Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Adobe Resources

I started the day trying to find cool, new ideas for teaching "Illustrator" & "Photoshop". "Lesson Planet" does not even let you preview things for free without entering a credit card! Thank goodness for Adobe, and in addition to the lesson plans linked to the title, there's Adobe TV--both free (of course, the programs cost you, but still....)I'm planning on using the computers as centers this year, so I want to create 3-4 projects students could do independently all year long, rotationally.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Online Art Games in LiveBinders

I was planning on writing about how nicely the zentangles are coming along, but then, I found this resource called "LiveBinders" where people put online content organized in virtual binders. The title links to just one binder I found as a tremendous resource--interactive art game sites. I previewed most of them (many are old friends), and they are high-quality, really good for elementary to middle school.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thinking About Animation Again

Now that I'm finalizing the list of art club members, my mind is plotting how to do more stop motion animation. Check out the Lego one at this blog. Also see this "portaportal" of computer graphic tutorials...Really going to try to rock the tech in upper elementary art this year!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Apps to Love & Week One

Hey, that first week came and went ultra-fast! The glogster posters were a big hit on my Smartboard, and I've gathered a few new cool links. One is "Fotopedia" (see title link). It's like a collaborative encyclopedia for photos. The other is an app to automatically share links, it is called FLINKIT. I also decided that the zentangles were a worthy opening week exercise to get students thinking about LINE creatively (check out Haring Kids at the link).

Monday, September 7, 2009

Late Start but Super-Ready

Got the SB running (though it still "ghosts" due to wiring, but that can wait), got the printer cartridges in, posters are up, class lists (all 27 homerooms) are entered in my hard copy and online Gradebooks, & everything starts on Tuesday the 8th! We had our two teacher workdays and parent open house last week, then three days to recuperate and say goodbye to summer. Every time the school year starts, I get ridiculously excited and can't sleep. Looking forward to even more technology integrations, building up the hand skills with the problem-solving and self-monitoring. Once again, art will be on Artsonia, art club will do the yearbook cover and Rotoball, and I'm resurrecting the newspaper club (but it will be blog-based). Stay tuned because 2009/2010 should be a hoot!See the title link for my latest crazy idea--The Shorties. For opening day rituals for art, see this from ART:21.

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