El vuelo fue 20 horas de Ho Chi Minh a Ciudad de México. Fui de Tan Son Nhat a al Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México. Llegué en la mañana. Fui a la hotel después de el vuelo. Me quedé en Hotel Casa Gonzalez para una noche. La habitación estaba muy limpia y cómoda.
El objective principal era aprender sobre México, así fui a museos.
El primer día fui a Palacio de Bellas Artes en la tarde. Palacio de Bellas Artes era una exposición de arte y teatro. La arquitectura era muy bonita y clásica. Cada escultura era detallado.
El segundo día fui a Museo Frida Kahlo en la mañana. Museo Frida Kahlo era la casa de Frida Kahlo. El exterior y el interior eran coloridos y vibrantes. Era educativo sobre Frida Kahlo y el arte de México.
In the past quarter (or in my case, the semester), we have been continuously proceeding to complete the last significant project in the class of Art. The project consists of creating a sculpture revolving around a certain theme on top of a chair using the information of sculptures we had been learning about previously. Using the materials that were available to us from the art room such as plaster, styrofoam, wire, clay, and decoration, we carefully followed our design in order to make the finished product. Many of us constructed the largest and most prominent structures with plaster and proceeded to make the other items with various other techniques we learned in the past years of art class of the middle school. Since this project consisted of creating a sculpture, we were mainly assessed on the elements and principles of sculpture. They are line, shape, space, mass, texture, pattern, movement, color, plane, balance, form, scale, value, contrast, repetition, and harmony which we all learned about in the beginning of the whole project.
The process of the making of the design on the chair include the brainstorming, sketching, and finalizing. We first gathered words to represent any possible theme we would be able to base our chairs off of, and it was able to evoke a sense of randomness since the ideas many people considered were out of the box and may have been a little too broad in order to be considered as a theme. To practice designing the chairs, the execution of an activity occurred where we would quickly sketch 3 drastically unique chair designs based off of a given theme such as brushing teeth and ice cream(~!). Due to the fact that this process was very fast paced, it required the students to formulate thought quickly which lead to some very typical ideas. The typical ideas would circulate around the main object being displayed on the seat or front back of the chair. By participating in this activity, we learned that taking the first idea that comes to mind would be disadvantageous since it is usually a little too literal. Afterwards, we shrunk our possible ideas into a few favorites and drew several possible design sketches for our final theme. On top of this, we created a pinterest board for expanding ideas upon the theme and the process of assembling each piece. Finally, we conferenced with the teacher in order to consider certain design and construction points we needed for the design to have potential to be properly created.
As my chair is finally finished, when I look back at it, it looks like a stack of anticlimactic 2 dimensional planes. Other people’s chair can be observed to have different elements of the sculpture interacting with the different levels of the chair including the back portion, the seat portion, and the middle portion. On the other hand, each element of the sculpture on my chair only interacts with the other elements in its domain and it creates an uninteresting piece of artwork. Many of the applied colors stay in their zone without any blending or movement with the other surrounding colours which add to the whole uninteresting atmosphere, and on top of that the construction of each individual piece has several flaws in precision that could have been done more professionally. I wish there were more tiny details on the chair I had originally planned to include especially on the bottom and the back so it would have more emotion and people would enjoy looking at it more than the other pastel-based chairs. To compare to the other side of the inequality, the color palette is quite accurate to the vision I had for the original design. This took countless hours of mixing, painting, repainting, and repainting, the final product ended up with an abundance of leftover paint since I mixed them in large batches being afraid I wouldn’t have enough for a particular section. I was also able to execute hanging the candy from the rainbows quite well without having to puncture a hole in the candy itself as well as accurately placing the fluffy cotton on it since the adhesive isn’t very visible from a distance.
As I look back at this sculpture unit, overall it felt very free since we weren’t given many restrictions upon style, materials, and design elements like some other projects. Even with the same concept everyone had, it was astonishing to be able to observe the visible procedure of everyone constructing their chair and how the chairs began to take life every single class. The whole process was extremely difficult from the start to the finish with every little step requiring the application of new skills and precision. All of us were manufacturing different parts of our chairs at the same time, so it was quite challenging by the method of observing what other people were doing being taken away. Similar to almost all of the large projects executed in the class of art, I did not complete it in the given time frame plus an extension, so once again, it taught me about time management. I came in several time after school to attempt to complete the project, the details caught up to me and I wasn’t able to finish in time despite the constant cutting away and simplification of the design. I probably should have finished the smaller details at home to maximize productive time spent on the chair during school hours.
