Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oil Pastel Idea & Design Thinking

Ellen Sears shared just the coolest idea to help students with oil pastel composition: they outline with white chalk first, focusing on LARGE areas outlined, then do the oil pastels, then the "batik" method (wax resists the black paint). So smart and effective.
Getting ready to do a huge unit on "design thinking" and am lucky enough to have a fellow teacher taking the journey with me. Focusing on essential understandings and teaching for transfer. Some resources I have are here. From the Stanford site: "The Wallet Project is very quick overview of the entire design process. In one hour they have students: * Sketch their ideal wallet * Interview their partner to gain insights about his/her wallet use * Define a point of view based on the insights they found * Sketch some new alternatives based on the point of view * Test these new ideas with their partner to gather feedback * Act on the feedback and build a wallet in the form of a physical prototype WHY do we do it? * Fast-paced * Experiential * Project-based * Biased towards action (more doing, less talking about doing)" Much like the IDEO process of brainstorming/ideation then prototyping from found materials, revisions, market testing & finalization. Sounds like the real world, right? One last thing, in sharing my "digital footprints" research (from my UbD/CW unit plan) with "the world", I posted the TILDEcast online at ArtEd2.0. Here's a picture from that:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

TILDE cast on Digital Footprints

I was pleased to be a guest via Skype on our technology department's latest webcast (#9), on "Digital Footprints".

Episode 9: Of Footprints and Credit Cards from TILDE Netcasts on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Flipping" in Art, the Start

I've posted two videos on my school art website for instructional purposes and overall, I think the response has been very positive. In the first case, I posted a value scale video, somewhat jumpy as I was filming with my left hand and drawing with my right, but still, the students really responded to it when we played it before each fourth grade class. They were EXCITED to do value scales! My first thought was, "Don't overdo this technique", and my second thought was, "Awesome resource for students to review at home." Sometimes, there were "Cool!" and "I can't wait to try this!" type responses, and even applause. In the second case, I posted a "Typeface Face/Avatar in PSD" tutorial, which students could access for reinforcement of what they were already doing in class. The "test" group was much smaller, as only students who wanted to design avatars on the computers viewed the tutorial, but still, several students went from beginning proficiency to total mastery in one week. The "Innovative Educator" has some thoughts on reverse instruction, basically calling it "Lecture 2.0." I agree that would be a bad thing, but if reverse instruction is used as a tool, one of many, and is used as a differentiable tool (meaning, some students will love it and use it, other students will want other delivery methods), I am still very much in favor of it. I also made a Voki avatar, so easy and fun!

The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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