Sure, one lima bean monster
is cute, but a massive mob of lima bean monsters is ADORABLE! I started playing with my first graders' images this week (see their individual lima bean monsters here) by assembling them into different designs. To be honest, it became a bit of an obsession. I was so engrossed in these monster mobs that I actually asked my family to pass the lima beans during thanksgiving dinner. Oops, I meant green bean casserole. I kept on designing until every first graders' lima bean was used in a mob. I uploaded the images to each student's portfolio as well. I hope you enjoy these cute little creatures and always remember to EAT YOUR VEGGIES.
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If you are reading this on or before Sat. November 30th. Please vote for Kuba14
He is in the running for Artist of the Week. Below is a lima bean monster's message.
We are going to try to animate lima bean monsters using iPads and the app called DOINK. I've been practicing this lesson quite a bit and am very excited about helping my 1st graders learn to animate for the first time. See my post. Click here to download the digital animation lesson from TpT.
UPDATE! our Donors Choose project is Complete! Thank you!Dear Jeff Warsaw, Richard Stachon, Linda Kieling, Anne Peters, Grace Wegrzyn, Barbara Powers, Fuglefun, Rich Galka, Amy Goodman, Moogie, Jennifer Strimling, Lauren Wenk, Angie Fischer, Alison Hannon, Celebrate Schools! and Anonymous Donors,
My students are going to be SO excited to have these two iPads in our art room. We are working on bringing 1:1 iPad access in our program by entering contests, writing grants, and fundraising so that integration is meaningful, timely, and transformative. Your donations have helped us towards this goal tremendously! Last year our efforts brought us 12 iPads. These two bring us a large step closer to our goal. Just the other day, my students were doing collaborative art with partners on the iPad and hands started to raise. They asked, "When do I get to make my own?" I'm closer to having an answer for that question now because of you!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind gifts to my young artists who can't wait to create.With gratitude,
Turn a $10 donation into a $60
1. Buy a Groupon for $10 ($30 value) using my my referral link
. You will have search "donor's choose" to find it.
2. Give the $30 gift to our iPad project on Donor's Choose
3. Because you used my referral, I will receive $10 which I will put towards a $30 groupon for Donor's Choose.This means that your $10 donation will be equal to $60! Thank you!
Use my referral link so I can donate the $10
Give to our Dryden Art iPad project
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Turkey Tessellation made in Amaziograph App. Click to learn how.
Thank you for taking a few moments to look through this newsletter and learn about the amazing things we are doing in Dryden's Art Room.Fugleblog Posts:Tweets from Fuglefun:Instagram Video:
Artsonia Coupon Code until 12/15
Any of the art uploaded to your child's portfolio can be made into a keepsake through Artsonia. You can even upload your own photos from your camera or Facebook and have it made into a mug, shirt, phone case, mouse pad, magnet, card, etc. -------Start shopping now-----
Every purchase gives back 20% to the art program which will help us buy iPad for the art room. Learn more about our iPad campaign here
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My cabinets are filled with Artsonia Mugs
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"New technologies are transforming how artists make and market their work, but they aren't changing its content. These new tools are being used to deal with age-old human emotions, questions and dilemmas. Digital art really isn't all that different from its analog versions, since it's still about telling stories and examining what it means to be human."
My contribution to this article from Tech News World is on the topic of teaching a new generation. Read the story here or browse my excerpt below:
"I use technology in art instruction and art production with all my k-5 population," said art instructor Tricia Fuglestad, who incorporates a variety of digital technologies into her lesson plans at Dryden Elementary School
."We explore art concepts digitally through interactive lessons on the interactive board, and we use our green screen and video-editing tools to make Fugleflicks, [which are] student-created, art-related movies," she told TechNewsWorld.
Video-editing and sharing technologies have become central to art education for Fuglestad, and she says they give her students new and unique ways of expressing themselves and communicating.
"Because of my access to technology, I can open up new opportunities for my students to extend and enhance their learning," said Fuglestad. "I've been able to connect my students to authentic audiences [and] give them art-making opportunities like animation moviemaking and graphic design that would otherwise be inaccessible."
I shared three main ideas: Teaching digitally, Creating Movies, and transforming learning with new technologies such as the iPad. Here are some posts that will help you explore what I am referring to in more depth.
