In this Unit (two), I have done well on making creative patterns, because when I was creating my own motif I wanted to show my culture influence New Zealand (NZ) In NZ flag there is the flag of England, next to that there is a small star around it. So in my motif I made the star for the base and added the “Union Jack” and some star in it. I am proud of changing my motif from wing interlock to heart interlock because when I was creating a motif I struggled with making interlocks on the top and bottom. It didn’t seem to interlock very well. So I collaborated with my friends to make a new motif. I think that made me a better collaborator and thinker. I think the weakness of my pattern(motifs) is my personal interest because of my personal interest I was trying to create a full body dog but turned out to be a food (Bone). I think I used my creative thinking but I think I should have thought more deeply about how I can make the dog interlock. So I think my weakness is” giving up easily.”
I think my interlocking is good because I have changed my motifs to make it seem better and interlock better. At the very beginning, I was planning on making a wing and a dog. But my final motif is a heart and a food (bone) I am going to interlock the heart on the top and bottom, food (bone) on left and right. For my food (Bone) I have cut it in half from top to bottom. For my heart, I sliced it from left to right. So it is creative. When printing my motifs onto the paper, I am thinking of Green on the corners. Blue in the middle and other left spaces, Red and Black. It is not like it has been randomly placed because I am using the Green on the edges to show the freedom (Grass), the middle is a New Zealand’s flag colour. The black and red part shows the Maori from New Zealand, this is also showing my culture influence.
How did your learning help you improve and learn to draw more realistically?
My learning has helped me to draw portraits specifically and realistically by using good tools, for example blending stump. Blending stump can make the colors smooth and make the gradation and many values. It could make shadows because by using the blending stump it could blend the colors and it will make the portrait more realistic. Also to make the self-portrait look good we asked our classmate what to change and what I did well with. In art class, we learned what kind of vocabulary we use in order to describe the technique, for example, value, gradation, contrast, realistic, three-dimensional, shadows, highlights, shape, place, size. The most important words here, in my opinion, is “Shape, place, and size. Because If I get this wrong you are going to get everything else wrong.
What 2 things would you do differently to make your drawing even better?
I would first look at my portrait and see what I did wrong and what I should change. If I figured out where to change, I will be more careful this time and ask many friends to know, how I did my portrait ( The things I got wrong this time), because by asking many people they can give me their opinion so my drawing can improve. In my opinion my opinion I think my shadows values are the same, so in order to change that I would have to have a different type of pencils to make values different. I also think I should change my highlights because as I said in my shadows the values are always the same. So I think if I can get how to make the values differently than I will be better at drawing.
Why these two words describe what you have discovered about yourself?
I think the best 2 words to describe what I have learned about myself is, Cooperating and thinker because I think I cooperated very well with people who I was sitting next to and figured out what was wrong with our drawing and what we can do in order to fix the problem. If there was a good thing about their portrait we told each other that it was good and why we thought it was good so we can know what we should keep the same. I also thought that I was a thinker because I thought of what I can do better in order to make the portrait realistic. Like for example, I thought about how to use the pencils so I can blend easily to make shadows and how I should erase the part where I should do the highlights. Also, I thought about the values if they are the same kind of values or not and how I can make the values more clearly in order for people to see and understand that the colors are different.
Technology is about solving problems.most of the people thinks technology is about ipad, iphone, computer and many others. and that can be true, but most of the time it is about solving problems.
In technology solving problems is about, using the ideas to fix or solve problems. and figure out the way of doing new things, In creative way. I learnt how to be more creative by using technology like stop motion and robots.
This is the ATL skills tree and we talked about , social, self management, research, thinking, and communication.
I learnt how to organize and show my creativity.
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