September 29

ELA 9: Sept 29 What you missed…

Hi, Driver Training folks! We missed you today.

I promised you a listening activity that would allow you to continue / finishing colouring your letter for our “Conflict” bulletin board, and today was that day! If you hadn’t finished your colouring, it’s not homework. (Sorry!)

I would like you to listen to the following short story (audio link below). It’s written and developed as a teleplay, meaning it includes the directions for this to be made into a television episode. You’ll notice soon into it what qualities are unique that inform direction / scenes etc.

The recording is 31 minutes long and it would be to your benefit if you could listen to it tonight before class.

See you in the morning!

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June 16

Art 9: June 16 Drama fun…

  1. With only two classes left, the students begged to do a play or skit as a final class project. They divided up, girls against boys, and started brainstorming the story they were going to depict on Wednesday when they will perform / compete.
  2. I wrote an evaluation plan on the board so they could anticipate how they will be evaluated:
    1. Creativity –                       2 marks
    2. Plot development –           5 marks
    3. Dialogue / narration –      3 marks
    4. All members involved –    5 marks
    5. Costumes / props used – 4 marks

      Total project mark = 19 marks


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March 14

Art 9: Mar 14 Drawing half a portrait project…

  1. Students began a new project today that will be evaluated by the product and process. They were asked to find a portrait picture online that included head and shoulders. It had to be a significant size on their page and was to be printed out to the color printer in the main office. Once they had their picture, they had to decide which half of the picture to cut off. They were to paste the half of the picture they were going to keep onto a new sheet of paper and then, without tracing of any kind, attempt to sketch in the remainder of the picture they removed. We’ll see how well they do at proportions and features of the face.
  2. Some students did a fantastic job! It was quite impressive.
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March 4

Art 9: Mar 4 Animation no more – drawing the negative is today’s task…

  1. Students were reminded that there are still several of their animation projects missing. I’m not sure how exactly to spur a bit more of adsc06228.JPG response to get those in. We’ll see if low marks will maybe encourage a few to get on that.
  2. We are getting back into more true art and the task for the day was to draw the negative. The idea behind this is to not draw an object on the page but to draw the background or shadings behind the object so that the white (negative) picture was made more clear. It is kind of like drawing an image but imagining it has snow on it and is in the mud. I tried one and think it turned out nicely. Cody did a super job in his first try by drawing a banjo in the negative. I was really pleased and they stayed on task fairly well, with a little music to spur them on.

Here is a video of someone drawing negative space.

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February 25

Art 9: Feb 25 Project three due Wednesday…

  1. Students were reminded of assignments yet to be handed in by a few. The third and final animation project is due this Wednesday and many of the students are near completion on that one. The difficulty for a few was to keep their focus and momentum on their first two projects. (Computer animation can be so much more fun, I understand, but was only meant to be an assignment that could be worked on when they had forgotten cameras or worn out their batteries.)
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February 12

Art 9: Feb 12 Project one was due on Friday… but…

  1. Some people struggled handing in their photo projects on Friday. The Drop In box wasn’t readily accepting their files. Another issue we’ve come up against is that when a project is handed in with the Windows Movie Maker format, it isn’t able to be read by the computer’s version of that program. It is frustrating but we’ll work our way around it.
  2. To compromise, no late marks will be given to anyone who was able to hand in their project through a different means today in class. (They should have had their files finished and available to copy onto a thumb drive which is a no-fail way to do it.) If they were not ready to hand in their photos, they are late and will lose marks, unfortunately.
  3. The second project, the one of a similar format but the medium of using either charcoal or pastels that creates a certain mood, is due on Friday. Again, we may likely just hand in the photos using the thumb drive. Using technology, as we are, we have to be patient with little glitches and learn to work around them.
  4. There is a third project due for when students return after the break. They have been using the Pivot program to create online animation. Because this medium is so easy to use, they have to have an animation of 300 frames of more. I have stressed to them, though, that they are responsible for handing in their projects number one and two by the deadlines. We’ll see how responsible they are with their time. It is handy, though, for them to be able to work on an online project when their camera batteries die and leave them with time left in the class.
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February 5

Art 9: Work period / Project due Friday…

  1. Students came in different degrees of readiness. Some had their cameras but no batteries, others had little with them, while some were ready to go before the bell even began the class.
  2. Their first project is due on Friday to be submitted in a Windows Movie Maker format. I worked with a few students to show them how to input the pictures and figure a few of the tricks out with them. We’ll see how things go.
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February 1

Art 9: Feb 1 Two current projects to work on…

  1. Students have a deadline of this coming Wednesday to hand in one animation project put together in the Window’s Movie Player format and submitted through the “Hand In” file on the common server at the school. They’ve made a few animations at this point so they can choose which they would like to have evaluated or start another completely to improve on techniques.
  2. They have another project to work on that focuses on evoking emotion and using either the charcoal or pastel medium. This project will be due two Friday’s from today.
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