Monet’s intro

Claude Monet is an ingenious painter who revolutionized the world of art through Impressionism. Though mocked for his paintings being mere “impressions,” these works of art truly “impressed” me. His father, a grocer, disapproved of his career into art and didn’t support him painting. I believe this is an almost universal problem for artists everywhere—it’s hard to make a living selling paintings.

I was first drawn to Monet when I saw his paintings in the Museum of Modern Art in New York back in March. The vibrant colours of the landscapes and the people within them seemed so cheerful and lighthearted, and the picture he painted of France was that of a beautiful, serene country. Just looking at his art made me think that I wanted to visit France’s countryside.

During the month of August, when many grade 10s were starting to think of Eminent and who to choose, the first person who popped into my mind was Monet. He is undoubtedly eminent; he was a founder of a major art movement. And when I have my mind set on something, I dislike changing it. Despite gender and race barriers, I think that I can relate to many of Monet’s other qualities, such as his fascination with the natural world and colour and his determination to keep painting despite oppression.

The main barrier separating Monet and I is gender. However, I think that other similarities can account for this point. Our mutual interest in art and strong passion for the natural world are what really matters. Our library field trip further enforced this decision; as I flipped through books on Monet I found that he was even more eminent than I originally thought 2 months ago. I realized that common interests can transcend gender.

The main obstacle in my path is not only the harsh competition in the world of art, but also my parents’ reluctance in me pursuing such a career. Even though I can remember drawing and painting as early as the age of 4, not once have my parents voiced their approval at my dream. I don’t think I’ll follow this career path, seeing as there is a certain amount of talent, and possibly even luck, necessary. The real world isn’t so forgiving, either. Those without talent will be ultimately weeded out, and I can’t profess to having great prowess for art, just a strong passion for it.

I want to learn more about Claude Monet’s art and his passion for it, thereby furthering my own knowledge in art. As well, I’m hoping to discover more about the way that I view and create art. This is also one of my IEP goals: to further my passion in art. I can tell that Eminent this year will be bittersweet as it is the tens’ last year, but it will definitely be a lot of fun. It’s also really exciting to enter this project from a new point of view and being able to watch I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s Eminent projects and seeing how I’ll grow from this experience.


2081- adding interest

The film “2081” proves to be a more effective means of narration than the original text of “Harrison Bergeron.” The film has more subtle nuances that requires the viewer to watch several times to find, such as Hazel humming the tune that the musicians were playing at the end of the film. In comparison to Vonnegut’s almost bland writing style, the attention to detail is a startling shock. It also implies that Hazel has the ability to remember things beyond the short bursts. The characters are far more developed, not only Hazel but also her husband. George also appears more aloof in the movie, and through flashbacks seemingly remembers the day Harrison was taken. This allows the viewer to relate more seeing as it adds more emotion to the piece. Though the text serves as a splendid means of conveying “Harrison Bergeron,” the film version provides more interest and is thus more effective.

Racism- David Suzuki

David Suzuki’s “Racism” is a piece which contrasts how far we’ve come in the fight against discrimination with how far we can keep going. Despite the many adversities Suzuki faced, his experiences proved that there were always those compassionate enough to overlook the simple difference of race and that this is something incredibly powerful. One such example is when Suzuki’s father meets a Chinese cook on the boat “who saw through the racial hatred and [treats his] father as a fellow human being.” Although the Japanese and Chinese have been bitter rivals ever since the beginnings of the first world war and those feelings continue to perpetuate this day, the cook offered help and proved that people can rise above the cruelty which is racism. This scene particularly stuck out to me, because I am a Chinese Canadian and I am fully aware of the enmity between Japan and China, and it really hit home for me. When I thought about how people could overlook decades of bitter resentment and still be kind, it made me glad that those kinds of people exist. Another great example is when a Mountie allows Suzuki’s father to keep his fishing rod and instead turns in a stick, overlooking Suzuki’s mistake in the process. This is powerful because “it was an incredible act of generosity on the officer’s part and helped ease a lot of [his] pain at failing to do [his] job” (26). The discrimination against the Japanese was as strong as ever, yet a white male allowed them their basic privileges and even let them continue to fish. It can be inferred that the Mountie was posted near Suzuki’s family thus knew that the Japanese did not receive much food anyway, and allowed them to continue fishing. It is these acts of kindness despite the discrimination we are facing that speak out the most.

blog response #1

Stuart McLean’s “Emil,” Chimamanda Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story,” and Budge Wilson’s “The Metaphor,” are all tied together beautifully by one common theme— knowing only one side to a story can only harm you. Dave realizes when he cannot find the books Emil lent him, thinking “it bothered him that Emil could keep track of the scrap of paper, and that he couldn’t keep track of the book” (114). Dave misjudges Emil and it turns out he is the one who forgot about the library fines rather than Emil.  This speaks volumes because it shows how people are quick to judge others and base all their interactions around that judgment. The same situation happens with Charlotte’s mother towards Miss Hancock, the “brassy Miss Hancock whom [she] met at the Home and School meeting” (222).  Charlotte’s mother doesn’t get to know Miss Hancock, and instead she judges her based on her first impression. This applies to real-world situations too, seeing as in this busy age, ‘first impressions are everything.’ It’s so easy to see only one side of a person and only understand parts of them without seeing the whole picture. The big take-away of last week’s classes is that we should try and see several sides to a story and become all the wiser.

