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The meat of my project. I have a video but it's still being captured.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY :
https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1NMIG2HKjCfjWKgrgFDZhcZlVc4Evw89Qb-QWfPI0-lk/edit
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Symone Smith Capstone

Abstract:

Since childhood I have enjoyed dancing however I had never taken formal classes. As a preteen I would come up with dances for my friends and I, it became my number one hobby. As I got older I found myself drawn to any and everything that had to do with dance. I watched every reality dance show,award show performance, and I even started researching/watching young choreographers. This project is the result of putting my abilities to the test.



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Confectionery Celebration

​For my capstone, I decided to make a recipe book that was influenced by American and international holidays. I have tested, and revised, every recipe that I found and compiled them into a book I call Confectionery Celebration. Each page includes a short description of the holiday the treats are based off of. These descriptions include references to the recipe; how the recipe relates to the holiday it corresponds with. Some of the recipes are actual dishes from the holiday/festival's country and others are simply influenced by the things grown there, national dishes or treats that originate from that place. In my book, all the pictures used are either pictures that I have taken myself or are special characters included with fonts. 
By doing this particular project, I hoped to improve my baking skills and continue my family legacy in baking. I also wanted to be influenced by, not only my own culture, but also cultures from all over the world. Below, I included the product from all my research, experimentation, and design; my recipe book. 

Enjoy!
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​Here is my bibliography.
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Mecca Sharrieff: Mentor (Ms.Martin) Advisor (Herman)

Final Capstone Presentation due May 31
**Please click ont he link in the first paragraph that says, "capstone" to access the annotated bibliography and proof of capstone.


When asked to create a capstone that embodies the core values of Science Leadership Academy, inquiry couldn’t be a better starting point for executing this project. In the beginning, there were so many questions to be asked, so many that were answered and some that got tangled in the web of ideas that hung above my head. The dangling web above my head began to crawl into sense, my initial project was to instruct Zumba sessions bi-weekly at school. 


The collaboration aspect began to spread like wildfire, as many participants enjoyed working out and having fun. The element of globalization was a success, the spread of ideas with physical fitness being a normal part of everyday life was achieved. I provided a resource for the community to work out - even if it meant trying new things. The reflection process came early, this project had come to and end because of my physical conditions. Instructing became very difficult, but there was a definite weight on my shoulders not to let the community down. Thus, the transition into Paige Wayman’s boot camp began. While it wasn’t easy or always very lucid, there still was a resource for the people in the community to workout. The only catch was it was girls only!


Along the new collaboration with Paige Wayman, the original problem remained. My physical conditions worsened, and my ability to walk lessened. It was a hard concept for the community to grasp, and emotions rose high. The new transition into another capstone became the Marching Soles Shoe Drive. The idea came about during capstone week, where the core values realigned themselves in my thoughts. It was the perfect way to spread the idea of giving back to the community, even with something simple. 


While many others have had (clothing) drives of their own, shoes became a unique juxtaposition to the pre-existing capstones. Why shoes? That is the question that steered the wheel of research, collaboration, presentation and reflection. The combination of two capstones and other mini projects all came from the idea of capstones in general. The greatest lesson overall is the realization that these projects were a learning process.


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Jamelia Barrett


Name: Jamelia Barrett 


Mentor/Advisor: Mr Herman 


My Capstone island life and culture.


My capstone entails the history of two Caribbean island and a multicultural food fest. In the beginning of the school year I knew I wanted to do something with history and culture. I was originally  want to do my own history and culture. I got advise from my mentor Mr herman and I decided to broaden my search and add another island. I have created a website that hold all the research I did for the two caribbean islands . As for the Multicultural food fest I partnered up with a fellow classmate since our capstone topic was along the same line and we did a event. Food is what brings us together sometime. So what better was to share a piece of history and culture with the SLA community. We show cased  many different  cultural dishes . This was learning experienced for me. I saw some of the dishes that were basically the same as my own cultural dishes  but cooked differently . This the same for the history of most of the caribbean islands. They all had some things in common like Columbus stumbling up on the island and saying he discovered it when obviously there was indigenous people like Tanios were living there long before he arrived. The countries being apart of the caricom community.  Music as well , reggae-ton is formed from reggae. I can now come to the conclusion that our history and culture crosses part wether its in big way such as being colonized by spaniard or britain or small way such as music and food.

