Feedback recieved:


  • good overall vibe


  • keep the shirt white so there’s contrast and use impasto to create texture
  • I like the composition  it’s not boring (center)
  • the (heavy) background the (heavy) background *better sense of the background and can suggest that it is overpowering


  • I like the books, symbolism
  • Are u gonna add background
  • Add stuff to the left, it will look less plain

Process for Culture Tradition and Change

5 ideas (5 written and 3 of them sketched)
Composition 1
Composition 2
Composition 3
Final design color 1
Final design color 2


  1. Which idea did you choose for your final artwork? How can you include visual culture into your idea to show the time and place?

I chose my second idea for my final because it has a light approach to a serious topic. I incorporated a stack of books on top of the girl’s head to indicate the academic stress and pressure that is piled on a student. One of the books is falling because the girl is putting too many books on her head. However, she does not stop the book from falling or catch the book because if she does, the rest will fall. The flower sunglasses what she is supposed to be: the country’s future (someone who can bloom). I used red for the girl’s outline because it’s the color used when receiving graded tests or assessments. It reminds me of the giant checkmarks or crosses on the paper. Furthermore, red is symbolic of Chinese culture, which helps to build a sense of identity. I included these elements to show a fast-paced and competitive society where everyone is expected to be perfect. Yet, the standards are too harsh, so people tire themselves out when trying to achieve the standards.

2. What medium or combination of media do you plan to use for your final artwork? Why did you select this medium and how can you improve your skills in this medium or media before you start your final work?

I plan to use screen printing and acrylic (impasto) for my final artwork. I selected these two mediums because I think they create an interesting contrast where the lines from screen printing are thin, and the acrylic colors’ texture is thick. I also like how the use of impasto helps to set up the mood of the painting. I have multiple ways of improving my skills: (1) I can draw several rough drafts (2) I will adjust my previous print (the one shown in the last two pictures) slightly and print it multiple times to ensure that I am satisfied with it. (3) I will also put a piece of drafting paper next to my final canvas so before I apply the paint, I can test the effect.

3. What color combination will you use for your final project and why?

I will use the second color combination because it emphasizes the girl and creates a special contrasting effect. I also think that it carries more emotions in it. I didn’t choose combination 1 because viewers can barely see the girl in color combination 1 because of the black paper. The orange and white are also less attractive, in my opinion. However, in the picture above, the strokes look too stiff, so I would like to apply brush strokes similar to those applied in color combination 1 to achieve a more natural effect.

Final Reflective Blog Post

In this unit, I learned that writers use specific techniques to create humorous effects, some of the common methods used are exaggeration, incongruity, surprise, repetition, wisecracks, and sarcasm. I noticed that irony often goes along with humor in works of literature. For example, in the play Mother Figure the author uses the techniques of repetition, surprise, and incongruity to create humorous effects, and irony helps build up the play.  After this unit, I still want to learn more about the different types of poetry and the structure of poetry because I think I have a decent understanding of the language being used in poetry but not the structure.

(The analysis I made is basically all on the language)

At the beginning of the unit, I have set my SMART goal as “to submit high-quality work on time. I will revise and edit my work and turn off the WIFI when I’m working, so I’m not disturbed and wouldn’t procrastinate. It is within my power to accomplish it, and I think I can realistically achieve it. I want to accomplish it by the end of the Grade 9 English term.” I think I achieved it because over the last two assignments because I have had a pretty good understanding of the stylistic features of the works of literature based on the scores I received. Also, I handed the works in on time.

(My grades and feedback from Dr. Maloney.)

During this time, the challenge that occurred to me was to focus on the work assigned to me. Because there seem to be so many distractions learning online. Also, when I read the exemplars I often feel like something is missing from my work, but after adding more information I end up repeating myself. On the other hand, the successes I had over the past two assignments is that I had a mostly thorough understanding of the learning objectives, and that was because I would read the assigned text multiple times until I was sure about the text.

For the SAL part of this year, I would rate myself as satisfactory for both of the standards. First of all, for the responsibility standard, I would turn in work on time and would accept my peers’ and teacher’s feedback. I’m also prepared before learning. For the attitude strand, I set my goals realistically and try my best to remain focused while doing work, I also accept challenges and put in all of my efforts for assignments. However, I still need to be more initiative during learning and take more responsibilities for myself.

