The fourth graders recorded their presentation about all the ways they use technology in art class here at Dryden via Audioboo on our last day of school. This presentation was originally shared through a Skype conversation with pre-service art educators studying in Montreal, Canada this past fall. Learn more about that day here.
May 1st was the opening reception for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library School District 25 Art Show. Dryden artists and their families mingled with student artists from across the district to celebrate the beautiful art.
View all four events in one short animoto video below or at this link.
TWO Dryden Artists have their art featured on the Youth Art Month Poster for the state of Illinois. These posters are distributed to every school building and legislator in the state to celebrate Art Education. We are so proud of our two winners! They were recognized at the school board meeting on March 14th.
See this post for more photos.
A group of 5 students worked on a Fugleflick movie over a period of 5 months that uses art as a metaphor for embracing diversity, Different is Good. This movie was debuted to a large audience as the Cultural Arts Fair and introduced by the filmmakers themselves. Congrats to Isabelle, Marion, Ciara, Ryan, and Brianna (not shown). View the movie and take the quiz here on my previous blog post.
The District's Cultural Arts Fair was held on March 7th. I was not able to attend because I was at the NAEA conference in Texas, but Mrs. Beihoffer (thank you!) volunteered to hang our art banners and photograph the Dryden Artists who stopped by. Congratulations to those with art selected for this exhibit. The beautiful work is worth celebrating! See more photos below.
Four Dryden Artists had artwork chosen for permanent display at the new St. Alexius Children's and Women's Hospital in Hoffman Estates. The organizers wanted local student art and selected Dryden pieces from last year's Artsonia Gallery. The families brought the original pieces in to be scanned and judged by a committee. The ones selected were blown enlarge and professionally displayed in the hallways and/or in the patient's rooms. How wonderful that our wish for the world project inspired by Robert Indiana's LOVE image will be spreading a message of kindness to the future patients of this hospital. Jack's art was a watercolor of fall leaves. See more images from the VIP artist's reception at the hospital on Friday, March 15th below.
Fifth graders brought their iPads to art class for the past couple of weeks to work on a digital figure drawing of themselves flying in their pajamas. This image will be the starting point for a creative writing and illustration lesson that will include animating their figures across a landscape. See the entire gallery of images here.
I created the movie below as I was working on this idea. I am hoping their animations can be pieced together into a video with music giving students a chance to combine their art, music, technology, and storytelling skills into a collaborative project.
Did you notice that the figures are all in a similar pose? That is because to help students draw their figures successfully, we imported my sketch of a generic figure as a layer in Sketchbook Express. The artwork was drawn on a separate layer over the sketch and filled with color using the pour feature. The background is empty now so we can erase it using instant alpha in Keynote so we can animate it across their drawn landscapes.
This post is a continuation of my Studying George with Art and Tech post where I first introduced the custom photo booth effect that allowed our second grade students to speak as George Washington through the artwork of Gilbert Stuart. View it here.
Now we can see the short video of the facts about George Washington they created.
Click on the images below to explore the sources we used on our fact finding journey. Disclaimer: The last one, Happy President's Day, is a Fugleflick. It may need a fact check.
Update: Thank you so much for your votes of support! The Fugleblog came in 10th place in this national contest (or was it international?) Either way, it's pretty amazing!
View the other winners and finalists on the Art of Education blog here.
This blog (The FUGLEBLOG) was nominated and chosen as a finalist along with 19 other art education blogs for the title "Blog of the Year 2012".
If you are a regular reader, Dryden parent, or an art education supporter, please take a look at the list of finalists and take a second to vote. You can vote for as many as you like (which is good, because there are so many wonderful blogs included). The top ten blogs will receive recognition. Thanks for taking the time to vote and as always, thanks for supporting art education!
My second graders are beginning a portrait painting of George Washington based on the work of Gilbert Stuart.
We began this lesson with a pre-test sketch (see example below) while listening and watching Mike Venezia's animated DVD video on George Washington.
They collected facts from the video and shared them one at a time through our George Washington Custom Photo Booth effect. Learn how to make effects like this from my earlier post.
We plan on making paintings like the ones students made in the past (see here or below)
Today I played with the magnifying attachment for my iPEVO USB document camera and placed a dollar bill under the lens. Can't wait to show my students this beautiful piece of art up close. Gilbert Stuart is the artist for this image as well. Our finished artwork will go on a dollar bill via http://www.festisite.com/money/. See example below or here.
How do you describe 20 years of teaching, a couple thousand students, and hundreds of lessons in 2 minutes or less? Not sure. Below is my attempt. I'm blinded by what it omits, but hopefully it includes enough to give you a quick view of what we do here at Dryden.
My K12Online Conference presentation, Teaching Art in a Technology Rich and Connected Classroom went live today. Send you responses online with the hashtag #k12online12 and mention @fuglefun You can view it from the conference site or watch the video below. This is similar to the presentation I gave at the USSEA conference this summer.
Presentation Description: Integrating technology, web 2.0, and interactive tools in the art room gives students the opportunity to enhance their 21st-century learning skills, practice creative problem-solving, and develop higher-level thinking as they create art. Showcasing student work through online venues opens your art room doors to an authentic global audience, connect students with others in collaborations, and enriches learning for all. I will share stories and examples from my technology rich elementary art room and how our online connections have enthralled, enriched and engaged my students.
My 4th graders in Mrs. Bernert's class are going to participate in a SKYPE show and tell and Q& A next week with pre-service art educators studying under Prof. Juan Carlos Castro at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Each student will have one slide in our show and tell slideshow of how they have used technology in art during their time at Dryden. Each slide shows something they have experienced over the years.
Today each student wrote what they wanted to share and practiced coming up to the computer to speak their part. I took this screen shot during our rehearsal. We are looking forward to sharing our art experiences with others and learning about life in Canada and what differences and similarities there may be.