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Distant Trees by Emilio Cruz (GP)

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Perspectives and Points of View


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Imagine by Tyrone Jimerson (RIC)

Charlie's View by Sean Priddy (NRH)

Delicate Soul by Haley Chapman (NRH)

Empty in Time by Maddie Buffo (RIC)

Cubist View by Marissa Durante Garland (DAL)

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” ― George Eliot, Middlemarch 2

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The Winfree Academy Charter School Campuses represented in this issue are: Dallas (DAL); Grand Prairie (GP); Irving (IRV); Lewisville (LEW); North Richland Hills (NRH); and Richardson (RIC)

Perspective and Point of View In this spring issue of Winfree Insights the student contributors are demonstrating to readers their ideas about linear perspective, personal perspective and point of view. Artworks and written works are a reflection of each student’s understanding and experience of space and experience. To the modern mind, it's hard to believe that perspective had to be "discovered", but before the 1400s paintings simply lacked accurate perspective. Instead, important people and objects were simply shown larger than less important ones; and although distant objects were sometimes shown smaller than near ones, this wasn't done in a regular and accurate way. Just as odd, many paintings didn't represent the other meaning of perspective either—that is, a scene might not be shown as if it were being seen from one single place or point of view. Today, perspective is used much like standpoint. Just as standpoint once used to mean simply the physical place where you stand but today also means the way you "see" things as a result of who you are and what you do, the same could be said about perspective.

Definition of perspective 1a : the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically : representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distanceb : a picture in perspective 2a : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed ; also : point of viewb : the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance 3a : a visible scene; especially : one giving a distinctive impression of distance : vistab : a mental view or prospect 4: the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions

La Muerte by Emanuel Martinez (GP)

