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Zack Hersh — Quarter 1 Art

My inspiration for art is very random — I can't really track what I'm inspired by and interested in capturing in a piece of art. The pieces I created this quarter in art class all have different stories. 

For the ceiling tile, I knew I wanted to capture something material or pop-culture related that is a large part of my life. After experimenting with several designs, such as different band names or album covers, the logo of Scrubs, my favorite TV show, felt right — it was simple, and captured me.

The drawing of choice began with a doodle — I didn't know right away what I would choose, and I just wanted to see what would come out. A maze unfolded across the paper, so my drawing of choice ended up being two pencil on paper mazes. I often find myself doodling others during other classes.

I found myself very intrigued by construction paper and collaging elements, and my remaining three pieces all explored that medium. For the pumpkin, I had a vision of a 3D pumpkin that I wanted to create, using my interest in sculpting and basic knowledge of geometry. The bats were not as easy to picture in 3D, so they became more traditional silhouettes, but when that didn't feel like enough, I added them to a dusk sky with a full moon over a skyline, not caring about perspective.

The last piece, the self portrait, is probably my favorite piece I did this quarter. It is a merging of all the projects and the elements I began to notice I was attracted to and inspired by: collating, simplicity in the solid colors and lack of detail, and identity capturing. I like how it both does and doesn't look like me and reflect me, and how there are so many more details I could've included. In this piece I see all the pieces that led up to it, and that is why it is my favorite. 
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Mines and Yours

“Hey that's mines!”

I looked over at my squabbling classmates. Without thinking I interrupted.

“Actually it would be ‘mine’ not ‘mines’.”

They stared at me. I flushed and returned to my book, regretting my outburst.

This kind of interaction has happened to me many times throughout my life. As I got older I started ignoring incorrect grammar as I discovered slang. I did not want to be labeled ‘grammar Nazi’ or be considered stuck up. It made me feel like how I spoke was too different and wrong.

When I was younger, I used larger and more complicated words than kids my age. I was shy, so I didn't talk to my peers. I did not have many friends at school because all my buddies lived farther away. This situation made me feel separated from my classmates. Instead, I would sit with the adults and listen to the things I didn’t understand, but gave me a feeling of importance. I felt that if I wanted to talk with the grownups, I would need a bigger vocabulary; I looked in dictionaries and watched documentaries to sound older and more knowledgeable. This detached me from my classmates even more; they did not like how I spoke and I did not like how they spoke. Looking Back, it was not very important for me to correct them, because that was their environment showing through. If I did not want them judging me for how I communicated, then I should not have judged them for it.

I have been told that my West Philly accent is not very strong, even though that is where I was raised. I do not use most Philadelphia slang as my parents never used it. My Mom grew up in Louisiana and my Dad is from New Jersey. They both have subtle accents, and their language style has impacted some of how I speak. I believe my way of speaking is a blend of my parents and the area I grew up in.

This does not mean that my dialect never changes. My location can affect how I speak to others. Like most students, I am more respectful in my speech at home. I do not curse, and I use proper sentences and grammar. At school I tend to be more loose tongued, louder and willing to use slang or inappropriate language with my peers. This also happens in other environments; when I visit my friends in South Philly, my words slur together subconsciously. I adapt to the dialect like Slyar from Heroes or Absorbing Replication. For this to happen I do not even have to leave my house. I have found that if I when I watch a show from a different region, I also pick up a bit of that dialect shown on the show. The first time I noticed it was when after watching seven or more Doctor Who episodes in a row, when I spoke to my sister, I used some of the jargon from the show. This confused me and my own way of speaking sounded strange after.

My dialect is not incorrect because it is not the typical way of speaking for where I live. It can show how I was raised and what influences me. Just because someone else's accent differs from mine, does not mean that one of us is superior to the other. My dialect is mine, and everyone else has their own. You can learn a lot from someone from how they communicate; they may fall into a stereotype or they could be completely different. If your going to judge, do it by who they are, not what they sound like.

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Caitlin's Q1 Art

The style of art that I like to do is very much inspired by my favorite things. This includes music, books, and people who's art I really admire. I just enjoy recreating things that I see everyday in different artistic ways. Two of my favorite mediums to work with are painting and oil pastels.
My ceiling tile is a painting of an album cover by one of my favorite bands, My Chemical Romance. My choice painting/drawings are a painting of another one of my favorite band's logo and a drawing of my favorite musician/author/artist. My jackolantern design is an oil pastel drawing of a character from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Lastly, there is a simple self portrait. 
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Q1 Haisha's Collection of Art

As an artist, I work hard to create drawings and paintings the speak to me about beauty that exists. Every artist has an inspiration mine is just straight out beauty. The word beauty these days is used so easily used, leaving no real meaning. Yet my art is to define the true meaning that lies right beneath our eyes. I try with every finished piece of art to create beauty that all are starting to neglect. I merely do not just want to capture an image but to define it. Each painting has something of mine in it not only that I made it yet that their is something in their that can help define me as a person. 
When I work with a pencil I know that this pencil can create so much. I begin with a image in my mind and soon look at real life examples. I know a piece is done when I know that there is something that hints something about me and true beauty. When my work is going well I am filled with a sense of feeling good and knowing that my work has paid off. When I want people to see my work I want them to see a good job and attract allure.  Hopefully all can see some good in my work, as I do. For trying is also a main key. 

