Print Collage

Explain why you chose this layout, what you like the most, what you would do differently and what you have learnt so far about printing. (mention focal point, movement, balance and colour choice)

I really like my collage and enjoyed making it, because I tried to create as much movement as I can so that the audience will look at my whole collage not just one part. I thought that the curved lines in the bottom right corner has created a lot of movement in the collage I really liked how my final collage turned up in the end. I don’t think there is anything that I would like to change about this collage because I really like how it turned out and I put as much effort as I possibly can in making this. I have learnt many things about printing that I didn’t know before.

I learned that we can’t just put the prints and paper in random places because that would just look messy but we actually have to take time and think where to put it. I think this was also an challenge for me because it was my first time doing this type of collage. Another thing I learned while I was making this print collage is that we can put strips of paper on the sides to stop the viewer’s eyes from going off the collage. I thought this was very interesting and will be useful in the future when I am making this type of collage again.



Astronomy Project (Stars)

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This is my astronomy project and the topic I researched about was stars. Astronomy is a huge field of study about stars, galaxies, planets, our solar system and a lot more. In this project, we were required to decide on a topic we wanted to research about then we decide the essential questions we specifically want to know about. We had the freedom to choose what format we wanted to do and I decided to do a info graphic on a program called “Piktochart”.




My three essential questions where …

1. How do stars form and what is stellar evolution?

2. What causes stellar scintillation?

3. What are some characteristics of stars?

Stars form from Molecular/Nebulae clouds of gas and dust. This cloud is mostly made out of hydrogen and helium. Stellar Evolution is when the star changes during its life time. How the stars change can vary because all stars have different masses.

Stellar Scintillation is a scientific word for twinkling stars. From earth, it looks like it is twinkling because the light from the star goes through many different layers of moving air which pushes the light into different direction which makes it look like it is twinkling.

Some characteristics of stars are brightness, color, surface temperature, size and mass. The brightness of the star depends on its luminosity which is the amount of light a star radiates. The color of the star can vary depending on the surface temperature. If the temperature is cooler, it is closer to red and if it is hotter, the color is closer to blue. The surface temperature can be determined by a scale called Kevin Scale. This scale is a scale that will never be used in the everyday life for humans. The size of the star is measured in terms of the sun’s radius. The mass of the star is also measured in terms of the sun as well. But because two stars are similar in side doesn’t mean they have the same mass because one can be more denser than the other.

I had a lot of fun in this project and learned a lot of new things that I never knew about before. I chose to research about this topic (stars) because I really like looking and taking photos of the sky. And since long time ago, I have been wanting to know more about this topic. The most surprising thing I found out about stars was that the fact stars are actually not shining up in space. They are only twinkling because the light goes through the earth’s atmosphere.

Medicine and Hospital Project


Jae Young:  你好。医生在吗?

nǐ hǎo. yīshēng zài ma

Hello. Is the doctor here?


Riko (护士): 在。请问,我可以帮助你吗?

zài. qǐngwèn, wǒ kěyǐ bāngzhù nǐ ma?

Yes. How may I help you?


Jae Young: 我要看医生。( points at Lillian ) 她生病了。

wǒ yào kàn yīshēng. tā shēngbìngle

I want to see the doctor. She’s sick.


Riko: ( asks Lillian ) 你生病有多久了?

Nǐ shēngbìng yǒu duōjiǔle?

How long have you been sick?


Lillian: 三天。

sān tiān

3 days


Riko: 她生病了?( asks Jae Young )

tā shēngbìngle

What type of sick?


Jae Young: 她发烧,咳嗽, 头痛 和 嗓子疼。

tā fāshāo, késòu, tóutòng hé sǎngzi téng.

She has a fever, coughing, headache and sore throat.


Riko: 请等一下,医生要看你。

qīng děng yīxià, yīshēng yào kàn nǐ.

1Please wait a little while, the doctor will see you.


Giami: 你们好,谁生病了?

nǐmen hǎo, shuí shēngbìngle?

Hello, who’s sick?


