Category Archives: Art


Creating a Meaningful Game

June 1, 2013, by

For our final action project in the 162 course, we were grouped into peers to create an interactive game that that makes a difference. Any game that was, board game, puzzle, dice, cards, and many others. My partner and I chose to make a trivia game that raise awareness for UNICEF. The purpose of the game is to promote and educate the player about the work UNICEF was doing. To create a game that is fun for all ages we had to do research. We made multiple choice questions to make the game harder and fun. In class we played a sample of this game and we noticed that many were not informed with UNICEF. To make the players interested in the game we had to make it competitive. Our strategy was to make the ones who know less about what UNICEF does or is to go to their about page. Researching and making questions was hard but I learned a lot in the process. To see how our game is like, scroll down.


Rules and Objectives

The reason this game needs rules is because it lowers the chances of cheating. We also want for you to have a fun experience playing this game.

Rules are:

1. There are 2-4 players in order the game to be played fast.
2. You must pick one card each turn to make sure there is no cheating and you can not touch the card when it’s your turn to play.
3. The opposing player must pull the card and read the question to you.
4. The winner is decided by the total number of points added together after the 30 cards have been pulled.
5. No peeking!
6. One person labeled “the banker” keeps the tally of total points for each player.
7. Any questions you get incorrect you will have to go to the UNICEF website and find where in the website you can find the answer.

The Game in Action
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Independent Study Culmination

May 30, 2013, by

For my last semester as a senior, I took an independent study. I designed the coursework myself with the help of an advisor, and I completed the projects on my own. My project was about Chicago and my relationship to it, which I explored through photography. I learned so much about the city of Chicago and I am so proud to share some of my photos. Below are my artist’s statement and a select group of photos from my project.

GCE has helped open me up to exploring Chicago on a wider scale. Growing up in Evanston, I really never knew Chicago as much more than a fun excursion. Now, I feel at home in the city more than I do in the suburbs. I have gone all over the city for my project, from Pilsen, a neighborhood on the Southwest side, to my grandmother’s apartment in Wrigleyville- and even in GCE’s backyard, the shopping area on Armitage and Halsted. I have a special connection to all of these places. Each of them helped me learn more about my city and how awesome it is.

I used my photography to fuel this exploration, sticking to film over the now easier and more common digital. All of my photos were shot on either 35 mm film with my Olympus OM-1 SLR or on 120mm film with my Yashica Mat-G Twin-Lens camera. Each camera has its pros and cons, so I chose to get the best of both worlds and use both resources.

Once I had taken the pictures (I took over 100 photos over the course of the project) I developed them in a darkroom. I became a member for a month at the Chicago Community Darkroom on Milwaukee and Division, another part of the city I was unfamiliar with and got to explore. I developed all of my film and most of my prints there, with the exception of 5 that I chose to print on an Inkjet printer after converting them to digital files.

I also kept a couple journal entries over my Independent study. These are interspersed with the photos and document my process throughout the term. They are also documentaries of my different field experiences I went on to learn more about photography and the artist’s process. These experiences took me many places- to my old photography teacher, all the way to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Picasso exhibit and a member lecture about it.

I learned a lot from my study, and I am proud to present my final product. It was a lot of hard work, many frustrations and some sweating in the sun, but I am so happy with the way it turned out.


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pitch song

May 6, 2013, by

The purpose of this project was to recreate a song using pitch of homemade instruments. I learned a lot about pitch and how you can make your own instruments. I am proud of my song and how it is very artistic and original. You can listen to my song and listen to my artist statement below.


R.I.P Bear
May, 2013

The purpose of this project was to recreate a song that you related with a memory using pitch and using homemade instruments. In order to do this project we first had to think of a song that we can relate to a memory. Then we had to sketch out the pitch waves of the song. After we did that we had to create homemade instruments. Then last but not least we had to recreate the song using our instruments.

The song and the story are related because in the song Bruno Mars talks about losing something and wanting it back and that is how I feel about my dog. The piano in the song reminds me of laying on the vet’s floor with my dog hearing him breathe loudly. The tone and the lyrics of the chorus remind me of the moment I found out that my dog was going to be put to sleep. Also some lyrics in the song remind me of my dog. When I hear the line “same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now”, I remember all the times my dog would come up to my room and lay right next to me. The line “should have gave you all my hours when I had the chance” reminds me of the ride home after losing a family member and thinking to myself how much time I could have spent with him instead of my friends.

