This is an inside look at our first Eco-dome. Our eco-dome did not fail, but we decided that we wanted to restart and improve it.


  • What happened?
  • What specific things did you observe in the ecodome (refer to pictures)?
  • Why do you think they happened?
  • What are you changing to improve your eco-dome?
  • Did you do research?

This is the 2nd eco-dome that we created.

  • Added charcoal for more oxygen
  • Took out the vegetables (cucumbers and carrots) since they crickets did not eat it.
  • Changed the eco-dome to have more height and space
Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Charcoal  5 To provide more oxygen for crickets.  Did not move.
Circular Sponge  1  To hold in water because it was researched that crickets can drown easily.  The sponge does not have any moss around/on it. However, it has no more water in it.
Box/Eco-dome 1 We wanted a more see through, large, and tall container. See through (easier for sunlight to get in. More space for crickets to move around and for taller plants to grow.
Moss  4  Moss retains moisture and it absorbs water to decrease the chance of death caused by too much water. Also, it creates oxygen.  The moss is still green and healthy. However, it has been covered by the dirt and buried underneath.
Boston Ferns  5 A source of oxygen and also a kind of plant crickets eat.  The boston ferns are still very healthy and still green. However, we made the plants stand up too high so the crickets couldn't reach it. If we observe the plants, only the bottom part near the roots have been eaten.
Water 300ml This was applied before sealing the eco-dome.  Condensation was formed all over the side of the eco-dome. This seems to be the source of water that the crickets use after the sponge runs out.
 Sand (On top)  1cm  To create a non-wet environment since the fertile soil was quite damp.
 Dark Fertile Soil  2cm  For plants to grow in
Crickets  2  We added two incase if one died, we could still continue our eco-dome. Also, maybe one could feed on the other.
Mulch 1 handful Mulch includes



Original Eco-dome (Trial 1)

This is a picture of our original planning and drawing of the components that will be in the eco-dome.

Problem: To build a sealed Eco-dome for crickets that can maintain life without external oxygen, water, food, and other ways of surviving, for an amount of time. 


Component Amount Incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Carrots and Cucumbers 1 quarter of each whole These are the cricket's food and it gives them nutrients to survive. The crickets did not eat the vegetables and it began to rot and become mushy.
Moss 5 pieces The moss stayed green throughout the entire week.
Boston Ferns 6 A source of oxygen and also a kind of plant crickets eat. It stayed healthy the entire time and there were bitten marks all over it.
Rocks 3 To provide shelter or hiding spots. This did not move or change and no mould was formed.
Dark Fertile Soil 2cm For plants to grow in There were condensation everywhere on the sides, bottom, and lid of the eco-dome.
Sand (On top of fertile soil) 1cm To create a non-wet environment since the fertile soil was quite damp. Did not move or change.
Circular Sponge 1 To hold in water because it was researched that crickets can drown easily. The sponge technique was successful. There were no mould formed on it.
Water 200ml This was applied before sealing the eco-dome. (There was condensation everywhere on the inside of the eco-dome.)
Dried/Dead Leaves 4 leaves To create a shelter or hiding spot for the crickets. The leaves were already dead so nothing changed.
Crickets 2 We added two incase if one died, we could still continue our eco-dome. Also, maybe one could feed on the other.  After 3 days, there was only one cricket left. The other was presumed to be eaten since there were no body found.

The other cricket stayed alive even after we decided to restart our eco-dome.


  1. Hardest part about Journalism? Why?

The hardest part about Journalism is to write our collected information in a straight forward way that is not essay like. This is because I tend to add a lot of descriptive words and "beat around the bushes" before stating the main point. Therefore, I might have some irrelevant information in my article. Not only that, but it was hard for me to find the main idea of the newspaper article since my topic was quite vague.

2. What was your greatest achievement? Why?

I think that my greatest achievement is being able to interview Mr.Sylte the Head of School. At first, I was very nervous to talk and go into the room. However, I was able to calm down and continue the conservation without making it awkward and confusing. To add on, I was able to take a lot of notes while keeping eye contact and listening to Mr.Sylte's response.

3. Post pic of article + Finished NP

Article Wrtiting

This is a picture of my group's newspaper article. It is the first/cover page that has sneak peaks of everyone's articles.

4. What will you work on 2nd Quarter? Anything?

In the 2nd quarter, I would like to not get injured during sport games and be able to take care of myself physically and internally (health).

