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Oxygen Print

We asked questions about our element.

We had to research our element to find out cool information about it. My element was oxygen.

I help other people with their prints because I was more experienced.

We had to make this blog to present what we did.

This is the reflection
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​Inquiry "What is negative space?" is the first question Ms. Hull asked. We had to figure out through different methods the answer to that question. Research Through the different methods we learned the difference between negative space and positive space. I figured it out the most through the print. Collaboration I had to collaborate with many people to get some ideas of what to create for my print. It was a very hard decision my peers helped me through. Presentation The presentation wasn't very formal but throughout the process and going through it together my classmates and I saw what isbest for us and our ways.
The presentation wasn't very formal but throughout the process and going through it together my classmates and I saw what each other did and what they could do better and throughout the period of time working on the project we figured out best methods for everything. Reflection When I reflect on this I love it more and more and I never love my art sothroughout this I have learned that printmaking may be the way to go.
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Negative Space

Negative Space is basically the part that is not the object. If you outline the object and color it in the part that is not colored in is the negative space. In the cut out the negative space is the paper I did not quitThe drawings have negative space in the part not drawn on. To see negative space the artist can see what they need to take out or draw on.This technique helps most of the time because of the way your eye can pick up on the shapes found in the negative or positive space.

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Negative Space Three Sketches

A. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it) Negative space is the space of a drawing where other things are not there. In other words, it is the space around and in between an object. 

 B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your still life drawing? I found negative space by drawing the space that is not the object but the space that is around or intertwined with the object. 

C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space? It helps an artist to see in negative space because it gives artists different perspectives on art and their drawings, therefore they can expand upon the depth of their drawings. 

D. Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings, why or why not? Seeing in negative space does enhance drawings because it helps artists see the difference of positive and negative space, as a result the artist can use both at will, enhancing their masterpieces. 

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Element Print

Inquiry: This project made us think about different ways to carve our block of linoleum. We all had to choose what we wanted are drawing to be on our block of linoleum.  

Research: For this project we had to research the element that we were given and find information that could be turned into a drawing. Furthermore we had to find the atomic number and the symbol for our element. 

Collaboration: Throughout this project we all talked about what we thought would be cool for our drawing for our print. We also talked about the different ways to print our drawings on the final piece of paper.     

Presentation: For this project we had to print our drawings on a final piece of paper. We also had to take a picture of our final print and had to make sure that the photo had the proper lighting.   

Reflection: At the end of the project I thought about what I could have done differently for this project. Furthermore I looked at my final product and made sure that it was the product that I wanted.       
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While I understood a few uses of chlorine, I was not clear on the widespread application of the element. It took some inquiry to push beyond the stereotypical clorox bottle, and discover uses of chlorine from public sanitation and the production of plastics to chemical warfare. Many of these were truly shocking.

Inquiry provides the drive for research. With my questions as to chlorine's real world applications in mind, I hit the web. My perusing led me from the CDC website to that of CNN, and allowed me to achieve a fuller understanding of chlorine's history. Fact: Chlorine bombs were used by insurgent forces against United States forces and Iraqis alike during the Iraq War. Fact: The german scientist who began using chlorine solutions to deodorize the hands of surgeons, had the wonderful name of Ignaz Semmelweis.

Most of the collaboration of this project was during the printing period, in spite of a few of my classmate's pestering. I was impressed by our efficient and coordinated cleaning routine afterwards.

I tried to incorporate the lettering and numbering of my design into the visual image, as opposed to having it overlayed, out of context. This method was hindered slightly by my issues representing differences in value and texture in the linoleum. 

While I don't see this piece as my best work, or even close to my best work, it provided an opportunity for some interesting reflection. The project allowed me an opportunity to consider the ways in which we can convey information visually, and how juxtaposition of different forms of communication (visual and written) can display more complete messages than these forms on their own. 
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Josh Berg Indium Print

I inquired about my element Indium. I had to figure out what exactly it was that I wanted to figure out about my element. 

