Reflection – Chair Sculptures

Dear readers,

This semester, my art class started a new project. We were given a wooden chair, to begin with. We have to come up with a theme and use what we learned about sculpting and the elements that we learned in class to design our chair sculpture. We can use clay, plaster, tape, cardboard and etc to decorate our chair. The process that we went through to make our chair sculptures were brainstorming our ideas, making the parts of our chair, attaching it and then finishing it. The things that we were assessed on were how strongly attached our chair is, what were the elements that we used (mass, colors, lines, texture, movement, plane, shape and etc). All of these were the things that we learned before starting this project.

We had to follow a design cycle to help us keep track of our time and make sure that we meet all the deadlines. First, we brainstormed any themes that we could think of (fantasy, nightmare, dream, food etc). We then talked about the elements, processes, and methods. The elements we learned were space, line, plane, mass/volume, shape, value, texture, and color. The process we learned were the subtractive process, the additive process, and the kinetic process. We also learned the methods we could use to build our chair, like modeling, casting, construction, assemblage, relief, and kinetic. We also had to search online for tutorials of different sculpture techniques that we could use, like the tape sculpture. We then started sketching rough drafts of what we wanted our chair to look like with our theme in mind. These sketches will eventually help us decide the final design of our chairs. While we were doing our chair sketches, we had to make sure that our chairs were mostly covered, so that there were no big spaces that were not filled in. We also played with the proportions of the objects that we want to put on our chairs. We had to make sure that our chairs look interesting in every angle. We then made our final design of our chair This time, we had to make sure that our design is detailed and colored. We also had to write down what the objects in our designs are made of. After that, we start to build our chairs. We had about 10 weeks on our chairs. We had to start with the biggest parts of our chairs so that they would be made in time. We mainly used cardboard and plaster to make our sculptures. After we were done building all of the parts of our chairs, we had to attach them to our chairs using either plaster or hot glue guns. After everything was properly attached, we were then given time to paint and decorate our chairs. We were allowed to use anything that is in the art room, which includes, wires, spray paints, acrylic paints, cotton balls, discs, and etc. Throughout the whole process, Mrs. Jardin will sometimes go around to check on our process and see what we have accomplished so far. Also, every lesson, we have to use an app called “30 hands” to take a picture of our chair and record us talking about what we have done in that class and what we are planning to do next class; these videos will later be graded by Mrs. Jardin to see our progress. We are also graded by how many elements we have combined into our chair to see what we have learned in this unit, how neat and thoroughly planned our chair is, and our sculptural skills.

Now that we have finished our project, we have made a Skitch poster and a reflection about our whole project. This is a video of the process of my chair :

Here is a Skitch that I made that shows some of the elements that I have used in my chair :

Overall, I am very proud of what I have accomplished because I have never done this big of a project before and there were many things that we had to do, but I managed to finish on time. I think that my strengths were managing my time because there were many things that I had to finish and I found that it is easier to manage your time when you plan what you want to accomplish next class. Another strength is to add more little details onto my chair so that it would look more interesting and full; I had added a few little details to different places, including the discs, to help fill in the gaps on my chair. And my final strength is plastering because I had to plaster so many things throughout the whole process of making this chair. If I had more time I think that I would paint my chair better since I didn’t have a lot of time to paint, I had to paint very fast to finish everything and some of the paint got smudged. I also would probably make more of the small cars to decorate my chair because the sides of my chair look a little bare.

In conclusion, I think that this project was very fun and taught me a lot of new sculpting techniques and vocabulary. I think that my chair sculpture was very good even though I still have things that I could improve on, but I tried my best and made my chair as best as I can. I think the most challenging part of this project was the time. We had to be very careful of time and never waste it during this project because we only had a few weeks to finish it. All of the things we did to make sure that our chairs were ready on time, like planning, managing our time and our organization will help us a lot in the future since we are going to highs chool next year and will be doing a lot more of these types of projects in the future.

 

Art Chair Sculpture 8A

Dear readers,

What will be easy?

  • I think that the process of making the chair sculpture would be kind of easy.

What will be challenging?

  • I think that the time management would be hard. I think that I will struggle with timing my sculptures, so that I will be able to finish the project on time.

What ideas do you have already?

  • Right now I have almost finished my overall plan for my chair sculpture, so I have a good idea of what I am going to do for this project.

Why do we use the design process and not just take our first idea?

  • Because usually the first ideas will be the most basic and most simple ideas we have, so the more we brainstorm the deeper we think and the better the ideas we get.

What are you looking forward to about this task?

  • I am really looking forward to see how my chair will turn out because right now I have no idea how my chair will look like when i actually finished. I know that I will somehow change the something about my plan when I am making the chair, so I don’t really know what will happen.