In Medieval Europe, the poor and rich wore the same type of clothing. Everyone was to wear a specific type of style daily or to work. For example, men and women from all of the social classes had to wear woollen dresses, hose, fur lined hoods, and mantles. No matter what there outfit was, there had to be these types of clothing on them. They also believed that no outfit is complete without hoses because it helps protect them from consternation which is a feeling of anxiety or an uneasy feeling when showing their bare legs. For both genders, and all of the age range, everyone had to wear linen chemise or an undershirt so the length and shape would match with their tunic.

Even though everyone wore the same style of clothing, their materials were both very different from each other. Depending on one's social status, the quality of the clothing and cost varies. On one hand, the poor was only able to wear cloaks made of rabbit fur or sheepskin because they aren’t able to afford the rare and expensive materials. In comparison, the wealthy people would wear ermine and vair. Vair was very valuable because it was made from the Baltic squirrels. Therefore, it was quite pricey for the lower classes to purchase.

At the time in Medieval Europe, the rich and wealthy ones had much more advantage when it came to clothing. Not only were the materials of the clothing changed depending on their social status, but also, the color of the material. Only the upper classes could wear bright colors, silks, or satins. So, with this understanding, with just one glance at a picture from this time, we would be able to recognize who is wealthier or poorer. To add on, people who are low on money would not be able to wash their clothes as often as the rich ones. Most of the time, when the woollen clothes that belong to the upper classes become dirty, it could be sent back to the cloth merchant to be re-shorn.

In conclusion, clothing can be able to show a lot about someone and about their social status. The richer you are, the more you can afford, and the better things you can have. However, the things you buy as a lower class society will be much more cheap and not as sustainable. Although there are a lot of differences when it comes to the materials and cost of the products, everyone all wore the same style of clothing.

Black Death. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 16 Feb 2017.

The requirements for this project was to completely remove all the contaminants, including salt, copper, and sediments. Also, we had to produce water with an acidity range between 6-8 pH. At first, we had a few ideas that we wanted to do, which was the double filter system, a coffee filter, a strainer system, or a gravel and sand filter. However, in the end, we decided to put all of those ideas together into one whole system where it worked as different kinds of layers. 

From that system, the only requirement we met was filtering the sediments. Therefore, on our second try, we decided to boil the filtered water and collect the condensed water by placing a beaker inside off the pot when boiling. But we couldn't collect any because the beaker wasn't stabilized inside. So, we decided to use the technique where we boil the water (after filtering) and lift the lid of the pan up every once in a while so the condensed water can drop into a small beaker. Also, we added baking soda to help neutralize the acid. In the end, we tested the water and the results were very good. The acidity level was 7, there was no more copper, and the turbidity was very low. But, we couldn't collect enough water to do the salt test. Even though we couldn't do the salt test, we were able to see that all of the salt were left behind after being boiled.

Overall, I think that this project was very fun and creative. It was interesting to create our ideas from scratch and go through the design cycle every class to improve our construction. Also, I really liked how this project involved all the techniques and knowledge from the previous labs to be able to accomplish it.


While making this video, it was hard for me to find some of the photos because the ones on Creative Commons didn't meet the ideas of the lines in my poem. Therefore, it took a long time before being able to find the picture that represents the words, and I also had to take some of the photos. On the other hand, I think that it was very fun being able to record our own voice saying the poem because it is just like the famous poems where the authors read it themselves. Also, I think that it was difficult to record my voice with different emotions because there was only one mood. My poem has the feeling of peacefulness, therefore it was tough for me to be able to express the feeling with my voice.

I think that I've done well in making an appealing and easy to watch the video. The subtitles are clear and at a fair size so it won't take over the page, or be hard to read. Furthermore, I think that my transitions from one photo to the next are very effective because it reflects the mood and theme of my poem. By making this video, it has helped me express the ideas of my poem by adding pictures to go with a few lines/stanzas of my poem to help the audience have a better image in their mind. Also, the theme of my poem was to show how the nighttime can be tranquil and include the ease within it. Therefore, with the music added in, not only does it help enhance the meaning, but also contributes to the rhythm.

With my visuals, music, and voice, I wanted the audience to feel the feeling of softness and safeness. This is because my poem is about night time and say goodbye to all the things that were there during day time. By using the song I've chosen, I think that it adds a peaceful tune to it, without being too loud like rock/pop music and not being a big distraction. To add on, I've decided to speak in a smooth way, that is not as loud as my normal voice. I also had to take pictures that are calm and matches with the theme so it wouldn't create an active vibe that we would feel during the day.

If I did this project all over again, I think that I would want to learn and change how to include emotions in my voice when reading the poem. I think that my recording doesn't make the audience feel like they're at the scene or part of the lines. Plus, I would also want to change some of the images to become more figurative so they'd have to try and guess the meaning (of the image) based on the context clues.

