Thursday, October 30, 2014

Self Portrait in the Manner of a Famous Artists or Genre

 

Above is the image I used for my self-portrait. Below is the painting I created using the picture. 


For my self-portrait I wanted to recreate something simple and almost cartoon-like, with a vibrant background color. I decided to take some inspiration for my technique from the artist Alexander Katz. Below are some of the images that I took guidance from. As it is shown in the paintings that follow, Katz paints using the technique of Modern Realism, with a flat color style. What really caught my attention from his works is that he uses bright, bold colors in his backgrounds, which add interest to the painting. I like that Katz manages to create unity and harmony even if he doesn't incorporate a lot of details or a variety of colors. The reason why I chose the picture above to use as my self-portrait is the expressive content. It is quite a simple image, yet it expresses happiness, which was what I was going for. I managed to add to this theme by using a warm yellow as my background, because it adds to the feeling of joy. 





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRICS Proposal - Brazil

Brazil is the eighth largest energy consumer and tenth largest producer in the world. Nearly half of the country's energy comes from renewable resources compared to an average of less than twenty percent for the rest of the world. This is mainly due to hydroelectric power and biofuels like ethanol, created with sugarcane. This is good for Brazil's economy because the money they would have to spend on importing fuel is saved, and ethanol is also exported to the US and Europe. Rio Grande do Sul, a state south of Brazil has the largest wind power complex in South America, and produces energy for 650,000 people. The country's main source of electricity however, is hydroelectric power. 50% of the energy that Brazil gets from water comes from dams in the Parana river. The Itaipu dam, for example, is the second largest in the world, and produces 17% of Brazil's total energy. Taking this information into account, it is predicted that in 2,035 less than 20% of Brazil's energy will rely on Fossil Fuels. The energy demand is growing, since the population is increasing greatly, and the country's infrastructure is expanding. The government has already started investing on creating more hydroelectric power plants, a goal of 200, and has planned to invest 163 billion reais on infrastructure as part of its growth acceleration.

The best action for the country to take is to use the natural resources available to create renewable energy, which is why the government should keep the plan of building the dams going. This would benefit from the country because it will allow it to become less dependant on imported oil from other countries, and will save money as well. I believe that building 200 dams could be harmful for the country as a total as well, because we need to keep in mind that the infrastructure for the dams is very expensive, periods of low rainfall can cause a problem for energy production, land and habitats can be destroyed and people will have to be dislocated. Brazil should definitely build more dams because water is a renewable source, and the energy we get from it will cause less pollution, and after they're built it's cheap energy. They should also incorporate other natural resources like wind power for example, and can extend the complex in Rio Grande do Sul or other windy regions in the country to get their ever increasing energy demand.

This is an image of the Itaipu hydroelectric power plant in Brazil.

Fuels Growth in BRIC Countries." Global Sherpa. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
"Redirecting." Redirecting. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.
"World Electricity Mix Interactive -- National Geographic." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Relatório: Resina Hidreletrica de Itaipu

RELATÓRIO DE VISITA “USINA DE ITAIPU”

Nome: Laura Chamorro
Bloco: 5


Título: Vista à Usina hidrelétrica de Itaipu

17 de setembro de 2014
Hora de partida - 8h40 Hora de chagada - 4h30
Professor acompanhante - Laurence Shackelford

Nossa visita à Usina hidroelétrica de Itaipu foi muito interessante. Tivemos a oportunidade de ver a usina e entrar nela, aprender sobre a relação entre Brasil, Argentina e Paraguai, também aprendemos um pouco sobre o processo de construção. A usina é reconhecida por ser a maior do mundo em geração de energia, produzindo cerca de 17% da energia consumida no Brasil, e 75% da energia consumida pelos Paraguaios. A geração de energia depende do monitoramento dos rios e do clima na Bacia do Paraná. Águas de seis Estados brasileiros e do Distrito Federal chegam à usina. O vertedouro é a parte que descarrega toda a água que não é utilizada para a geração de energia.
Quando nós entramos, fomos a uma sala onde vimos um filme que falava um pouco da história de como foi construída e por quê. Vimos todo o processo da construção e o origem do nome da planta. Aprendemos que muitas pessoas foram deslocadas para viabilizar a construção da usina, e que muita mão de obra foi necessária para criar a construção. Depois de assistir o filme, esperamos um pouco e logo fizemos um tour num ônibus, e os guias mostraram para nós a planta. Nos conseguimos tirar fotos panorâmicas encima do ponte, e ficaram ótimas. Logo, fizemos um outro recorrido dentro da usina, e visitamos quase todos os níveis. Caminhamos muito e aprendemos sobre os geradores e os diferentes tipos de energia. Finalmente, nós vimos uma das turbinas da geração de energia, e foi fantástico.
Em geral, eu gostei da visita à Usina hidrelétrica de Itaipu. O recorrido foi um pouco chato porque caminhamos bastante, e a guia não explicou nem com energia nem entusiasmo. Eu gostei de conhecer a usina, mas acho não foi tão assombroso quanto a visita das cataratas. Eu acho uma coisa que também contribuiu a que eu não gostasse muito da visita é que eu tinha muita sede e fome, e também fiquei com dores por causa da corrida do dia anterior. Em geral, eu posso dizer que eu aprendi muito na nossa visita à Usina hidrelétrica de Itaipume não somente da energia produzida, também de todo o processo de construção. Achei muito interessante e belo, mas eu não voltaria uma segunda vez. Eu acho que e boa ideia ir visitar a Usina pelo menos uma vez na sua vida, descobrimos coisas novas, caminha bastante, e a paisagem e de tirar o fôlego.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Autobiographie

