I found digital painting interesting as I found the concept of using technology to create a picture appealing. I would also find using a normal photograph and changing the person’s looks and atmosphere to something different using photoshop will be an exciting experience. Especially when I consider digital arts as one of my courses, this could benefit me in the future. I would also hope
to learn patience, as I know for painting a good picture, we cannot rush through things, and have do things carefully and slowly.
From the plenary sessions, I have gained knowledge on different courses in NTU and the way they are carried out.
For the first one on earthquake research in Sumatra, I found it quite intriguing how people can trace tsunami and earthquake patterns and their history using old corals or inspecting the layers of sediment underground.
Also, after seeing the slow submerging of islands and the consistent pattern of earthquakes and tsunamis, I began to be grateful that Singapore does not have any natural disaster, which prevents our small city from devastation.
The speaker also mentioned that we should let our profession be our medium, which I think is rather wise. I think we should let our talents be communicated and expressed to others, or else it would be wasted.
For the second session on animation, I found animation quite interesting and how traditional animation has evolved to digital animation. I also found the new animation programs like flash that uses technology that makes animating less tedious.
I also learnt that animations is best simple, and thinking deeper, maybe we all need to focus on the big picture.
For the third session on nano technology, I was surprised that small things that cannot be seen to the naked eye could be efficient. Nana machines such as nanaprobes if perfected can be able to release cancer medicine to other cells for a less severe treatment for cancer. There was also very clever inventions like carbon nano tubes that can conduct electricity or sticky adhesive tape. I guess, smaller things can make very big impacts.