What I think I did well in my project were my final motif and 3 annotations. For example, I choose a complex cultural influence and a cool interlocking pattern, which had balanced positive and negative space. Also, my personal interest was very interesting and the shape contrasted well with the other patterns, motifs, and designs. I was very proud of my 3 annotations because of I put a lot of thought into them and how that culture and personal influenced me, and I really thought deeply about the impact it has had on my life and my families life, and also how it has influenced me. One annotation was about my middle design, it was a Christian motif and I explained since my grandparents are Christian it has influenced my life a lot. A solution that I was proud of was when I couldn’t get the outside rings the same size for the cultural influence, so I used creative thinking and problem-solving skills and drew 2 circles one big and one small, so they were like guidelines so I could draw each of the rings, the same size. I could have improved my cultural influence idea by experimenting with another cultural influences and designs because I only did one final motif, but if I had experimented with the other influences and ideas then maybe I could have found something that works better for me. I think that I could improve my personal influence by going deeper into my personal interests and seeing if I could come up with something that better represents me, I think that my personal interest now is good but there could be something else that better represents me.
In my final assembled pattern my interlocking is almost always accurate. Some of the spikes on the bottom and top are not properly linked. But the circle and baseball seams are always accurate. My pattern does make a shape, I have 2 halves of a circle and when I put 2 prints together it resembles a whole circle. Also, the triangles on the bottom and the top when I put 2 prints together it resembles a diamond. I choose complementary colors for my design. I also choose very vibrant and very high contrast colors so it would stand out amongst the other designs. My design does have color unity. All of the four
My learning has helped me to understand how to use the correct art tools and how to use them effectively. I also learned that artists need time to practice their drawings, also to make mistakes and be able to learn from those mistakes. Because for example, I messed up on the highlights on my face, but I came to open studio a lot and had time to fix it and learn from Mr.Reed how I could to it better. Also, I learned to ask different people for advice. This helped me a lot because different people have different perspectives and views so the more people that give me compliments and suggestions the more I can fix and learn from my drawings. Also, the value and gradation scale really helped me to get all the correct values and gradation which made my self-portrait look way more realistic. Another thing that helped me a lot was when we did the eyes, nose, mouth study. This helped me so much going into the self-portrait because I had a substantial knowledge of shadows, highlights, values, graduation, and contrast. So I could apply all of this knowledge to my self-portrait drawing, and since I had all this knowledge I was able to make a pretty realistic self-portrait. Finally, I learned how to draw better by reflecting on reflecting about my self-portrait.
If I had another chance to go back and change my self-portrait then I would try to deeply reflect more on what I could improve on. I think that this would help me realize if I’m doing something incorrectly. Because for example when I was drawing my hair I did not stop and carefully consider if I was doing something wrong and I ended up doing something wrong. So if I drew my self-portrait again I would reflect on it before taking the next step. Also, I think that I would be more careful with my blending stump because I realized that if you blend to hard then tiny bits of the paper will come of which you don’t want to I would be more gentle with my blending stump. Finally, I would improve my problem-solving skills. I would do this because when I was making shadows on the nose I realized that the graduation was a bit off. Instead of trying to think about what I could do to fix it I erased it all and restarted, But I should have thought of a more efficient way to fix the mistake. Another thing I could have done better was the way I erased. For example, when I did the highlights on the hair I wasn’t able to get all of the small highlights that were crucial to making my hair realistic. So I would have broken an eraser and used the very sharp end to make small and different shaped highlights. And also I drew some really dark lines, which made my portrait look a bit cartoony.
I think that the 2 words that describe me during this unit are self-managed and communicator. I chose self-managed because I really think during this unit I was very concentrated and self-managed. I great example of this is that I came to a lot of open studios, this way I could practice and work on my self-portrait. Also, another example of this is when I was in class I was almost always very focused and on topic. Self-management as affected me a lot because since I was self-managed I was able to practice a lot, and make mistakes because I had time to fix them if I was focused. So if I was self-managed I concentrated very well and in depth on the drawing so self-management has definitely made my portrait better. I think I was a good communicator because when I asked my classmates about what I could do better I had to ask them good questions in order to get really good feedback. An example of this is when I was having trouble understanding the shadows. I had to ask and communicate with my classmates to get good feedback to solve my problem. Another example was when Mr.Reed wasn’t answering questions for the class. Since Mr.Reed usually answers my burning questions on how to fix something I had to ask my classmate’s really good questions to get the good answers that Mr.Reed would have given me to that was a really cool learning experience.
Technology is about solving problems. Today I learned that technology is not only a device. Today I solved the problem of playing hockey with a robot and building a successful truss bridge out of chopsticks that would hold computers.
The first thing that I did was robotics. I learned how to control my robot and learned how to play hockey with it. I also learned how to reflect on how my robot did and how to improve it by adding extra pieces to have things like control and defense. I think this helped my reflection skills because I really had to think about how to make my robot better.
The second thing I did was truss bridges with chopsticks. We had to build a bridge that would hold computers. I think that I had to use my thinking skills to find out how our bridge would hold it.
Today in the canteen with Mr.Broughton and Ms, Clifford we learned a lot about the ATL skills. A couple of weeks ago some 7th, 8th, and 9th graders made us some videos about how to be successful in middle school. I learned a lot about organization skills and self-management. I found this to be very helpful because I know the 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the videos I watched have been through middle school or part of the middle school at Y.I.S. or some place else. This makes me very confident in the information that the 7th, 8th, and 9th graders gave me. Now that I have this information I know that I already know a lot about middle school and the skills you need and won’t have to figure out as much. After we watched we videos we left comments on the videos, which earlier we learn how to write good comments. Finally, we reflected on the skills we think that the 7th, 8th, and 9th graders had to use in their videos. That is what the picture is above.