The steps I took to create the audio was to:
1) Learn what pitch was
2) Study pitch
3) Choose a song
4) Sketch out the pitch waves of the song
5) Make instruments
6) Play my instruments
7) Record my sounds
8) Transferred the to audacity
9) Put my sounds in order
10) Edit the sounds. To edit the audio, I used Audacity which is a free audio editing tool.

162: Understanding Stats

April 29, 2013, by

For the second unit for the 162 course, we chose athletes who we think our the greatest athletes of all time. In order to make sure that bias choices are not made we had to show statistics that explains or prove why the athletes you picked are reasoning. I made graphs to compare the two to show who is the best and why he is. I chose doing this project with graphs to make a strong appeal. In class I am looking forward to argue with the statistics I have about the athletes I chose. Below is my graph and explanation.


Soccer is a sport that is most famous on the earth and played by man for years than I can remember. Today soccer is watched by billions when it comes to the world cups. This graphs here shows who I think is the best athletes of all time. Pele and Thierry Henry came to mind because the game they play is more than a sport. Pele won 3 World cups out of 4 which is a hard record for anyone to pull of. Mostly soccer players loses their touch when they are aging but his consistency for the record made him the Athlete of the Century by the world’s combined National Olympic Committees in 1999. As for Thierry Henry who was named “heir of France” by the Europeans and also known as the greatest striker of all time. The reason I considered him on the least of greatest players of all time was that he restored Arsenal’s confidence, won most of the games when it was slowly breaking off. This chart shows what it means to be the greatest athlete of all time.


The Life Of A Flank Steak

April 12, 2013, by

This is a project for my Food For Thought class. The purpose of this project was to write an autobiography in the first person as if we where an ingredient. In this project I learned a lot about my ingredient which was the meat from a Cuban dish (ropa vieja) also known as flank steak and where it comes from. I am proud of my autobiography and my illustrations. You can read my story below

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I am a flank steak. For most of my life, I have hung out in the stomach of a cow, on a small farm in Colorado. Then one day, I saw a huge truck coming from a distance. Then suddenly, the truck came to a stop beside the gate of the farm. A huge guy got out of the driver’s seat, and with him he has a shock-y stick. He starts to walk towards me, and of all the parts of the cow he could have shocked, he chose to shock me, the stomach, with 8000 volts of surging electricity! He started forcing the rest of me into the huge truck he brought.

Finally, the terrible pain is over. But now it is pitch black inside the truck. All I can hear are desperate cows mooing for help all around me. After long hours in the truck, the huge door at the back of the truck opens and it is the man again. This time, he pulls us, one by one, out of the truck and apparently we are now in a place called Iowa, which I can tell by the sign on the side of the road. The man is now herding us all to a big factory. The doors of the factory open and we are led to a dark room with tons of rows of cows. I am taken to a small fenced off area and for hours all I can do is think to myself, “What will my fate be?”

Then I look to one side of me and I see a partner that has been with me my whole life. His name is Loin. I ask him, “Loin, what will be our purpose?” Loin says, “Well I will be cooked and served in country clubs and restaurants all around the country,” and I say, “Well, what about me?” and Loin then says to me, “Your history is actually very interesting. You are usually used in a Spanish dish, ropa vieja, also called flalda. The legend behind that dish is a story about a man whose family was coming to his home for dinner. Being very poor, the man could not buy them enough food when they came. To remedy his situation, he went to his closet, gathered some old clothes (ropa vieja) and imbued them with his love. When he cooked the clothes, his love for his family turned the clothes into a wonderful beef stew.the dish also originated in the Canary Islands which was the last place ships from spain would stop on their way to the americas.”

Then from the end of a very long hall I see a man coming towards me. He opens the gate and leads me to a room and separates me from the rest of my body. Then he packages me and takes me to a very cold room, and for days I am sitting in that room seeing packages just like me coming and going. One day, finally, I am picked up and I am put in a box and into another truck, but this time three days come and go, then finally, for the first time in days, I see light as the package is torn open and I notice I am being put on a shelf in a freezer in a place called Jewel Osco. The night was long and cold, then morning time comes and people start rushing in picking up packages of meat, but not me. I feel like I am never going to be put to use, and then a small cuban lady comes and picks me up and takes me home. She puts me in a pot and cooks me and serves me to a young teenager as the fork comes closer I feel like I am more and more ali……..



