Friday, August 28, 2015

PowerPoint and putting people to sleep.



When was the last time you saw or did an interesting or exciting presentation? Was it creative? Are you creative? You are about to do your first real presentation in class. 

There is a certain level of expectations, after all, you are in Level 5. However there are a few things that you have to take into account: 

You will go online and investigate an art movement, particularly in the plastic arts (painting to be more specific). Ask your classmates so topics are not repeated.

You will do this presentation in PowerPoint. There are so many PowerPoint presentations that are just absolutely boring. 
  1. So don't be boring. Here is a fun video that you can watch to get an idea of what to avoid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbSPPFYxx3o 
  2. Speaking in public can be a little scary... or very scary. Here are some tips on how to do it better; http://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Public-Speaking-Tips 
  3. The other thing is that you have to be as creative as possible. Don't be an immitation of everything you dislike, just because that is so much easier. On http://fundersandfounders.com/how-to-be-creative-31-ways/ , we read:
    "Creativity isn’t hard. You shouldn’t be out there, wondering how to find it. You should be focusing your effort into finding what makes you feel inspired.
    I’ll give you one great reason why you should at least try to be creative:
    Life is boring without creativity. It becomes stale and predictable.
    You don’t want to become stale and predictable do you?
    I’m only talking to you like this, because you need a wake up call. Your creativity is not something you can unlock through a blog (ironically, even though that’s just what this blog is intended to do).
    It’s something inside of you.
    Creativity is a realization, more than something we practice.
    I’m not saying you’ll be able to paint like Rembrandt, because that is art. Art isn’t directly equivalent to creativity."
  4. I expect you to follow all these links in order, read all texts completely:So go to http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Creative read it
    then to http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/tp/how-to-boost-creativity.htm and take the following points into account.

    a. Play

    Feeling the need for speed, Ben Franklin, as a boy, crafted one of the earliest sets of swim fins. Architect Frank Gehry, who designed the gravity-defying Walt Disney Concert Hall, in Los Angeles, has been known to construct model buildings out of crumpled paper instead of using a computer.

    b. Borrow Ideas

    William Shakespeare famously filched plot points for many of his plays, including King Lear. (As French author François-René de Chateaubriand wrote, “The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.”) Steve Jobs copied the idea of the personal computer from a Xerox prototype and ran with it.

    c. Sleep on It

    Salvador Dalí once said, “All of my best ideas come through my dreams.” Sigmund Freud’s fascination with his own dreams led to a new avenue for exploring psychology.

    d. Collect Every Seed of an Idea

    Martha Graham, grande dame of modern dance, kept copious notebooks scribbled with quotations from Plato and Virgil, alongside choreography notes. Woody Allen stuffs scraps of paper with script ideas (“Man inherits all the magic tricks of a great magician”) in a bedside drawer.

    e. Embrace Constraints

    In 1907 asthma-suffering janitor James Murray Spangler was in search of a dust-free vacuum cleaner, so he concocted a machine from a box fan, a soapbox, a pillowcase, and a broom handle. Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, was challenged by his publisher to write a book using only 50 words. Green Eggs and Ham was the result.

    f. Commune With Nature

    Ludwig van Beethoven heard symphonic melodies in the sounds of the countryside. In 1941 Swiss engineer George de Mestral invented Velcro after observing the burrs that stuck to his clothing and his dog’s fur during a walk in the woods.

    g. Compete

    The Beach Boys and the Beatles had a rivalry that led to each band’s greatest albums. Inspired by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, Brian Wilson created Pet Sounds, which Paul McCartney tried to outdo with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.—Yolanda Wikiel
  5. At the end you will leave a comment (with your name) in the blog describing what your topic will be and saying why it is creative and different, and how all of this information will improve your experience. 
This type of activity is called a webquest. This is designed to help you give a very successful presentation. 

Rules for presentations:


  • Presentations will be given on Monday the 31st. So you have enough time to prepare well. You have to email it to me NO later than August 30th at 10 PM, to ralfortiz@gmail.com
  • You can NOT read you presentation. You MUST show me your notes on Wednesday so I can approve them. No notes = NO presentation.
  • Presentations will be NO shorter than 2 (two) minutes and NO longer than 3 (three) minutes. Time yourself. Practice.
  • Presentations will be graded according to this criteria. So you MUST download this document, in order for you to know and understand what you will be graded on.  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8LMPs_KWSqMaGNISFdYeTE2bjA/edit?usp=sharing 
  • If you have questions, talk to me.
SUCCESS IS YOURS!!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EUROPE! Countries, Cities, Nationalities and Dishes

Welcome, San Pablo high school. 
Vocabulary is very important. In this activity we are going to learn vocabulary for counties and languages IN ENGLISH. 
How many countries in Europe can you name? What is the capital of Denmark? What is the official currency in Turkey? What is the official language of Finland? You may, or may not agree with me, but there things you (we) have to know. I know some people feel that learning a lot of information might actually be useless. Knowledge can never be useless.


