Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Culture Integrations in Art

In third grade, we created original texture templates using tagboard, based on the theme of "Cultures". Currently, the third grade students are reading fiction stories about cultures in "Reading Street", and 2 of the stories, "Suki's Kimono" & "Jalapeno Bagels" served as our jumping-off point for imagery. We looked at kimono fabrics (see title link) on the Smartboard, and discussed images you might see in Mexican/Spanish designs, before careful cutting and gluing of their templates.Students were very creative with their crayon rubbings, rotating their templates, offsetting colors on the same page, creative borders, etc. Just like snowflakes, no 2 were alike!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Adobe Story

So, I just signed up for a free program, called Adobe Story (see title link). It is free until April 30th (like many Beta programs, freebies have a shelf life). From Wikipedia: "Adobe Story is a collaborative script development tool from Adobe Systems Inc. It can be used to accelerate the process of creating screenplays and turning them into finished media. Adobe Story is capable of being integrated with Adobe Production Premium Suite.

Adobe Story is available both as a web-based application, and a desktop application. The desktop application helps you work on your scripts when offline, and sync up with the online version later.

Adobe Story is currently under development and available for preview." Pretty cool, most applicable for MS/HS. But, I decided to give it a quick run anyway. The 3 tutorials are straightforward, but it is optimized to run with CS5. Something to think about before downloading and bogging down your hard-drive. I worked online, without downloading & whipped up a quick script. It seems like a video pre-production app, but I could definitely see collaborations via Smartboard and an iPad or hooked-up computer. Here's a screenshot.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Photoshop Ideas + Visual Thinking

In my quest to engage elementary art students with cool technology, I just found these great tutorials on Vimeo called "Photoshop for Kids" (see post title link). Rotoscoping, PSD “scratch art”, PSD “video art”, etc. So fab and accessible, thank-you Adobe for having Education Leaders! Also, this tech/5th grade teacher does a huge blog of tutorials for all sorts of apps (“Photoshop, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Flash, and lots of open source “freeware.” These are tutorials and user-friendly, free or cheap resources on how to edit photos and/or videos in a creative way”). Yes!!! Bringing me to the grad class I taught last weekend on “Visual Thinking”. I am fully on-board with the integration of art processes to engage students. It is vital to keeping our students eager to learn in this digital era. I had the honor of facilitating that very concept with a P.E. teacher, Science teacher, Special Education Interventionist, French/Art Teacher, 4th Grade Teacher, & 3 Art Teachers. This diverse group GOT IT, meaning that everyone moved into the synthesis/creativity mode and embraced the value of learning THROUGH the arts. I had so much fun and was impressed with all the integration processes. More integrative resources at
Geometric Concepts (ages 8–10)
Graph Plotting (ages 8–11)
Marine World Digital Encyclopedia (ages 8–13)
Patterns (ages 6–8)
Plant Growth (ages 9–13)
Visualization of the Atom (ages 11–17)
Volcano Eruption (ages 9–13)

To that end, here’s a quote from one of my favorite “TED talkers”: “My contention is that creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
—Sir Ken Robinson
Almost forgot the Photojojo geniuses came up with a fun kaleidoscope/photo project, HERE.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hexagon Project

"High school and junior high school/middle school students (grades 5-12) respond creatively to the many themes of global interdependence - real-world issues - and become a part of an international movement to create a more civil, peace-minded and just world.

This project is a meaningful vehicle for allowing young people to think and respond about issues of personal and global importance. There were more than 250 pieces exhibited at an exciting, participatory event in 2008 and more are expected in 2009!" from Hexagon Project, Flickr gallery,
What a great way to integrate art/culture/social studies/math for the upper levels! I also think, the main project, available here, could be adapted for elementary grade levels. Always a great idea to make multiple connections to the real world.See the title link for 250 art images from this project on Flickr.

Also, the resources at Kathy Schrock's site are abundant & full of rubrics, content integrations, etc.:

The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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