Introduction

Each project or assignment done in our Freestyle classes contribute to either of the other two classes. In English we were assigned a concept statement and this same concept statement was used in our poetry for English as well as our photography in Design. For English, we wrote a total of four poems; Haiku, Free Verse, Ekphrastic and a Spoken Word poem. In Design we been assigned to observe, select any non-motorized vehicle that has wheels and to then shoot this object at an unusual angle for our Transport Photo project.

Poems

In English class, we wrote 4 different types of poems; Haiku, Free Verse, Ekphrastic and Spoken Word. For the Haiku and Free Verse poems we were to write it based on a conceptual statement assigned to us. For our Ekphrastic poem, we needed to respond to a piece of art we found at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Through our Poetry unit I feel that I have deepened my understanding in the use of metaphors and imagery. I enjoyed how poetry can be an outlet for emotions or stress. Ekphrastic is Greek for the description of a work of art produced.

Ekphrastic Poem
This is the artwork from the Museum that I wrote my ekphrastic poem on. This is the artwork from the Museum that I wrote my ekphrastic poem on.
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Spinning
Out of control

Excrutiating force
pounding down upon me,
Forcing me out.

Tainting the skies,
a darkened horizon
Shared with a
Blood-
tinged
Eye
from the heavens

Imprinting its influence
to those who
chose to see

Free Verse Poem

Introduce your Free Verse Poem. Give people a sense of what your message is. Describe your inspiration

Introduce your Spoken Word Poem. What was your inspiration?

Haiku

This is my video for our Haiku project. For this assignment we were to write a haiku poem based upon an assigned concept statement (Ex. I am exploring the feeling of skepticism through traveling to a new place). A Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that consists of 3 lines, with the first and last lines having 5 syllables and the middle line has only 7 syllables. For my Haiku, I started my poem with a Kireji (an indication of the season) like “past the long hot days”. I then finished my poem by following the syllable structure

Haiku Intro

Process Description

This is a screenshot of my Haiku video production in Adobe Premiere Pro.

This is a screenshot of my Haiku video production in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Art
Conceptual Art Diptych

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Transport Wheel Photo
This is a black and white photo of a skateboard and the wheel of a shopping cart. This is a black and white photo of a skateboard and the wheel of a shopping cart.
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For our Transport Design Project, we were assigned to observe, select any non-motorized vehicle that has wheels and to then shoot this object at an unusual angle. We were to shoot a minimum of 100 photos in Av, or Aperture Value mode, on our cameras with the shallowest depth of field. In my selected photo, I have a skateboard and a shopping cart with the back wheels of the skateboard are behind the wheels of the shopping cart. I shot this photo from a worm’s eye view with a concrete wall as the background. I felt that the cool grey of the concrete wall went quite well with the metal from the shopping cart as well as the trucks of the skateboard. I chose a concrete wall for the backgrounds of my photos because I felt that the patterns of bricks in the walls was soothing and would contrast with the colorful strips of the wood in my skateboard. However, I did not take into consideration that I would be shooting with a shallow depth of field so the pattern of the wall wouldn’t be noticeable. I chose to shoot my skateboard because I knew other people would be doing the same and I wanted to try to see if I could make my pictures unique from the others. I included a shopping cart into the photo because I felt that my skateboard by itself did not look very good with the background and thought that the metallic grey of the shopping cart could complement the trucks of the skateboard very well. In Adobe Photoshop we learned how to use Adobe Camera Raw as well as the tools included in Photoshop. Using what I had learned about Adobe Camera Raw, I adjusted the exposure and the whites of my photo to help brighten the photo more without creating too much noise within the photo. Once I had finished editing in Camera Raw and moved onto Photoshop, I used the quick selection tool to select the red bearing of the wheel and the board of the skateboard. I then selected the inverse to select everything except the bearing and the board. Once I did this, I desaturate the photo to make the majority of it black and white. After looking over the photo, I felt that wasn’t satisfied with the pieces of dried plant stuck to the wheel and on the ground. So, using the healing brush, I cleaned up the photo a little more.

Conceptual Art Project
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Music

For my Digital Media class we needed to change the lyrics of a song of our choosing and make a parody. For my parody I wrote about the time I tried to be Superman when I was 4 years old and ended up breaking my nose. In class I used Pro Tools to isolate just the music from the song as best we can. I then had to create a new track to record my new lyrics.