Earlier this year, 8th grade students created images using Photoshop for the Surrealistic Me, The Student Creative project. This project collected images from students that study all over the world and curated the submissions into a book that you can preview below and purchase to help support the Jacaranda School for AIDS orphans in Malawi. We submitted two classes worth of images for the project; Justin Thompson and Mariah Rae's portraits were selected for publication in the book. Check out the full book below!
This summer has been proving most productive. In addition to starting it out with the digital arts camp featured in earlier posts, I have also done a bunch of sewing in preparation for selling items at Byron Days. All items sold will help send students on our 2013 England and France trip. I taught myself how to sew last summer (with the help of some great books and youtube videos) and the result is many purses and pouches like the one shown above.
There is still time to sign up for our 2013 trip. You can find out registration information here: http://www.eftours.com/preview-tour.aspx?pt=CA-1175459
more art camp pics
Below are a few more pictures from Art Camp last week. In addition to learning photography techniques and animation tools, students also used image altering programs like Photoshop and Picture Manager to create colorful and humorous images like those displayed below.
art camp results
This past week's art camp was filled with fun photography, digital editing, and animation workshops. Above is just one of the animations created using clay. Below are some examples of forced perspective. Overall it was a great camp experience and I look forward to doing this again in the future. There may even be some Saturday morning sessions in the fall, so stay tuned for more details...
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art camp day 3
Today in camp, we focused on the art of a what makes a good and engaging video game before students decided which program they would like to use to design theirs. After designing their games, students will be able to play and test each others' creations. Only one more day left of camp!
art camp day 2
Students worked on animation today during Art Camp. From flip books to stop motion and digital animation, students used teamwork and creativity to tell all kinds of stories (many including portals). Tomorrow we will venture into game design and Thursday will be spent exploring one or all of the topics covered during this camp in more detail.
art camp day 1
Today students decided they did not want to be done learning things for the school year, so they came into my classroom and learned basic ideas and concepts concerning digital photography. This is my second year teaching the Digital Art and Animation Camp and the 12 participates worked on taking and editing pictures today. We talked about the ideas in the slideshow above before going outside and putting the concepts into practice. After taking many pictures, students shared their favorites and learned some basic editing using Photoshop, Sumopaint, and Picture Manager.
Tomorrow we will talk about animation and use various digital and traditional methods to create a slew of projects to share!
last day reflections...
Students finished up their last day of school today. Although I will miss this group of kids, I am happy with the feedback they gave me on their exams.
Part of their exam was multiple choice, true and false, and matching questions on Moodle. They were asked about color, materials, and artists that we had learned about over the year. In most cases there was a huge gain from pre to post test. One student went from a 40% on the pre test to a 95% on the post, which was one of the biggest gains. In addition to this more traditional method of testing, students created a doodle bomb of the skills they learned this semester as well as a critique of me and the content of the class.
When asked what should change for next year, many students said they would like more choice on projects and the materials they use. Others did not like doing so many things electronically and some said that there should be more skype interviews with artists and field trip opportunities. When asked what should stay the same, 8th grade students predominantly said the Monster project was their favorite and 7th grade really loved doing the Animations. This feedback will give me a lot to think about over the summer when planning for next fall.
Students had a chance to see the work from KCTC students who used BCWMS work as inspiration this week when Kim Westorp (our partnering teacher) delivered the work to our classroom. It was great to hear student reactions and for them to see the work up close.
This project was inspired by TEDXGR livestream event and we look forward to continuing this type of work next year with our students!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.