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English/Arts IDU Crit C and D Reflection Form 2019
How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
To communicate our experience as a Hong Konger, we decided to create a piece that will describe Hong Kong as an active and brilliant city. Our group comes from different areas of Hong Kong and because Jem’s poem is about the city we wanted to show how diverse Hong Kong is so we made a flip book of the different parts of HK: suburban from Wai Kit, the pier from Jeremy, the harbour from Jem, and the Peak from me. We wanted to create something unique and different from everybody else, so we attempted to create a flip book that shows Hong Kong throughout the day and night. Each page is slightly different from the other ones as the sky changes and the sun and moon moves slowly. I think we communicated our experience well as our artwork matches with our selected poem’s theme. The poem talks about how Hong Kong is always awake and moving. So we made our artwork an accurate drawing of Hong Kong and how it is always awake and bright. Our art work showed the movement of cars and lights throughout the day and even the night.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
I think we did okay as we did end up completing it but we had a lot of challenges throughout the assignment. In this unit, I learnt how to combine two different units into one. Since we were combining our english unit into our fine arts, we had to select a poem and recreate it into one of the units we learnt throughout the year (Music, Drama, Art). I think that we succeeded in our assignment as we understood the purpose of our project and it sort of worked out in the end. I think that we improved our art skills by adding our english skills into it. We did this by using the literary features we learnt in english and applied it into our artwork. For example, we had an expression in our poem (hyperbole) which over-exaggerates that Hong Kong is always moving. So each of our drawings included cars and people moving at the bottom.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
We were able to combine our unit from English and show it in the arts we learnt throughout the year. For example, our poem in English was about Hong Kong’s sunset, so we decided to draw it using the skills we learnt in art. One of the benefits of this interdisciplinary unit is that we learnt how to express our writing and turn into a piece of artwork. Another benefit was that I got to improve my communications skills during group work. For example, we combined ideas and turned it into a better one.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
We didn’t have a lot of time to complete this assignment. We rushed our drawings a little as it got quite repetitive. So you can notice that each drawing has less details as you look through the drawings. Another challenge we overcame was that the paper we used (drawing paper) was too thick and we could not flip through the pages smoothly. After finding this out, we wanted to turn it into a stop motion. Since we just found that out on the last day, we did not have enough time to turn our project into a stop motion. So we just decided to lay the drawings out beside each other so the audience can move along with the drawings.
Grade yourself using the IDU Specifications. Easy if you have followed the above instructions!
Self assess using the Crit. C rubric (question 1) *
Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) *
|I am a Hongkonger Proposal|
|Group Members and HRs|
|Gavin Ho, Wai-Kit Hung (8A)|
|What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?|
|To show the everyday life of Hong Kong, it’s uniqueness, and how to appreciate it.
We are going to show footage that we recorded around Hong Kong and the music we use from Garageband will have to relate to the surroundings of Hong Kong. For example, we can use motorcycles and airplane sounds as there are many at night.
|Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?|
|The poem is about the city as a whole at night. It helps express the beauty of Hong Kong and personifies the buildings. The poem talks about the unique atmosphere in Hong Kong such as the colors, sounds, smells, and cultures of Hong Kong. As the title of the poem states, Hong Kong is always awake and full of sounds. This tells us that Hong Kong is alive at all times.|
|Direct link to your poem, or poem text|
|Just a hyperlink please!|
|What are you success criteria?
Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point please!
|What materials do you need to complete your project?|
|What equipment will you need to present your project?
(Very important if you are doing a live presentation – we need to organize this in advance!)
|We will display it in the LLAC.|
|Artwork will be presented outside the LLAC
All live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.
Why this project? *
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
Describe the process of this assignment. *
Our assignment for this unit was to use 4 sounds around our school and put them into Garageband and use software instruments, plug-ins, and loops to create an original song. Since we were required to have a teacher’s voice in our piece, I recorded Mr Chan’s voice saying “One Point Perspective” as he was our art teacher. I then went around the school to record unique sounds. The sounds I used were the lockers opening, the lockers closing, and the elevator voice saying “going up” and “going down”. I then put them into Garageband and used plug-ins. The plug-ins I used for the sounds were Compressor, Pedalboard, Noise Gate, Exciter and more to enhance the sounds and make them unique and different. We were also required to have 2 software instruments and a drum in our piece, so I chose a Clarinet, an Acoustic Guitar and a drum. These instruments are very important in the piece as they add a beat and melody to enhance my music. For Criteria C, we were required to make a screencast talking about our 4 sounds, 3 software instruments, and the plug-ins we applied to our sounds.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
In this assignment, we were required to use 4 sounds including a teacher’s voice. So I chose a locker opening, one closing, the elevator voice, and Mr Chan’s voice. I picked the two locker sounds as they were both very loud and can be easily effected by plug-ins from GarageBand. I used the elevator voice as I needed something to be a beat drop and that sound fit the part. I used the locker sounds as a beat, and the two voices as beat drops and to start another melody. I think these sounds fit well into my piece.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
I learnt many things in this assignment, at the beginning, I only knew the basics of GarageBand and by the end of this assignment, I knew how to use things such as plug-ins. Plug-ins are very important in music as they are able to change and affect the sounds in the piece. For example, I was able to remove background sound in my piece by using Noise Gate. I also learnt how to add and use software instruments as they were also required in our music piece.
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
One challenge I overcame was finding good loops to use as not many of them sounded good to me. I overcame this by taking my time and listening to a lot of loops to find the perfect ones. I also struggled with what to play on the software instruments as I don’t really have much creativity when it comes to music. I overcame this by testing out notes and beats on the instruments until it sounded right.