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Cardboard Creatures – Phase Three – Design for 3D Printing

Cardboard Creatures – Phase Three – Design for 3D Printing

“There are 3D people stuck in a 2D world” – Katherine Douglas, Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (TAB), (Douglas & Jaquith, 2018) “…especially in school art classes.” – Mona Lisa Lives Here I am blessed with a son who participated fully in an entire childhood filled with art making experiences, from extra-curricular classes I offered at […]

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 […]

300+ Every Day Challenge Drawings

300+ Every Day Challenge Drawings

Wow! I can’t believe it. A drawing a day on my iPad for over 300 days…300! It doesn’t seem like that many, but the numbers don’t lie. I’m averaging an hour (more or less) on each drawing, so that’s 300 hours this year spent learning how to draw on an iPad. And I’ve learned so […]

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 […]

Four Months of the Every Day Drawing Challenge!

Four Months of the Every Day Drawing Challenge!

Another month has gone by and that means another 30 drawings for the Every Day Drawing Challenge! Tomorrow will be the 120th drawing completed for this challenge, and that is amazing to me! Reflecting on the month of April and the drawings in this gallery, I have to say that although I try to keep […]

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 […]

Painting Self Portraits With iPads

Today our fifth grade art students are painting self portraits using the iPad camera and Sketchbook Express. They are learning about layers, color sampling, and opacity…and doing a GREAT job!  

31 Days of the Every Day Matters Challenge!

31 Days of the Every Day Matters Challenge!

Wow! I cannot believe that 31 days have passed since we started the Every Day Matters Challenge! At first it seemed daunting to commit to a a sketch a day, but now I am in the groove and look forward to it. As part of a 1:1 iPad initiative school, we are using iPads in […]