Performing Arts, Martial Arts

Martial Arts, the world’s best form of human body movement to create a solid defense and offense. Personally, I believe it’s a great form of art as I myself go to karate every week day, practicing and honing my skills for my Sensei’s approval. Martial Arts to me is a form of arts with the movements of our bodies to emphasize strength, power, spirit and wisdom. 51346120Here’s a picture of students all moving in unison. It’s just absolutely beautiful. Martial arts have been around ever since China was established, as the first martial art was created in China. It further more diverged into different branches forming taekwondo, karate, jujitsu and many more. Not only has martial arts become such a beautiful way of getting fit and strong, it trains the mental mind to be calm, making those who practice it get smarter and wiser. I’m a red belt in karate and each color of belt has a “khata” which is a sequence of moves a person does to fend of people in such a situation. Not only does martial arts teach you self defense, it lets you be loose with your techniques and plus, it makes you look so much cooler. Thanks for reading and I”ll see you in the next blog, bub bye!


Graphic Design: The Design That’s Worth a Thousand Words

– Written by Alan Tathanhlong

Everywhere we go, we see the art of graphic designing in our world today. From the logos of famous companies to the black-and-white images on an IKEA manual, graphic design is


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the basic component in visual communication. Graphic designers use typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to create visual compositions that make our life easier. But, how exactly is graphic design being put in good use? Well, in order to answer that question, we need to dig deeper into the industries that use the art of graphic design, including corporate design, signage, and advertising.

First of all, the nature of corporate design is the official graphical design of the logo and name of a company or institution used on letterheads, envelopes, and so on. Corporations


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do have special design needs based on their behaviors. A designer involved in corporate design, whose client is a corporation, will include the logo and other elements of the corporate brand as a way to standardize and unify all communication between company and audience, whether in print or online. For example, many logos from corporate designing may include the logos of Apple, NBC, YouTube, and MasterCard. Details such as the color palette are also considered in corporate design. For example, some people say that Team Mystic in Pokemon Go is the most popular because of the peaceful shade of blue it offers, not like the red and yellow of Team Valor and Team Instinct.

 Another well-known field in graphic design is signage, which is the design or use of signs and symbols to communicate a message to a specific group, usually for the purpose of marketing. Signs are any kind of visual graphics created to display information to a particular audience. This is typically manifested in the form of way-finding information in


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places such as streets or on the inside and outside of buildings. Signs vary in form and size based on location and intent, from more expansive banners, billboards, and murals, to smaller street signs, street name signs, sandwich boards and lawn signs. Newer signs may also use digital or electronic displays. There are a wide range of signs that are used in signage, including informational signs (signs conveying information about services and facilities), direction signs (signs showing the location of services, facilities, functional spaces and key areas), identification signs (signs indicating services and facilities, such as room names and numbers), and safety/regulatory signs (signs giving warning or safety instructions). Some examples of everyday signage, and therefore graphic design, include stop signs, one-way signs, and even the famous Hollywood sign.

Finally, a well-known field that incorporates graphic design is advertising, which is an audio or visual form of marketing communication that employs an openly sponsored, non-personal message to promote or sell a product, service or idea. Sponsors of


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advertising are often businesses who wish to promote their products or services. Advertising is differentiated from public relations in that an advertiser usually pays for and has control over the message. It is differentiated from personal selling in that the message is non-personal, or not directed to a particular individual. Advertising is communicated through various mass media, including  newspapers, magazines, television, and others like it.

So, let’s come back to the question again: how exactly is graphic design being put in good use? Well, graphic design is the visual communication that helps us. Signage, for instance, helps us in our lives by directing us to a specific location without allowing us to become lost in the world. Advertising is able to reveal and


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sell a company’s services through the process of creative promotions and sponsoring. Finally, corporate designing promotes well-known companies through the design of symbolic logos. In total, an image is reflected on us through graphic design, and can symbolize what good can come from it. An English idiom has once stated, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In graphic design, the products that come from that field can be worth a thousand words too, if we put our heart and mind into it.

Movies-The Best 2 hour videos you’ll ever watch, wait it’s thee only 2 hour videos that you watch.

