It’s November 11th, 10:33PM. Hate to break it to you, but Night of the Notables is in a week.
In a week’s time, a weight will be lifted off all of our shoulders, for Night of the Notables will be over.
While incredibly terrifying, I’m actually really excited for that night and all it brings. Our hard work will finally pay off, and seeing how everyone portrayed their person’s eminence will definitely be entertaining! This is shaping up to be one of the biggest project’s I’ve ever worked on, and I’d just love to fast forward to the night where we get to reap all the rewards. But we’ve got a hard week ahead of us.
At this very moment, I’m sure all TALONS students are stressing about their speeches, especially the 9’s since presenting starts tomorrow!
I just know we’ll do great though. Everyone picked someone that resonates with them, someone who they are passionate about, and I can’t wait to see that passion translated into their speeches. This whole eminent project is definitely challenging me, but I do love a good challenge. It’s making me push myself, and letting me practice and achieve the goals I have set for myself.
I’ve learned so much already, and we aren’t even done! So much new information about my eminent person has been available to me, and I’ve taken advantage of it. From reading books about her to watching documentaries, I’ve learnt so much about her, what she did for Disney as a company and how her work left an impact in the art industry. As well as learning about my eminent person, I’ve been able to conduct an interview, which was definitely scary at first but turned out to be incredibly rewarding in the end! More about that in another post…
I’ve already been able to work on some of my goals, and in the upcoming week I’ll definitely have to put everything I’ve done to the test. Some of my IEP goals included time management and managing stress, and I’ve definitely been working on those. Since this is a pretty huge project, and I also had to juggle it with ZAP last week, I’ve been scheduling time and letting go of stress which has helped me a lot. And something a certain teacher said has helped me along the way.
Worry is prepaid pain.
~ Mr Jackson
Another one of my IEP goals, and goals specifically for this project was to work on my public speaking skills. I’ve always been pretty comfortable with public speaking, but I think I’ve actually improved through this project! Any speech I’ve written was never more than three minutes, and was always spoken as myself. This speech has to be around 6 minutes and from the point of view of someone else, and I’ve never had to do that! It’s been quite fun though, as I have gotten to experiment with different styles and throughly elaborate on a certain moment of my eminent person’s life.
I’m actually super excited to perform my speech on Friday!
So far, I’m doing pretty good on this project. I’m done my final draft of my speech (although a few minor edits still may be on the way), my (very successful!) interview with Joe Campione has been conducted, and all that’s left to do is keep practicing my speech and work on my learning centre.
But setting up my learning centre and making it engaging is definitely something that intimidates me. It scares me, but I have a few ideas. Hopefully I’ll be able to meet one of my specific-to-this-project goals – showing and presenting my learning in a unique way.
I was thinking of re-creating the South American setting in my learning centre, to emulate what it was like for the team of Disney artists who travelled all the way there to experience the setting for their upcoming films. You’ll definitely learn more about that in my speech!
I’ll try to make it look lush and green, and have a main subject which will probably end up being a stuffed parrot. This stuffed parrot does serve a purpose, however. I’m going to set up art stations complete with watercolours and canvases for whoever visits my learning centre to use. They can do their own impression of the parrot! This is *somewhat* similar to what the team of artists who travelled to South America had to do – take real life and recreate it on paper, in your own style.
I’ve also been working on editing Disney screen-caps in Photoshop, which has also allowed me to work on my huge IEP goal of graphic design, something I hope to pursue in the future. I’ve been editing the tones and colours of certain Disney movies to show my interpretation (since there’s no way of knowing for sure) of what Disney movies would look like without Mary Blair’s contribution.
All in all, I’m very excited for Night of the Notables and viewing all my classmates final projects! This project has pushed me, challenged me, and ultimately rewarded me.