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder by Nyeli Uribe (NRH) 3

Cultural Masks, Figures and Cultural Perspectives by Dominicq Lin (LEW) Masks have existed in societies, cultures, and foreign lands since the dawn of time. Modern-day societies have simplified the meanings held by them, regarding masks as facades and disguises – whether for fun, scares, intimidation, or purely just to hide one’s identity. Figurines themselves have also been filed down, once holding ceremonial and traditional values, now depicted as basic toys and playthings. The oldest cultures such as those in Africa and China have had numerous masks and figures since the Paleolithic era. They surpass cultures today like the Spanish and Mexican that are known to hold celebrations using both masks and figurines. Masks and figures of the old-world have a myriad of meanings, and are commonly attributed to ceremonies and celebrations. They’re representative of union, marriage, a transition of age and status, and symbolizing positions of power. From an artistic perspective, masks and figurines are intricately-designed sculptures in themselves. The two often take weeks to make by artists sculpting every detail as perfectly and clearly as possible and imbuing them with whatever religious power. They’re intended for ceremonies but find their place ultimately cemented in world history. Masks and figurines are not only works of art, but of literature, culture, tradition, and religion. Let’s discuss masks first, what they mean, how they’re created, and what significance they hold. African masks were created mainly to depict a physical manifestation of mythological deities, ancestors, spirits, and abstract values. African masks were created typically out of leather, metals, fabrics, and various types of wood. The intricate details and rich meanings behind every African mask makes each one almost priceless, both monetarily and sentimentally. Masks serve as both significant art pieces, and absolutely integral blocks of African culture. Many African masks served as traditional manifestations of deities and objects of worship to ensure victories in battle, a bountiful and prosperous harvest, and much more. As such, many masks were often left at the foot of sacred grounds and alters, being prospered with gifts and sacrifices in return for months without famine or war. Many celebratory events were and are held with traditional masks cast off into the center of a crowd of people. In these events, dances and songs dominate the atmosphere in hopes that the mask would become a vessel – possessed by one of the many sacred African deities intended to bless the respective tribe with prosperity and good luck. In some circumstances, it’s been known that a wearer or designated dancer would be captivated in a deep trace while wearing the mask. During this state of trance, he would apparently be communicating with ancestors, past ones, or even a god itself. A translator would usually be present during this period, discerning each initially unintelligible grunt as an accurate message or saying. It’s also been documented that these sacred masks were highly representative of the relationship man had with his environment. As long as a particular shaman was alive, and the mask was still intact, a tribe would be graced with a season of bountiful hunting and harvest. African figurines were also regarded in the same fashion as their traditional masks. Many figurines were representative of ancient deities, imbued with sacred power, and were the object of focus for many celebrations. However, unlike the masks, figurines weren’t objects of possession; instead, they were primarily regarded as miniature alters, where gifts were to be delivered. Like masks and most other traditional pieces, figurines were holy objects – no harm, disfigurement, or vandalism were to come onto them, for it wasn’t seen as just a sign of disrespect, but also the belligerent tempting of the gods. Most figurines were fashioned out of wood, and decorated with animal hide and feathers. Moving on, let’s discuss masks and figurines in another massive culture: the Chinese. As you may have noticed with the Africans, figurines weren’t nearly as important, nor were its lore as expansive as its lore on masks – the same applies with the Chinese. While there were figurines in Chinese culture, they stood simply as shrines of gifting or passive spiritual reminders, rather than direct or active objects of worship or celebration. With the Chinese, masks are only ever featured in two elements of Chinese culture: Chinese New Year, and Opera masks. New Year masks are commonly worn just as a friendly and warm way to welcome the dawn of a new year. Opera masks are more specific and particular, as they are worn by each individual actor to depict traits and characteristics of an actor’s role. As one might imagine, Chinese masks are more symbolic and figurative. Many of them represent feelings and emotions, rather than deities or gods – and if they are, they are normally following existing traditions. Chinese masks mimic the feelings and emotions of the people. The New Year masks often are painted and sculpted in such a way to depict the moods and emotion those have in New Year celebrations. Warm colors and intricately-plotted texturing of the masks are greatly emphasized as to show the nature of festivity. Chinese masks are typically created with a myriad of materials, including stone, metals, leather and cloth, paper and grass, etc. Their masks are painted with various colors, and in different designs, with many of them in the fashion of a red dragon – the ultimate symbol of prosperity for the Chinese. Many masks are fashioned after certain spirit animals and ancestral deities and gods - depicting a favorable characteristic. In mask variation however, there are only ever really two types of mask designs: a dragon, and a pre-shaped Opera masks. The dragon masks are commonly seen during celebratory festivals, namely Chinese New Year. Painted in normally gold, red, and harsh tones of yellow and orange, the dragon is represented in the highest esteem; bearing the most recognizable colors and meanings. The other kind of masks, the Opera mask, is just as straight-to-the-point. Always depicting a being of sorts, the Opera masks are always representative of the common folk of China, spirits and demons, as well as deities and gods. Opera masks generally have sparks of silver, gold, blue, and green paints – symbolizing the various gods of Chinese religion. All in all, African masks were more directly associated with gifting, possession, and were direct representations of gods as opposed to the Chinese masks; which instead, were used as celebratory apparel pieces. Both masks are representative of a certain cultural aspect: religion. They are regarded highly in museums around the world as representations of an older world. 4

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Raised Balcony by Arthur Beyer (LEW)

Return of the King by James Worthy (NRH)

City View by Samantha Fitzgerald (RIC)

Love Me by Bryce Codling (LEW)

My City by Epifanio Alvarez (LEW)

One Point by Justin Moore (NRH)


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A Runner's Perspective by Sharon Warwick (LEW)

Snowy View by Shyla Frith (IRV)

Sinatra View by Robert Hubbard (NRH)

Purrrrfect View by Destinee Springer (IRV) 6

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Peering Out of the Darkness by Destinee Springer (IRV)

Mya by Carlos Hampton (LEW) A Mother’s View By Megan Winkler (NRH) She hasn’t even met you Yet she already loves you Just discovered the miracle that is you She awaits you She anticipates you For nine months she carries you She can’t wait to finally meet you She can’t wait to finally love you Weeks and weeks she only thinks about you Endures pain and suffering for you She thinks it was all worth it as she holds you As she promises to never give up on you To never discourage you She looks at you and has nothing but the best for you She wants to cherish you She’ll give her all to you And you should too

Dream the Impossible by Story Howard (LEW) 7

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Nothing is Nicer by Kenny Grice (LEW)

Alone by Haley Brank (GP)

Insight by Emilio Cruz (GP) 8

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Move Past The Past By Devon Young (LEW) Hey everybody my name is ULS,

