Banking/Trade Renaissance Faire Reflection

For my project, I created a fun, interactive board game that viewers could play after listening to some bits of information that I gave at the beginning. They would have to listen carefully to what I was saying so that if they landed on a question, they would know how to answer the “quest cards” on the board. If the kids needed help/guidance in answering the question cards, they could flip the little information flaps on the sides of my poster game. In my game, the goal was to get to Florence, which was the center of trade during this time and you would roll the dice to advance. For the littler kids, I adjusted my mini-presentation at the beginning so that it was easier to understand. I asked more questions like: Do you know where Italy is? Have you ever been in a bank? so that they would get interested and know how this relates to their life a bit. This project and presentation taught mea lot about flexibility   and being able to change something quickly if it doesn’t match or mak sense to the audience in front of you.

Role-playing Game Reflection

My goal as a Dominican Friar is to find followers who have same views as me and go against our materialistic world! I believe that my city Florence has strayed too far from the religious path and I think we must return to it. What I did during the game was find people who felt the same way I did, often times these were people that were less fortunate and also felt that the way the Medicis ran things was not right. Sometimes my persuasions didn’t bode well for me, and how well I persuaded someone to join me depended on the probability dice that was rolled every time I made an offer to someone.

During this activity, I learned a lot about the day to day life of a person that lived in Florence during the Renaissance. I saw what it was like to be wealthy during this time and how it gave one a lot of advantages. I also became more educated on the guilds and how they played a major part in someone’s life. One thing I didn’t know before was that there were Major, Middle, and Minor Guilds and how much say you got in government decisions depended on where you which guild you were in. Something that I got a lot of insight in whilst playing this game was the market life and how people bought things/dealt with the busyness of the market. Often times, people with a higher social ranking or a servant working for them got to be heard first and usually could get to the front of shop lines much easier. Another thing that was new and interesting to me was how they had a government and even court back then, just like we do now. While playing this game, I saw a little how things ran in court and with the government. What shocked me was how similar the law was back then to how it is now. Overall, this activity was not only very enjoyable and fun, it was also very educational and I really liked how we got kind of an “inside perspective” on the daily life or people in the Renaissance.

 

Water Filter Design Cycle Relfection

In this project, we had to successfully produce at least 15 mL of water that is completely rid of all contaminants (salt, copper acidity, turbidity etc.) We also had to use materials that could be accessed in rural villages (no high-tech gear). At first, my group decided we were going to make a water filter out of a big water bottle. Inside there would be sand, rocks, and gravel which would catch sediment flowing through a strainer. This brainstorming idea also turned into our first prototype. Contaminants would cling to our filter and would come out at lot cleaner (from a rusty red color to a blue-ish clear). After we did some tests, we realized that not all contaminants were out (i.e salt, acidity). This meant we either needed a new idea or we needed to add onto our filter. My group researched a little more and found out that you can filter salt out by boiling water and using condensation from a pot lid and also you can neutralize the water by adding baking soda. This was a little difficult because our water would get so hot to the point where it would completely evaporate. After a couple of failed attempt, we realized all we needed to do was to use the condensation from the pot lid and drip it into a beaker or concentrated cylinder. If I were to do this again, I would try and collect more water to test, because this is one thing my group struggled with. Overall, this was quite a fun and very educational project. I liked that it set us up for instances later in life where we will have to be independent. This was both a positive and negative because since it was so independent, we needed to plan our time very wisely to make sure we get everything done. In the end, many groups were a little rushed. Other than this, I really liked this creative project.

Passion Project Blog Posts

Blog Post 1:

What is a Passion Project?

A passion project is an art project about an interest/passion that is not related to art, made into some form of art.

How do you feel about this unit?

 I am very excited for this project because it gives us a lot of freedom

What is your project?

My project is a crayon drip artwork, with a silhouette of a gymnast, since that is my passion.

What steps do you need to take to complete this?

I need to practice my silhouettes and crayon drip and finalize them on a big canvas.