What topic are you thinking of? Why?

  • The topic that I chose is the movie that recently came out “Doctor Strange”. I chose it because of all the actions and the mystical and strange things that happen throughout the movie. I wanted to make the chair look kind of mysterious, strange and just weird.

 ADD a photo of your design and briefly explain how you think you’ll make it. 

  • I will be making the “falling” buildings when Doctor Strange was getting chased. I will probably be using cardboard and plaster or paper-mache to make the buildings.
  • In the space on the top of the chair, I will be making the sign of Doctor Strange. I will probably be using cardboard and plaster too. The sign will be sticking out on each side (back and front of the chair)
  • There will be the red cape/coat hanging on the side of the chair.
  • There will be a fight scene on the bottom part of the chair
  • There will be also small details like cars on the side
  • On the bottom side of the chair, there will be tape sculptures that are made to look like crystals that are triangular
  • Finally , there will be statues on the top of the chair as well

Link of Pintrest : https://www.pinterest.com/dophuongtam7/art-chair-sculptures/

Progress Videos :

Tutorial :

This technique ties into my chair sculpture because I will be using this method to make the crystals on the sides of my design. I will probably get a piece of cardboard and cut it into a triangle, so that I can wrap the tape around. I have never tried this method before so I’m a little worried about how it will turn out, but I think that it will work.

 

Reflect on Progress Grade :

I was expecting that my grade wouldn’t be very high, but not too low, so i agree with my grade. I wasn’t very suprised. I know that i need to get a lot of things done, so I will try my best to go as fast as I can for then next 14 classes.

Timeline –

Day 1 – Plaster and paint movie symbol

Day 2 – Stick the building onto the chair and work on the tape sculpture

Day 3 – Finish tape sculpture

Day 4 – Make and start plastering the buildings on the top

Day 5 -Work on plastering the buildings on the top

Day 6 – Finish plastering

Day 7 – Make the small details (cars, people)

Day 8 – Put everything together

Day 9 – Paint, finishing details

Day 10 – Done

Progress Videos :

Process Videos :


Chair Sculpture Skitch :

Process of Chair Sculpture Video :

Day 20 – Ecodome

Dear readers,

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On our 3rd ecodome, our grasshoppers survived for about a week (pics underneath). Which is a very long time and the longest we have had so far. There were less water condensation overall. There was no mold and our plants seemed to grow. This time we didn’t put any fruits in and we only put in plants, since on the last trials the grasshoppers didn’t seem to like it. We put in only 2 plants, but we put in big plants so that they would have enough to eat (as you can see on top). There really big holes in the plants, which tells us that they liked the plants that we put in.

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This is one of our grasshoppers

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This is our other grasshopper

VIDEO CONCLUSION

Research :

  • Grasshoppers don’t like humid places
  • They don’t like damp places
  • They live in places where there are a lot of food
  • They eat leaves and plants
  • They can basically eat anything (plants and vegetables)
  • They like places where they can blend in
  • Oats
  • Corn
  • Live in meadows
  • Live in fields

VIDEO CHANGES

Day 17 – Ecodome

Dear readers,

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Our grasshoppers survived for about a week which is pretty long time and the longest we had so far. We don’t really know why they died, it could be because it was too humid since we put the ecodome in a sunny place near the window and the heat was too much for the grasshopper. The 2 plants that we put in had very big holes in them, which indicates to us that the grasshoppers liked the plants and ate them. Also, throughout the week we checked up on our ecodome and everytime the grasshoppers were on the plants. This time there were no mold anywhere and the plants survived as well. There were still a lot of water on the sides of the ecodome, but there was less water.

 VIDEO CONCLUSION : 

Research :

  • Grasshoppers don’t like humid places
  • They don’t like damp places
  • They live in places where there are a lot of food
  • They eat leaves and plants
  • Live in rain forests
  • Live in desserts
  • Live in mountains

VIDEO CHANGES :

  • Used 2 grasshoppers instead of a cricket and a grasshopper
  • Added 3 cherries
  • 15ml of water not 30ml cause of evaporation

Ecodome design components:

  • 1/3 full of dirt – so that there is enough room for the grasshoppers, but still have space to plant the plants
  • Dark kind of wet dirt/fertilizers – it will help the plants grow better
  • 2 plants – so that the grasshoppers have something to eat, but not too much because it might crowd the ecodome
  • 2 grasshoppers – so that if one dies another one can live longer
  • 15 ml of water – so that it won’t make condensation and make the ecodome humid
  • 3 cherries – more food for the grasshoppers
  • 2 grasshoppers – easier to feed and lives longer
  • a stick for the grasshoppers to go on

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DAY 9 – Ecodome

Dear readers,

Observations of our ecodome :

After about 2 days of starting our experiment, our grasshopper died but our cricket did survive.We noticed that the grasshopper turned yellow which meant it was dead. But after our day 9, we opened our ecodome and found out that our cricket has also died. Since crickets can survive in humid places, that could be why the cricket lasted longer. There were 3 pieces bananas left, but rotten. There were only about 5 ml left of water in the petri dish. The ecodome smelled very bad and smelled like rotten plants. The ecodome seemed very humid and wet. On one of our plants, we saw a lot of mold growing on it and our cricket was under the plant and mold and the grasshopper was in the corner. There were about 3 banana pieces left over in our ecodome. The cricket didn’t seem to eat the leaves that we put in.

