We believe that diversifying one's breadth of knowledge is an important facet of high school education, which is why we accept papers across disciplines:
From the world: “One of the most beautiful things about writing my thesis was realizing, afterward, why I wrote it. It is the story of my family in a lot of ways.” http://news.harvard.edu/…/story/2016/04/never-far-from-home/
From recent high school graduate and Questioz Researcher Raphael Morallo: Outside school, I am a musician at heart. I have been playing guitar for 6 years, bass for 4 years, and a bit of drums and piano for 2 years. Music is not only a wordless outlet for my most inner thoughts and emotions, but has also helped me create meaningful friendships and the confidence to become a performer. This paper: http://www.questioz.com/articles/correlation-between-music-preferences-and-career-plans-high-school-research was written during Senior year, when everyone was talking about their futures. University and career plans became the hottest topics that school year because of how close we were to our professional lives. With those two themes in mind, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out it all engineers listened to the same music? Or if all Taylor Swift fans would become businesspeople?” Those questions kept pouring in, and in no time, I found myself a research project.
By LINDA YIP, Guangzhou, China.
Questioz Researcher, art and Art History aficionado, Linda will attend Washington University in St. Louis this Fall.
Read her paper here: http://www.questioz.com/articles/art-tyranny-terror
At a time when there is so much discussion about the Humanities’ relevance in education, University of Rochester Trustee Dr. Bernard Ferrari says that the Humanities enable us to better appreciate life and beauty. Science leads us to see inside our bodies, to understand what makes up lives, and how we evolved from unicellular organisms to humans with unlimited potential. The Humanities, on the other hand, give us insight into who we really are, where we come from, and where are we going. Art is constantly influenced by political, economic, technological and social changes. It reflects history, which is what makes us “human”. Art is a form of free expression. Producing an artwork is not a process of trial-and-error, which is what is done in scientific investigation - Thomas Edison tried and failed thousands of times before he successfully invented the light-bulb. Leonardo da Vinci also practiced painting eggs endlessly, but that’s not trial-and- error, because each of his sketches is a unique artistic production. You never err in art; you are just being yourself, being human, and that’s what makes artistic analysis so interesting - after all, there are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people's eyes. Having said that, there are indeed some particular means of effectively analyzing an artwork. While extensive research is may not always be necessary, knowing the historical background, the biography of the artist, or the artistic period may prove instrumental in understanding the artwork. Some artistic elements to consider are material, subject matter, symbols, colors, texture, shape, light and shadow, composition etc. Art analysis is similar to literary analysis; it is more important to ask why the artist used certain elements than to merely identify them. For instance, does the play between light and shadow create depth and therefore a three-dimensional space? Why? How does that contribute to the overall effect of the artwork? What’s the largest figure in the painting? Second largest? Third largest? Why does the artist use such a scale? What person, object, or theme is the artist trying to emphasize? What’s the meaning behind all these? Finally and most importantly, what’s the “gestalt” of the painting, based on your analysis of individual elements?