In the class of Exploratory Writing, we have been working towards completing the unit of learning about comics and graphic novels by understanding the techniques and closely examining the exemplars in order to lead to a final graphic novel made by ourselves. In my graphic novel, “3Dimentional (theoretical & imaginary) Dominance”, it follows the nonexistent story of the written letter “l”. The letter in the 2D falls into the hands of computer generated 3D letters because they want to execute their evil plans against the 2D written letters and become the dominant force in the recording systems.
This particular scene is where the letter “l” explains the “terrible” living space it has to be in whenever it is not representing its corresponding letter. Although this is not anything in relation with the plot, it helps to evoke a sense of empathy towards a character that would not necessarily be perceived as living in the real world. Right after the letter acknowledges the existence of this place, the letter “l” quickly mentions 2 point it absolutely despises about this place. The first revolves around the letter complaining about it not having the ability to pass through the walls of each of the languages despite the fact that it is made out of “particles” allowing it to scientifically pass through almost any surface. Many humans are probably able to relate to this situation where a set of amazing rules only applies to certain situations or having a small lie being told to the person where it disadvantages them greatly. The next panel shows the letter “l” becoming irritated with all of the verbal torture from other letters and characters from other languages. Even though many people will never be told remarks on their age in the quantity of hundreds or be bullied by legendary mathematical constants, the slightly sarcastic comment may be exchanged with their friends by the average human every now and then. In conclusion, this scene is able to establish some character personality for the letter “l” for the following story to be told in a formation similar to one with a living organism as the main character.
The making of the tiny accessories that are on the chair like the ribbons, shooting stars, and some of the small bits and pieces will probably be somewhat easy since it only requires manipulating fabric, beads, or cardboard. No sewing or extreme cutting would be required, and only quick drying glue would be involved. The shattered glass may also be easier compared to the other parts since it doesn’t require any sculpting to create the effect.
What will be challenging?
The cardboard parts would likely be one of the hardest parts of the chair due to the fact that the material would have to be cut in a formation that has many sharp curves like dripping chocolate. I think that I may need a MAX sharp knife to make the cardboard look neat. I might also have to consider how I would hide the holes that might be present on the side of the cardboard. Also, it might also be a little tedious to cut small shapes that go on top of the layer of cardboard.
Why do we use the design process and not just take our first idea?
This is because the first idea usually turns out to be a very literal design. It may consist of the main object in the middle of the chair as we were able to see when we drew 3 different chairs with 1 topic. It is also not convenient due to the fact that you should consider more than 1 idea so that you can see different types of images for your chair. This would help you to select the elements that you like from multiple chairs and combine them into 1 cohesive design.
What are you looking forward to about this task?
I would really like to learn more techniques on paper mache and being able to experience using other methods of sculpting. I have never worked with paper mache on something this large, so I think that new techniques like using wire for the skeleton of the shapes, making the final piece smooth, and others will be some that I have to be able to conduct.
What topic are you thinking of? Why?
I am thinking of the theme “dreamy” mixed with pastel colors due to the fact that pastel colors are visually pleasing and they go well with each other. I would definately have to add some pops of brighter colors so that the design would turn out more interesting than using colors with the same hues all throughout the design. I will also like to add colorful deatails like ribbons, flowers, and anything kawaii.
The grade that I had gotten for the progress grade was a 76%. I was definitely expecting this grade or lower due to the fact that the only actions I took that added to my sculpture for all of the past classes were elements that would become the base of the chair. For example, laying down colours and cutting and covering cardboard to fill in the hole on the back of the chair. I did come in to speed up the pace that I was working at, but this resulted in decelerating even more due to the fact that I decided to use an even more extremely tedious technique to cover the cardboard that I had cut. I do not hold an animosity against the actions that I took, but I wish I took a quicker approach to it like using hot glue and paint to fill in the gaps of the cardboard.
What do you need to do to achieve an A?
