Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Core Values (Português)


Eu desenvolverei o Responsabiliade porque eu faço todas as minhas lições de casa, e cheguo na classe na hora certa. Sempre escuto as pessoas na classe e o professor. Eu sou honesta e tenho compromisso pessoal para aprender português. Por outro lado, eu tenho que perder o medo de errar (Risk Taker) porque eu sou um pouquinho tímida na classe. E por causa disso, eu não falo muito em geral. Eu preciso fazer coisas novas, como nos projetos e também encontrar desafios para mim.
Ser um "Risk Taker" é importante na vida cotidiana porque reforça a idea de aventura. Se você nunca aceita o risco, você ficará sempre fazendo a mesma coisa e nunca sairá da sua zona de conforto. Ao sair dessa zona de comforto, você aprenderá muito sobre coisas diferentes, ao invés saber sobre só um aspecto da vida. Quando você sabe mais, você começa a crescer como como uma pessoa, que é muito importante.
Essa caracteristica está de acordo com a Graded porque a escola nos encoraja a correr riscos e também ater responsabilidade. Mas há outros core values como: equilibrio, comunicadores, curiosos, reflexivo, inovador para ser um bom aluno. Os core values são importantes porque nos fazem alunos melhores.
Em resumo, ser um Risk Taker é muito importante não só na escola, mais na vida cotidiana. Para poder aprender e fazer coisas diferentes e originais, nós temos que sair da zona de conforto, encarar coisas das que temos medo e tentar de novo se falhamos. Para ser um bom Risk Taker, temos que tambem ser responsaveis, cumprindo com as tarefas, sendo puntual e fazendo o maior esforço possivel para que os resultados do que voçê faça sejam muito bons. Temos que ser determinados para resaltar, melhorar e ajudar para  que sejamos  bons estudantes e cidadãos.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Processo do Imigração no Brasil

Quando uma pessoa decide sair para imigrar, geralmente, ela está buscando uma vida melhor e um enriquecimento na terra estrangeira. No caso do Brasil, muitos imigrantes obtiveram sucesso. Entretanto,  nunca foi estudado o caso daqueles que não conseguiram ser bem sucedidos.
A autora desse texto “Imigrantes: histórias de fracassos no outro lado do Atlântico”, Lena Medeiros de Menezes fez esse estudo analisando documentos para estudar os imigrantes pobres, revalorizando a suas memórias. Um exemplo interessante  é de Manoel Real, um padeiro que chegou ao Brasil em 1890 quando tinha 26 anos. Solteiro e analfabeto, foi processado quando tinha 64 anos por ser mendigo (pobre, não tem onde para morar). Sarmiento era espanhol e chegou Brasil ao 1915 com a idade de 27anos. Foi acusado de ser ladrão quando tinha 40 anos e foi processado com vistas á expulsão.
Outro caso, Giusti, morador do centro da cidade, tabém foi processado por expulsão por ser bebado e considerado louco. Por isso, ele foi internado ao hospital dos alienados nos idos de 1919 e 1920. Na época, era muito valorizada a ideia da higiene, “com o discurso higienista que fundamenta o combate à mendicidade;” e por isso, os mendigos eram colocados na prisão porque eles poderam espalhar doenças. As pessoas que não trabalhavam “os vadios”, também eram colocados nos prisões porque havia uma valorização daqueles que trabalhavam. Tinha uma ideia quem não trabalhava ra ladrão. Como exemplo, temos o caso de Amadeu, português de Viseu que chegou ao Brasil com 11 anos. Foi processado e expulso no ano de 1928 com 25 anos por ser batedor de carteiras.
A solução encontrada foi: mandado de volta o pais de origem (os imigrantes que eram mendigos, ladrões, etc.) Eram colocados em navios e ao chegar lá, muitos já sentiam imigrantes na sua próprio país.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Analysis - Expressive Human Figure


