My element is Germanium and its atomic number is 32. My element is mainly used for electrical engineering. It can be found in wires, transistors, and circuits. It can also be found in many camera lenses. That is where I got the inspiration to draw a camera and do my print. First I did the initial sketch for my print. Then that sketch was transferred onto the foam plate and outlined. We then put ink over the imprint of our sketch and we transferred that onto paper. We then let them dry, then cut them out, and matted them on construction paper. I would try an put some more detail into the sketch if I had to do it all again. I enjoyed doing the initial sketch because I like to do drawings. This whole project was very interesting and fun to complete with my peers.
What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it. The part I like the most was the paint transfer. So first, I had to paint onto the plate and roll it out with a roller. Then I laid it down onto a piece of paper and press down onto the paper with a wooden spoon. Finally, I slowly lift the paper from the plate, leaving the image onto the paper. I really like seeing the outcome when it’s separated. Also, it was quite easy.
Hello! My name is Asnain Khan and I am currently a freshman at Science Leadership Academy. In my Art class we did a 4 weeks long project, called “Element Prints.” To complete this project, everyone was assigned a element. Then, we did some research and sketched some pictures that relate to our element. After that, we finalized our sketches and picked a final sketch. Following this, we traced and transferred our sketch. Then, we printed it and matt printed.
The element I was assigned is indium. Indium is a chemical element with symbol In and atomic number 49. Indium was discovered by the German chemists Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymus Theodor Richter in 1863. Reich and Richter had been looking for traces of the element thallium in samples of zinc ores. A brilliant indigo line in the sample's spectrum revealed the existence of indium. Indium is about as abundant as silver but is much easier to recover since it typically occurs along with zinc, iron, lead and copper ores.
Indium is used to coat the bearings of high speed motors since it allows for the even distribution of lubricating oil. Indium is used to dope germanium to make transistors. It is also used to make other electrical components such as rectifiers, thermistors and photoconductors. Indium can be used to make mirrors that are as reflective as silver mirrors but do not tarnish as quickly. Indium is also used to make low melting alloys.
I chose an image of a TV because indium is found in the screen of TV’s. I didn’t know this, so I thought it would be interesting to do a TV. I explained the process I had to go through to make this print, in the first paragraph. If I had to do this all over again, I would probably change my image to a tool. That’s because indium is mostly used to make tools.
I really enjoyed working on this project. My most favorite part was when we actually printed our image. That part was really enjoyable. It was a great project!
My element was Cobalt, it´s abbreviation was Co and atomic number was 27. My element was discovered in 1735. It has been and still is used to turn vases blue. To make this print first we had to create three different designs that we wanted to use for our prints. I choose the one that I thought was the best and made the final design. Then I put my design on a plate backwards so it would print out correctly. Finally I rolled ink on it and then printed it on paper. Then for one of my prints I created a paper background. If I was to do this a second time I think all I would do different was be more consistent with the paint. Other than that I think I did a good job. But that was still the best part of the project. I had a lot of fun painting everything and then pasting it on paper. It was fun because it was very relaxing and very cool to see the final product.
My element is named sulfur and the atomic number is 16. It is a nonmetal and the atomic symbol is S. Sulfur is in the bible with the name brimstone and it is mentioned in the Odyssey. It was discovered in 1777 by Antoine Lavoisier. He discovered that it was an element and not a compound. Sulfur takes up 3% of the earth’s mass, so I included an earth and with a “3%” on it. I did this because I thought it was the best way to represent that sulfur is 3% of the earth’s mass. I first brainstormed ideas for my print, and chose a final idea. Once we had our final design on paper, we traced it onto tracing paper. After that, we carved our design onto a plate. We then rolled paint onto the plates and then pasted them on a piece of paper. After one week, the paint dried and we cut out the pictures and pasted them onto a paper with a one inch frame. I would have made my design a little less complicated if I were to do it again. It is difficult to completely understand the idea of my print/matt at first glance. I enjoyed making the design for our print. It was fun researching our element and brainstorming possible ideas for our print.
My element is Aluminum AL, the atomic number is 13. Sir Humphry in 1809 named the element aluminum and then Britain editor in 1812 wrote it as aluminum due to it harmonizing with many other element names like sodium and potassium. The way I got the idea for the imagery I chose was due to the history of the use of aluminum, I found out that the Apollo 11 spacecraft was made out of aluminum. so I thought that was a good idea to design a space ship landing on the moon. The process I went through to make this print was drawing out the image on a normal piece of paper then I copied it on tracing paper and then I copied it backward on the plate foam paper and identified the negative space by denting the foam on the plate paper. Something I would do differently is not shaded in the negative space and should just outline stuff just so it could look neater. The part of the project that I liked the most was the printing process when we were adding the paint on the image. The steps to complete this process is taking the brayer and dipping it in the printing ink and then rolled it evenly in it and then rolled it evenly again against the foam paper.
My element was zinc and its atomic number is 30.
Zinc has been around since the 16th century and it is used in many ways including pennies and medicines. All living things need zinc to survive.
I was interested in the fact that all living things need zinc, so I settled on a nature themed print. I made the N attached to the Z like roots and both letters have leaves coming off of them.
I knew that I wanted to make it nature themed, so I didn’t go through many iterations before I had my final design.
