Ryan's Blog


April 27, 2014
by 20battyr

My Artist Statement

Photo on 4-25-14 at 2.10 PM


The title of my artwork is called Aspects of Rei

I made a  lot of progress while doing this art project. One of the most hardest challenges for me was what I wanted my portrait  to be. There was so many choices for each thing I made. For example I had to decide what angle I wanted my baseball to be and what size as well as other objects like the socks  and the guitar. I also got to explore ideas from many other artists, particularly  Paul Klee and Picasso. From looking at there artworks it helped me decide on how I was going to paint my painting. I think my main strength in this unit was the background. I thought the background was the best because I really caught Paul Klee`s gradation effect for his background and it made the picture look interesting. I also successfully used gradation so that it looked like the colours moved from one to another. One thing I would like to have improve on was the face in the red socks and the hand. I want to improve on the hand because it seemed to be missing something. I think I might have made the fingers look a slightly more realistic. I also would like to make the wrist slightly more interesting by maybe putting a design in it.  I wanted to improve on the face because it did not add anything to the painting. Next time I hoped to make it so that it all adds to the portrait.

My painting is about all the things about Rei. In the centre of the portrait you see the baseball. Rei enjoys playing and watching baseball so I made it stand out by being bigger than most of the other objects. Then to the right hand side of the baseball we see the Boston red socks symbol, with Rei`s face in it.  I did this because Rei supports red socks, so I made him part of the red socks symbol, showing that they have a bond. Now to the left of the baseball we have the Halo 4 symbol. This really is quite basic as it just shows that he likes to play Halo 4. Now to the top of the portrait we have a guitar. Since Rei plays the guitar, I had to add that into my potrait. Taking an idea from one of Picasso`s paintings I had a hand coming out of background holding up the guitar. Now the background can be portrayed as showing Rei`s personality, always happy and laughing. With the background I also made it that the guitar is coming out of the background, showing that Rei`s ability to play the guitar is connected with his personality. Next we have on both the right and left lower hand corners are the very subtle New York Yankees sign. I made it so that the New York Yankees are part of the background. There are two ways to think about why I made the New York Yankees sign part of the background. The first way of thinking is that the baseball with Rei and the Boston red socks are pushing back the background. The second way of thinking about it is  that Rei`s personality is overwhelming the New York Yankees sign. Overall I really enjoyed this unit and look forward for the next one.



April 25, 2014
by 20battyr
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Squash Tutorial

Create Reflection In the past month or so in our technology class we have been working on making a tutorial. We made criteria for what are tutorial should be like. We watch other tutorials and planned using storyboards. After investigating and planning we were tasked with making tutorial.


Connect In this tutorial I tried hard to make my tutorial apply all the criteria. I put all the criteria needed in my tutorial, but there were a few I thought I really achieved. The first criteria I though I achieved was Voice and demonstration. Since it was hard to speak while demonstrating and that would make my tutorial not very clear, I voiced over my demonstration. This made each scene very clear. When I voiced over it made it easy hear, as I would not be as far away. I think I achieved the criteria  of demonstration and voice.  The second criterion that I think I did well on was angles. While teaching each shot, I demonstrated it the best angle. Using different angles in my tutorial allowed the audience to see the shot from all perspectives. so I think I achieved the criterion of angle.  My fourth criterion was focus or staying on topic. Throughout my tutorial I made it so that it was very concise and organized so that the audience will understand easier. I did this by  explaining what you need with organization. I did this by making a scene for each item. Here is the class tutorial criteria     Extend In making this tutorial I expanded my way of thinking in a Three ways. The first  thing I learned while doing this unit is how you can explain something with detail, but short and concise. This was important because most people want to understand something when its short, concise and detailed. The second thing I learned was how to explain something in different ways. While looking at other peoples tutorials, I noticed how they all explained there tutorial in different ways, some would pause the video and voice over it, or just speak while demonstrating. The third thing I learned thing I learned was how it is so important to be organized. If you try to explain something without being prepared, you will end up with your tutorial not being clear enough. From my first try at filming the tutorial I realized how important this was. I came to record my tutorial with no script, so I didn’t really know what I was going to say. When I do this next time I will focus on making sure I have a good script.


Challenge There were three things that challenged me while making this tutorial. The first thing that challenged me was speaking. I had to remember exactly what I was supposed to say, and it took many takes to finally get a the voiceover I wanted. The second thing that challenged me was using Imovie. Some things that I wanted in my tutorial  I did not know how to do on Imovie. But with the help of the 6A Imovie tips, I overcame this challenge. The third challenge that I had while making the tutorial was organization. As I said before, I did not have a script when I first filmed and meant that I wasted valuable time.   After making that mistake I made a focus to make my tutorial organized.  One thing that still puzzles me is how professionals make there special effects, as it would help my tutorial even more for the next time. Finally I would like to say to check out these tutorials below: Kai Owen Athul   Overall while creating this tutorial I learned better how to use Imovie and how to make a concise, short and detailed tutorial, as well as understanding how important it is to be organized. I think for the first movie I made, I did a good job on making. For the next time I hope to make my tutorial reach even better standards.

April 24, 2014
by 20battyr

Drama Important Speech Reflection

6A Drama Person Sch05 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.


In Drama class we were asked to perform a speech about the most important person in our life, who we meet very often. We had the choice of sibling, teacher, parents, neighbors and friends. I chose my big sister Mayuko. In my speech I think  my modulation was very good. I spoke quite clearly and with good volume. I had a good enough pacing so I did not repeat myself. I put some Emphasis in the speech, but I think I could have done better. My physicality could have had some improving. Though my posture was good, I think that my facial expressions could have been used more often and my gestures less often.

The content and information in my speech was very concise. I clearly talked about why my sister was an important person in my life. I structured it using time, showing how she was important from when I was young, and to the future. I think my best skill overall may have been  modulation. Modulation may have been my best skill because I spoke with good pacing no repeats and good volume. I think that I should improve on my physicality’s specifically my facial expression because it makes the speech more interesting.

6A Drama Person Speech15 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Here is a person who I thought did a great job on all three of the concepts. But out of them would have to be physicality. I think he did really well on gestures and all his gestures were useful and none of them were not needed. I think he also did well on facial expression, to make the speech more interesting and to give some emotion with it. I think he could have added more to about why he is so important to him, as I thought there was not a lot of that in his speech.

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