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Quarter 1 - Artist Statement - Brittany Cooper

I must say when I signed up for senior art, I had every intention that this class would be BEYOND boring. I seriously had a change of heart. From the time Mrs. Hull gave the a timed schedule to working on each piece I knew this was going to be a good year. Every class period songs are played to inspires the mood of the room. Having art allowed me to share and express my talents not only through paints but musically as well. 

Having to mix colors for my ceiling tile would be my biggest challenge. The first piece, The Code Name: Kids Next Door. I used vibrant colors to highlight and make each character stand out. The Charcoal Still Life was a difficult piece because I had to create a line a focus to incorporate all of the piano keys. Glittering the pumpkin was pretty easy. I used a light colored paint to insure that you see the pink glitter but also draw attention to the under tone. The self portrait, was a bit of a challenge. I say this because I have such around face and high check bones, that it was hard for me to get every detail. Making it evenly proportioned was also a tricky part, but I managed to get it done. 

My favorite piece of art would be my personal painting, which I did on a ceiling tile. It was a good idea not to prime the ceiling tile because it gave it a natural look. To get the texture of her hair, I dampened a dishwashing sponge. Dipping the sponge in paint, in a circular motion, I created the highlighted curls in her hair.  I must say when I signed up for senior art, I had every intention that this class would be BEYOND boring. I seriously had a change of heart. From the time Mrs. Hull gave the a timed schedule to working on each piece I knew this was going to be a good year. Every class period songs are played to inspires the mood of the room. Having art allowed me to share and express my talents not only through paints but musically as well. 
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Marking Period 1 Art

For the first quarter in Senior Art, we had a couple pieces that we got to create. The most important thing to remember while doing these pieces was that we had to make it our own, put our own spin on it. There was a lot of space for making our own decisions on what we wanted to do. Everything that I made was something that I thought was. I created things that I cared about. I have never really had to do anything like this before, so I think that all of this art that I created was me just having fun.

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Senior Art, Quarter One Portfolio

In this class we had a lost of works of art that we had to create, but the subjects of these works were largely up to us. These pieces exhibit a variety of mediums and artistic styles. Creating this portfolio allowed me to step out of my artistic comfort zone. I did some work with pencil like I'm used to, but also worked with paint, charcoal and pastel. i also created things that i was used to creating, but not used to calling art, like my costume and jack-o-lantern.

Any opportunity I had, I included animals in my art work. When I draw independently, I usually draw animals. I feel focussing on drawn people limits myself to just one species. Their's something mysterious and unknown about animals that makes me want to capture them in art. I think my animal art reveals something about animals, more than just what they look like, but other aspects about them. I am proud of my pencil self portrait though, but that's because I have a lot of experience with pencil, and I've drawn myself kore than I've drawn any other person, so it is easier. 
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#6 Reflection

A few days ago we watched a video called I am a witness.  The video was about Jack a little boy who was getting bullied. You had the option of stopping it by pressing the eye. If you did press the eye then the bullies would be nice to him.   He went thought out his day until he went home and they told him was was not worth anything on line.  It made me think not just of bullying in person more cyber bullying.  Since you can press the eye for cyber bullying that was to represent that you can stop it.  It just not being stopped.  The video makes you want help.  If you don't see it then you forget what you hear. Subconsciously ignore what bad. That why trolls get away with it most of the time. Since untill it happens people ignore it. Since they don't want to see it.   

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Online Identity Larrabee

​1) We watched an interactive video about bullying where you could choose whether the kid was bullied or not. At the end, the kid was harassed online as well as at school.
2) The kid has no escape from the bullying he receives at school as he's still bullied online.
3) I never really associate with people I don't know online and I don't do any social media. I try to talk with random strangers as little as possible. When I do, I try to be polite and respectful.
4) Other people hopefully see me as just another random guy on the internet. I prefer to keep a low profile.
5) Internet trolls just want to piss people off.
6) The positive is that you can choose to remain unknown if you wish which is nice. The downside is that people feel they can say whatever they want because no one knows it's them.
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Online Identity Zimmerman

​1. Today in class we watched a video the supported an anti bullying campaign. The video was a cartoon that depicted the life of a child, who gets bullied everyday at school, online, and outside of school.