Compost Turning into Green

March 9, 2013, by

In the final action project for the Hurricane Season course, I had to figure out an unatural disasters that I strongly demand for a change. I figured that there are many places that are going through tough times on growing crops and lack of air. In my research I found out that all of these issues happened because those places lack topsoil, every one knows that to grow any on the ground you’ll need top soil. I decided that I should take an action on this unfair environment. I came up with an idea that restoring the topsoil through compost would allow things to grow again. I thought of many great benefits that compost would bring into people’s lives and the environment to, healthy and fresh air to breath, growing crops, and ending hunger everywhere. So in order to accomplish that people need to know how compost works. I decided that I should do a demo at GCE Chicago High School and later on propose for a compost station for the school. Through this project I learned that anything you do is better than nothing. See the process of my action below.



I saw a lot people liked my demo on how to compost and I thought i should go to the next step. The next step for is to create a compost station proposal for GCE High School. I was fueled by the idea that there will be a garden at the school and I thought if we buy compost not making one, what was the point of me doing a compost demo. I saw many people enjoyed my presentation with a little help from Wangari Maathai’s video, “Humming Bird.” I used that video to grab their attention and inspired them into making change. I was happy that I succeeded and GCE asked to create a proposal to install a compost station. The rewarding part for me while doing this project was researching what resistance meant. I found out that resistance can be a dangerous weapon in world of unfairness and in the other world it would be just disobedience. I couldn’t tell which part was difficult for me because the whole project was challenging. The challenges made me want to do better on the project though that might not make sense to you. To some people a challenge is a juice to power them. My next challenge will be trying to keep compost station at GCE. The reason why I want a compost station is because GCE is a happy home for me and many others, who are willing to work together to break a stone. I believe my inspiration and my love for compost will be through me as long as I am alive.

Books of Life

March 8, 2013, by

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For my textile class, as a final product for this class we had to create a sculpture or an installation out of our fabric we screen printed. I chose to make 4 books out of my printed textile. My pattern on the fabric is telling a secret story to my aunt about life. The reason I chose books is because a book is where you would go and write secret feelings you cant say them. I learned a lot about patterns and how they can be represented in our life. I am very proud of the books and the book binding I did.

Books of Life
Medium:screen-printed cotton fabric, glue, kozo paper (used for making the book cloth), waxed linen thread ( we used to bind), cardboard
Size: 4 books each measured, 8”x 10.5”

For my final project, I created 4 different types of books. I decided to make 4 books, each representing a different theme in my life. My pattern on the fabric represented the different paths of life, adding the notebooks was like adding the main part of the story, because the a notebook is where we write words we can’t say out loud. That was my main story is writing a secret story to my aunt about my paths of life. My project is a sculptural installation because I am going to assign a theme to each notebook, then I will have three sections inside a book with a question. People are going to be able to answer the questions inside the notebooks. I think that this is a great way to get the audience opinions.

I researched different book designs on the internet to get different ideas for book binding. Each design had its own way of bookbinding. I started out with cutting down the papers inside the books, then I cut down the cardboard covers. After I have got the covers and the papers I started making book cloth out of my fabric. Then started to glue paper to the back of the fabric so I can make the book cloth, lastly I started bookbinding process which was interesting and cool.


Spanish lesson

March 8, 2013, by

For my Spanish escuela class we had to teach a lesson in Spanish about how a class will be taught in the future. The purpose of this project was to teach your classmates how you think classes will be taught in the future. in this project I learned new vocabulary words and new sentences. I am proud of all the work i did and all the new Spanish words i learned.

¿Por qué?
El propósito de este lección es ver como una clase de arte va a ser en el futuro
A final de esta lección, usted tiene que presentar un dibujo terminado en el equipo
Primero vamos a empezar por dibujar formas básicas

(First I am going to show you how to make circles, squares, triangles, and how to color and draw)

Segundo vamos a ver uno de mis dibujos y tratar de identificar las diferentes formas en el dibujo. Luego ver una video.

(Take a look at a drawing I did and try to identify what shapes I used in my demonstration. then watch a video.)

