El Projecto de la biografia:
For this project we created a description and art piece of a famous Spanish idol of our choice. I decided to design my project around Charo who is a famous flamenco guitarist. The first step was to research her life and write a biography from the start of her life to present day. Then I chose the most important events and started to memorize it. Once I had the biography, I started on the art piece. Instead of doing a paining or drawing I decided to do a guitar piece in the style of Charo. I combined a simple Spanish scale with some improve and a piece called Capricho Arabe. Overall the piece was longer then I wanted so I picked my favorite parts and incorporated it the best I could.
El Dia de los muertos:
A few shots from exhibition night...
Receta- Crema Catalan:
For this project we were asked to make a traditional Spanish dish that used commands throughout the recipe. Izzy and I decided to make Crema Catalan, a traditional dish throughout Catalonia (a section of northern Spain).
This project was by far the biggest and most exciting Spanish project of the year. We started off by learning a little about the culture through videos and different readings. We then read La Tumba which was a story which focused around the tradition of Day of the Dead. After reading the book we wrote two of our own calaveras, which is basically a poem that pokes fun at a profession or particular person. To wrap it up we created something to honor a dead relative or someone close to us. We then exhibited our work at a local theater where we had our own Day of the Dead celebration.
For this project we were asked to create the most refined piece of work possible. For me this took over 5 drafts of both calaveras to create beautiful work. At the time it felt completely redundant rewriting the drafts because of something as silly as an accent missing, but i'm glad I did. With the calavera of my choice I was then able to create a visual representation that wouldn't have been nearly as detailed without a complete calavera to go along with it.
After completing this project I learned a lot about the Mexican culture. I always knew the Day of the Dead was all about skeletons, graves and dead people, but I never knew the relevance of the holiday. I still find it a little bit creepy how they dance on graves and paint themselves to look like dead people but it is now a lot more clear that it is simply a celebration of the life of the dead. Since they were not socialized to think of death as such a scary thing it is perfectly normal and just like any other holiday.
El Raro que soy:
-La Reflección del Proyecto-
In this project we were asked to create an art representation for the letter we sent off to Mexico. The letter was just describing ourselves to future "pen pals" in Mexico. The art piece we had to choose an image that represent us, so obviously I choose my cat.
One specific skill I learned though out this project was the organization of a letter in Spanish. It is fairly similar to an English letter but no the less different.
My ability to describe people in Spanish has drastically improved because I have learned stature and a variety of adjectives to describe people.
I ended up spending a lot of time on my art representation, I mean it might look simple but I had to write out each little word in order of the letter.
If given a chance to redo this project I would have spent less time on writing the little words and focused more on the big picture. In the end almost half the page is blank and looks really unfinished. I like the top half so I would carry it down to the bottom half next time.