Sculpture group did the activity which remained yesterday first. They made a work that showed the dangers of smoking. Several works have come out. Works that effectively showed the dangers of tobacco were produced. When smokers see the paintings, they might be surprised and quit smoking. I think that the eighth-grade works were great. We had a lunch. After lunch some groups finished the project so the teacher advised them that it would be better to make the poster and information for the sculpture. The posters were great. It was colorful and beautiful. We printed the posters and the information at the library. Some students who finished their project helped the others who didn't finish their project. The most enjoyable part was when we put our best effort on the project, because we enjoyed making the sculptures. The least enjoyable part was when we didn't have a lot of time, because then, we could have done the project much better.
Today, we did many activities including Performing Arts, Animation and Financial Awareness. From the morning until break, we did Performing Arts with Ms. Madalasa, Isa and Mr. Hoose. They gave us script with highlights for each one. My role was Police 1. I was happy to be Police 1 because it didn’t have much line. The most enjoyable part was doing activities for teamwork. We had to close our eyes and each person had to say the number once. We should say until 14 without two people saying same number. It was really fun. The least enjoyable part was singing with different emotions because I was bad at singing and bad at acting with emotion. The most important thing I learned is you should be really loud in the stage. I wish we had more time on remembering lines because I really have to remember lines. I really enjoyed doing this and I did my best to focus to be Police 1.
During period three and four, we did Animation with Ms. Cindy and Mr. Scott. It was amazing. We were programming to draw a design and I was able to draw a house, sky and the sun. It was really fun! We also learned to create design with circles by programming. I enjoyed everything. I hope we had longer time to do it. It was a bit short so I was sad. The most important thing I learned is you should check the spelling mistakes.
After lunch, we learned Financial Awareness with Ms. Veena and Ms. Lakshmi and some guests. We studied about loans, how bank works, and how bank earn money. The most enjoyable part was doing activities about money because it was fun. The most important thing I learned today is how dangerous loans are and it is not a good idea to begin a business with loan. It was interesting.
Today we went to a Tharangini workshop where we learnt how create art by designing our own silk fabric. We used blocks that was made by natural resources because the Tharangini people told us they want to keep their products eco-friendly and sustainable. We were all divided into groups and given different coloured silk. Then we used block printing to create our designs.
The part I liked most was when we were designing and planning out how we were going to set up the silk. This was because I got address my ideas and I had fun testing out different prints. We worked extremely well as a team as we never fought and always shared and listened to each other’s ideas. The part I disliked was after we finished our designs because we couldn’t do anything after we finished and it got boring.
I think the teachers could make the project better if they made the journey throughout more comfortable or interesting , because for me the trip was so uncomfortable as I had no leg space and was extremely boring. The most important i learnt was that the Tharangini people used only sustainable and eco-friendly materials, they used fair trade and fair wages in there company, all of the materials were used for autism centre’s and they were very ethical.
Next time i wish that I could spend more time on my own designed block because Even though it worked in our design, i could used my time to carefully put details and make it better then what it was, also I rushed and it looked messy. I did my best work when I was block printing because I think that I was precise and accurate with my block, also I was very comfortable with my peers and I shared my ideas with them.
Overall i think this was the best trip so far because I was intrigued with the fact that everything was natural made even the paints. I worked extremely well with my partners and i was satisfied with our design at the end. At first I thought this would be another one of the boring art projects but I was totally wrong and enjoyed my time there, but the bus ride was horrible. I would definitely recommend and do it again if given the chance.
I would give myself a 4/4 for teamwork because I shared all my ideas and gave useful suggestions with my peers at all times throughout the project. I was also on task with a serious mood and tried not to make jokes all the time. I think that we were a good productive group at the end.
CL day 1 on campus was mainly discussions about the activities for the week. We started the day with yoga and easy postures which we couldn't even hold for 5 seconds, like the downward dog, where our hands needed a lot of strength to hold our body. At the end of the session we did some breathing activities and relaxed. Even relaxing was hard for some of use as we kept fidgeting and the sun's rays annoyed us. We mainly did yoga to improve our core muscles and to learn how to relax our mind, soul and body.
Later, after our relaxing yoga, we were split into the group's photography and comic strip. Mr. Morton came to our class, which as the photography group, and he talked to us about the project. We split into two's and teamed up. He told us we had to portray one hard working worker who hasn't been recognized, even though they have been working really hard doing their job. We need to capture a photo of them and ask them about their life and difficulties they might have faced. We first learned that we have to build trust with the person and get to the main questions of their story. He showed us some examples from 'Humans of New York', a site with pictures and stories of their life. Then sire showed use how to use 'Snapseed,' a photo editing app, and told us to capture their true selves without using too many filters.
At the end of the day we went to the high school art room for documentary, as we had to document the Tharangini block printing and talk about a story. Mr. Ethan showed us some documentaries, some of which we would enjoy and some not that interesting as it was about a missile crisis and their back and forth argument. We saw one video of 'worst dying scene' and then two examples of Tharangini block printing promotional videos. One had too much text and a bad interview, as sounds in the background were distracting. The other video had really good angles of carving and making, but no real story. We then worked on coming up with a story for the video with sound effects.
Later sir gave us an activity where the documentary groups had to do mini tasks like getting a video of a high school kid saying his name. We got this video but the next task of getting the middle name and color was hard, as his friends were distracting the shoot and didn't let him talk and finish. In the end we didn't get a video and we learned how hard it really was to get interviews. Mr. Ethan told us, "If you couldn't get the student's attention, then how are you going to get an attention of a person who has been interviewed many times for the same reason?" We learned we have to be more social, more loud and be direct.
We left the school with some new ideas for continuing our projects and looking forward to the coming CL days.
