TOK-Reason/Ethics/CAS

HS CHOIR
Considered the Ethical implications of your actions.

This year’s HS Choir performed for the show “Play, Perform, Create” in autumn, the AISA Choral Festival at Korea at around the same time, and the Spring Concert, which is about to come up on April 26th. An ethical issue that I had was during the Choir Festival at Korea.

One of the important aspects when singing music with sheet music in hand is to remember the importance of having real, un-photocopied sheet music. Before going to Korea, Dr.E.J. Yoon apparently told all of the participating choir members to bring un-photocopied versions of the songs, and so we did. By doing this, we felt more confident on stage, and by doing the right thing. Although when I reflected upon this after I got back from Korea, I found out that many of the times in Choir, we used photocopied sheet music, when it clearly says “Do Not Photocopy” on the front of the page. I guess this has to do with deductive reasoning, since I knew from the beginning about how I should not be reusing copyrighted material, without getting an approval from the publisher. This also goes for the same with uploading performance videos on the internet. When thinking about it, you should be having an approval from the publisher of the song, to be able to perform it. Therefore, technically, uploading a video of yourself performing a song that is not approved from the owner, is ethically wrong. Although I felt that the push and pull between the right or wrong for this issue has gone very vague in answer, because of all the advancement in technology these days.

Another ethical implication has to do with the commitment of the entire group. Recently, we faced challenges learning the song and practicing, because some members of the group did not show up to mandatory practices. In my opinion, I felt that some people had a reasonable excuse, for example being sick on that day. However, some did not show up to rehearsals, just because they did not want to. I understand if they had an important exam the next day, although I still felt that not showing up to mandatory rehearsals were ethically wrong. One of the reasons why is because even absence from few people can cause problems, since we would have to have them updated on the last practices that they have missed. Or, just simply the sound will be much better and unified if everyone is there. I guess this is inductive reasoning, since I learnt from experience that when not all of the members are committed in completing a song, something will go wrong on stage.

AISA Choir

From November 8th to 11th, our High School Choir went to Korea for the AISA Choral Festival. This year, sixteen members of the choir went to the AISA Choral Festival, a long with Korea International School, Seoul International School, Gyeongi Suwon International School, and Osaka International School.  We sang five choral pieces in total; Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal, River in Judea, Filimiooriay, Lollipop, and Defying Gravity. As a guest conductor and director, we had Dr. E.J. Yoon,  for all of the songs, which was a great experience, because we also got to watch one of his university choirs on stage.

One of the great things about the trip was meeting different people from several schools. Since I also participated in the AISA festival in the previous two years, I got to meet up with my friends from Korea, and Osaka. I had a great time singing, and just generally bonding with them. During the sectional practices, the Altos were able to memorize some of the songs, and think further about dynamics, and how emotions are portrayed in each songs. We also made a group cheer just for the Altos, which was a very fun experience.
One of the greatest challenges for me was auditioning for the solo part in the song Defying Gravity. At first, I was planning not to audition, although I changed my mind, since I thought that it was worth trying out. And luckily, I was able to sing the solo part. I think it was an amazing experience, being able to sing a solo part at a different stage, in a different country.

Summer 2012

This summer, I got to experience several things for the first time. I went on a trip to Hokkaido, and explored a lot within nature, since I don’t get to back in the city. For Arts for Life, I made a glass cup for the first time. The process of making the cup was harder than I thought it would be. I learnt that the glass needs to be maintained at a extremely high temperature at all times during the process of making. Thus, I learnt that speed was the key to making a glass cup. I got to add colors of my own choice, and shape the glass how I wanted it to be.  This was a challenging, but  fun and a learning experience.

 

Figure Paintings Review

These are my 3 paintings I have worked on in class. The first one (far left), was a painting where I focused on using realistic colors, and I followed the tones in the actual photo. However, as I investigated on Francoise Nielly, I got interested in using vivid bright colours. Francoise Nielly uses wide ranges of colours on her human figure paintings. So I decided to use the similar idea for my paintings.

I personally found it difficult on using various ranges of colours, since you do not have any reference on where to use them. But as I started, I began to get used to it. The very last painting was done by palette knives, which is also interpreting the idea from Nielly. I think this was a good challenge for me.

For the next figure drawing, I would like to improve on using wide range of bright colors, and at the same time having the proportionate to be accurate and realistic.

Chiaroscuro: 300 words Investigation

Chiaroscuro is a style of art focused on the contrast of light and dark. In Italian, Chiaroscuro literally means “light- dark”. Chiaroscuro paintings have very clear difference in tone, making the piece more vivid. Chiaroscuro was originated during the Renaissance period.

I will be investigating Chiaroscuro by focusing on two works from artists. First, I will be focusing on “Supper at Emmaus” (Oil on Canvas, 1601) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Here’s the art work below:

“Supper at Emmaus” is thought to be a painting portraying the moment where Jesus has restored to life, and appears infront of his followers, but disappears again. From this, Jesus is right in the center, and Caravaggio has left the most light on his face. And the three followers are all laying their eyes on Jesus. This makes the viewer notice how the major subject of this piece is Jesus in the middle. This painting has a crisp, realistic texture to it. Many movements can be seen, as if the painting was a photo taken with a sharp flash. Caravaggio was a Baroque painter known for his dramatic uses of light. This painting also includes wide contrast ranges of light and dark.

 

The second piece I will be investigating is: “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”(Oil on Canvas, 1665 – 1667) by Johannes Vermeer.

This painting is also a work with a clear style of Chiaroscuro. “The Girl With the Pearl Earring” is considered one of Vermeer’s masterpieces. The contrast between shadows and light is very obvious, seeing that Vermeer used black on the background. Here, it is also shown how the dramatic difference between light and dark gives a mystifying feel to the piece.  Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque Painter well known for his paintings, which captured calm moments usually with a female centering it. In this painting, the light and dark gives more of a smooth feel.