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To start off, the purpose of this project was to represent a human figure but put an expression to it. Before working on this project, we worked on the human body figure which was learning the proportions of the human body. With this, we had to apply it and make it into a pose. However, for this, it didn’t have to be perfectly proportional like the other one. I didn’t know what pose to make, but I knew for sure that I wanted it to have an elegant feeling to it. Then, thinking about ballerinas and figure skaters, it just came into my mind that I should make something that has those pose to it! Due to that, I watched the famous figure skater (Kim Yuna) in Korea, and studies how their body moved to see if it would help my new project.
To be honest, I thought that this project was going to be easier since we already learned the proportions, and how to make a human figure. However, even though making the body was easier, putting it in a pose was very difficult. Furthermore, I knew that there would be only a little bit of a time making this project, which made me feel like I had to rush a little. In the first class, I was able to make the overall shape of the body, and in the second class, I put small details and starting to put it into the position I wanted it to be in. Then, for the third class, I really worked on putting it in the shape (which didn’t turn out too well), and for the last class, I needed help to finish the project and put it into the pose (I also had to stay after school to finish it which was totally worth it).
Moving on, the difficulties I encountered were trying to make the figure into the correct pose. The clay was usually too soft to mold into any shapes, however, when I did try to put it in a pose, it would just always crack which resulted in adding more clay to it to stick them together. Not only that, but every time I did something to the figure, it always got un-proportional which I never understood why. This led to making the legs looks extremely short. Even though I really wanted to fix this in my own, I needed desperate help because my project was falling apart! This stressed me because in my other project, this didn’t happen as frequently in my last project. Also, because the project was very small, every little finger movement I did affected the clay even more than my last one’s (very delicate). Furthermore, making the legs was hard for me because it was bent in the wrong place, and also, the legs looked chalky instead of looking smooth. Also, the arms were quite hard to make since it looked very unrealistic. It was thin and was bent in the wrong part, which made it look like the figure had no bones. To solve this problem, I re-made it, and made it thicker this time as well as bending the right way.
I was able to express the feeling I chose wanted it to be in! (Thank god!)  I tried to make the pose as a figure skater putting her hands horizontally while having her back going towards the floor (hard to explain). My expressive figure didn’t really have a certain feeling to it. It was more of an elegant-like feeling to it. To come to this conclusion, I first made the body all proportional, and then I started to put the arms high up in the air and bent it, while putting the head downwards as well as her whole back. During this process, there was a lot of helping needed as mentioned above (cracks, turning unproportional, etc.) Not only that, but also one problem in the end was trying to make it stand. I thought this would be impossible because she also wore shoes in which were very thin and had a blade on the very bottom. Due to that, I talked to Ms.Ariani, and she said that we could put a wire and connect that to the base of the project. Then, Ms.Ariani gave final touches to the project, which was making it all.
photo 3.JPG If I were to do this assignment again, I would just give more detailing to the project. I actually really liked how it turned out! However, if there were more time, I would’ve put a dress to it because that was my original plan. Not only that, but also put detail into the shoes with laces and everything (minor things that aren’t too important). To enhance the feeling to it, I would’ve maybe put a face expression to it, instead of making it blank. Or, maybe over exaggerate the pose that I put it in. For my project, I didn’t try to put what the human figure itself was feeling, but more as the overall elegant feeling to it was my main goal. Overall, I’m very glad and happy that it turned out just as how I wanted it to be! (Of course, without Ms.Ariani’s help, I wouldn’t have achieved this goal).
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Introduction - Expressive Figure

The purpose of this assignment was to represent a human figure and put an expression to it (exaggerated). Right before working on this project, we did the Human body figure in which we learned how to sculpt a human figure out of clay with the correct proportions. For this project, we had to apply what we have learned and make it into a pose. The different thing with this project was that it didn’t have to be perfectly proportional like the other one.
Moving on, for my expressive figure, I decided to make it into a figure skater pose. I just wanted to make something really pretty and something I really liked doing. Due to that, I decided to make it into a figure-skater pose. Even though I knew that it was going to be almost impossible to let it stand on its own, I just loved, and could imagine what it would look like. (Picture below)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Analysis - Human Figure

