Unit 2: Popsicle Stick Final Reflection

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  1. Upload a photo of the work of a different group in class

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  1. What was your inspiration and were you able to achieve your original vision? Why or why not?

Our inspiration was the famous London Eye. Our vision looked similar to out final product, but we imagined it to be more stable and compact and we had though we would put chairs on, but we ran out of time.

  1. What helped you to be creative with your design? (think about restrictions in material, time, compromises made)

We were able to be creative with having limited tools, so we had to find a way to make it mobile.

  1. What is the quality of construction like? What areas of improvement could you make?

We could use a thicker wire for stability and we could use more sticks to create a strong base. The quality is ok, it hasn’t fallen apart, but it feels like it might,if put under too much stress.

  1. What is the function or intended purpose of your sculpture?

The function of our sculpture is for the wheel to spin, we were able to accomplish that.

  1. Compare your work to that of a different group.  What new ideas could you include from studying the work of a different group?

We could add more movable parts, and we could make the sculpture more stable.

 

Unit 4: Pottery

Unit 4: Pottery Upload a photo of your final pot after it is glazed and fired.  

1)What was the starting point for your sculpture and what techniques did you find helpful in constructing your pot?

My starting point was the piece of paper that I cut out for the main outline of my design. I was inspired by the ordinary jug, but my pot took weird shapes and I just went with the flow. I found it helpful to cut the shapes of the clay out beforehand, instead of moulding it to the piece. I also found it helpful when I scratched and slipped because it makes things stick together, and stabilized the pot.

2)How is your pot a personal expression of your ideas? (Think about what makes your pot unique compared to others)

It is unique because it is a flower shaped jug. It is different to everyone elses. I could have made a normal pot, but I wanted something different. It shows its uniqueness when everyone made a pot, but I made a lantern.

3)  Is pottery still a relevant form of art today? Agree or disagree and please explain why.

Definitely, sculptures are made off an artist’s ideas. If pottery wasn’t art then sculptures like “Venus de Milo” wouldn’t be art. Also, I believe anything is art as long as it conveys the sculptors ideas. Due to this, I believe pottery is still a form of art.

4)  Look at the following link about the artist, Li Lihong:

http://www.hollistaggart.com/artists/thumbs/li-lihong/0/thumbs

  1. What message does Lihong convey in his work? Provide an example and upload a photo of one of his works.

The McDonalds sign is very American, but the way that Lihong painted it, it makes it seem very Japanese or Chinese. Maybe it reflects the way Western companies have made their way to China. I think he is showing the influx of Western things in China.

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  1. Does Lihong focus more on the form or function of his sculptures? Explain how that is evident in his work.

I think that he focuses more on the form of his works rather than the functions. His work usually reflects something, or symbolizes something, rather than do something.

  1. Explain how you have focused more on the form or function of your piece (or perhaps both)
  2. I have focused mostly on the form. I made a flower lantern that could hold a lantern. I obviously focused more on the form because it is not the most efficient lantern, but a pretty one.

Unit 3: Pottery: Ceramic Lantern

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The inspiration for my design was a house, and how the warmth of a home is like a candle fire. The lantern symbolises how warmth and strength radiates from everyone’s “home”. The 3 most important elements in creating my lantern were kneading the clay, using slip to glue the pieces together, and cutting and moulding the clay. As you can see, I kneaded the clay several times so that my lantern was smooth. Also, I used slip to glue the pieces together and form the complete lantern, with a base and all. Finally I moulded and cut the clay, to make my desired design.

I thought that I would get another class period to work on it, so I spent too much time on the doorway. i thought I would have time for windows to better symbolises the radiation of heat.

