary.


What is Creativity?



I believe creativity is the imagination and inspiration that someone has. It’s different, it’s personal and it’s special. I chose this picture to represent creativity because this design has a lot of different colors and patterns. When you look at it, it makes you feel happy and cheerful. It applies to art and design because in art, there are many types of colors, shapes, size, lines etc. In this picture, the colors are bright and the designs are unique, the shapes also vary. I have never seen this type of design before, that’s why I think this artist has great creativity.