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The Conceptual Project allows students to explore and broaden our understanding of artistic and poetic contents. We are able to create our own abstract content and we come out of our artistic comfort zone through poetry, music, art, and web production. We develop our technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, and more.

In English, we were required to read various poems and also write our own, such as writing a poetic piece about an artwork from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, or writing a haiku, or a spoken word poem.

In Digital Media, we learned to stylize poem photos and audio performances of poems from English. For example, we made a video based off our poems from English, we made our own conceptual music, we also made our own website based on our Design composition and English poems.

In Design, we learn the basics of photography and how to photoshop photos. This class brings out our artistic sides and we mainly use Adobe Photoshop as our equipment.

Poems
Free Verse Poem

The Free Verse poem is basically an extended version of the haiku poem. I added more imagery and content to make it clear of what intentions I had. I separated the stanzas by months from March to June.

Ekphrastic Poem

An ekphrastic poem is a description of a scene or a work of art. The art piece I chose was one of Isamu Noguchi’s playscapes, called “Slide Mantra 1966-1985 Carrara Marble”. Somehow, the piece reminded me of the tower that Rapunzel was locked in: inescapable and never-ending. This poem is written in Gothel's (or the witch) point of view of how Rapunzel will never escape from the tower.

The image is a wheel of rollerblades resting on bark. The image is a wheel of rollerblades resting on bark.
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Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
escape if you must
but there is no way out of this tower
Round and round again
The endless staircases
that will lead you nowhere
You are a prisoner.
My prisoner.
And no prisoner of mine can run from me.
That hair that's as gold as honey
belongs to me.
Sweet, sweet girl that deserves the light outside this tower,
try as you might, but you cannot escape me.
Not from this tower
that you call hell.

Spoken Word Poem

My spoken word poem is a reflection of my life. It describes the unfairness that I face all the time, but despite that, I would face forward and not let those words get to me. This poem is an entirely revamped version of a poem I wrote last year. I wrote this poem as a song and rap. This poem in particular is very important to me because it really reflects on my life and it can carry a powerful message to those who are going through the same things.

Haiku

For this assignment, we were given an emotion and an experience that coincides with that emotion. In my case, I was given the emotion “relief” through the experience of “contemplating the unknown”. I was honestly very confused about this topic. After all, how could someone be relieved when thinking about the unknown? It's contradictory. In English, we simply wrote out the haiku and pasted it onto a picture that we took. In Digital Media, however, we animated the haiku. I really enjoyed learning how to make the words disappear and move around the screen.

This Haiku poem is about feeling relieved of the pain someone has been feeling. Someone has been in pain for so long and they don’t even know why, but they’re glad it’s finally over and they’re ready to welcome in the unknown. I really enjoyed thinking deeply about this topic and see how it could possibly work. It was a great challenge and made me learn to see things differently.

This is a screenshot of Premiere Pro which I used to produce the haiku video.

This is a screenshot of Premiere Pro which I used to produce the haiku video.
Art

This Transoprt Project was to take at least 100 photos of a wheel from a non-motorized object, making sure to shoot from an interesting angle. The object's main function had to be transporting items. After selecting a final shot, we were to edit the photo using Photoshop..

The Conceptual Project was based off the concept statement from the Haiku project in Engish. We were tasked to take a photo of a metaphorical object that would represent that concept statemen and then edit it in Photoshop.

Transport Project
The image is a wheel of rollerblades that's on bark. The image is a wheel of rollerblades that's on bark.
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This is a screenshot of Adobe Photoshop which I used to edit the photo.
Conceptual Diptych
This is the photo of bright flowers that are placed on a blank sketchbook.
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My concept statement was “exploring the feeling of relief through contemplating the unknown.”

I placed a sketchbook on a table that had a reflective glass during school hours for natural light. To shoot this photo, I flipped the sketchbook to a blank page and placed the flowers, making sure the one that stood out the most was placed in the center, onto the sketchbook. I rested the camera on the table so the reflection of the objects could also be seen.

I went through many phases, only to realize that I had been focusing too much on one part of the concept statement that I had forgotten about the emotion I was supposed to portray. Instead of trying to find an image that could represent concept itself, I tried to find an object that would represent the emotion and tweak it to show the experience. The first that came to mind for showing relief was my sketchbook. Since the pages in a sketchbook are white, I thought a blue background would pair best, and I believed that could be captured at school. I found some flowers lying around and thought they also represented relief, especially when paired the sketchbook. I angled the sketchbook so that I could have a door in the background, which I wanted to represent relief in a more eerie way, also portraying the unknown.

I opened this, after having to choose from several other images, in Adobe Photoshop and began to edit. I intensified the saturation, making the flowers stand out more. I also toned down the vibrancy of the background, giving the door in the background the eerie feel that I wanted, despite the calming appearance of the flowers. I added a slightly lighter vignette to ease the tension of the colors. There wasn’t much that I wanted to edit, so I used Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush Tool to conceal any unwanted distractions in the photo, such as the fly that happened to land on the sketchbook. These edits had been taught in Design class, so I was more prepared to enhance my image using the skills I have learned.

This is a screenshot of Adobe Photoshop which I used to edi the photo
Music

The parody assignment was to take any song of our choice, take out the vocals, rewrite the lyrics to make humorous, then piece that together. My song is basically a roast yourself (in other words, I'm making fun of myself). I really enjoyed rewriting the lyrics, and rapping and singing it.