To start off, the purpose of this assignment was to create a human figure, with all the accurate proportions. In other words, it was also to learn how our overall shape of the body looked like. This project did definitely help me understand and learn the proportions of the Human Figure as stated above. The reason is, before starting this project and sculpting it out of clay, we had to draw it in paper. While doing so, I learned so much! For example, the biggest part that shocked me was how small the head was compared to the whole body! At first, I thought that I drew it wrong since the head was so tiny, however after asking Ms.Ariani, she said it was correct which really surprised me even more. She explained that because we only look at the heads of the people while talking, our brain just sees the head bigger than it actually is. Not only that, but the arms seemed to be really long, and the legs actually had more shape and feeling to it, than just a stick-like figure. Additionally, it was very important that the head fits in 8 times of our whole body, and our shoulders were 3 times wider than the head. When I actually started sculpting, this drawing and notes I took extremely helped since I knew which part to focus on, and look out for.

In my opinion, I believe that I was able to maintain the proportions of the body accurately since I checked how many times the head fit almost every single time I did something just to make sure that I wasn’t making anything more stretchy (such as the legs) or making the body shorter by accidentally cutting the legs off. Not only that, but really making the perfect proportion of the human out of clay really seemed very interesting, and fun to me!
The challenges I faced was much less than what I had to go through in my last project which was the Ancient Replica. In the beginning, I was worried that I would have to go through an extremely stressful stage, or accidentally break something (which thankfully didn’t happen). Anyways, the hard part was always putting the project back wrapping it in a plastic bag because I knew that it would get out of shape. Not only that, but because I didn’t want my sculpture to be flat on the back, I always put sponge to protect it, which ended up observing all the water it had. Because of this problem, I decided to literally wet my project before putting it back which wasn’t the greatest idea, since the head fell out. However, it was still very nice the following class I had due to the fact that the clay was very soft, and easy to mold. Unlike the other big projects I have done, which I didn’t have to really worry about them breaking since they were so strong, every time I held the project to turn to work on the other side, I was afraid that it would break since it seemed too fragile. Not only that, but in the beginning, trying to make the shape of the breast as well as the bum bum was quite difficult. I didn’t quite know how to make it look like, and at one point, I just felt like adding clay since pushing the clay from above and below was too hard (which I eventually ending up doing). hehe! Also, looking at how my other friends were making it really helped since it showed me how I should be moving my hands, and make them. Additionally, it was hard to get into the pose I wanted it to be since she had “bones” as mentioned before, and every change in small movements affected the whole body. However, with the help of the awesome art teacher, Ms.Ariani, I was able to go through that process well. :)


Overall, I am quite satisfied with the result because it came out better than I had expected it to be. Not only that, but when I was in 6th-7th grade, I’ve always seen these human figures in the 2nd floor of the art. Whenever I saw these projects, I always used to think, ‘wow... these high schoolers are so good at sculpting human body.. I wonder if I will be able to do this when I grow up!’ It was so cool, and brought back memories when making this because I felt that time passed extremely fast. Getting back to topic, the proportions were correctly done since the head fit 8 times, and the leg separated while still letting the length of the face fit 4 times. Not only that, but I also shaped the back, which also had a long dent in the middle, as well as the detail in the elbow, etc. However, what I could do differently to improve the final results is to work faster with the clay to prevent it from drying and cracking. Another part I would definitely work on would’ve been the arms, since it didn’t seem to be equal as the other one because it was too thin. Not only that, but I really wanted to fix the foot part, and put a show... However, I didn’t have enough time to make one. Of course, if there were much more time, I would’ve spent more time on each other parts of the body such as the arms, legs, back, neck, breast, etc. Yet, in this quite short amount of time, I really liked how this overall sculpture turned out, and can’t wait to work on the next one! :D