Link to my website click here 




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http://www.webster-dictionary.net/definition/Culture Wesbter, Noah. "Culture." - Definition of by Webster Dictionary. Interapple, Inc. Cover, 2009. Web. 30 Jan. 2013 This helped me with one of the formal definition of what is the meaning of culture. this would be used in my video to show that there are many different meaning to culture but they all have at least one similarity.


http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/culture Oxford University Press, Judy Pearsall, Glynnis Glynnis, Darren Smith, John List, Richard Holden, Pete Whitelock, Heuboeck Heuboeck, and Malie Malie Lalor. "Culture." Definition of (British & World English). Oxford University Press, 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

          This helped me with one of the formal definition of what is the meaning of culture. this would be used in my video to show that there are many different meaning to culture but they all have at least one similarity.

http://www.preservearticles.com/201102184075/define-culture-and-discuss-its-features.html

http://tru.uni-sz.bg/tsj/vol3No8_1/A.Koleva.pdf  KUMAR, BHARAT. "Define Culture and Discuss Its Features." Define Culture and Discuss Its Features. Preserve Articles, 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.This website gave me some insight on what are the components of culture and how Culture varies from Society to Society, Culture provides proper opportunities,Culture is Dynamic and Adaptive,Culture is Consistent and Interconnected meaning they are link in some ways to another and it passed down from generation to generation, Culture is Continuous process that grows historically, how culture can be transmitted to the next generation.


http://faculty-gsb.stanford.edu/lazear/personal/PDFs/culture%20and%20language.pdf   Lazear, Edward P. "Culture and Language." Culture and Language. N.p., Dec. 1997. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.This pdf help with the language part of culture. it help me to because stated that language is important part of culture and this is what allows us to communicate. language is important and how over the process of immigration in 1990 the immigrants wanted to preserve their culture so the speak their native language but as time goes by this changes where the immigrant come to the use speaking english instead of native language.



http://dept.sfcollege.edu/ruralalliance/docs/Cultural%20Awareness%20Learning%20Module%20One.pdf "Cultural Awareness." N.p., n.d. Web. References Axelson, J.A. (1999). Counseling and development in a multicultural society. Monterey, Brooks/Cole. Carr-Ruffino, N.C. (2002). Managing diversity. People skills for a multicultural workplace (5 th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing Cornell, S. (1998). Ethnicity and race: Making identities in a changing world. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Cox, T. Jr. (1994). Cultural diversity in organizations: Theory, Research and Practice. San Francisco, CA.: Berrett-Koehler Publisher, Inc. Gay, G. (2000). Culturally responsive teaching: theory, research & practice. New York: Teachers College Press. Kottak, C.P. & Kozaitis, K.A. (2003). On being different. Diversity and multiculturalism In North American mainstream. New York: McGraw Hill Sue, D. W. & Sue, D. (2003). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (4 h Ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (1974), Massachusetts, G. & C. Merriam Co. this help me with definitions that were associated with culture and question I could ask when I interview the people for my video.


Puerto Rico." Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. 2007. Encyclopedia.com. 31 Jan. 2013<http://www.encyclopedia.com>. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Puerto_Rico.aspx#1-1G2:2661700067-full. This website help me with the history of puerto rico, origin, political   parties

, transportation, traditions , sports,agricultural feature for example mining etc, legal holiday ethnic groups , climate religion economic status. this has a lot of useful information where i can do further research into each sub topic. it good website with useful detail  information about the seal , the local government. also the life of the first settler the the Taino, also of Arawak origin which were also the first settler of jamaica and other caribbean countries.


"Antigua and Barbuda." Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations. 2007. Encyclopedia.com. 31 Jan. 2013<http://www.encyclopedia.com>. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA LOCATION, SIZE, AND EXTENT , TOPOGRAPHY, CLIMATE, FLORA AND FAUNA this is the difference plantation the country has and the indigenous fruits they have, the population size,different ethnic groups,Language they speak, the different religions, political parties,judicial systems and a lot more information about antigua culture which would help me in my research to find out about this country and culture and to share my finding with other people.


