VADT Foundation reflection – Gesture drawings

You are to choose four drawings, what should your criteria for selection be? List your criteria.
Good proportions
Proper angles
Realistic features
Identifiable pose
I have chosen drawings 3, 6, 8, 9

Why these, How did they meet the criteria
They met the criteria because the bodies have good proportions when it comes to the limbs, there are no features that are unrealistically big or small, the angle is correct so they don’t look distorted, and the viewer is able to see what they are doing.

Select your first drawing, then three others, that shows the changes that happened.
On my first drawing, my angles were very off and the shoulders were drawn in a distorted way. Then for drawing 2, while my angle was okay, my proportions for the body were very miscalculated. For drawing 4 it was still a little off with the proportions. And finally, with drawing 9, I was able to fix both of those learning curves.

Reflect on your journey and your learning as you experimented with gesture drawing.
It was quite confusing at first, and I had no idea what to do, but I gradually became more comfortable with it and it became a lot of fun.

In what type of situation would you use gesture drawing?
Just a quick sketch, not needing to add details but just needing to capture a pose.

Thinking back over the lesson, what have you learnt?
I have learnt about how I should start with the head, then the spine, then highlight the main parts of the body such as the elbows and knees before moving onto the hands and legs. I have also learnt that gesture drawings are quick and it’s okay if they’re not neat.


What is your topic and why did you choose it?
My topic is baking cupcakes and I chose to do it because I have a passion for baking and stretching my creativity.

Describe your experience so far: What challenges have you faced? Did you overcome those challenges?
Has your project changed since the beginning? If so, how?
I haven’t really faced any challenges yet, but it did change. I added in a website to display my work.

What are you proud of so far?
I am proud of the google forms I have created to get the feedback I need in order to move forward.

Do you feel creative when doing SML? If so, what are the conditions that help you to be creative?
Can you share any specific samples of your learning?

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?


Photo on 1-18-16 at 10.14 AM

What I made was my own personal sketchbook. Using paper, tape, and string, I constructed a book that I will be using throughout the semester. On the cover, I drew a sort of pattern, I drew this because I like to think of it as a piece of artwork I can keep adding to, like there is no end to it.

The purpose of my sketchbook in class is to write down my ideas and keep them organized. If I ever have an idea that could make a piece of my artwork better, instead of keeping it to myself, i could write it down to make sure I don’t forget. This class is to take our creative thoughts, and to put them into artwork, so another use of this sketchbook is to jot down any creative ideas that come into my head.

The benefits of making my own sketchbook is that I am left with the feeling of accomplishment, that something that I made will be put to good use instead of just buying a book. Also, it is a lot more environmentally friendly, because it uses less paper than a bought book.

If I were to make my sketchbook over again, I don’t think I would change anything because what we were instructed to do was straightforward, and the product made was held together and still looked as good as a store bought one.

Wind paragraphs

Paragraph 1:
One paragraph explaining how and when sea breezes are formed near land.

The sun radiates heat, and the water and land both absorb that heat, the only thing is that the water absorbs the heat a lot faster. Therefore, the air on land seems much warmer than the air above the water. The warm air will rise throughout the day, causing low pressure at the surface. On the water, the air pressure gets really high because of the cold air. The air will sink over the ocean. The wind will blow from the higher pressure over the water to lower pressure over the land causing the sea breeze. The strength of the sea breeze will depend on the temperature difference between the land and water.

Paragraph 2:

One paragraph explaining how land breezes are formed by the sea.

At night, the roles explained above will reverse. The air over the ocean will be warmer than the air over the land. The air over the land will drop quickly when the sun goes down, because there is no more heat radiation being sent out. The ocean is able to hold the heat in, because it doesn’t release the heat as fast as the land. This temperature change causes the air pressures to switch. These temperature changes causes the pressures to collide and create a breeze that blows onto the land.


Notes on Heat Transfer


– Conduction is the transfer of thermal energy between particles of matter that are touching

– Transfer of thermal energy is heat

– Thermal energy is always transferred from particles of warmer matter to particles of cooler matter

– when particles of warmer matter collide with particles of cooler matter, the warmer matter transfer some of their thermal energy to the cooler one

– Convection is the transfer of thermal energy through fluid

– Thermal energy is the total kinetic energy of moving particles of matter

– When water gains more thermal energy, they move around more quickly, they have more collisions, and start moving around faster

– Thermal energy is always transferred from an area with a higher temperature to an area with a lower temperature

– Thermal radiation is the transfer of thermal energy by waves that can travel through air or even through empty space

– Thermal radiation is how thermal energy from a fire is transferred to your hands and how thermal energy from the sun is transferred to Earth

– Everything radiates thermal energy, even things that aren’t warm

Why are metals good conductors of heat? When heat is added to the atoms, they start moving around faster and bumping into each other more, causing the heat to travel around. Also, there aren’t a lot of electrons that are attached to and nucleons.

Why does hot water and air rise? When heat is added, the molecules speed up and expand, causing it to become less dense, which will push the molecules upward, and when it cools, it will come back down. It also has to do with buoyancy because the buoyant force pushing the cork up will be stronger then the gravitational force, pulling it down.

Thermal radiation is brought by a campfire to you because it sends out heat waves that fill the space in between the campfire and you, and once that space is filled, the heat waves will push more heat towards you.