Denton is now where my head lays,

As the Ultimate Light Skin I aspire to be the best,

Fresh outta jail I earned myself a new title,

Recently I fell down I been feeling like the rest,

And this ones gonna affect me for a while,

I must confess,

This was the product of ignorance and going wild,

I felt like I can’t win through the constant protest,

On my court date my attorney flashed me a smile,

I spent the other day hanging out with the crew,

And said its time to reconcile,

We were hanging out joking around and eating food,

I stood in front of the judge and admitted my sins,

My bro told a joke and I copped a real smile,

I confessed every single scandalous thing I did,

I was so surprised I haven’t worn one in a while,

20 minutes later I was done with the process,

At that single moment I knew I had to reconcile,

Heading over to the probationary office,

So took a hard look into the past,

I made myself a promise,

How did I fall from the sky into the grass?

I took this L but it won’t happen again

The answer was a concept that I refused to grasp,

I will forever be strong soldiering on standing against the wind,

I took advantage of the niceties I’d been granted,

Life’s a constant challenge,

And I was immature so I couldn’t understand it, How could all my friends continuously call me a savage?

I refuse to lose, so I will win.

I have to fix myself I gotta break this habit, After that day a couple busses and a train.

We Real Dope By Payton Duncan (NRH ) We real dope. We Dropped out. We Sleep in. We Disrespect. We Break rules. We Are loud. We Will be Locked out.

Inner Beauty by Destinee Springer (IRV) 9

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Eyes of Bravery by Forrest Riley (NRH)

Distant Island by Max Kinchen (LEW)

Chaotic Sight by Haley Chapman (NRH)

Mysteryscape by Carlos Hampton (LEW)

Fierce Colors of Passion by Destinee Springer (IRV) So my love, let us not be blue we must be red with fury of determination, but not anger. Red with passionate caring love that caresses your heart’s silhouette. Red, that stands out and illuminates all that we will stand for. Together we shall be the color no one favors, but that everyone is green with envy. Together we could paint a sunset. All the colors of the rainbow but with all that we are, We are also the colors that will never exist, So we shall make them into beautiful art.. like this. I write to you and this is an expression straight from my heart. We have so much potential and like a rainbow red is just the start. 10

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Goth Girl by Grace Carron (LEW)

Warnings by Robert Hubbard (NRH)

Mt. Rainier by Shyla Frith (IRV)

Pathway by Robert Hubbard (NRH) 11

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We Be Real By Chryslyn England We really chill. We Ditch school. We Break curfew. We Get paid. We Play rummy. We Make music. We Will have an existential crisis

You Never Were by Emerald Goodnight (LEW)

Real soon Because we will be adults And we will have to come to terms with our own mortality.

One Point by Martavan Coleman (IRV)

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, "What else could this mean?” ― Shannon L. Alder

Who Did It by Stephanie Reyes (GP) 12

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Loved One By Xavier Tallie (NRH) From the first hour to the last my thoughts about you are never the last♥. From every cloud that goes by I hate to say goodbye. From the flow of the air I always know your there. Either in spirit or heart nor death do us part. Hearing your favorite song knowing I haven’t seen you in so long. This feeling of despair I need you there. I feel sad and poor, I have you no more, because without you my heart is sore.

The Woods by Shyla Frith (IRV)

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


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Bird's View Point by Max Kinchen (LEW)

Lone Wolf by Epifanio Alvarez (LEW

Looking at You by Marissa Cooper_NRH

The Journey by Liberty Largen (NRH)

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time 14

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Hundreds of refined men gladly accepted a blood-soaked letter of admission. The glorious flurry of suits and heeled-shoes echoed over cases fired f rom the guns of war. Neatly tucking themselves as they took their seats, their bodies fell carelessly as they sat – seemingly mocking those who didn’t have the same decisive luxury. One man in particular stood from the crowd, the room was shushed by his initial silence. He treaded through the trenches of the floor, charging through the crimson waters without hesitation. The crunching of casings under his feet rung out an ear-piercing sound that, though unnerved those outside the room, sounded of nothing

