I think the process of choosing the colors for the chair would be the easiest part of the entire project/assessment. Painting various objects would also be an enjoyable activity for me to do.
What will be challenging?
I think the process of making and modelling the gravestones on the chair using clay would be the hardest part of the entire assessment since I am not good at modelling clay.
What ideas do I have already?
My ideas are quite plain in a way. They are not as detailed as ones that belong to many others, however, I find them okay to work with. They include hourglasses, gravestones, staircases, ladders and city skylines.
Why do we use the design process and not just take our first idea?
As this assessment is graded and it is HUGE, taking our first idea would result in us being completely confused and not having the best chair possible. Since we get more inspirations from others and their comments, changing and remaking our ideas seem like it is going to get us farther from our starting point (from scratch). This is also because we get more of an idea of our plan after we keep on improving it.
What am I looking forward to about this task?
I am looking forward to the process of painting and adding textures to the details on the chair since I love painting small objects.
What topic am I thinking of? Why?
My topic is time because I feel like time is important to me. Time is important to everyone. It is extremely important. Also, I chose this topic because I felt like I have not made the best use out of my time.
Photo of my design + brief explanation of how I think I will make it
I think I will make the following components using the materials listed below:
Since I will be using this technique a lot, I found this tutorial very helpful to an extent. In the video, the person made their 'sculpture' out of various materials. Ever since I had started working on the chair, I had used a lot of materials to make the objects I needed, too. I am planning to use the paper-mache technique they used later in the project, when I make the smaller objects.
Reflection on progress grade
I didn't expect it. I thought I was going to get a better grade, however, I feel like this one actually suited my progress. I haven't gotten much done so far. Also, I feel like everything took longer than I had initially expected it too.
I need to step up my game in order to get an A. I need to try not to waste time in class and immediately get to work. I am thinking about using extra studio in order to get more things done, however, I might not be able to. With that being said, I feel like I'm kind of on the right track, however, I must keep my hands on the bigger details, first, and be more productive in class.
Timeline - 10 classes
class 1: make the city - plaster + cardboard
class 2: continue working on the city
class 3: work on the hourglass
class 4: work on the clocks (behind)
class 5: small details - gravestones and mini clocks
class 6: half-half - small details and plastering
class 7: plastering everything together
class 8: paint big details
class 9: painting smaller details - clocks
class 10: paint small details - gravestones, quotes
Thirteenth day + progress
Reflection on progress so far
start - day 1 nearly finished - day 18
For the past ten weeks, what have I achieved? How do I feel about it?
For the past ten weeks, I have made many different sculptures for my chair. To be honest, I am really glad I have gotten this far. At first, I was not very productive and usually spent most of the class time given talking to my classmates instead of focusing on my work. This one of the many factors why I deserve the progress grades that I got. However, as I continue to make progress and time flies by, I realised that I had to pull myself together and complete what was needed to be done.
As you can see, I spent 1 hour and 30 minutes of my time on a small clock on the first day of class because of my procrastination. I later focused and spent a lot of my free time using the studio and getting some of my work done. The picture with the chair was the result.
All in all, I have achieved a lot. To be specific, I have gotten many sculptures done. I made most of my sculptures using plaster, aluminium foil, newspaper, masking tape and boxes. In order to make the object I desired as a sculpture, I shaped or bent the objects (newspaper, aluminium foil, boxes) according to my drawings. I then plastered the objects in order for it to stay in that shape as plaster is (incredibly) hard once dried.
For my smaller components, I made it out of clay. I modelled the clay according to the shape I wanted and left it out for a couple of days. As I used air-dry clay, the clay was hard once dried. I added it on to my chair using hot glue. I made my hourglass out of two plastic bottles and added (actual) sand inside to give it some realism.
I am proud of my accomplishments. I am very grateful that we all got an extension. I am happy that I have enough materials to finish my chair. I am positive that I will get it done on time. (not really but I will try my best) About my chair, I feel like it is lacking something like creativity or passion. Even though I have devoted what little I have of art skills, I still feel like it isn't good enough. It makes me feel even worse about mine once I look at everyone else's. They are all very talented. However, I am still thankful as many of them had helped me in the process, from choosing a few colours to giving me feedback on my designs. I will try my best (again) and maybe, just maybe, it will be good (enough) for me. I love how it is progressing though.
How are the elements applied to my chair (so far)? If I were to choose ONE to be the most important one, what would it be? Why?
Based on what I have done so far, I think I have applied a few elements including space, shape, texture and color. How?
For color, I painted some parts of my chair instead of leaving it in its original color (woody brown). The texture element was incorporated thanks to the painting. During the process, I spent a tad more time trying to get the rough-ish texture with the acrylic paint. In order to do this, I had to dab the paint onto the surface several times before I get my desired texture.
In my chair (as you can see in the image), there is a lot of negative space. I tend to like my objects apart from each other. For example, the clocks area were made using negative space between the clocks as they were hung at different spots, from different elevations.
As for the shape, everything I made was related to this element. From the min-humans I made out of newspaper to the bigger city models, they were all made with a particular/specific shape in mind. They are now in that form and the materials I used give it a 'shape.'
If I were to choose ONE to be the most important one in my sculpture, it would be 'shape.' I kind of had a hard time choosing between 'color' and 'shape' for the most important place, however, I quickly realized my sculpture wouldn't be anything special without the shapes on it. Though the element of 'color' is very special to me, the latter would be even more special.
There are many different reasons for why I chose it. One of the many reasons would be the chair's appearance without shapes. Without shapes, my chair would look as if it has random blobs of clay and newspaper on a chair. It would not even look like anything.
