Mr Fedley Is Forcing Us To Write A Percentage Blog Post

Percentage

A percentage is a way of writing “out of 100”. For example 40% is the same as 40 out of 100. We could change a percentage to a fraction or a decimal too. For example, if it’s 30%, we could change it to 30/100 or 0.3.

Percentage is used in a lot of ways. Of course it is used in math but also in our life. For example in supermarkets and grocery stores, sometimes things can be in a sale. It could be 50% off, or maybe more or less. They write it as a percentage instead of price because then they could use it for more than one thing. To see how much it is cheaper we multiply the percentage to that price.

Q1) Let’s say the pizza was 50% off and it was $10. For this example it would be like this:

When I multiplied 50/100 to 10 it became 5 so that means $5 is 50% of $10. So it means the pizza is $5 cheaper than the original price.

Q2) Next, let’s say that my friend said that she ate 30% of my 20 cookies and I wanted to know how much she ate. Then it would be like this:

When I multiplied 30% (30/100) to 20 (total number of cookies) it became 6. This means that 6 is 30% of 20 so my friend ate 6 cookies.

 

Reflection on Park Illustration

In art class, we’ve been working on our park illustration for a few months. And here is my final artwork 🙂

1. What was your progress made over the Park Illustration unit?

I think I made a lot of progress in this unit. I learned a lot of things such as using techniques and texture. First, we watched a video called “Red Hook – a film about Tommy Kane”. And then we wrote in our notebooks what he did (the steps), what we found interesting, techniques he used, and what he included. Then we went to the park “Minato-No-Mieru-Oka-Kouen” to sketch our object. When we got to the park, we chose what to draw. First I chose the fountain but I found out that a lot of people chose it so I changed it. I changed it to the entrance of the park because I thought it was interesting to draw. We had to use sharpie so that even when we use water-color paint, it won’t smudge. I found it quite difficult because I usually sketch with a pencil so that I can erase it but this time, we couldn’t erase it. We had two classes to work on our sketch. It was difficult where some places were a bit different when I came second time because for some places I was still working on it. After we finished our sketch, we practiced sketching by looking at a picture and then drawing what we see. To see if the positions of the objects are good and if we are drawing what we see, we drew 9 rectangles on top of it and saw if it was good or not.  The practice sketch looked like this:

And then, Ms. Rude (our teacher) copied our sketch to a bigger and stronger paper so that we can use water-color paint. Then, we went to the park to take pictures of our object for the water-color painting which we did afterwards. And for homework we colored our sketch using the picture we took. It looked like this:

And here is the picture I used:

Before we started painting on our sketch, we learned techniques we could use in our painting. There were 11 techniques and they were: Wash, Splatter, Salt, 2 Wash, Clingwrap, Stencil, Sponge, Drop in, Lift Off, Wet into wet, and Experiment which we made up ourselves. The techniques looks like this:

After we practiced with the techniques and listed what we could use them for each of them, we taped the outline of our artwork so that the paint won’t go out. And then we started painting. I think I was able to use most of the techniques and it went good. I thought I improved my skills a lot because I used to not know most of the things I know now and I thought the techniques made the artwork so much better. And if I didn’t know these techniques, it would not be good as this. I also think I improved on drawing what I really see because before I used to make it up for some parts but this time, I drew what I actually saw.

 

2. How you used feedback to improve your artwork?

I got feedback from Ayaka and this helped me improve my artwork a lot. Ayaka said that I could use stencil to add more techniques so I used it for the background. Also she said I could improve on the background so I added more colors to it. She also said that if I add yellow to the bushes to show light, it would make it better so I added yellow and it made it a lot better. I thought feedback is very helpful and it makes our work improve a lot.

3. If you were going to do this work again, what would you do differently and why?

I would make the lines straighter when it has to be because this time, it was quite wobbly. I want to make it straight because I think it would make it neater and nicer. Also I want to use more variety of colors to show darker places and lighter places. For example, I want to use darker colors to show the roof of buildings.

 

I enjoyed this unit because I was able to learn more techniques and make my art skills better. It was fun trying the new techniques and using them on my artwork. Also, I was happy about how my drawing went even though there were some improvements I could still make. I also enjoyed using water color paint because I’ve not really used them before.

