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Congratulations To Our Youth Art Month Artists!

Please join me in congratulating the following students whose work will be on display at the Massachusetts Art Education Association Youth Art Month exhibit in Boston! From left to right in this photo are:

Owen Brigham, Grace Bernero, Lucie Nicholson, Vaishvi Patel, and Andrew Murphy

YAM

I am so very pleased and proud of these students and their wonderful artwork! The Youth Art Month exhibit is held at the State Transportation Building, which is located at 8 Park Plaza, Boston. The exhibit will be open March 9 through April 24 from 9 – 5 on weekdays. A family celebration will be held on Sunday, March 22 from 12 – 4. April vacation provides a convenient time for viewing the exhibit.

Here are some close-up photos and descriptions of the artists’ work:

Owen Brigham Castle 3D Design and Printing Grade 6

Owen Brigham
Castle
3D Design and Printing
Grade 6

Grace Bernero Owl Scratchboard Grade 6

Grace Bernero
Owl
Scratchboard
Grade 6

Lucie Nicholson Family Portrait Watercolor Pencil Grade 5

Lucie Nicholson
Family Portrait
Watercolor Pencil
Grade 5

Vaishvi Patel Self Portrait Charcoal Pencil Grade 6

Vaishvi Patel
Self Portrait
Charcoal Pencil
Grade 6

Andrew Murphy Castle 3D Design and Printing Grade 7

Andrew Murphy
Castle
3D Design and Printing
Grade 7

Youth Art Month celebrations and displays are held across the country during the month of March. Please congratulate these students when you see them as they represent Miscoe Hill in the celebration of Youth Art Month!

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Rotoscoping? Wait. What?

Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films. Originally, recorded live-action film images were projected onto a frosted glass panel and re-drawn by an animator. This projection equipment is called a rotoscope. Although this device was eventually replaced by computers, the process is still referred to as rotoscopingWikipedia

Tessa S.

Tessa S.

Just before vacation, students spent time learning the method of Rotoscoping using their iPads. Long ago, I made still-life arrangements using bottles, cans, milk cartons, and geometric solids which I had painted in varying values of gray. They are very handy for showing students how to express value and form using only black and white and the shades in between.

Kaelyn E.

Using the iPad camera, students took a photo of the still-life arrangement, used the crop tool and the filters to make it black and white, then uploaded it to a layer on Sketchbook Express. They then created a new layer, on which they used the paintbrush with a radius between 4-6 to draw the outlines of the forms. Using the color target to find the correct shade of gray, they used the flood fill tool on the same layer as the outlines to fill the shapes. They merged the layers, deleted the photo, and then uploaded their art to Artsonia.

Kendall J.

The students were pleased that their drawings looked just like the still life arrangements. I was pleased that we had covered shape, line, value, form, perspective, foreground, middle ground, background, space, still life, and animation basics.

Madison B.

By uploading images to Artsonia, I can see them all for a quick assessment, and families can see what their children are doing in art. Students develop a sense of sharing with an audience and learn to revise and edit until the work is “share-worthy”.

Meghan Porter

When we return to school we will be exploring value with the air brush tool, rather than the flood fill tool. Check back later in the week to see how we are doing.

Tori LopezThese are just a few of the Rotoscoped pieces, see the rest of this display on Artsonia at www.artsonia.com/teachers/members/exhibits/artwork.asp?id=920069

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Now You As The Viewer, Imagine What Happens Next*

*The title of this post is pulled from Ryan’s artist statement, which is near the bottom of the page.

The truth is, I’ve been so busy this winter that I haven’t had time to write many posts and to showcase the work we are doing in class. It’s all good, as they say, with the exception of relentless snow shoveling over the past three weeks! Somehow all this snow art in this post makes me feel better.

Now that the whole school has iPads, it is time to learn how to use them to create digital art. We began our foray into digital art making on iPads with guided drawing using Sketchbook Express. Along with learning how to use the app, students were able to focus on the concepts of form, space, foreground, middle ground, background, shading, value, and atmospheric perspective. On the iPad, we were using the paintbrush, flood fill, airbrush, and layers, all the while being aware of radius and opacity. We started with the following guided drawing, as the students followed along step-by-step. This image is straight off my iPad – unedited beyond what was done as I led the class.

Guided Drawing Snowman

Guided Drawing Snowman

The following images are those that students created as they worked individually to apply what they had learned. Students were asked to draw at least two snow figures in a snowy field, to add trees, a sky, to dress the snow figure somehow, and to shade the snow spheres to make them look 3D. Students then uploaded them to our online Artsonia gallery and added a 5 – 7 sentence artist statement. These are some of the results.

Brooke G.

Brooke

Brooke’s artist statement: The snowmen (and women!) enjoy the sunset just as anyone else. Snow capped mountains and trees of winter and warm scarves and hats for our snow people’s sake. I enjoyed drawing the background more than I should have.

