final assessment - art & music : MASTER POST
Hey Mr. Bersche! To help you out I made a master post of all the reflection questions. All you have to do is click on the link and VOILA! 
Introduction
Artists
Open Doors
Stepping Up
But Thinking Makes it So
Art Community Passion
My Favourites
Doing this program is one of the best decisions and risks I have ever taken. The time it took to convince my mom to let me participate was worth it. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be exposed to amazing teachers and mentors, new people and artists, and an environment that encouraged me to grow. Thank you.
Kiara

final assessment - art & music : MASTER POST

Hey Mr. Bersche! To help you out I made a master post of all the reflection questions. All you have to do is click on the link and VOILA! 

Introduction

Artists

Open Doors

Stepping Up

But Thinking Makes it So

Art Community Passion

My Favourites

Doing this program is one of the best decisions and risks I have ever taken. The time it took to convince my mom to let me participate was worth it. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be exposed to amazing teachers and mentors, new people and artists, and an environment that encouraged me to grow. Thank you.

Kiara

final assessment - art & music : my favourites

You see those beautiful people? I am able to call them my friends. And those beautiful people are only a small portion of the larger whole that I got to meet and be with everyday for 5 months. I want to say THANK YOU to those beautiful people because you made every ounce of these 5 months rewarding and memorable.

One of the coolest things about MADE, by far, is the way you approach teaching us. To people outside of MADE, it may seem useless to do a project about rock and roll or macro photography. But from all those projects, I learned all those transferable skills you need for the rest of your life - time management, good work ethic, commitment, etc.

The Guelph Youth Music Centre was the perfect location. We had multiple spaces to have classes in so we could always change it up. Having the option to work outdoors made me really happy (even though the winter was excruciatingly long). If next year the weather was better, sooner, I would suggest having classes outside every once and a while!

Meeting the local artists is something I would never have gotten to do if I didn’t do this program. Bring all of them back next year! My family is very sheltered and not about the Guelph scene. I’m excited to be more involved in my community because of all the things they have taught me.

Going to the university is another one of my favourite things. A campus tour and a chance to be independent in a bigger environment. Doing workshops could have been a good learning opportunity, but meeting the students and hearing their stories was the best part.

I just loved MADE, okay? Okay. :)

Kiara

final assessment - art & music : but thinking makes it so

History of Rock and Roll was easily the project I was most excited for. I was anxious to learn all about the Blues from the 30s and 40s and my partner Matt was most likely delighted to fill my empty brain with musical knowledge. I was now experienced in video making (after making the art movement video) and was ready to try out my new skills. I pushed myself to work hard on this project and was positive we could get it done with time to spare. I also really enjoyed the work process, finding a good mix of work and play. I think my willingness to learn and positive attitude had an impact on how I approached this project.

One specific moment I remember getting a negative attitude was a few weeks into the play process. I felt like days were a little unorganized and not a lot was being accomplished. This caused me to become frustrated and stressed. I didn’t believe our production would be successful. I feared the audience would see how we had to rush to pull everything together, spotting mistakes and slip ups. My negativity stemmed from my ignorance of the big picture. I was too caught up in my own thoughts and needs, creating a bad mood and a bad start each day.

Kiara

final assessment - art & music : stepping up
This may sound conceited, but I believe that everyday I tried my best to step up to the plate and make the best of what I was given. Something I am proud of myself for doing is taking the initiative to catch the early bus in the morning when we started rehearsing the play. I was able to arrive on time and help set up more often, trying to lighten the load that early crew has everyday. This entire semester has been a step up for me. In total, I think I had one or two late assignments, but other than that I stayed on top of all of my work. What I’m saying is, I can’t think of a specific time where I stepped up remarkably, because I did it as often as I could.
At the very beginning of the semester, one of the first projects we were assigned was the art movement video. I was in a group with Sammie and Logan. We all under-estimated how much work, time, and teamwork actually needed to go into it. The project ended up getting pushed aside and finished hastily last minute. My contributions to the actual making of the video were minimal, and I’m disappointed that I did not push more to help out. Motivated by a poor grade and the opportunity to fix the mistake, I worked with Logan to make a new and improved video. This experience influenced me to begin doing my best on every project the first time around.
Kiara

final assessment - art & music : stepping up

This may sound conceited, but I believe that everyday I tried my best to step up to the plate and make the best of what I was given. Something I am proud of myself for doing is taking the initiative to catch the early bus in the morning when we started rehearsing the play. I was able to arrive on time and help set up more often, trying to lighten the load that early crew has everyday. This entire semester has been a step up for me. In total, I think I had one or two late assignments, but other than that I stayed on top of all of my work. What I’m saying is, I can’t think of a specific time where I stepped up remarkably, because I did it as often as I could.

