Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Symphony Portfolio Activities-Per. Three

Journal your responses to your two portfolio activities for Symphony.

27 comments:

  1. The two activities that i did for symphony was "draw" a five line self portrait and "look for negative space". I found both of these activites fun and interesting. While looking online for negative space drawing and logos I found some great examples. The negative space really does make the "positive space snap into focus." While doing the drawing activity the first thing I noticed was that it is hard to make a good looking picture with just five lines. The main thing that I noticed though was that it really is a good activity to do to train your brain to see the big picture. It was fun to do and I was basically training my brain a little bit at the same time. Both of these activities were fun and both showed that seeing the big picture is important just as seeing details is.

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  2. I also did the 'draw.' I found this activity very interesting and fun. I thought it was cool how you had to see how much you could draw with only five lines, and seeing how good you can make it look. I also like the thought of 'celebrating your amateurness.'I find this concept very empowering, so that you won't be afraid to make mistakes in anything you do. That's one of the only ways to get better at something, learning from your mistakes. I really like this quote as well, "If you want a creative life, do what you can't and experience the beauty of the mistakes you make." Embrace them, realize no one is perfect, and that we all are going to make mistakes.

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  3. The portfolio activities I did were the negative space one and the drawing one. The negative space one was really interesting, and for some I had to look really hard, while others were easy. Take the tostitos chips. There are two people eating the chips between the 2 t's. The drawing one was also kind of difficult. I kept trying to make the picture look nicer, which didn't work out so well because it could only have five lines.

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  4. The portfolio activities that I did were listening to a symphony and the self-portrait. I did them at the same time. It was very interesting to listen to all of the different instruments coming together into one beautiful piece. I enjoyed drawing to the symphony; it was peaceful and really allowed me to focus on what I was doing. The 5-line portrait was interesting as well. It was cool to see how I could portray myself in only 5 lines. I found a few different ways to do it. Both of these things just prove how it takes quite a few things to come together to make something a whole.

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  5. The two activities I chose to do for the chapter “Symphony”, were Draw, and Create an Inspiration Board. Both activities were actually extremely fun, funny, and helpful.
    With Draw, the first self-portrait I drew was horrendous. The eyes were cock-eyed, the lips were extremely wavy, my nose was distorted and my head shape was like something I couldn’t even explain. So I decided that I just HAD to try again; I wasn’t going to let myself look like that! I drew myself again, actually taking my time this time around. It probably took me 30 minutes. I looked at the mirror, sitting on my floor, and it was a hundred percent better. I was actually listening to music while I drew the second time; it helps me to focus better on some things, so I believe that was a big factor. This activity was both extremely enjoyable and entertaining.
    With my second activity, Create an Inspiration Board, it helped me learn a lot about myself, and what I find inspiration in. A few things I put up there were a picture of both my club team as well as my high school team, a picture of my family, a picture of myself and my best friends and a hair tie. From those items, I noticed that what inspires me are memories; memories of the great things I’ve gone through with both people and objects. They help me to grasp why I love to push through things everyday, big or small. They also show me what some of the “Meaning” within my life is and why I decide to keep living, because I have such a great life and I can realize how tremendously blessed I am to be where I am and to have the people in my life that I have. I can look at this inspiration board everyday and realize I have something to fight for, to live for. This activity really made a great impact on me.

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  6. The two activities that I did were Draw and Create an Inspiration Board.
    Drawing a self-portrait with only five lines is quite easy. All you need is the basic shape. The difficult part is making it look good. I kept wanting to add more to the picture.
    For the second activity, I discovered that I already have 2, sort of, inspiration boards in my room. One of them is not a board at all, it's just my wall. I have pictures of my friends and I from my old school on school trips, pictures of my old swim team friends from since when I was 10, a poster of famous swimmers (such as Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, and Cullen Jones) and I even have my "lucky ducky" that one of the older girls on the AHS swim team gave the girls who made it to state. On my other one, which is a cork board that I've had since I was 8, there are things such as a picture that my friend and I colored at a swim meet, inspirational quotes ("Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will still land amongst the stars"), a family picture, pictures of my dogs and goal times for swimming. I've noticed that even though I'm not conscientiously adding to it, I am. Like tonight I was going through my drawer and I found a star that my five year old cousin made me, and without thinking about it I put it up. It wasn't until now that I realize that I did it. The inspiration board, even though many would say it is a pointless and stupid idea, is actually a great one! It helps me remember the "good times" and helps me keep my goals in mind. I think that everyone should have some sort of inspiration board.

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  7. The first activity I did was to draw a self-portrait. Since I have never been particularly good at drawing, I found that this was really difficult. It was hard for me to look at my entire face, instead of just focusing on the eyes, or the nose, or the mouth. When you draw for yourself, it really puts what Daniel Pink was trying to say in perspective. A self-portrait looks awful when you only focus on one thing. But, when you use symphony and try to focus on the entire picture, instead of one specific part, it turns out looking better. I still wouldn't say my portrait was good, but it was better.