Have you ever done a portrait using watercolor paint? If you haven’t you better do it 😉

Leonardo Da Vinci Comic book

In humanities we made a comic book about a Renaissance man/woman. I made one of Leonardo Da Vinci, and here is my comic book:

You could also access to my comic book here: issuu.com/emma1948/docs/da_vinci?e=10134968/5904252 

My Reflection:

Leonardo Da Vinci changed the world by his own but also he had support. For example, he raised by his dad and got support. I think he changed the world himself because he drew the portraits by himself taking time and effort. For example for Mona Lisa, he spent more than 15 years to paint it. But some people might think he didn’t change the world by himself. They might think so because he got help from people and maybe they’ll think he got ideas from people. I think Da Vinci was great because of his skills and artwork. But I think it was also because of the time. A long time ago, they weren’t much tools to use so it was quite limited. But now there is a lot compared to the older days so I think it was because of that too. Also, the place was good for him because the people around there liked his artwork, but people from other places might have not liked it. So I think that affected too.

Technology – Criteria E Reflection of digital story

In technology class, we made our digital story in the few months. A digital story is a story we share with the world using media. Mine was about my life of ballet. I started with when I started it and ended with how ballet helps me in my life. Our unit question was  “How can we use media to communicate our stories?”. To complete our project, we used the design cycle which was Investigate, Plan, Create, Evaluate. Here is the cycle:

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When we made our digital story, we had our own 4 desirable specifications. Mine was to get people to learn about ballet, using vocabulary that is easy to understand (like not using words that only few people know), mostly using my own photos, and making music that matches my video. I think my story met these specifications quite well. For example for getting people to learn about ballet, I tried including facts that people might not know. For vocabulary, I tried using words that is simple and if I used some complicated words, I explained it. Also I used my photos mostly, and I could say that because I counted them. My photos were 14 out of 18. For the music, I used music that was related to ballet and changed some parts like adding effects and combining. I asked my friends and family if it matched and that helped me a lot.

I think I was able to make a good video and meet the specifications well because I got feedback from my friends and teacher. It helped me because they told me what I did good and what I can improve on. For example Hana and Hyewon said the background music was too loud, so I fixed it and made it quieter. It made it easier to hear my voice and I am glad that I was able to change it. Also, Pia, Lisa, Emma(D), Joseph, Hana and Ms. Rude told me that there were some problems with the voiceover like overlapping and too quiet, so I fixed it by moving it around and recording it again. I am glad that I was able to change it before I shared it online. It made it easier to understand and it made it more organized. The feedback made the video improve a lot and I thought that I should get feedback when I do other things too.

This was the process during this unit:

Firstly, we got into groups and discussed about the unit question “How can we use media to communicate our stories?”. Then, we brainstormed the key features to story-telling. After that, we looked at 3-4 digital stories and listed the story structure and key features. I watched: A Brief History of John Baldessari, Ashley’s Digital Story-telling, and The Best Artist Ever. We also looked for patterns between the stories. Next, we learned the definition of the 7 elements to story-telling. Then, we brainstormed possible topics that we could use. I brainstormed about volleyball, basketball, field studies, a fiction story, and ballet. After the brainstorm, we researched tools like ‘Prezi’, ‘FotoBabble’, ‘Keynote’ that we could use to make our digital story. Then we wrote a reflection. In week 5, we chose the topic we wanted to do. And I chose ballet. I chose ballet because I really enjoy it and I had a lot of pictures, and I wanted to make my story like a picture book. Also, I thought it also matched me. After we chose our topic, we compared 3 tools and thought about if it matched our story.  I chose iMovie and Garageband because I could add my own music, and also I could add videos, images, and text easily. It is also not confusing. Then we made a list of resources and a timeline. We wrote what we needed and planned what we had to do and when we had to finish each step. After the timeline, we wrote our storyboard. I drew how it will look like and what I will say. Then we created our digital story and wrote our 4 desirable specifications. We got feedback from our peers before sharing it online and made changes to our video.

Lastly, I think we could use all kinds of social network such as ‘facebook’, ‘twitter’, ‘blogs’, ‘youtube’, ‘vimeo’, and a lot more to communicate our story. Our digital story is one of the example and I think it’s good where people from the world can see it and get to know your story. I enjoyed making my own digital story and I am happy about my work 🙂