Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How Artists Use "Line"

We are talking about line and how to use it during the months of August & Sept. The title links to a page on NGA.gov (about "line") & this Slideshare is pretty solid, too.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Data Can Be Beautiful

We are all back at school, and the meetings have started, too. Gathering data to inform curriculum is important for the grade level teachers, and it got me thinking about how data comes at us from everywhere in our lives. Here's a TedTalk about "Data Visualization"; David McCandless explains how visualizing data can be "beautiful"

Sunday, August 22, 2010

And We Return (Yet, Never Left)

Back to school on Monday, but really, I've been back & forth doing school stuff. As an art teacher, you never really stop brainstorming, making art, thinking about your students. I think I'm going to download a free app, PENCIL, and see where that takes us on the computers and with animation...New website for my class hosted by Bluehost...Shooting a video yet also going back to sketchbooks...Title links to computer art resources megaportal...I'm including this link to Temple Grandins's TedTalk about visually thinking to problem-solve.I loved the "staycation" we had this summer, but excited to see what my students will create.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Gallery Full of Ideas

A gallery in Santa Fe called FiacobbeFritz art gallery has a beautiful website and a stable of artists that are very inspirational, both as potential art projects, and for their style. In particular, artwork based on clever homages to artists like Dali and Warhol done by a Ben Steele. Possibly, cool entry points to art history. Just brainstorming...Also, check out Shelfari.
You can create virtual bookshelves,discuss literature with like minds; go into "groups" and search "art teachers", over 560 groups there alone.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

P21=Art & Design

I started a discussion on Art Ed 2.0 relevant to our BTB 21 class, regarding P21 as it relates to art. A much-admired art teacher responded right away, "Three approaches to education are on the table right now:
Common Core - more specificity about the content of learning (history, science, etc.)
NCLB - focus on tools for learning (reading, writing, and math)
P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) - developing problem-solving skills

If you expand the P21 Skills what you have is "Design Thinking" - problem solving by 1. identifying and clarifying the problem, 2. researching the problem and previous attempts to solve it, 3. Developing criteria necessary for a satisfactory resolution of the problem, 4. Generating possible solutions (brainstorming), 5. Apply the criteria developed in step 3 to possible solutions developed in step 4 to selected the most likely candidate, 6. Generate some prototypes of the selected solution, 7. Present the solution and implement it, 8. Evaluate the results by seeing if it works in the real world.

This is the standard Design Thinking process but is not really the kind of problem-solving we do in Art. I suggest we add Design to our identity - Art and Design - in order to signal our willingness to address and work to solve real world problems."
I am in complete agreement! Check out the online andDesign blog.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ning Alternatives

I'm a big fan of Ning sites, especially Art Ed 2.0, but the formerly free service might be cost-prohibitive. An alternative is "Spruz",from the site: "Spruz is a software-as-a-service company, our websites are powered by the Spruz Social Website Platform. A cutting edge social website creation technology that makes it easy for you to build a website with fully integrated social features. Enjoy continuous updates, improvements and new features without the worries of having to install a software update again! Our websites are a complete solution with a robust website, hosting, support, and maintenance." Although the basics are free, optional features start at under ten dollars a month...For the past three days, I've been trolling the countryside, antiquing, taking pictures, and going to local arts festivals. Inspirational and a good way to get imagery for the busy months ahead, meaning once school gets started. Found an odd Russian Orthodox church in the middle of Amish country for instance, definitely an image to be explored either in a lino cut or drawing. It is the shrine and church of Mariapoch. It was quite a visual icon, seeing a small "onion dome" amidst the rolling Amish farm fields!

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