On the morning of Halloween, when silliness prevails, it is much easier to join the party than fight it. So we put aside our regular project and played an old game invented by the surrealist artists, The Exquisite Corpse. Sounds spooky doesn't it? We used our 12 iPads to do these collaborative monster-ish drawings over a figure template in Sketchbook express. The partner artists took turns adding to a figure by drawing with the stylus on a layer over the template. The template was erased and the drawing was then uploaded to Artsonia. We didn't have time to color, but we figured we could always print these and color by hand if we wanted. View their gallery on Artsonia here.
I learned some exciting news: The Green Screen App by DOINK that we beta tested is in the APP STORE!
Take a look at some other ways we've used this app:
Post #1 Exploring
Post #2 Fairy Catching
Post #3 Green Screaming!
Post #4 We want to Create
Download the app now.
I've been receiving emails and tweets about how other art rooms have caught the Fuglevision. How FUGLEFUN!
Our Wild Things with Visual Texture lesson was taught by Illinois art teacher @hilland to her young artists.
View our project here.
Download the handout.
View the original tweet here.
These google eyed art supplies were made by a Kentucky art teacher's students who watched our Fugleflick
Young Sloppy Brush
Now they take better care of their supplies.
View Young Sloppy Brush
Download the script, lyrics and song here.
View the original tweet here.
This Iowa Art Teacher
@RondeauART showed her students our Fugleflick REPEAT as she introduced them to line, shape, and color pattern.
Watch the movie here.
Download the high quality file here.
Download a great lesson using pattern here.
View the original tweet here.
This art teacher from Florida,
@shoshyart used our
3/4 Portrait Lesson
to make amazing portraits with her 5th grade students.
View our portraits here.
Download the lesson here.
View the original tweet here.
Do you remember our 1st grade lead art service project last year? Students made and sold Heart Houses to raise money for Super Storm Sandy victims. We raised about $1300 and give it to St. Rose's School in New Jersey. Their art room , in the building's basement, was completely submerged with muddy fish-filled water. Everything was ruined.
We created a documentary movie about the process of creating the heart houses narrated by 1st graders. The movie was entered into the NextVista.org service via video student contest became a finalist (view certificate). NextVista.org awarded all finalists a donation to our charity of $100. However they just contacted me to say that they enjoyed the movie so much that they decided to make a $200 donation on our behalf to St. Rose's School. Congratulations students for making a difference through your beautiful art. View the movie below. View my Heart House page here. The houses are no longer for sale. View the post about our donation, view our heart houses, and more.
The IAEA Student Art Show is a year-long traveling exhibit of selected pieces of K-12 student art. This year there were over 640 pieces submitted for consideration. Congratulations to Klaudia (center) from Dryden Elementary. Her monochromatic Old Guitarist paper sculpture was one of the 40 pieces chosen. Watch a quick slideshow of the awards ceremony here or below.
I taught a walk-in (free) 90 minute iPad workshop on Friday morning at the conference. We looked at using Sketchbook Express for a bunch of different art learning experiences including portraits, digital collages, and drawing landscapes using shapes. See the artwork workshop attendees uploaded to Artsonia using the Classroom Mode in this gallery. View my lesson page here.
I attended some wonderful sessions at the conference to get my mind thinking about visual languages for programing like SCRATCH for tinkering spaces with squishy circuits so students can join the maker movement. I hope to explore the Plugin studio to figure out how to bring these ideas to my art students.
I participated in a panel discussion with International (Olivia Gude), National (Deborah Reeve), Regional (Laura Milas), Higher Ed (Richard Siegesmund), and Museum (Marissa Reyes,) art education leaders to discuss changes needed in our field. This felt like a huge stretch out of my comfort zone (my theme for the week) especially since I am k-5 art teacher who holds no official leadership position. Normally I do show and tell presentations where I let my students' work do the talking. On this panel I couldn't hide behind animations, videos, and artwork. I had to talk about my practice and my ideas for art education which I found to be very challenging in itself but considerably more so considering my distinguished colleagues. However my trip to Washington DC to discuss changing education to create innovators was fresh on my mind and fueled many of my responses. Thankfully, art educator Mark Hays, recorded most of the conversation and shared the file with me. You can watch the discussion below or at this link. (Thanks Mark)
I just returned from an invitation-only workshop in Washington DC called Educate to Innovate. Here we discussed possible roadblocks and action items to help change education to create innovators. I was joined by university leaders, large and small business leaders, policy makers, and K-12 representatives that were considered innovators. This workshop is part of an ongoing research project sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences in partnership with the University of Illinois department of Engineering. We met in the NAS building to listen to lectures and break out into small groups to share our ideas.
I was so honored to be invited to this workshop and have a chance to share my ideas for elevating the role of the arts in K-12. I believe the arts teachers should be the leaders in creating a culture of creativity, open-mindedness, and collaboration with a freedom to take risks and learn from mistakes. This is what our art rooms look like everyday. I was so happy to share with this diverse group of leaders how important an art teachers' role is in nurturing curiosity and creativity at every stage in life. I took visual notes from our sessions. Take a look at the ideas that were being shared below.
UPDATE: I used my visual notes and photos to make a video reflection of my experience.
I felt like this trip put me WAY out of my comfort zone. I traveled alone, to meet with strangers, and was a lone voice in many ways.
This became the topic of the Arts Roundtable podcast I contributed to from DC on Tuesday night.
Listen to Carol, Brenda, Jen and I talk about stretching our teaching and learning beyond our comfort zones in this new podcast.
Wes' Clay Bear project was randomly chosen by Artsonia to complete in their Artist of the Week contest. We need to rally everyone to vote everyday for WES195 until Saturday. It's super easy...just a click-no logging in and you can vote on every computer, smartphone or tablet each day.
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If Wes wins he will receive a plaque featuring his artwork along with a gift certificate for art supplies. The art room will also receive a gift certificate to benefit all the Dryden artists.
Students gave a voice to their clay bears as they explain (using bear puns) how they were created. These were made with Funny Movie Maker and iMovie on the iPads while students worked on their artists statements on Artsonia.
See my previous post to learn why these are my Grandbaby bears.
Download my lesson here.
See the gallery of finished clay bears on Artsonia. Don't forget to write encouraging comments for the artists.
The movie above was made with iPads. We REALLY want to create on iPads and are half way to our goal of 1:1 iPads in the art room. You can help. Donate to one of our two iPad campaigns found on our Fuglefunding page or click on a link below.
Dryden students and I thank you!
Donor's Choose iPad project
Edbacker iPad Campaign
Listen to my students' thank you message.
IF everyone who reads this post took a second to donate or vote then every child that comes through our art room (over 530) will have a chance to create without the wait.
We are HALF way to our goal of a 1:1 iPad art room. YOU can help us reach it. Thanks!
Tuesday will be a brand new experience for me. I will be a presenter at the Iowa Technology & Education Connection Conference while sitting in my art room in Illinois.
UPDATE: I just finished my Zombie presentation. You can watch the recording, view the chat, and grab my resources here.
It will be a semi-live event (much like Zombies) because the audience will meet me via Google Hangout then watch my video from last year's K12 Online presentation. Then I will return on screen to take questions from the chat or the live audience gathered in Iowa.