Paragraph 1:

Conduction relates to the three states of matter because conduction is when heat is added to a solid, the molecules start moving around faster because more energy is being added, when the molecules start getting faster, they start moving around and colliding with each other, causing each molecules to transfer Thermal energy to one another. This relates to the three states of matter because when heat is added ice, the molecules start moving around faster and they then turn into liquid, but in conduction, instead of changing states of matter, the molecules spread the heat through the whole object.

Paragraph 2:

Convection is basically the same thing as conduction but this time its thermal energy being transfered through molecules through a liquid instead of a solid. This relates to the three states of matter because when energy is being put on the liquid, the molecules start moving around faster, and they start colliding with each other, they then start moving around so fast that they evaporate into gas (Water vapor). Convection isn’t exactly the same thing as this, but is around the same thing.

Paragraph 3:

Thermal Radiation is the transfer of thermal energy by waves that can travel through air or empty spaces. When the Thermal Radiation reaches an object, it transfers the thermal energy to the object. This relates to the three states of matter because when the gas reaches colder temperatures, it turns back into a liquid (like when the thermal radiation reaches an object), the water then comes back down as a liquid (like the Thermal Energy is passed to the object).


Students of all ages today are finding themselves running a marathon after school each day. Unfortunately, this race has few winners. Too many activities after school for students has sparked a debate on whether not over scheduling is harming students. Many students enjoy the opportunities for additional classes their parents arrange for them and claim that keeping a busy schedule will be worth it in the future. However, students face many challenges with a schedule that leaves them with only a few hours a week of down time. Kids are coming home tired and worn out from everything they did, they don’t have the energy to do homework, but are still forced to do it, maybe even extra from their parents Over scheduling harms students because it is putting too much pressure on them and stressing them out, the kid won’t have such a strong relationship with their parents, and it doesn’t let kid have a good sleep.

Over scheduling of activities is harming students because it is putting too much pressure on them and stressing them out. One of the reasons over scheduling is harming students is because all of their activities are back to back and they wouldn’t have time to themselves and run around and BE KIDS! On the other hand, People think that over scheduling is not harming students may say that over scheduling is not harming students because it helps them learn about time management and it helps them connect to other people that are also in their activities. Well, over scheduling does not help kids learn about time management because over scheduling means that all of their activities are back to back and they don’t get home ‘till late at night. Time management means that you can evenly space out your schedule and still have time for yourselves. Deborah Stipek is dean of the School of education at Stanford University in California. Deborah says that lots of kids are overscheduled. She also says that kids that are overscheduled are not enjoying what could be the incredible satisfaction of learning and developing understandings and skills.

Another reason over scheduling is harming students is because the kid won’t have such a strong relationship with their parents. What I mean by that is because kids have so many activities, they don’t get to spend down time with their family, which can sometimes lead to more fighting than usual. People that think that over scheduling is not harming students may say that over scheduled kids and their families do get along well, because that could show that the students parents care about how healthy they are and how much extra curricular they’re doing. But actually, parents may not know it, but some kids hate extracurricular activities and may be actually mad that their parents are signing them up for it, and when they start complaining, that usually sparks and argument that can start a fight, I know from experience. Scientists say that kids need contact with their family. They don’t need to spend every second of everyday with them, but such family relationships can give kids a sense of understanding of who they are.

The final reason over scheduling is harming students is because it doesn’t let kid have a good sleep. This is important because without enough sleep, kids won’t do as well, the won’t be in the best mood, and they’ll be tired all the time. On the contrary, people may say that over scheduling gives you a better sleep because it works you so hard that you’ll already be tired when you get home. But actually, when an overscheduled kid gets home from all their activities, they’ll have to do homework, which could take another 1-2 hours. Already, over scheduled kids get home really late, than they have to do homework, and if they don’t get some of it, it’ll take them even longer to complete it. Also, some parents make kids do extra homework apart from their regular one, not knowing that they already have enough. Scientists say that children 5-12 should be getting 10-11 hours of sleep. But with all their extra curricular activities, plus homework they only get about 5-7 hours of sleep. Even though activities and homework is good for you learning, to much can harm you.

From lack of sleep and friend time to increasing levels of stress, over scheduled students face many challenges in just getting through their busy schedules each week. Kids need activities after school, but not so many that they are running from one activity to the next every day. Some kids can handle the extra demands of a busy schedule while others struggle. Kids may not stand up to their parents because they’re scared, but all kids should know that if they are struggling, they should definitely go to an adult, and hopefully their parents understand. You only get to be a kid once. Make sure your childhood was worth it.

Summative Paragraph

The Shang Dynasty ruled from 1700 to 1122 B.C.E. They developed their learning in the arts, technology, government, social structure writing and religion. They developed lots of tools, weapons and armour. But something that fascinated me the most was the bronze helmet. I like the bronze helmet because it has many cool details about it. One detail I like about the helmet is because it protects warriors in battle. For example, if a warrior had a bronze helmet, and a warrior had a wood helmet, if they were hit in the head with an arrow, the arrow would go through the wood helmet, but the bronze helmet would deflect it. So when warriors went into battle, they would be a little more safe. Another detail I like about the helmet is that it has designs carved on the helmet by an artisan. That just shows that the Shang artisans were very developed because they had already learned to make patterns out of bronze. The last detail I like about the helmet was that it showed that the Shang people were very developed in technology. I like this detail because bronze does not grow on trees or in the ground, but it had to be made. That shows that the metalworkers were developed and smart enough to come up with making bronze. Even though other artifacts fascinated me, this bronze helmet fascinated me the most.