Shocking by Haylie Brink_GP

to his fellow politicians. A mural of fallen servicemen saluted above, their expressionless faces tinged only with the blind motivation of patriotism in their eyes. A dedicated and home-felt man, he spoke with thunderous beauty – words that couldn’t be ignored, but captured everyone who heard them. His dull eyes glazed over the boys who were condemned to honor and glory. Their eyes begged for attention, but met only with indifference as he quickly dismissed them as heroes. His angelic grace was rendered null by his devilish grin that peered through his plead for peace. The cries of grieving families were simmered by the cheers of victorious politicians, and their cheers were overwhelmed by the oncoming of war-machines. With his back toward his audience, he stood proudly, admiring his shadow against the wall – blending almost indiscernibly with the horrors of war. Now stained with blood, he let out an insincere look of reprieve

Unlucky View by Karoline Kerby (RIC)

as he called for peace – his fellow politicians reigning down deafening applause.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ― Abraham Lincoln 15

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Denton View by Sharon Warwick (LEW)

Perspective of Dallas by Shyla Frith (IRV)

Signs Matter by Robert Hubbard (NRH)

Self Reflection by Robert Hubbard (NRH) 16

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The first letter is apologetic By Megan Winkler The first letter is apologetic She tries to explain but can’t find the right words How can you explain why you gave away your own child

The second letter is hopeful She’s growing up and loving herself Yet she still asks how she can love herself after what she did

The third letter is longing For a relationship shell never get to have With the baby girl who taught her how to love at 17

Tree of Life by Manuel Calles (IRV) The fourth letter is agonizing Her head won’t let her forget what she did “Selfish, selfish, selfish, selfish,” it says

The fifth letter is loving She wanted her to have a better life She wanted her to be more than the product of an assault

The last letter says I hope you understand And as her daughter stands at her funeral She asks what happened to the woman from the letters

Personal Totem by Martavan Coleman (IRV) 17

Winfree Insights________________________________________________________Perspectives and Points of View Mr. Moon by Elijah White (LEW) He bursts through the door with a smile on his face, a mouthful of daggers, a hand full of mistakes. He lives for the dark because it fuels his darker habits, wears a trench coat with the smell of the night clinging to the fabric. His eyes are glassy and glazed over, a puppet for his vices; he moves gracefully then leans forward. Like a secret, he whispers, for only you to hear, “Though the moon moves slowly, death is faster than it appears.” He swings around the room with his arms held high, his tears reach the floor, his demeanor mystifies. “I’m tired of ravenous animals shackled in society-induced manacles. We all have that voice, that little one in the back of our heads–it screams bloody murder when we’re alone in our beds. A Challenger’s View by Epifanio Alvarez (LEW)

It continues to remember, though we have sadly forgotten, the night holds terrors, men with moralities that are rotten. For humanity are monsters, ghastly beastly things, we console ourselves with kings, devotion, and wedding rings. Objects and emotions a beast couldn`t possibly have, an animalistic society, though it`ll never last. Denying your own instinct is inhumane, you must refrain, a species no longer throwing feces, wow, you`ve really changed.”

Depth by Megan Garrett (NRH)

He dances around the room belligerently humming tunes, he looks me in the face and yells, “But I`ll save you from your doom! For I am the jester, for I am the loon, for I am the one they call Mister Moon. I fuel all your tendencies; I bring out the wolf inside. I am the one responsible for all those who feel alive. I shake the earth, and I control the very tide. I`ve watched you humans since you told your first lie. Feeling an attachment, alas I`ve come to save you. Just stare at the night sky and enjoy the view. I’ll whisper lunar secrets, secrets you once knew, impulses that have been stripped away and taken from you. When all is said and done and your kind has returned to being true, just remember who to thank and all I`ve done for you, the one and only, the forgotten Mister Moon.”

My Perspective on Loneliness by Alisha Schafer (IRV)


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Army of Transformers by Marvin Samuel (RIC)

Looking Up by Haylie Brank (GP)

Double Me by Tasa Jalbert (GP)

Looking Up to You by Emilio Cruz (GP)

The Journey by Maia Conway (NRH)

Essay by Morgan Johnsick (NRH)

Sad People Watch Sunsets by Irena Pijak (NRH)

Winding Road by Karoline Kirby (RIC) 19

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Mickey Means Hope by The World by Juan Gloria (DAL)

Hey You by Tasa Jalbert (GP)

Alexandra Carron (LEW)

View from My Cell, Stephanie Reyes (GP)

Look at the World in a New Perspective by Haley Chapman (NRH)

Fruit on the Horizon by Alisha Schafer (IRV)

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