For students who are doing this assignment in the future, I would recommend for them to not include pictures that are too literal because it will take away the audiences' imagination. Finally, I would suggest that they should not go overboard with the fonts and transitions because this would confuse or distract the audience.

DAY 1:

We are starting a new unit and it's called the Passion Project. It is a project where we turn our passions into an artwork. I really like this unit because I'm excited to be able to create a kind of artwork that I haven't done before, and also I can be able to make an artwork of my favorite things. I've chosen to create a textured painting of a person traveling because visiting different cultures and being able to see the unique views of each place is my favorite thing to do. To be able to accomplish this project, I first have to research about how to paint with the gesso paint and know which color contrasts with each other.

DAY 2:

What did you achieve today? 

Today, I've started on the practiced using the techniques with the gesso paint, and also made my first prototype. To add on, I've tried out different types of gesso paint to see which one works best for my artwork.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I think that I did well when using the gesso paint because there are a lot of textures on it, and it's like a modern pop art style. However, I would like to change the way I mixed and used my colors together because it is very hard to picture what the image is. If I used colors that are similar to each other that represents a similar area, then it would be a lot easier for the audience to see.

What did you learn today?

Through the learning process today, I now know how to create the texture of the gesso paint, one of the things I have to do is use a knife scraper. This would help contribute to the texture of the artwork. To add on, after trying out all of the types of the gesso paint, I've finalized on using the beaded texture because it adds a lot more 'puffiness' and creates a more interesting look.

What are your next steps?

For my next steps, I'm planning to work on my drawing of the scene I'm painting because I feel like it's not the best yet. Then, I think that I should work on trying to paint with the long and wide knives in smaller areas.

Here is the painting that I've done today:


Here is the video that I've gotten the idea of how to make the painting more textured:

Day 3:

What did you achieve today? 

Today, I was able to draw a rough sketch of the image in my final project, and also practiced how to draw a human.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I think that the process of drawing the human went really well because I understood where each body part was supposed to be placed at so that it is even and looks realistic. Last time, I've done a painting using the technique learned and today I got to see the results. Therefore, I think that the texture went very well, and now I know what to do for the final project. However, I had decided to start practicing drawing my final draft with little knowledge of how to. Because of that, my sketch was not very successful, and I had to go back and learn the way to draw it. So, next time I would change the order of how I do my work.

What did you learn today?

I've learned more about how to draw a person and the alignments that we have to pay attention to. To add on, I now know that everything has a measure of its own, and it would be very hard to hand draw a person because it would be unbalanced.

What are your next steps? 

For next class, I am going to practice more on being able to draw humans/people. After that, I would start getting my canvas and drawing the outlines of the things I want to be in my artwork. I don't think that I would start painting yet because I also have to start figuring out which colors would match the best, and stand out more.

Here is the sketch that I've created today:


Here is the video that has guided me to learn how to draw a person:

Day 4:

What did you achieve today?

Today, I decided to change my design from a human figure walking to an eye with the earth as it's pupil. Then, there will yarn strings coming out from the earth to show the places I traveled to. I think that this is more creative because it is not just a normal image of a person walking. To summarize today's class, I think that it was more of a 'brainstorming another new idea' day.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I was able to discover a new way to make my artwork more original and more "figurative" than the old one. Next class, I would have to change the template and how my work is going to be organized. Also, I'd have to change the colors to create a contrast so the eyes would draw to the most important part of the painting.

What did you learn today?

I learned that our artwork should be pushed more so that it is not just a simple image. To add on, I now know that we have to make our images have a reason to be there because we don't just add an image because it is easy. Another thing is that our artwork should use different techniques and materials to make it more appealing.

What are your next steps?

For next class, I will begin to start a mini version of my final product so that I can see how it looks like all together with the colors too.

Here is the idea of the eye that I sketched out:


Day 5:

What did you achieve today? 

Today, I started on the final drawing of my artwork where I  drew out an eye, and an earth inside it. I also placed out the yarn to see if it works well together or not. (Today I only had half of a class to work on it so I wasn't able to accomplish that much.)

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I think that drawing the eye and the earth went fairly well, however, I wanted it to make it more realistic and not just a simple "cartoon-like" eye. Therefore, next class, I will try to work more on the shape of the eye.

What did you learn today?

I learned that the way I organize things in an artwork can affect the meaning of it. So, I have to think through where I'm going to place the image and what is going to be around it. By doing so, it will help me figure out which steps to do first/last. I learned that it is very important to know which steps to do first because if we paint something on first and it turns out that we'll have to cover it up again for another part.