"Antigua and Barbuda / Antigua's History and Culture." Antigua and Barbuda / Antigua's History and Culture. InterKnowledge Corp., New York, NY., 1996-2006. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://www.antigua-barbuda.org/aghis01.htm>.

This website mainly dealt with the history of Antigua. it talk about when the country got emancipation, A day in 1684, of Sir Christopher Codrington came to island to see if they were interested in sugar cultivation. it talks about the first settlers which are the tianos which was also puerto rico's first settler.

Countries and Their Cultures." Culture of Antigua And Barbuda. Advameg, Inc., 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://www.everyculture.com/A-Bo/Antigua-And-Barbuda.html>.

          Davis, Gregson. Antigua Black, 1973. Gaspar, David Barry. Bondmen and Rebels, 1985. Henry, Paget. Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua, 1985. Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John, 1985. ——. A Small Place, 1988. Langhan, Mrs. Antigua and Antiguans, 1844. Olaoye, Elaine. Passion of the Soul, 1998. Oliver, V. The History of the Island of Antigua, 1894. Prince, Ralf. Jewels of the Sun, 1979. Richards, Novelle. The Struggle and the Conquest, 1967. ——. The Twilight Hour, 1971. Smith, Keithlyn. No Essay Pushover, 1994. Tongue, Gwen. Cooking Antigua's Food, 1973. —PAGET HENRY ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA LOCATION, SIZE, AND EXTENT , TOPOGRAPHY, CLIMATE, FLORA AND FAUNA this is the difference plantation the country has and the indigenous fruits they have, the population size,different ethnic groups,Language they speak, the different religions, political parties,judicial systems and a lot more information about antigua culture which would help me in my research to find out about this country and culture and to share my finding with other people.



Communitrip. "Antigua and Barbuda Culture." Sitewide ATOM. Communitrip, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://www.communitrip.com/antigua_and_barbuda/culture.html>. this was one of the first website that i look on when searching for information on antiguan culture. this what help me to search for specific things about the country like religion language and etc



Plummer, Brenda Gayle. "African Americans." Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. 2002. Retrieved February 01, 2013 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3402300011.html his was one of the first website that I look on when searching for information on african american culture. this what help me to search for specific things about the culture. it gave me synopsis of major event  in african american history.


"African Americans." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. (February 1, 2013). http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3045300033.html  Refences from the site America, Richard, ed. 1990. The Wealth of Races: The Present Value of Benefits from Past Injustices. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Baugh, John. 1991. The Politicization of Changing Terms of Self Reference Among American Slave Descendants. American Speech 66 (2): 133-146.

Borjas, George. 2003. The Labor Demand Curve Is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market. Quarterly Journal of Economics 118 (4): 1335-1374.

Conrad, Cecilia, John Whitehead, Patrick Mason, and James Stewart, eds. 2005. African Americans in the U.S. Economy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Darity, William, Jr., Patrick Mason, and James Stewart. 2006. The Economics of Identity: The Origin and Persistence of Racial Norms. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 60 (3): 283-305.

Fogel, Robert. 1989. Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery. New York: Norton.

Hughes, Emmet. 1956. The Negro’s New Economic Life. Fortune (September): 127-131.

Jacobson, Louis, Robert LaLonde, and David Sullivan. 1993. The Costs of Worker Dislocation. Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Keith, Verna, and Cedric Herring. 1991. Skin Tone and Stratification in the Black Community. American Journal of Sociology 97 (3): 760-778.

Locke, Alain. 1925. Enter the New Negro. Survey Graphic Harlem 6 (6) (March): 631-634.

Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 2004. 2003 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. Editions from 1975 to 2003 available online at http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/aboutus/statistics/ybpage.htm.

Smitherman, Geneva. 1991. What Is Africa to Me?: Language, Ideology, and African American. American Speech 66 (2): 115-132.

Stewart, James. 1977. Historical Patterns of Black-White Political Economic Inequality in the United States and the Republic of South Africa. Review of Black Political Economy 7 (3): 266-295.

Stewart, James. 2004. Globalization, Cities, and Racial Inequality at the Dawn of the 21st Century. Review of Black Political Economy 31 (3): 11-32.