Emil- blog response #1

A key component as to what makes us human is empathy. In “Emil” by Stuart McLean, Morley comes to the realization that compassion is the basis of understanding another individual and strengthening a friendship through her interactions with the titular character. After finding Emil in the Schellenberger’s garden late one night, she asks to see his garden and “for an instant he was clear and she could see him- the real person.” (116) From the start, despite others’ misgivings, Morley set out to understand Emil, and this makes all the difference. Morley’s empathy helps to build her relationship with Emil, leading to a deeper understanding of his wants and fears. Through her empathetic actions, the character Morley is able to strengthen her relationships and capacity to connect with others.

your name.

Mitsuha Miyamizu and Tachibana Taki finally realize the cause of all their strange dreams and the weird looks they’ve been receiving- the two have been switching bodies! After being charmed by each other’s lives, and Taki realizing that “at irregular intervals (he swaps) bodies with Mitsuha Miyamizu, who lives way out in the sticks. It triggers when (they) fall asleep” (54), the two set ground rules so that they don’t interfere with each other’s lives. Mitsuha and Taki are impressive in that they figure out ways to leave memos for each on their smartphones, but it reveals that both of them are still immature when they get angry at each other for breaking the rules. They act out of character in each other’s lives; Taki “(tears) up the court playing basketball in gym” (56) and Mitsuha goes “messing with (Taki’s) relationships” (56). The characters demonstrate social responsibility quite well by solving their body-swapping problem peacefully, and the two maintain each other’s relationships effectively, albeit a little too well. Taki tends to be hotheaded, while Mitsuha is a mild-mannered, feminine shrine maiden. I am very satisfied with how the author developed the two protagonists, and how they handled the situation. The actions they take in each other’s bodies display their respective temperaments and problem-solving skills. I cannot personally admit to having any body-switching endeavours, but I think that I can relate to how Mitsuha feels when she sees the first view of Tokyo, and when she tries to improve her relationships with others. I can also relate to how Taki is hotheaded and quick to act, and I think that I would solve a conflict similarly. Both Mitsuha and Taki are role models in their own ways; Taki being headstrong and able to tolerate others’ bullying, and Mitsuha always wanting to help others.



Show Not Tell Writing

Telling sentence: The puppy was a terror


As I took the first step up the stairs, a tiny fur-ball came racing down at the speed of sound, dragging behind itself a roll of unfurling toilet paper. I stared flabbergasted as the little devil bounded down the stairs, pouncing on me and knocking all of the wind out of me. The small but terrifying puppy yipped happily, dropping the roll of toilet paper and running off in another direction. I steadied myself and followed the dog’s path of destruction into the kitchen, where I nearly fainted at the sight which awaited me. The little pest had somehow gotten into the fridge and was sniffing curiously at a carton of a milk. When it saw me, it scampered away mischievously, and I ran after it, hot on its heels. The dog finally stopped in the garage, where it dove into a box of Christmas lights. The troublemaker emerged, wagging its tail proudly, tongue hanging out and entangled in colourful strands of lights, and I couldn’t help but laugh at the silly puppy.

Ted Talk- Introverts and Extroverts

My ted talk was about extroverts and introverts, and the biology behind these personality traits and how they’re different. This was very heavily inspired by the book Quiet, which is a really interesting read that you all should check out over the summer if you have the time (you probably will)

This is my actual ted talkbibliography, and my notes. (they should open in a new tab)

Also I’m sorry I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video so I linked it instead. If someone could teach me how to embed that would be really cool.

In-depth post #5- the six hats

I don’t know if I should go as far as to say this, but so the past month or so has been a disaster.

I pretty much lost all my progress on my animation except a few storyboards since I found out my old computer couldn’t handle me re-downloading flash since flash requires your system to be running on 64-bit. And upgrading your system from 32-bit to 64-bit causes it to be very inefficient, so I had to veto out that option. So what I did was transfer everything (literally everything) over to a different device. So I spent all of yesterday doing that, downloading drivers so my tablet would work, learning how to use toonboom, and pretty much just animating and working out kinks.

Although I was previously using flash, I decided to go for a change of scenery and try out something new, since my project has pretty much been a train wreck. I found it to be relatively similar to flash and pretty much made 1 second worth of animation. Oh, the fruit of my labour. But really, the 1 second animation was quite simple, only 2 pictures which were nearly identical. But it still took my several hours since I was teaching myself how to use toonboom. That animation will probably be done by my next (and final) post.