2. It makes you think about how cruel bullying is and how easy it is to bully.

3. I only have one picture of myself online, and it's a picture for a resume I submitted for a summer camp I worked at.

4. I do not think people have much information to judge me on because it's only one picture.

5. The goal of internet trolls is to make someone feel bad. The troll then feels better because they have ruined the day for the person they've trolled.

6. The positive results of anonymity on the internet is that people have some privacy and secrecy among these large websites. The major negative result is people can troll people online and they will not be caught so they’re in the clear.    
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Accooe, Who am I online

1. In class we watched a video on the abusive effects on bullying.
2. Video exposes you to harmful way bullying anyone and everyone. 
3. Online I have multiple youtube comments, School Blogs and Swimming stats.
4. People may think I am a very active person if they just see the many websites that pop-up.
5. Internet trolls feed off of the negative energy of others, they will constantly find ways to aggravate the victim.
6. Anonymity is kind of like a shield that guards your personal identity but people can abuse that power like an internet troll.
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Who am I ONLINE Reflection- Rivera, Lily

1. In class, we watched a video on about a little boy who was being bullied by people at his school. 
2.I think this video really shows how bad bullying can be for some people and how it can also affect people. The whole 'clicking the eye' thing shows how you can help someone who is bullied and how you can change it by just being nice to them. 
3. On online, I appear not as myself, but as a lot of other people. A lot of famous actresses come up with either the same last name or the same first name. I appear to either be a famous actress or a random person on Facebook. 
4. They probably think that I am an actress or something of the sort.
5. The goals of internet trolls is to get a reaction our of someone or a group of people for their entertainment. 
6. Positive results of online anonymity are a small/temporary feel of reassurance that no one will know who you are when you say horrible things on the internet to other people or post private things about yourself. Negative results of online anonymity are when you find out that someone is smart enough to look up your IP address and figure out who you are, and when someone actually finds your posts and find out it's you who is saying/doing bad things. 
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Who Am I Online

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In class, i thought the video that we watched was very eye opening it made me aware of the struggles kids go through noadays with all the bullying and things as such. The activity about the emoji made me understand that in any bullying case, there is always something I can do about it. The video brings to mind back in middle school when I used to get made fun of and it just brings back old memories.

Online, I hope that I am seen as a very classy person. I never post anything inappropriate because I know it can come back to bite me. I think people perceive me like I would like to be perceived because I don't out anything online that I would not want people to see.  The goal of internet trolls is to put people down and bring down there self esteem by ridiculing them based on there appearance online, which is none of there business. Positive result of online anonymity is that no one will get physically hurt but negative effects would be that people's feeling are getting.
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Quarter 1 Art Work

Piece #1: Ceiling Tile

This ceiling tile, a joint project with Isabel Medlock, was a product of multiple brainstorm sessions. We originally wanted to create a series of steps leading up to a door with the Arabic words “رحلة الألف ميل تبدأ بخطوة ” (a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step) emblazoned on the staircase and surrounded by decorative swirls. However, the design, upon reflection, was too complicated to be an effective ceiling tile so we isolated a swirl and, inspired by traditional Indian sari patterns, decided to do small decorations and a border around it for a simplistic yet detailed effect. We chose the icy colors to complement each other and give the piece a wintery feel (possibly to spite of the warm weather of early fall when it was created). To us, it symbolized a simple frigid yet inviting beauty often found in winter-themed items (snowmen, snowflakes, etc.). We placed it in the 3rd floor hallway by the stairs so that the light from the windows could catch the metallic paint.

Piece #2: Choose Your Own Drawing

As someone who isn’t used to doing a lot of drawing, I was kind of intimidated by this assignment. Inspired by Isabel’s choice of model (her cat), I decided to make some furry friends of my own. I started without a clear idea of why all of these animals (a cat, a panda, a frog, a penguin, and a turtle) would be together, but as I continued to add detail to them and the background, decided they were at a party. This piece tried to capture the sweeter, more childlike side of doodles and sketches. I  made the characters simple and cute, while still going back and adding shading and detail so that they were clearly recognizable.

Piece #3: Jack-o-Lantern

This one, I have to say, was not an original idea. I knew I wanted to carve a pumpkin to make my jack-o-lantern, but I was stuck for inspiration. A quick Pinterest search and a couple clicks later, I found the perfect image. A pumpkin clock! I fell in love with the inventive, quirky idea, and decided that I could carve my own. Having carved (rudimentary) pumpkins in the past, it was not too difficult to get the seeds out and plan my cuts, but the numbers were a lot harder to carve than I thought. I wanted my piece to convey the scary “time is ticking” feeling that accompanies all holidays about the dead/risen, so instead of making the hands strike midnight, I opted to go for 11:30 PM: just enough time to grab candy and run back home to safety!