    The second activity I did was to create an inspiration board. I have a bulletin board in my room, so I planned to use that, but when I started to look at my bulletin board, it really is more of an inspiration board than a bulletin board with notes and reminders. It had a spreadsheet with all my track times from 5th-9th grade and pictures of me and my friends from middle school and high school track. There were also pictures I had cut out of magazines and even two off advertising postcards that I thought were cute, or funny. There was a skiing bumpersticker a photo of me and one of my friends when we were first graders. My bulletin board was an inspiration board, with so many good memories. But, it really focused in on all the things that I really enjoy, liking running and skiing. When I started to think about it, my whole room was kind of like an inspiration board. I painted the walls yellow because I love the color and it makes me feel relaxed and happy. I chose my bed because I had a built-in bookshelf and I chose my desk because it had the space I needed to write and to file drafts of my writing. I have running posters and a chair for reading and a million pictures of friends and family. Just like my bulletin board, my room also relflected the things I loved and enojoyed, like family and friends, running, reading and writing. Without realizing it, I had turned my entire room into an inspiration board.

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  8. I did the symphony and draw a five line self portrait. For the symphony I listened to enter sandman by metallica and while it was not classical music it still possessed a great deal of symphony. I went on to youtube and listened to the instrumentals for every instrument used in the song. For example I listened to a band playing the song without a drummer and the song stank. Without the drum it sounded totally uncoordinated and terrible. Another thing that surprised me was the bass was the drum form of the regular guitar. The bass set the tempo the guitar almost had no part it only augmented the bass. My five line picture of me turned out to look like like a tailless fish with little slits for eyes. My second one was better once I realized I could draw my whole head with one line but still was not perfect it is hard to achieve the detail needed. Sorry its late but I just got back from the challenge course I was not sure when the time cutoff was.

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  9. For my two symphony portfolio activities I chose Listen to the Great Symphonies and Draw. Drawing was a relatively easy portfolio activity to do. What I learned from it however is that you don’t need the details of the picture all you need is the big picture or outline. It really helped me realize that seeing the big picture is sometimes more important than the small details. Another thing I took away from this was that I could use it to help draw a design. It has already helped me when I need to draw for one of my art classes. At first I take the big general image and draw it and then I work my way down to the specific details. The next activity that I chose was to listen to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It was a great experience to try because I love music and it was extremely relaxing. If I had listened to the symphony before I read this book I probably wouldn’t have liked it so much. The reason is that after reading this book I listened to see the sound the instruments made and then listened to the beautiful music they made while combined. I looked for the symphony between the instruments and in the end I really appreciated how many things can work together to form something amazing.

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  10. For my two activities I chose to listen to some symphonies. The one that stuck out to me the most was Haydn's Surprise Symphony because the way that he tied all of the notes together to actually make it a surprise. When I first started the music, I had my speakers turned all the way up because I could not hear the soft notes that were being played. When the "surprise" came I was deaf for a second or two. I have never really cared for this kind of classical music, nor have I ever listened to it much. This one stood out to me though because it somewhat tells a story of life. It starts out slow and quiet just like all of our lives did, and it rapidly get louder and faster like you have reached a milestone in your life. This keeps on going throughout the song, and by the end, it is soft again and not as exciting. This reminds me of life because when there are things in life that pop out of no where and surprise you and then it just goes on until you get too old to do as many things and life gets quieter and more calm just like the beginning

    The other activity I chose was to look for negative space. I went online to find pictures on it and some of them were crazy. I had no idea where to look to see a different image. One of the pictures was looked like a white wolf with a black background and when I looked closer, I spotted a black hand in the mouth. Going online was a little too easy, so I tried searching my house for negative space on labels and such. I came across a goldfish bag and saw some pictures on the back. One of them looked like an apple core and two creatures kissing. Negative space is very interesting in my opinion especially when it helps the advertisement cause, just like the FedEx example given by Daniel Pink.

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  11. For my portfolio activities I listened to Symphony #39 In E Flat by Mozart and I tried doing the 5 line self portrait.

    I listened to the symphony and just sat there and closed my eyes. It was helpful in the way that I was able to listen more intently to the way that the different instruments intertwined. It was interesting to hear the different levels of noise. Soft, loud, medium, or some instruments louder then others making an emphasis. I loved the way that everything blended together in order to make a beautiful masterpiece.

    The second one I did was the drawing a self portrait. For me I am a terrible artist so only using five lines was good for me. I thought it was good to try it multiple times. I found that the longer and more textured I made my lines the better my picture looked. I thought it was interesting to experience this kind of art, when it is so confined.

