Tech Day 2017

Technology is not always computers and iPhones, although it is, there is more to it. Technology is about solving problems. Today I solved a problem while trying to build a bridge sustainable enough to hold weights on top. While my group and I were building our bridge, we realized that our design wasn’t as strong as we wanted it to be. We began to look around at other people’s ideas and tried to incorporate those ideas into our own design. When we did this I started to think of the common saying “Standing on the shoulders of giants,”. We started to add more and more chopsticks to make our bridge stronger and we saw a great improvement. We progressed a lot in a matter of minutes and we actually won 1st place (Along with 2 other groups)!

Another problem I solved today was during my first session. Mr. Martinez was teaching us how to make paper buildings. (Buildings that we made 3-dimensional out of 2-dimensional paper. This wasn’t as hard when we were practicing and I followed along with the class. However, when we began working on our final buildings, it was much harder as my design idea was difficult. The way I solved this BIG problem was by asking for help from Mr. Martinez and not being scared to try different strategies. I didn’t quite finish as well as I had hoped, but I definitely got a lot done. Tech day was an incredible experience and I learned a lot for only a couple of hours.

Art Unit 1 Reflection

Look at both your Class 1 self-portrait drawing and your Class 13 self-portrait drawing.
How did your learning help you improve and learn to draw more realistically?

I think that I have definitely developed my drawing skills. I think that I improved on my shadows and highlights. If you look at my Class 1 drawing, I had no shadows and highlights at all and it looked very 2D, but my Class 13 drawing has more detail and looks much more realistic. I began to understand that gradation and value were a BIG part of drawing realistically. When we first started Unit 1, we made Value Scales and Gradation Scales and I kept wondering why we really needed to do this. However, I now know that without gradation, I wouldn’t be able to change the lightness and darkness slowly and make it blend together, and without value, my drawing would look very flat and I wouldn’t be able to make shadows and highlights.

Imagine you could draw your self-portrait again, with all your new skills and knowledge.
What 3 things would you do differently to make your drawing even better?

If I could draw my self-portrait again, I would ask more people about their opinions on my drawing and take it into consideration more than I did this time because that would probably make my drawing better. For example, some people told me to fix my shadows and I didn’t think that I needed to add more, but the next class, I saw what they saw and realized that they were actually right. I would also use better value and try to create more of a contrast with it because my drawing doesn’t have a large variety of different shades and it makes my drawing look like some details are missing.

Unit 1 Statement of Inquiry: “The process of artistic creation can lead to self-discovery”.
Which 2 LEARNING WORDS best describe you as an artist during this unit?
inquiring knowledgable thinker communicator principled open-minded caring risk-taker balanced reflective appreciation commitment confidence cooperation creativity curiosity empathy enthusiasm independence integrity respect tolerance

Explain why these 2 words describe what you have discovered about yourself.

I think that one of the words that best describe myself during this unit this year is communicator and integrity. I think this because I was able to ask Mr. Reed questions when I was either confused about something and needed clarification or needed help with my self-portrait. Another example to support why I think of the words communicator and integrity is that I was able to give people honest feedback on their self-portrait drawings, communicate with them easily, and give them suggestions. Another word that I think best describes myself as an artist is reflective because I kept holding my self-portrait out in front of me to see what I could improve on, add, or change, and I took my time to look closely at the details and try to fix up most mistakes.


Living With Laptops

For the past 2 days, all the 6th graders have been working with their new laptops. We talked about how to hold your computer in a safe way, what to do and what not to do and much more. Yesterday we started the day off with a riddle/scavenger hunt kind of thing. Mr. Broughton had told us that if we weren’t going to get our laptops, unless we had figured out all the riddles and opened a box. This box contained a bunch of riddles and our class split up into smaller groups to try and figure them out. We had  to run all around the school to find out what the words really meant. This was probably my favorite activity.  I think that we used great teamwork and really thought about how the words had a deeper meaning. Another activity that I think is really important to know in order to use our computer time wisely was yesterday with Mrs. Edwards. Mrs. Edwards told us that we of course have to take care of our laptops, but we also need to take care of our bodies. When we are on our computers for too long, we sometimes forget to take a minute to just breath and take a break. Otherwise a lot of bad things can happen to your body and mind. We spent the whole period doing yoga and taking a break and get our bodies moving again. This really helped us realize that we shouldn’t spend all our time on our computers. These past few days have really improved my way of thinking and I hope that everyone will take great care of their computers and technology.