Laura Chamorro
French II


Mon nom est Laura Chamorro et j'ai 14 ans. Je suis née au Chili mais je suis colombienne. J'habite au Brésil pendant les 3 dernières années, et je étudie a Graded School. J'ai les cheveux bruns longs et les yeux bruns foncés. Je suis petite et un peu bronzée.
Je vis avec mon père, ma mère, mon frère et mon chien. Mes parents sont colombiens, et mon frère est né au Chili aussi. Il s'appelle Simon et il a 16 ans. Mes parents m'ont donné mon chien Mambo, il y a cinq ans. A la maison, je parle espagnol avec ma famille, à l'école, je parle anglais avec mes amis, et je parle aussi le portugais et un peu de français. Nous avons vécu au Brésil sept ans en tout, aux États-Unis un an et six en Colombie. Je vis dans un appartement à Panamby, un quartier proche de l'école. Ma chambre est grande, et j'ai un lit, un bureau, une table de chevet et de nombreuses photos et des livres.
J'aime passer du temps avec ma famille et mes amis. J'aime écouter la musique parce que ça me rend heureuse. J'aime la nourriture, spécialement tout type de bonbon. Je n'aime pas me réveiller tôt ou faire des devoirs, mais ce que je déteste le plus, c'est quand je dois faire des tests.
Ma journée est normale et un peu ennuyeuse. Je me réveille à 6h30, je prends une douche, je prends le petit déjeuner et je me prépare pour aller à l'école. Je vais à l'école et j'assiste à toutes mes classes, et pendant l'heure du déjeuner je socialise avec mes amis. Quand je rentre chez moi je mange, et parfois je m'entraîne dans la salle de gym, et puis fais mes devoirs. Je dîne environ à sept et je me couche vers onze heures. Le weekend je dors beaucoup et passe du temps avec ma famille et mes amis.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

English 9 Peer Review Reflection

For English class we had to write a short story, get it checked by a partner then turn it in. Before I got my story revised by my partner Ida I thought that the story made sense and that there wasn't much where I could improve, however, as I read it out loud to her I realized there was still space to make it a lot better. For starters, I was missing important punctuation like commas, which made the sentence fluency better. I also misused a couple of words, and put them in the wrong context, which made some parts a bit confusing. It was thanks to Ida that I realized I had repeated the word "and" 43 times, or that I hadn't capitalized some proper nouns. What I learned from having a partner revise your work is that sometimes you don't realize you have made some mistakes until you have them pointed out for you. You also get to see what people get from your story, and if they have the reaction you want the reader to have. My partner's criticism was always constructive, and it was never offending. This is essential when you are revising someone's work because you want to help them and encourage them to continue their pieces instead of making them feel bad for the errors they make.  Peer revisions show that although you may think you want to leave your stories just the way it is, it is important to consider other people's opinion as well in order to improve and make the story as good as possible.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quarter One Reflection - Integrated Science I, 2014-2015

So far, it has been a good quarter for Science class. I feel like I have been doing well on two Core Values. Critical Thinking being one of them, is usually more challenging for me, which is why I find that I have grown since last year. I have improved because I complete all of my booklets, which help me a lot when I need to study for the test. By knowing all the key information that is in the booklet, I can apply what I have learned by analyzing it more deeply, and relating it to things in my day-to-day life. The second Core Value is Responsibility, because if I didn't stay on task, or took notes on the reading the teacher assigned us, I wouldn't be able to extend my knowledge and therefor think critically.