Process - Human Figure

         The steps to being this project of human figure was to make a rectangle, and to make this process easier, it was best for me to use a soft clay. Then, with one end of the rectangle, we had to shape the shape of the face by technically squeezing it. While working on this process, I remembered not to make the face too big since when I drew the human figure, I realized that the face of the human’s size was actually way smaller than I thought it would be. Because I knew that this part was a rough draft, I just basically kept squeezing the body into shape, and only tried to get the overall shape since I knew that the details would come after.
        Once I got the general form of the figure, I then decided to work on small things such as working on the legs, as well as the chest. Not to forget, that in the beginning, I didn’t make the arms since I knew that it would be harder due to the fact that it would always get in the way when I wanted to change, or add something. I was fairly proud of the process I was able to make in the beginning of the class because I thought that I would end the class with basically a square-like body structure, however for the first class, I was able to do many things. To make the form of the breast as well as the butt, I had to push the clay from the body and add it to the place where it those shapes were going to be at. It was quite hard to make a perfect appearance (in my eyes), and due to that, I decided to add clay and really blend it in well to prevent air bubbles. Not only that, but I also had to divide the legs into two parts from a block of rectangle, which wasn’t the easiest thing. However, I think with the help of Ms.Ariani, I was able to end it well.Moreover, while building this structure, I always kept in mind to keep the proportions (4 face fitting in the upper body, 4 face in the bottom-body).

       Additionally, I had quite a hard to deciding which pose I wanted my clay to be in. At first, I was thinking of making it into a ballerina, and making it stand. Yet, I noticed that making the project stand on one of it’s legs would be very difficult. Because of this, I just decided to make it in a position of sitting down but at the same time, having it’s arms positioned so that it looked like it had some ballerina-feel to it. :) Also! While doing this, I always had to keep it in mind that she had “bones”, and it I wanted it to be in a certain position, the body structure would all change as well and it couldn’t be like spongebob!!



Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Story of Romeo and Juliet brought back to life

This article shows the two couples who died within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years. Helen Auer who was 94 years old, died in her chair and her husband gave her a final kiss of goodbye, as well as whispering to her saying, “Call me home.” Then after that, he died the next day when he was aged 100, leaving their nine children, 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, as well as 1 great-great-grandchild. This couple was married in 1941 and their funeral was held at the same church they married. Moving on, their love story started in the middle of the Second World War, when Joe left the US army and Helen was pregnant with her second baby. He was away for 3 years, and carried a photo of his wife with their two children at all times. Amazingly, he managed to stay alive until it was over, and also managed to keep the photo safe in his wallet until the day he died. Moreover, when Helen died, as mentioned before, her husband died 28 hours later. According to the news article from The Independent, Doctors have identified this condition as “broken heart syndrome” where the stress of grief temporarily caused symptoms similar to a heart attack.
Additionally, this article relates to Romeo and Juliet because the part when both of them died due to their affection with each other was quite similar. In the story of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo kills Paris, and still believing that Juliet died, he drinks the poison to suicide. However, when Juliet wakes up, and finds Romeo dead, she stabs herself with his knife. In this article, the husband doesn’t really commit suicide by taking a serious action; yet, he does come to a point when he was so heart broken that it led to a heart attack. Not only that, but even through the toughest times that her husband went through (World War II), he was still thinking of his family, and also kept the photo with him. This also connects to the book due to the fact that when Romeo was away, he always thought about Juliet, and Juliet was also always worrying about Romeo. In conclusion, I believe that this story is really, truly inspiring, and it really seems like Romeo and Juliet in modern day.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Introduction - Human Figures/Proportions