STEPS:

  1. Practice lots of silhouettes (possibly from different angles)
  2. Make a final big silhouette of my gymnast
  3.  Glue crayons onto a small canvas and practice having them drip down using a hairdryer
  4. On a large canvas. drip crayons and glue/paint on the silhouette

 

Blog Post 2  (November 10th):

What did you achieve today?

Today I worked on my gymnast silhouette. I did not get to do a final for my mini crayon drip (one that will be in black), but I did do a “first draft” of the silhouette in pencil.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

Today was pretty successful because I learned how to draw my silhouette, though it took me a few times (like seen on the pictures). One thing that needs to change next class is I think I need to be more patient and careful with my work. By this I mean I need to take more time and carefully draw it so that I don’t have to it four times. I think this will overall make me more efficient.

What did you learn today?

Today I worked on my gymnast silhouette. I had many trials and errors, but I have now found an angle I want to do, and through a YouTube video, I learned how to draw it exactly. I could have maybe done this process a little faster and gotten to starting my mini crayon drip, but overall I was pretty successful.

What are your next steps

My next steps are to make a small final version of my silhouette and crayon drip, all on a small canvas. This will be my “prototype”.

 

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Blog Post 3 (November 14th):

What did you achieve today?

Today I worked on my small version and did my first attempt of the crayon drip. I did not have enough crayons to do the whole thing, but I did do a portion and tested it out. Before I started this process, I made sure to look at images and videos to get inspiration and make sure I was doing it right! One thing that was a bit time-consuming was taking the covers off of all the crayons, and in the long run, it didn’t benefit me that much.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I think I still need to work on my techniques before I move to the final. Today was pretty successful, with only some time-consuming things like finding all the materials. One thing that went well today was that I got to work right away setting everything up, making sure I had all my materials, etc. Something that needs to change next class is that I need to stay focused all the way through my process, not getting off-task. This will help me be overall more efficient and I will get better results.

What did you learn today?

I watched a youtube video to instruct me on how to make the crayons drip, but it still proved to be a bit difficult. I came across some difficulties like not having all the materials I needed, and because of this, my canvas was only filled halfway with crayons. Not only this but from a personal experience, I now know that taking the covers off the crayon actually doesn’t help! Now that I know this, I hopefully can get my tasks for next class done faster.

What are your next steps?

My steps for next class are to possibly make a new silhouette in black, re-do or add onto my mini crayon drip, or just do both. I want to add onto my crayon drip and do it with the paper covers still on, as I saw in the youtube video. After next class, I will hopefully move onto my final! I am still contemplating on which canvas will work best, and I might need to watch some videos on that.

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Blog Post 4 (November 18):

What did you achieve today?

Today I improved on my small version, using better crayons and keeping the wrapper on. I just added the crayons onto my original small canvas, not wanting to waste. Not only this, but I worked on making another silhouette, though that wasn’t as successful. I also have started planning for what my final will look like (what color order of the crayons, the size and type of canvas, etc.) I may need to do some research on this to get the best results.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

Overall, today was successful, other than I couldn’t quite get my second silhouette right.  My next step is to perfect my silhouette and then move onto my final! My crayon drip was definitely more successful than last class; the crayons didn’t melt into each other and the colors dripped down more neatly. One thing that needs to change for the classes ahead is that after I complete a task, I need to plan what I will do next so that I’m not aimlessly walking around. This will not only help me be more efficient, but it will also give me more time to work on my final.

What did you learn today?

I learned this technique by simply googling pictures of “crayon drip art” and finding that almost all kept the covers on. I later discovered that it actually works better with the covers on because it doesn’t melt the entire crayon, just the tip. Below I have a comparison of two lessons on the crayon drip; one with the covers on, one with them off. You will see the improvement! Today I also learned that sometimes it takes more than one try to get something perfect (my not-so-perfect silhouette below is an example). I now know that I need to work on drawing hands, and I need to find black paint or markers that will not make my silhouette look streaky once I color it.

