I've developed a couple ideas in my quest to find ways to incorporate paper circuits in art work for my elementary students.
Above are two portrait paintings on paper that have paper circuits with copper tape, button cell batteries, and an LED light. When you push the button on the man's shirt or the broach around the woman's neck, the circuit is completed and the LED lights up. See the video below.
The Art of Ed held their annual "Blog of the Year" contest again. They took nominations from art teachers around the country then posted finalists the following week for votes.
I feel extremely fortunate to be recognized among the finalists considering that I am currently on a medical leave to help my husband recover from a motorcycle accident. I have shared some new ideas lately, but my main focus is definitely caring for him right now. Please take a moment to check out these wonderful blogs here.
Thank you to all who voted and nominated!
This project combines mapping skills, community history/research, primary resources, and artistic choices in presentation as students connect the past of their community to what they see today. In creating the image above I discovered that North school was purchased by the park district and hasn't changed anything about the exterior facade. Many other buildings I found were torn down, moved, or burned. Each discovery created an artistic challenge for how to tell the story of the past visually.
Digital archives (here is a link to Arlington Heights collection)
Google Maps App (using street view)
Superimpose App (costs .99)
View my tutorial here or below to see how to get started.
Obviously I am having too much fun with my examples. I actually have more I could share, but I need to leave some for students to explore and discover on their own.
There is definitely an awesome day ahead when my husband's recovery progresses to where his legs go again. Meanwhile, there have been many awesome days during our journey thanks to the many members of our community who have shown so much love and support for us. I wanted to share some of these awesome things here because these acts of kindness don't speak to us as much as they speak to how amazing you all are.
I don't have pictures to show you of many other acts of kindness that we have also received from art teachers around the country, kind people who read about Dave in the newspaper, retired teachers who wanted to help, former students who reached out to their teacher with words of encouragement. You are all awesome!
The DoInk Animation app is a wonderful tool for teaching flip book style animation to students as well as creating a multitude of amazing compositions. Here is a tutorial showing how to put your drawn animation into a composition. These little compositions could be easily pieced together to make a class movie.
Here are some finished class collaboration examples:
Flying Fairies Allow us to Illustrate
Anti-Litterbugs Spooky Landscapes
Alien Invasion Tutorial for Alien Drawing
I guess I didn't look too closely at the new version of the Keynote App on the iPad until the other day. Originally I was terribly disappointed in the app for leaving out my favorite feature: Instant Alpha. Well, it's back! That single feature opens up endless possibilities for graphic design and art creation. Here is one example-adding outlines around a photo. I've been seeing this look in ads online and sighing because I don't like to use my desktop to make art, but I knew that my Keynote app on the desktop could do this. But, the sighs have switched to celebrations. Take a look at my tutorial to see how this app can turn your photos into super cool outlined graphics.
This flyer links to 10 Fugleflick videos that inspire Good craftsmanship in young students including:
This flyer links to 10 Fugleflick videos that inspire your students to take ownership of the art room supplies, procedures, and culture of learning:
Here are two other ways to enjoy Fugleflicks in your classroom:
Sometimes I think about how my life is like the story of the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy had everything she needed in her slippers from the very start to solve her most pressing problem. Yet, she went on a journey full of trials before she understood their power.
Mr. Fuglestad is like the Tin Man with mobility issues. His rusty joints kept him from moving until Dorothy assisted with the oil can.
I wish it was that easy to get him moving on his own again.
I remember being very mystified when I first saw the story that her ruby slippers on her feet (spoiler alert) could be clicked together three times as she said, "There's no place like home" to find herself immediately awakened from a long long dream.
Click, click, click, "Please heal my Dave"