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Q1 Art

Over the past quarter, I have been doing a lot of new art work.For instance the ceiling tile was something I always wanted to do. I saw everyone else's work and was inspired to do one of my own.Being the first piece of art work I did this quarter, it was my favorite. I also loved working with paint and though it was different painting a ceiling tile I still enjoyed it. I think that art should be fun to do, no matter how it is done.

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Quarter One Passive Portfolio Alexis Dean

When I first started art, I choose the more lax path choice because I was nervous to be in senior art because I really feel like I lack artistic ability. I was really excited when Ms. Hull introduced the track system because it allowed me to express myself through art without having to be Picasso. I do not come from an artistic background so this was a little new to me. 

What I like about art is that I can be free to produce a medium in any way that I like, however there is no judgement. I don't have to worry about people questioning my work because it is how I see what I portrayed through my view. I enjoy having the freedom to look at the assignment list and create my own work. 

I choose to do two ceiling tiles because I really got into them. It was something that allowed me to show off how artistic I can be and have it displayed for the world to see. 

I look forward to the future of my art class because I will be able further express myself and become a better artist even when I didn't think I could. 
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​ “Elmew Fud

“Say world”

“Wold, ah no , Wa-woldld,”

“Break it up.”

“Wo-el-d”

“Okay, we will work on the rl blends later. But remember to practice talking with your mom for 15 minutes every day, Okay?”

“Okay.”

We say our farewells and one thought lingers, “Shit, I have to practice talking  with a speech therapist and my mom because I can’t even have a normal conversation. I am about to turn 13, and I have to practice saying my “r’s” while I talk to my mom. Could you be any lamer?  After months of work in the past and present , I still cannot talk correctly.   Ever since I could talk, I had done it wrong.”

The thing that really made me question was why does it matter. There were about thirty words that I would pronounce so poorly they would end up incomprehensible. A few of them were board, world and bird. Sometimes whole sentences would become slurred, but this was a rarity.  In order to figure out why this matters we must first ask what is the point of speaking, why is  communication a necessity today. James Baldwin once wrote in an essay on Black English “People evolve a language in order to describe and thus control their circumstances, or in order not to be submerged by a reality that they cannot articulate. (And, if they cannot articulate it, they are submerged).” Mr. Baldwin  was referring to the way language lets you comprehend the reality around you, so you can manipulate it and the people inside of it. The pure truth in his statement is incredible. As we grow from birth we only truly create when we have the ability to comprehend our creations. you can only draw an airplane with your water painted toddler fingers when you know what an airplane is. Then why did this thing mark me as an outcast, when it only affected the a little in the way I describe the world?  Why does the ability to describe life like everyone else matter  and the when everyone lives so differently?

Simply because language is one of the many things that makes people see us as intelligent. Since everyone that lacks intelligence cannot speak correctly,  for example the people in our society that are young children and the retarded.  Therefore if you cannot talk correctly (excluding accents) then you are either a young child or you are retarded when honestly you are not either.

“Dad help me think of what to be for halloween.”

“Let me think. ”
The conversion went back and forth as he stated lame suggestion after semi-lame suggestions.

“Oh elmer fudd, thats a good one.”

I soon learned that Elmer Fudd is a the rather dull hunter in Bugs Bunny cartoons. He is foiled again by his own stupidity and bug’s simple tricks. One of his most famous lines is,

“ SSHHH I’m huntin’ wabits”

A perfect example of how stupidity is linked to impediments,  because Elmer was stupid he therefore could not talk correctly. So it would seem natural to link the inverse which would be if you cannot talk correctly you are stupid. Even though this did not bother me ( I dressed as Elmer Fudd that halloween). This was simply because I did well in school, and that was proof of intelligence to me.  That correlation of improper speech with lack of intelligence is in the large sub-conscious of society, and society almost completely lacks awareness of it.

There is a possibility that this is a good thing. Communication is so important, and we need to make it comprehensible. Impediments can be worked over because they can be controlled and improved upon. However,  some things are so much harder to change such as accents.

