CyberFair Project ID: 6824

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Hands Vivifying Illustrations-Ariel Pang
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Taipei Municipal Daan Vocational High School
    Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

5 students, ages 16~18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 13, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Wu Li-Yau

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taipei is a bustling city full of life and hustles and bustles; the busy urban atmosphere and fast-paced life allow people little time to spend a leisurely afternoon to simply just read, enjoy the scenery, taste some good food or to venture into a book exhibition. In this restless city, there is a little room, and in this little room, Ariel Pang creates magic on a piece of paper with a paintbrush and all that she sees and hears and feels in Taipei City. The colorful characters and stories she creates not only add warmth to the urban center, but also fascinate the young hearts of many children.

2. Summary of Our Project

Ariel Pang is an illustrator whose works often emanate childlike affections. The vibrancy of her works catches the eyes of passersby, but the colors do not clash and are not overly loud to the senses. Her words are captivating because of her sincerity and humbleness; her openness makes people want to get close to her and find out more. We are lucky we can step into the home and workshop of Ariel Pang for an in-depth interview. It is fortunate that we can see her original works, and even more so a rare opportunity to see her drafts and childhood drawings that are not for public display. More importantly in this interview, we learn of her thoughts and advice regarding life as an illustrator. In today’s modern society where the cultural and creative industry is flourishing, an illustrator has become many people’s dream job. Through our website, we hope viewers can take a peek into the colorful world of an illustrator –Ariel Pang.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Local area network provided by the school.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We had very little experience, and we frequently ran into technical problems. We also had a time constraint. The software was difficult for us to use, and we experienced many issues, but our instructor tirelessly provided us with helpful guidance and knowledge. We also received much moral support from our classmates, which gave us the motivation to succeed. Everyone who participated in this project contributed to the teamwork by offering his or her own strengths.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

During the interview with Ariel Pang, the local leader in our project, it was found that Pang was very enthusiastic about painting,and also emphasized the physical side of being an illustrator. When she demonstrated her experience of cooperating with publishiers to us, we could see from her eyes the generosity to share the precious experiences to the young people. We were not only deeply touched by her spirit but also realized that extending art and the sense of beauty as well as caring for the land we live on should not be the responsibility of only a few illustators and artists. Taiwan Schools Cyberfair has not only helped us learn how to become citizens who respect life and art,but also strengthens the relationships between classmates.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

To make the website for our project, we interviewed illustrator Ariel Pang and researched and collated her works. Through this process we learned more about illustrating and how her inspirations came about, which facilitated our interests in this subject. Combined with our hard work and creativity inspired by the cyberfair, we hope that illustrations can benefit our second year design class. Whilst making the website, we also utilized Photoshop which we have learned in class. This not only helped our website making process, we also learned that drawings and illustrations can be done by both hand and computer software.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

We believe learning via the Internet is more efficient than the traditional method. However, you can still go to libraries or do actual field research if you want to learn on a deeper level, or if you want to look for information that cannot be found online.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Ariel Pang creates colorful word for children and concerns for the development of art through SCBWI Taiwan(Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators In Taiwan)Moreover,through Pang we hope to awaken people to the importance of paying much attention on our creativity environment. Life is art; it is everyone’s responsibility to promote and value the development of creative industries.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Through the procedure and the promotion of this project, people have learned and gained some basic concepts, which related with illustrations. For example, people obtained common sense of there are a group of people working hard to improve the environment of creativity and painting.

Furthermore, due to Ariel Pang’s liberal, the public understood the different situation between abroad and native.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

The content of our website was written by using the audio recordings of the interview with our subject, who had given us the permission to do so. The images and content we have included from Ariel Pang’s blog have been consented by the author and clearly referenced. Parents assist with finding translation assistance. School provides research and study opportunities.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Working on this special project has benefited us in our illustrations and designs as well as our lives. From this project we have learned to grow and develop, to work on something we know nothing or very little of, such as website making. Everyone has developed perseverance for challenges. During the process, team members put in their best efforts, from deciding the subject, to delegating tasks, to completing the website. The final project is the result of everyone’s hard work and sacrifices, and therefore this experience has been very important for us. We believe that you can learn a lot from our website. The website offers our interview with Ariel Pang, who provides us with her unique understanding of art. You can also learn to appreciate a deeper meaning hidden in her works, which are also showcased online.


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