Unit 2: Final Reflection Blogpost

In this unit I think I did very well because I learned many different skills such as how to transfer the design onto the printing block, and how to use negative space in the right places. I think this made me produce better work in the end and do better in this unit because it helped me to understand how to make things look more intricate and help me create a better end product that really interlocks.  One problem that I had where I had to use my problem solving skills is when I tried to do the test print and most of the shapes and lines came out fine but the unity and pattern wasn’t great because it didn’t interlock in some places, to help solve that problem I washed my plate and I had to carve into it again to make it interlock again! I am really proud of that solution because I really had to think about how I could do it without messing up the rest of the pattern, so it really worked and I’m really proud of it. When I was doing my cultural influence I don’t think I did a really good job because I didn’t add  a lot of information about why I did stuff or how it affected me culturally. So I definitely think adding more information about my choices. For example one of my cultural influences was a protea the national flower of Africa, which really influenced me when lived in South Africa when I was three… So I think I should have added more background information about how it affected me and how its my cultural influence. I think that I also could have improved on my personal interest because in my first idea the amount of negative space would have been uneven and it would have been hard to make the lines thick since it was a fairly big shape/symbol. I also don’t think that my personal interest was very interesting and I definitely had better ideas, but the Olympics really mean a lot to me, ( the rings in the middle of my motif!)  I choose the Olympic rings because I really love sports and its a huge distraction for me when theres a lot going on in my non – sport life. I think I could have improved by using more creative thinking than choosing something thats in such a broad topic of sports globally, because so many people in the world love sports, since its such a global thing to do and there are so many people doing it. For example lets say that 80% of the worlds population like sports, only 1 15th (5.3) of those people like a specific sport such as basketball or rugby.


I think that generally my interlocking is good but there are a few little flaws that could have been easily fixable when I was printing, carving and transferring. The main problem that I wish fixed was that in my motif in the final design there a re lines on all the corners that are supposed to interlock and create a diamond. My intention was to do that because then it would make it look more interlocking! So generally I don’t think it interlocked so well in some places. My interlocking created new shapes such as a diamond, circles, lines and very long rectangles. This created a pattern when I interlock it because by itself its only 1/4 of a diamond, but then it interlocks with 4 1/4 and it created a pattern that continues all throughout the motif’s final product. The colours I choose are purple, pink and blue. I choose these colours because I feel like they symbolise me, for example, my favourite colour is pink or turquoise. So when I put those colours into my motif it makes it more custom to me. Another thing that made me choose these colours it because it makes the contrast really pop but it doesn’t make it too out of the ordinary or make it odd. For example, one of the things that Mr. Reed showed us in grade 5 was that having a dark paper with light coloured writing, or a light paper with a dark coloured text. For my paper colour I choose black and blue. (the purple ink went on to the blue paper, and the rest went onto the black paper!) This made it symbolise me had a good contrast! So my colour scheme wasn’t random.



OFFICIAL Unit 1 Reflection

Throughout this unit I’ve learned a lot about realisticness and how its important for something to look real. In the beginning of the year, I didn’t know how to make something look real, so I really tried to focus on how to make something look like its real and look like its a lively person but in a picture. I especially learned about how you need to shadows and highlights, because without them it would look like the picture I drew in the beginning of the year when I knew nothing. When we were drawing our final picture, the day before we turned it in, I saw a picture that I drew in the beginning of the year, and there was no contrast, no shadows, no highlights etc. which made it look very plain and two dimensional.


A regret that I have about my self portrait is that when I was drawing it, my goal wasn’t to actually draw me, I was trying to draw something that wasn’t actually me and was a superficial thing that followed the TSC’s, but wasn’t and didn’t look like me. I would go back and look more at the picture and look at my facial features, that are more mine and make them stand out more so that they are me not something that doesn’t interpret my face or the proportion or shape of my face. Another thing I would do differently would be to look more at the TSC’s because in the beginning I was pretty sure about what I was doing, but as I went through the process I forgot what I needed to do and just started to go along with what I wanted instead of what  I needed to have done.


The two words that I would use to describe myself would be risk taker and reflective. I think risk taker because when I was drawing my picture and was trying to make it three dimensional,  I was very open minded and was open to making it look more realistic and symmetrical. When I was doing that I became more knowledgeable about what I needed to have in a picture instead of what I thought would make it more balanced. I also think reflective because when I finished my picture I was open-minded about what I needed to fix with the picture instead of just leaving it and making it look like I wasn’t inquiring into the picture and what I was drawing. There we’re two more word that I would use which would be creativity. Because when I was drawing I would make my picture look more intricate and more realistic because I would tweak it to give it shadows and highlights in places where it would make something else look more ’round’ or less shapeless. The other word was communicator because I kept on asking different people to get feed-back about my picture and what it needed to make it so balanced and more affective to the viewers eye and make it really look like me.

