Painting with Collage (Unit 3)

  1. Upload a good quality photograph of your work.


  1. Describe the elements of your collage and what relationships you have created through your images.

I have cut out all of my most memorable photos and stacked them closely together to represent all the close bonds I have made with all these people. Also, I intentionally left minimal white spaces to help show that my life is filled with all these great memories. I also painted all my memory photos with an orange and blue tint to wash them out a bit, therefor leaving my portrait photo standing out.

  1. How have you used the techniques of juxtaposition, dislocation, and or transformation.  Use specific examples from your work.

For juxtaposition and dislocation, I glued in white flowers all around in random places and also stuck one of my favorite quotes on the bottom right.

  1. Describe your painting technique by explaining your process (what you used and how you painted)

I used three main colors; goldish orange, white, and blue. To make it a sheer and top coat of color, I used a large amount of water to help wash the colour out and create a thin layer. A layer thin enough to see the pictures being painted.

  1. What areas of your work are you most proud of?

I very proud of how I was able to manage to fit all my photos in an appeasing and visually appealing way. I also like how even though the flowers were placed for juxtaposition, they somehow fit into the whole collage and image created.

  1. What areas of your work needs improvement?

I think I could have done a better job of painting and not making the stroke direction so evident. But also spreading the paint across the canvas/pictures more evenly.

  1. What is the overall theme or message of your work? Please explain the impact of specific collage photos, color choice, and technique in painting or use of collage.

The overall theme that I wanted to try to convey is a message of happiness and cherishing your memories. This is why I used all my best and memorable photos and used generally bright and happy colours. Also, the reason I wanted my portrait photo to stand out is because the photo is one of my favorite photos from one of the best trips to Europe and brings back a memory of pure happiness and joy.

Personal Heroes (Unit 2):

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  1. Why did you choose this person to draw? What impact have they had on your life?

I chose to draw Audrey Hepbrun for my personal hero for many reasons. Not only was she an amazing actress and model, but she also did a significant amount of charity work while fighting cancer. I found this very empowering and so brave of someone so famous to use her fame into doing something very charitable while fighting disastrous cancer.

  1. How has drawing this person affected your admiration or respect for this person?  (Do you have a greater admiration or respect after drawing? Do you feel like you know more about this person i.e. facial features you never noticed before?)

I feel I have become more familiar with Audrey’s features because I have never drawn a close up portrait of her. When drawing, I noticed her very rich and strong eyebrows and also her long eye lashes that help exaggerate elegant personality and classy attitude.

  1. Explain what allowed you to achieve success in your drawing?

I think I have nailed the hair portion of this drawing because I could really capture the hair style by showing where it was pinned and which strands go where to make this hair style. I am also very proud of the eye brows in general because I feel as if I have captured the fine lines and point of her eyebrows.

  1. What did using the grid transfer method allow you to do? Name 3 important uses.

It helped draw Audrey’s very proportionally, make sure that the face feature size balanced with all the other elements, and helped me focus on one section of the drawing at a time.

  1. What areas of your drawing could have been improved?


I think I could have improved my shadows, aka shading, to help show the realism of the face and how it would create a shadow.


Unit 3: Photography Themes

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1. What was the theme for your photographic series?

My theme for my photography series was Hopes and Fears.

2. How have you chosen to represent your theme through your photos? Share about your subject matter, scene, and camera settings.

• For fear, we thought of something dark and threatening. One way/method we used to help show that was the use of shadows. We took a lamp and shone it directly at the model to help capture both the model and the enlarged and dark shadow behind her. We didn’t really change the camera setting, just set the camera aperture very high to capture the whole scene.

• For hope, we wanted the complete opposite and wanted to capture the mood of happiness and a light joyful vibe. We wanted to put in as much colour as possible, therefor we shot all of the hope photos outside with the sun to use for natural lighting. For the camera setting, we just adjusted the camera aperture very low to only focus on the model and have the colorful surrounding just support the message we tried to convey.

3. How did you use compositional rules in your final work?

For one of the fear photos where the model has a large shadow behind her, we used the rule of thirds and the rule of space. As you can see, the model is positioned more to one side, rather than right in the middle. Also, for the hope photo when the model is reaching up, we used the Line rule.

4. Is your work “original”? Why or why not?

Our work is very original since we did not search up an idea or copy it off of somewhere. We creatively used the lamp in our way to create a more dramatic effect with the shadow behind. Also, I haven’t commonly seen photos like the ones we have taken.
Evaluate your photographic series.  How effective is your series in conveying your theme? What would you change?

Personally, I think we were very successful in portraying our theme of hopes and fears. Using props, lighting, setting, colour, and facial expressions, I think we successfully helped show a message of dark fear and joyful hope. If I had to change anything, I would probably change the amount of photos we took. I think I would want to add one more to each theme to make the whole series seem more complete.
Explain what your role was in the group work?