At this pace, I will probably finish the entire sculpture by the time people consider laptops to be a vintage object of the past, so the obvious answer will be to work on my chair not only after school, but also at lunch because I do not plan to cut many parts out of my chair in the near future.... To accelerate the completion of the different elements of the chair, I may have to substitute some parts with store-bought objects. The replacements that I have in mind are the boxes with actual boxes or the back ribbon design with actual ribbons.
This tutorial explains how to make a relief tree out of newspaper, and I plan to use this technique to resemble a rolled candy shape for the lolly candy portion of my sculpture. Due to the fact that this technique will be used to mimic the round curves of a lolly candy, I think that I will need to scrunch together more paper than in the video so that the newspaper doesn’t lay in an uneven formation as well as use more layers of the paper mache strips.
Looking at what you have achieved over the last 10 weeks, describe how you feel about the chair now and what you have really achieved. (imagine being back at that starting point)
After 10 weeks of constructing my chair, it only looks 1/4 finished with each of the indivisual elements looking to only be half finished. I have mostly finished the larger pieces of sculpture concerning the top back portion of the chair, but almost nothing has been even started for the seat of the chair or the bottom half of the chair. The plaster on both the lolly candy and the cat tail is both bumpy and hard to paint on, so I tried to solve the problem by painting on thick layers of gesso. Although this smoothed out the cracks and the holes that were present in the plastered pieces, I still had some difficulty getting a smooth coat of purple paint on the cat's tail. On the opposite side of the constructing, cardboard served as a basis for some of the sculpture pieces such as the ice cream, rainbow, and the drippy pieces. At the start, I was afraid of using plaster, so I tried to put off the plaster pieces for last and focused on cutting many, many pieces of cardboard again and again for every single class, and that definitely slowed down my process on making my chair. However, when the rubric came stating that I needed more larger pieces done, I tried to create objects out of plaster, and I felt that it was easier and more efficient on making the pieces out of plaster.
Explain the elements that are applied (you may need to look at your poster again don’t forget movement is one too) to your chair so far. If you were to choose ONE to be the most important what would it be? Is there one much more dominant than the others?
One of the elements that are present on my chair is the element of line. Line is represented by the cat tail on the back of the chair because it is able to lead the eye into spiraling into the swirl in it. Another would be positive and negative space created by the back striped "ribbons". The actual "ribbon" is the negative space since it takes up space and the shapes that are not filled in with the ribbon is the negative space. Color would be the most important element due to the fact that this is able to represent emotion and give life to anything. Also, my chair requires using many colors in every portion of the chair, so without it it would look very unfinished or boring without it. For example, the rainbow has to have multiple colors, or it wouldn't qualify as a rainbow let alone look like one. The drippy backing on the back seat of the chair also requires multiple colors to complete because 1 solid color wouldn't look very appealing. In conclusion, color is a very prominent feature in sculpture.
From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.
I learned that we needed to find actual information that would support our argument rather than random information that related to the rocket. In the past, we were able to get a whole document full of sources on the databases and we could pick out random information that we saw on that one document, and alter the appearance of it to persuade the audience by explaining the evidence in the analysis. However, now we have to look at multiple sources, and even ones that are a little off topic, and carefully select the evidence so that they are able to contribute to the thesis with little or no explanation. I think that if I were to do this again, I would try and look for sources on the internet rather than being limited to the databases.
How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.
I think that I wasn’t able to create a background with highly credible sources in the written form. This is due to the fact that I based off the supporting evidence upon the evidence itself, and I tried to cut off any other unnecessary information that would not directly contribute to the thesis. However, I was completely wrong on this assumption, and I only realized it right before the debate, so I tried to add some extra information to the sources that I listed in various places in the supporting evidence. I also tried to use the complicated words provided by the thesaurus, but that was minimal so it probably did not establish a sense of credibility either unless used to the MAX.
What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?
I would say that the most surprising thing about the debate was the energy that came from other students being able to respond back to their opponents in such a quick fashion. This would lead to challenge the other team’s debate positions to make themselves seem more persuasive. I was also surprised at the creativity of persuasion one team presented by using action-based examples which seemed to make their evidence clearer. I was also quite shocked that it seemed to be that some of the teams that won the debate were teams that had the more favorable inventions rather than the most persuasive information.