So I guess in the short period between this post and the next, my goal should be to start on an actual animation (I have no idea how long it’ll be) and get a YouTube channel up and running. I also really want to be able to talk to my mentor more but that may not be possible because of his extremely busy schedule.

Anyways, onto the topic of my last meeting with my mentor. As aforementioned, I finally got around to talking to him about symbols and timelines. He’s pretty much been unreachable, each time I  try to contact him he’s always been incredibly busy. Which is one of the reasons why this post has been delayed till now, as well as a very full spring break. But here is an excerpt of the conversation we had (unfortunately over the phone)

Me: How do you move… the stuff and like rotate and use it, I guess. (really bad blue hat attempt)

Mentor: Mhm. So did you figure it out on your own yet?

Me: um…

Mentor: Have you tried yet?

Me: I have tried a little bit of stuff but like, the stuff about the object’s center of gravity was what I was confused about. (blue hat: I’m trying to lead the conversation towards my mentor telling me about tweening and symbols)

Mentor: Oh… okay, so, um, have you been able to use the motion tween? (green hat: asking this as an alternative)

Me: Not quite, which is why.

Mentor: Oh, okay. Well, in order to use the motion tween, the drawing has to be turned into a symbol, and not just a group. Groups cannot be tweened on the timeline. (white hat)

Me: Right. How can you turn it into a symbol?

Mentor: If you go under the tab, I believe it’s called modify? There is a convert to symbol, which the shortcut is F8. (white hat again)

Me: Oh, okay.

Mentor: So once you’ve converted to symbol, it will ask you to name it, which will be stored into your library.

Me: Right. And symbols have a specific timeline, right? (white hat: trying to confirm this is true, getting my mentor to focus on this information)

Mentor: It has a specific… What was your question?

Me: Symbols have a different timeline, right?

Mentor: Yes, when you turn something into a symbol, it becomes… well, it’s called a symbol but you can double-click and it has its own timeline because you can have multiple layers. (white hat) But for what you’re doing, I would keep it as simple as possible.

Me: Right.

Mentor: Without going too deep into it. (black hat: caution) But each symbol has its own timeline, and when you create a symbol, when you select it, you’ll see where the center point is, and the center point of that, is the center of the screen when you go inside. Does that answer your question?

Me: Yeah! I guess so…

Mentor: Yeah, groups do not move on the timeline. They cannot be tweened. Only symbols can be tweened. So it takes a lot of organizational skill.

Me: Yeah, okay, I guess I get it now. I feel like a lot of it is about working on the actual program, though. (red hat)

Hopefully my condition (?) will have improved by the next post. Until then, I’ll keep working hard on animating and figuring things out to the best of my ability.

In-Depth Post #4

This week, I met with my mentor with a few specific questions in mind, which was good since this week’s De Bono involves asking questions and listening carefully to their answers. Prior to the session, I finally downloaded flash, which also gave me some troubles. For some reason, every time I tried to download it, it would stop me with a message. I finally managed to surpass it after several days of trying, and I went onto Flash to try out its functions. Unfortunately, I hit a roadblock the very first day and had to meet with my mentor that weekend.

The questions I brought up were very technical, mostly for troubleshooting, because there are a lot of things I still don’t understand about Flash. I asked about the timeline, grouping, symbols and smoothing. Although I’m sure there are many flash tutorials online, these were useful questions to ask because I could see it firsthand as my mentor demonstrated on his monitor. It’s a lot to take in, but I feel like this helped me a lot as I started working on animating.

This was helpful to me because learning about the timeline specifically helped me to figure out a lot of things, like how grouping is almost like creating a new layer, which creates a see timeline each time. Grouping is very useful, because there’s no need for several layers to be created. Unfortunately, due to the fact that my questions were mostly about technicalities in Flash, I couldn’t really ask a multiple choice question so that fell through.

I can tell that my mentor has really come far with his work and the My Little Pony series that DHX is doing. There’s a lot of things that are possible in Flash as long as you keep experimenting with the program, which is what I found out over the last week.

Anyways, I’ve been diligently working on my first animation which will be a channel trailer for the YouTube channel I plan on making for the course of in-depth (Deon did this first so I can’t claim credit for the idea but shoutout to her). It’ll probably be done by Monday or so, because I’ve been making pretty good progress with it and I’ve learned a lot about Flash over the past two weeks. I was kind of stuck in a rut earlier, but I’m quite glad that things are going better this time.

Also, spring break will be soon and unfortunately I’ll be travelling quite a bit, so I think that I’ll meet with my mentor this weekend to talk storyboarding, keys, and get a review on grouping and symbols because it’s still a little iffy to me. But I’ll be working on my animations a lot next week, so I’ll try to write more on that in the next post.