Upon the next couple of months the Core Value I want to improve in is Risk-Taking. I usually opt for doing things that are more in my comfort zone because I am doubtful of whether a new thing will work out or not. I tend to be very focused on doing good that I end up forgetting the importance of taking risks and trying new things. By improving on this value will help me because I will be able to learn and apply my learning in new ways that I'm not used to. I plan on improving by trying out different learning methods, creating different ways of showing my learning, and trying out different ways of studying.

http://sa-chamber.co.za/ins-outs-risk-taking/

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mandala Color Wheel


Above is a picture of the mandala color wheel I did in class. For my design I decided to use birds, because they are very simple but are cute as well. I feel that there isn't a particular thing that is emphasized or that stands out, because I wanted the patterns and colors to be balanced to create unity. I really like how the colors turned out, because they are not too bright, which was my aim with this color wheel, since it represents more my style. I also like how the gray backgrounds create contrast with the hearts and birds, because it makes the mandala more eye-catching. If I could change anything, I would probably add more detail to the birds and hearts, maybe by adding more shades, patterns and texture. I enjoyed working with cool colors, because they are more to my liking. When the mandale started coming together, I noticed how the complementary colors really make it much more interesting. I really enjoyed painting this mandale, because it helped me realize the importance of color, value, and shade.

Prisoner's Dilemma Game


Prompt: Hobbes has pessimistic view of human nature.  After going through the Prisoner’s Dilemma game, what do you think of your decisions during it?  What did you find yourself motivated by: Winning? Distrust? Or a desire for everyone to succeed?

In Social Studies class we played a game called Prisoner's Dilemma, where the class was divided into two groups. Each of us were supposed to be accomplices in a crime, and we had to be interrogated. It was up to us if we wanted to tattle tale on them and not take the blame, let them rat us out and lose points, betray each other, or keep the promise of helping each other out. I feel that both my group and I chose to act more like Hobbes portrays humans to be like. We were motivated by distrust to win, and we also really wanted cake. We would make decisions that would allow us to win, but it would make the other prisoner lose points. Even though we made a pact to not rat each other out, we doubted the other group and decided to go against that pact, because we had the fear that the other group would do exactly the same thing we did. Though both of the groups wanted to win, the doubt we held against each other caused neither of us to get out of jail or a piece of cake. We could have helped each other out, which is what we were trying to do initially, but we also didn't want to take any major risks. This clearly shows why Hobbes thought that humans were naturally born bad, and that without any restraint we would naturally kill each other. This also goes to show why he thought humans were equal, because both of the groups ratted each other out, in fear of losing. Though I don't agree with him, I can see why Hobbes thought that if people gave up all their rights there would be more stability and safety.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monochromatic Painting Based on Art History

Below is the picture of the painting I chose to base my recreation of my Monochromatic Painting. The work is titled New Growth, and the poster was created by the artists Megan Aroon Duncanson. Duncanson is most recognized for working with giclee prints, because it offers color accuracy, and a smooth, acid free surface. Giclee works come to life through a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed onto the paper's paper creating natural color transitions. Duncanson likes to express the content of her work by giving it color and creating contrast and giving emphasis to the background. The artist is also known for working with the theme of trees, sunsets and starry nights. 

The picture below is an image of my recreation of  Duncanson's work. Even though the original is a poster, I decided to recreate it as a painting because the texture found in it captured my attention, and I thought it would be fun to play around with the colors of the artwork. Also, the idea of using this image on a canvas medium could make it look really cool. Notice how in the first image there is a lot of contrast between the tree and the background. My painting doesn't show much contrast, since my background is monochromatic, but it shows just as much texture, since there it is a value scale. In order to make the painting my own, I decided to alter some things. For example, I chose to create more emphasis on the three, and choose cooler colors to make my painting. I personally feel that overall, my recreation represents me and my style more, which is why I like it. I feel I could have added more detail or value to the tree, to make it even more interesting.



Experimentation with Media

Impasto:

MoMA
The Starry Night 

Vincent van Gogh 

Saint Remy, June 1889

Oil on canvas

73.7 x 92.1 cm


Wet on Wet:

MoMA

Gypsy, costume design for Aleko (Scene 1) 

Marc Chagall 

1942

Gouache and watercolor on paper

44.5 x 28.6 cm




Wash:

MoMA
Tufjord Nordkapp II
David Hockney
2012
Watercolor on paper
91.44 x 182.88 cm



Dry Brush:

MoMa

Women, I

Willem de Kooning 

1950-52

Oil on canvas

192.7 x 147.3 cm




Glaze:

National Gallery of Art

Girl with the Red Hat 

Johannes Vermeer

1665 - 1666

Oil on panel

40.3 x 35.6 cm




Sgraffito:

The Tate Galleries

Untitled

Math Rothko 

1946

Oil paint on canvas

100 x 70 cm