My goals for my learning in English 10 are 1) Be a more initiative learner in class and outside of class.  2) Submit high-quality work on time.

IDU-Final Reflective Blog Post

Collaboration is one of the most important things throughout the entire IDU process. To rate myself as a teammate, I would give myself satisfactory. Because I think I did quite well, for example, I always finish work on time, and I always stay on task throughout the process. However, I could work more effectively during group work. For example, I could volunteer to do more work after I’m finished with my assigned task. This way, our team could be more efficient, and we would not have to be stressed about the work that hasn’t been done at the end of the process. I also realized that I tend to avoid when conflicts happen, which has an adverse influence on our group. For example, two of my groupmates would fight or would be off-task, and I’m usually to shy to say anything about it. By not helping to solve the conflict, it usually takes longer for the group to go back to work because we would have to put the work aside and resolve disputes to go back to our tasks.

From my personal experience during this IDU unit, I would rank the norms 1. Paying Attention to Self and Peers 2. Paraphrasing 3. Posing Questions 4. Presuming Positive Intentions 5. Pausing 6. Putting Ideas on the Table 7. Providing Data

I ranked it this way because I think the most crucial point in collaborating is people’s attitude towards each other. And since this is a project with a minimal amount of time, paraphrasing is essential so that the whole group could focus on necessary information. Next is posing questions. Posing questions will help the group make better decisions because after getting the answers to the problem, the group would have a better concept on the topic. Then, I chose pausing because people can’t process that much information at once. To me, the other two strands “Putting Ideas on the Table” and “Providing Data.” this does not have that much to do with collaborating.

The easiest norm for me is posing questions is the easiest. Because we have very specific roles in our group (e.g., editor, cameraman, scriptwriter, and actor), so asking each other questions happens very often, and it made our working process smooth. On the other hand, the most challenging norm for me is paraphrasing. I usually gather lots of information during my research process. However, it’s typically hard for me to choose the key points to share with the group, which is an area of improvement for me.

Lastly, from this year’s collaborating experience, I learned that collaboration is most valuable when the group is sharing opinions because others always have new ideas and thoughts that you never thought of before. I think this IDU unit was an engaging experience, and I have learned a lot from my groupmates, peers, and teachers throughout this process.

Knitting Project: Create & Improve


In this project I learnt to make pom-poms for my hats. Making the hats were also a new experience for me. I watched youtube videos to learn and asked people around me to help.

Prototypes and testing:

For my prototype and testing stage I made a tiny hat, this was really helpful for me because I learnt the basic way of making the hat using a loom. In the later stage I followed this procedure, and made adjustments throughout the process.

User feedback data+Changes:

  • I tested my final product on my brother. (He is 4 years old) The hat was too small for him, so I now know that the target audience from 2-3 years old. This helped me narrowed down the target audience to a specific age group, instead of just saying toddlers in general.
  • I also added a pom-pom on the hat because the top didn’t come out that well. And the pom-pom made it more interesting. The pom-pom also gave me the idea of Christmas.
  • I also have several posters I designed for my my project, it was based on two themes, so I had a hard time choosing which one to use. The pink one focused on the warmth of the hats, and the black one focused on the design problem and how we should solve it by making hats.

Final design & Final Presentation:

Final Posters:

Final design:


Knitting Project: Develop & Plan


For the brainstorming stage I came up with two different types of knitting patterns, that I could choose from later. I also drew  different cartoon figures to add on the hat later. (Probably by using fabric of felt.) The product should be something like picture 3 but using my own design. (Replacing it with designs from picture 1)


For my prototype, I used cotton yarn to knit a tiny hat. I’ve learnt to knit this way by watching youtube videos and support from Ms. Taylor (who works with Ms. Patty in the MS iHELP group) I took about 15 minutes to make this hat, but I found out that it would take too long for me to knit a large amount of  hats. So, I decided to stick with a small loom for babies. (Not as small as this prototype) Now that I’ve tried making a hat with the loom, I’m pretty confident about making hats but not sewing the ends. (The process from picture 1 to picture 2) I would need more help when I get to that stage.


My plan is to finish 3-4 hats first (Or maybe ask my friends and family members so we could donate more.), then I would choose 1 cartoon design (shown above) to make tiny decorations that represent me. And to make my hat more creative.


-Finish hat quickly

-Choose final cartoon designs

-Start testing different materials for final design