Trotter, Joe, Jr. 2001. The African American Experience. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

James B. Stewart. This website thelped when searching for information on african american culture. this what help me to search for specific things about the culture. it gave me synopsis of major event  in african american history from slavery , cold war , jim crow laws. This will help me in the timeline for invent that went down in african american history.



Asante, Molefi. "African Americans." Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 1996. Encyclopedia.com. 1 Feb. 2013<http://www.encyclopedia.com>. This website help me with the history african american, origin, political   parties , transportation, traditions , ethnic groups ,religion economic status. this has a lot of useful information where i can do further research into each sub topic. it good website with useful detail  information about The impact of the African American language on American society.


"African Americans." Dictionary of American History. 2003. Encyclopedia.com. 1 Feb. 2013<http://www.encyclopedia.com>. This website help me with the history african american, origin, political   parties , transportation, traditions , ethnic groups ,religion economic status. this has a lot of useful information where i can do further research into each sub topic. it good website with useful detail  information about the civil right movement ,the great depression emancipation etc


http://jamaicas-info.weebly.com/ this was a project I did on jamaica and this will help me with the culture and history of jamaica. the economy local government the first settles etc


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Bibliography

Kimberly Parker

Annotated Bibliography


1) Smith, Natalie. "Almond Cake With White Chocolate Chips and Dried Cherries | Modern Day Moms | A National Parenting Publication." Modern Day Moms. N.p., 30 Jan. 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is a recipe for dried cherry almond cake with white chocolate chips. This source was helpful to me because I don’t really have any ideas for what recipes to put in my dessert category. This source is informative for me because now I have idea about a healthier dessert. This source is very reliable in my opinion because I use this website frequently outside of school.


2) "Self Nutrition Data." Mail List, Email Distribution. Nutrition Facts, Calories in Food, Labels, Nutritional Information and Analysis – NutritionData.com. Self Nutrition Data, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is a nutritional guide. You can enter different types of food into a search bar and results will come up with all of the nutritional value for that one specific food. I received many of my nutritional facts from this website. This website is extremely informative because it has a lot more useful information besides the nutritional values.


3) Feature, Carol Sorgen."10 Workout Secrets: Expert Exercise Tips." WebMD. WebMD, 16 Mar. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source includes detailed workout tips and why they will work if you continue the routines. This source doesn’t give tips about actually lifting weights or exercising but the technique on how to go about working out and how to make it a pleasant experience. This is a very informative source because it gave me an idea about what to post on my blog in regards how to make the workout experience more pleasurable.


4) Bauer, Elise. "Simply Recipes Food and Cooking Blog." Simply Recipes. N.p., 10 Oct. 2007. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is a recipe for a ‘Waldorf Salad’ which is a salad recipe that I wanted to modify to have less fat and calories. From this source I extracted the original recipe to the salad and I am going to make this recipe my own. This source is very useful and informative to me because I really needed the original recipe.


5) "Nutritional Values For Common Foods And Products." Nutritional Values For Common Foods And Products. Nutritional Values, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is a nutritional guide as well. This source was useful to me because I checked the nutritional value of my dishes using this website and the previous one to make sure I was being accurate.



6) "FullFitness." Best Workout Routines, Plans & Programs. FullFitness, Nov. 2009. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is a basic workout guide with different categories to go by. I read through this source and take note to what this sources says is a good ab workout or arm workout. This source is also useful because it has a beginner, intermediate and advanced section so the intensity of the workouts are categorized. This source is informative for me because it gives me more ideas about what I can post on my blog.


7) Kamb, Steve. "A Beginners Guide to Healthy Eating | Nerd Fitness." Web log post. Nerd Fitness. Nerd Fitness, 10 Nov. 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is a blog post and the topic is healthy eating. This source was informative because this is a good example for me to look like because this blog looks professional and is full of useful information.


8) "Pizza Margherita." Cooking Light. N.p., 12 Oct. 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source contains a useful recipe for a healthy pizza. This is informative for me because I wanted to include a healthy pizza in my “Dinners” category and by finding this source, I can change up this recipe up and make it my own recipe.


9) "Healthy Eating." : Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet & Sticking to It. HelpGuide, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is purely tips and advice on how to eat healthy. This source is categorized and easy to navigate, explaining the pros on healthy eating and how to do it. This is informative for me because this is a good example on what I should include on my own blog.