Lillian: ( raises hand )


Giami: 你生病了?

nǐ shēngbìngle?

Are you sick?


Lillian: 我发烧,咳嗽, 头痛 和 嗓子疼。

wǒ fāshāo, késòu, tóutòng hé sǎngzi téng.

I have fever, cough, headache, and sore throat.


Giami: 你感觉如何?

nǐ gǎnjué rúhé?

How do you feel?


Lillian: 我不舒服。

wǒ bú shūfú

I don’t feel good.


Giami: 这是药,你要每天吃药。明天,你在家休息一天。

zhè shì yào, nǐ yào měitiān chī yào. míngtiān, nǐ zàijiā xiūxí yītiān.

Here is a medicine. You need to drink this everyday. Tomorrow stay home to rest.


Lillian: 好,谢谢医生。 再见。

hǎo, xièxiè yīshēng. zàijiàn.

Thank you. Bye.


Giami: 谢谢,再见。

xièxiè, zàijiàn.

Thank you, good bye.


What did you learn from this topic?

In this project, I learned how to talk to the doctor when I am sick in Chinese. I have always wanted to know how to say sickness vocabulary in Chinese so that if I get sick in a country where they only speak, Chinese they can understand me and maybe help me.


What is the most interesting thing that you learned, and what will be useful in our real life?

The most interesting thing I learned in this topic is learning new vocabulary. I found these interesting because as I learned more vocabulary, I noticed that some of the characters are similar to Japanese Characters. Like I said above, I think being able to say the sickness vocabulary will allow us to get help when it is an emergency and we need to go to the hospital in a country where they only speak Chinese, so I think it will be very useful.

Abstract Art Video Questions

Why did the rich want art?

They wanted to hang on their walls to show off their status.

What movement began in 1870?

The Impressionists.

What was their purpose/technique used that made them different?

Some of the techniques that  they used were brush strokes that are visible, colors applied that were side by side,  and they blurred the boundry between the background and the subject.

Which movement was after Impressionism? Who were 2 artists?

Post-Impressionists. Two of the artists are Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh.

Abstract art has color, line, form and texture subjects. 

Abstract art is called non-representational art because it has no subjects that can be recognized by the audience, instead they settled on color and form.          

How can this type of art generate an emotional response? 

This type of art generate an emotional response because figurative abstraction could represent sounds and or reminding people of bad memories.

Is your work Abstract? Why?

Yes because my work does not look like what I am painting. In my case, I am painting an abstract art of Japan.

What emotions do you think your art triggers?    

I don’t think my work will trigger any emotions because I didn’t have any emotion in mind that I wanted to show in my painting.

What was one thing you learned from the video?                           

In this video, I learned that this type of art can generate an emotional response to the audience.

Abstract Art

Abstract Art is a type of art that doesn’t depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. In can even be extremely distorted. Therefore, the work is based on what you see such as color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, and scale.

These are the 4 pieces of abstract art that I like. I chose these four because I think these art works have great movement in each of them and uses colors that is very appealing. The first piece reminded me of a sky, because when you take pictures of the sky every few hours perhaps minutes, and put the photos together, it will eventually look like this. I thought that the second piece was attractive because I really like how he/she uses variety of shapes and has one specific color in the art work. The third one made me think of a tree swinging to the left because of the wind. This isn’t the reason why I like this piece. I like this piece because the painter didn’t paint the tree, but it is marks of splatters and the mark of the paint dripping down ending up looking like a tree. I like the forth piece as well because it has many colors within the piece and many shapes in different sizes as well.








The image above is my final concept for my Google Earth Abstract piece. This is a piece that represents Tokyo, Japan. I have layered a similar image that is the layer on the very bottom, but with a different color. I chose this piece as my final product because I like the colors I used  in this piece and as well as the movement of the ocean around Japan. I think this abstract piece is appealing because it has a wide range of colors but not too much. I also think this art piece is appealing because the colors I used is not the real colors of the land and the ocean, which I think represents abstract art because it is not realistic. I think abstract art works are very interesting to look at and to make because it was a new style of art for me and different people make different pieces which is a very appealing part of abstract art.

