about.me

In my ECMP355 class we were encouraged to create our own about.me page. This webpage was completely new to me, as I have just been getting my head wrapped around the whole concept of blogging! However, these about.me pages are simple but very useful and I loved creating my page. So far I only have three services to contact me or to read more about me. As my digital identity expands, I can guarantee you my services will also continue to grow! Learning is never ending!

http://about.me/rstein34

Roses Are Red.. Violets Are Blue..

This week for my learning project I have been trying to tackle how to draw ‘flowers’ in general. Floral drawings that I have seen before always make it look so easy… it’s not. I was able to follow steps, create my own sketch of what was supposed to look like a flower, but the trickiest part for me was figuring out how and where to add shading at the end.

~Roses & Violets~

 The steps I took to draw these flowers were slightly different for one another but a very similiar approach:

1) Outline –

Stems: being with two wavy diagonal lines that cross

Flower: draw two circles at each end of the stem for where the flower will be located

Leaves: draw arcs for their stems, and the leaves with curved lines

2)Sketch Petals –

Flower: In the circles, draw wavy lines to show your pedals overlap and curve

Folds: to indicate a fold, draw a second curved line

Stem: complete your stem by drawing a second line

3)Leaves and Stems

Leaves: give your leaf edges jagged edges; draw a curved line through each leaf’s center for the vein

Stem: add the second line to the leaf stems (add curved thorns – for rose only)

4)Finish Petals:

Add lines to connect your previous lines already drawn and give them irregular edges (bumps, folds etc)

Add more veins to leaves, coming out of your original center vein

5)Shading:

Pedals: Shade where they curve outward with parallel lines

Leaves: Shade by drawing short lines next to each vein and on one side of each stem

Drawing these flowers was very time consuming, so much detail has to be done for both the roses and the violets. Since my drawings is very weak, I am quite impressed with myself!

Tech Task #9 – Smartboard

This week in ECMP355 we had to opportunity to experience a hands on class using Interactive Whiteboards (Smartboards). I took a lot away from this class since I was exposed to Smartboards in Grades 11 and 12, and will most likely be using them in my future Field Experiences, Internships and in my teaching career. Our techtask has assigned us to choose an outcome from the Saskatchewan Curriculum, find a few activities to fit this outcome and post them on our blog.

I chose to look into High School Mathematics, as that is the area I am majoring in. The outcome for Grade 9 Mathematics I am going to explore is N9.2 which focuses on learning how to work with rational numbers, fractions, and square roots (multiplying, subtracting, etc). A few websites that I found helpful for dealing with Grade 9 Math were:

Illuminations – iSmartboard – Lesson Planet – SMART Exchange

These websites provide many opportunities for students to strengthen their math skills and explore further understanding of this concept. The SMART Exchange website is a complete lesson for teachers to use on their smartboards dealing with Fractions. The other 3 websites have links, worksheets, or are games, that can be used in a lesson by the teacher, or simply assigned for students to work on individually. Smartboards are excellent when working in any subject, but especially in  math as I learnt from using them in my senior High School maths. Having the ability to further understand visually, being able to alter images and equations, and offering an inclusive activity for students to be able to get up and try the exercises is great. They have the same qualities as regular whiteboards and chalkboards, but provide so much more outside of those characteristics and are great to have in every classroom!

Learning Project Challenge – Draw Dean Shareski

This week my professor, Dean Shareski, challenged me to attempt a cartoon drawing of HIM. Now, this is only my second ‘public viewing’ of any of my cartoon practices. I spent 30-40 minutes drawing this simple cartoon head, it may look easy but I learnt the hard way how time consuming the process is. If you look close enough you will probably see a ton of eraser marks from changing my mind and making slight corrections. This may or may not look a thing like Dean, but I tried my best!

Dean.. no laughing.. too loud!

LP = Cartoon


For my Learning Project, I am exploring how to draw. My first area of interest was cartoons, they’re always so cute but they also have their own completely unique characteristics. I went to youtube and followed step by step instructions by Danny Paige with expertvillage ( ) on how to draw cartoon characters. I learnt so much just on my first visit on the importance of each facial feature, for instance:
Eyes – must include a small white opening to add a glimmer effect and pupil space – eyebrows are pair with the eyes to help add their expression

Nose – the bigger the nose the older the character will look, therefore the smaller will allow the character to look younger.

Mouth – it is important to add lip definition (lines on side or underneath where crease or wrinkle may appear) – also when making a big silly grin, the focus is on the grin itself, not so much teeth so it is not necessary to draw a ton of little lines to show the teeth, everyone is aware they are there.

Head – the toughest part for drawing the shape of the head is starting with the chin shape, try and make a little point at the bottom where it will end, the draw upwards toward the top of his head

Hair – start by adding shape from the lines you have drawn for the head shape, then add the detailed pieces on top. Make sure to not forget to define the remainder of the head (forehead) after you’ve drawn your hair.

If these helpful instructions are too much, I’ll show you pictures that I practiced drawing that helped lead up to my final “head” of my cartoon, named: ARNOLD!

Learning Project

In my ECMP355 class, we have been assigned to explore a topic of interest to learn more about and to share with others. The thought stumped me for quite sometime, but it actually took the experience of one of my ECS classes to finally decide. In ECS we are currently doing Field Study’s in different schools, I got the luxury of getting to work with a grade 3 and 4 class. On my first day there we had art class and I had the opportunity to help them draw… unfortunately all through my years in elementary and high school I’ve never been one of the students whos artwork was exceptional…ever. I have chosen my Learning Project to be = Drawing. I’m actually very excited to learn the different ways and objects there are out there to draw!

Tech Task #8

In the spirit of sharing, add one sharing widget to your blog:

The Widget I chose to add to my blog was “Twitter”. It was my current, most important way of sharing and connecting with so many people with professions in varieties of areas, (education, music, students, movies, etc). My twitter widget will help share with my blog followers the information I am also posting on twitter!