In this new project, we are working on human figure and proportions. Basically, you have to make a realistic human figure with all the proportions of the body correct which is 8 faces fitting in vertically in the whole body. Before using the clay to actually sculpt it out, like always we did a sketch. However, something that was a little different was that we had to write what we noticed on the side. What I learned during this process was that the head was actually way smaller than I thought it was. Not only that, but the arms were longer than I had expected them to be. I decided to choose female for the gender, and am still thinking of a pose I could put it in. Below are the the picture of first, the “design” meaning getting to know the proportions, and the other is how much I’ve done until now! :)

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SuperBowl Blog

1. Using the Excel document as your data source, enter the scores of the winning and losing teams into your calculator.  The winning teams’ scores will be entered into L1 and the losing teams’ scores should be entered in L2.  You should check to make sure that your data was entered correctly and check that you have 48 entries for both L1 and L2.
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2. Determine the average score for the winners and the average score for the losers.  All scores should be rounded to the nearest integer.
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Winner’s average score: 30
Loser’s average score: 16


3. Create a box and whisker chart for both the winners’ and losers’ scores.  How do the median scores compare?  Remember, in order to construct a box and whisker chart, you will need to find the minimum, median, maximum and the 1st and 3rd quartiles.  Make sure that the scales are accurate. Samuel Lashlee updated January 21, 2013 Page 1Super Bowl History.

Losing Team:
Median: 16.5
Minimum: 3
Maximum: 31
Q1: 10
Q3: 20.5

Winning Team:
Median:  30.5
Minimum: 14
Maximum: 55
Q1: 23
Q3: 35

Graph:
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The losing team’s median score is lower than the winning team’s, and as you can see, it’s also almost double the amount.

4. Compare the Standard Deviations between the winning and losing scores.  How are they similar?  How are they different?  What do they mean?

Winning Standard Deviation: 9.8
Losing standard Deviation: 6.8

Standard Deviation is a measure that is used to quantify the amount of variation of a set of data values according to Google. Not only that, but a standard deviation close to 0 shows that the points tend to be very close to the mean. Due to that, you can see that the winning deviation has a wide variety of different scores. They both don’t have an outlier, and they are different since the loser’s scores are less spread out than the scores from the winning team’s.

5. Could there be a correlation between the Super Bowl number and the score of the game?  Calculate the linear regression between the Super Bowl number and the winning score.  What is the correlation coefficient?  What does that tell us?  Passing numbers have increased over the past few years due to changes in rules.  Has there been an increase in scores over the past few games?  How did you come to that conclusion?

There can be a correlation between the Super Bowl number and the score of the game. The linear regression equation is y = ax + b. From using the calculator, the a would be replaced as 0.2 (correlation coefficient) and the b as 11.2 (y = 0.2x + 11.2). This tells us that there is an increase in scores over the past few games since the slope is positive.

6. Calculate the linear regression between the winning team and the losing team.  What does the correlation coefficient tell us?  Based on your model, if the winning team scores 35 points, how many points will the losing team score?  If the losing team scores 12 points, how many will the winning team score?

y = 0.15x + 11.21

The linear regression would be y = 0.2x + 11.21. The correlation coefficient tells us which direction it moves, so the positive relationship means that the two variables move into the same direction. Based on my equation, if the winning team scores 35 points, the losing team’s score would be 16.46. Not only that, but if they losing team scores 12 points, then the winning team will score 13.01 points.

Analysis - Ancient Pot Replica


The purpose of this assignment was to create a replica of an ancient pot. Not only that, but this project was to see how well you could replicate something you haven’t seen or made before. Furthermore, we had to research the pottery that we chose, and had to use a coil technique in order to make it.