Anna

Anna

Anna’s artist statement: I had fun doing this project, it was very exciting. I made this project by tracing out my snowman and snowgirl. Then drawing the hills around them. Then in white I drew where the snow on the hills were going to be. After that I traced the trees in the background, then the trees in the middle ground and foreground. After that I filled in every part that was blank. Finally I shaded the snowmen and the hills, that is how the project was done.

Sophia: For this project I had to draw a snow scene. I thought that the hardest part was getting the snowmen drawn to blend in with the backround. I thought that draining the layers was fun. I thought that the cute l little chubby trees were a good example on how all trees are different. If I could do this again I would try to make another snow character.

Sophia

Sophia’s artist statement: For this project I had to draw a snow scene. I thought that the hardest part was getting the snowmen drawn to blend in with the background. I thought that drawing the layers was fun. I thought that the cute l little chubby trees were a good example on how all trees are different. If I could do this again I would try to make another snow character.

Tessa: For the winter I made a digital drawing of snowman on snowy hills. First I made the outline for everything, adding details on the snowman's face. Then I used flood fill to fill the hills, sky, trees and the snowman's features. Then with another layer I shaded. If I did this project again I would try to attempt snowy trees again. Although this project looks easy it is a bit challenging. But I still loved this project.

Tessa

Tessa’s artist statement: For the winter I made a digital drawing of snowman on snowy hills. First I made the outline for everything, adding details on the snowman’s face. Then I used flood fill to fill the hills, sky, trees and the snowman’s features. Then with another layer I shaded. If I did this project again I would try to attempt snowy trees again. Although this project looks easy it is a bit challenging. But I still loved this project.

Kevin: This week in art we had to make a snow scene. We had to use shading, trees, snow people, background, and a sky. For the snow people I made them normal snow man/snow woman. For the background I made it get darker the farther back it went, to make it look like it was farther away. If I were to change anything, I would try and work more on the shading.

Kevin

Kevin: This week in art we had to make a snow scene. We had to use shading, trees, snow people, background, and a sky. For the snow people I made them normal snow man/snow woman. For the background I made it get darker the farther back it went, to make it look like it was farther away. If I were to change anything, I would try and work more on the shading.

Cameron

Cameron

Cameron’s artist statement: In this snow scene, constructing it took a lot of flood fill. In the hills I used the same color just darkened it to make the illusion that you where looking out farther and farther. In the snowman, I used two layers. One for the outline the other for shading the snowman itself. My favorite part of the picture is the trees in the background.

Jared:To do this project, I used an app on my IPad called Sketchbook Express. I started off with the snowmen, then made the rolling hills. I tried to make the hills look like they were going farther back, so I made them get darker. Then I did the trees. The shadow of the snowmen I just made a darker color then the snow in that area. It was really fun making this picture, and I hope to use my IPad to do many different projects!

Jared

Jared’s artist statement: To do this project, I used an app on my IPad called Sketchbook Express. I started off with the snowmen, then made the rolling hills. I tried to make the hills look like they were going farther back, so I made them get darker. Then I did the trees. For the shadow of the snowmen I just made a darker color then the snow in that area. It was really fun making this picture, and I hope to use my IPad to do many different projects!

Ryan: Imagine your self in a war. A snowman war. Two snowmen soldiers, a medic and a standard soldier where sent through Johnny's Apple orchard. When phasing through the fence near the far back pine forest, they had a lot of walking ahead of them. Suddenly, half way through enemy territory, they are spotted! By... Now you as the viewer, imagine what happens next. Are they captured and brought to a furnace for melting?  Do they make a daring escape? It is up to you. When making this piece I liked using shading to show were the light came from. It was also fun that we could make the snowmen doing anything, only we had to have 2 of them, trees, hills, and the sky. I would do this again, 10/10.

Ryan

Ryan’s artist statement: Imagine yourself in a war. A snowman war. Two snowmen soldiers, a medic, and a standard soldier were sent through Johnny’s Apple orchard. When passing through the fence near the far back pine forest, they had a lot of walking ahead of them. Suddenly, half way through enemy territory, they are spotted! By…???
*Now you as the viewer, imagine what happens next. Are they captured and brought to a furnace for melting?
Do they make a daring escape? It is up to you.
When making this piece I liked using shading to show were the light came from. It was also fun that we could make the snowmen doing anything, only we had to have 2 of them, trees, hills, and the sky. I would do this again, 10/10.  

These are just a few of the Snow Scenes created on iPads last week. To see the whole gallery, go to: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=918251&index=0

 

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It’s A Mention And It’s Honorable

I’ll take it! Thanks so much to The Art of Education for the Honorable Mention in the Art Ed Blog of the Year contest! Thanks to Massachusetts Art Education Association colleague and fellow board member, Billy Claire, for the nomination. Thanks also to any and all of the art educators across the United States who voted. Congratulations to the finalists and award winners. Let’s face it, folks, we are all winners here because we support and learn from each other every day through the blogs that we write and read. Teaching art can be lonely in an isolated art room; these blogs bring us together in a giant, warm, and fuzzy art education professional learning network of sharing and learning. Thanks again!