I did a lot of research to figure out key things about my element. I had to find out something to highlight in my printed piece.

I collaborated with my peers to figure out the best ways to print. We collaborated on what color combinations looked appealing and which didn't. We also figured out the best ways to have the prints come out clearer. 

For presentation we all showed each other our prints and our carvings. We will eventually hang up our art in various placed.

I am reflecting right now on this moodle post. I am looking at what I liked that I did and what I did not like that I did or created. 
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Element Project

​In creating this project all five of SLA's core values.
The most important of these five is Inquiry, which was defiantly needed with this project. Since we where assigned the elements we did out projects on most of the students involved had no idea what their elements where, so we had to do extensive research on our elements in order to pick what image would be used in our print. This research consisted of, all the scientific facts associated with our elements, the people that discovered them, and interesting facts about them. 
Collaboration was used throughout the process of making the printing plates themselves. Each student had to etch their symbol/image into the linoleum provided to them, and this was an exceedingly difficult task and all the students in class helped each other in getting the hang of the cutting tools and the most effective methods of maneuvering the linoleum. 
When it comes to presentation every child in art class presented their best prints to the entire world. We did this by combing our technological knowledge with out art knowledge to post a blog post on the internet sharing our knowledge everywhere. 
The fifth and final core value, Reflection. This value was also reflected in the blog post you are reading now. Each one showing how each publisher feels about their project and what they learned through the project process.

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Manganese Print

​Inquiry: I wondered about what my element does in the world and how I can interpret that to make it into a print.

Research: I did online research to find answers to my inquiry.

Collaboration: My friends helped me by offering their opinions and I also worked with Ms. Hull to finalize this project.

Presentation: After printing the linoleum block I created 2 frames in order to decorate the school with them.

Reflection: I have created a blog post recalling what I did and how it relates to the core values.

Below is one framed print and one unframed. 
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Element Project

Inquiry: I used Inquiry while looking up things about my Element. Not just things about Lithium, but unknown things about lithium to get a good Idea for the print.

Research:I had to research a lot of information about Lithium, such as who founded it, to what it's used in.

Collaboration:I Collaborated with my friends and Ms.Hull on this project to ask if things could be improved of to ask if my print looked okay.

Presentation: I printed the Drawings I made of Lithium, and we're going to put the prints up in the hall way. I guess that's sort of like presenting.

Reflection: As I was making my print I realized things that I did wrong, and could Have done better on and I Improved them. 

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Negative Space Project

1. ​What is negative space? 

Negative Space is the space where there is no detail in a picture. 

3. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?

Seeing Negative Space helps a artist see what people don't usually see.

4. Does negative space enhance your drawings?

Sometimes Negative space can enhance your drawings, when you have a drawing that is suppose to Impact people, Negative space is awesome. 

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Podcast Reflection

Although I have done interviews a few times before, this time it felt like something different because it was something that I could really connect with, especially because I was interviewing my own brother. I always knew that during interviews, you could find out things that you would not have known before but there was never a connection with any of the interviews I have done before. In sixth grade, I interviewed one of my teachers about him and his partner and I did not feel so interested because I could not connect with anything at all but when I interviewed my younger brother, it was different. Everything my brother said was connected to me in every way and sometimes when he spoke about something in general, there was this feeling that he was directing it at me. I learned that crossing boundaries do not have to be huge events but it can just be living life everyday just like my brother. He seemed to be so happy but inside he was feeling something different and if I had not done the interview, I would not have knew. Also, I learned that crossing boundaries can be something good but it can also be something bad. Since, I realized how my brother felt, I feel like I could use that to help show him that it’s not exactly like what he thinks. Like, when he said that he felt like a prisoner because he does so much work, I want he to look at it from a different perspective because we all do a lot of work. Not only did I learn more about my family, but I learned about making a podcast and it is something that I think will come in handle in the future. This was my first time making a podcast and it took so long because I did not know how to do it but if I was to do it again, I feel like I would be able to do it much better. 
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William Potts Capstone