As mentioned before, the criteria of this project was to see how accurate you could make the pot using specific techniques such as the coil. I believe that I have met the criteria due to the countless help of Ms.Ariani’s. While creating it, I had so many problems, and obstacles I had to go through. To start off, some difficulties I had while making this pottery (replica of an ancient pot) was to make it proportional. As mentioned in the previous blog, I required endless help from Ms.Ariani due to the fact that I kept making mistakes. One of the biggest problems leading to this was due to the fact that when I was blending the clay, there wasn’t any support. Because of this, I had to basically re-start everything. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do everything again since she came and did a huge “surgery”. 
What she did was cut the part where it was not proportional and fixed it. In my opinion, the most difficult part of this project was the body of the pot. Even though I tried my best to really make this shape the same as in the picture, it just didn’t come out right every single time. I believe that what stressed me more was the fact that I really wanted to make it perfect, and make it look as identical as the ancient one. Furthermore, when I was looking at my pot, I had everything in mind of how to make it and trusted myself in doing so. Since this is what I believed in, I started out without measuring, but instead eyeballing everything. This caused a big problem because it was so different than what I had expected it to become, and because of this, I restarted everything. Not only that, but the base of the project was not centered, and also, the body part of the project didn’t close fast enough to create that oval shape. To solve this problem, I put the coils almost flat to the other ones and blended it. Moreover, I really wanted to make my project smoothe and all clean. However, in the part of the decorations, it was extremely difficult to smooth it out since the small designs were so small and the gaps between them as well.

The ancient culture I chose to work on was the one that came from China in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 220). These kinds of pots are still well preserved until this modern day. They were colored with copper to produce green or iron to create yellow or brown. These were used as substitutes for valuable possessions. Not to forget that they were usually decorated with simple, colorful designs onto unglazed fired pieces. The design on this piece are all supposed to be very simple, but still having a small design on the sides. I really like how this pot looked simple, yet quite shiny and beautiful at the same time.

In my opinion, I wouldn’t say that this was the best project I’ve ever made. After going through endless of problems, challenges, I really disliked my project and felt like giving up. Comparing to my first project, I definitely thought that this one was harder because we needed to have specific measurements, and also had to calculate. Not only that, but the other project was more like our own design where we could do anything and wouldn’t be wrong. Whereas for this piece, we had to be accurate. Lastly, what I have learned with this project was all the mistakes I’ve made when making it. Even though I went through a lot of difficulties and felt like crying and destroying my project, I learned so much from it. First of all, I learned that working with ceramics could be a little bit stressing when it doesn’t go the way I want to, and also, sometimes, a big surgery can really change your project a lot. Not to forget all the mistakes I’ve done really helped out on getting to know this project well, and generally about ceramics. Overall, I still enjoyed working on this project, and hope to use what I have learned in my other projects!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Process - Ancient Pot Replica

In order to make this replica, the steps that were necessary to achieve the final result was to keep measuring the project with the calculation so that we could see if we were on track. What I did was multiplied the length from the image by 2.
In the beginning, I didn’t measure it properly, and just “eyeballed” it, believing that my eyes would be accurate. However, later on, Ms.Ariani noticed that it was off, and too big. Because of that, I had to start the base again by 12cm. At first, it was turning out fine. Yet, when time kept going on, and when I kept blending it, the shape went off. During that time, I didn’t notice what the problem was. Later on, when I was almost done with the project, the teacher pointed out that when I was blending, I wasn’t putting my hands on the other side to secure it, and that was why the project was coming out in weird shapes, forms. This wasn’t the biggest problem, but because of this, it led to making the project off centered. Basically meaning that the bottom/base wasn’t in the center but instead on the side.
This created a huge problem, and we had to do a big “surgery” on the project. Ms.Ariani helped me out a lot, and what she did was she cut off the base with a needle tool, and placed the clay between her legs. After that, she put it on the center, and blend it a little. Furthermore, this was hard for me because when I placed it between my legs, I tried to do it gentle as possible, however, the shape kept on breaking. Due to that, I was very stressed with my project and thought of re-starting everything. Yet, because I knew I had no time, I just had to keep with it.
Additionally, there was another problem I came upon which was the round shape of the project. When it kept nearly to the neck, the shape was off again because I didn’t close the circle as soon as possible. Instead, I kept going in little by little which seemed weird. Again, I had to cut out that part, and with Ms.Ariani’s help, she was able to shape it rounder, and closing it faster. (Phew~).
Now, it was time to work on the neck. At first, it was coming out well, and it seemed pretty much the same as the picture. However, I noticed that the neck was too thin. Thus, I had to cut out that part, and make it again, blending it with my hands on the opposite side to secure the shape.
As you can see, I had countless of mistakes, and required a lot of help during the process of making this replica of an ancient pot. It was way harder, difficult than what I had expected it to be, and it was because I wasn’t using the correct technique. At times, when things just didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, I just felt like destroying my pot, and just starting it all over again. I even felt myself sweating sometimes! Yet, through all these endless mistakes, I learned from all of them. Hopefully in the next project, I’ll be able to use what I have learned, and make it better and improve!



