Any of you who frequent Photojojo have probably read the post on photography games already, but just in case you haven’t I would like to invite you to join a delightful game.
Of all the games that Photojojo posted, I thought that Mission 24 would be the most amusing. You are given a mission key word at random once a week, and then you have to post a photo within 24 hours interpreting the mission. I thought it would be a great creative brain stretcher.
On an educational note, wouldn’t it be great to create a similar game a a classroom level?
Join up for Mission 24, everybody! You’ll see some posts by myself there soon (I’m not sure if they’ll show up as Nikki L., or l.nikki12).
Lastly, I would like to apologize if I made any of my subscibers assume I have stopped blogging. I have obtained a summer job, and haven’t found nearly as much time to be on the computer lately (I check my emails and Google Reader, then turn it off). Currently, it’s my day off, I’m still in my pj’s (despite it being around noon), and trying to catch up on my cyber activities. However, I’m still around, so keep reading!
It’s done! After much work, I have created a classroom wiki for my final project: Miss Little’s Online Art Classroom. I used the one-month long unit of Visual Art 30 curriculum that I created for my Education Professional Studies 100 class, so that I had a strong idea of how this project would apply to the real curriculum I will be teaching in the future. It really helped to know beforehand what this wiki needed to accomodate.
I chose to create a wiki because it accomodated many different tools that I wanted to use, and because it allowed for class collaboration. For example, I really wanted the information that the students came up with in the group research assignment to be available to everyone, not just the students who found it. This way, the students are collaboratively making their own resources for this unit.
I created this wiki using Wet Paint, a wonderful site for creating wikis. It has several features that are very helpful to educators, such as the option to use pre-set classroom templates (which I did, but ended up altering greatly for my personal needs), and the ability to remove all advertising from education wikis. Visually, Wet Paint wikis are very eye-catching, and you can download extra little design elements that will compliment whichever theme you choose.
The only real difficulties that I found with creating this wiki was that sometimes the Wet Paint formatting functions are a little fickle. Just a heads up. However, when they do work, you can make a beautifully laid-out web page. I would also recommend that anyone creating a class wiki should SPELL CHECK EVERY PAGE. Nothing is more irritating and unprofessional than spelling mistakes on a web page. Don’t assume that because you’re a good typist, you didn’t make any mistakes.
Please, let me know what you think of my wiki, or feel free to ask any questions.
I chose to share this letter by famous photographer Ansel Adams, because he seems to capture in words what I could never explain about how I feel about art, and it’s interconnectedness with the rest of our lives. I hope you enjoy it. The photographs are not his work, but they are of Yosemite National Park, one of his main sources of inspiration.
When I read it, I nearly burst with excitement. I’m sure some squealing noises followed. On the most recent post by Photojojo, a blog I’ve mentioned frequenting before, there was an announcement saying that Adobe has released an on-line express Photoshop!
Now, don’t go into this expecting all of the advanced Photoshop features; the full version of Adobe Photoshop is far too expensive to be giving out on-line (Although, as I’ve mentioned before, I use an ancient version of Corel Photo House that has a bunch of similar, but less user-friendly features to Adobe. I’ve gotten away with using Corel for some on-line Adobe photo tutorials quite nicely, if I do say so myself). However, if you’re currently clogging your computer’s hard drive with one (or several) of those uber-confusing, trashy photo-editing suites that comes with your camera, you should consider unloading it, and doing your basic photo touch-ups on-line. It’s so slick, and everything is well laid out, so that you can actually find the tools you want to use!
This site has the potential to develop into the next Flickr. It’s also meant to be a photo sharing site, with 2 GB of storage per account. I haven’t played with all of the features yet, but I know that currently, you can send images in emails, create links to them, or embed them in blogs. It doesn’t have all of the photo networking features that Flickr has, but if you give it time, I bet these features will appear.
Now enough talk, it’s time to see some examples! These are just some quick examples of features you will find on Adobe Photoshop Express. I am aware that some of these may be a little over-the-top, but I’m just having fun.
I love how digital editing allows us to change photographic images to suit our artistic needs. For example, when I compiled these images, I wanted to create a certain intensity of colours, representing how vivid the world is from my perspective. I altered the contrast and intensity of the colours using Corel Photo House, and compiled the images on a Power Point slide.
This was an assignment where we were to sell ourselves with four photos, and minimal text. I chose to describe a bit about how I approach my artwork; an approach that I intend to carry over into my teaching career.
I use the term garbage art not as an insult, but in a most endearing way. You can call it recycled art if that makes you feel better. I love making things out of found materials, and knowing that I prevented the materials I used from ending up in some dumpster. After reading a blog post by Katherine Moore, I felt so inclined to share some of my garbage art!
One day my art teacher came in with a stack of old books. She told us to choose one, and turn it into art. Since my book was called Dragonsdawn, I decided to turn it into a dragon, stealing inspiration from Harry Potter’s the Monster Book of Monsters, and one of my favourite movies as a kid, the Pagemaster. The scales are from pop cans, the map the book is standing on, as well as the maps on his wings were once inside of him, his toungue is cut out of his title page, and the teeth and claws are used art razors (which, of course, one must be cautious holding).
Garbage art is a great activity for highschool and elementary art teachers. On top of being really amusing, and environmentally friendly, it’s nice on the school budget, and teaches kids to look for inspiring materials all around them.
I would love it if anyone reading this would post a picture of their own garbage art with a little story on their blog, and link to the page in a comment here. If this post could turn into a resource of examples for garbage art projects, that would be just awesome! Or, if you have never made garbage art, get out there and make some, and tell us about the experience!
Happy trash hunting!
Just a quick art-find I ran across when I was checking out the Assiniboia Gallery website (posted on my Art Links page). I love David Dreher’s work- it’s so playful and vivid! As a note, this is an oil painting.
Another awesome find in the Assiniboia gallery was the work of Antoinette Hérivel, who does these intriguing, vivid still lifes.