Unit 2 Final Reflection

Paragraph 1: Explain your projects STRENGTHS

  1. what did you do very well?
  2. What ideas and solutions are you proud of?

Explain your projects WEAKNESSES

  1. How could you improve your cultural influence idea?
  2. How could you improve your personal interest idea?


  1. How accurate is your interlocking?
  2. Does your interlocking create new shapes? A new pattern?


  1. Why did you choose these colors? What do they symbolize?
  2. Is your color plan unified or are your colors random?


I think I did really well on carving. For carving, I did a 40-60 balance. I carved about 60 percent of my design. There was just a lot more negative space than positive space. You can barely even see the parts where I messed up. The only part of the carving I didn’t do was get rid of all the little printing marks I had at the end. I think I also did well on the interlocking because it interlocks on all 4 sides, even though it may be a bit off. Overall, I’m proud of my end product because I tried my hardest and was really committed to finishing. I could definitely improve on the gluing. The glue I used got on the print when I was spreading the glue along the sides and it smeared to ink a little bit. The ink is smeared, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable. For example on one part, I smeared the ink and it wasn’t too noticeable, but on another part, it was a lot more noticeable. When I started to carve, The curved lines and shapes were the hardest. This is somewhere I had to use creative thinking and solve problems. I had to think positive and just keep going and push through it. The main pattern was the tiger sitting on top of my cultural influence. This is my personal interest. It had a lot of small corners that were tuff to carve away. I didn’t really have a main motif. That would be something to improve If I ever did my print again. I had to measure carefully with a straight ruler in order to make sure my pattern interlock. When I had to draw and design the print that I had to transfer my ideas to the plate, While I was in the process of doing so, I went outside the lines. While this didn’t affect the print, the paper still went into my sketchbook for a grade.


A few spots of my Final product’s interlocking were a little off. For example, on the corners of the project, the circle was off by a bit, but not too much. Maybe a few millimeters off. I think my Interlocking was pretty good for the most part. In the Corners, the interlocking creates circles. The wavey lines create longer wavey lines. I chose the colors I chose because The colors would show up on the color paper I chose. The idea was that I would have the prints in the shape of a cross with the different colors in order to display color unity and contrast. I chose pink paper because pink is my favorite color. The reason pink is my favorite color is because When I was 3, one of my relatives who I cannot recall at the moment, gave me a small light pink blanket, and I have had it ever since, and I absolutely love that blanket to this day. I chose turquoise ink because I knew it would stand out well on the pink paper and display contrast. I chose red on green because they went well together and Christmas is my favorite holiday and red and green are the main Christmas colors. My color plan is that the different would form a cross in the middle to symbolize my culture which is Christian.

Unit 1 final Reflection


Q1: look at both your class 1 self-portrait drawing and your class 13 self-portrait drawing. Explain: how did your learning help you improve and learn to draw more realistically?

I learned to use Gradation and different values. For example, on the different values, there were darker and lighter parts, like some shadows were really dark, and some were so light, they were barely even noticeable. On the highlights, some were completely white, while some were a bit darker. I learned to do shadows and highlights to make the drawing look 3 dimensional. I had to use gradation to make the shadows blend with the lighter values. For example, on the left side of my photo and portrait, it is mainly all shadows except for some of the eye. I can see some of the right eyes, but hardly any of the right side of the nose. To make the shadows blend, I used a blending stump and my finger. To get the shadows right, I had to communicate and collaborate with my classmates and ask what I should improve on. I had to think about and understand what my classmates were telling me what to improve on. I had to problem solve so I could see what to improve myself because I can’t ask my classmates every time because they need time to work and improve as well. I think the interpretation of my self-portrait would be happy because I was excited to start my self-portrait, but I was also a bit nervous to begin, so you can kind of see that as well. The value and gradation scales really helped me learn a few values. The gradation scale really helped because of all the blending I had to do for my self-portrait. The eyes, nose, mouth study really helped because I had to draw my facial features onto the drawing, but I had to get it almost exactly like the ones in the photo.

Q2: Imagine you could draw your self-portrait again, with all your new skills and knowledge. Explain: what 2 things would you do differently to make your drawing even better?

I would not erase as hard as I did so the paper wouldn’t peal. I would need to focus and concentrate on not erasing so hard. I think I also would have practiced my eyes, nose, and mouth a little more because then I would have done it a little bit faster and improve my eyes, nose, and mouth skills. I think I was pretty effective in my self-management skills, but I still think I could have stayed on task a bit more than I did. I think the proportion and shape of my eyes were a bit too big. I think my portrait is representational because it represents how I look. It doesn’t really represent me as a person, but it does look like me. In the end, I think it came out looking pretty realistic. I would have sketched my pencil lines a bit lighter. for example, I was erasing to hard, but that was only because the pencil lines were way too dark. I think I would have done my hair differently because it didn’t look as realistic as the hair in the picture. with The hair in the picture, you could actually see some of the darker hairs. I think I also would have made my shadows darker because The ones in the photo looked a lot darker than mine. But that may also be because the pencils I had to use weren’t dark enough.

Q3: 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? Explain why these 2 words describe what you have discovered about yourself?

I think the two words that best describe me out of all the learning words are commitment and creativity. I think these two words describe me best Because I committed to finishing and making it as great as I could. However, I couldn’t show my creativity in my portrait because I had to copy the picture. If I could try again, I would wear something creative and representative of me for the day of the pictures. The big things  I discovered about myself were that if I really put my mind to it, I can use the different key term skills such as contrast that will help me organize my self. I think that these words describe me well because I commit to things I really want to do like my self-portrait, or just art in general. I think that creative is a good describing word for me, I just couldn’t show it because I had to try to draw the picture that was taken of me. these are only two of the words that best describe me. I just didn’t find any of the other words on the list great fits for me.

Tech Days

 technology is all about solving problems. Today I did pinhole photography (in the morning). Pinhole photography is where you have a box or a tin can and use it as a  camera. The film is (white) light-sensitive paper, so we got it in by turning out all the lights and then turning on a red one because the paper is only sensitive to white lights. then we put a magnet over the hole poked with a sewing needle and took it off for two minutes and the light-sensitive paper caught the picture. Then we put it through four different baths and it came out with an image, but you can’t see the image of the fountain on mine in this picture. this solved the problem of using electricity to charge cameras. then we did robotics, where we played hockey with them and every now and then, we modified them so they could flip other robots on their backs and grab the puck more easily. our team didn’t score any goals but we did ok. I don’t really know what problem this solved.