Contour Still Life (S)

What are some of the key elements that made you decide on the chosen composition?

I picked these objects because I felt that they represented shapes and perspectives that were both achievable and challenging at the same time. Although I was scared to tackle the drawing of the flowers, I wanted to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone.

What is the focal point of your piece?

The focal point of my piece was the elevated bowl-like object that had a candle resting in it. These elements make up the focal point largely because they are more in the foreground of the still life than any of the other objects.

What were some of the techniques you used to make the objects look 3 dimensional and how do you feel you were successful in achieving this?

I tried to make the back of the box clear so it looked more like a rectangular prism than just a rectangle. I also thickened some of the lines to give off a more 3-dimensional look.

What were some of the main challenges you had when working on the piece?

I found it difficult to maintain the perspective of the still-life. It was always very tempting to draw the objects as if they were head-on, just because that would be the easiest to achieve.

How did you overcome these challenges?

It was always helpful to review some of the videos and lessons from previous classes to remind myself how to create perspective. I also decided to not overthink the perspective and work more off of what I was actually seeing.

What are your top 3 tips for next year’s students doing this project?

I would tell them to not worry too much about details, focus on the big picture, make sure you are happy with your perspective after the pencil drawings.

How have you grown as an artist?

I think I’ve grown in that I am so much more comfortable with shapes and perspective than I ever was before. Although I think I can continue improving, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made since the beginning of this course.

Was the journey (project) relatively easy or hard? and why?

In my opinion, the project was relatively hard just because I found myself wanting to rush the process when I just needed to take it step by step. I also kept getting caught in the details of my still life which I still wish I could change.

Which techniques did you try, and which did you feel were successful, and which were not so successful?

I tried using the rule of thirds when choosing the view I wanted to use for the skill life which I think added interesting dynamics to the drawing. I also tried to use line thickening to add perspective. This, however, did not go too well for me as when I would mess up I would just end up thickening lines too much.

How do you think you could improve on your final Still Life Contour Drawing?

To improve my final Still Life Contour Drawing I would probably blacken parts of the background to add a more dynamic perspective to the final piece. 

Contour Drawing Reflection

You are to choose four drawings, what should your criteria for selection be? List your criteria.
1. Clarity of gesture
2. Proportions
3. Angle
4. Accuracy of pose

Why these, How did they meet the criteria
I chose these because I feel as if they capture and exaggerate the gestures the best. Although I believe my proportions were a bit off in these, I think they ended up working with the gesture. I also think that these were the ones where I best captured the pose of the model and the gesture they were making.

Reflect on your journey and your learning as you experimented with gesture drawing.
I really enjoyed gesture drawings as it simplified drawing the human body for me. Because I was forced to take my mind off of the details, I could focus on the main shape of the body and practice that effectively. I understand now that you need to understand the big picture before you can get to the details.

In what type of situation would you use gesture drawing?
I think gesture drawing would be very valuable when drawing figures that are in action poses so that you can effectively capture their movement into your drawing. This may also be helpful when you are drawing a model who is in a complicated pose/angle because you could focus on their main pose first before getting caught up in the details.

Thinking back over the lesson, what have you learnt?
I have learned a lot about how drawing the human body works and thus have also learned how the human body, particularly the spine, can move. Like I mentioned before, I also learned that when it comes to drawing movement you need to understand the big picture before you can get to into the details.

Blind Drawing Reflection

Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
While working on this project, I learned how to utilize my sense of touch to better my art, particularly while blind drawing my self-portrait. I had never thought about the fact that more than just your sense of sight can help contribute to making art, so it was really valuable to expand that mindset.

Did you gain skills with familiar materials?
I had never tried sketching with a pen before, so it was interesting to see the difference in drawing with a pencil versus a pen. I was forced to put much more thought into each mark I made and made the process much more thoughtful.

Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
While working blind, I had to be more comfortable with trusting my senses and not worrying too much about the end product. It was nice to experience art with no pressure for it to look perfect or high expectations. It showed me a more relaxed side of art that I am excited to explore.

Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
The material we used was pretty familiar, but the technique was not. I had never tried blind drawing so it was very exciting to explore a new method.

SML Reflection Post

My SML project this year is creating a photography blog about my life in Hong Kong. When choosing a topic, I had a couple of ideas in mind, but this is the one that excited me the most. I have always had an interest in photography and I’m really glad I’ve gotten a chance to explore that interest!

It has been a little difficult managing my time well. With my project, I have to put in some extra time after school. I have always looked forward to the times I would go take photos after school, but sometimes it would be hard to find that time, so that’s something I have definitely been challenged by.

At first, I wanted to take a bunch of photos, then get them developed, which would eventually become a huge collage of photos representing what my life is like here in HK. However, I realised it would be much more efficient for me to just make a blog instead.

