I taught an animation workshop today at the Taste of Tech 2017 conference. Below are the lessons we tried to cover and links to the resources. Click on the Thinglink image to go directly there. Thumb through the slideshow for quick tips. Page 1. Page 2.
I was able to attend Kim Darche's session about questioning techniques. To help me remember the great ideas she was sharing, I made this sketchnote.
I put together this short movie below to showcase how we infuse creativity and technology in Dryden's Art Program. This video has been included in the K12 Online Conference collaborative video about creativity crafted by Samuel Wright in Vienna. It includes a peek into almost a dozen international educators' classrooms. Learn more.
Links to lessons showcased above:
I have resources in my blog for everything above so I decided to make a shortcut for you and linking to everything here:
Almost a dozen international arts teachers gathered through a google hangout in time zones that spanned the globe to discuss creativity. Watch the recorded discussion here.
I just returned from my state art education conference in Bloomington-Normal, IL. I had opportunities to mingle with art teachers from across the state, attend presentations on a variety of topics, present on iPad animation ideas, attend award luncheons and gallery receptions, hang out with my D25 colleagues, connect with artists, special presenters, exhibitors, see my student honored for her artwork which was selected for the traveling exhibit, and soak in lots of ideas for how to improve my art program at Dryden.
I learned about a stand alone system called Game Frame that plays pixel art as an animation. I also learned about Glitch Art made from intentionally corrupting an image file by changing it to a .txt file playing with the code then reverting back to .jpg. I went to try this during the Hour of Code week with my 5th graders. I also saw some demonstrations of Aurasma from D211 high school art teachers and visualized some solutions that might work for bringing augmented reality to our Dryden art displays.
Congratulations to Karis (currently in 3rd grade) who had the above piece of art chosen for the 2016-2017 Illinois Art Education Traveling Student Art Show. Her piece is one of only 40 chosen from hundreds submitted to tour the state of Illinois in multiple exhibits through out the year. She will be honored at a reception in Bloomington, IL during the IAEA conference.
The show will travel to the Palatine Public Library for April 2017. That's very nearby so plan to stop in and take a peek at the best of the best of K-12 art education.
View what this art show reception
has looked like for our past winners:
Aleena in 2014
Klaudia in 2013
Kenzie in 2012
Kristelle in 2011
Anthony and Rachel in 2010
I had the opportunity topresent a breakout session at the Illinois Computer Educator Conference today (ICE). It was the first time since 2013 when Wesley Fryer sat in and live blogged my session (see his post here). I found myself extra nervous but some wonderful friends from my PLN came by to support me which boosted my courage. See their picts below. The above image is a sketchnote from three sessions I attended today including Adam Bellow's Keynote, Ben Grey's Spotlight, and Hether Hoffman's poster session. I found that I do a much better job of synthesizing information when I try to communicate it with images.
Here is a quick sampling of my animation lessons and ideas that would help students demonstrate understanding of art concepts in a dynamic, motivating, and powerful way.
Thank you to the conference organizers, Peg Speirs and Nicole Romanski, who wrote a grant as part of the Kutztown Sesquicentennial Events to have me do a workshop with their pre-service art education majors as well as present to the conference attendees comprised of local art educators. Here is the calendar of events (It's so cool to be featured here). Learn more about the conference here.
I am feeling very fortunate to have had a chance to be around educators again even for a short time. Now that I've been home on a medical leave to help Mr. Fuglestad, I hadn't been able to get out at all. Actually, this trip to the Illinois Art Education Conference in Lisle, Illinois was my first big outing since the accident thanks to the fact that it was a close drive and family graciously volunteered to help out at home. I am grateful that I was able to congratulate my friend and nominee Deyana Matt for winning Art Educator of the Year and see my student recognized for being one of only 40 artists to have a piece of art in the state-wide traveling art show.
While attending the conference I was able to reconnect with many friends who have been kind and supportive, sit in on some great sessions, and hear some inspirational keynote speeches.
Unfortunately I missed my own award ceremony in Indiana. I was awarded a Jacobs Educator Award however an overnight trip at this point in Mr. Fuglestad's recovery didn't seem wise. I hope to connect with them in the Spring. You can view my video submission for the award in this former post. I just saw that the date it was posted. It was only days before the accident that changed everything. But, the world keeps going, kids keep on growing, and thankfully bodies keep on healing. We hope to be back as soon as we can.
I was thinking about the school year during my first week of summer and realized we had a very winning year….or I just enter my students into a ton of contests until our odds are really good to win something. I also personally entered a bunch of contests, raffles, and giveaways through out the year to win more resources for my students.
One of the contests I entered was an art contest to design the cover for an education conference hosted by the college I took a professional development class with back in January. They wanted an image that matched the conference theme for the Educational Paradigms Conference: Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Assessment, Leadership for Student Success.
My art was selected! (Yeah!) I used images from my students actively engaged in different learning settings to communicate the theme. I drew the art on the iPad using an app called Procreate. It is a bizzillion layers and took me many sessions to complete. As I was creating I was reflecting on how perfect an art room can be for giving students a chance to explore 21st century skills. I put this 1-minute video together to show how this image was made and the photos of my students used for inspiration.
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.
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View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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