Friday, September 14, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

There are seven Elements of Art. These elements are line, shape, form, value, space, texture, and color. Line, value and texture were all included in the process of making this digital still life painting. This picture is from Mr. Sanderl. Line was used when I moved the paint brush from one point on the drawing to the next. Value is also referred to the "tone" of the drawing. It deals with how light or dark the color is. We see and understand objects because of their lightness and darkness so it was a key element in making this still life painting. And lastly, texture. Texture helped add an illusion to the feeling of the painting. I really enjoyed drawing the bigger outlines such as the whole mug, compared to the drawings on the mug. I found it difficult to draw the tiny details.

My land scape image was taken a while ago at Kalapaki beach. From my understanding, value was a huge key in this landscape image. The lightness and darkness changes drastically throughout the image. Because I was absent while we did this piece, I mainly stuck to the tutorial that we were given. I played with the adjustments a little bit, but it seemed that it looked best as the default. The still image took a bit more focus and effort where as the landscape image was easier and more of a "follow the directions" kind of thing.

The portrait photo that I used for this last piece is of my little sister. We were by the rock wall by Amonias. This picture means a lot to me because it shows her really goofy side and it was just a really fun day. Several of the Elements of Art were used in this were line, value, and attempted texture.

My highest result from the critique was on my mixed piece. I received one 4 on it and in my opinion, I think they were just being nice. There was a lot I could still work on if time permitted. My lowest score, however, was all the 2's on my still image. It was not finished and it was obvious. I do agree with my overall critique results though. Like mentioned before, if I had the time, I do believe that I could have done a lot of a better job. This project was fun and taught me about time management and how being absent for two days can really mess up the progress of this art. 

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation is the rise and fall in the voice while speaking. Inflection is when the pitch in the voice is modified. Without intonation and inflection, the audience would most likely get really bored. I'm sure that you have heard someone speak without any life in their voice. They kind of just sound flat the whole time they're talking which could lead to the audience being lulled into a sleepy state. For this group project, I was the vocal talent, but I also wrote a lot of the script. Our original script writer wrote an entire script before realizing that it did not fit the requirements whatsoever. That's where I stepped in and wrote the script. I have to admit, it was rushed because we were running on very little time before we had to record. The rehearsal process is definitely a crucial part, especially if the whole crew wasn't writing any parts of the script. We had little time so we only read over it a couple of times before we pressed the red button.


I think our group did pretty well considering some obstacles we faced, such as absent members, script mistakes etc. During the critique, there was a comment that the audio was entertaining. I heard a little giggle every here and there as well. I think we did a pretty okay job of keeping the audience engaged. If I had to do this project again I think I would probably choose different members just for diversity. Our members didn't exactly get along all the time either so it'd be best to choose different groups.


ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

The FCC, Federal Communication Commissions, monitors and regulates communication through radio, television, wire, satellite and cable across the country. It's their job to enforce America's communication laws. However, if someone is caught violating the terms of these laws or regulations it would be dubbed as infringement. Copyright infringement is very common and that is the result of people not being aware of the "fair use" rules. There are two categories allowing an individual to use an original piece from someone else. One is commentary and criticism and the other is a parody. An example of commentary and criticism is when a talk show or a radio station plays a small snippet of either a movie/tv show or a song to comment and or criticize it. A parody is when you take that original piece and put your own spin on it so it's not exactly like the original.

On YouTube there is such thing as a copyright strike system which means that if you are caught with a copyright product on your channel you get let off with a warning and the video will be taken down, but if you reach the third strike then the copyright video along with the rest of your channel will be deleted. That's why there are ways to get permission to use the original piece. The basic steps of asking for permission is to first determine if permission is needed. Then, identify the owner and identify the rights needed and contact the owner to negotiate whether payment is required or not. Finally, if permission is granted then be sure to get your permission agreement in writing.

Consequences will be given if you didn't get permission. Those caught copyrighting can face serious criminal penalties. First-time copyright infringement cases can be fined up to $250,000 and five years in jail. Copyright offenders that are caught more than once will be fined $250,000 and up to 10 years in jail. This could also lead to a damaged reputation, not just for yourself, but for your company also.

Confidentiality is the act of keeping something secret and private. Examples of this would include doctor-patient confidentiality, keeping your social security number confidential, and also your physical location. Social media can impact your confidential information in a couple ways. A big one would be sharing your location allowing others that follow you to see your whereabouts and what time you were there. Just last year snapchat had a big update where there's a map and your little bitmoji is visible and your location as well as how long ago you were there is available to followers. That exposes your physical location and whereabouts. Of course there is an option to turn location off, but some may be unaware that their location is turned on.

