Sunday, 12 August 2012

"Theres nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster!"

The IB is not easy. With 6 A Level subjects, plus Theory of Knowledge, plus a 4,000 word extended essay plus 150 voluntary hours organisation is key. And if you aren't organised you're in trouble.

This summer is my 'knife-edge'. At the end of year 12 I was debating whether or not to give up, and this summer is my chance to prove that I am strong enough to carry on for another year and not be succumbed to the pressure that it is causing me. 

So this summer I haven't got a lot to do, although what each task entails is a lot. My extended essay, which is based on English and on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is taking up a lot of time to write, and along with that I have a World Literature essay due on a play called A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen. But it's my summer Art and Photography project that I am enjoying most. It is hard work and involves a lot of book work, practical work, evaluating and predominantly trial and error, but I am becoming increasingly pleased with the results that I have. It is all based around 'primary functions' and making a 3D sculpture out of something that takes it out of its primary function. So I chose books, as I am passionate about reading and with English, and I chose to make book sculptures because that is taking it away from its primary function of reading the book. Now, you are looking at it.

I have completed one maquette, and if I have time once I have done my final pieces I will do more. But the other day I started on my Roald Dahl book sculpture based on Matilda which was my favourite Roald Dahl book. So I have cut out Miss Honey and Matilda, attached the wire to them that will make them stand up on the front of my box and now I am making ivy to decorate the inside and to creep out of the front of the box.

It is all hard work, but it will all be worth it. Expect more posts like this, because I am really happy with how this one is turning out. Yay!


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