10) "Easy, Healthy Pasta Recipes." Fitness Magazine. N.p., 19 Apr. 2010. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source is my favorite healthy pasta recipe. This is useful to me because I make this dish a lot at home without a recipe and I now have a recipe to work off from and make it my own. This is a fair source to have because this recipe is very close to how I make the dish at home, now I just have to tweak it.


11) "Easy, Healthy Pasta Recipes." Fitness Magazine. Fitness, 12 Nov. 2009. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

I got this recipe from the same website I got my previous healthy pasta recipe from. This is useful for me because I can add another pasta dish to my cookbook and alter this recipe I found to make it my own. This source is informative to me because now I can be more diverse with the pasta dishes.


12) "Cheesy Zucchini Bites Recipe | Reader's Digest." Reader's Digest. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This is a recipe for the first appetizer I thought of. This is useful for me because it looks so tasty and it is very healthy for people who eat it. This is one of my favorite ideas for my cookbook so far.

13) "Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies." MyRecipes.com. My Recipes, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

This source includes a recipe for low fat and low calorie chocolate chip cookies. This is an extremely useful resource for me because I had no idea how to make cookies low fat and now I have an idea about how to do this. This is a very reliable source because the recipe calls for all natural ingredients so I don’t have to add any chemicals to the cookies to make them low fat.


14) Babauta, Leo. "Zenhabits : Breathe." Zenhabits RSS. Zen Habits, 13 Jan. 2010. Web. 01 Feb. 2013.

This source is a fitness blog written by an inspirational writer focusing on fitness. This source is useful to me because it is not only inspirational but informative as well because he goes into depth about fitness and he includes his own advice. I can use this because in my blog, I want to include my own advice so seeing this source helps me because it is a well written example of what I want to create.


15) "Orange Smoothie - Healthy Recipe Finder | Prevention." Orange Smoothie - Healthy Recipe Finder | Prevention. Prevention, 20 Mar. 2011. Web. 01 Feb. 2013.

This source includes a recipe for an orange smoothie. This is useful for me because I didn’t really think about including smoothies until I came across this source, now I am highly considering including smoothies in my cookbook.
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Bethany Carter Capstone

In this project I made a video game. I did the artistic part, modeling and texturing, but focused on the coding. I decided to make a video game because I wanted to learn about what was needed to make a video game and if I could do it. Before this project I thought it would be interesting to get a career in video gaming but wanted to make sure I both enjoyed and did well in this field of computer science. Now I am more confident that this career would be a good choice for me. 

Game:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3504072/capstone/memories/memories/memories.html

Bibliography:
https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1DNbXOyiEXWOiLmah6Jv8Onfh2kd9eDihIiehPYiayW4/edit
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Iraida Serrano Capstone

http://crochetingforpremies.weebly.com/

For my capstone, I decided that I wanted to crochet blankets for babies. I have been crocheting for a few years now and have always given them to family and friends. There are only so many blankets, scarves and hats that someone can handle. This project gave me the opportunity to do something good with what I know how to do. In the eight grade, I worked in Project Linus, which is a non-profit organization that provides children with hand-made blankets. For my 12th grade project, I decided to further this by looking for my own organization to donate to and round up a few donations to send to them. Below are a few pictures of some of the work I've done and some donations I've gotten. Many of the blankets I've made have already been given out and no pictures were taken of them. 
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Keiasha Lumpkins Capstone

The goal of my capstone wasn't set on one topic or one event but to dress observe and explore why we need our music departments. I wanted to show different aspects of what music does for children and how it develops young children and gives them a purpose to do something.

Being a activist of music education, and a musician myself, I wanted to take on my journey of music and when the capstone project was presented to me in 9th grade, I already had an idea of what I wanted to do. As my senior year approached, started my capstone in mid October. I went to different public schools, set in music classes and recorded different activities going on in the classes. I also assisted teachers and made sure that the kids knew what they were doing. I created a little short snippet video, have pictures of different events, and actual interviews from a new young band in Philadelphia made up of young men who shows their talents. I also helped out with a music show that is going to be shot May 31st, 2013. This is at Andrew Hamilton Middle School in West Philadelphia.

