4th graders finished their Son of Man Spoof inspired by the Surrealistic painting by Rene Magritte. View the original here. The portrait painting is missing some important features...like eyes, nose, and mouth. Our apple, blended with tints and shades covers over the face but slightly hovers so you can peek underneath to see our surreal secret.
I'm so excited to share that my art room had some technology additions and changes:
Mr. Fuglestad's journey back to teaching was very long but all the while he was surrounded by the love and support of his students, colleagues, family, neighbors, and friends. They gave him a very warm welcome at the first day assembly at BGHS high school where he teaches science. Take a peek at this video below.
We won & raised over $10,ooo in resources for Dryden's Art Program this school year alone!
I began the 2013-14 school year with 2:1 access to iPads for my art students (see this post which explains how this happened) and ended with enough for 1:1. I NEVER dreamed it would really happen so quickly. By April 2014 all my students had iPads loaded with our favorite art apps so that we could animate, digitally paint, and easily curate our online art portfolios. So many doors are open now for my students for exploration, innovation, and art creation because of our many supporters, donors, and voters that actively promoted our fundraisers, voted for our contest entries, and donated generously to our crowdfunding campaigns.
We have a long tradition of entering contests for art, videos, and classroom projects to win resources for the art program and give students a chance for authentic audiences for their work. This year was no exception:
When my student teacher was in full takeover last fall, I decided to use my time to write as many grants as I could for more resources for the art program. I wrote way more than I received but we are so happy for these:
I began aggressively seeking donations by leveraging crowdfunding sites. I did lots of begging & promoting while many kind people donated to help us get the rest of our iPads.
A group of our 1st graders had the opportunity to share in a Skype conversation with Mr.Codilla's 3rd grade art class in Missouri. We tried to learn our similarities, differences, favorite art projects, and more. It was fun to meet new students from a different state using technology.
We were able to test out our iPEVO internet conference station for audio and iPevo camera so they could view our whole group. We saw their group projected up on our interactive board. I took some pictures and video. See them below.
My Visual Notes can be played back like a movie since I drew them in (the old) Brushes App
I don't know if you noticed, but we're really into getting iPads for our art room. It's been 18 months since we won $5000 in the McGraw-Hill STEMie awards which bought our first 8 iPads. Since then we've written grants, fundraised through Artsonia, Donor's Choose, Edbacker, and entered lots of contests and it's paying off!
I wrote a article about our avenues for revenue for the March issue of School Arts Magazine. View it online here or in your mailbox soon.
YEAH! We are TWO IPADS CLOSER now to our 1:1 iPad Art Room DREAM thanks to receiving the "Can't Wait to Curate" ABC/25 grant. (View my grant below)
…and YEAH again because we now can have a class set of MINI GREEN SCREEN STUDIOS in the art room with our "Green Screen Storytelling Studio" grant.
We will be purchasing 6 iPevo table top perches and the Green Screen App from DOINK.
This is such exciting news for our art students at Dryden. We LOVE working on iPads and now we will be able to make collaborative green screen movies on our iPads. We are getting closer to reaching our goal of a 1: 1 iPad classroom.
With our two iPads from this grant our total is now 19 and 1/2. We have only a few more days to turn that 1/2 into a whole through our Edbacker.com campaign. Please consider donating! Thanks. Donate here (it's tax deductible).
We used our toaster oven, permanent markers, and shrink plastic to create a fun design project on the last day. The iPevo camera gave students a close up view of the process without getting too close to the hot oven.
We capture the last shrinky dink on a screen cast video using Quicktime and the iPevo camera input (see below) so you can see the process. It goes really quick! Here is the website that gave us the idea. See this pinterest board for even more ideas for what you can do with shrink plastic this summer at home.
I just returned from a wonderfully energizing conference experience with thousands of art educators from around the country meeting for 4 days in Fort Worth, Texas. I loved the time I had with my Personal Learning Network (PLN) face to face. These are the people I learn from all year-round online through our social networks. All SIX of my presentations were with people I connect with online, three of which I had never met in person before! We decided ahead of time to buy this shirt from Inkpixie using our Twitter Handle and wear them as we gathered on Saturday for coffee. We posed together for this picture. (Our hands look funny because we are trying to imitate this picture that Stacy Lord made when she was being silly on a snow day.)
Technology Tools in Elementary Art
Theresa McGee, an elementary art teacher in Hinsdale, IL, and I traveled together to Texas. We rushed over to the conference as soon as we arrived 15 minutes before our first presentation where we took turns with two other art teachers including Jessica Balsley demonstrating how we use technology. I quickly demonstrated this iPad art lesson called, It's Not Christina's World Anymore, based on the painting, Christina's World. See the finished student art here.
Connected Art Educators: PLNs
Dr. Craig Roland, Prof. of Art Ed at Uof Fl, Dr. Elizabeth Delacruz (my former professor from U of I), Ian Sands, H.S. art teacher from Apex, NC, and I each took turns sharing how our online personal learning network has made a difference for our professional growth and has benefitted our students. I talked about three stories: Careers in Art, Doink Alien Animations, and IPEVO. It's too much to explain here, but trust me, they're great stories!
Western Region/Southeastern Region Elementary Art Teacher Showcase
This presentation was part of winning the Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year Award. I tried to sum up everything we do in 20 minutes. I used this video to preface the presentation and followed with a focus on how we use technology in our art room. I explain it better in this online presentation. The other presenter was Jennifer Johnson Keith of Louisiana who shared about her wonderful program in 20 minutes as well. It is hard to condense a career full of stories into 20 mins.
Artsonia-Online Digital Art Gallery
This is the 5th year I've been able to present on using Artsonia as a tool to create a digital portfolio with my students. Our presentation has grown and evolved over the years as the company has improved and changed to make their service better and better for art teachers and their students. The CEO and President of the company joined Susan, Theresa, and I to help answer questions from the attendees and hear their concerns and questions about the process of getting started. Learn more here.
iPads in Art (Part Two)
This session was a continuation of the session that Suzanne Tiedemann and I (Theresa Gillespie was with us in spirit) did last year to a standing room only group. We thought that since the room was so small we should offer it again so those who really wanted to learn about creating art on iPads can get a chance. Luckily they gave us a larger room where all 150 or so attendees could each find a seat. This year Theresa Gillespie joined me (Suzanne was with us in spirit) as we presented about the top three projects we successfully accomplished with our students. You can learn more from my page, Theresa's page, and this page made jointly by Suzanne and me.
Lights, Camera, Learning!
with Fugleflicks and Campbellartsoup
I was so excited to share about making movies to teach art concepts with Janine Campbell. We had been learning from each other for years online and finally met as we shared our different approaches to student created art related movie making. Learn more about Janine's program here. View our Fugleflicks index here.
Receiving my Award
On March 7th I received the Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2013 Award from the National Art Education Association. My nominator was Samantha Melvin of Texas who was the National Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in 2012. It is such an honor to be recognized at this level for doing the job that I love. Thank you PLN for making me a better teacher!
Read this story about the THREE Illinois Art Educators recognized at the National Art Education Conference.
MY take on this trip
When I saw this photo taken by Jennifer at the showcase presentation that we shared, I had a WOW moment as I looked at a relaxed and confident person happily talking to a large crowd of people at a national conference. You may not know my journey, but here is a hint: I was so painfully shy growing up and into my adult years that I had to come home from college after two weeks because I was too afraid to go into the cafeteria for my meals.
Thank you to all the people over the years who gently held my hand and helped me grow.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
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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