Me and my partner split the work so we could both have the opportunities to try out different roles. Therefor I did both taking the photos and model for the photos. We also brainstormed many different ideas we could use and incorporate into our photos.

Action Photo – Summative Task 2



• I used rule of thirds because if you divided this picture to 9 parts, then my model would only take up one third of this photo. I also used the rule of space to capture this action photo.

• When taking this photo, I wanted to capture the mood of joy and happiness. Therefor, I had my model jump to represent joy and excitement in the air. Overall, I think that I met my goal because my model is in the air with her mouth open and hair in the air to show fun and joy.

• I think that facial expression, action/pose, and background will be very effective to create a portrait.

Summative Photo Task 2

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1) The story behind this photo is that the model in this photo is very scared and has no control over both his fear and where he is going.

2) This picture is named Place de l’Europe and is taken by a man named Henri Cartier-Bresson. He is famous for taking iconic portraits of European History from the 1930s and 1970s. He is very famous for this particular photo because of everything captured in one photo; emotion, action, and a story.

Citation for #2: “Place De L’Europe – Gare Saint Lazare 1932 Inspiration.” Street Photography. Urban Picnic, n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.



Summative Task 1

4) Take 1 portrait photograph of your partner and upload to your site (for light/shadow work use “Shutter” mode). Respond to the following:

  • What compositional rules did you apply?
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)



The compositional rules I used to take this portrait were: Rule of thirds and rule of space.

I wanted to capture the mood and theme of happiness. To achieve this goal, I made my ‘model’ laugh and captured the photo from an up angle to fully capture the joy portrayed and to add a fun and light vibe to it.

I think the 3 most important elements would be lighting, expression, and the amount of focus. With these elements, you will be able to take a successful portrait of someone.



Unit 3: Photography

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2) This adolescent girl has a determined and cutthroat expression, yet there is fright and sadness in her eyes.

3) The girl in the portrait is from a Pashtu tribe, and is named Sharbat Gula. Tragically, in 1983 during the Soviet air raid on her Afghan village, both her parents were killed. This left her and her four siblings on a two week journey, trudging through mountains in winter with just their grandmother. Before the photo was even taken, Sharbat Gula had to live in several different refugee camps.


“National Geographic Cover Features Afghan Girl.” Afghan Girl on Cover of Magazine, Photos, Wallpapers. National Geographic, n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.


Photo Hand Drawing reflection

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Reflection for Hand Drawing Photograph

 1) Give a brief description of your work

For my hand photograph drawing, I wanted to make something different from what previous semester students did. Most people incorporated a really intricate and beautiful henna type design on their hands, so I wanted to take my hands and create something different. So I positioned my hands as if they were a flat surface in which a city rests upon. I drew a city landscape with glitter like things bounces of it to make it seems as if the city is glowing all on its own. On the sides towards the bottom of the hand, I drew distinct squiggly designs just to add a fun touch.

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

I am using both my hands to create a flat and elevated surface. When I was positioning my hands, I did not have much meaning behind it. But after thinking it over, I have discovered a deeper meaning behind it, relating it to our modern society. My hands represent society or the people, and how what we do affects and makes up our city, which is drawn on top of my hands.

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

I tried making the drawings on both side of my hands somewhat symmetrical. For the city landscape buildings, there are many vertical lines incorporated straight dow the artwork. Also, in the back, you can see that I captured the background that has many horizontal line going across.

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

I think my work is very successful, because not only did I create a very distinct piece, but I also managed to find a deeper meaning behind it. I strayed away from the very common and basic hand design idea and tried to create something no one else has done so far in the class. I also discovered a meaning that represents the truth in our world today and can relate to everyone.

Sketch Book Reflection – Art & Design

Unit 1: Sketchbook

i)        Take a good quality, clear, and interesting photo of your finished sketchbook.  The photo can show your sketchbook at an interesting angle and does not need to show the entire sketchbook.  You may want to show only a portion of what is most interesting to you.  Think about the composition of your photo (ex. how do you want to show angles of lines and placement of light and dark areas)

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ii)        Under your photo, respond to the following questions/statements in paragraph form:

Describe the work (sketchbook) and how you made it.

I have been in HKIS since 6th grade, therefor I have been making these exact sketchbooks for the past 2 years. So when we were making them again, I didn’t g have too much trouble. So first we took 10 sheets of A3 paper and folded them in half to act as pages. Then I glued to thin cardboard like sheets on one of the pieces of paper to represent the cover. After  that, I lined up the paper with the cover and poked holes down the spine. After making holes, I took a piece of string and a needle, to sew the whole sketchbook together!


I chose and artist named Cathy Adelman because I was very intrigued by her intricate and detailed book binding skills. All her portfolios include such beautiful book bindings. I think that paper books are necessary because not everyone these days fully enjoy the opportunity of being able to read digitally. There are still people who want to read the classic way and not get too absorbed into modern world technology.