Honorable Mention

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Between glazing ceramic projects and the deployment of iPads to the fifth graders, the excitement is palpable here in the art room, and that’s just me! Multiply that by 250 students to get the total picture.

Jack and Delaney

Clay projects that were hand-built and fired before the holiday break are being glazed and will be fired again this week. Since before the holidays I have been asked daily, “When are we painting our clay?” Over the next week, the question will change to “Is the clay ready?” All clay pieces will be ready to send home next week, some will stay behind to be included in our annual art show.

iPad group

 

iPads. What a magical word. My fifth grade students are so excited to be receiving them this week. I am beyond excited that they are being rolled out just in time to start the new term next week. I have felt like a fish out of water without them all fall. I am so glad everything is squared away and I’m looking forward to riding this wave of enthusiasm to show my classes how to create digital art, design for 3D printing, and the basics of photography.

If your child has a School Loaner iPad, all the apps they need are in the self-service folder. If your child has a BYOD iPad, here is the list of apps to download. They are all free and should be placed in a folder together. I suggest naming the folder “Art Class”.

Photoshop Express
Sketchbook Express
123DSculpt
123DDesign
123DMake
Stop Motion Studio
Aurasma
Pic Stitch
Fotobabble
Animoto
Pic Collage
Tellagami
Morfo
iMovie
Google Drive
Modio

Lastly, if you restrict websites that your child may access, please enable (un-restrict) the following:

http://www.tinkercad.com

http://www.artsonia.com

http://www.blendspace.com

http://www.thingiverse.com

http://www.123dapp.com

http://www.pollev.com/monalisa

http://www.padlet.com

Thanks so much!

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MiscoeMakerCrew #2

 

Just a quick post to share the work of this year’s MiscoeMakerCrew. We had been waiting for the roll-out of iPads to the fifth grade students, but as that still has not happened, we have found a work-around. We are using Tinkered on PCs in the computer lab to design 3D models. While this is a departure for the MiscoeMakerCrew as we had been using 123D Design on iPads in the past, Tinkercad works just as well, and is easier in some ways than 123D design. We are hoping the iPads will be deployed within the next week, but until then, we will continue to use the PCs. Thank you to Mrs. Wernig for graciously sharing her classroom and computers with us. Here is our page on the Tinkered website. As you can see, we have begun the castle design project:
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Art Educator Or Sydney Opera House

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”

Thank you, WordPress, for my annual blog report. I never thought of myself as a concert at the Sydney Opera House before. What an interesting perspective.

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From my usual perspective as a middle school art educator, 27,000 views seems like a lot and I am pretty impressed. Having started the blog as a way to keep my students’ families informed as to what is going on in the art room, I am especially pleased that through the blog I am not only able to do that, I can also share with art educators literally around the world. WordPress reports that this blog has had views from 123 countries. Holy moly! In case you are wondering, there are 196 countries in the world as we close 2014.

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Looking ahead to 2015, I have set three goals for this blog. One of my goals is to share my ongoing work with 3D design and printing. 2014 was a year for learning the tools and finding ways to teach my students how to use them. Through this process, we have learned a lot about the actual printing as well. I’m so thankful for new Twitter affiliations who share 3D printing news and tips. The most helpful tip this year? To coat the build board with hairspray before building. Not even kidding, it has made a big difference for us. Who would have thought we would solve a hi-tech problem with a beauty aid?

Snow crowd

Snow crowd

I am hopeful to begin work with a 3D digitizer/scanner this winter, and I will share the progress as it develops. Ideally, we will be able to create 3D pieces in other mediums such as clay, and then scan them with the digitizer to prepare models to print with the 3D printer. This excites me as an art educator as it takes the design process away from technology and screens initially, allowing for innate artistic expression in creativity.

December Clay Work

December Clay Work

The second goal for the blog in 2015 is to share the implementation of STEAM units in the art classroom. I have been working toward this goal all fall, and I have a unit ready to go. Once the 1:1 iPad program is fully launched I can begin implementation. I’ll get a new batch of students at the end of January and will choose one of the groups with which to pilot the STEAM curriculum.

Castle STEAM Unit

Castle STEAM Unit

Lastly, I have been selected to pilot the fifth grade NCCAS Model Cornerstone Assessment for Media Arts. I will be choosing one class to pilot this. We will begin this in late January, once the iPads have been disbursed to fifth grade students. This will be interesting for all of us, and I am looking forward to in-depth investigation of this recommended assessment. I will document the process and share it on this blog.

Model Cornerstone

Model Cornerstone

So there they are – my goals for my classroom and this blog for 2015. Thank you for your readership throughout 2014. I hope you’ll join me in 2015 as my students and I explore new things and share our exploration with you. Until then, I hope 2014 finishes up nicely and 2015 greets you with a smile…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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