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.
Many art rooms have document cameras and interactive boards. But not many art rooms can use them both at the same time. Most fancy expensive document cameras connect to your projector on a separate stream from the interactive board which is mirroring your computer. So you have to switch sources from one to the other. However, when you use a usb document camera, like iPEVO's, your can use them both together. This has been extremely helpful in my art room. I was using it all day today with a collage project. Below you can see that I wanted to teach the students to draw half of a vase on the folded side of their paper. I was able to freeze the image and draw over it, label it with digital ink, and draw without really drawing so I could demonstrate what to do and what not to do as well as any other helpful information alongside (see the second image below).
MimioConnect is an online community of teachers generating and sharing interactive resources created in Mimio. This software is available for free for both Mac and PC.
When my Art Education PLN began discussing spinner games for the classroom, I immediately thought of Mimio software. Instead of spending lots of money, you can make it for free, change it with a few clicks, add music, and store it all digitally.
***UPDATE: Our heart houses are ready to find homes. Learn more here.
Dryden students are invited to show that others matter by making art and selling it to raise money for the victims of Super Storm Sandy. We are joining a collaboration of artists and art teachers doing the same or similar projects to make a difference including Heart Houses and Shells for NJ Shores.
My first graders are using their art time for the next couple of weeks to create these Heart Houses which will be turned into pins, magnets, or ornaments. They are hoping to find willing buyers at $5.00 each.
If you want to join in I made simple directions below. Thank you to my art volunteers who spent hours cutting matte board scraps for this project.
" I like it when I feel my project in my heart when I am doing art. "
Just learned that the next issue of iPhone Life Magazine will have my Doink Animation success story in it! I'm told they have over 600,000 readers. Yeah for Dryden!
The app company and I have connected online. I shared the project I did with the 3rd graders last year and she asked me to submit the story and they ran it. It will hit news stands next week. Download this pdf to read the article I wrote.
UPDATE : See this post on the Doink Blog as well: http://blog.doink.com/post/37404778040/iphone-ipadlife-magazine
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.
We have great news in the Dryden Art room. One of our Dryden Artists, first grader John Michael, is in the running for artist of the week which is a random drawing from Artsonia, the company that houses our online digital art gallery. He needs the most votes in his age category to win a plaque with his art on it, a gift card for $50 of art supplies, and a gift card for $100 of art supplies for the rest of Dryden's artists. John Michael's Apple Still life is in the running for this award. It's absolutely beautiful (see the whole gallery here) Please vote today, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from every computer, phone, ipad, ipod, you have! Thank you for your Quick Click of Kindness:)
UPDATE! Congratulations to our first grader John Michael, who won Artsonia's Artist of the Week Contest with over 2300 votes!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and show our little artist that he matters!
One of the ways I love to engage my students with technology while adding a fun extension the art project is through custom photo booth effects. I have taught myself to make custom effects from any image so that my students can enter and give a voice to famous artwork. I have shared these ideas at technology and art conferences and have been asked to share how I do this.
I create the tutorial below showing how to make custom photo booth effects. You need to have the following software on your MAC. Quartz Composer comes with the computer. If you are working on the school computer, they might not have installed it thinking you wouldn't use it. How silly. Set them straight (nicely ) and ask them to load it for you.
If you look in your compositions folder and find nothing to start with for a template feel free to download my SCREAM.qtz file here. Add it to your compositions folder and then copy it for your next design. Please share what you make too so more children can enjoy.
Below is an example of how a custom photo booth effect was used to help create the artwork. We Cat-in-a-hatified ourselves and used the image to help us draw the Cat-in -a-hat themed art. We finished it just in time for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' B-day.
On Oct. 24th, my 4th graders in Mrs. Bernert's had the pleasure of participating in a Skype call with Prof. Juan Carlos Castro's pre-service art education students studying at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada about how we use technology in art class for instruction and art production. My students prepared a presentation, answered questions, and asked some in return. We had a wonderful time and learned so much. See my post about our Skype call including video, still pictures, and a slideshow presentation/transcript of what my students shared.
This week a care package arrived from our new friends in Canada. They very kindly assembled their comments in a lovely letter and put together memorabilia for us.
I included a few snippets from the letter below.
I was so touched to open the package and find notes for my administrators, Mrs. Bernert, the homeroom teacher of the class that Skyped with the Concordia University students, and enough keepsakes to share with everyone!
In this picture I'm dividing up the goodies into bags so that each student can have a handmade bookmark with real Canadian leaves, a fancy pen, and a paper pad. The other items were shared with everyone on the display board above.
Three wonderful art teachers flew out from a suburb of Detroit to join me in an all-day iPad workshop at Dryden. We explored ways to use ipads to make art using drawing tools, layering, incorporating the camera, graphic design techniques, photo effects, drawn animation, stop-motion animation and more. I demonstrated ways that I mirror my ipad, have students turn in their images, and how I assemble their work in iMovie. We made the movie below together at the end of our day showing much of what we explored. Learn about these techniques and ipad ideas on my Creating on iPads page.
"I can’t thank you enough for your workshop. You are an incredible art educator and I am in awe of your capabilities. Thank you for your hospitality and sharing your vast knowledge of technology!" -Nancy
"Wow! Tricia is humble and so talented! Thank you for an amazing learning and sharing day! Big hugs from Melissa, Nancy and Sarah"
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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