Conical Hat

One of my strengths in this art work is the colors I used for the mountains because it has different shades of brown and green. A thing I would change if I were to do this project again is the design. I would like to draw something that is more colorful and less realistic. I chose to draw this scene with mountains and rivers because I saw a view like this when I was travelling in Vietnam. For this artwork, we started off by drawing a few designs on a scrap piece of paper. And after that we chose one that we like and start adding the colors with acrylic paint. Then we make the paper into a cone shape so that we can see what it would really look like on the conical hat. First, we painted the base color (background). For my background I used 4 different colors to give the effect of gradually getting lighter from the bottom. Then we sketched the brief details such as the mountains and the boat with charcoal. After we are done with the brief sketch, we start painting. The easy part of the task was the background because all I had to do was to make the 4 colors blend to make it look like they are connected to each other. The challenging part for me was the mountains. I found the mountains challenging because it was hard to give the texture of the real mountains I saw, and it was also challenging to decide where each color goes. I learned that there are lots of steps we have to go through until we get to the finished product. Overall, this project was interesting because I have never painted on a conical hat and I found it very new.

CSI (Word: History) – Social Studies

CSI- History
CSI (word: history)

CSI stands for Color, Symbol and Image, and this is my CSI of the word “history”. The color I chose for the word is brown. I chose the color brown because this color gives an old feeling. A symbol I chose for this word is a clock, I chose this symbol to represent the word history because history is in the past and I thought the clock somehow shows the time. I also made the numbers Roman numerals so it gives more of the feeling of the past. The image I created shows a timeline of a person. The symbol is also a part of the image, and the image shows that as time passes by, his/her age increases. I thought this describes the word history because when you are an elderly, the time when he/her was a kid seems long time ago, and history are events that happened in the past.

Newton Vehicle Project #3

From the design process, I learned that making vehicles that doesn’t use motors are very hard to make. If I did this project again, I would try to focus more on the wheels. Our problem with the wheels were that they were not stable, which could affect the distance of the vehicle travelling. I learned threes of Newton’s Law of Motion. The 1st Law shows that unless a force is acted upon it, an object that is resting will stay rested. The 2nd Law shows that the acceleration of an object depends on the object’s mass and the net force that is acted upon it. This means the lighter the mass, the less force it would take to move the object. The 3rd Law says that for every motion, there is a equal force pushing from the opposite direction. If I could do this project again, I would like to try making a vehicle using rubber band not balloons next time. I would like to make vehicles musing different types of forces to make it move. Newton Vehicle Part 2 - Riko, Tina, Andy - Ideation Page 2 - (Design + Laws)

Newton Vehicle Project #2

Newton’s First Law applies to our vehicle because the balloon is the force making the vehicle move, and the air in the balloon is the outside force that makes the vehicle move from it’s resting position (not moving). And for the Second Law, since the mass of the vehicle is very light, not a lot of mass is pressing on it. Since not a lot of mass is pressed against the vehicle, not a lot of net force is pushed against the vehicle. For the Third Law, the balloon attached to the vehicle is the one that shows the Third Law. When we blow the balloon and put the vehicle on the ground, the air in the balloon goes out into concluding the force to be exerted on the vehicle, making it move.


Food Story

In cooking, we were required to find a food that has some kind of personal meaning to myself or to the family, but I asked my family and they said that they have something but it is a secret recipe so they are not able to share it.  So, the meal I chose was a traditional food called “toshikoshi soba”. And soba is like noodles and this soba will only be eaten on December 31st, the last day of the year. This dish has multiple meanings. One of then is to live long, this is shown in the noodles because the noodles are long, it also means to thank everyone around you. 


1.5l Dashi (soup stock)
200ml Soy Sauce
100ml Mirin (Rice Wine)
1tbsp Sugar
Optional: 300ml Tsuyu (soup)

For the noodles:eat Noodles
1 bunch Spring Onions
20g Tempura Flakes
Optional Garnish: 150g Kamaboko Fish Cake

200g Soba