“Say wattttter again,” as she interrogated him.

“Waddder”

“No it’s spelled with a tt, waatttter.”

“I say it like everyone in south philly says it, why is that a problem?”

I then ended the conversation with a no one cares. You see here that you could tell he was lived in South Philly just by his accent. This is just a simple example of a telling accent  that has little effect on his life. Though his accent makes him unique,  it does not change your opinion about him. It is different with many other accents around the world. For example, II have heard a joke that goes like this:

“What time is it in india?”

“7-11 on the dot.”

This joke stereotypes Indians as workers at fast food places such as 7/11 and saying indians are Hindu. Also,  googling “7/11 on the dot joke” produced 14 million results while “Why did the chicken cross the road joke”  produced 3 hundred thousand. This shows the extent of the stereotyping just by  accent (accent is the easiest way to identify someone who is from india because the accent is so distinct.  Now you can see someone being stereotyped as a lower class worker, foreigner, and a hindu because of their accent.

The public is more conscience  of this stereotype than the stereotype of speech impediments and stupidity.  The problem with these stereotypes is that they have no intent to harm the people they categorize even if it is a negative stereotype. Most of the time, this stereotyping is just us viewing the world and making generalizations about what we see. Then these generalizations are used to gather information about our lives, otherwise they would be pointless.That is why people care about the way you talk, especially if you have an accent. Think about if someone heard you talking with an indian accent and stereotyped you with the 7/11 joke. They could tell where you are from, your religion, your job, and your social class. This helps you learn about this person even if not all of these things are true.

This is the importance of language, it can tell  someone who you are and where you come from. This is why the way you talk matters because everyone is different and their language gives you insights on how they’re different. This, like everything, brings the bad with the benefits. This includes possibly hurtful or incorrect generalizations about peoples intelligence, education and origin. Language will never be same around the world, because people will never have the same realities. We just need to remember there are exceptions to every stereotype and that a person realty and speech does not determine who they are.


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PIAA State Cross Country Championships

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Congratulations to Juniors Javier Peraza and Desmond O'Donovan and Senior Thomas Jeffcoat for awesome runs in 41 degrees at the PIAA State XC championships in Hershey, PA. Des set a PR and broke the 18 minute barrier, and Thomas set a PR and broke the 20 minute barrier. Javier had a strong finish on the last 1/4 mile and he and Des are eligible to return next year. Great job on a great season!
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Q1 Art Todd Samuels

Art Q1 final

All of the pieces I made were a reflection of what I did in quarter one with each of my drawings and how I represented them. I tried to stray away from color. The picture of the urban scene was a picture of Ritten house Square. I like the black and white urban look. No color inspires my art; aside from the ceiling tile which is very colorful.

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Briana Bailey: Senior Art Q1

Briana Bailey's Art Q1
Experiencing this class made me push myself to draw. It got me excited, and thrilled, so instead of choosing the just passing track of the class I chose the medium level. Im on this opening my artistic side out a little more and this class is helping me a lot. We started the year some some art history, then dove into making our own art. Im mostly proud of the features on my self-portrait (of someone else not me). Also of the detail I put into the owl drawing. I look forward to the rest of the year in "Senior Art."
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Q1 Artwork

When it comes to art, I can see myself improving more and more. Even though it may me progressing slowly, the progression is still there. I do like that I am getting better at detail and other origins that make art what it is because when I enter college I do hope to involve myself into forensic art. What this is, is when a forensic chemist reconstructs a skull or creates some sort off face in order to solve a crime. SInce this is one of the things that I hope to do in college, I do want to maintain working on getting better and better at art, as well as learning it. Over all, my goal for each quarter is to constantly find something new that I'm working on to better progress myself. I know I can do it and I hope to get it done.  