Some people think movies are important to their lifestyle. Americans for example, love their movies. Movies is their form of entertainment and happiness when they’re down or bored. Many people even consider the making of movies an art of digital technology.  One of the main producers of movies are the people of Universal Studios. Universal Studios has been around for over a century already and continues to make movies for us Americans, as long as other races, to enjoy wonderful creations on the big screen. Then where are you going to find a big screen? In the movie theater.


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The movie theater is where most people enjoy their movies because they respect movies. Like myself, I like to watch movies “for free” and would probably watch a movie at home rather than a movie theater. But for those die-heart people who respect movies so much, they’ll be willing to wait hours upon hours of waiting on the first day of its release and to sit their, in the movie theater, watching the movie.

This seems to happen because many people around the world have a strong faith in movie making and believe it teaches everybody essential lessons no matter how strange it may be. For example, a movie everyone probably has watched, Shrek has a very meaningful lesson being, Never judge a book by its cover, as the Shrek seemed really scary and ugly, but inside he was very nice and considerate. Plus, people believe that movies are absolutely essential for life. Such a person is my dad for example. My dad says films tell us moral lessons that we have to implement into life and they help us become a better person than we used to be. Plus, he says they’re amusing.


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Some movies that have influenced, changed and benefited people into a better being are, Peter Pan (The Old One), Snow White, Cinderella and many more

However I believe that movies aren’t really that important, and personally I haven’t watched a single Star Wars movie ever in my life and I particularly don’t find any interest in Star Wars. Just to be clear, I have an opinion too. Star Wars, to me, is a series in which the there are 2 sides to the Force, the Good side and the Dark side, and they fight each other to settle the score and to maintain peace or do what they want. According to an article written by WIRED, he explains how amazing Star Wars is and how it has impacted our lives. WIRED speaks out for all the people who love their Star Wars and for the people who are so clueless about it. He/She speaks for the whole Star Wars community that it is the best. Star Wars to them means a whole lot more than what it looks like and it is their very definition of what a movie should be like.


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But I know people feel strongly that arguably, movies can be a part of culture and that it’s important to them. Americans feel as if movies have to be part of their lifestyle, or it wouldn’t be them, just like how Asians couldn’t survive without rice (I’m Asian so I know). Besides American culture, many other cultures believe in films to help others understand morals and lessons.


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For example, many movies include other people’s cultures and so those people would use those movies as lessons for others to learn, through watching. Many people believe movies incorporate many cultures and by doing so, it blends together cultures and so foreign customs can become more relevant and friendly. My mom, for example, saw a film called McFarland and by watching it, she had a better understanding of Hispanic culture and respects it more. From this, Movies play an important role in teaching and in providing visuals for the viewers.

Even so I will always fully understand the importance of movies to others, but also always see them as sources of entertainment. Before, I said movies weren’t really my cup of tea, but now, I could take movies as a refreshing glass of water. Movies identify us Americans as a culture and it’s a huge part of our lifestyle. movies existed in the first place because people  wanted to share out their imaginations with the world and that’s how it became an art. Movies aren’t just people acting, but the director’s own ideas.


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Movies make our very lives the better as we always have something to look towards to, and as we watch each trailer we are anticipated to see the actual movie. Movies helps us interact with one another ad let us share our similarities and differences. Finally, I respect movies with all my heart, that it’s an art, a beauty, a person’s ideas visualized and a lifestyle.

Mosaics: Smaller Pieces for the Bigger Picture

– Written by Alan Tathanhlong

I sometimes imagine about how mosaics fit into the modern world of art today. The modern world features many mosaics as a popular craft, as modern mosaics tend to cover


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things such as park benches and bicycles. Modern artists use a variety of objects, such as stones, art glass, and even photographs or bottle caps! One example of mosaics in popular culture is the Calçada Portuguesa, which is a two-toned mosaic pavement in Portugal.Street art is also another example in popular culture, as well as a novel reinvention and expansion of mosaic artwork. One example of a street artist that makes mosaics is Space Invader from France. His work is modeled on the crude pixellation of 1970s–1980s 8-bit video games, such as his mosaics on the Hollywood Sign. In the popular world of art today, there are many famous examples of modern mosaics, such as Space Invader’s mosaics and Lynn Adamo’s Navy Pier.