When words, images, or ideas that are "offensive" are blocked out on tv, radio, magazines, etc, it is the act of censorship. Like when bad words are slurred out of songs on the radio or nudity is blurred out on television. People might argue that this clashes with the 1st Amendment with freedom of speech because curse words are blocked out, however, I think censorship is a very good rule. Children's parents shouldn't have to worry about whether their child will be exposed to inappropriate content while they're watching their show on an iPad or listening to music in the car.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ACO 2.0 - Market Shifts

There are a couple ways you would interpret the work "market". You may think of your local farmers market or the supermarket. However, the marketing that I'm referring to in this sense is basically the area by which commercial dealings are conducted. Now, a market shift is exactly what the term is, a shift in marketing. For example, the technology market is constantly shifting as technology advances. For instance, the iPhones. They are on a roll coming out with more and more editions of the iPhone.

I had the iPhone 6 before receiving the iPhone 7+ for an early Christmas present last year and there was a major difference. There was no place to plug in the earphones I originally owned. There were several things I could have done at this point. I could have bought the dongle or an adapter for my old earphones to fit into the designated area for my phone. Or I could have bought the newest earphones that would come with the whole package. I could have even bought bluetooth. What do all these options have in common? I would be buying something either way. Companies have figured out that if they take away certain features on their products then the consumers would buy the parts needed to replace the missing features. That way, they make more money.

Skills related to the Arts & Communication industry that I would like to improve on are my creativity and listening skills. I've always strived to be as creative as possible, but I haven't been very successful. Sometimes in class, while the teacher is lecturing, I'll see some of my classmates doodle and their doodles come out really good, but when I try I can't think of anything. Another skill I need to improve on is active listening. I can listen but active listening is a little more difficult.

ACO 2.1 Analyze how shifts in market affect changes to media and design.
ACO 2.2 Evaluate how changing communication needs of a market are addressed by media and design.
ACO 2.3 Propose media and design solutions that address the changing needs in global markets.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ACO 4.0 - Communication Strategies

Communication is key. The way you communicate most likely varies depending on the crowd. Throughout the day we all interact with different audiences. Most students with siblings might start out the day talking with their brother or sister while getting ready for school. Maybe they didn't even talk with their brother or sister; they could have started their day by yelling at their sibling to get out of the bathroom already. Others may start their days talking with their parents or maybe they don't talk to anyone until they get to school.

The first person I talk to when I wake up in the morning is usually one of my sisters. On an average school day, I would wake up my little sister and help her get ready for school and she'd sometimes tell me about the dream she had. If not my younger sister, I'll talk to my other sister.  She is basically my human diary. She knows everything that goes on in my life and she's learned how to deal with all my mood swings. I would say she is the one I'm most comfortable being my full self with. How I talk to my sisters are very different from when I talk to my parents. For me, personally, I speak to my mom and dad very respectfully and I very rarely give attitude or talk back because that would most definitely not end well for me.

 I often tell my mom what's going on in my life also, but of course I can't say everything. Although mom understands, gives good advice for the issues, and I'm always myself around her 24/7, I do feel like I can't talk to her about somethings. Some topics I share with her sometimes we disagree. Sometimes I feel like I can't tell her my side of the argument because it might be mistaken for sass. To improve getting my point across I just need to speak up more instead of being afraid to share my thoughts and opinion. I'd like to think that I communicate with my friends the same way I do with my sisters. My sister strongly disagrees. She claims that I'm always mad at them and then quickly change my mood when talking to friends.

Junior year is said to be the most important year in your high school career. This is the year where everything counts. Colleges focus on how you handle the workload since it is the closest amount to work you will receive in college. I haven't really looked at any colleges because I've been going back and forth with my career ideas for a while. I'm just not really sure what I would major in college so it's been a challenge trying to figure everything out. I'm interested in going into ultrasonography, but then I have also been looking into teaching kindergarten. Two very different career fields. I'm kind of leaning more towards the sonography side. I believe that I possess most communication skills that are needed to go into the medical field. I am kind with people, enjoy helping others, and I am understanding. A skill I could work on would definitely need to work on would be to improve my memory. Failing to remember things may be a result to my lack of sleep. So, I could try catch more Zs.

ACO 4.1: Devise communication strategies to promote individual accountability and team success.
ACO 4.2: Use effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to facilitate positive interactions.
ACO 4.3: Apply appropriate interpersonal skills to establish positive and sustained relationships with clients.