Antoinette's Art Slides
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Q1 Art Medium Level Sydne

This quarter I decided to take things a little slower so I was in the medium category that wasn't easy and wasn't hard. Each week or weeks we got a new assignment that tought us new things about art and process. This quarter I went out of my comfort zone and tried a lot more things I would never do. The self portrait was the hardest because eyes and noses are the hardest thing on the face for me. Looking in a mirror and trying to add the little details to everything. My favorite part of this quarters art was my ceiling tile. Since I came to SLA and saw the ceiling tiles I knew I wanted to make one. In the end I was really proud of my tile, it was a huge art accomplishment for me.



I can't say I'm a artist because I'm not. Everytime I draw or paint I learn something new that expands my skills in the art room.. I'll admit that I am proud of my work but I wish I could do better.. I know, I compare my work to others which discourages me because it seems like everyone is doing better than me and I'm over here like I drew a circle. But everytime I draw something I learn to love what I do and I grow from every experience.


I learned that it's okay to make mistakes and that's why you draw lightly in pencil. You can simply erase and keep it moving. I made so many mistakes drawing everything from my 3 hour sketch to the self portrait. I actually went through a whole eraser throughout this whole process and it's okay. If you don't like the way something you drew looked it's okay to start over. Who knows maybe famous artist from all over the world had the same issue I did. Practice makes perfect well not perfect but better and eventually better becomes great work and great work becomes a work of art that you're really proud of.


I don't really have a lot to say about my art because I really don't like talking about myself and my work, I rather get constructive criticism about my work that will help me grow as person in a advanced art class. Well I hope you enjoy my art
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My Art Pieces

Artist Statement (also included in slideshow): 
Its exciting coming into a class where you have a lot of freedom, a freedom to create something in your perspective. There are so many choices to choose from, there are so many ways the given task could be handled and it’s all up to you and thats the beauty in an art class. Throughout this class so far, several unique pieces have been produced. The first task we received was to create a drawing on a large ceiling tile. What we wanted to draw was up to us, so whatever our creative little mind could generate and agree on was our ceiling tile. In my process of this task, I was not quite sure what I wanted at first but as I started thinking more deeper and I came to the idea of integrating my country, culture and religion to my drawing. In our next task or my next piece, I decided to draw a snowflake. The earlier day, I was left in wonderment by some of the intricate pictures of snowflakes and so I came to my conclusion of drawing a snowflake with my own intricate design. In the pumpkin assignment, I wanted to draw again but I did not want it to be a plain drawing, so I decided to make it a puzzle pumpkin. Instead of using one sheet of paper to draw the whole pumpkin, I drew it on four pages and when you put the four pages together, you get one scary pumpkin. Our final piece was a self-portrait in any medium. Here, something different I tried out was taking one color and using it in different shades to create details. Altogether, the four pieces of art I created, I am very proud of it!
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My Art Pieces


Artist Statement (also included in slideshow): 
Its exciting coming into a class where you have a lot of freedom, a freedom to create something in your perspective. There are so many choices to choose from, there are so many ways the given task could be handled and it’s all up to you and thats the beauty in an art class. Throughout this class so far, several unique pieces have been produced. The first task we received was to create a drawing on a large ceiling tile. What we wanted to draw was up to us, so whatever our creative little mind could generate and agree on was our ceiling tile. In my process of this task, I was not quite sure what I wanted at first but as I started thinking more deeper and I came to the idea of integrating my country, culture and religion to my drawing. In our next task or my next piece, I decided to draw a snowflake. The earlier day, I was left in wonderment by some of the intricate pictures of snowflakes and so I came to my conclusion of drawing a snowflake with my own intricate design. In the pumpkin assignment, I wanted to draw again but I did not want it to be a plain drawing, so I decided to make it a puzzle pumpkin. Instead of using one sheet of paper to draw the whole pumpkin, I drew it on four pages and when you put the four pages together, you get one scary pumpkin. Our final piece was a self-portrait in any medium. Here, something different I tried out was taking one color and using it in different shades to create details. Altogether, the four pieces of art I created, I am very proud of it!
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Donesha Lee Q1 Advanced Art

Throughout this quarter I have mostly stuck to the medium of drawing with standard paper and pencil. I have always preferred this medium, due to the easy clean up and accurate design. 