What are your next steps?

My next steps for next class are to perfect my silhouette and then move onto my final! Not only this but I need to research and pick the perfect canvas for my final; something that will work well with the wax crayons and overall make my piece look put-together.This is something I need to do first because it will determine how big my silhouette will be and how many crayons I will need.

 

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Blog Post 5 (November 22):

What did you achieve today?

Today I only had half a class due to the time I took me to finish my clay glazing. But in the time I had, I started my final big silhouette. I did this by looking at my old one and proportionately making it bigger. In addition, I started thinking and planning about what my final will look like.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

Something that went well this class is that when I was drawing, I tried to remain as focused as possible so that I could get it perfect. This also backfired a little because I ended up not being able to get to anything else. Not only this, but I could have maybe been more efficient with my glazing so that I would have had more time to maybe finish my silhouette.

What did you learn today?

Today I learned about human proportions and how to make a copy of a drawing and make it bigger. This proved to be a little difficult and I needed to do it a couple times. I learned this from my art teacher and a book she recommended called 200 Projects to Strengthen your Art Skills.

What are your next steps?

My next steps are to fill in my final silhouette with black. I also need to find the perfect canvas and get lots of crayons so that they fill . The last step is to put it all together!

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Blog Post 6 (November 24):

What did you achieve today?

Today I drew, colored, and cut out the final silhouette of my gymnast that I will later glue on or stick to my canvas. This was a tedious process because I had to not only make the drawing proportionate, but I also had to carefully cut it out using an Exacto knife. I did this because I wanted to get the cut lines as precise as possible.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I stay on task and got as far as I wanted to today. I tried my very best and stayed focused, so I could get my drawing perfect. One thing that I might want to change next class is making a plan so I know what I’m doing. For example, I could make a little checklist and aim towards finishing everything on it. I want to do this because I want to use all class periods efficiently.

What did you learn today?

Today I kind of self-taught myself how to best use and Exacto knife when cutting something detailed out (which angle to hold it at, how hard to press down, etc.) I also learned that to cover up something like water damage on a canvas, you can easily paint over it with gesso. This info was given to me by Ms.Jardin!

What are your next steps?

My next steps are to experiment and see if the crayons react to gesso at all (if they will still melt) and gather up crayons to start my final. I need to get creative if the crayons react poorly to the gesso paint and I will have to come up with another solution to cover up the brown bits of my canvas. Hopefully, I will be able to get Crayola crayons next class, because I know those are wax and melt really easily.

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Blog Post 7 (December 6):

What did you achieve today?

Today I experimented with melting crayons on a canvas covered with gesso. I did this because my final canvas has gone through water damage and therefore needs to be covered in gesso to cover it up. I also experimented with different types of crayons to see which ones melted and which ones didn’t.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

Something that went well this class was my determination to keep doing work and staying occupied even though there wasn’t much I could do. Something that needs to change next class is that I need to come prepared with a plan and get to work right away in order to finish my final product in time. Today was sort of a trial-and-error day because I needed to see if off-brand crayons worked for my final.

What did you learn today?

Today I learned that Crayola crayons work best and that the crayons need to be 100%  wax for it to melt on my canvas. I also learned that the width of the crayon effects how well it melts (the skinnier the better). Not only this, but I also realized that gesso may have a negative effect on how well the crayons melt and drip down.

What are your next steps?

My next steps are to find compatible crayons that will successfully drip down my canvas and possibly make another, bigger silhouette for my final. I maybe want to do this because I feel like my current silhouette might be a little small and all the colors may overpower it once I’m done.

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Blog Post 8 (December 7):

What did you achieve today?

Today I glued down all my crayons onto my final canvas, arranging them so that when I melt them, it will be in rainbow order. This was a quite tedious process because I had to individually glue down the crayons, and the hot glue dried fast. I also finished drawing my ribbon to pair with the gymnast.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

This class, I am I happy with how positive I was because it helped me get more work done even when it was a bit challenging. Today was overall pretty successful, but next time I would like to get started on my work earlier.