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I am really proud of how my project is going so far. I have been able to go out and take photos multiple times, and I am really liking the results from my pictures and blog so far.

I feel extremely creative when doing SML. I have never really been a very creative person, but I really liked the topic I chose and it allows me to embrace that creativity I have somewhere in me. It has really helped me to also be in an environment where everyone else is also trying to be creative and be thoughtful and just trying their hardest to create something great.

I have learnt a lot throughout this project. Although learning about photography won’t really help me with my school subject, I am really glad I have been able to learn about all the tips and tricks of photography, like about the angles and the lighting.

Throughout this project, I have learned a lot about myself. Something I learned is that it motivates me to work in a place where everyone is trying to accomplish the same thing and trying to be their best. That is why I really liked the SML structure this year, I was surrounded by people going through the same thing as me. One thing I didn’t like is that I won’t be able to see what other students were doing. For example, last year I got to see a variety of SML project but this year I’ll only see presentations about photography.

Overall, I have definitely enjoyed SML so far this year and I’m very happy with where my project is now and glad that I have had this opportunity!

Food and Festival

我和我的家人从来不庆祝感恩节,可是今年我们一家从香港到纽约去过感恩节。一到纽约的时候,就感觉到节日气氛。我们跟亲戚朋友一起一边布置房子,一边准备不但地道,而且有各式各样的特色风味的感恩节大餐。传统的感恩节除了吃烤火鸡以外,还吃烤土豆泥。
感恩节的晚上,我们先一边看电视一边吃小吃,再我们布置桌子准备感恩节晚餐,然后吃烤火鸡,各式各样的西餐和新鲜的沙拉,还有那又甜又香的烤土豆泥,最后我们全家一起玩儿游戏。虽然我们都有时间差可是我们都觉得很开心。
感恩节和中国新年比有很多不同。中国人一般过春节都回家过年。他们不但会在除夕吃年夜饭,而且还要包饺子、吃年糕、蒸鱼和汤圆。春节的时候父母还要给孩子压岁钱。亲戚朋友也会相互送礼物。
现在我真的对过感恩节很敢兴趣和虽然我的家人很小庆祝过年,可是我很喜欢过中年的饭和节日气氛。IMG_2201

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我最好的朋友- Essay

我最好的朋友

by Samara Faruqui

思倩是我最好的朋友。 我们上香港国际学校。 我们都上八年级,我们都

是十三岁。我们从六年级开始就成了最好的朋友。除了我们在一个班一起学中

文以外,我们还每天坐同一辆校车上学。思倩又矮又瘦。但是她每年只生病几

次。虽然我们有时候生病,可是我们都是非常好的学生。我的个子比她高,可

是她比我爱运动。

我们都有长长的咖啡色的头发。可是她的头发很卷, 而我的头发很直。我们都

有咖啡色的眼睛。她很喜欢穿牛仔裤和短裤。我呢,喜欢穿裙子和连衣裙。

思倩有一个妹妹和一个弟弟。她的妹妹叫Ava和她的弟弟叫Jackson。她的

妹妹上五年级,她的弟弟上七年级。她是加拿大人。暑假的时候,她每年回去

加拿大和纽约。暑假的时候我和我的家也去纽约。她在加拿大的时候我跟她一

起FaceTime. 她在纽约的时候我们可以见面。在我的卧室的里面有一个墙。这

个墙有很多的照片。

我很喜欢跟思倩一起看电影。我们一起去看 Pitch Perfect 和 Mocking jay.

我们也喜欢一起看电视。看电影以后我们要去 Dan Ryan’s 吃晚饭。吃晚饭的时

候我们聊天儿和开玩笑。虽然我们都很喜欢开玩笑,可是我比她喜欢开玩笑。

我也最喜欢在我的家看 Lie to Me 和 The Lying Game。去年她在我的科学课,

数学课,英文课,地理课和汉语课。今年,她只在我的汉语课,可是我们每天

一起吃午饭

第一次我们见面的时候是六年级的第一天。我在校车上看到她。在校车

上的时候,我穿了白色的衬衫和黑色的裙子,她穿了蓝色的衬衫和牛仔裤。每

天上学的时候,她穿牛仔裤上课,我穿裙子上课。

我和思倩的爱好有一些不同。她不但踢足球踢得很好,而且排球也打得

特别好,我从小到大只喜欢打网球。因为我们是最好的朋友,所以我经常跟她

一起开玩笑。周末的时候,我们一般都在我的家一边看电视一边聊天儿。

我们两个都非常愿意帮助同学。我是大潭的学生代表;她是石澳的学生

代表。我们经常在一起帮助新同学,也介绍我们的学校给来参观的家长。

我们一放假,就去太古广场买东西。有的时候我们还一起看电影和吃西