Cultural self portrait:
My name is James. I go to school in the ISB and I am starting my third year at the ISB now. I am now starting MYP 3 at the ISB. I am 13 years old and turning 14 in February. I come from Ireland (Dublin). A lot of my family come from Limerick in Ireland. Although I am from Ireland I was born in Watford just north of London. I am a very sporty guy and I am very enthusiastic about football and rugby. I live in Holland at the moment and I play for the C1 of Internos football club. I have lived in three different countries which are: England, Ireland and Holland.
At the ISB we do two types of Art: Visual arts and Music. But there are many art forms we do not do at the ISB and these include dance, theatre, cabaret, film and architecture. My top three art forms are film, music and architecture. The reason I like these art forms are because they are are quite enjoyable and for example music you get to learn to play new instruments and that is something I very much enjoy about music. With film it is very amusing to watch. But I don’t like dance because I don’t feel it is so comfortable performing dance on stage. I also feel it is an art form that I just don’t enjoy doing.
In music lessons this year I would like to improve my overall knowledge of music but also I would like to become better in at least one instrument so that I would find the practical lessons a bit easier.
I really enjoy watching films and watching television. But I normally watch films on my computer so I don’t go to the cinema that much. I normally go about once every 2 months or so. I prefer watching action and adventure movies to genres such as comedy. I don’t often look at movie reviews but if I am going to the cinema to watch a movie I would sometimes look at the movie reviews. I am not sure of a movie I would never watch but I wouldn’t watch 50 shades of grey. My favourite movie would probably have to be one that is a timeless classic like the new Hobbit movie I found quite enjoyable. I know a lot of good actors but I that I enjoy watching is Adam Sandler. I rent dvd’s not that often. I sometimes watch films on the tv but not as often as on my computer.
The music I like is pop music and rock music. I don’t really have a favourite singer because I don’t listen to that much music but if I had to choose one it would be Ed Sheeran because he has made a few good at interesting mixed songs. I don’t listen to CD’s. I have never been to a music festival before but I know a few people that have gone to Glastonbury. I have a keyboard at home but I don’t use it that often. I never listen to dutch songs because I just don’t think it is as good as english music is.
I don’t do any dancing but from where I come from in Ireland the are quite famous for Irish dancing. If I were to dance to something it would be breakdancing. I have seen a dance performance at the Olympia theatre in Dublin.
I have visited the Olympia theatre before but that is the only theatre I have visited. I don’t know many comedians either but I do know David Letterman. The only comedians I have watched are the ones on the television I have never seen and on the stage before. I have participated in many school plays before which I have generally enjoyed like The Tempest, A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. I have performed in a large room but never in front of that many people. Whenever I am performing on stage I generally feel quite excited but also nervous but generally I enjoy it in the end.
I have been to many museums and exhibitions before such as the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and The London Transport museum. I don’t have a favourite artist or artwork but I enjoy visiting museum if they are interesting for kids like the London Transport museum. At home we do have a special painting on the wall in the living room which I think is from France. The painting shows 2 flowers in a vase.
At home we do not have a photo camera but I have my phone to take photos which I think is better because it is easier to bring around with you. I don’t take that many photos in my daily life but I do take photos when I am at somewhere cool or fun like at the theme park. Generally I am not bothered about the lighting or colouring when taking a picture I just find a nice spot or place to take the picture.
The building that I really like is the Shard tower in London. I especially like it because my dad was working on the glass for the outside of the shard at the time. Other buildings I like are football stadiums I love football stadiums because whenever you go inside one it feels like there is so much atmosphere. I have been in many churches before mainly before I was going to make my holy communion but my favourite church is the church in the village of Newmarket on Fergus in Ireland. I have seen and been to many famous buildings and monuments such as the Eiffel tower, The tower of London, St. Peterhof Palace, The colosseum and The Acropolis.