A lot of music departments are being cut along with a lot of other cuts as well. Music isn't just a class where kids make noise, but it is where people lives change. Music teachers job isn't just to sing songs, clap hands, and sing "do re me fa so la ti do's" but they have a purpose. Music teachers were once in music classes and developed a love for music when they were young. Music isn't just a job it is a hobby, and this is what my capstone is addressing. We need to keep the music departments in schools.


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Jennifer Landham Capstone

Hello my name is Jennifer Landham. For years I had watched and observed my grandmother and father throwing down and cooking in the kitchen. This had always interested me. I had always been that kid to sit in the kitchen when all of the other kids were cooking and playing. Since then my interest has not changed but really expanded. 

My capstone is about this exact interest. I love everything that has to do with cooking, especially baking, which I prefer so much more. This is a basic cooking blog with the directions that are not difficult to follow and  understand. I really loved doing this, I also had made a video channel which s posted on the website. 



http://aprongoodcooking.webs.com/

Biblio- https://docs.google.com/document/d/17SGNh2SqOoK7hycZ4NQgt2bV4kr9Ej7bpr853glmKtE/edit?usp=sharing
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Jennifer Wright Capstone

I began creating pottery in Junior year of high school and the thought of breaking a piece or it falling to its fragmented end off the end of the counter was a painful idea at best. It takes so much time and love to throw a bowl or cup, trim the foot and fire it twice over. For it to survive as a functioning piece of ceramics was a marvel to me. 

All that changed when I began this project. 

When I considered what type of project to do, I knew I would enjoy something artistic, especially if it involved my new found love of ceramics

SLA has had a ceramics class for 5 years and over time beginner pieces have accumulated in the studio. Pots, plates, and vases of all colors and sizes were left behind by students to collect dust. 

It should be said that I'd only done small scale mosaics in various art classes over the years-- I have never even done any piece of artwork this large. Using the 30-40 pieces left over from the ceramics class, I created a 13.5 sq ft mosaic. 

When I work with ceramic I am reminded that nothing is permanent and anything can be repurposed to make something completely new. The concept of recycling or "up-cycling" these pieces was a major concept for this project. I begin a piece by making many designs. I like having options and then choosing the one that speaks to me most. The design that I settled on, the silhouetted skyline of Philadelphia, was first and foremost something that means a lot to me, but also a manageable design for a beginner like myself. 

A combination of smashing the pieces with a hammer and throwing them into cardboard boxes allowed me to make usable tiles for the mosaic. 

When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of vitality-- I don't feel anything but excitement for this project. Many times, I found myself most productive during the night time. My house was quiet and it felt like I was in my own little world. I never felt tired until I finished what I set out to do in a session of work. 

There is a sense of finality that comes with mosaic art because once it is glued and grouted it is permanent and cannot be changed. It was a huge challenge for my perfectionism because I had to sort through many tiles that were less than perfect and choose to use them. It was the beauty of recycling tiles instead of using tesserae- the unusual shape and thickness gives the piece its life. 

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Eryn James Capstone

​Capstone Mentor: Matthew Kay 

Abstract

This was more a learning and growing experience for myself and the young teenagers involved than a project. Over the duration of the time I spent mentoring the kids, I forgot about the fact that I was doing a project for a grade. I felt more like I was doing something that was helping me become a better person. At the shelter, I helped the young kids deal with their hard life situations by writing. Over the time,  I also chimed in on helping them better understand basic every day mannerisms, like being respectful, grateful and polite. In the beginning, everything didn’t start off as lovely as it ended. The kids were very unkind to me and they would clearly express that they did not want to be in my “program”. They would openly express their dislike for what I was trying to teach them. I thought that they didn’t respect me because we were only 4 or 5 years apart in age but soon I realized what it actually was that disinterested the kids. I realized that the kids were being rude for 2 reasons. Reason one was that they didn’t have much discipline in their lives, which explained why they were so rude and they also, like all other teenagers, didn’t  want to sit and write and listen to someone talk for an hour. After this realization. I decided to take a different route into getting them to like what we were doing, which was use active games instead of writing exercise  to start off with. They enjoyed that after a long day of school, then they didn’t mind the writing as much. In the end every went well and I just hope that the kids took a lot from this experience. 



​These are images of the kids from the shelter writing about the troubles in their lives after learning new writing tools. 
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