June 5

Marco Polo’s Passport

Hi guys, in the recent week, our class had been working on a  project in oriental country class, creating a passport of Marco Polo. We read description of places where Marco Polo traveled and made a passport of him including the information of China.

Marco Polo
June 3

Art Reflection

Hey guys. So in the unit of art class, we have working on designing, carving and printing our own pattern. Here is the one that I created and printed.

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In this unit, we first looked at different kinds of patterns from different cultures, then we sketched one of our favorites, and practiced and studied positive and negative space on that by coloring one only in the positive space and the other only in negative space. Then we designed our own pattern and transported it on the plate. Finally, we carved the plate and printed them in color.

As you can see that in the main part of my pattern in the middle is a figure of yin-and-yang, from the Chinese culture’s motif. And I made some adjustments like making all the curvy and circular lines into straight lines, to make them into my own motif. Also lots of my classmates said that the yin-and-yang look like Packman. I choose this motif because that it represents my culture since I’m a Chinese. Also, I like how this signature has very even positive and negative as well. In addition, I’ve chosen this because how it shows that people can have their dark side, which is the black half, and positive side, which is the white half.

I think the most challenging aspect of this project is the carving part. It’s difficult for my because for example I have some detailed parts in my design, which has line that has thin gaps in between, I have to be really careful. And lots of lines and only looks good when it’s straight, I had to carve very cautiously as well. Also, there are a few triangle shapes in my pattern, and it’s corner is super hard to carve. In addition, there are some slant lines in my design, and I couldn’t find a side to put my plate against the wooden blocking thing, to be safe when I was caring.

I solved those major problems by doing for example, I spent sometimes just to find the carving tools that has the thinnest blades, to carve the detail parts. Also, I carved very slowly and carefully while I was trying to make very straight lines. And, to carve triangle shapes, also used very thin carving knife, and carved slowly and very very gingerly at the corner of the shape. In addition, I figured that I can put my plate in angle, against the wooden thing, and support the plate by putting my hand on the side of the plate, to carve slanted straight lines.

In this year of art class, I think I’ve learnt lots and lots of knowledge and skills that will help me in art class in Grade 7 and 8. For example, I’ve learnt plenty of vocabularies that is very useful in art. Like blending, gradation, shading, positive and negative spaces, Aesthetic, social and portraits. I’ve also learnt lots of skills and techniques in painting, printing and drawing as well. For example, in painting, how to blend too different color together, how to add tints and shades of a color. In, drawing, how to draw thing realistic using gradations and how to draw detailed human facial organs. In printing, a experimental knowledge of carving, and how to print using a carved plate, also designing our own patterns.

I enjoyed this year of art class a lot, and I’m looking forwards to next year’s art!