Other people, however, may believe that historical mosaics fit more closely with the world of art than in modern times. The history of mosaics started with a temple building in Abra, Mesopotamia, and its earliest known examples of mosaics made of different materials,


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which were dated to the second half of 3rd millennium BC. Mosaics with patterns and pictures became widespread in classical times, both in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Afterwards, early Christian basilicas from the 4th century were decorated with wall and ceiling mosaics, and mosaic art flourished in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 15th centuries; that tradition was adopted by the Norman kingdom in Sicily in the 12th century, eastern-influenced Venice, and the Rus’ in Ukraine. Mosaic fell out of fashion in the Renaissance, though artists like Raphael continued to practice the old technique. In historical references, there are many ancient examples of these works of art ranging from Greek and Roman, Christian, and Jewish mosaics.  Many of these Roman and Greek mosaic examples include the 4th-century BC mosaic of The Beauty of Durrës in Durrës, Albania, and the Stag Hunt Mosaic at Pella, ancient Macedonia in the late 4th century BC. Examples of Christian mosaics in history include the Tomb of the Juiii,  a 4th-century vaulted tomb with wall and ceiling mosaics that are Christian interpretations; The Good Shepherd mosaic in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna; and the surviving apse mosaic of the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, which depicts Christ enthroned between Saint Gervasius and Saint Protasius and angels before a golden background. Finally, Jewish zodiac mosaics were most common in synagogues, including the Beit Alfa synagogue and the Severus synagogue.

Nevertheless, if I combine my thoughts with theirs the final result could figure out how different histories of mosaics are intertwined with each other. For instance, people may ask, “What is a mosaic in the first place?” A mosaic is traditionally a piece of art made by


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assembling small pieces of various materials. Common materials such as square pieces of stone, shells, and glass are used in this form of art; however, modern mosaic artists sometimes use odd materials including old china plates, typewriter keys, dice, old watches, and even bones! In order for a mosaic artist to craft his art with his desired materials however, have a choice of three methods: the direct method, the indirect method, and the double indirect method. The direct method  involves directly placing or gluing the individual pieces of the desired material onto a supporting surface, and is suitable for transportable, small projects. On the other hand, the indirect method is performed by applying pieces of a desired material face-down to a backing paper using an adhesive, and later transferred onto walls, floors or craft projects. Finally, the double indirect method, which is rather a variation of the indirect method, is when pieces are placed onto a medium. After that is completed, the piece then turned over, the original underlying material is carefully removed, and the piece is installed as in the indirect method.

The final product from our thoughts can infer that mosaics are connected with all parts of the world of art, with some extent to some other fields. For example,  digital imaging


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involves a series of non-overlapping images, arranged in some tessellation. A photomosaic, in relation, is a picture made up of various other pictures , in which each “pixel” is another picture, when examined closely. Another field that relates to mosaics is when rather than being assembled by hand, mosaics designed using computer aided design (CAD) software can be assembled by a robot. Finally, the field of mathematics relates solely to the mosaic design, as it involves symmetry and tessellations. Symmetry, which is a kind of balance in which the corresponding parts are not necessarily alike but only similar, allows the mosaic to be balanced; on the other hand, tessellations are the tilings of one or more geometric shapes with no overlaps and no gaps.

Now, I know that mosaics are incorporated with other diverse fields to create magnificent


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masterpieces at any period in time. For example, Tsevis’s mosaic of Barack Obama involves the field of digital imaging, since the photomosaic includes photographs of Obama supporters and voters. Some other mosaic examples that is related to the field of mathematics and tessellations  are the 1915 mosaics in the Chapel of Saint Andrew. However, mosaic artists are not the only ones who can create these masterpieces; rather, children of all ages can make these works of arts too! The benefits that come from children making mosaics include creativity, problem-solving, perception, imagination, and self-expression. Along with mosaics, some other art forms related to this could be pixel art, cross-stitching, and interior/exterior designing.