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Week Seven Term One 2014

So last week, interrupted by Athletics day and some of the stormiest weather we have had for a very long time; how much have we achieved?


Above, the students wrote themselves a plan for the week. They then had to stick to it, knowing I would blog about it and also direct our community to the blog actively as a way of keeping in touch with what is happening in our class. Tomorrow, all students are going to be asked to update their blogs to accurately reflect their progress so far, but the following notes are what I have particularly noticed over the past week.

Danielle, Dayna, Samuel, and Brooke have all planned their time well and used it well. Danielle has been experimenting with some nice ideas for managing movement and It has been really nice to see these 4 work together in sussing out how different techniques can work in achieving her desired effect. Really nice collegial and supportive environment.

Hayley Smith has a clearer direction for how to potentially handle this idea of childhood memories without necessarily just arranging still life material to do it, and I love the Art influences she is looking at too. These will be up on her blog with some test shots hopefully this week (when I tell her to get it done, because I already wrote about it!). These are interesting Artist choices and there is potentially a very clear and clever way forward here.

There is a loophole with our Year 13 students; 'Ailine Kei does her Photography course out of line and is missing out on the fun of me harrassing our class into writing their plans up so, next week photography is period 5 on a Monday, but her class is period 4. We will start an hour earlier in writing up the plan for the week.

With the Year 12 students, things have moved slower. These students are still very new to Photography and blogging about their progress. I imagine it will take a bit of time to get into a regular routine of doing this.
stand outs however, are Natasha, who is already shooting ideas and thinking things through within class and Estelle, who is making good progress with learning how to use the camera. Jamie and Ellery are developing their concepts slowly; Henry Hargreaves and his body of work looking at last meals of death row inmates is a source of inspiration for Ellery and the Starn brothers is a good start for Jamie. There are two students whose names are conspicuously absent, and that is because they too are absent enough, that progress is being hindered.

Again the same issue is arising with students working out of line; Jacob, Bay and Vangie are somewhat disadvantaged by their not being included here, but their class is period 3 on the Monday, so I guess we start the planning another hour earlier than 'Ailine!

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Where to find your course work and feedback for your class this year:

On our google site:

https://sites.google.com/a/hornby.school.nz/visarts/
Book mark this if you haven't already.


If you hover over the NCEA Visual Art levels' 1 - 3 button, you get to see the course outlines drop down. you can select to see one of those there. 

Otherwise, if you want your class page, click on the blue tab directly. it takes you here:

You should all know what line you are in by now. Clicking on the correct line, will take you to your own class resources, including our shared google sheet, which also has your blog addresses on it. Because of the nature of google sites at this point, unless you have editing permissions for the whole page. you will only be able to VIEW this sheet from here. However, you do have it in your google drive in 'shared with me'. 

This is where all the feedback we have talked through in class should be recorded. It means you can always go back to it. Now that you know how to find it, I would like you to make sure you are always act…

Your work for the next week:

I am away for you guys until Thursday.
This is a group email to all the year 12’s in both my senior classes.
I feel like you are all working really well on your starts to your folio’s. There are no where near enough blog posts happening however.
By the end of Tuesday, i would like to see a new blog post from every student. I also want you to specifically comment on a blog post from 2 other students in your class. It does not matter if they are in year 12 or not.
How do you eat a whole elephant? Piece by piece - the same way you make your folio happen.
Your blog is worth credits too and it is a safe way to keep your work for when you lose your book. It happens.
I will keep an eye on who is posting and when and respond to each of you. I am expecting you to use your blog to seek feedback from me and your classmates too.