Kung Fu Master
Do you remember when we saw the Kung Fu performance last year? Quite impressive, wasn’t it?
Kung Fu is the martial art that was developed in China. In other words, it is a Chinese traditional martial art. There are plenty of fighting forms in Kung Fu, such as Long Quan or Hou Quan. Just like you can notice from its names, the forms are made from the movement of animals or insects. For example, Tang Lang Quan, which is made from how a mantis hunts, mainly uses hands just like a mantis and attacks humans’ vulnerable spots.
One of our new Afterschool Activities, Cartoon Animation, is taught by Mr. Rubio. I had short interview with him and what I’m going to write is based on this interview and his website.
The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop the basic perceptual and compositional skills necessary to communicate a range of subject matter, symbols, ideas, and concepts using knowledge of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art techniques and processes. Painting is a language and drawing is like writing. If you can read and write, then you can learn to draw. If drawing is like writing, then the classification of the animated drawing is a record, an expression, or an explanation of current events. A reflection of history, in so much as art history is a proven witness to human events and interactions. The Protagonist is also the hero in each story, from Felix the Cat, to Bugs and Scooby, through Fred, Homer, and Family Guy to the greatest American Cartoon Hero of all time, Mickey Mouse.
The following is the order by which we present remarkable elements of this American Original Art Form in the classroom. Like Jazz Music and RockNRoll, cartoon moving picture animation technology and art were seen first in the United States at the dawn of the 20th Century. Because a large part of this history takes place in New York and Florida, within six degrees of separation between the work of the Fleischer Brothers and the Walt Disney, it has been great fun developing a series of drawing lessons on this topic.
Global Issues Group (G.I.G)
I saw several posters about what G.I.G was going to do last year. Some people, including myself, might think ‘what exactly is G.I.G?’ I know nothing about it. That means I don’t have any kind of basic idea I can start searching from. Yep. It’s time for interview with Ms. Rachel Rust.
What is GIG?
GIG stands for Global Issues Group. We are a club that meets afterschool during afterschool activities and is open to any students from grade 6 through 12.
What is it about?
GIG is a community service organization that deals with global environmental and social issues. This year in GIG we are starting off by trying to revamp the school paper recycling program, donation boxes, and our own website. Other activities that we are planning on carrying out this year are the annual beach cleanup, Human Rights Week with MUN, and proposals on how to save energy at school.
Do you have anything else that you want to say? Or is there anything that students should know about GIG?
GIG members will be presenting information regarding paper recycling, the collection boxes, and the launch of our website to homerooms in the near future. When school wide activities, such as beach cleanup are scheduled, anyone is welcome to attend. We look forward to working with you all soon.
An after school activity is really a useful way to find out what you are good at or to develop skills that you can’t in class. Try to join one you like and enjoy!
Interview by Leo H.