I had to share this excellent video on art in public schools. One of my favorite quotes from it is, " Schools should not be boot camps for learning how to make a living. They should be places to learn how to make a life."
Here are just a few of the birds the 7th grade students created using iPad app Tayasui Sketches.(Free Version) Beautiful! #artmatters #ipadartroom
Students created beautiful bird drawings using the iPad app Tayasui Sketches. Emphasis was put on starting the sketch just like we would if we were using paper. A thin lined tool with a contour line, blending colors, and using the appropriate tools such as the brush tool to get a watercolor effect for the background. #engagedartstudents!
Christmas paintings are just plain traditional! And who doesn't want to paint Snoopy, reindeer, snowmen, winter scenery, candy canes, and the manger with Christmas music playing?
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories of love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time:.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Inspiration iPad app is a great way to take a written project and make a web or mind map diagram. Student's were studying the Rococo Period of Art and created these visual maps. The app has a free version in which I had the students use and then they shared it with me via email, which allowed me to open it in the full version and save five different ways. The written work in outline form is also a part of this which you can switch to on the top left of the app.
Art History can be interpreted not only by reading, and writing about the art and artist but by looking closely to the art process the artist used in creating their artwork. Students were studying about Albrecht Durer, which was known as the greatest artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. I wanted the students to focus on his detailed pencil drawings. They could choose one of his art pieces to sketch a detail area from the original that interested them. One of the iPad apps that has over 100 drawings by this artist is Drawings: Albrecht Durer.
Eighth grade students created Native American Wampum Beaded Belts. After finishing their Navajo inspired woven rugs students were introduced to another type of weaving. They used the iPad app called "Make a Mosaic" to design their belts before using the beads. This app allows them to repeat it symmetrically to see the pattern. The belts are 2" x 12" and they used their old weaving chipboard looms to hold the warp thread. Wampum is a really great site for further instructions and information on the belts.
One of the art forms of the Early Middle Ages was manuscript illumination. Even after the invention of printing technology in the 15th century, these manuscripts continued to be made in Italy and elsewhere through the end of the Renaissance. One of the best video's explaining how these were made is from the Getty Institute called Making Manuscripts.
I live in Nebraska and love teaching art! I get the best of all worlds.... I teach High School Graphic Design, Middle School Studio Art and I am an adjunct instructor at our local college.