(Finished Product!) 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Math Core Values

Balanced: They understand the importance of a well-rounded education that incorporates academics, arts, athletics, and community service.
I believe that in this semester, I worked hard to be balanced. I’ve done several many after schools, and outside of school too, and still managed to work on homework, and keep everything organized. However, if I weren’t to be responsible, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this core value because this really involved time management and whether I could fit some things to do others. Sometimes, I did get stressed of the work overloaded of many different classes, after schools, classes outside of school, etc. However, I was able to work it out and I hope that if I keep trying to be balanced starting from now, it would be a great preparation for high school and for life! Overall, these are the reasons why I thought that the core value that I worked on was being balanced.

Communicators: They value the importance of clarity in communication across multiple languages and through a variety of digitally collaborative venues.
A core value that I still need to work on during Math class would be communicator because what I noticed was I would just try to do everything on my own when solving problems, and never ask the teacher. A habit that I have is that, sometimes, even if the math problem is very hard, I try very hard to solve it on my own, and not ask the teacher. This results to not being able to communicate with others when solving, or asking to the teacher or classmates. However, as math gets harder every grade, I think I should work on this skill so that later on, when I really come up to a hard question, I wouldn’t make my mind explode, but instead, ask people and solve it together by communicating.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Introduction - Ancient Pot Replica


For our second project in Art Ceramics I  class, we had to create a replica of an ancient pot. Basically, we need to find an ancient pot that we like, then print a copy so that we could find the correct measurements. For my ancient pot, I decided to do this one. It’s round, and has a small detail on the sides. It originally came from China in the Han dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 220). This kind of pot is still preserved until now-a-days. China at that time was known for organized ceramic production, and developed lead glazing. They were colored with copper to produce green, or iron to create yellow or brown. Furthermore, they continued the production of high-fired stoneware. Additionally, they were used as substitutes for valuable possessions. Through the Han Dynasty and beyond, these were often decorated with simple, colorful designs directly onto unglazed fired pieces. Overall, I’m very excited to see how this project will turn out!


Friday, March 13, 2015

"All Men Are Created Equal"

The Constitution allowed slavery to continue even though the Declaration of Independence claimed that “all men are created equal” because by all men, they meant whites. The darker-skinned were considered and treated as properties, and used them for everything that the whites didn’t do. As Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which was the nation’s most treasured symbol of liberty, many people yet disagreed with his view of slaves. When the Constitution permitted slavery to continue, it was because they didn’t even look at slaves as people, but instead as objects, and properties mentioned above. If they did stop slavery, the Southern states would have economic problems due to the fact that they used a lot of slaves. However, later on, the Constitution recognized and protected slavery, and without these plans, the southern part wouldn’t support the new Constitution. The Provisions made southern states to count slaves as 3/5 persons in Congress (even though the slaves couldn’t vote), and prohibited the importation of slaves.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Poetry

By: Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Meaning
The meaning of my poem is that there is two roads diverged in a forest. However, it is having a hard time choosing which path to take. Later on, it says that it took the other path, because it was grassy, however, both of them had worn them about the same. Yet, knowing how way leads on to way, it doubted if it should ever come back. At the end, it says that it took the one less traveled by, which has made all the difference. Basically, why I really liked this poem was because it felt like it was telling us to take where it had no path, but leaving a trail. Which could also mean, to follow our dreams, and never think that something is impossible but just follow your heart, and leave a path.


