Reflection Graphic Novel – Writing

During Writing, we have been working on making a graphic novel. We were allowed to choose if we wanted to do it on paper or online, we also could write our own storyline.

In this section, you can see several techniques that I have incorporated. In the first panel (not the actual order in the comic), you can see a thinking bubble while in the second shot you can see an over the shoulder shot. The third panel would be a medium shot as it is waist up. The next scene is a bird’s eye view as it looks down upon the characters and the scene. The last 4 panels have a close-up shot. These are some of the techniques I have used.

In the comic, the panel starts from the left panel being first then going to the right then going down from right to left. The medium shot in the “first” panel is used for a clear view of who is where and where Amelia, the main character is looking at. The second panel is used to show what is on the menu. The third panel has a thinking bubble to show what the character is thinking and what she wants to get.

Art – Chair Sculpture

Currently in art we are working on chair sculptures in which we are making a chair with a theme we chose. We got to choose our theme, design it and now we are working on making the parts (sculpturing) and painting the chair. During the design process we came up with different themes that we might like our chair to be based around, after that we chose our top 3, sketched designs out then decided which theme we would use. We also did some practice sketches where Mrs. Jardin gave us a theme then we drew 3 fast sketches trying to think outside of the box while designing. I am currently loving this project and I think it will be my favorite project I have done so far. I think the whole part of getting to design and sculpture our own chairs is amazing. I think this is a great way to learn more techniques on how to use different sculpturing techniques and is a great way to think outside of the box more.

I think the easiest part of the sculpture will be painting and making the parts for the chair but the most challenging part will most likely be trying to make the parts stable and to make it stay on the chair as seen with the last year sculptures a lot of their parts didn’t stay together. I have a lot of ideas but I feel as if it is too much so for now I have minimized how much I’m putting on my chair. I have an idea of putting wings on the sides and having a dream catcher painted on the seat but for now I think it is too much. The reason why we do the design process and we don’t take the first idea is because most of the time the first idea is the most boring. But as we design more and sketch out more ideas we are able to thinking deeper and think more creatively on what else we could add.

The thing I am most looking for is the final chair and when we are going to take the chairs to the plaza and share them. I decided that my final topic/theme would be dreams/nightmare. It is going to be a combination where the top part is a nice dream but as you start to look down it is getting darker. I just wanted it to represent that not everything is happy rainbows and unicorns and sometimes with good things bad things come too. Below is a picture of sketches and notes I have in my notebook.

As we started on our project we used an app called ’30 hands pro’ where we document our process. We take pictures of what we accomplished during the period then talk about what we did, what we will do next class, what we found challenging, or some techniques. I really enjoy this and I think it’s a great way to track our progress as a reflection instead of writing a big reflection at the end. Here is my video so far.



I am currently still adding to my pintrest board, but so far I have 6 great tutorials that will help me along the way and I am still adding pictures to my board.

This is a tutorial I found that I decided to follow as it has a great step by step tutorial on how to plaster your sculpture correctly. I am using this technique while plastering my vines and leaves. This is the tutorial:

Post 2:

I think I got a decent grade for my progress grade. I got an A+ for my blog post which is more than what I was expecting. I think my blog post was okay and it is a grade which I was expecting around. I think I could have fixed my 30 hands videos which I messed up on. I think to deserve an A on this full project I could plan out my schedule very specifically.

Day 1: Finish the seating part of the chair

Day 2: Add the cloth to the sides of the chair

Day 3: Start on the waves

Day 4: Finish the waves

Day 5: Make the claws and tail

Day 6: Finish the claws and tail

Day 7: Make the castle, tree, bridge

Day 8: Finish the castle, tree, bridge

Day 9: Add the pieces together

Day 10: Finish up the sculpture

Come in during lunch breaks and after school when I need more time to finish up a piece.

