Final Printmaking Reflection

My lino prints were the three birds and the deer bowing to the duck (which I meant to add the ducklings but too much work…) I think I did well on the lino printing, as both of them seem to connect with natures. Though when it comes to design, I like the three birds than the deer. But when it comes to clarity, I’ll say the deer, but that’s because the birds are printed directly onto the cardboard (not that I could properly add (pasted) my three bird paper onto the cardboard as it would be blocking the fish and the orange template). So I think I could have replaced the deer lino with the bird, but seeing that I don’t want my efforts be wasted, I used both.

The Three Birds – Seeing that birds are often liked, I wanted to the Sparrows since they are very common and you see them everyday. Since people see them commonly, I thought it might be fitting other than trees since it’s also another nature thing people see and communicate (don’t people sometimes feed birds bread crumbs???)

The Deer Bows to the Duck – Doesn’t hold much significance except with strong inspiration from an artist. I like the thought of something majestic looking bowing down to something small and innocent.




Printmaking HW 3#

I chose this layout because compare to the other collages I’ve done, it was less messy and ‘all-over’the-place’. Not to mention, I didn’t have any place to add my lino block. What I’m probably satisfied with at least are the colors used in my collage, as there are soft colors (sorta) and then a contrast with black.

I would do differently is the varied use of the print shapes (most of them are squares, so I think that’s why I have a hard time sorting things out) and perhaps use less prints, though I do like the orange, green and yellow one (and the bird and fish, which isn’t visible much). I learned that in making the collage, you can use the same colors on opposing ends to create a balance.


Astronomy Project: Nebulae

What are nebulae?

Nebulae are a ‘cloud’ in space (in other terms, an interstellar cloud) which is made up of dust and elements such as hydrogen (H), helium (He), and other ionised gases.  Sometimes in the nebulae, you can see stars residing in them. There are two ways of a nebula being made. One of them is the matter from a supernova (an exploded star); while the other one is the matter from the universe. The long-exposure camera is also required to see the nebula since the nebula is almost invisible to our eyes.

How many types of nebulae are there?

There are around five types.

One of them is the emission nebula. This nebula is known for being emitting a lot of ‘glow’, hence it is the brightest type of all nebulae. The second one is reflection nebula. The dust particles, like its name implies, reflect nearby light-source from other stars. Then the dark nebula is when the cloud matter absorbs and/or blocks the light source. Then the planetary nebula, unlike its name, is not a planet and instead considered to be shaped like one in the past. Planetary nebula are made when a star cast off its outer ‘shells’ in symmetrical ways. Finally, we have the supernova remnant, which is the matter from a supernova.

What are some of the well-known nebulae?

Some of the well-known nebulae catalogued are the Orion and Horsehead nebula (both are situated in the Orion constellation), Eagle nebula, Cat’s Eye and the Carb nebula. The Orion is used for many scientists to find out how stars are made because many stars exist in the nebula. The Eagle is very well-known for the Pillars of Creation and the Steller Spire. The Horsehead is known to live for 5 million years before it disappears. The Cat’s Eye is one of the first planetary nebulae to be documented. Then the Crab Nebula is of the nebulas to have many documented facts on it, so information is much easier to obtain than the other nebulae.



Printmaking HW 2#

I chose these digital arts (below me) because all of them had at least one appealing characteristics in them. For the first one, which was my first preferred out of the pictures I’ve tooken had an ethereal shine due to the one of the prints having a gold color, along with the color yellow. Plus, in the middle, it looked like it pop out from the picture. Of course, the orange design in the middle was also something I liked, which seemed to scream a grace of a flower. Then for the middle pictures, I like the dots used in this along with the flower-like shape in the middle with it’s colors. As for the final one, I only liked it for the golden bit in the orange selection, which for some reason appeals to me. I suppose it looked very ‘shiny’ as if it exploded in golden fireworks.







What have you learnt about collage and the principles of art?

From my experience from making a pseudo collage for the digital art photo, one of the disappointing aspects was the lack of color emphasize. As you can see from the three photos, most of them have the same color palette, and the orange doesn’t stand out much (or green, and black is in a minor position to hold the importance of any of the pictures) despite the amount fo time I reposition my collage every time. So perhaps I could make another print with a more distinctive color (I do have red, but honestly I feel irked every time I see my three cut layers).

Printmaking HW 1#

What other templates did you see when researching Printmaking?

A famous example would be the Japanese ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. Other prints (based on the image because not a lot of templates were shown with the image) would be birds clocked in the color of black, or flowers that seemed to be bless with vivid flowers, or fishes ‘cleansed’ with colors of blue majorly. I mostly see a lot of black and white (with human(s) (faces) to be honest, showing me that a lot of monoprints is much more preferred(?).

What is a Monoprint?












A monoprint is when you used your template (which is carved with your desired image) to create a one layer artwork print. So basically lather the template with ink and press it against the surface, take it off and ta-da you create a monoprint. Monoprint also has the root ‘mono’ which means one, so a ‘one print’.

What is the difference between a 3 cut print and a monoprint?

A monoprint is a single layered print, so a three cut print, like its name implies is when you use your template and create a three layered print.

(On a personal note, I’m terrible and horrendous with these.)

What surfaces can you print onto. Give examples.

Some examples are:

  • Wood
  • Polystyrene
  • Cardboard
  • Paper (of course)
  • Linoleum
  • Walls
  • Plastic (such as zip-lock bags)
  • And many things as long your use the creativity in your mind.