What were you most proud of in your own debate?
I’m not sure about the specific things that I am proud of that occurred in the time frame of the debate in our team, however, I am definitely proud of the comments that I have given to the other people in their debates. I think that those comments were able to provide specific information that they did well on as well as some places they could improve on. For example, in one of the comments, I said “I especially liked how you were able to capture the Plane’s team’s attention to the point that they had to be harming your invention instead of just making their arguments sound better. ”. This was probably able to capture the team’s ability to push their evidence in order for it to lead the other teams to their limits. Therefore, I was able to include information that directly benefited the presenter in the debate.
What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?
There are an infinite amount of things that I would do differently, but one of the most important things that I would do would be to look at the overview of the debate a little closer. This is due to the fact that my debate seemed to be very un-structured because most of the information that I presented in the opening was from the supporting evidence and counter claims rather than the actual opening, and the rebuttal consisted of presenting pre-written counterclaims that wasn’t able to make the other team correctly respond to the argument. Also, I would try to look at the audience more to be able to sound more persuasive as well as not look down at the screen as often.
[6. Additional Comments, Questions, Observations or Suggestions.]
Perhaps tell the audience to consider the debate with fresh minds and to not consider past information that they have gathered to make the winning position unbiased as possible???
For the past few weeks in the class of language arts, we have been focusing on constructing an informational paper on a topic of choice. My topic of choice was the antibiotic resistance, and it was nice to be able to revisit a topic that I only shallowly searched in 5th grade. First, we did the research and based upon sources that we found on the internet(only a few of us built up the courage to go look for them in books). Then, we assembled note cards along with a works cited page to help with evidence in writing our essay.
What was the biggest success???
The sucesses were probably not unfocused on the spelling. With the addition of spell check loaded onto google drive(which is not a direct competitor to blogs) , it is compleatly obvious that spelling will not come as a problem. However, I (do not have dylexia) have a hard time figuring out the spelling of vocabulary due to the fact that spelling is hard in english, compared to the easy spelling of other countries where spelling is compleatly dependant on the sound of the word and there are no vowels and 1 word can be identified with 1 type of pronunciation. This essay, I felt like I was able to eliminate some of my most common spelling errors like "problem" where I used to spell it like "probelom".
What was your biggest difficulty???
Any student who I talked to had a 99.99% chance of saying that they had most difficulty on the conclusion, and I did too. I do not mind writing the thesis of the conclusion, as it is the easiest part of the boulder before the finish line, but I had some difficulty with the "food for thought" or the ending of the conclusion. I felt like I had to meet the noble family, and with in the family, the ending of the conclusion was the Queen of England. I tried to take the steriotypical approach of "new antibiotics will be created" or "it will inspire other people" since they seemed to be my only choices for the most cliché conclusion ever. I tried to look at past examples of writing, however they seemed to imply that those were even more cliché than the ones that I had ever came up with for the antibiotic resistance essay, especially the last one that I wrote in 5th grade. Lastly, after many examinations of other people's essays, I settled for the negative conclusion of "Antibiotics can not help, bacteria will kill everyone" in the most cliché arangement of words that I had ever seen in my life.
What would you have done differently???
I say that I absolutely hate my sentence structure and my vocabulary because they are simply un-understandable. For example, commas are one of my best friends, therefore, I use them quite often. From the evidence above, we are able to conclude that my sentences will become as educationally disguised run on sentences that have to be deconstructed under a microscope and a probe due to their lack in logic. I also had some difficulty understanding them sometimes due to the fact that each word seemed to correspond with another word that was halfway on the other side of the globe, and there was also opposite formatting which I forgot that I did, which meant that I needed to break up the sentences, and would lead to troble. (see???) Also, my specific vocabulary was limited to antibiotic, antibiotics, bacteria, bacterial infections, and other ones that only came up less than once in my essay. If I were ti repeat this project on informative writing about antibiotics for the 3rd time, I think that i would try to use better sentence structure and vocabulary.
