Foster Family Changed The Life Of A Young, Shy Boy

For the family in advertisement assignment, I chose a video that captures a child who grows up with a foster family. This video is called “Families,” and it is used to celebrate 50 years of KFC in the United Kingdom. This video follows a young boy named Andy and his journey in life from when he first starts off with the family and ends up fostering a child later. At the beginning of the video, the boy is being dropped off and introduced to his new father and mother. After he sets up his room, he goes out to the kitchen and finds that the parents have KFC on the table. He goes over and eats and smiles with them. After that, it shows them at the beach laughing and smiling, a car ride, his birthday, him getting in trouble at school, playing soccer, being annoyed with his sister, in a relationship, graduating, coming home to his parent’s house with his own family, and ends with Andy helping his father setting up the table for dinner and a little boy that he is fostering, and they all have dinner and smile and laugh together (KFC UK & Ireland, 2015). (there is a working video link on the reference page)

While watching this video, I noticed that even though the child is not the parent’s biological son, they treated him like he was. They did not treat him any more differently than a family with only biological children would. When he got in trouble, his mother was mad, and when he fostered a child, his father smiled and was proud of him. A second thing that I noticed is that according to Erikson’s lifespan theory of development, one develops trust and mistrust from the ages of zero to one year old (Brooks, 2013). Even though the boy was older and shy when they started fostering him, he developed trust with his parents. The third thing that I noticed while watching this video is that the boy had a relationship with his sister, and even though it does not say whether she is a foster child as well, they acted like they grew up together.

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The fourth thing that I noticed is that blood does not just relate to a family, and this video breaks that stereotype and has a family with children who are not related by blood. The fifth thing that I noticed is that the mother and father are both authoritative styles of parenting. The authoritative style or democratic style is when the children’s behavior is self-reliant, cheerful, and achievement-orientated (Olson, DeFrain & Skogrand, 2014). They both show compassion and care towards their children, and their children show compassion and are cheerful towards their parents. The last thing that I noticed as I was watching this video, there are stereotypes that have to do with being adopted and not being adopted. According to the book, a study was done comparing adopted adolescents and not adopted adolescents, and they found that adopted adolescents are at a higher risk of having problems with drugs, school, behavior toward their parents, and physical health (Olson, DeFrain & Skogrand, 2014). That stereotype did not exist in this video because he graduated from school and loved his family. I think that this video showed that stereotypes about families and adopted children do not exist. His parents were loving, caring, and compassionate toward him.

After watching the video, I thought it portrayed fostering families very well. It showed that even if the child is not yours biologically, you should still treat them as if they were. This video not only showed that the mother and father fostered a child, but that child decided to foster a child as well. This video showed that fostering or adopting not only helps the children but the whole family as well. The message of this specific video was to get across that deciding to adopt or foster a child should not be shameful and that sharing a bucket of chickens breaks down barriers (KFC UK & Ireland, 2015). I think that the company got its message across that fostering a child or adopting a child is nothing to be ashamed of. This family changed the life of a young, shy boy and made him feel welcomed and loved.

Mannerism In The Works Of A Greek Painter El Greco

The three artworks which will be discussed in this paper are The vocational of saint Aloysius Gonzaga by garcinol; Christ healing the blind by Elgreco; Saint Margaret of Cortona by Gaspare Traversi, Geurcino artwork is from the Baroque time period; El Greco work is from Mannerism; and Traversi artwork is from Enlightenment time period. These artworks are from three different periods but share some similarities and differences in content and composition. These three paintings have a similar theme, such as devotion toward religion, and Christianity was common among three of the artworks.

The Baroque time period started around the 1600s and ended by the 1750s, and it was mostly remembered for its styles of architecture, arts and music, and sculptures. It followed the Renaissance style and preceded the neoclassical style. The most commonly known sculpture from the Baroque time period was Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by Bernini.

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The mannerism time period started around the 1520s and ended by the end of the 16th century. Mannerism was replaced by the Baroque time period. The vocational of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga by Guercino was made in 1650. It was an oil on Canvas painting, and it was made in the Baroque time period. Gonzaga was the eldest son of the Marquis of Castiglione. He left marquis because of his younger brother. Later on, he devoted his life to poor people’s life until he passed away.

In the painting, an angel holds a heavenly wreath over the saint’s head, representing his devotion to the Virgin Mary, while lilies are placed next to his feet, representing chastity, innocence, and a crown, symbolizing the marquisate he had renounced. The use of Chiaroscuro can be seen by the painter as shades with shades of light and dark in the painting. Some angels playing guitar and violin can be seen on top of Gonzaga’s head, symbolizing happiness. A cross in the painting refers to a sacrifice made by Gonzaga. The passing clouds and blue sky can be seen in the back, symbolizing its daytime. Geometric shapes have been used in the painting and can be seen as triangles forming the painting. Triangle was created by two bottom corners of the painting to the head of the angel, wearing a green dress. Also, rectangles, squares, and triangles are observed in this painting. The complementary color contrast used in the painting can be seen as dark blue, red, and green color dresses. Two of the angels are not covered with clothing in the picture.