Art Chair Sculpture – Blog Post

What will be easy?
I think the vines will be easy to make but on the other hand I do not think that the head will be easy to make and put it on the sculpture. I think the flowers and leaves will also be easy to make.
What will be challenging?
I honestly don’t think it will be easy. I feel like I won’t have enough time, might fail sculpting parts of the sculpture. I do feel like I can complete this but I don’t think this will be an easy task.
What ideas do you have already?
I have a lot of ideas. I actually think I have to many. I have extra ideas as in adding details such as wings and a sun and more parts of the monster. I know I have a lot of ideas and I am worried about the possibility of not finishing them such as the dream catcher, the monster, the small details such as the castle and the trees.
Why do we use the design process and not just take our first idea?
Because the first design usually doesn’t show all of our drawings and I feel like the first design is the worst as it is probably the most simple and easy. I personally do not like my first design as it looks like I did not think outside of the box and I could have made it more creative and added more.
What are you looking forward to about this task?
I am looking forward to sculpting, presenting my sculpture, and also looking at the final design.
What topic are you thinking of? Why?
I have decided to choose the theme of a dream/nightmare. So I am going to have parts of good dreams and also add nightmare parts. I chose this theme as I really like fantasy and wanted to add happy fantasy dreams as well as part of nightmares to show the life isn’t always rainbows and cupcakes.
ADD a photo of your design and briefly explain how you think you’ll make it.
I am planning to make most of my sculpture using plaster and paper mache. Also I am going to use some clay for the small details.

Ecodome Reflection – Day 43

December 14th, 2016

This is our last trial for our ecodome project. This trial is our last and longest trial as this trial will last for the whole winterbreak.


Quantitative –

  • 3 plants
  • 2 grasshoppers
  • Around 8 stones

Qualitative –

  • All the plants are very green
  • The soil is humid
  • The container is infront of the window

We have only made minor changes as we thought our last trial went well. So we decided to keep most of the components. We only changed the one plant as one them died last time, and we changed it to a different type of plant.

Ecodome Reflection – Day 35

December 6th, 2016


  • 3 plants
  • 2 petri dishes
  • stones



  • 3/3 plants survived
  • Both crickets died
  • There was no water left on both petri dishes


  • The soil was very moist
  • There was less water on the sides of the container than the less trial
  • The plants were the same color as it was.


For this trial we have mostly have changed our water source. We have decided to take out the container with our water and replace it with petri dishes with water. This was done as the grasshoppers probably died of humidity on our last trial as we had A LOT of water. This was our last trial before our big trial (during the whole winter break) so we decided to try this way, and if it didn’t work we decided to go back to our old way. But we believed this was a better design and decided to keep it this way for our longest and last trial.

Ecodome Reflection – Day 23

November 25th, 2016

For this trial, we are leaving it for a whole week as we have WWW.

(We lost the pictures for this trial.)


  • 3 plants
  • 1 container filled with water
  • stones



  • 1 plant died
  • All the water in both petri dishes evaporated
  • Both of our grasshoppers died


  • There was a lot of water on the side of the container
  • We couldn’t find our dead grasshoppers

Changes to make:

  • Amount of water
  • Change type of the plant of the plant that died


As grasshoppers are found eating mostly plants, we decided to add bigger plants and take out the unnecessary food (peppers) that we added for the last trial. For the next trial we are planning to change the type of plant as we had 3 different types of plant and one could not survive.

Ecodome Reflection – Day 12

Day 12 – November 14th

Pictures of Ecodome


  • Container with around 350ml of water
  • 3 plants
  • 5 small peppers
  • Tissue paper soaked in water



  • One out of 2 of our grasshoppers died
  • None of the peppers were consumed (5)
  • All 3 of our plants survived
  • About 150ml water was left in the container at the side


  • The container smelled like rotten plants and dead bugs
  • Very foggy with a lot of droplets of water around the container
  • The food had rotten a bit
  • We couldn’t find the dead grasshopper

Changes to make:

  • Amount of water (Less)
  • Food source (Just plants)
  • Add petri dishes
  • Take out the container with water

Video of Conclusion





Art Reflection – Endangermalia; Before It’s Too Late

Final layered alliteration page – 


On this page I drew the big hippo, hammock, horse and the pumpkins. I also did the merging and layering on this page. I am really proud of this page as we spent a lot of time on the coloring and trying to draw the hippos as best as we could. Our partner from the New York school, Baylee did a very good job on the lettering and the hippo, I think it fits really well with the overall page.

