Inquiry Journal 2015-05-21

Today was the day that I did my interview with the artist from Place des Arts. I feel like the interview went quite well, I asked my questions thoughtfully but didn’t take too long and the artist was very nice and answered each question fully. She gave me some good advice and some handouts of certain techniques.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-16

DCD affected my early school life, grade 3 and onwards, because that was the time when you were really learning how to write.  We didn’t really know I had DCD yet, and there was confusion over why I couldn’t write as fast as the other kids.  My LA grade was rarely ever above a C.  It irritated me, what’s wrong with me?  Why can’t I do this like I’m supposed to do?  Is there a reason, am I just not good at writing.  Everyone said my writing would improve in time but it never did.  Around grade 4 was when we went to the doctor to see why, and I was diagnosed with DCD.  I started going to the occupational therapist to work on hand writing, coordination, balance, tying my shoes etc.  Then I got the laptop and it became easier to do assignments.

It also affected my art and drawing skills because my eye/hand coordination to accurately draw.  I just figured I won’t draw then (avoidance) I didn’t think drawing would ever become a big part of my life.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-13

Over the course of the past couple of days I have managed to set up an interview with an artist from Place des Arts. We communicated via email and got a time, place, and date set up. I’m pretty happy that my inquiry is working out so far and I haven’t encountered any barriers or obstacles yet. I hope to get some tips on improving my drawing skills. Her approach to teaching is analytical, this will hopefully help me analyze my drawings and improve on them in the future. I’m interested to see how her method of teaching will affect my understanding of drawing. Maybe the analytical part will help my cognitive perception.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-07

I am in the middle of researching about the schools drawing tablet, the Cintiq 13HD Graphic Pen Tablet. There are a lot of different tablets, but I like this one because of its design, it’s comfortable, it’s easy to use and it’s light weight. The only problem is that there are too many wires to plug in and they tend to get tangled up. The pictures I wanted to draw came easily in my head but translating them onto paper was a bit more difficult. From my research into DCD people with it tend to have difficulties processing visual and tactile information. My drawings tend to be a bit scribbly with only a few details. There are some kids in the school who can draw super realistically, but I am not one of them. The tablet compensates for the shakiness of my hands by making the lines smoother than a pencils line.

 

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-02

Today I started to use the Drawing Tablet, it is similar to pen and paper but it feels different. There isn’t any give like there is with paper and the stylus is thicker than a pencil. There are many programs that can be used to draw. The one I am using is called Auto Desk Sketchbook and it is pretty reliable, but remembering to pick the tool that you need (i.e. pencil or eraser etc…) can be a bit of a challenge. At first I just drew humanoid figures and characters but I’m thinking about doing some still life.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-21

Today was the day that I did my interview with the artist from Place des Arts. I feel like the interview went quite well, I asked my questions thoughtfully but didn’t take too long and the artist was very nice and answered each question fully. She gave me some good advice and some handouts of certain techniques.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-16

DCD affected my early school life, grade 3 and onwards, because that was the time when you were really learning how to write.  We didn’t really know I had DCD yet, and there was confusion over why I couldn’t write as fast as the other kids.  My LA grade was rarely ever above a C.  It irritated me, what’s wrong with me?  Why can’t I do this like I’m supposed to do?  Is there a reason, am I just not good at writing.  Everyone said my writing would improve in time but it never did.  Around grade 4 was when we went to the doctor to see why, and I was diagnosed with DCD.  I started going to the occupational therapist to work on hand writing, coordination, balance, tying my shoes etc.  Then I got the laptop and it became easier to do assignments.

It also affected my art and drawing skills because my eye/hand coordination to accurately draw.  I just figured I won’t draw then (avoidance) I didn’t think drawing would ever become a big part of my life.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-13

Over the course of the past couple of days I have managed to set up an interview with an artist from Place des Arts. We communicated via email and got a time, place, and date set up. I’m pretty happy that my inquiry is working out so far and I haven’t encountered any barriers or obstacles yet. I hope to get some tips on improving my drawing skills. Her approach to teaching is analytical, this will hopefully help me analyze my drawings and improve on them in the future. I’m interested to see how her method of teaching will affect my understanding of drawing. Maybe the analytical part will help my cognitive perception.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-07

I am in the middle of researching about the schools drawing tablet, the Cintiq 13HD Graphic Pen Tablet. There are a lot of different tablets, but I like this one because of its design, it’s comfortable, it’s easy to use and it’s light weight. The only problem is that there are too many wires to plug in and they tend to get tangled up. The pictures I wanted to draw came easily in my head but translating them onto paper was a bit more difficult. From my research into DCD people with it tend to have difficulties processing visual and tactile information. My drawings tend to be a bit scribbly with only a few details. There are some kids in the school who can draw super realistically, but I am not one of them. The tablet compensates for the shakiness of my hands by making the lines smoother than a pencils line.

Inquiry Journal 2015-05-02

 

Today I started to use the Drawing Tablet, it is similar to pen and paper but it feels different. There isn’t any give like there is with paper and the stylus is thicker than a pencil. There are many programs that can be used to draw. The one I am using is called Auto Desk Sketchbook and it is pretty reliable, but remembering to pick the tool that you need (i.e. pencil or eraser etc…) can be a bit of a challenge. At first I just drew humanoid figures and characters but I’m thinking about doing some still life.