For my capstone I wanted to do something that would have a lasting effect on the school.  I was thinking about giving something to the school as part of my project.  I started to think about my interests.  One of my biggest interests is botany.  I then decided I wanted to donate plants to enhance the decor of the school.  I began my research at the Horticultural Society Library where I learned about which plants grow best indoors.  I also learned about the effects plants have on work places - that they increase productivity and attendance.  As well, there is the benefit of the oxygen that plants provide.  My project then took me through the steps of purchasing, transporting and repotting the plants I chose for the area on the second floor outside the elevators (near the nurse's office).  One of the greatest experiences I had while repotting the plants was with all the people who were walking by at the time. Everyone was saying that it was really nice, and it looked great.  Other people stopped to asked me questions about my knowledge of plants and how to take care of their own plants.  And some people had advice for helping me.  My project will continue on after I leave SLA.  I have passed on the torch to the students in the lower grades who have volunteered to take on the responsibility of watering and caring for the plants.  I really enjoyed my project and I hope others will too for a long time to come.  Below are some pictures of the area where the plants have found a new home. 
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Element Block Print: Lanthanum

Inquiry: We had to find out what our element was in order to make a print out of it.

Research: We had to research our element, then create a print that had something to do with our element. Upon finding that vacuum tubes contained lanthanum, I decided to have my print be of a vacuum tube.

Collaboration: We collaborated with our classmates when printing. We shared ink and tools.

Presentation: The prints will be hung up in the halls. We are also posting a picture of them here on the blog.

Reflection: We are reflecting on the prints here on SLATE.
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Vanadium print (August Polite)

I researched a little bit about my element (vanadium) and its properties. The most interesting thing I found was an image of a small bit of vanadium in a strange circular interlacing pattern, which was the inspiration for my print. 
I did some minor research on the topic, learning about the purpose and uses of vanadium. I eventually just settled with the image I had found before, since vanadium's practical uses were not that interesting. 
I helped my friends decide on their final designs, learning about their element, while they gave me input on my design. 
I tried to make my design look as nice as possible while keeping it simple. I lost a large part of the aesthetic in the printing process, underestimating how difficult it would be to convey shading on the linoleum.
I am fairly happy with the end result I obtained, however in the future (since I now have a better understanding of the medium) I will try to take a more reasonable approach. 

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Element based Linoleum Stamp

Inquiry - For this project the first thing that we had to think about is what our element means to our culture or history. We had to think about its various uses and which we wanted to display in our final project.
Research – The point of this project was to discover more about the element given to us and display our new knowledge in a creative and unique way. To ensure that we had done research on our element there was one guideline, we had to have three different original and distinctive pieces. My element was Iodine which is currently used mainly in medicine as a sterilizer, but since this project required me to look outside the box I had to find its other uses and since it was not used in as many different things today I had to do more research on its history and its uses in the past. My final Ideas were an old fashioned camera because they used to be used in prints and kelp, which is the main source of iodine.
Collaboration – Besides just sharing working utensils and space collaboration was a pretty big aspect of this project. A good example of this for me is how I was having difficulty getting my prints to turn out the way I thought they should so I found someone who had finished with three perfect, neat copies and asked them to help me and give me tips so that I could do others. I think that there is much to be learned from our peers even in an individual art project or any project in that matter. Whether this be simply sharing space and materials or asking for someone’s opinion which helps see your work through a different lens and have a more complete final product. I think that not using the input of your peers is just throwing aside one of the most useful tools to creating a project to the best of your ability.
Presentation – The way that we displayed our knowledge and research on our element was through the final print of the stamp that we created. This is what we have been designing and preparing for the past month as well as our last assignment for the ninth grade art elective.
This reflection has gotten me to think about all that I have learned during the process of completing this progress both about my element, art, and in general. I have taken a lot from this project and have put a lot of effort into my final piece and am glad to have made the choices I made with design and how I displayed the element.