What are your next steps? 

For the next few classes, I will be working on this final artwork, where I will finalize my drawing and start painting. Also, I think that I will use a bigger canvas where I will be able to pin the pin through, rather than having to hammer it. Although I've planned out all my process, I don't know how to cover the pin from underneath so that it would not hurt anyone yet.

Here is an image of what I've been able to start this class: 


Day 6:

What did you achieve today? 

Today, I spent the class drawing out the eye that is more realistic than the previous practice I had on the small canvas. Then, I used the gesso paint to coat the background that is around the eye because it was very dirty.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I think that the process of coating the background with gesso paint was very successful because I managed to put many layers so there wouldn't be any spots that are lighter/darker. Also, I think that the eye looks a lot better than the last few times. I think that I'm on the right track now, and I wouldn't need to change anything for next class except to carry on working.

What did you learn today?

I learned that

What are your next steps? 

For next class, I am going to paint the eye with the textured paint and technique in a grey-ish black color so that when I paint the earth pupil, it will be able to draw attention to the eye first. Then, I will have a few shapes of different countries at the bottom where I will connect it to the eye with yarns and pins.

Here is an image of what I've been able to start this class: 


Day 7:

What did you achieve today? 

Today, I've painted the iris of the eye in a grey-ish black color with the gesso paints and the knife technique. Also, I've painted the pupil in the color and shape of the earth.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

When painting the iris, I think that the shades of grey/black mixed together really compliments each other. I think that the color makes it look a bit realistic because it's not just one plain color. Plus, the different shades of green and blue for the pupil looks realistic. Today, I think that I'm on the right track, and nothing has gone wrong, so I don't need to change anything about what I've done.

What did you learn today?

Today, I learned to be very careful around the painting and not be clumsy. Anything could happen and might even ruin the painting. Also, I learned that in order for the paint to not smear into other areas, I have to tape the clean area with masking tape so if I accidentally go over the edges, it won't affect the other spots.

What are your next steps? 

Next class, I will go back and add little stars in that area so it would look like the galaxy is surrounding the earth. To make it look more like a galaxy, I will add some more colors like blue and purple in the iris too. Also, I might go back and add one more layer of white/gesso paint for the background because there was some black paint smeared on it.

Here is an image of what I've done so far:


Day 8:

What did you achieve today? 

Today I was able to achieve the galaxy look on the iris. I also drew and painted the airplane that will be stuck onto the painting later.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I think that the iris looks similar to the galaxy because of how the colors blend with each other and the different shades of each. I also really like how the texture has turned out and how it looks. Everything is going very well, therefore, I do not think that I have to change anything from today's work next class.

What did you learn today?

I learned that I can make my artwork much more interesting than just a normal painting. I can make my images pop out from the canvas, and make it move around so it would fit the mood. Sometimes, we should think a bit bigger to see if there are any new ideas that would benefit us.

What are your next steps? 

Next class will be the final class so I will have to finish off everything. I will create the layered base that the plane will stick on so it would pop out from the entire painting. Also, I will start to connect the yarn to the places on the earth. If I still have time, I will outline the shape of my eye so that it will pop out more. The remaining work isn't very much, however, it takes up a lot of time, so I think that I will be coming in at lunch/after school to work on it more.

This is what I've done today:



For this task, we all had to choose 3-4 different angles of our animal and use different techniques to shade/color the animal. For example, we practiced using line variations to show the 3D feeling and make the image stand out in the middle jellyfish. The techniques we used in all of the drawings was line variations, shading (cross hatching etc.), and color blending. This practice helped me with my final "Out of the Frame" drawing because I was able to use different ways to make the final jellyfish look natural. To add on, I think that it helped me with being able to make the jellyfish stand out from the black and white border.


For the final drawing, we were assessed on our sketching of the animal, to see if the shape is correct, the proportion, and negative space. Also, we were assessed on using line variations where there is a change in thickness of the lines around the border. Next, we were graded on using a variety of techniques to color our animal and not have pencil lines. Also, we had to be able to have tone, and the colors had to compliment each other. Finally, we were assessed on the presentation. This means that there shouldn't be any chalk smudges on the drawing, the paper isn't ripped/scrunched, and the drawing has not been rushed.

By completing this task, I have learned how to make the animal stand out from the background. Also, I learned how to blend the colors of the animals together to prevent from showing pencil lines.


screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-08-08-am This is the Artsonia gallery of the "Out of the Frame" project.

My Out Of The Frame Artwork