For extra/second jobs I have drawn 2 more animals for the research page (n and v). I also layered the drawings for the research page for the letter v.


For the publicity part of this project, I have made a video for the book launch we are going to have at the assembly. I have also requested and helped to put this project into the yearbook. I have also worked on the book launch script with other people that are also working on this book launch.


I really enjoyed the skype call as we got to interact with the other school more and we had a chance to talk more about the book all together and overall, I really enjoyed the skype call and I hope to talk to them more in the future. img_0093


Link to shop:

I think the shop is a great way to promote the book more to people all across the world and has a good appeal to the eye. I also really like the small introduction to what the book is about. To promote the book, I will try to share it on my social medias as well as talk about it to my family and friends.




Ecodome Reflection – Day 1

Day 1 – November 2nd

For this project we are building ecodomes, ecodomes are self-sustainable environment, where nothing goes neither in or out.  We are trying to help the cricket(s) or grasshopper(s) survive during the winter break. To do this, we have planned it out and are going to do multiple trials.

A3 Design


Design Componenets 

  • Soil – An inch high and width of ¾ of the container for a place to plant the plants.
  • 3 or 4 plants – to provide oxygen for the insects.
  • 2 crickets – just in case one doesn’t survive the other has a chance of surviving.
  • Paper towels wet with water placed in the enclosure as crickets can drown easily + a bit of standing water beside the soil.  
  • Some pebbles/rocks – to give an animal a cool place to stay and to separate the water and soil.
  • A medium amount of food – Again as we can’t open the container, and because it may die of overeating or starvation.
  • Food = Rotting plants and fruits as they like rotting plants and they are omnivores they eat plants and pretty much everything.

Changes made on design day:

  • We added a plastic container on one side, ⅓ of the way filled with water.
  • We added the banana peels, for a good fertilizer.
  • Added a lot more wet paper towels for the cricket’s water source than we planned.
  • We took away worms as a food source for the insects.  
  • We changed the type of plant as we were going to use 3 tall plants we decided to add one tall one and a lot of small and short plants.



Art Blog Post Reflection

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

At first, I thought that this task would be really cool as we get to communicate with New York students. Also as we get to raise awareness about the animal we are doing by putting it into a book, I thought this was an amazing idea.

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

I am most excited about the final book and the communication between us and the New York students.

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

It has been really fun connecting with our buddies so far and as our buddy responds to us a lot and asks a lot of questions about our project and just to know much about us, as we do too. It has been very interesting and I really enjoy talking to my buddy and getting to know more about her.

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

My buddy’s name is Baylee and her favorite subject is art. Her favorite singer is Sia, and wants to travel to Australia. Baylee has 3 sisters and 2 brothers, she also plays field hockey and basketball. Her favorite animal is a dog and wants to be a vet whens she grows up. Also, she was born on Long Island in Huntington Hospital. She likes chili and pizza and also has a bird and a dog.

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

Our favorite subject is both art, we both like dogs. I also like pizza but she plays field hockey which I don’t but would love to try.

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?)

My drawing/learning has not been affected too much as my partner and I have things in common and can work together without changing our learning too much.

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

I think it was very helpful and cool that the author of the book in which we are inspiring off of is helping us to understand more about the project and giving us good advice. He gave us a lot of information from the letter he sent us and really helped us during the progress of making the book.

     b) What did you learn from his letter?

There was a lot that I learned about him as a person and about his book. I found it interesting that he wanted to be a rockstar when he was young. I also learned that his favorite page in his book is the lazy lion page.

     c) Describe what you think of his book.

I really like this book as the illustrations are very detailed and captured my attention. I also liked how there was a lot going on, on one page as there was a lot to look at and analyze. Overall, I think this is a great book for anyone.

6. What challenges have you faced so far?

There weren’t a lot of challenges as we didn’t have miscommunication and go everything done. The only challenge is the time difference.