• What was the task? What did I have to do? What was being assessed?

The main task of this project, was to complete an amazing chair sculpture before the due date (which, apparently is constantly being extended. We needed to incorporate many different elements to the chair sculpture (such as texture, movement, color, mass, etc.). In addition, it is also required for the chair to be thoroughly planned, sturdy, and neat (no white spots from plaster, gaps in painting, rough edges, etc.).

  • What steps did take from beginning to the end? Including sketchbook.

The first thing we needed to do was brainstorm for a theme idea. I chose the theme nightmare because I feel like having something dark and ominous would trigger more thought and emotion from the viewers as opposed to something normal. Next, we started to design and plan the chair. At one point we went online to get ideas from Pinterest, and watch at online sculpture tutorials to help with our designing. Once we finalized our design, we had to get it approved by Mrs. Jardin. Only then are we able to start working on the chair. I felt like I did pretty well during this process. The only thing I could’ve worked on more, was the actual development of the design, since I only had two ideas to choose from (everyone else had around five). But I guess that’s because I really liked that one design and wouldn’t want to change anything.

  • What do you think of your work overall? What are 3 - 4 strengths? Why? What would you change?

I think I did a pretty good job overall on my chair. I put a lot of effort into my chair’s design (especially the monster in the middle). I also incorporated a lot of different textures and materials, such as tin foil, wires, feathers, air dry clay, etc. When looking at the final product, I feel like I captured my theme very well. When people look at my chair, I really want it to trigger some sort of emotion that relates to my theme. I feel like I managed to achieve that because a few people had already commented that my chair was “terrifying” (which actually made me happy to hear). If I could change anything, it would be to include more details on the bottom area of my chair, because it just looks very empty.

  • What did you think of the task and end result overall? What was challenging/easy? What skills can help you in other subjects or areas of your life? E.g. organization, patience, planning.

I really enjoyed this project overall because we had a lot more freedom. We were given the choice to choose a theme, and make our sculptures in our own way. It was also something new, because we don’t usually work on these types of pieces of art (in the past it was always drawings and paintings). For me, the easiest part of this project is probably knowing how I’d create these certain parts on my chair. For some reason, I felt like I’ve always know how I’d create my chair. It kind of just naturally came together as I worked on my chair. The most difficult part would have to be all the planning at the very beginning. I felt like I had to make the perfect design because it was something I’d be working on for the next few months. I feel like this entire project required a lot of determination and passion, which can be very useful in other situations. If I hadn’t had passion or determination for this project, it wouldn’t have turned out the way it did (as in, it would’ve looked pretty bad.

As of now, I'm extremely close to finishing my chair, with only a few more details to add. Looking back at what I had 10 weeks ago, i'm actually very surprised. When I was at that stage, I still wasn't very organized with my time management. For the first few of weeks, I was only focusing on one part of my chair, which was the monster in the middle of my chair. At that point I wasn't sure if I would have enough time to finish my chair in the future since the only thing that I accomplished (I didn't even finish it) was part of the monster. Over time I started to add more pieces to my chair, and eventually it started coming together, and now I'm actually more ahead than most people.

For my chair I used quite a few different elements. Some elements I used are:

  • Lines for the hands and thorns
  • Mass for the monster
  • Texture for the wood splinters and monster's fur
  • Space for the hands and back of the chair
  • Etc.

I think that the most important element i have is texture because I used it for many things in my sculpture. The pieces that use texture the most are the monster, the tentacles (I tried making it somewhat rough, that's why I didn't smooth it out), and the wooden splinters. If I didn't add these components, a lot of my chair would've been very different.

The grade I got for my progress was pretty average, around Bs and As which I think is pretty reasonable. I was expecting that grade when I looked back at my sketch book. To get an A, I should have drawn more sketches showing the development of my design and add some annotations to my final sketch.

Timeline for the Next 10 Classes

  1. First I'm going to finish the metal hands from my chair. I already finished one hand and I'm partially done with the other hand. After that I'll plaster the tentacles that I already have on my chair.
  2. I'm going to spend one entire class working on just adding and shaping more tentacles out of newspaper, and temporarily attaching them on with tape
  3. For the following class, I'll spend my time plastering all the newly added tentacles.
  4. I'll add some thorns made of wires paint black. This doesn't sound very time consuming at first, but I'll have to paint and add each individual thorn into place which may take up an entire class.
  5. I'm going to go back to working on my monster and add things such as the fur, claws, and painting it.
  6. For this class continue working on the monster by doing things like attaching the head, finish off the tail, and any other finishing touches.
  7. Here I'll start painting the tentacles and attach the hands onto the back of my chair.
  8. Since the tentacles may take a while to paint, I'll use this class to finish painting them
  9. As one of the final steps, I'm going to paint the chair and add details such as stitches onto the base.
  10. For the last class, I'll finish painting the chair and attach the monster onto the middle.

