Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tool #6 - Comment on Sharing

I see these tools and apps as being beneficial in the classroom between students and teacaher, as well as between teacher and teacher.  This not only includes those within a school but anyone who has access to the blog.  The concept of discussion and sharing of ideas can only open more doors to discovery.  For my students, I can see them being ask to discuss a particular topic and then open up the blog to view particular answers and commentatary in the classroom.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tool #6 - Impressionism

In our upcoming lesson/project in Art I, the students will be exploring the history and technique used by the late 19th Century group of artists known as the Impressionists.  Take a moment to read a brief history on the movement via the internet, and think of some ways that this story relates to some 20th & 21st century artists...?

Impressionism – The Beginning of Modern Art
In the late 1800’s, a group of Paris-based artists decided to hold their own exhibitions after being rejected by the art establishment.  These visionaries, known as the Impressionists, represented their views in an unconventional manner.  They violated the rules of academic painting, constructing pictures from freely-colored brush strokes that took precedence over lines and contour.  Realistic scenes of modern life, often painted outdoors, were painted by capturing the momentary effect of transient light.  The concept of documenting light changes on subject matter was pivotal in making them some of the first true modern artists.  Instead of using the customary smooth blending and shading, Impressionist work showed short “broken” brushstrokes of mixed and pure unmixed colors.  Since the their first “outcast” exhibit to being admired around the world today, the Impressionist artists were a fine example of thinking outside the box.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tool #5 - Videos/Animation

After working on an Xtranormal video and Stupeflix video, I began to realize the power of video as a way to gain the student's attention in order to bring them into a lesson.  Our most recent project in Art I deals with facial proportions.  Besides an actual demonstration in class, I showed the students a YouTube time-lapse video of drawing facial proportions/feataures.  I saw first-hand how this grabbed their attention.  In addition, the video production is a nice team-building assignment for students, as they can see the various steps that go into making a successful presentation.

Tool #5 - Rodeo Art Video & Commentary

Friday, February 3, 2012