Houses/ buildings can be seen in the back, which creates an illusionistic distance. The atmospheric perspective can be seen in the painting by trees in the back of the painting, which creates the illusion of distance. Gonzago is dressed up in a white top and black, which symbolizes purity and innocence. The angel in blue in the painting holding the Cross is standing in a contrapposto pose. An angel on the top wearing red is looking at the audience/ viewer. Gonzogo dies at a very young age. The Cross also signifies the importance of religion; it symbolizes Christianity.

The texture of this painting seems soft and smooth. The painting is asymmetrical since the vanishing point cannot be observed in the painting. The blue color of the sky matches the blue color of the angel dress. The repetition of colors can be seen in the painting with the repeating pattern of blue, green, and white color. Viewing this art person was an amazing experience. In the paintings, all the angels are barefoot, but Gonzago is wearing shoes.

Another painting that I really liked at the Met museum was Christ healing the blind by El Greco. It was an oil on canvas painting, and the time period of the painting was Mannerism. Mannerism knew as the late renaissance. It started around the 1520s, which was a high renaissance and ended around 1590. The genre of the painting was Christian art. This painting’s main theme was Christ healing the blind man; the man is kneeling in front of Christ. Two figures in the front are looking at Christ, and the blind man seems to be the parents of the blind man. Architectural buildings can be seen at the back of this painting. One-point linear perspective was used in this painting by orthogonal lines meeting at one single vanishing point. Christ is standing in a contrapposto pose. Repetition of colors can be seen in the repeating shades and patterns of pink, yellow, green, and blue.

The use of geometrical figures can be seen in the painting, such as square boxes on the floor and triangles. People in the foreground are larger in size than people in the back, which represents spatial distance and foreshortening. Clouds and blue sky are seen in the painting, which represents daytime. The blue color of the sky matches the blue color of Christ’s clothing. There are people to the left and right who are curious and would like to see the miracle happening.

A complementary color palette was used in the painting, which can be seen as dark green, blue, and pink color. The upper left corner of the composition of the painting remains unfinished, and Greco also painted two other versions of this painting but seemed to like this one more. Repetition of geometrical figures and shapes can be seen in the painting. The lightning can be observed in Christ’s clothing which symbolizes holiness. People to the left and right of Christ seemed to have similar robes but with less light reflection, which emphasizes the superiority of Christ and holiness.

Two people in the middle of the painting draw viewers’ attention to the painting but are embracing each other, which is not a part of the biblical story. People in the painting are looking to the side or showing their back to the miracle happening, which shows that for them, it’s not very important, which is very strange. Different types of renaissance styles can be seen in architectural buildings in the painting. The use of Chiaroscuro can be seen in the painting as contrasted light and shadow created by the light coming from the left side of the painting. Sfumato is used in the painting, which can be viewed as tones and shades of colors gradually mixing into each other.

There are differences and similarities between both paintings. Some similarities between both paintings are the Use of Chiaroscuro in the paintings. The complementary color palette is another similarity between both paintings by Greco and neutrino. One-point linear perspective was used in the El Greco painting but not in the Geurcino painting. Another difference that can be seen in both paintings is the use of foreshortening in Christ healing the blind. The atmospheric perspective was only used in the garcinol painting, and the one-point linear perspective was used only in the el Greco painting.

The el Greco painting has an architectural building in it, but the other painting doesn’t have it. Only sfumato is used in the el Greco painting. Even though both paintings are from different time periods but have many common similarities and differences, and geometrical figures are used in both paintings. Contrapposto pose is observed in both paintings. Another painting that I liked at the Metropolitan museum is Saint Margaret of Cortona by Gaspare traverse.

It was painted in 1758, and the medium used was oil on canvas. She is shown wearing the habit of Franciscan Territory, holding a crucifix, and gazing into the face of an angel who appears to be holding the crown of thorns. In the back of the painting, we can see Satan, who misled her and prompted her to go back to his sinful life, now fleeing into the fire of hell. In the painting, we can also see her illegitimate son. She is holding a crucifix which symbolizes religion/ Christianity. Angel has jewelry that has pearls in it; pearls are the symbol of innocence and purity.

This painting does not have a colorful palette; it has black, red, and white colors in the painting. This painting is expressionistic, which can be seen by the face of Margaret, who seems very worried due to her deeds. There is a skull in the back of the painting, which symbolizes memento mori “reminder of mortality’. The painting contrast of light and dark in the painting. Geometrical figures and shapes can be seen in the paintings, such as triangles.

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