30 Hands Videos

I think that the easiest part when working on my chair is going to be at the very end when I start to assemble everything together, and add all the finishing touches such as glueing in my monster, painting everything, etc. I think the hard part will be building my monster because of all it's features. I've never done anything like this before, and may or may not have thought the actual process through (hehe)...
At first I didn't know what my chair should look like, and I struggled with that a bit at first. But I started to draw some sketches and kept on adding on small bits, and I was actually happy with what I ended up with. The theme I chose was nightmares because I just felt like I would be fun to create. I've seen a lot of creepypastas and creepy things so designing this chair kind of felt like putting all those things into a fun creation.

The design process is pretty important because when you design many chairs, there are a lot that you can choose from and even combine. This would probably lead to the "perfect creation" because as the process continues, you'd be adding/removing all sorts of things and making it better. I'm mostly looking forward to just creating this chair because it's been a while since I last created a sculpture like this and it seems really fun.

When I start working, i'm going to start with my main focus, the monster, then move on to the tentacles, hands, thorns, etc. Pretty much just working my way from the largest focuses to the smallest details.


Tutorial Video

I'm not sure how I'm going to start building up my monster from it's wire skeleton. This video looks really helpful and easy to understand, so building my monster wouldn't be such a struggle.

30 Hands Videos

At the start of both rescues I secured the float tube around my torso by putting the loop over one shoulder across my chest. As I was securing the float tube, I may have forgotten to call out to the victim (oops). Before I jumped in, I wrapped the float tube around my stomach and under my armpits.

When I performed my pool entry, I didn’t do it using the Giant Stride entry, but I did try to keep my head above the water at all times (but it did go under the water a few times). I swam to my victim, keeping the tube in front of me, and communicated with her, but it was hard to hear. I extended the tube to my victim (still communicating, but it was still hard to hear), and swam back while trying to keep an eye on her. In the end I safely secured her to the pool edge. If I were to rate myself on how well I did while performing the rescue, I would say I got a 8.5/10 (1 point for each one I go right, and 0.5 for the one I got partially right).

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Debate Statement:

The telephone revolutionized the history of the world more significantly than the invention of the light bulb.

Debate Team Members:


  • Tracy
  • Lissa
  • Vivian


  • Thy
  • Kelly
  • Elin

Debate Roles

Debate Planing Doc

Filmed Debate Footage

Debate Reflection:

  1. From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.

One of the things I learned is that if you have a really strong claim, and a lot of supportive evidence, it would be really hard for someone else to argue against you. I already knew that at first (to be honest it was pretty obvious), but after the researching and debating, it became clearer, and more effective. Another tip I learned was to act confident, even if you’re really not, and people will find it to be more difficult to argue against you.

  1. How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.

Even though I was really nervous, I tried to hide it and act like I was really confident. Surprisingly, this actually does help build up your confidence a little. Even though I was nervous, I just stuck to what I had written in my document, and in the end, things turned out smoothly, mostly because of the rebuttal, and our team actually won.

  1. What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?

I was actually really surprised when our team won. While the judges were discussing the winner, I was thinking about what just happened. I was worried with things such as “Did I say the right thing?”, “Did I stutter too much”, “Did we do well?”, etc. So when the judges announced the winners, I was shocked.

  1. What were you most proud of in your own debate?

I was most proud of our rebuttal because, it was what helped our team win the most. While we were debating, some of our responses to the other team’s challenges were quite powerful, and that specifically is something I’m really proud of.

  1. What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?

Maybe I would have researched more on the other team’s topics to feel more confident when they challenge us. During the debate, I only used that tactic once or twice, and I found it to be really effective. So If I researched on that more, and had more facts, it would be incredible.

[6. Additional Comments, Questions, Observations or Suggestions.]

Nope, not really 😀

Self Assessment

Judge Assessment

Peer Assessment



On the page, I drew the elk in the center, all the little things in the background, and merged the page. My parter, Kelly, drew the other elk, and the background, while our New York buddy did the text. I'm actually pretty proud of how this page came together. At first, I didn't know where to merge all the images, and sometimes they wouldn't look right. Eventually I came up with what you see above. I like the idea of having our New York buddy's text on the mountain in the background. Before I didn't know where to put the text, but then realized that the mountain was the perfect place.

I had quite my share when it came to jobs. For the entire project I managed to accomplish:

  • Designing the page
  • Merging the page
  • Drawing part of the page
  • Come up with part of the sentence

At first I found it a little easy, drawing all the images, designing the page, things seemed pretty straight forward and simple. But after a while, a lot of things got in the way such as the communication, the confusion of being jobless, etc. But in the end things turned out smoothly.

The skype call was a fun experience because we got to communicate with our buddy "face to face" (also there were donuts). We got to ask them questions, and learn a little more about them. Although I wish we could've talked to our buddies alone to sort of "bond" more.

Here's a picture of our shop


I think that the price is pretty reasonable, although it wouldn't hurt to go a little bit higher, after all, all the money goes to charity :). Hopefully this convinces a lot of people to buy the book, I'll try and spread the word on other social medias as well.


