Besides taking the matriculation examination in the academic subjects, skilled students can also earn a diploma in drama, sports, music and visual arts. However, it is not a very common thing for our students to do as it requires a lot of work on top of all the studying. So it was very great news to hear that Emmi Turppa (3B) just earned a diploma in visual arts, and with flying colours. She got the very best grade for her work of art. Emmi wrote a story about heroism and illustrated it in the form of a cartoon. She then had it printed.
I wanted to ask Emmi a
couple of questions about her project:
1. When did you decide to start doing this
- When I applied to this school, it was clear
to me that I would do this because both of my brothers had also earned this
diploma. On the other hand, I don’t
honestly know what kind of reason that is for doing something that requires such
a huge amount of work.
2. So it must have been really hard to find time
for creative work while studying for all the other subjects. How long did it take?
- I worked four months on it, little by little. I was awfully busy in
the autumn as we always got loads of homework in mathematics. Towards the end,
I started to feel bored but, after all, it was great to notice my own
progress as time went on and I created more and more pages.
3. You had six topics to choose from. Why did you want to draw a cartoon on heroism?
- I have been interested in the Japanese cartoon
culture for a long time. So that task
attracted me more than the others, and I was quite lucky to be able to choose a
topic that I was already interested in.
This topic also made it possible for me to deal with the Christian Faith
which plays a very big role in my own life.
4. Have you drawn cartoons
- No, this was my very first cartoon. I
usually like to concentrate on one picture for a longer time, so I draw and
paint separate pictures and convey opinions and feelings without any text.
5. Was it difficult to
create the story? How did you get the
idea for it?
At first it was difficult as I didn’t know how to approach such a large concept. I got the idea one day when I was walking my
dog as usual, pondering my more or less profound thoughts. I just started to look at the sky and
interpret it in a symbolic way. At first
I looked at it in the same way as you do in the beginning of my book but then I
realized something and you can find this final interpretation in the end of my
cartoon. I noticed that this was a good
starting point for the cartoon, and these thoughts formed the frame work for
the story. After this basic plot, the
rest of the story came quite easily, e.g. bullying which has been a very actual
topic for a long time. (Even though in
Zenith’s case it was more about discrimination than about active bullying by calling
6. The name of your cartoon
is Zeniitti (the Zenith). What does is
- The zenith is the highest
point in the sky, directly above you. The term is used in astronomy, so with it
I was able to combine science with my art.
7. Are you going to apply to study visual arts,
will you become an artist?
- No, I’m not. I don’t think that’s the way to help other
people, especially now that Finland is full of talented artists. But I will go
on drawing and painting on my own.
8. To whom would you recommend this kind of project?
- To all students who are interested in
visual arts, ready to work hard and develop.
When you work for this diploma, you have a great possibility to learn
everything, from different visual techniques to drawing the human anatomy in
the correct way – whatever you want to learn.
9. Any other
The aim of my cartoon is to make the readers
think about heroism themselves to find out who their own heroes are. My own
opinion is very strong but the readers may and are allowed to disagree.
So if you want to have a closer look at Emmi's book, you can find it in the school library.