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VIDEO CONCLUSION:

Research :

Habitats for crickets:

  • Humid places
  • Moist places
  • A lot of plants
  • Can be found :
    • Underneath rocks
    • Plants
    • Inside of logs
  • Examples :
  • Marshes
  • Forests
  • Swamps
  • Deserts

Habitats for grasshoppers :

  • Habitats
    • Jungles
    • Forests
    • Dry open areas
    • Grassy places
    • Low plants places

Food for crickets and grasshoppers:

  • Crickets :
    • Can eat plants and animals
    • Prefer rotting plant matter
    • Leaves
    • Fungi
    • Fruit
  • Grasshoppers :
    • Corn
    • Wheat
    • Grasshoppers aren’t picky and can eat many other plants
    • Leaves
    • Grass

VIDEO CHANGES :

Ecodome design components:

  • 1/3 full of dirt – so that there is enough room for the grasshoppers, but still have space to plant the plants
  • Dark kind of wet dirt – it will help the plants grow better
  • 2 plants – so that the grasshoppers have something to eat, but not too much because it might crowd the ecodome
  • 2 grasshoppers – so that if one dies another one can live longer
  • 30 ml of water – because we don’t know for sure how much water grasshoppers drink

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Day 1 – Ecodome

Dear readers,

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Ecodome design components (Drawing) :

  • Leaves that crickets eat
  • About 2 plants that makes oxygen
  • 30 ml water
  • A few small rocks to hold the water
  • Rectangular box to make the ecodome out of
  • Cover (for the water) so the water doesn’t evaporate
  • 1 cricket and one grasshopper to see which one lives longer
  • 1/3 full of dirt so that plants can grow
  • A bottle cap to hold food

Changes we made when building :

  • We also put in a different type of plant that we found in the garden (plants that we thought that the crickets and grasshoppers might eat)
  • Used petri dish instead of rocks because the water kept on leaking and the dirt absorbed all the water 
  • We also added bananas since we weren’t sure what they ate
  • We added 2 more plants from the garden for food

Materials we used when building :

  • A banana (cut into 10 small pieces)
  • 2 plants that makes oxygen
  • 2 plants from garden (for crickets and grasshoppers to eat)
  • 1/2 box full of dirt
  • Different types of dirt
  • Small rocks
  • 30 ml of water for crickets and grasshoppers
  • Petri dish for water

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Final Reflection – New York Collab Endangermalia

Dear readers,

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1. Describe what you did on the page and give your opinion of the final piece. What do you like the most about it? Why? How well did the NY student’s work fit in?

On this page, I made the background, the horse, the smaller hippo (on the purple hammock), the green hammock, one of the pumpkins and the honey jars. My partner and I worked really hard on this page and overall I think that it turned out good. I would put the horse in another spot because it’s kind of random, but overall I think we did very well. The part I like the most about this page is the smaller hippo because it’s really cute and I think it looks better than the bigger hippo. Our New York partner made the text and the smallest hippo. I think that they fit in pretty well, it is a little too light compared to the rest of our page, but I think that the writing is very good.

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2. Show/Insert your other jobs (anything extra you did for the book) ie research, drawings, layering 3 animals/ cover. Discuss what was easy and what was challenging. What are you proud of and how have your skills grown?

My partner and I also did a research page for the vaquita. I made the background for the research page, I made the vaquita on the right side and I also did the research for the research page. I also made a drawing for the research pages for the hippo and the tiger. Overall, I think that the research was easy to find for the research pages since we used WWF and the background for the research page. But the drawings for the research pages were hard for me because they had to be realistic, but for the actual pages we could make them look cartoon. I am proud of the tiger that I drew because I have always struggled with drawing furry animals, but this one turned out good. I think that my organization skills have grown because we only had a few weeks to make this book, but normal books could take up to years to make so we had to move very fast.