By: Runita R Menezes

Just follow your heart,
And follow your dreams,
Don't be afraid to re-start,
Even though it means going down stream.

Often advisors may say
Do this or take on that
But its best when you follow your own way,
By doing just what your good at.

Since, to realise what you want,
Is an impossible feat
But emptiness continues to haunt,
Until you choose that which makes you complete.

In time the right path will be revealed
And you will begin to understand your part.
But you've got to have the courage to believe,
And continue to, ' Follow your Heart'

Compare and Contrast
I tried to find a poem that was similar to never giving up, keeping up with the dream, and following up with your heart. As I said above in the meaning of the poem “The Road Not Taken”, I wrote that I believed the poem was talking about how you had to trust in yourself in choosing the right path. Also, instead of choosing the road that has been taken, it chose the one less traveled by. In this poem where it says, “But emptiness continues to haunt, Until you choose that which makes you complete” was a very powerful line because it talked about even though there is emptiness, it’s just a shift in your mind that you can change it. Overall, as you can see, this poem leads to another, and is very similar in terms of teaching us about life which is following your heart, and making your dream possible.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art Ceramics I - Analysis

To start off, the purpose of this project was to create our own ceramics using the coil technique and our creativity. Making our own creative object was quite hard to brainstorm. Due to that, I started out by just drawing macarons, some cute characters, and a swan. At the end of the first class, I was in doubt whether I should make the macaron or the swan due to that, I asked Ms.Ariani, and she responded that it would be better if I made a swan since it has more movements. Not only that, but I figured out that there were many ideas and sculptures of swan. Due to that, I was in doubt whether I should keep with this, or try to make it my “own”. Because of this idea, I tried to put designs such as crowns, necklaces, and thought about making the wings with different shapes. However, because I ran out of time in the end, my swan that I imagined was a little bit different. The wings were made quite differently thanks to the help of our teacher, because she had the idea to put a coil and blend it.
Moving on, what needed to be included was different textures as well as movements instead of just plain creation. Due to that, I tried make the movements in the wings, as well as the neck (which is kind of shaped like the number 2). When you just see it by itself, my project may seem plain without much movements or textures, however, it was quite difficult to make the neck. Thus, some challenges I have encountered while working on this project was especially the neck. It was a very fragile thin part, due to that, I had to make a base that was strong. Not only that, but mentioned in my previous blogs, I have discussed about how my base was circular rather than oval. Due to that, in the middle of making the body of the swan, I had to re-shape it by using my hands. Getting back to topic about the neck part, as you can see in the pictures on the bottom, the first creation of the neck was very bent and didn’t look much like a swan. At first, it was hard to notice because I was working right in front of the project, however, when I backed up some steps and looked from far, it seemed very weird. That’s when I noticed that I needed to do some fixing. At first, I tried to shape it with my hands. This wasn’t such a great idea because it started to break, and have cracks. Yet, after some time and much patience, I was able to shape it into something I wanted it to look like. Because this part of the project was so weak, and wouldn’t stay in shape, I needed to use the sponges in order to make it stay like that.
Furthermore, I also had to make my own coils nearly at the end instead of using the extruder because the thickness had to be quite thin instead of thick. When making the wings, it came out differently than what I expected. I was imagining to put in more textures and add another slab with shape. Sadly, I didn’t have enough time, and used a coil to blend it. Overall, even though this final product wasn’t something I was imagining, I still really liked how it turned out. It felt very simple, but at the same time, it had a movement which looked very “modern”. If I would do this project again, I would definitely work faster, and add a lot more details. In conclusion, it was a very fun yet challenging project, and I would love to do something like this again! :)