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 attended some wonderful sessions at the Teachers for Tomorrow Conference hosted by the Golden Apple Foundation on Saturday. One session that really inspired me was called Audience Participation in Storytelling by Rives Collins. He demonstrated how to tell a story that encourages the audience to participate with their voice, ideas, body language, and imagination all the while creating an atmosphere of fun, respect, and engagement.
Below is one of the 5 stories he told. I believe it is called, Long Red Fingernails. I did my best to remember it so that I can share this (not so) spooky story with my students. It has lots of repetition that invites the audience to tell the story along with me. I drew this picture on my iPad to help set the spooky tone. I left much to the imagination.
I snapped this photo of Rives Collins after the workshop. He had a wonderful way of dignifying everyone's contributions to his participatory workshop. This made it not only "safe" to volunteer a response to a question or jump into a story, but his reaction to your input made you feel heard, appreciated, and even clever. I want to remember what it felt like to be in the role of student under a teacher who made everyone feel so...so...special? That doesn't really describe it well, but I can't explain it better than that. One of my take aways is to try to be more like Rives: a teacher who makes his students want to participate, engage, and simply try their best.
I have a couple other posts that relate to this one. Click on the spooky landscape to see the lesson my second graders are doing now. I plan on sharing the Long Red Fingernails story with them. Also, click on the theater games link to see some of my adaptations.
Want to learn more about creating on iPads?
I have a webpage dedicated to the iPad ideas, lessons, tutorials, resources, and videos that we have used in our art room. I also have links to previous workshops where you can see what we learned and explored. If you can't join me now for this mini conference consider attending the IAEA conference this fall where I will conduct a free workshop for attendees.
I wanted to take a moment to post some of the great things I've learned as I network and share at the Illinois Computer Educators Conference in St. Charles, IL. One of my favorite things about going to conferences is seeing the people I've been learning from online through my PLN on twitter Face to Face!
Today I had the honor of conducting my first workshop at an ICE conference. I had a group of 15 teachers & technology integrationists learning how to Create on iPads. We used my website to guide us through a few lessons designed to help attendees become familiar with techniques, project ideas, and apps. We had fun mirroring our projects up on the screen using airplay and the Airserver app.
Thanks to the folks at Percolator app and Doink app for donating app codes to my workshop attendees. They were a BIG hit!
On Friday, I presented a session called, Creative Digital Art Projects that put STEAM into STEM where I shared a whole bunch of ideas, student projects, videos, etc. from my art program. I had a nice size audience, a borrowed speaker system from Carol Broos (thank you) because the room was too large for my little speaker, and a VIP attendee named Wesley Fryer. He blogged his notes from my presentation on his Speed of Creativity site here. He put out the tweet below about my presentation.
We just learned that the animation app company DOINK will use images from Dryden's Art room and my Creating on iPad workshops to inspire others to get creative in their presentation at the LearnLaunch EdTech conference in Boston next week. Below is the video they prepared (or click here).
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If you want to learn more about how we have used the DOINK app in art class you can read the article in the Jan-Feb edition of iPhone Life Magazine, or read my blog post with video of students working, a tutorial of how to create, and their finished projects, or you can join me at the MINICON conference this Saturday (only $5) where we will draw together on the iPads. I will have DOINK app codes to raffle at the end of the session!
You won't see me at the MacWorld conference, but you will see our art program mentioned by iPad artist Sumit Vishwakarma. He asked if he could include images and a video from what we do in Dryden's art room on iPad's in his presentation. Below is a piece of his interview by Nomad (who makes a great ipad brush/stylus).
Click here or the image below to read the whole article.
I shared the video and slides I gave to Sumit for his presentation on this previous post.
Take a quick peek at how we use iPads in Dryden's art room (so far) below.
While I was at my art education conference in Lisle, IL, I received a tweet from a friend who was attending the Set Connections/SPUN Conference in Park Ridge, IL indicating that our students' video was used as an example in the Keynote presentation from the St. Louis HS Video teacher/presenter, Don Goble. After a few tweets back and forth (see below) I was given a link to this video compilation.
Dryden Fugleflick Filmmakers should be very honored that their video was lifted up as an example of students creating not just consuming. That's what the ARTS are all about and I'm very proud of my Dryden Artists who inspire others with their creations!
Watch Push Up Your Sleeves as our Video Logo here.
Update: I had a chance to chat with Carol Broos via Skype during our Arts Education Podcast called the aRTs Roundtable via Edreach. We chatted about our PLN, conferences, and how staying connected online through twitter has helped us grow and make positive changes for our classrooms. View her blog post about this here.
I am fortunate to be in a district that believes in providing professional development to their art teachers. I will be attending and presenting at the Illinois Art Education Association conference today and tomorrow.
Today I will present on Creative Digital Art Projects (view the companion site).
Dr. Craig Roland was the keynote speaker on Friday. He talked about building a Personal Learning Network to energize your teaching and open the doors of opportunity for students. He used this slide in his presentation showing me with three others in my PLN, Theresa McGee (IL), Samantha Melvin (TX) and Suzanne Tiedemann (NJ). We presented a sessions called Dynamic Collaborations and iPads in Art at last year's NAEA conference.
Our 4th grader, Kenzie will be honored on Saturday for having a piece chosen for the IAEA Student Art Show. Her piece (created when she was in 3rd grade) was one of only 40 selected to travel the state in this year long exhibit.
Update: See the video from the a celebration below:
See a previous post announcing this.
Interested in learning about this project? View my post about Our Wish for the World
This year I submitted a proposal to present at the K12onlineconference.org I'm not the only one from my PLN participating so make sure you mark your calendars:
(My presentation teaser is below or at this link)
View the list of Presenters here.
Week of Oct 22 – 25: Getting Started and Visioning New Curriculum
Week of Oct 29 – Nov. 2: Kicking It Up a Notch and Student Voices
Here is a list of my PLN members presenting
Karyn Keenan on Twitter @Karenteaches
Chicago, Illinois, USA
A Digital Journey with Primary Students and No Budget!
VISIONING NEW CURRICULUM:
Jon Bergmann on Twitter @jonbergmann
Lake Forest, Illinois, USA
Implementing the Flipped Classroom
Ian Sands on Twitter @iansands
Apex, North Carolina, USA
How Technology Helped Me Paint With Mud
KICKING IT UP A NOTCH:
Janine Campbell on Twitter @campbellartsoup
Dorr, Michigan, USA
Remixing What Teaching Looks Like Thorugh Blended Learning
Tricia Fuglestad on Twitter @fuglefun
Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA
Teaching Art in a Technology Rich and Connected Classroom
Ben Rimes on Twitter @techsavvyed
St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
Video Story Problems
Brad Wilson on Twitter @deambition
Redford, Michigan, USA
Student News Teams: Telling the Story