The first assignment was a step in a different direction. Creating a ceiling tile with my partner was interesting. We worked efficiently throughout the task of constructing Timmy Turner. Although, I’m not a big fan of paint, the artwork still came out flawlessly. The character was chosen based on our love for the show. He was just another symbol on our ceiling for the remembrance of our childhood. 

Another assignment I created was my final piece, the “College”. It was an older picture I had taken of myself in my freshman year. At the time I used to play around with Iphoto. Just like then, I was feeling overwhelmed and distant. Thus, the reason for the picture editing to have been done. The drawing was a representation of how I had felt the exact same way once again. It was another way to reflect my emotions through a different medium. 

Overall, the beginning course of this class has been great. I look forward to learning more mediums, a little more history, and creating something new.

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Brandon's Art Work


Artist Statement 

I draw my pictures to express myself. I want people to know when they see what I draw, they see more than just a picture, but a story. I draw because it gives me something enjoyable to do. I make art because I can and I like it. Art is way for me to express my outlook on life, my mind and my ambitions. Art helps me also my likes.
Art project
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Senior Art Portfolio: Tytianna Broadwater

The first quarter in senior art was do make a variety of things. I painted, I carved a pumpkin, a drew things. It was quite intriguing, mainly because I have never been 'good' at drawing. However doing these assignments allowed to push myself to do new things and I learned more. I traced things which taught me how to make more accurate lines. 
My work represents me. Its not serious, it does have any deep meanings. Its fun and a little juvenile but it shows who I am and what I like to do and I think that message is better than anything.  
Art Portfolio
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Lauren Thomas Q1 Art

The reason I create art is to express myself. Even though the art may not be something amazing or profound, it is something I am proud of and happy that I created. When I look at my art, I see myself being reflected. I create what I love and I tend to prefer to keep my art simple, minimal, almost modern, with lots of lines and shapes. I feel that my ceiling tile is the perfect representation: it shows something I love, but also the way I like to create my art - simple/minimal and bold.
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Q1-Advanced Art- Lisa Kang

This year, the advanced art class separated into 3 different groups, Passing, Middle and FAS. I was in the middle group because I enjoy doing art but I am not as dedicated to fit into the FAS group. According to which group you were in, the assignments varied. One assignment typically takes up two weeks therefore the work should be nice and polished.

Since I took advanced art last year as well, I was able to use previous skills in my art work this year as well. There were five assignments this quarter that explored different mediums of art. Although the mediums were different, most of my work was based of of childhood memories. I wanted to put a piece of my past into my current work because these memories were times that made me happy and that was something that I wanted to express. This quarter, we did plenty of sketches and drawings but we were also able to paint and explore other mediums.

I am most proud of my self portrait because I think that it is very similar to the actual picture that I based it off of. I enjoyed using and furnishing my drawings with pencil skills. The portrait gave me the opportunity to explore shading and hatching. I was surprised that it it did not take long to complete the portrait but it still looks amazing because I had this class last year as well.

I look forward to the art work that I will have to do next quarter because I know that there will be a lot of variety. I hope to further improve my art skills and to just have fun as well.
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Wynn Geary Quarter One Art Portfolio

I've never thought of myself as an artist, I've always seen myself as a designer, I can make things look good on the computer but I've never liked anything I've drawn. Only recently have I come to terms with the fact that the 2 are not mutually exclusive, you cannot have one without the other. This year everyone is expecting me to produce artwork that will get me into the top art schools in the country and while I have no hope of producing anything as nice as the other students that will be applying, I am trying to get better. 

My work is clean simple and modern, inspired by Art Deco and the WPA design movements. Recently My work has been driven by the beautiful works of Always With Honor and Vitra. I also have an un/healthy obsession with mountains.
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