  • The ecodome’s very foggy
  • Grasshopper is dead (and in pieces)
  • Plants are healthy
  • There were flies last time, but we can’t find them now
  • There’s mold
  • Small plants are growing



Both our critters lived for at least a few days. But our cricket managed to live longer than the grasshopper. We think that this is because this type of habitat is more suitable for crickets than it is for grasshoppers (grasshoppers need more grass and crickets drink water from misty dew). Something strange we noticed was that our dead grasshopper, wasn't found in one piece. But parts of it were scattered around the area it died. Its torso was actually "hollowed-out" (or as we called it "scooped".) Maybe the cricket ate it?(it can happen)

When we made our ecodome, we added lots of plants, water, and other random things in nature (sticks, stones, leaves, etc.) to make it feel a little bit more "natural". When observing our ecodome (not opening) our grasshopper would usually stay on a stick that we put in, while our cricket was unseen (probably underground).


  • How have other people made ecodomes?

Some were a different sizes, different amount of plants, crickets/grasshoppers, some people even flooded their ecodome, etc.

  • What is needed to provide sustainability to all organisms?
    • Food
    • Water
    • Oxygen
    • Shelter
  • How much of each material is needed?

It may depend on the amount of grasshoppers/crickets being put in the ecodome, the fewer the creatures, the fewer the resources needed, and vise versa.

When preparing four our second attempt, we thought that the cricket might have died due to the lack of essential resources. Because of this, we added plants, and only had one cricket. We didn't choose a grasshopper this time, because the habitat seems to be more suitable for crickets (also to avoid the possibility that the cricket would eat the grasshopper). We also created a small corner with completely dry leaves and dirt, because we didn't want our cricket to be in an area that is always completely soggy

Ecodome Design Components:

  • About 1/4 of the box is filled with soil.
  • Mostly wet soil, but a corner is filled with dry soil so not everything is soaking wet.
  • We kept the old plants and added a few new one so it can produce more oxygen.
  • One cricket so it wouldn't have to "share" the resources, also to avoid the possibility of the cricket eating the grasshopper.
  • About 30ml of water for the plants and critters.



Ecodome design components like:

  • A few sticks and leaves so the habitat seems more “natural”.
  • About a handful of grass and leaves for food.
  • 1 cricket and 1 grasshopper to see how each of them responds to the habitat.
  • 60 ml of water for drinking and plant watering.
  • Four plants from the garden for oxygen.
  • Our soil went up to two centimeters, we made it like this so that the soil’s deep enough for the plants, but not too deep


Changes made on design day:

  • this could include any change from your original design based on your experience while building; like adding or subtracting of materials, change in habitat design, etc

At first we planned on having a plant waterer above the plants, but in the end, we just lined the plants with stones and flooded the plants with water. We also changed the position of the objects, and and took away the plant container on the side.


1. When this task was introduced to you what were your first thoughts, reactions? Why?

I thought it would be interesting getting to communicate with another school and artist. At first I expected communication to be somewhat difficult because of the distance and time gap. But it actually turned out to be smoother with a website like Edmodo.

2. What are you excited the most about the collaboration unit? 

I guess I'm mostly excited to work with my New York buddy and putting all the pieces of our artwork together to create something to be proud of.

3. a) Explain how you have been connecting with your buddy?

So far it's only been on Edmodo, and not really anywhere else.

    b) What is your buddy’s name and what did you learn about them?

My buddy's name is Mariana, some hobbies she likes to do are biking and swimming. She has one brother and two sisters, and likes hip hop music. On Edmodo she said that she used to play violin, likes animals, and wants to become a vet in the future.

    c) What similarities or differences did you notice between you and your buddy?

Like Mariana, I like biking, swimming, and animals. Also in the future I may want to become a vet.

4. How has (will) your drawing/learning been (be) effected because of the collaboration so far? (for example are you working differently because you are working with someone else?)

Kind of. Because of the different opinions and ideas of my partner and New York buddy, Not everything we do will be done as expected. For an example, me and my partner agreed on a sentence for the book, but since our partner also had her own sentence we decided to merge them.

5.  a)What did you think about Graeme Base writing to us? 

I thought it was pretty interesting and neat since I really loved his book as a child. So getting a reply from him was cool, especially since he put so much effort into it.

     b) What did you learn from his letter? 

There are a lot of things he wrote in his letter, so I did learn a lot (but I'm not going to write all of it down since it's probably too long). One thing I learned was that Graem Base's inspirations tends to come from traveling. Another thing I learned was what techniques he used in his artwork.  "The technique I used in Animalia is watercolour and transparent inks on hot-press (very smooth) illustration board. I also use technical drawing pens, coloured pencils and gouache - very much a 'mixed media' technique"

     c) Describe what you think of his book.

I've read his book ever since I was little and from then until now, I always thought it was very interesting. One thing that always got my attention all the little things he added through out the pages.

6. What challenges have you faced so far?

I haven't faced too much challenges yet, but I remember at some point, all the different things going on (designing all the different parts of the page and communicating with out New York buddy), got me kind of confused and my work wasn't very effective for about a week, but afterwards, everything went smoothly.