  • You will first test your memory by taking a quiz on Europe and its geography, just for fun.
  • After that, complete this chart in English. 
  • When you finish, email the document to ralfortiz@gmail.com; The subject and the name of the attachment should be YOUR_NAME_Europe.
  • All the information you gather you will use in another project. 
  • And that is all for San Pablo.
  • In addition, you will go to this link after class and study the parts of speech. This information is VERY important for you to understand how English works; http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/parts-of-speech.html


Have fun!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Final Presentations

For your final project you have to convince people your age, people like you to visit, and continue visiting, museums. For your presentation think about these questions:

  • Did you find beauty in museums and art?
  • Would you go back?
  • Can you attract people to experiment the sensation of going to museums?
  • Can you really capture a young person's attention?
  • Can you be convincing?
  • Can you be AUTHENTIC, HONEST and ORIGINAL?
You might want to write some more questions for yourself.

Also, remember that it is very important for you to express your well thought out ideas. Do not just go to the cliches, the empty words that everyone repeats. Speak from your heart. Go back to the previous posts and look at the speaking an presentation tips. Be yourself. Use different intonations, use your body, look at people in the eye. Show everybody that you know what you are talking about.
  1. BE PROFESSIONAL. 
  2. You can present in anyway you like; PowerPoint or with other material.
  3. Executive uniforms must be worn as specified in your rule book.
  4. Use example and arguments that are clear. 
  5. There is NO reading.
  6. If you present in a team (pairs), BOTH member must speak equally.
  7. Projects will be presented on Tuesday, June 2nd. The class starts at 7 and you are expected to be there, fully prepared. ON TIME!
  8. Late arrivals will be counted as absences, and may lose points if they are disruptive.
  9. If i call your team and you or your partner are not there, you lose your opportunity.
  10. You must turn in a written document containing the detailed arguments and points of you presentation. If the material has been copied and pasted and/or translated literally your grade will be severely affected. If you do not turn in a document you will not be allowed to present.
Success is yours

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

An Artist Like Me


We all have, or have had, an artistic vein. Your job for your last presentation before the final project, is to find an artist like you.
Yes. You read right, an artist like you. (1) Go the entry on museum virtual tours. (2) Choose an artist, and (3) make a 6-slide PowerPoint presentation about how YOU and the artist are similar and two ways in which you are different. (4) Include specific examples of the painting or scupture or photograph that highlight these similarities or differences. 
(5) You will also read this and PAY ATTENTION. You might also want to watch the video I had shared with you, in order to organize your presentation as I broke it down for you last Monday. Finally (6) you must include notes in the presentation so that I may see them as you are presenting without reading.
THIS presentation, as well as last week's MAC presentation are the most important ones.
Presentations MUST BE sent to my email (ralfortiz@gmail.com) by today at midnight.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Final Stretch



Well we are getting near the end. So we need to sharpen our skills. I have been asking you to open your mind to new possibilities. To begin with, I need you to read this article and take some notes. Where do agree? Where do you disagree? Tell me.



Once you have done that go here and find out what you need to make awesome presentations. pay attention, there are some tactical tips as well. Then, tell me which slide & tactical tips you find most challenging and why. Remember that the idea is for you to take a chance on creativity.



Here are some more ideas to enhance your presentations.

As you know, your assignment is to go to the MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) and take extensive notes on your impressions, and how you feel about what you saw. We do not need a list of what they are showing there, or the history of the museum. We need you to open, both, your heart and mind. Your presentation will be precisely about that. I will need to see your notes. Remember that you can NOT type your notes into your phone so as not to get distracted. Again, this presentation is a VERY PERSONAL deal.Don't be afraid! Don't cheat yourself out of this experience. Avoid short cuts.





From the Journals of Keith Haring.

"I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it." -Keith Haring

Now that you have read the post, and reviewed the links you will go to the comment section and leave an extensive comment on each question answering what has been asked.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One of a kind museums



"Arte es la actividad mediante la cual puede reconstruirse el mundo, cuando el mundo ha desaparecido."
 -César Aira, Fragmentos de un diario en Los Alpes.

There are museums in nearly every city in the world. In such a wide range of offers, it is only natural to find unique museums and galeries dedicated to unsual subject matter. Wax Museums are a clear example of this. They have become a chain, and quite the tourist attraction. You can read a bit how Madame Marie Tussaud came to be known for her wax figures.

There are some museums that are far from being average; they are truly one-of-a-kind. These places can either represent a community, or cater to special interests.. 


For example, we have the MOBA. Read and find out about its origins and philosophy; then, look at their collection. 


Why do you think we need places that are so unique?


With the idea of the Techno Museum coming to Frankfurt, your assigment is an easy one today. Go on line, and find a one-of-a-kind museum that you would like us to know about. 



  • You will give your presentations in pairs. 
  • ONE more time I ma asking you to be as unconventional as possible. 
  • Ask yourself how you can inciorporate the subject matter of the museum into the dynamic of your presentation.

Success is yours.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thinking out side the box.

You and I know that here are no formulas to becoming more creative. I really want to get you to think outside the norm. 
Here is a brief list of tips to help you be a better observer
After that, I want you to watch and I listen to some people  and try to look inside your life perhaps change your perpective.
Goldie.
Art education.
Change
Steal.