The day started with all of us meeting in the home room to complete our journals. We spent about 15 minutes reflecting about CL day 1 and then how we are gonna make CL day 2 better. After that we all went to the green space to play a game. A person had a ball and they had to pass it to another person by using their name. They also had to remember who did the get the ball from and who they gave it to. This was a tricky game and most of them failed terribly in it. After a while, we spilt up into 2 groups - comic strip and photography. I was in comic strip. Mr. Dinesh was our teacher for the day who came from outside to help us make our stories and teach us the sketches of cartoon characters. We all worked with the stories of the cleaning staff, bus drivers, support staff, and cafeteria staff. We interviewed them all and got to know more about them as husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons.
After lunch, we continued working on the cartoons. We made different expressions, angles and faces. I requested Mr. Dinesh to sketch a cartoon of Sainaa and I. He agreed and made an amazing cartoon. Mr. Dinesh gave us cartoon names. Shaantoon was me and Saintoon was Sainaa’s. To add more detail we told sir to add dialogue. We made a simple dialogue yet funny. I said, “My eyes shine for you Saintoon” and Saintoon replied, “ Thanks! I hate you too.” We all loved how the day went and we didn’t have the bored faces when the day ended.
It was 1:45 and we all met in the maker space room for the Vans campaign. We had to design a shoe on a piece of paper. I think many people enjoyed putting their own ideas. I asked some students about it and they said that they loved doing it because you wanted a shoe like that but you never got it and you could actually create your own shoe. The three people will be chosen and then they will have to create another one and the person who wins gets 2000 dollars. Many people didn’t really care about what the prize was and worked out on what artistic skills they had to make a show beautiful. The day ended with us finishing the Vans design and the results looked really beautiful. Overall, this Day was exciting and fun.
Day 1 of the Photography Project
Day 2 of CL was a roller coaster ride full of emotions! All due to our photography “Humans of CIS
Project”. It was all about learning the stories of our drivers, attendants, cooks and maids. All that we
know about them is that the work here, but we seem to forget they have a life that revolves not only
around CIS. While interviewing them, without their knowledge we had to capture their emotions on
We were put into pairs. I worked with Raeesa. Mr. Craig taught us how to play around with the app
SnapSeed; he made us familiar with how to sharpen, brighten, use accurate filters to edit a picture in
a professional way. More than photography, I personally enjoyed interacting with Mr. D’sousa, who
is the driver for bus number 1. He was such a pleasure to talk with, he didn’t have problem opening
up and speaking freely. He told us how he’s never let gone of his positivity, despite financial crisis,
and how his daughters remembered his 25th wedding anniversary instead of him. He also told us
about the special bond he shares with the little students in his bus who try to get on his nerves!
Haha! We shared so many laughs. He even showed us a picture of his whole family on his phone. I
came to know that dreams could be simple, when he said “ During 2006, when I got this job, my
dream was to make sure that my daughter’s worked here , in this school. ”
Indeed, there’s a lot more to a person than their career. In today’s world so many people look down
upon drivers, cleaners, cooks, and nannies. It’s probably because they are working for another, but it
is not right to mistreat them. In fact, they are taking care of our surroundings. There are no
unimportant jobs, only people who are made to feel unimportant doing them. I hope that one day
everyone in the world will realise that we are all deserving of equal love, respect and kindness. No
one is superior or inferior.
Day 2 of the Photography Project
This morning, we completed our final interview which was with Ms.Lavanya, our Student Information Officer. Besides being the Student Information Officer, she is a mother, daughter, wife and daughter-in-law. Making others happy is her greatest happiness and dream. She doesn’t worry too much about her future and is focused on making good memories everyday. She is proud of who she is and the work she does. Her only regret is not going through with the ambitions she had when she was younger. However, I am glad she is where she is today- a part of our CIS community! Her answers were inspiring and I hope she has lots of people around her who make her happy too.
After the interview, it was time to edit our photos. We needed two pictures of things that represented the person and one portrait. For Ms. Lavanya, we took a photo of her typing on the keyboard and a picture of her phone which had a photo of her with her daughter. We used Snapseed for the editing. We increased the brightness, sharpened the photos and decided to go with black and white filter for some of our photos. Finally, we shared our photos with the whole class.
Then after lunch, it was a case of “Finding Mr.Morton” for our next session of photography! One thing led to another and before we knew it Mr.Scott and and Mr.Regis had joined in on the search. When he finally came back to class he told us he was in a meeting and forgot we had a class!
Finally, we had our documentary film session. Mr.Ethan showed us clips of promotional videos created by students. We learnt that we need a good hook in order to create a good film. Our group- which was Mithali, Ria and myself- decided to use a question as our hook, which was- “ Would you do the right thing?”. Tharangini Studios is committed to uplifting skilled artisan communities throughout the country whilst focusing on sustainable, fair trade practices and using eco-friendly colours for their hand block printing. Hand block printing is a centuries old Indian art that should be preserved and promoted. So, in our video, we are going to show clips of the process involved in making the products and show how the products are unique and worth buying to support a ancient art form as well as the skilled artisans community. We also jotted down our interview questions for tomorrow.
Today was a good day. I discovered the face and person behind the managebac pages I access everyday and she was a wonderful person!
The most important thing I learned from this project was, there are certain formats and rules to follow in order to write a journal and news. I think this was the most important because I always thought journal was a free versed written work. This solved my misunderstanding.
I wish we had more time watching students act because it was very hilarious. I did my best when I was writing down what was going on at the National Institute of Journalism as a blog. Also I was paying attention to the instructors there. Overall, I showed positive attitude most of the time rarely being publicly critical of ideas and projects and engaged in activities and assignments without complaint.
Documentary Film-Making and Photography