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Yue Chen

AP 3-D
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Shenzhen Vanke Meisha Academy|Shenzhen, China
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Dimensions 19” x 14” x 14”|Idea(s): Use the changing shapes of guinea pigs as inspiration. Each layer of holes is a snapshot of it.|Material(s): paper, plastic, sticks, glue|Process(es): Make a frame out of plastic sticks, cut a shape out of paper, and glue them layer by layer.

Student statement

While initially preparing my AP 3-D Art and Design portfolio, I tried hard to find a unique topic. My teacher gave us a form and asked me to answer some questions about my daily life. I was suddenly inspired, finding that my guinea pig pets would become my best design inspiration. Since raising guinea pigs brought me so much joy and compassion, I decided to add the theme of guinea pigs to my AP 3-D design projects and tried to make meaningful connections in my creative processes.
My work began with observing guinea pigs. I found that they would change their shape when they moved. And I tried to express and visualize their shape-changing process. Seeing guinea pigs enjoy squeezing together, I decided to create a piece about squeezing guinea pigs. Before I chose the design material, I proposed to use plaster to make the effect of extrusion. However, my teacher told me that plaster is a complex material. But I still wanted to try.
Then, I had a problem with the ratio of plaster to water and how to make the application fill the whole balloon. Luckily, my classmates and teacher shared their previous experiences with me. Finally, I successfully combined gypsum with the balloon and completed my final work. It was a new and enriching experience in my life. I would also like to thank my classmates and teacher, who have always supported me. I continue to learn from my experience and look forward to new adventures in my future art creations.
I advise other AP Art and Design students to do what they love and be brave enough to experiment and explore. Don't treat this course like a test, and enjoy the process. There will be failures, but you will always learn something new. The most important thing is to believe in yourself.
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Dimensions:
ldea(s):
19" x 14" x 14"| Use the changing shapes of guinea pigs as inspiration. Each layer of holes is a snapshot of it. | Material(s): Paper, plastic sticks, glue.Process(es): Make a frame out of plastic sticks, cut a shape out of paper, and glue them layer by layer.
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Dimensions: NA|Material(s): picture, paper, pens, and markers.|Process(es): Capture a few movements of my guinea pig, draw them, and simplify them.
Dimensions: 8" x 8" x 8"|Material(s): plaster Process(es): Put each set of plaster together neatly.
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TEacher statement

Minmin She
Dimensions: NA | Material(s): wooden box, balloons, syringes, and plaster.|Process(es): Use a syringe to fill the balloons with plaster and stuff the balloons into a wooden box to set them.
Dimensions: 3" x 8" x 8" | Material(s): wooden box, balloons, syringes, and plasterProcess(es): When the plaster dries, take it out and put it back together.
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Yue Chen