Most of the sculptures in my chair were 'sculpted' or 'made' with the idea of becoming something. If I take out the 'shape' element, they are nothing. The chair then does not make sense. My theme does not go with the chair. The chair is a regular chair. There is nothing there to make it more 'me' and 'unique' as most of my design elements are gone.
Also, all of my components were made using this element. For example, the clocks would make a shape.
From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.
Throughout the course of the preparation process, I have heard about how exceptional research could easily convince certain beings to believe in a specific cause, however, I had never experienced such an understanding firsthand. Experiencing the persuasion process in a first-hand manner was an interesting thing for me to try out. During the process, the art of persuasion was one of the many things that was clearly imprinted into the core of my head.
Information can be more persuasive when they are backed up with outstanding examples and evidences. Of course, all of these must be taken from a trustable source. The citations said during the debates (as expected) could also be a game changer if used correctly. Also, while speaking, the person debating must not show any doubts of whatever they are saying. Their face should show loads of calmness and well-composedness.
-- How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.
As a debater, a person needs to appear calm, composed and undoubtful. As said earlier, gaining credibility from an audience is a needed step in order to persuade them. In order to gain credibility, the person needs to be well-prepared and thoughtful in many ways. They should not show any signs of anxiousness or doubt in any way. As that is being said, being unconfident might lead to make the audience think of the person’s research as being incorrect and false.
-- What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?
The thing that surprised me the most about my debate was the fact that I stuttered. Normally, (in all of the other debates that I had participated in) I appeared calm and collected. I think I appeared anxious this time because of the thought of this debate being graded and counted in my grades. Just the thought of a debate being graded could shake my mind into a million pieces and shatter my confidence. I love debates, however, debates contain loads of pressure that might shatter a fragile human being (I don’t think I am one). My experience, overall, was good. I feel like I still need to calm my brain down before the debate starts in order to get it into the best shape.
-- What were you most proud of in your own debate?
I was most proud of my ability to counter the other team’s claims during the debate. According to my brain, some of the claims were strong and needed a good comeback in order to be taken down. I felt like searching for the appropriate information to make a counter was the toughest challenge that I had to face during this experience. Therefore, I am most proud of accomplishing the act of searching for a counterclaim.
-- What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?
I do not think that I would like to do the things that I did in a different manner. I like going through things once (and once only). If I would like to change things, I would have had changed it before debating against the other team. Therefore, I would not like to change anything. Everything was fine the way it was.
My biggest success was completing it. I had written a few research papers, however, most of them were generally curt. They were not even close to the definition of the word 'okay' for that matter. Though I had faced loads of difficulties writing the essay, I still felt like this was (by far) my best research paper. To be specific, my biggest success was writing a proper introduction. Since I have never written a thesis before, writing a decent one is a huge accomplishments to me in many ways.
What was my biggest difficulty?
My biggest difficulty was writing a conclusion. Since I am not that good at concluding essays, I am pretty sure I had failed it. My 'food for thought' part was the worst thing ever. I wasted loads of time thinking about what to write.
What would you have done differently?
For instance, I would not have waited until the last minute only to find a printer that was not functional. I wouldn't have wasted so much time on the notecards. I REMADE THE NOTECARDS 4 TIMES! I would also have thought through the entire process more thoroughly and planned everything carefully before starting to actually write the essay. My time management was also terrible. Being a procrastinator, I tend to cram everything and do them all on the night before the due date. I could have managed my time in a better fashion and spaced out.
Grasshoppers eat grasses or anything in that family. Nymphs (baby grasshoppers) eat tender food instead of bigger plants with bigger leaves with hard veins. The adult grasshoppers can bigger and harder leaves. They tend to not be picky and eat the types of leaves available to them.
As pets, they can live in a container. The range of the temperature in which they can survive in is from 15 to 35 (according to WikiHow). They like to eat fresh grass, especially ones with water since their main source of water is from the food they eat (they don't often 'drink' water).
I have changed many things on the design day since I felt like my original plan would take decades to make. Here are some of the changes that I made:
I added 3 water bottle caps (instead of 2).
Instead to planting 4 plants, I planted 2. (I don’t know its name, Snake plant)
Instead of putting 2 twigs into the dome, I only put one inside since there was not much space left.
I used a piece of cabbage to make their shelter instead using a bunch of leaves.
I ended up NOT adding the hanging-from-the-roof water source since I had a feeling that it would tip over and kill the poor crickets.
Since the tap-water-copycat system failed, I decided to just put a water bottle with a sponge inside in the ecodome
to provide water for the plants’ process of photosynthesis.
The design of the habitat ended up looking much worse than what I had initially expected. Since I am not that big of a fan of gardening, this is (kind of like) my first time actually planting plants. It was a good experience.
Designing Day - October 31
Ecodome design components
A bottle to contain water - to water the plants and provide water for the mini water station (for the animal(s))
Might wrap reflective paper around to prevent the water from being evaporated by the Sun
About 4 plants in total
2 veggie plants - food for the animal(s)
2 other plants - photosynthesis -> release oxygen (snake plants)
Mini water stations - for the animal(s) to drink from
Lots of veggies (bean sprouts) - for the animal(s) to eat
2 mini-logs/stacks of sticks - a playground for the animal(s)
Might cover them with some green leaves
A bunch of big leaves - to build a shelter for the animal(s)
Crickets * 2
Cannibalism if no more food
Omnivores - easy life
Risks of one dying of loneliness/boredom
Risks of not having a second one since one died
Wetter soil on top and drier soil below - better for plant growth (according to my poor experience)
Quite a lot of soil - nutrients for the plants
The water container that is connected to the top of the jar is most like going to be moved on top of the bottle that is watering the plants due to my lack of skills in building.