The last classes, with our teacher Toia, we analysed all together some images of contemporary art from a lot of different contemporary artists. After having analysed all this masterpieces, out teacher made as a project to work on; we have to first look a definition about art by any artist, it could be a painter, musician, etc. After choosing the definition we liked the most, we had to choose a contemporary art which matched with our definition. The second task, was to choose the contemporary art we liked the most and answer several questions which consisted on identifying what we had seen in class with the painting we have choose. This is my work:

1.Picasso about art: “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth”









2.  a) The artwork made by Alex Senna, a Brazilian artist, I consider is the one that matches perfectly with my definition. I consider this because in this masterpiece we can observe how people or society itself is truly represented. In the definition that I choose Picasso affirms that art shows us the truth about the world. In this art work we can see how society is portrayed as a monotonous and a controlled one. All dressed the same way, doing the same things every single day. I think that this shows a clear criticism to society, how we never take risks and choose to live a boring and monotonous life instead of being ourselves and doing what we like the most.

b) The artwork I like the most:

3) Answer the following questions regarding the artwork chosen in question 2b.

a. What is it made of? Specify media (if it is a painting, sculpture, performance, installation, illustration, etc.) and technique.

This artwork made by PEJAC and is a painting. We can see how attractive this painting is as it has a huge variety of different colours. At the bottom of the painting we can see how realistic the objects are. We can see very precisely what that things are. In contrast with the top of the painting, in which we can not identify the objects of the artwork as it tries to make the effect that there are many things very far away.

b. What is represented? Describe the figures, images, what do they look like? Are they realistic, hyper-realistic, figurative or abstract?

In this artwork it is clearly portrayed the pollution and contamination in the world. I consider that this masterpiece shows how humans destroy the planet. Also I think it wants to bring awareness of the living conditions in which some people are living nowadays due to contamination and the unhealthy conditions which are shown in this painting. The image clearly shows how trash and dirt have contaminated all the crystal and pure water. It also shows how two little children are trying to fish something from this polluted river, trying to find anything to survive. This is a realistic picture.

c. How is it represented?

i) Composition: describe the organization of elements in the image (Where are they and how much space are they occupying).

In this artwork, as I have said before, we can see that the main objective is to cause an impression, an effect on people. To show how many children all over the world live in deplorable conditions and have no access to essential things. So, because of this, both kids in the boat are on the center of the picture. They are the most important part of the picture. They are in the center of the artwork. They occupy a little part of the artwork but still cause a huge effect. However, we can see that they are surrounded by a huge amount of trash. The trash is not in the center of the picture, but it occupies the 80% of it, which also means it’s an essential part of the picture. It’s the first thing you see when you look at the picture which also causes an effect on us.

ii)Colour palette: describe the group of colours used, not naming each one separately but what identifies them as a group (cool, warm, light, dark, pastels, bright, saturated, de-saturated, complementary, contrast or no contrast, monochromatic, achromatic and/or polychromatic).

In this artwork we can see their is a huge variety of colors. On the one hand, we can see all the trash which contaminate a river. It occupies most of the picture. The trash if shown with many bright colors, all very different. This bright colors are used by the artist to attract people. We can also see, that there is a path of the river which is not contaminated were we can see a bright blue. This shows a cool atmosphere.  This brightness is used to show the purity of the water. How clean and pure it really is. On the other hand, we can see how the two kids and the boat are shown with dark colors. I consider that the artist did this in order to show a contrast. What I mean with this is that, the surrounding of the boat (the trash) are shown in very bright colors full of light, so in order to make a contrast, he used dark colors to represent the kids. Besides, I also consider that the dark colors are used in order to show how kids lived. How obscure their lives are. It shows that their body is full of dirt and their cloths too.

d. How do you look at it? Describe where you look first and how your gaze moves around the piece, and explain why.

When I looked at this artwork for the first time, the first thing that I saw were the two little boys in their boat. Although, now that I had a clear view of all the picture, I think that the common thing would have been that I looked first to all the trash because it occupies the 80% of the picture and because of it bright colors. In spite of this, I looked first at the kids cause it was what it first caught my attention; because the contrast it makes within all the picture. As I didn’t understand quite well what the picture was trying to show I looked to what it called my attention next: the huge amount of trash surrounding this little boat. Finally, the last thing I looked at was the light blue pure river, because my attention was so focus on all the contaminating objects surrounding the poor little boys, that when I at last looked to what they where doing I finish to understand another message of the artwork; not only to cause an effect on pollution, but to cause an effect of the living conditions of kids all over the world.

e. How does it make you feel? Why? Describe your feelings, explain which visual resources you believe are triggering those feelings and why.

This artwork caught my attention as soon as I saw it. The main aim of the artist which was to cause an effect on us was ,in my opinion, fulfilled successfully. This picture really caused an effect on me. I consider it’s incredible how a painting can transmit much more than any text. Besides of being a an incredible painting with great techniques, it shows important issues which are happening nowadays. It also, in my opinion, shows a criticism to society; how we let this happen. How we don’t care about the world at all, how we damage our planet and create deplorable conditions for kids to grow up and form. This painting transmits so much to me and makes me rethink many issues; my lifestyle, how I do not care about the planet as I should. How I sometimes do not value what I have, knowing there are people who would die to have what I do. I think that the fact that the painting is so realistic causes a bigger effect on me and provoke all this feelings. If the panting had been abstract, it wouldn’t had called my attention as it did.

f. What do you think is the meaning or message of the artwork? Explain with your own words what you believe the artwork is expressing, what topic it is referring to and the message or comment behind it.