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  13. For the Symphony projects I chose to listen to Mozart's Symphony No, 35. It's easy to only listen to the sound that it makes at first, but when you listen to each instrument and hear how each contributes to the big picture, which is the Symphony you can see how that music is made.

    The next activity I did was make a five line self-portrait. Initially it looked nothing like me, but as I drew it several more times I could begin to distinguish a few of my own characteristics.

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  14. For my activities, I did the "Listen to the Great Symphonies" and "Draw." I found both activities to be relaxing and to improve my overall view on the big picture versus the details.

    For my first activity, I listened to Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. It was not a recommended symphony, but in my opinion is one of the best. I am used to one instrument being played at a time as I am used to playing the piano by myself. I have never been in a band or, orchestra, so I would always focus on the details of the piano, and no other instrument. When listening to Mozart's symphony, I enjoyed hearing all the instruments working together cohesively. It helped my understanding that by viewing and listening to all instruments as a whole, great things can come of it.

    My second activity I did was "Draw." I have not ever drawn a self portrait using just five lines, so it proved to be difficult for me. It took my second try to get the image I finally decided looked more like me. When I first looked at it, I questioned and obsessed over the fact of why didn't have a nose, mouth, pupils, eyebrows, etc. After I looked at the image from a distance, I could still see that it represented a person, which happened to be me, which was the big picture.

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  15. After reading the portfolio for Symphonies, I decided to listen to some myself. I listened to Beethoven's 9th. This song was realxing and when I turned the volume up I could really hear different instruments. It amazed me how so many different instruments came together to make one amazing symphony.
    I also went to my dad, who is an architect/artist, and asked him what the basics were to drawing a good face. For a while he showed me his techniques and in the end, I drew a face that actually resembled a human. These symphony activities taught me that if I pay attention to detail, I can really take more out of an activity.

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  16. The two activities that I completed was the Draw activity and the Inspiration board. When I drew the self portrait with only five lines, I realized how difficult it was to use such little detail to make such an intricate thing as a face. It helped to draw with five lines though because it helped to show the relationship between the lines to draw the whole general picture. For the inspiration board, I just made a small collage of pictures and pages from magazines. After it was finished, not only had I created an interesting collage, but I noticed patterns of things that I put on that I liked. Both of these activities were usful in practicing symphony but also very fun to do as well.

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  17. The two activities that I decided to do were the drawing activity along with the Inspiration board. Both activities I found were very interesting and fun. I noticed that enjoyed the drawing activity more than the board activity probably because I enjoy drawing a lot. When I drew my first picture I thought that the five lines were terrible and it didn't tun out at all like I look. Except when I tried more and more, I realized it was hard to really capture my image only using those five lines. The inspiration board was very interesting and a lot better than I though it would. I thought it wouldn't really affect my but when I ended up making it, the thoughts I had made me a lot more into the task I was doing than before. Over all I thought both activities were very fun and helpful.

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  18. The two activities that I decided to to were the drawing activity and the 'searching for negative spaces' activity.

    The drawing activity was crazy. While I drew, I pretty much thought about other things while my creative side simply drew things. When I tried the 5 lined self-portrait, I thought that I looked nothing like the person in the drawing. If I tried it more, I realized that 5 lines wasn't enough to create an accurate self-portrait.

    The looking for negative spaces was a complete disaster. I couldn't find any negative spaces anywhere. The closest thing I could find to a negative space was on the first page of the book, where I saw a person's face with a really big nose in the lower gray face. That was it.

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  19. I also chose to draw and listen to the great symphonies with portfolio activities. The draw activity was so much fun. Sometimes I would try to get alot of detail; so I couldn't get the picture in just five lines.
    The symphony activity was also really cool because when you heard all the instruments come together it became a great piece of music. Just one instrument doesn't sound as good by itself. I listened to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
    Also, I was looking through follow the links, and it seemed Wikipedia was a very symphonic website as there was wilifying on every page.

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  20. The first activity that I did was the Listen to Great Symphonies. I listened to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. I listened to 2 different versions; one with cannons, one without. The one with cannons sounded a lot more powerful than the one without. The music and different instruments still fit together quite nicely in both versions.

    I also did the Look for Negative Spaces activity. In the Fedex symbol, there is an arrow between the F and the E. Also, there is a painting on a wall at my house that is a profile of a person. I looked at the background of the painting, and saw that if you look upside down and the back of the head, it looks like a face from the other side.

    I think these activities were really interesting. They got me to notice a lot more things than I would have normally.

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  21. The two activities that I chose to do for the Symphony Portfolio were listening to symphonies and looking for negative space.

