Part of being a good art teacher is advocating for Arts Education. I grew up without an elementary art teacher and have always felt that many opportunities for building confidence, self-expression, and understanding the world around me were missed because I didn't have a visual art specialist throughout my education. Keeping our art program strong and helping schools across the state develop stronger programs is at the heart of my advocacy. So, I hopped the bus to Springfield along with dozens of arts teachers from Illinois to participate in the very first Arts Advocacy day to meet face to face with the policymakers. I tried to capture the experience via twitter. Take a look:
What an amazing journey our Fugleflick Filmmakers have had with their award-winning movie, "Allow us to Illustrate". Last night they were invited to screen their film alongside other young filmmakers at the Schaumburg Team Screen Test Film Fest. Five of the 10 filmmakers were able to attend this event where filmmakers are invited on stage to introduce their movie, screen it before a live audience, and then come back up again to discuss the filmmaking process and field questions from the audience. Our students were SO impressive as they shared their experience of beta-testing, animating, and creating.
Allow us to illustrate was originally released in November of 2013 (see the original blog post here). Since then the filmmakers have enjoyed many successes!
1. It won the Cool Designs Contest in February 2014.
2. Filmmakers presented their movie and how it was made at the TEACHnology district fair.
3.It screened at the Extremely Young Film Festival in Texas in March 2014.
4. In April 2014 the film won VIDEO OF THE YEAR through Nextvista.org
5. Allow us to Illustrate was invited to enter two more festivals. (Acceptance is pending).
On May 19th our filmmakers celebrated their achievement with a Pizza Party from the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. The girls enjoyed a wonderful lunch while watching their film, behind the scenes video, and a host of other video shorts to entertain them. Thank you!
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.
Ten 5th grade Fugleflick Filmmakers will see their (already award-winning) movie "Allow us to Illustrate" that touts the benefits of illustrations for visual literacy and understanding text screen before a live audience tonight at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. This movie was created as students beta-tested the Green Screen app by DoInk. They combined drawn art, animation, and live video into one entertaining and informative fugleflick that we will treasure as a resource for all our students for years to come.
Third graders learned about the parts of an insect and drew their own physically, then again digitally in the iPad. This is the beginning step of what will become an Anti-Litter Bug Animation. See this post to find our resources (video, template, and pinterest board of critters). We uploaded our insect paintings to Artsonia (view them here and read their artists statements). We will start our animation steps next week using DoInk Animation App. Don't forget to compliment the artists with a kind comment on Artsonia. We are so excited about becoming a 1:1 iPad art room with awesome apps, styluses, and enough iPads to do these fun, engaging, and artistically rich projects.
Collaboration by 4-2
Collaboration by 4-1
Collaboration by 4-4
Collaboration by 4-3
2nd graders WOWed me again by creating these visual metaphors using the Superimpose app. I wrote up this lesson in this post. See their finished work on Artsonia here. Below is my tutorial showing you all the steps these little people went through to create these.
Maggie won the iPad animation party in the Dryden raffle to raise money for ABC/25 Grant Foundation. She and her guests had an app smashing session while we transformed ourselves into flying fairies. See the lesson here. We used the iPad camera, Superimpose App , SketchbookX, DoInk Animation app, and the Google Drive to share our files. View the fairies on Artsonia here.
Donor's Choose is an online crowdfunding site for teachers to raise money for classroom projects. Over the past few years Donor's Choose helped us raise money for 1/3 of our art room iPads. (See the breakdown here). We had many creative campaigns for helping to tell the story of why we wanted iPads so desperately in the art room. This Donor Choose blog post features one of our videos as an example of a fantastic fundraising idea. See the one they featured below. (And some of the others you may have missed)
Here are some of the other movies we made to help raise funds and awareness:
This one was made during the Christmas season featuring characters from old holiday movies. Even made an interactive guessing game to go along with this one here.
The GREAT news is…we reached our goal and now no one has to wait while the other creates anymore in the art room. We have enough iPads for EVERYONE!!! thank you!
Just like the animation below implies, we couldn't have done it without you!
Thanks so much for taking a moment to see the amazing things that are happening in Dryden's Art Room:
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We are now a 1:1 iPad art room thanks to all the supporters in our school community, art teachers around the country, and donors who support art education from around the world. The story of our 18 month journey to fundraise, grant write, contest win, and crowdfund enough iPads for every artist (24) is explained here:
Fuglefunding - Dryden Art
The students and I are so excited that they no longer have to wait to create!
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
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,
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