As I have mentioned previously, I consider that the main purpose of this painting is to bring awareness to society. Which this I mean that the artist is trying to show a reality which a lot of people do not know about (or prefer to ignore). This artwork deals with to important topics which people should know and become involved; pollution and the bad living conditions in which many kids are living nowadays. This is a situation which is very preset all over the world, and need to change as it consequences are terrible. When I saw this painting I realised that maybe, in our daily routine we don’t even notice all this things as we are worried about others. However, choosing and analysing this picture made me realise how less compromise we put to this things, which in fact are the most important ones. We should start to care about real issues like the one the painting is transmitting, instead of superficial things. This masterpiece caused a real effect on me and I think on every person that has seen it. It made me think how far was I doing something to change this. I think the message of this picture is really clear and it produces a huge effect on the people who see it.

4) Associate the analyzed piece of art in question 3 with a song. How are they related? What elements in the song can be considered similar to the visual art piece? Explain.

The song that I choose is “The landscape is changing” by a band called Depeche Mode. I think that the painting that I choose and this song have many things in common mainly because they both transmit the same message, the fact that humans are destroying the world. First of all, they both deal with a criticism to society; the song says “cause I don’t care you are going nowhere, you take care of the world”. With this the song shows how us human beings do not take care of the world, as it’s also shown in the painting. In the picture this is shown by presenting a blue crystal river full of trash which contaminates it all, damaging not only the purity of the water but the sea animals. The song and he painting are both similar because they were made for a specific purpose, an specific meaning. Music and and paining are both a form of art which, in this case, are used to transmit the same message.


A brand new way of learning :)

 E- portfolios

Last week our literature teacher, Pat Chujman, presented us how we are going to work this year; instead of learning in a traditional way we are going to make our own e- portfolio. This is a brand new method of learning and understanding things we analyse in class. But the best part is that we are able to connect what we learn with things we like; it can be connected with books, series, paintings or even with personal experiences. We are free to choose how to make our e- portfolios which is also great because it’s a way of showing our knowledge and being able to connect what we like with what we learn . After watching a video and reading some texts about what an e- portfolio is, our teacher gave us a task: make a summary of what e- portfolios are and take a look on the e- portfolios of students that are now in senior 5, and make a reflection about their portfolios. Here I will leave the summary of some texts and videos we analysed in class and my reflection on some e- portfolios. 

TASK 1: Make connections between the video and the text. Write the summary.

An e- portfolio is a new method of learning in which students show their knowledge and understanding on one subject by making several posts in their electronic folder. E- portfolio, besides of showing the understanding and knowledge of the students, is a way of learning. They learn the different topics by relating them with things they like or personal experiences. It’s also a good way for students to see their progress and learn from their mistakes in order to improve.

Besides of relating their classes with personal experiences and things they like, the e- portfolio allows students to relate the topics seen in class with other subjects too. E- portfolios are not only a way of showing understanding on certain topics, but a way of expressing, of showing how creatives students are, a way to develop their imagination. The e- portfolio is totally personal; students can include whatever they like in order to provide a true understanding on subject. They are free to organise it the way they like the most and the way they consider is the best for their true understanding. The method of learning that e-portfolios implicate is called constructivism, and it suggests that people can learn by constructing knowledge on their own. This means that with all the information learnt, they are able to connect it with other things and come up with new ideas and conclusions. The process of learning is more important than grades and results, that’s why the e- portfolios are a great way of learning; they show the process the student has made and their knowledge. E- portfolios show teachers the student’s process as well as their understanding of the topic in a innovative and creative way.  

TASK 2: Visit some blogs from the students who are in Senior 5 now. Check out their last year portfolios. Choose 3 students and say:

-what you like about their portfolio

I visited all the blogs of the students from senior 5, and the ones that I liked the most were from; Rochi Vago, Margui Muller and Otto Kreutzer. On the one hand, I really liked the portfolios of Margui and Otto because they both connected what they had seen in class with their lives and personal experience. Margui, after reading the poem “Home is so sad” , made reference to the different homes were she lived since she was little and how each house has a different memory, creates a different emotion on her.  And Otto, after reading “The lady in the looking glass” , made a connection with the protagonists feelings and fears, compared to a similar situation he had been through when he was young. Besides, Otto in his posts, made references to other portfolios from his classmates, which I think it was very interesting! On the other hand, I really liked Rochi’s e- portfolio because it was very complete and organised, but mostly because in some of her post she made references to music. She related the poems and stories she had read with songs and connect them, providing a very interesting analysis. I was able to notice how much effort and dedication the three of them put on their e- portfolio and how they were really able to understand certain topic relating them with their personal experiences or the things they like.


-what is missing according to what you have read

If I had to analyse what is missing in each of the portfolios I would said that in Otto’s for example, the use of images could have helped for people to visualize what he was saying, a way of causing not only an effect with words but also a visual effect. On Rochi’s and Margui’s eportfolio I think that nothing is missing. They both connected what they learnt in class with personal experiences; providing pictures, poems, references to series and books they had read.  However, on Margui’s eportfolio I could observe that there is not a final post about the eportfolio. Something to conclude, to share her feelings and emotions about this new projects.