If I did this again, I would probably make the lines deeper so there was more contrast.
I enjoyed matting the print because it was very satisfying to rip the excess paper around the print.
- What would you do differently if you did this print a second time?
- What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it.
- The element I was given was Silicon, which is number 14 in the table of elements. Silicon can be shortened to SI.
- Silicon was first found by Jacob Berzelius. He was heating up chips of Potassium to observe what resulted, and Silicon accidentally formed. It is primarily used to create computer chips and tools used in machines. It can be utilized in the process of deoxidizing and is used to manufacture soaps.
- My idea for this print came from the discovery of Silicon. Since chips of Potassium were heated up to form the element, my mind immediately went to potato chips. The bag has flames on it, which shows it is the hot flavor. This shows that Silicon was discovered by heating up chips of Potassium.
- The process aI went through was a simple one. I first sketched out my three rough ideas, and chose what I thought would be the best to use. Once I did, I drew the sketch again, and I traced it onto tracing paper. This tracing paper was used to carve our design into foam. Using paint and a brayer, we rubbed paint onto a tray and then into a foam board. This foam board was then pressed face down onto paper so that the print would be finalized on paper. On our last day, we cut out our two best prints, placed one on a mat with a one-inch border, and another had no mat. This process was now finished and our prints were done.
- If I could redo this project, I would have carved the "SI" into the foam better. It was supposed to go in the logo, but it never showed because the carve was too shallow. I would try and carve it better so that it would show up, because it was an essential for our final print.
- I really enjoyed the process of brainstorming. I enjoy doing research usually, so it was nice to research a topic I did not know much about. We usually learn about all of the elements together, not separately, so it was interesting to learn about one in specific. I never knew how many uses one element could have until doing this research for the brainstorming.
What is your element? My element is Bismuth and its atomic number 83. It has 83 protons, 126 neutrons and 83 protons. Its chemical symbol is Bi
Tell the reader about your element, history, function/use and so on. Bismuth was discovered in 1753 by Claude Geoffroy. Bismuth can be melted down and mixed with other metals to create low melting alloys, these are used to make electrical fuses, fire detectors, sprinklers and much more. Bismuth is also used as a yellow pigment in paint and makeup. It is also most popularly used in pepto bismol. Bismuth is a rainbow element, its solid form takes it shape in a star case design.
How did you get the idea for the imagery you chose? I got the idea for my print my thinking about the composition of the solid element. I knew that the shape was very rectangular with twisting and sharp edges. I also knew that the element was very colorful, and the chemical symbol is Bi. So I took these three facts to create my design. I drew a rainbow made of squares and turns cascading over the symbol Bi. I made the rainbow to represent the colors of Bismuth, and also to represent the symbol Bi (like bisexual). You could also interpret the image as a cave, with dripping liquids falling from the roof and pooling into the Bi. This was meant to represent pepto bismol and the liquid state of the element.
What process did you go through to make this print? I spent lots of time carving my image into the foam plate. I really wanted to have large parts of the image that would not soak up ink, so I put effort into carving sections over and over again. I thought the image it self turned out well except for the atomic number. I attempted to put the number, 83, inside the clouds on the side of the rainbow but it didn't show up. When it came to the printing stage I had difficulty coating the carving fulling in ink. It would turn out blotchy and lifeless when ever I transfered it to paper. Then I learned to press harder into the plate in order for an image to be printed. After this tip my prints became much better.
What would you do differently if you did this print a second time? If I did this print a second time I would have made a simpler and less messy design. That way the ink wouldn't be confused as to where to lay.
What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it. I enjoyed the printing/inking stage the most because it allowed me to put color to the image I imagined to be colorful. I also liked it because it was fun to be creative and slightly messy with our art work. In this stage we needed to roll ink onto our prints, and then transfer them to paper with the pressure of a wooden spoon.
For my Film Conversion project, I chose to adapt the Neo-Noir Se7en into a buddy cop film. I chose this because throughout the film there are several comedic moments in an otherwise dark film that could easily to be framed to be the focal point of the story. In one particular scene all of the characters burst out laughing because of the state of Detective Mills’s apartment. I wanted to see what it would be like to have a trailer to the film be focused on the lighter moments.
Noir films generally follow the story of a detective encountering the underbelly of society, while buddy cop films generally tell the story of an unlikely bromance forming. Seven is a synthesis of these two genres, featuring main characters exploring the nightmarish underbelly of society and becoming friends over the course of the film. The tone of seven is what separates it from both a noir and buddy cop movie, that of a serious and brooding psychological thriller. Adapting the tone was the greatest struggle of making the trailer, since it is so consistent throughout the entire film, as well as being so far removed from that of a buddy cop movie.
The first step in changing the movie was selecting the clips for the trailer. I chose to focus on more neutral and comedic moments, since these wouldn’t rely or extend the original tone. Then I laid out the clips in a cohesive order to tell the story of Mills and Somerset becoming partners despite their reluctance. I established the villian, their dysfunctional relationship, and how they could solve it. The trailer ends with the villain turning themselves in an event that's originally dramatic, but now comedic based on placement and timing. Finally I wrapped up the trailer with some light hearted music, something that could’ve been found in a comedy trailer. Music is an integral part of the storytelling process as well as carrying the emotional weight of a moment.