Science Student Led Reflection

At the beginning of Science 8, the first unit I did was Chemistry. Considering that chemistry would be much more beneficial to us in high school, we were to review it. When it comes to this unit, I wasn’t very flexible with it, nor was I that bad unless I messed up on chemical formulas and the covalent (non-metal/non-metal) and ionic (metal/non-metal) bonding. But I learned from it and hopefully I wouldn’t apply the same mistake to high school if I were to overcome a test. But compare the Chemistry unit I did in 6th grade, I think I remembered the concept much clearer, so with a bit of reviewing, I think I can get a decent knowledge of chemistry.

Then in Semester 2, it was the start of Earth Science. In this unit, my class focused on the climate and the global warming of our planet. The first project was to do a climate analysis of a city and fill in the requirements needs for our final product. The city I chose was Venice City. When I researching, I was in a bit of a struggle to find the data (such as its past climate precipitation and temperature data somewhere in the 1980 – 2000). It was a bit of a tiring project, but nonetheless I received a score that I was content with. Then another project that took a while was an essay on global warming and climate change and its effects and the solution the people could do (and other things).  I think this one was tiring than the one before, and another reason why it took a long time to finish was because we did annotations and group discussions so that we can understand the articles much better.


Semester One:

Introduction to Chemistry

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Semester Two:

Climate Analysis

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Global Warming and Climate Change Research Notes

The Agriculture Resultant

Language Arts Student Led Conference Reflection

Pecha Kucha Script & Pecha Kucha PresentationPecha Kucha Presentation 2 & Pecha Kucha Script 2

I choose these two Pecha Kuchas because when it comes to thinking what I have done throughout the school year in ELA8, one of the major highlights was the Pecha Kucha. Pecha Kucha is when the presentation (a slideshow) only consists of pictures. Each slideshow only has 20 seconds, so on average I can only speak for 60 words per slide. When it comes to this sort of format, the person doesn’t read off a script, so it tends to lead to a lot of practicing reading the script days before presenting. When I was presenting, I realized I managed to get tongue-tied at the last second of the theme slide, so I get a bit irritated. Pecha Kucha is also difficult oral-wise since I have to speak with no script.

Reading Weekly Chart

While for the reading chart, one of the major things that we have to do throughout the entire year is the 40 book challenge. So a lot of reading is here and there. I don’t mind it since I read a lot of books in the first place, but it does get vexing and strainful when I’m forced to read per week since I might be busy on certain weekends and the school days of the certain week are packed with assignments. It acts like a burden generally, but most of the time I’m okay with it. But anyhow, the chart is to keep track of our reading per week. Since I read a lot (psychology books recently), the amount does tend to go over the 180 bar.



  • Describe a skill you have learned this year that you will definitely use next year.

I would use to annotate (though most teachers taught that before) the literacy stories and poems for next year I’m sure high school would have more complex reading level (according to snooping my brother’s assignments). Then I’ll have to analysis the context in the story, like what happen to the character or why did they do that and the where’s the evidence.


  • If you were to redo a piece of work for this class, what would it be?  What would you do differently to create a different outcome?

Some things I would like to work is my Pecha Kucha the disdain of the slipping at the last second on the theme slide. Even though I had satisfying score, I think I could have a better score on my Pecha Kucha. Then the second thing I could have done better is keeping track of my reading (especially the 40 Book Challenge). In the past, I’m used to having the books I’m reading and my to-read books in my head and I don’t have any problems with it. But now that I have to write down the books I’ve read and all the essential things, it a bit of a dissatisfaction change. But I suppose I have for the sake of things in the future.

Writing Student Led Conference Reflection

Opening Paragraph One and Opening Paragraph Two

I chose this two work samples because I think I can compare both of them and their difference since I did not write them at the same time. By comparing both of them, the prominent flaw was that I need to work on my hook more. Both assessments show that compared to my past writing assignments, I never had to use the MLA format, and not to mention I usually write a simple hook (one sentence) along with the thesis statement. I barely write the counterclaim. If I were to make changes in the future, since they both has similar feedbacks, I would make my hook stronger and much more interesting since it does seem to appear that it is lacking some quality to it. Not to mention, according to the assessments, I also need to work on elaborating some of my reasonings in the theses statement to explain more.

By the use of feedback, most of them concern with my formatting of the MLA and also my weak hook or uninteresting or confusing depending how I wrote it. But most usually when it comes to assessment, I considered the suggestions unless I find them confusing or frankly not relevant. I need to work on my verb-subject agreement which has also been a problem of mine when it comes to writing essays. Tenses is always a struggle as I try to overlook my work to see any incorrections and edit it, but much to my displeasure, I always miss at least one.

Social Studies Student Led Conference Reflection

Link 1: Reformation

Twiddles and Taddles of Thy Church Children 


Unit: Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great Pecha Kucha Presentation

Alexander the Great Pecha Kucha Script


For the first assignment, I had to write about that an alien came to me and asked why my parents and grandparents held different beliefs while being set in Germany 1885 AD. Really, it was supposed to be narrative, but in the end I wrote it in first person perspective.  This writing piece was one of the first writing assignments I had to do for History class. I was to read my evidences from certain documents, make notes (read: highlight and annotate it) and answer the questions. Then I have to write a thesis statement and support it with evidence and my analysis of it. I wouldn’t say I’m satisfied with it ever (because, frankly speaking, writing essay are one the epitome of ugh), but hopefully as time pass, I would let the dreaded feeling and at least numbly write down. As for the Alexander unit, this time it was a using the format of Pecha Kucha presenting the thesis and evidence. There were some differences between both of them (such as addressing the source of the evidence). But other than that, the difference is that the first one, we wrote down, but for the latter we said it orally. But despite speaking out loud to an audience, I was also paired up with someone to do the project. One thing I’m very proud of in this project is that my partner and I worked very well together. We divided the pictures (in which we all drew by hand) and also the script.