Art Unit 2 Final Reflection

P1: What were your project’s strengths/weaknesses?                                                                                 

My projects strength is probably the interlocking, I think this because it interlocks on all four sides. I have 2 beams to interlock all sides of my plate. One is going vertically and one is going horizontally. I also think I did well with my sakura flower because it is hard to carve but I made changes till I thought it was reasonable to carve. I took away my lines in the flower because that was dangerous to carve since I could slip, I also made my flower a bit bigger to make the curves easier to carve. I am proud of the solution I had to use gymnastics beams instead of bookworms to interlock. Before my idea was to have a book in the middle of my plate and then to have bookworms coming out of the book to interlock horizontally. But I didn’t like that idea. I think I could improve my cultural influence by choosing a little more complicated design, for example, I would have liked to have a little more sakura flowers in my motif.


I think my interlocking is really accurate. like I said in the last paragraph I have gymnastic beams for my interlocking. It is not very complex but it is a nice accurate way to interlock. I think my interlocking could have been more complex but I am still happy with my beams. My interlocking does not make a new pattern or shape. it would have made my printing more interesting. I chose 3 colors turquoise, Prussian blue, and purple. I chose these colors since I really like them because there is something different about these colors to me that other colors don’t have. I chose these colors for both ink and paper because I thought it would be different than other people their work. I used color unity, I have only used three colors.  

Art Unit 1 Reflection

Q1: How did your learning help you improve and learn to draw more realistically? 

My learning has helped me draw more realistically. When I compare my first day drawing with the drawing I have now I see how much I have learned throughout the unit. I think learning with the step by step tutorials were really useful for me because I could go through the steps as quickly or slowly as I wanted to. I could also compare my drawing to the other drawing and see if I made mistakes and how I could fix them. Another way I learned was by practicing. The eyes, nose, mouth study helped me a lot. I figured out what parts of the facial features were hard for me. When I knew what was hard for me I could spend more time doing that correctly avoiding mistakes that I had made before. Also, my learning helped me use different art tools correctly. One tool I used was blending stumps, these helped me in my shadows because they help me get lines away and turn those lines into shows. They also help me change color gradually. The last thing that really helped me learn was open art studio.  Open art studio gave me more time to practice and draw my portrait. For example, I was really behind on my eyes, nose, mouth study but because of open art studio, I caught up. 

Q2: What 2 things would you do differently to make you drawing even better?  

The first thing I would change is the shadows. I think I should first mark the space to find the right shape and then color it but not too dark so I can erase. I have made this mistake in two parts of my drawing. I think this could help me improve my drawing because the shadows and highlights would match and not mess each other up. Also, I need to make sure not to overlap the hair with my shadows. I need to also be careful with the shadows of the nose because that is a really tricky shape and easy to mess up. The next thing I want to do differently is the background of my face. I want to change this because I think it is a little too light. This is a problem for me because I can’t have a lot of different light values. For example, take the side of my face where the line is shining on, I tried to make it as light as possible but it doesn’t look very much lighter than the highlights behind the grid lines. By making the background of my face darker is going to help make my portrait more realistic, because the highlights are going to stand out more.

Q3: Why do these two ATL skills describe what you’ve discovered about yourself? (Communicator, Confident) .     I think I was communicator because I gave a lot of advice, showed people things, and asked for advice. I showed people examples and how to fix their problems. For example, if somebody asked me for advice and their shadows were wrong, I would say “look at your shadows. Is there something wrong with them?” or “your shadows are too light try going over them again.”  I also think I was committed. I think I was committed because I came to open art studio multiple times. Open art studio helps me a lot because it gives me extra time to work on my drawing and other artwork. I am a pretty slow drawer and when it comes to drawing I am also a perfectionist. so open art studio has helped me catch u with the other kids and make my drawing good. I am also committed because I try working as hard as possible. At the beginning of this unit, I got distracted in class a lot and talked with the people around me. Now I have improved and don’t talk as much. I also think that earning our music helped because people around me have earplugs in and I get less tempted to talk.   



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Before                                                                                     After

Tech Day – Tech Fun

Technology in solving a problem, and that is what we did today. We participated in different activities. For example, Pinhole Photography, StopMotion, etc.

In pinhole photography, we took pictures with DIY cameras. We solved the problem of the sun getting in the way (as that would ruin the photo), and brainstormed ways to make sure the camera did not shift. The image was pretty decent (a little dark, but okay). If I could do this next year, one thing I would do differently would be that I would try to find a darker area, away from the sun, and that just might help to make the image a little bit lighter.

During stop motion, we used clay to create characters, we then used a stop-motion app, and took picture by picture, moving the figurines along the way. And that created a little story by connecting the images and making it look like the characters were moving all by themselves. But there was a problem, the clay would come unstuck at times, and we had to remake some of the figures. It took a bit more time but we did it!

Learning About ATL Skills

    Today we worked on ATL skills. We learned about them through videos that the 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. We had to watch two videos and comment on them afterwards. After that, we made a brainstorm with the ATL skills and wrote one, two or more things they did or have to do on their video.