Sunday, May 30, 2010

Art Flarf

The art order is done, the projects are graded, shows are over, taken down, and the artwork returned. I just read about this poetry movement very similar to Dada art, which involves "Googling" words or phrases that are not normally considered together (e.g. chicken + archeology), then compiling the the results into a poem. Here is my art advocacy flarf based on the two phrases, "creative + world without":

World Without by L. Girbino ©2010
A world without imagination is like living in the past.
Experience is everything, but
I can't run a marathon without starting to run right now.
People are different and it is in these differences that
This feels like a creative world without limitations.
Without it, life would be like everything, with a silence.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Paper Airplane Time & One Day

Now that spring is here, summer just around the corner, here's a great link for paper airplane patterns from world record holder, Ken Blackburn (end of the year lesson plan incorporating engineering maybe?). Also, signed my art club for the "One Day on Earth" project next year, filming 24 hours on 10.10.10. Here's the site. Educators can get a free toolkit.

The founding principles of "One Day On Earth" (source:

1. Perspective: We are creating a time capsule for the whole world to better understand itself.
We strive to find out who we are as human beings because it is beneficial to our sustainability as a species.
2. Inclusivity: The project is free and open to all people, cultures, creeds, and nationalities.
3. Individuality: We are here to empower your voice. The individual, you, are being given a chance to put something in the world's time capsule. You have one day to document what matters most to you.
This is a celebration of individual beliefs, expression and perspective.
4. Community : We strive to connect people through both their differences and similarities. We strive to
create and support future collaborations amongst participants. We strive to create a community that fosters communication.
5. Education: The process of creating, interacting and viewing our project will have educational value for students of all ages. We will strive to support any educational institution that wishes to participate in the project with the necessary tools to do so.
6. Technology: We will always embrace any technology that better allows us to live up to our principles
We realize this project is only now possible because of the evolution of technology and we will always grow with technology to make an even better picture of the world.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sketchbooks in Schools

I'm starting to redesign my curriculum map for next year and I am tempted to revisit sketchbooks based on the great UK website linked to the post title. If I have each student create one at the beginning of the year, put their reflections and rough drafts inside, it might just work better than a "stand-alone" sketchbook unit (I have tried these in the past in multiple grade levels with mixed results). Another sketchbook resource (there are several, so noodle around the site): ArtJunction
Since I am also trying to reinforce language arts skills, I am just about convinced this is the way to go, even with 700 students :).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Let Out Your Creative Beast

The title post is linked to a really cute slideshare presentation about being creative: simple, short, neat for kids. I like the style of it, too, with the usage of post it notes...Right now, the "creative beast" is roaring, as students are trying their hand at several drawing challenges: one & two point perspective, and a design challenge called "Vormator". The big, messy projects are over as most of those supplies are long-gone, but we still have some colored pencils and our creativity. Over the summer, I think I need to make some slideshare post-it presentations myself. Another excellent resource is at Edubloggerz! (go to the technology/education tab, then read about "animation", for instance.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Art Education and Cognition Websites

The title links to Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites:
The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.
This is very topical for me, as I have been thinking and talking about the cognitive benefits of learning through the visual arts! See this link for more regarding brain cognition and art.
Also: Milbrandt, Felts, Richards & Abghari (2004) from " Teaching to learn: A constructivist approach to shared responsibility"
Overview: "Cognitive theory has been found to support the traditional approach to teaching a comprehensive art study program using the constructivist approach...Students actively engage creatively in art production & utilize cognitive skills of analysis, interpretation, problem solving, & construction of meaning called cognitive divergence...Students integrate fragmented information into previous stored information, Efland calls flexible cognition."

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ning Alternatives

Great PLC groups have grown via Ning-based sites (Art Ed 2.0, Smartboard ning, etc.), but sadly, the ning freebies are over (see title link for the pricing announcement). Although I do not have my own networking site, I know a lot of teachers use them for their classes. Here are some options: Spruz and WackWall. Both sites have migration and import tools for ning users. So, is this the future of cloud computing--use a beta program for free, then pay a fee down the road or find another "newbie app" that is low or no-cost? I remember being so excited about a sketchcast program, but then it suddenly disappeared..Luckily, creative problem-solving is an embedded skill for art educators and artists, so off we go into the net for free app sourcing! (I'll post what I find...)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Drawing in Perspective

In the Renaissance Connection perspective interactive, students can practice drawing the orthogonals over Renaissance paintings (very suitable for the Smartboard). The title links to the ever-useful "artsconnected" web pages, which have a cute Flash animation explaining simple one-point perspective, which I've been using with my third graders. A cool extension interactive for whiteboards is at Tate Kids (build an imaginary city)...Some elementary students "get" perspective easily, others take longer, but once they do, everyone is smiling & excited.

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