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.
Family Past and Present
While going through my grandmother's old photos I found a picture of great grandmother Delia posing outside her home in the south side of Chicago. I looked up her address using census records from the 1940s and used Google Street view to see if any of the buildings on her street still existed. I found this partially abandoned structure across from the address of Delia's home. It looked like a match. When I overlaid the two images I saw it really was a match. There were enough markings in the building to show that it was once a place to service cars. See the animation of the overlay below. There is something so interesting to me about this discovery since it connects my family's past and present yet it tells a story to any viewer about cars, clothing, and changes in the economy. Delia was moving forward in an increasingly prosperous time in our country's history, and the neighborhood has since fallen backwards on hard times.
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
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