Tercero vamos a tratar de empezar un borrador sobre un dibujo sencillo y luego un proyecto final de dibujo simple y presentar en él. /painter/

(Now what I want you to do is try to make a person it could be an stick figure or anything you want and after we will all present on that.)
Gracias por hacer esto leccion.

(Thank you all for doing this lesson I will now choose one of you to present on your drawings )


March 8, 2013, by

In my textiles course, we were assigned to create our own pattern, then create something in a form of textile arts. The purpose of this action project is to give life to the textile and the blueprint by building a type of textile arts that enhances the story of the pattern on your textile.

A dress made from scratch

A dress made from scratch

Name: GN
Title of the piece: KARLA
Materials: Printed fabric, elastics, buttons two sets of colors, needles, threads, and sewing machine.
Size: Waist:  13 inches
Bust: 12 inches
Knee high

For my textile class, we are exploring different types of textile arts, to help us enhance our textile stories. We especially looked at textile sculpture, textile installations, and garments, and create a blueprint. The final product should focus on a form of textile arts, enhance our textile story, with a written explanation of how our chosen textile arts enhances our pattern stories. I decided to do a garment as my form of textile art, because the audience will be able to interact with the piece in any way they please.

I made this dress because, It is very quaint. This dress enhances my story because it is accustomed for women to wear dresses, and women in Africa love wearing dresses. I gave this dress a bit of a modern twist without altering its timeless qualities.

There are all types of dresses as we know, cocktail dresses, ball gowns, prom dresses, halter dresses, tube dresses, retro dresses and all sorts of combinations, with necklines, waistlines, and hemlines. I finally decided what kind of dress I wanted.

After, I took my measurements; bust, waist, and hips.  When I  measured my bust,  I made sure I measure around the widest part and did not make it too tight, otherwise It will not fit in my dress. The waist is the smallest part of your waist, and the hips are the widest part around your rear.  I made sure to keep the tape measure straight for an accurate measurement.

I Laid out the fabric according to their directions and laid the pattern tracings out on the fabric according to the directions. I pin the fabric tracing paper onto the fabric and cut out the shapes very carefully. Then, after putting the original safe stitches in, I slip it on and pin it to where it will fit better so I can alter it.

Finally, I sewed all the pieces together, and let the dress hang for 24 hours so the pleats/fabric will get a natural shape. Afterwards, I  needed to sew in the bottoms. first, I threaded the needle, and tied a knot at the end of the thread. Then, I positioned the buttons on the fabric, and pushed the threaded needle up through the fabric and through one hole in the button.  Then push the needle down through the next hole and through the fabric. I repeated the sewing process enough times to make sure the button is securely in place. Make three or four back stitches to secure the thread and the cut off the excess. Depending on the yardage of your printed textile, you will have nothing left. I had 2.5 yards of fabric and had nothing left.
Afterwards, I spent the next day enjoying my dress.

“How to Make a Dress With Detailed Directions.” WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2013.

Edited by Maria Thompson, Jack Herrick, Ben Rubenstein, Sondra C and 27 Others. “How to Sew a Button.” WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2013.

Chicago In My Dreams- Textile Cultures

March 8, 2013, by

For our last action project, we created art items with our printed fabric. I loved being abole to create art out of art. I made a sculpture/pillow. Below is my artist’s statement and a couple images.

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Zoe Friedland
Chicago in my Dreams
2 ft. by 1 ft.

My piece is an image of the skyline of Chicago, stuffed and turned into a pillow. It then has cut outs of the buildings in front of it glued to the top. My print is very organic with the flowers growing, so I loved the idea of the juxtaposition of organic vs. the clean cut lines of the city. Chicago has a special place in my heart, because my entire family grew up in Chicago. The pillow is not particularly cozy, but it can be slept on, and I encourage the audience to give it a try.

My process started with the idea of creating a city skyline with wire sculptures, but this idea was quickly dashed after I realized that wire wrapping is not my particular strong suit. In fact, it was quite difficult for me. I then had the idea of creating an installation to put up against a wall, as if the city was growing out of the ground onto a random building. This is still an idea I want to follow through on, but it left a lot of extra fabric, so I decided to make it two sided and a pillow. The rest of the process was fairly straightforward, with sewing and stuffing and more sewing.

In the end, I am very proud of the work I did, and I am so happy I could challenge myself creatively in this way. It was a challenging, exhausting process, but luckily, I have the perfect item for a nap!