What did you learn today?

Today I learned that meticulous preparation before working was important. For example, I laid out all 70 of my colors in the correct order on a table, only to realize that I did not have an outlet nearby to plug the hot glue in. This resulting in me having to transport all my crayons somewhere else.

What are your next steps?

My next steps are to glue down the gymnast and its ribbon onto my canvas, cover them up with masking tape, and start melting the crayons. I want to do this because it will create the effect that the ribbon is stopping the crayons from hitting the gymnast, almost like an umbrella.

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Blog Post 9 (December 12):

What did you achieve today?

 

Digital Poem Reflection

Overall, I think my video was pretty successful, but it still came with challenges. Due to sports trips, I did not have as much time to finish like everyone else. Not only this but I had some technical difficulties with my transitions. The key to overcoming these obstacles was to be patient and hardworking; I had to make sure I had a chunk of time before my trip to thoroughly finish the video. I am definitely proud of how I found music that adds to the mood of my digital poem (rising action), and how everything transitions quite smoothly into one another. The video helped me express the theme of my poem because people could hear the tone in my voice and get a better image in their minds through the pictures I chose. Using my voice, I tried to emphasize the struggle I was in to get to the surface of the water. I tried to make listeners feel like they were in the moment it happened. Personally, I would change the volume of my voice, maybe getting louder in some parts so it doesn’t sound so monotonous. To all the students out there who want to do it, I would recommend practicing it over and over, making sure you absolutely are happy with how it sounds. Not only this but also making sure ahead of time that you will have enough time to create, record, and edit with time to spare.

Quarter Reflection

Reflection – A Note to Myself

Write a note to yourself about what you are proud of what you accomplished this first quarter:

Consider the following:

  1. What are you proud of? 

I am proud of how hard I worked to get my grade in Writing from an A- to an A. I did this by working really hard on my poems and making sure I followed all of the feedback given to me. This is important because it set me up for the rest of the year because it showed that I need to keep on working hard and making sure that I am happy with my grade and effort.

  1. What did you find challenging? Explain why?
  2. What did you learn about your learning?
  3. What would you like to improve?

Fianl Art Reflection

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In this project, we had to draw our animal from four view points using four different techniques like pencil, colored pencil,and pen. We had to draw these four pictures in an interesting/irregular shape. I chose to draw them in a square, a circle, and two triangles. This definitely helped with my final project because it gave me the chance to work on color pencil-blending and helped me choose which angle I liked best. It also helped me know how to plan and manage my time, so that I wouldn’t have to rush anything.

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In my final project,  I was assessed on my use of line variation, tone and contrast. I was also graded on how well things stayed in and out of the frame, my variety of materials, and how neat everything was. From this experience, I learned that it is important to plan your time out before hand so that nothing is rushed, and I also learned that everything should be done with care and effort, leading to a very neat result.

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Poetry Reflection

In poetry, I have learned lots of things that I had not known before. One main thing that I learned was that most poems should have a theme; a moral or message. This definitely helped me write my poems because once I had my theme, it was easy to write the rest. Personally, I think I still have a long way to go to be a professional poet, but I do believe that anyone can be a poet. With that said, I think I am “classified” as a poet because I have had a lot of practice both in elementary school and middle school. Even after this unit, I think I will still write poetry because they are a great way to describe and experience you’ve had. Sometimes an idea for poetry sparks and I hope I will have the urge to right it down. My experience with poetry really started in fourth grade, and I actually really liked it because it enabled you to write about what ever you wanted in a variety of styles. If I looked back at my old poems, I would see that I have definitely improved and now I have a way better idea of poems can be written. I have grown as writer because I have a greater knowledge of how to write, and different styles of writing, like poetry and narrative writing. Overall, I have not only grown as a poet, but also a writer.