    I thought that it was kind of fun and relaxing to listen to the symphonies. I listened to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Like Mr. Pink mentioned about Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, it was really interesting to listen to the church bells and cannons and the way that it all comes together to make a pretty piece of music. It’s also interesting to think about how many instruments and sounds came together to make it. The church bells and cannons did make it seem a lot more exciting. I thought that Beethoven’s 9th Symphony was dramatic, too, because of all the different aspects of it coming together at different volumes and different times. The activity was good for this chapter, because you could try to listen to just a specific part and then listen to it all as a whole.

    The other activity that I did was look for negative space. I went online and looked at art with negative space and logos with negative space. FedEx with the arrow in between the E and the x was something that I had never noticed before. Another one that is easy to see is the Girl Scout logo in the trefoil shape and then faces inside. There were also pictures that incorporated negative space into the design. I think that trying to find these inside the drawings is a good exercise for your brain, because you can interpret different meanings in the pictures. And after you’ve found the small picture incorporated in the whole picture, then it is hard not to see it and it becomes obvious.

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  22. The two Symphony activities I did were the "Draw" and the "Celebrate your amatureness."
    I found that the "draw" activity posed to be a difficult challenge the first few times a tried it. It was extremely difficult to draw my face that has many features with only five lines. In addition, I had never ventured an activity like this before and found it to be a challenge. For the first few attempts, I found that i ran out of 'lines' in which to draw my five-line face.

    The second activity I did was "Celebrate Your Amatureness" and it was very interesting, educational, and entertaining. It was fun to see how bad i was at activities like soccer, basketball, or baseball and all the errors i made. It made it easier to know that the whole reason i was doing the activity was to proceed with errors so it made me feel better and it was a good day to calm down after an intense moment. It was a good example of comic relief if your having a rough day or problems at home.

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  23. The first activity for symphony I did was "Listen to Great Symphonies". I listened to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". Beethoven's 9th Symphony is a very common song, and it is heard in movies a lot. Although I am not a musician myself, I can really appreciate this wonderful symphony. The violin is played tremendously, and all of the sounds really come together nicely.

    The second activity I did was "Look for Negative Spaces". The first negative space I noticed was in the logo for USA network. The s is the negative space between the u and a. Another was the word "fit" with the i being formed by the space between the f and t. Negative space is sometimes hard to notice, but when you find it its pretty cool. Sometime, its right in front of us but we don't think twice about it. Negative space is a very cool concept.

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  24. For my two activities, I chose "Listen to the Great Symphonies" and "Draw"
    I chose to listen to Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It is a wonderful piece to hear. I have heard the piece before, but actually focusing in on all of the components made me realize how truly talented Beethoven was. Each piece fits perfectly in line with the other, and the strings section is the perfect lead to the song. Each individual sound comes together wonderfully and one can really appreciate the sound orchestrated throughout the piece.
    I also chose to do "Draw", trying to creat a five-line drawing of myself. I found this activity suprisingly challenging. There is no way incorporate every feature into the picture, but I kept trying to put in as much of me as possible. It was a good way to think abstractly and try to bring together definitive features into five simple lines. I kept trying to add different things into the picture, but each time found it very hard to only use five lines. I ended with a simply, yet somewhat accurate, picture of my face with only a head, hair, eyes and mouth. The activity was a unique challenge.

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  25. I chose to first listen to the great symphonies, and I chose Beethoven's 9th symphony. The main melody is quite dramatic, but there are many other parts. It was actually pretty fun to listen to all the instruments combining, and some of the little parts a single group of instruments had that was totally different, but still fit in. Even the main melody had harmonies to it, which I found very interesting.

    The next activity I chose was the "Draw" activity. It was difficult to draw a five line portrait mainly because I couldn't decide which features to include. I tried several cmbinations of characteristics, but even after that, it still didn't quite look like me. I drew it probably ten more times, then i started to recognize myself.

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  26. The two activities that I completed were the Draw activity and the Inspiration board. When I drew the self portrait with only five lines, I realized how difficult, yet fun it was to use such little detail to make such a complicated, detailed face. I found you have to be creative and not just make a circle with eyes in the middle and a nose. For the inspiration board, I just made a small collage of pictures and words from webpages online. After it was finished, not only had I created an interesting new design, but I noticed that i ended up putting alot of things on there that I liked. Both of these activities were usful in practicing symphony but also very fun to do as well.

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  27. For "symphony", I chose to draw a 5 line self portrait and listen to great symphonies. When I drew the portrait, I wasn't very impressed with myself or the activity. I couldn't really get a whole lot out of it and I felt almost lost. I expected to gain more from it. But listening to great symphonies was great. My brother has tons of classical music including all of the great composers. He had been begging me to listen to them for ages. For this activity, I finally did. I realized how well put together they are and how great they sound. It all just works. I closed mt eyes and felt super relaxed. I definately got a lot out of listening to great symphonies.

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