This is our third ecodome and here is how they survived:
Our first grasshopper has been dead since day 22, by drowning in the green pond of water
This may be due to the lack of rocks, since we put in the exact same amount of rocks as our past ecodome, which kept crickets in captivity instead of grasshoppers
We will put in more rocks in the water bottle if we have one next time
Our second grasshopper died today, 12 days after we put them in, and it's corpse has been found on under the plastic pond of water.
This is a great improvement since the last ecodome, since the crickets were only able to survive for 3 days last time before it turned extint in our container.
We will be using grasshoppers for our next ecodome since that will let us be able to get a longer lifespan for our next ecodome
The water has turned compleatly opaque into an army green color. There is a yellowish brown grasshopper floating in the water as it has become it's death bed.
This is probably due to the fact that some kind of alge or bacteria had duplicated to the limits, this may be because it had the perfect conditions of heat and moisture in the water of the ecodome
We didn't put in any flowers and the rocks were washed this time, so I am not sure about what exactly caused this output. Perhaps this was caused by external sources of bacteria that came with the grasshoppers?
The plant (located right next to the series of plants with thick stems, or the plant next to the white rocks) that used to be about the height of the container has grown exponentially. It has grown to the point that the leaves of the plant is a little smushed by the lid of the container. The stems are also a little bit crippled as it can not extend beyond the lid of the container
We will definately use this type of plant for our next ecodome, since the grasshoppers will be able to eat it if the amount of food we provide for them isn't enough. It also helps that it grows very, very quicky so it will not be likely that it will run out anytime soon.
The rocks that were once white are now a creamy white color.
This is probably becuase of dust created in the ecodome itself or soil that had been spread around by the grasshoppers strolling around.
We will probably try to cover all of the surface of the soil with rocks and grass since that will be able to prevent the rocks becoming darker than their original color
The series of plants with the thick stem's leaves on the side of the ecodome that is able to get sunshine has withered
This may be caused by excess sunshine or perhaps it was lacking water since we only watered in the most common places and not much water on places where it was hard to reach.
We will not include this plant in our final ecodome, and the only plant in our ecodome will be out fast-growing plant that we mentioned earlier. This may cut out the biodiversity of the plants, however this is fine since we will also include grass in certain places the rocks are not able to cover up
On the next design of out ecodome, we will definitely add the fast-growing plant due to the fact that it will provide food for our 2 grasshoppers. We will also add a small container that is the same exact size as out last one, but 50% of the container being filled with rocks this time. We will also put the container in a place where there is no direct sunlight so that it minimizes the chances of the ecodome reaching a high temperature which would lead to bacteria multiplying quickly. Lastly, we will cover the surface of the visible soil with rocks and the soil around the fast-growing plants with some grass.
This is our second ecodome, and it has survived like:
The crickets were only able to survive for 3 days
There was only 1 day worth of improvement compared to before, so perhaps we should consider not putting in crickets in our final project.
They ate about 85% of the food
This may be that there was almost the perfect amount of food for the crickets in the span of 3 days
Perhaps we should put in about 150% more food, and mist some water onto it since they might have died because of lack of food
The small plant next to the white rocks grew to the top of the container, about 4 times it's original height
This might be the perfect spot for plants to grow, since the rocks may block water from evaporating, so perhaps we might cover the soil next to the plants to stop water escaping
The water in the bottle turned slightly murky, into a greenish orange solution
Perhaps this was because of the rotting flowers in the water, and the rocks.
We will wash the rocks that would go into the water container next time so that they will not contaminate the water, and we will also not put in any flowers in the water since they may have introduced bacteria that may have multiplied to make the water tinted
Some of the outer leaves of the tall plants are turning yellow
This may be due to the fact that out lid is opaque, therefore sunlight can not pass through them
Perhaps the plants will be able to benefit from the container being turned sideways, since that would let more sunlight into the ecodome
It may also be able to release more oxygen into the container for the crickets to be able to survive longer
Some droplets of water has gathered on the surface of the container in a condensationed format
This is an improvement, since our last ecodome did't have any water droplets on the surface of our container.
We will put the exact some amount of water: enough to fill the small container and about 3 mL to water the plants.
Our next ecodome will consist of putting in 2 grasshoppers with new water, revived plants, and 150% more food, due to the fact that we would like to test whether if grasshoppers survive longer in same environment compared to crickets.