Thursday, April 29, 2010


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Inspiration and SB Animal Games

I've been working up lessons for my adaptive art class. They go through projects a lot faster as we are really focused on small-motor skills and skip the Socratic discussions, activating prior knowledge activities, and critiques. We love to tie animal art to Smartboard activities, and the title links to a mega-resource. Then, as I was noodling around, I found another art teacher's photo site, "The Painted Paper", full of wonderful inspiration.

Monday, April 26, 2010

AndreaMosaics and Sticky Urls

From the website linked to the post title, "a free project to create digital art using images and computer software. With AndreaMosaic you can create your own photographic mosaics made with your own pictures. A photo mosaic is an image composed of many tiled photos." And yes, it is available in Windows, Mac, & Linux formats (yeah!!!)...I've been culling the sticky notes from my planner; you know the ones you find and jot down, then promptly forget about. I tend to think of them as my "sticky Urls". Here's some faves:
tech & art LP's
adobe tutorials
adobe videos for educators
At you can check how to pronounce art terms.
perspective interactives
Okay, now I can dump all the sticky notes.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tate Tools & Earth Week Cool

The Tate has six video modules that include "Looking At and Thinking About Art" and "What Happened to the Object? Conceptual Art". The Tate Tools modules are created in PowerPoint with Flash elements, and curriculum notes are also at the site...This week, our school goes all out for "Earth Week", with daily activities, pizza box sculptures, grocery bag eco-decorating, and a visit from "Mother Earth" (a fellow teacher). A favorite link for matching materials to recyclable projects is at Trashmatcher. This year I've done multiple projects using recyclables including: weaving (adaptive art), recyclable sculpture/Outsider art (fifth grade), altered books (fifth grade), collage (third & fourth grade). Also, a majority of my art club projects utilize donated materials. In fact, I think that Tate module about conceptual art (Duchamp was a recycler with his "readymades" if you think about it), might be a good one to show this week.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

U.S. Dept. of Education Portal

Educators can review ideas, grants, project submissions & leave comments or questions! This is an unprecedented approach to innovating in learning--register to participate. At the least, it is a view into nationwide concepts.

The Lego Lawyer

"New York corporate attorneys are known for working the long hours. I find myself working long hours now as well, but I'm doing something I love. ... The worst day in the art studio is still better than the best day in the law firm."(quote from CNN story on Nathan Sawaya, NY lawyer turned Lego artist). This is a cool story for hard times: someone who chose their talent over financial security, and it turned out great (see the whole story at his website, linked to title). Of course, there are other artists sculpting with "bricks" like Sean Kenney. Plus, here's an education link for Lego-based learning... We were a Lego family for a long time and I know they are "brainy toys" from personal experience. It's cool that with modern sculptors and brick films, they still inspire.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Route 21

National standards...Experiential learning...Interdisciplinary...Are these mutually exclusive? (I hope not!) Can we improve the "classroom experience" through authentic learning connected to the real world (absolutely!). Route 21 is the "21st Century Skills" resource portal & I think it is worth checking out. Additionally, there's the "Real World Design Challenge": "The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9 – 12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.
The precise nature of the Challenge will change from year to year, but the underlying design principles will remain constant. This year’s Challenge will focus on aeronautics and energy usage."...So where does art & art instruction fit in here? Everywhere! Advocate for your students and the arts by making the connections (be the change--and pardon the "soapbox", I just believe in art being part of the national education discussion).

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Rotoball 2010

I finally got around to uploading the art club's contribution to Rotoball 2010. We ended up editing and animating in Photoshop; last year we used Flash and rotoscoped. Both techniques were equally time consuming, but only because I changed green screens, which resulted in a lot of selection tool heroics... Next year,one green screen and triple-checking that the animation media, whatever it is, does NOT have any similar colors.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Typography Portraits

This project could work in Illustrator or Photoshop.
In Illustrator---making type brushes (Art brushes)to paint over a photo:
File>Place the reference photo (check link and template in Place)
Make a line of type and go to Type>Create Outlines and then select the Type. Open Brushes panel from Window and click on the pop-out menu at the top right of the panel and choose "New Brush"
Make the type an Art Brush. Choose the brush tool and paint over the photo (you should have an empty layer above the template layer.
The big challenge is keeping the reference photo in the same location or go to Window>Links and embed it so it is there when the file is opened/closed.

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