Explore how we learn
Creating on iPads
Here is a two minute peek
at what we do in our art room at Dryden. Warning: You may catch the Fuglevision (it's very contagious and there is no cure)
Printable example page
Printable example page (continued)
After two and 1/2 months of singing, storyboarding, animating, filming and editing
we are finally ready to release our long awaited for and completely amazing new Fugleflick, "Allow us to Illustrate
". These 10 filmmakers took on the challenge of explaining the importance of illustrations and their connection to literacy in this upbeat and entertaining short video. This group was a part of beta testing the new Green Screen app by DOINK
. They planned the film to fully harness the power of this amazing app as they drew illustrations in the DOINK animation app and backgrounds in sketchbook express to layer all together with live footage filmed before our classroom green screen. It's amazing how simple it was for students to interact with their art and animation via this app. Watch the final movie below. They also have a karaoke page
where you can sing along with the music and lyrics.
Filmmaking is a wonderful exercise in collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity.
Watch the behind the scenes video
to get a glimpse of the work that went into this production. You can learn more about making Fugleflicks by watching my K12 Online presentation
here as well.
Don't forget that you can celebrate this film by getting the gear via our online art gallery on Artsonia. Every purchase gives back to our classroom.
We are currently trying to raise money for a 1:1 iPad art room.
If you rather donate to our iPad campaign directly please use this link to our Donor's Choose project. Thank you!
A scene from the soon to be release Fugleflick, "Allow us to Illustrate"
Thank you so much for taking the time to find out what amazing things are happening in Dryden's Art program.
We are currently trying to raise money for a class set of iPads for the art room. We are HALF WAY THERE
thanks to fundraisers, grants, and contest winnings. Please make a tax deductable donation to either one of our fundraisers: THIS ONE
(all or nothing campaign) or THIS ONE
(every little bit counts campaign). Your children and I thank you!
Listen to Alek explain
why we need them
Listen to Lexi's and other 5th graders' message of
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One year ago our Lego Wall was just a dream. I wrote and submitted a grant for it to our ABC/25 district grant foundation and was waiting to hear back. View my grant here
. I received word that it was granted in December. When I went to make the purchase I realized that LEGO doesn't do purchase orders for schools. So, the foundation president kindly agreed to purchase everything from her credit card. After the parent volunteers and their pre-schools helped color sort the lego brick, I introduced my 1st-5th graders to a collaborative rotational symmetry challenge
. I wrote about how we did this in November's School Arts Magazine. View my post about this here.
Towards the end of the school year, before every student had a chance to participate in the Lego Wall designs, I realized I had underestimated the number of bricks I needed to complete our wall. That's when I learned about a crowd funding startup called Edbacker. We posted a campaign
and quickly raised the money to complete the project. The very last brick was entered on the very last plate on the very last day of school! The plates went up on display this week after the district ordered and installed our display board. This is a reusable installation. I'm looking forward to seeing how our artist do on our next challenge!
Our Lego Wall was made possible because of so many people working together. It was a collaborative project in every way. Thank you!
P.S. We need your help to make our digital dreams come true!
Dryden artists currently have to work in pairs on iPads. We have two campaigns running right now to help purchase the iPads we need so that no student has to wait to create. Donors Choose campaign
(all or nothing)
(every little bit helps)
I was honored with the opportunity to conduct a free online iPad class through EducationCloset's
creator, Susan Riley. I used Google Hangout on air and mirrored my iPad with airserver. This gave me the chance to talk via the iSight camera and then share my iPad screen to talk through the steps for creating art lessons in Sketchbook Express.
I had 8 lessons I wanted to cover but only 45 minutes to share so I went pretty fast. I figured since the hangout was being recorded, I should pack as much in as a could and let viewers watch it at their own pace later. I worked from a packet of resources created for this course by Susan. I loaded into iBooks and navigated through my lessons using the packet to access all my links and templates for download. Over 125 people registered to view this online course live! (GULP!) That made me very nervous. I tried to leave the last 15 minutes for questions but with all my nerves I know I was missing a lot of them. I'll be heading back to theevent page
to read through and answer what I can. Feel free to contact me
if you have questions.