At the very beginning of the semester, one of the first projects we were assigned was the art movement video. I was in a group with Sammie and Logan. We all under-estimated how much work, time, and teamwork actually needed to go into it. The project ended up getting pushed aside and finished hastily last minute. My contributions to the actual making of the video were minimal, and I’m disappointed that I did not push more to help out. Motivated by a poor grade and the opportunity to fix the mistake, I worked with Logan to make a new and improved video. This experience influenced me to begin doing my best on every project the first time around.

Kiara

final assessment - art & music : open doors
NEVER in a million years did I expect to know how to use Photoshop. Before, I never had a reason to use it. But when it came time to start the photography assignment, I had to jump on and do what needed to be done. Then when the Romeo & Juliet poster project was assigned, I knew how to do it! I learned even more making the poster, like what techniques work better (se layers!) Now I know the basics and that’s all I need for the time being.Now I know the basics and that’s all I need for the time being. 

A project I did not embrace fully was portrait painting. In the monet, it was extremely stressful and I did not enjoy doing it. Painting is not at the top of my list of things to do in my spare time. Over March break, I found the motivation to finish my self-portrait. I think I let my lack of art experience get in the way of the larger learning opportunity. Doing this created unnecessary stress for myself. I missed out on the opportunity to be really creative and just have fun.
Kiara

final assessment - art & music : open doors

NEVER in a million years did I expect to know how to use Photoshop. Before, I never had a reason to use it. But when it came time to start the photography assignment, I had to jump on and do what needed to be done. Then when the Romeo & Juliet poster project was assigned, I knew how to do it! I learned even more making the poster, like what techniques work better (se layers!) Now I know the basics and that’s all I need for the time being.Now I know the basics and that’s all I need for the time being. 

A project I did not embrace fully was portrait painting. In the monet, it was extremely stressful and I did not enjoy doing it. Painting is not at the top of my list of things to do in my spare time. Over March break, I found the motivation to finish my self-portrait. I think I let my lack of art experience get in the way of the larger learning opportunity. Doing this created unnecessary stress for myself. I missed out on the opportunity to be really creative and just have fun.

Kiara

final assessment - art & music : artists
Dean Palmer - Fake it ‘til you make it! Serious photography (i.e rule of thirds, ISO, exposure settings) was really new to me when we started the photography assignment. Making Logan (my subject) feel like I knew what I was doing was a challenge, especially because I may have sacrificed his being comfortable for the artistic shot I really wanted to get. I am proud of what I ended up producing as the final shot. 
Adam Bowman - Hard work and dedication are required to be successful as an artist. These 2 things became very obvious to me while preparing to be Juliet. I think I put a lot of time and effort into my part, but I know 100% that there is still more that I could’ve done. There is always more work to be done. 
Kristen Honey - Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Since doing yoga, stretching and breathing have slowly been integrated into my daily routine. They are most useful If i’m dealing with stress or if I need to relax before bed. I tried to remember many of the things she taught in the few moments I took for myself before each performance. 
Medicine Hat - Love, dedication, and passion are needed to create a dream team. Watching them play a song for us is definitely one of the coolest things I have seen. They are so in tune and connected to each other, it’s mesmerizing to watch. I like to think that is how the audience felt when they saw our performances. Us MADErs really are a family, coming together to put on a kick ass show. 
Mr. Bersche and Ms. McCullough - Experience is to be trusted. Together, we put on two successful shows: Ignite Youth and Romeo and Juliet, both of which had been done for the first time! I don’t know what I would have done without your guidance. Your knowledge and wisdom about teaching, performing, and life in general is beautiful. Together, you have created a gift for all of us MADE students.
Kiara

final assessment - art & music : artists

Dean Palmer - Fake it ‘til you make it! Serious photography (i.e rule of thirds, ISO, exposure settings) was really new to me when we started the photography assignment. Making Logan (my subject) feel like I knew what I was doing was a challenge, especially because I may have sacrificed his being comfortable for the artistic shot I really wanted to get. I am proud of what I ended up producing as the final shot. 

Adam Bowman - Hard work and dedication are required to be successful as an artist. These 2 things became very obvious to me while preparing to be Juliet. I think I put a lot of time and effort into my part, but I know 100% that there is still more that I could’ve done. There is always more work to be done. 

Kristen Honey - Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Since doing yoga, stretching and breathing have slowly been integrated into my daily routine. They are most useful If i’m dealing with stress or if I need to relax before bed. I tried to remember many of the things she taught in the few moments I took for myself before each performance. 

Medicine Hat - Love, dedication, and passion are needed to create a dream team. Watching them play a song for us is definitely one of the coolest things I have seen. They are so in tune and connected to each other, it’s mesmerizing to watch. I like to think that is how the audience felt when they saw our performances. Us MADErs really are a family, coming together to put on a kick ass show. 

