My favorite parts of this class were being able to use a lot of interesting technology independently, as well as pursuing things I was interested in mostly on my own so that I could learn skills the way I wanted to. That gave me a feeling of responsibility and accomplishment. I also enjoyed working in small groups towards a bigger goal with the 50th anniversary, and what I really liked about the 50th anniversary project was that I could design something the way I wanted to without a set template or someone telling me what it had to look like. I don't think that anything really needs to change for next year, since I thouroughly enjoyed my experience in this class.
At the Y.E.A. Festival I want to display a few things. First, I would like to display my flash animations, especially the 3rd and final animation,since I think that one is the best. I also would like to display the Hamilton logo I made using the Carvey or maybe some of the numbers I carved for the 50th anniversary display.
The best part of being a part of the 50th for me was seeing all of my hard work and the work of others like Alex, Emilia and Ivette come together in a really awesome looking display that a lot of people enjoyed looking at. I'm also really proud of my own dedication to putting the display up and I'm impressed that so many people like myself wanted to help during and after school to make sure the display looked good. The final thing I enjoyed was playing my cello with the orchestra, I thought it was really fun to play old songs that people might not have heard in a while. All of my activities involved with the 5oth anniversary celebration made me feel like a part of something really special, and I'm glad I was so involved with the celebration.
If I was going to give advice to a 7th grader who was thinking about trying out for Advanced Media Arts I would say that you have to be willing to work extremely hard and sometimes complete projects very last minute, as well as be patient and willing to learn. You also should have an idea of what you want to work on, or if you don't know what you want to work on you should be willing to try things that might be outside of your comfort zone.
This past week I have been mostly working on the Carvey project. I am almost done with that project, and then all that will be left to do is put lights on them and put them on the walls. I also spent a little bit of time today tiedyeing a shirt for the Chute 50th anniversary. When I finish with the Carvey project I don't know what project I will work on, but probably something to do with Chute's 50th anniversary celebration.
This week I accomplished a lot of what I wanted to, including figuring out what technology could be used to create the lights display, and figuring out how much each design idea would cost. However, I would have liked to accomplish a little more planning, and maybe make some prototypes for what the design will look like this week.
Last week I did several things. The first was I made my shirt for Advanced Media Arts. The second was I copied down an order form for buying bricks with your name on them for the Chute 50th anniversary. Then I started a new project where I was researching number lighting, and how to project numbers onto walls and control colored lights. To get ideas for that, I googled different number lights displays, and I printed out my favorites for inspiration. By the end of this week I hope to have progressed more with the light display, maybe figured out what technology we can use to create the number lights.
About 2 weeks ago I went to the Women's March event in downtown Chicago. It was super fun to be there with my family and support a cause that I believe in wholeheartedly. These are some of the photos my mom took at the march, and they really show how many people showed up to support women's rights.
So far this trimester I haveworked on two very different projects. One of those projects was my carving. It was difficult at first to come up with a design I wanted to make a carving of. After I had chosen the Hamilton logo, it was difficult to get the logo to print correctly, and I ended up editing the photo in photoshop. However, even though I know how to use photoshop, it was hard to put my name in the design because the text for my name was an individual thing, and not connected to the design itself. After a few mistakes, though, I finally got the design printed how I wanted it. I learned that in order to get a lot of difficult projects to work, you sometimes have to use trial and error, which is not only true for the carving project, but for the house I built in Minecraft as well. In that project when I was building the uderground part of the house, I learned that what I had invisioned it would look like just wasn't possible in the Minecraft world, and I had to rebuild it a few times to get the look I was going for. So far this trimester I have really enjoyed building in Minecraft, but for the next part of the trimester after I finish the Minecraft build I am currently working on, I would like to work on something different, maybe something that is realted to photography or the 50th anniversary of Chute.