Piece #4: Self-Portrait

This assignment was by far the most daunting. I had drawn self-portraits in the past, but never any that attempted photorealism. I took a picture and tried my best to copy the lines and shading as I saw them, but the result is easily distinguishable as a sketch. The angle I chose I felt reflected my outfit and mood at the time- I was in all black with 3 benchmarks due. My smile became more like a sneer, and, the way the photo turned out, the black of my turtleneck meshed well with my hair to provide a cool contrast with my shocking (almost floating) head to give a rebellious tinge to the piece.
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Creation of Spanish speaking videos, Ailin, Ashton, and Justin

A friend introduces one friend to another. They start their conversation with questions. Watch to find out what questions they asked one another!
The friends think they are better than one another at saying number in spanish. Click to find out what happens!
After a long day at work, two friends decide to go to a Mexican restaurant, only to find out the workers only speak spanish. Click to find out what happens!
Friends in school decide to play hangman in school, but only saying the letters in Spanish.
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When I started these assignments, there was no real goal. I don’t think there actually is any huge symbolic meaning to them at all.

To be honest, most of what I did was pour myself into the art, my interests, my hobbies, my awkwardness, whatever.

And with being basically raised with the internet, and coming to SLA, I have discovered that there are a lot of people like me.

I want to be relatable to these people, and… reach out to them. Make them smile a tiny bit when they see my art. Make them laugh, and cringe in a sort of not sympathy that comes with understanding.

I want to laugh a bit with my friends about that one time I spent four hours painting a pony head and putting it on the ceiling, or the other time I just sat alone in health, and decided that drawing cats was a higher priority than doing actual project work.

I want to be comfortable with myself, which I’m not always, and art makes it fun and lighthearted sometimes.

This is what’s going on inside my head.

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Diagram Reflection

My Diagram is a replica of my home network and how it operates. My internet is connected to my WiFi and my WiFi is connected to everything in my house hold that is electronic. That includes my phone, my game counsels, etc.
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Darius Purnell Art Gallery

​My goal for each assignment given was to put my own spin into as well as have it relate back to my personal interest. The first art piece is my ceiling tile. As a comic book and super hero fan, I am constantly asked one question "Marvel or DC". I could never decide. All that comes to mind is a future movie saga of Marvel Universe vs. DC Nation. What better design for the assignment of making a ceiling tile that will be seen as long as the school continues at this building than my fan art poster? My process to design this poster was to first get a rough design digitally. I first found a cool Marvel logo and a cool DC logo. I then found a fancy "VS" sign. I then made a rough sketch on the tile using horizontal  and vertical lines to allow me to have straight lines of words and an origin. To finish the sketches before I painted. i made series of lines and drawing from my original four lines. My next piece was a free draw. i choose to use this assignment to create a title for a play I am working on; "The Slithering Snake, The Abiding Angel & The Innocent Soul". The key items from the play is a snake, a gun, and a ribbon with the name Emily Johnson written on it. The process for this drawing to me about 3 hours. I first drew 4 different guns on sheets of paper, 3 different snake poses on another, and 7 different ribbon folds. Once I found the proper gun, snake pose, and ribbon fold, i then drew each of the three items three more times very lightly. Next I brain stormed how I wanted them to connect. Once I came up with a concept I then drew each item on separate pages with missing spots where the other items will cover. In a way I used layers to draw my final picture. My self portrait is the next work of art in my slide show. I started out with drawing my head and dividing it into sections to make out my eyes, nose, and mouth. From there I focused on small features such as my cheeks and complexion for shading. Next I focused on hair, I drew my hair line and shaded my hair. I drew my eyebrows, mustache, small beard, and side burns and shaded them in. Finally I drew my glasses, headphones, and shirt. My final piece is cut outs of bats. I could have taken a route of making them look close to a normal bat but instead I decided to make batman bat symbols.
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Doumbia, Online Identity

  1. ​WE watch a cartoon get bully online because he didn't fit in with the cool kid so the cool kid choose to go online and try to cyber bullying because he was home and they couldn't house just to make them self feel better.
  2. I feel that people only bully because they know that life won't be anything so why not do the same with someone else.
  3. Online i appear to be a person who unknow because i really don't speak social media.
  4. I think people see me as kid who don't speak that much or not that so much fun.
  5. The goal of internet troll is stop them and make friends.
  6. The positive is that they aren't beating them or physically hurt the person and the negative is that  they still hurt the person without caring.                                                                                                                                             Link to the Picture
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