Sketchbook Express

Snow Scenes on Artsonia

Snow Scenes on Artsonia

It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea. – Dylan Thomas As our term winds down amid snowy snow days, we have been creating digital art on iPads. This week we are making stop motion animations, while […]

New Art On Artsonia

New Art On Artsonia

Long after our in-house art show is over, our online gallery continues to display new artwork. Today, three new projects have been uploaded to Artsonia. Abstraction: For this project, students divided the 2 dimensional paper plane of a still life using an abstraction technique called Contour Continuation. Once divided, they filled the positive space with […]

Digital Rotoscoped Self Portraits On Display At The Art Show At M.E.S.S.

Digital Rotoscoped Self Portraits On Display At The Art Show At M.E.S.S.

Sixth grade digital rotoscoped self portraits will be on display at the Art Show at the Miscoe Elective Student Showcase (M.E.S.S.). This one is by Bradley L:

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

In the 5/6 art room we’ve had a great week or so learning to create digital art on iPads. During a frenetic time in the world outside the room, this focused work has been cozy, calming, and generally pretty quiet. After introductory tutorials in person and provided as a reference in Google Classroom, the students […]

Rotoscoping? Wait. What?

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 […]

Now You As The Viewer, Imagine What Happens Next*

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 […]

365 iPad Drawings/My Year Creating Digitally: All in One Gallery

365 iPad Drawings/My Year Creating Digitally: All in One Gallery

Because you wanted to see all 365 iPad drawings together in one gallery…and so did I. Here they are exactly as published. I was taking this project literally day-by-day, therefore the information I shared with the drawings changed throughout the year. I admit I got a little carried away with alpacas near the end. You’ll […]

My Year of Creating Digitally

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle This is the quote that motivated me to try to develop my iPad drawing skills through Every Day Drawing Challenge. I wanted to learn to use the iPad as a drawing tool, just as famous artist David Hockney […]

Eleven Months & 334 Drawings Later

Eleven Months & 334 Drawings Later

Here we are entering the 12th month of the Every Day Drawing Challenge. 334 drawings on the iPad since January 1. I have learned so much about mobile/digital art making, including which apps and stylus works best for me and the best subject matter to work with. I have discovered that I like direct painting […]

It’s Working!

It’s Working!

The independent student access to our Artsonia gallery is working very well! In just 3 days, over 75 works of art have been uploaded. Way to go artists! Here is a link to the Artsonia exhibit: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=690927 Artsonia has now enabled art teachers to link exhibit photos with Animoto to make videos quickly and simply. […]

Wake Me Up When September Ends

Wake Me Up When September Ends

Summer has come and past…thanks, Green Day, for reminding me. Who needs a reminder, really, when September is a blur of back-to-school preparations, routines, and new beginnings? Autumn is officially here now as of September 22, and we have settled in and begun to find the groove of the 2013/14 school year. My iPad drawing […]

International Dot Day – A Celebration

International Dot Day – A Celebration

Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” These are words to live by from The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. In celebration of International Dot Day, dots have been the focus of our recent artwork in three types of media. If you are not familiar with the book, you […]

August Every Day Drawing Challenge…at the 2/3 Mark!

August Every Day Drawing Challenge…at the 2/3 Mark!

August was a month for traveling and making drawings in hotel rooms for the Every Day Drawing Challenge. The first drawing of the month was done during a “Return to your Roots” road trip with my mother as we visited her childhood home and college. It was incredibly nostalgic for her and very sentimental for […]

I’m Your Biggest Fan!

I’m Your Biggest Fan!

…and I have the drawing to prove it! This week, once finished with their Digital Selfies, students have been creating portraits of someone they admire. Subjects range from Taylor Swift to Tyler Seguin (go Bruins!). These portraits are amazing both to the viewer and the artist. In class just yesterday I was uploading a student’s […]

May – Another Month of the Every Day Drawing Challenge – Complete!

May – Another Month of the Every Day Drawing Challenge – Complete!

As we move from May to June we go from spring to summer, just like that! I started this challenge on a cold New Year’s Day, which seems like such a long time ago. It has been 5 months and 150 drawings, to be exact. I am looking forward to the Every Day Drawing Challenge […]

An Ostentation Of Peacocks…Or Is It A Muster Of Peacocks?

An Ostentation Of Peacocks…Or Is It A Muster Of Peacocks?

Whatever the collective noun for a group of peacocks is, we have created one of them in the artroom using iPads. The students followed a guided drawing lesson (I drew then they drew) to create a peacock feather in fifth grade and a peacock in sixth grade. I drew on my iPad that was connected to the […]