Unit 1 Reflection Blogpost

During this unit I’ve learned a lot about how to make things 3D. In our first art class  I walked into the classroom and there was this video and a picture of a a man holding a ball in one  hand, and in the ball there was a reflection of himself. But the cool thing was that it looked really cool and it had a lot of values and gradation. In this unit I learned a lot about how to make your facial features look more realistic by make some spots on your face. Because in a picture your face isn’t just all white or all black, theres a particular amount of contrast.


For example while we were quite far in the process of making our self portraits, I asked Mr. Reed “What do you thing about the light and how it matches the picture?” And Mr. Reed said to me “If the light is hitting you here in your picture, why is it not hitting you here on your portrait?” Which may seem simple. But it really gave me insight on what a little bit of lighting and value can affect a whole picture by taking away the realsticness of the lines, shape, proportion and the interpritation of it being a real 3D person.



practice, focus, concentration, self-management, collaboration, communication, organization, thinking, problem solving, skills, understanding, value, gradation, contrast, realistic, representational, three-dimensional, shadows, highlights, blending stump, line, shape, proportion, interpretation. All of those words make up to one thing. REALISTICNESS. Which is important in a self portrait because otherwise there would just be thick lines and fake ears. A couple of these things are just little details, that most people wouldn’t notice in a self portrait or a picture, these things all blend into a picture but by themselves, they stand out like fire on ice. Overall I think this unit has been great because I had the opportunity to learn about contrast,  and how its important to have a balance of al lthe colors and values in a picture.

Prépare-toi pour l’examen Answers

  1. Say whether you like or dislike these things or activities:

Je n’aime pas les bande dessine, J’aime regarde la télè, je n’aime pas etudier, J’adore dormir!, J’aime manger, Je n’aime pas surfer sur internet


aime, lire, dessiner, dessiner, aimer, dessiner, écouter, adorer


3.  Tell whether these sentences are a) logical or b) illogical. 

Sarah adore jouer aux échecs. Elle ne joue jamais aux échecs (b)

Caroline aime manger. Elle préfère manger au café (a)

Pascaline ne joue pas au base-ball. Elle n’aime pas le base-ball. (b)

Sylvestre nage souvent. Il déteste nager (b)

Farida adore les romans et les bandes dessinées. Elle n’aime pas lire. (a)





Drama Video #1 – Little Red Riding Hood Practice 1

This is the video for out drama practice #1 – Video reflection on our play practice! (Little Red Riding Hood)

Reflection For My Book For First Grade

I think that my story for the first graders went well, but there were a few flaws that could be improved on, for example when I open my book it ripped the paper that was supposed to be the grass and it looked kind of messy. I think that the first graders liked my book because when I asked them what I did well they said that I did well and that they liked then book but the drawings could have been improved on. I agree with them completely because when we were making the pictures I didn’t use my time very well which meant that the  pictures didn’t look absolutely amazing. I think that if I was a first grader some of the english was hard to understand, and the whole point was to be able to just give them my book and they would be able to figure it out by themselves and I wouldn’t have to help them at all. But I sometimes had to explain to them what a work meant or how something happened or how Styf got to that town, and I think that if I took more time to work on that then it would have been quite a bit better than it is now. All of the first graders that I read my book to seemed engaged and interested in my book and were wanting to know what happened next! One of my main face-plants was the elf that I drew because some of the children that I read my book to were just staring at the elf and weren’t paying attention to the actual book and story.

Design Cycle ‘Evaluation’

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These are two pictures of my book for the first graders! If I could do it again I would use different materials because it kept on falling apart and I had to keep on using hot glue to try and keep it together. I would also make the elf again because he looks a bit creepy, and if I was a first grader I would find it scary! I think I used my time affectively and I got everything done on time. There weren’t many bumps in the road but there was one where I made too many holes with the hole puncher and it completely ruined the picture, but I fixed that by making a new one which probably affected my time consuming. Some of the strengths of my design is that it doesn’t break easily and all of the pictures are in order and are connected to the story. Some of the weaknesses are that the elf falls over sometimes, the grass doesn’t go all the way to the sides of the book and on the sun you can see the hot glue. But those things are all things that could be improved on, and I would like to work on this a bit more to find all of the design flaws and flaws in general! I think that this design is good because it has a lot of potential and is different from other books!!!

My French Wordle


This is from the beginning of the year. we had to find all of the words in english that actually come from the french language.

Design Brief #4 (Creating the Solution)


My Design Brief for my Myth Retelling