3. Explain what you did for your publicity job, add a screenshot/link/photo. (ie donation boxes, banners, letters to the school, book launch)

For my publicity job, I made a donation box with Esther. I did most of the painting on the outside and Ester drew all the drawings that we stuck onto the box. We first thought about the theme for our box and we decided to make it green and blue which symbolizes animals’ habitats (forests/jungles and the ocean). We didn’t want to just paint everything blue and green, so we used sponges to add depth and color to our box. Then on the top, we used the same technique, but with black and white because the organization that we are donating to is WWF and their logo is a panda which is black and white. We are also adding the logo of WWF on top of the box.

Pictures of DONATION BOX

4. How did you feel about the Skype call?

I really enjoyed the Skype call because we got to interact with them and not wait for a week to get a reply back. We got to ask questions and answer their questions and it was overall a really interesting and fun experience. It was also really cool to learn more about them. We were able to see all of their faces, here their voices and see where they learn. After the Skype call we got to eat donuts, so that was a plus 😀 .

5. Discuss what do you think of our final shop? How will you promote it?

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I really like what our final shop looks like, it looks really neat and clean. It also has info about our book and talks about us and how we made the book which hopefully helps convince people to buy the book. To promote Endangermalia, I will probably post on all my social medias and spread the word about our book to my family and friends as much as possible.

Collaboration – Blog Post

Dear readers,

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

I thought that it was going to be fun and cool to see the outcome of this collaboration with the New York students. I thought this because their style of art and how they think is different from ours, so I want to see how we manage throughout the whole collaboration.

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

I am excited to learn about them and how different our school is compared to theirs. I also again am excited to see the end result of our book.

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

We have been using this online website called “Edmodo” to communicate with them. We just send them our thoughts and our artwork, then they will just comment and we talk back and forth. Our buddies can also post things for us to see as well, so that we can give them our opinions and what we think we should do.

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

Our buddy’s name is Baylee and so far we have learned that her favorite song is Cheep Thrills by Sia, she has 3 sisters and 2 brothers, her favorite subject is Art, Her favorite band is the Beatles, her favorite TV show is Full House, she wants to travel to Australia and she is currently 12 years old.

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

We both have a big family, our favorite subject is Art and we both want to travel to Australia.

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?)

I work faster now because I want to finish it quickly so that we can show her what we have and make any changes to it before finalising everything.

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

I think that it was really cool how we got to be able to contact Graeme Base and actually communicate with him and ask him questions. And the fact that we were able to ask him questions is even better because he gave us many useful tips that helped us throughout the collaboration.

     b) What did you learn from his letter? 

I learned a lot about him and how he made is book Animalia. For example, he said that he got his alliterations from using a dictionary to look at different words for it. He also told us that he used watercolor and many other techniques for Animalia.

     c) Describe what you think of his book.

I think that his book is really interesting and his drawings are very good, it has a lot of details and interesting to looks at. Also, his alliterations are really interesting.

6. What challenges have you faced so far?

We didn’t really have any big problems, but one of the small problems were that at first Baylee hadn’t contacted us for a long time so we were a bit behind.

Language Arts – Student Led Conference

Dear readers,

  • What did you do? Good or bad?

In this quarter, we wrote our first newspaper article. We had the option to write the article about anything we wanted. I had chose to write about our school’s dress code. I wrote that the school’s dress code was unfair between boys and girls (you can read it underneath) We then got into groups and together made a poster including all of our articles and we had to design it to look like a newspaper. I think that one of the good things we did was the overall appearance of our newspaper. We made it look kind of similar to another newspaper that we found, but we did make some changes to make it our own (kind of). One of the bad things that I did was that in my article, I didn’t use a lot of researched information. I mainly used the answers I got from my survey that I sent out to the 8th grade students in SSIS.

I learned a lot of things during the making of this article. First, I have never wrote a newspaper article before, so everything was new too me. Especially the format of an article. I struggled finding the difference between a newspaper article and a normal paper.

  • How was Q1 for you?

Quarter one for me was overall good. I had good grades, but I did have one B in science. I had gotten that B because I missed one of the quizzes (which are take home), and there is no way to retake it. I did actually do the quiz, but I had forgotten to submit it. One thing I would definitely change is to have someone remind me maybe a half hour before the quiz is do.

Social Studies – Student Led Confrence

Dear readers,

  • What was good or bad?

In this quarter of Social Studies, one thing that was good to me was the minimalist posters. Because I really enjoyed making them last year and I also worked hard on it. Another thing that was good this quarter is the paper. This quarter we had to pick a person that was important in the scientific revolution and write a paper about them and how they were important. I enjoyed writing this paper because I learned a lot of new things about Issac Newton (the inventor I picked). I also like researching, since again I can learn many new facts.

  • How comfortable are you with research? Why?

I am really comfortable with research because as I said before I really like to find new information and learn new things. Also, I have written many papers before using research so I am perfectly fine with researching.

 

Here is my PAPER 

Here is my poster :