Architecture

parthenon:

 

The Parthenon:

Architects: Ictinus, Callicrates, and Phidias

Date of construction: 447 BC-432 BC

Materials: Ivory and gold

Purpose: To show the world the dominance and power of Athens

pyramids

The Great Pyramids of Giza:

Architects: Unknown

Dates of construction:  Khufu: 2650 BC; Khafre: 2558-2532 BC; Menkaure: 2450 BC

Materials: Outer mantle constructed with 144,000 casing stones

Purpose: For the Fourth Dynasty Pharaoh Khufu’s burial

 

the_great_wall_of_china_at_jinshanling

 

The Great Wall of China

Architects: Unknown

Dates of construction: 7th Century – 3rd Century BCE; 14th Century-15th Century

Materials: stone, brick, tamped earthwood, and other materials

Purpose: To keep the nomadic groups, Mongolians, and enemies outside of China

Book Project 2

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The title of my chosen book is “The Hand Of the Devil”, by Dean Vincent Carter. It falls into the fantasy horror genre. The book is about a young journalist named Ashley Reeves, who work for a magazine that talks about abnormal natural occurrences. When he receives an invitation to an island promising a strong story for the magazine, he pounces at the opportunity. Little does he know, he gets stranded and the island becomes his worst nightmare. What interested me was the plot, which seemed like a nice story at first, and turned into a nightmare. Even just looking at the title, I already knew what I would do. I plan to make a sort of flame, to symbolise the plot twist, and obviously the devil, as it is mentioned in the title. There aren’t any personal connections I can make, but the story is quite unique and intriguing.

My visual response is a fire flower to symbolise the title, and show how the main protagonist was stuck on the island, with the flower. In addition to that I also added waves to emphasise the inferno. I didn’t fully cover up all of the words on the strips of paper to show that it was still, after all, a book. Also, to show how words come to life throughout books.

 

 

Book Sculpture Reflection

My sculpture is abstract. This is because from a distance, or from an angle, it seems to be perfect. However, as you get closer you can see that the folds aren’t perfect, and none of the pages are folded exactly the same way. I didn’t intend for it to happen, but it would be impossible to make it perfect. The imperfection symbolises how a person can seem perfect from afar, but in reality, once you get to know them or get close to them, you find out no one is perfect, because that’s impossible.

 

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Newspaper Sculpture

The function of my sculpture is to store stationary of all sorts. We have a place to hang rings of tape, a place to store erasers, and a place to store pencils and rulers alike. It is a compact, multifunctional storage box that store a lot of stationary in minimal space.

 

Our sculpture benefits humanity because it offers new ways to store things in a compact, convenient box that can store a variety of things whilst taking up less space. It allows people to store their stationary and keep track of it, so that they don’t lose their pencils and erasers.

 

My group was successful because we found ways to incorporate everyone’s work into the final project. We were able to make sure everyone did their fair share of work, and work in a civilised manner. Our group work was successful because everyone’s small pieces of work all came together to form a bigger, better, product.

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P3 Reflection

Over this past semester, I have not only greatly grown in my filming technique, but I have also gained experience of photoshop, iMovie, and filming. In the first project, many of the scenes were shaky, badly edited, and the storyboard was bad. However, after doing 3-4 projects, I developed new skills, and now, my film has no shaky shots. In the 3rd project, I think I did really well. This is because I took 2-3 classes just to edit, and finished my filming within 2 classes. I think the music was relevant, each hot wasn’t too short or long, and that I captured the theme quite well, which was to conserve water. However, I also think I could improve by making the text slides last longer, and shooting more scenes, instead of taking some clips off youtube.

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Book Report #29, 30, 31, and 32: The Sports Book

Book # #29, 30, 31, and 32                                    Words:  200,000+                                              Date: 26/5/2015

 

Title:  The Sports Book                                                               Author:  N/A                                

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non-Fiction        

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence: 
  • “By roughly 500 BCE, athletic festivals were being held throughout Greece.”

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:
  • “The 1936 Berlin olympics are best remembered for Adolf Hitler’s failed attempt to prove his theories of Aryan racial superiority.”

 

 

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:
  • Staggered (V)-walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall.

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:
  • After reading the book, I learnt not only about popular sports like basketball, but also about less well known sports such as the Pommel Horse. After owning this book, I will never have to google anymore sports records, as they are listed for each sport. I also learn the history behind each sport and learn how and why the sport was created.