Mr. Bersche and Ms. McCullough - Experience is to be trusted. Together, we put on two successful shows: Ignite Youth and Romeo and Juliet, both of which had been done for the first time! I don’t know what I would have done without your guidance. Your knowledge and wisdom about teaching, performing, and life in general is beautiful. Together, you have created a gift for all of us MADE students.

Kiara

final assessment - art & music : introduction
This semester has been one crazy rollercoaster. I don’t know how well I’m going to transition back into traditional learning (aka sitting in a classroom listening to the teacher, then doing mundane projects) after experiencing the benefits of the teaching styles throughout MADE.

I have never willingly taken an art class in high school (and probably won’t) and MADE introduced me to some really cool things : portraiture, art movements, graffiti, and stenciling. The history I learned from researching an art movement and from listening to other presentations has opened my eyes to how culture and the art world has grown and evolved over hundreds of years. I also have a larger appreciation for technique, which I did not understand before. I actually went to see the movie “Tim’s Vermeer” after Mr. Bersche mentioned it in class.
From music class, the multiple musicians who came in, and all the students who are musicians, I learned that there is so much more to music than just playing an instrument or listening to an album. The history of rock and roll project was seriously one of my favourites because before it I didn’t have a clue. I would mindlessly listen to song after song on my phone, but now I feel the need to do research and find more music I enjoy and where it came from. Adam Bowman inspired me to strive for excellence and to be dedicated wit my piano lessons (even though I’m still trying to get into the groove of things). Matty Cooper reminded me of the joy in singing and not caring about if it sounds good or not because it doesn’t matter. Playing ukulele as a class is one of my favourite days.
Kiara

final assessment - art & music : introduction

This semester has been one crazy rollercoaster. I don’t know how well I’m going to transition back into traditional learning (aka sitting in a classroom listening to the teacher, then doing mundane projects) after experiencing the benefits of the teaching styles throughout MADE.

I have never willingly taken an art class in high school (and probably won’t) and MADE introduced me to some really cool things : portraiture, art movements, graffiti, and stenciling. The history I learned from researching an art movement and from listening to other presentations has opened my eyes to how culture and the art world has grown and evolved over hundreds of years. I also have a larger appreciation for technique, which I did not understand before. I actually went to see the movie “Tim’s Vermeer” after Mr. Bersche mentioned it in class.

From music class, the multiple musicians who came in, and all the students who are musicians, I learned that there is so much more to music than just playing an instrument or listening to an album. The history of rock and roll project was seriously one of my favourites because before it I didn’t have a clue. I would mindlessly listen to song after song on my phone, but now I feel the need to do research and find more music I enjoy and where it came from. Adam Bowman inspired me to strive for excellence and to be dedicated wit my piano lessons (even though I’m still trying to get into the groove of things). Matty Cooper reminded me of the joy in singing and not caring about if it sounds good or not because it doesn’t matter. Playing ukulele as a class is one of my favourite days.

Kiara

Teen Heartthrob

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A few days ago I ventured into the depths of Youtube, searching old musicians I used to listen to when I was a lot younger. I came across Jesse McCartney (I do still have a soft spot for him), and found out he had a new song. Oh my god, a new song! I could’ve sworn he was done making music.

Anywho, I thought I would mention my excitement about this new song to my Matt, which lead to a very interesting debate. 

His first point was that he felt artists sell out when their fan base is mostly girls. Like One Direction, Justin Bieber, and Cody Simpson, they all have good looks helping them out. Teen girls help sky-rocket their careers, is that really a bad thing? They can’t really help who their fans are. If we assume these artists and many more make music because they love to, then everything is peachy. But if they take advantage of the girls by using their looks to get to them, we have a problem. The purpose of music is lost when you do whatever will attract the biggest audience.

Continuing on from the point of doing whatever attracts the biggest audience, the raw and real emotion can be lost or is faked. Some of the best songs I know are passionate and full of the emotions and experiences of the artist, but is it a terrible thing if a song is empty and meaningless? Some of my favourite over-played on the radio, dance your face off songs are about sex, drugs, and money (aka no real emotion, other than let’s partaaaaay!) I enjoy them without over-thinking their meaning. But then Matt points out, music IS emotion.

Music is much more than that. It is an undeniable connection that links humans to one another. Anyone who has ever been to a concert understands what it feels like to be in a room full of people that you are simultaneously connecting with because of the music you are listening to (unless you’re at one of those sell out concerts…I guess?) Now back to these emotionless songs, are they abusing this power that connects people? Is the songs sole purpose to make money, tainting the integrity of music? But whose to say that there aren’t people that connect through that music? These are all questions that I am not qualified to answer! 

The discussion Matt and I had covered at least 3 more solid points, but those will be for another time…

Kiara