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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

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There comes a point in everyone’s life where they are forced to remember things. Whether they be for good or for bad. This is that time for me. It is time for me to think back on everything we have done and evaluate upon that. Its time for me to focus on work that may have been good, or the ones that I completely rocked. 

This year for me has been one full of ups and downs. Some of those worse than others. I’ve struggled with staying focused as well as completing tasks on time. But when I did hand in those assignments, they were magic. “Growing up there has been (and still is) something that clearly divides our family. It is not the color of our hair or whether or we share the same eye color. A speech barrier has affected more than half of my family.” Read more of my Language Autobiography here

There have been times this year when I did not believe that I could go on any longer and there was no way that I would be able to finish out the year strong but I had to do it. Mr. Block began to assign more work that I could relate to and that made it a little less difficult to fail at. “There will always be things that one does that someone else hates, but that is the give and take with life. You never know what you are going to get, so you deal with it, no matter whatever hand you are dealt. Its a game of give and take, and there is more giving than taking, but hey! That’s what life is.. A bunch of uncertainty.” I look back on these words and realize you cannot change what you have done, however you have the power to adjust the course for the future. In the past year, I have learned that in these two subjects and just about the world in general. You can only change yourself... You can’t change the world. Read more from my Letter Assignment here

I was inspired to keep writing and to keep sharing my writing with the world. I wanted the world to know how proud I was to be apart of a class where I had the freedom to write whatever I pleased. When I pleased. One of the journal entries this year was titled “Never shall I forget.” in which you could write about anything. I at the time had been thinking about my relationship since the topic on hand that week was relationships within countries and relationships between people and objects. I remember writing this great poem about my relationship and it went a little something like this. “Never shall I forget the day he held me in his arms, For I did not want to let go. Never shall I forget the late night phone calls, The ones that were had so that he would be the last voice I heard before bed. Never shall I forget how much I love him. Never shall I forget the person I gave my heart to. For all these things worth remembering, I never shall forget. ​Never shall I forget the day I saw him. I fell in love instantly and I knew we were meant to be. Never shall I forget the day I got the courage to talk to him. He liked me too. Never shall I forget the day he asked me to be his. Never shall I forget our first kiss by the backstairs. Never shall I forget the butterflies I get everytime I hear his name. Never shall I forget the day he said I love you... because I love him too.”

At that point, my knack for writing became something that could no longer be tamed. We were learning more about different writing styles and we were getting prompts to write about and the benchmarks challenged my every being. My favorite project from the year had to be my monologues about the Keystone Pipeline build. I wrote the monologues and was more than ecstatic to show everyone. Here is a little excerpt “What brings you here today? My land? You want my land? Why? No! You can’t have it! I won’t let you! (Angrily Speaking)  I can’t believe you thought you could come in my house and take my land! This is mine! I bought it and I refuse to sign it over to you. TransCanada? Who are they? Why do they feel the need to take what isn’t theirs? (Pause) A pipeline? From Canada all the way to Texas? Why the hell do they need all that oil anyway! Go dig somewhere else! I dont care how beneficial it is to the company, the other states, or anyone else for that matter. I worked my whole life for this land and I’m not going to throw it away for a project that will be gone in five years after all of the oil dries up! (Pause, looking to her left) Calm Down? Me calm down? At a time like this? I’m sorry Mr. Jameson, not to sound rude, but thats not going to happen. There is more to the land then just a place to be. My children were born and raised here, my grandchild born in this very house. There is an emotional connection involved in this house and there is no amount of money that can change the way I feel about this.” Read the full monologues here

There are so many more pieces of work that I am proud of from this year and that can demonstrate to the fullest but would not nearly have enough time to write about all my experiences with each one. So below I put a list together of a few of most pride worthy work for you to enjoy. Feel free to go through the links and read whatever you would like! I hope you enjoy my writing. 

English B Piece 

Poetry Wiki 

Descriptive Essay 

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