Thursday, April 26, 2012

App Review: iPad for Printmaking!

My blogposts have taken a huge spiral down; probably due to nice weather and the craziness of the last months of school. (seriously though, has April even happened?)  However, my 5th graders have been busy little printmakers since we got back to class from spring break.  I ran into a little dilemma of only having 9 brayers - so the iPads stepped up and made an excellent addition to the whole instruction on printmaking. These next APPs I'm about the highlight were fun, easy, and a great visualization of the many techniques of printmaking.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

iPad App Review #3

As always, I've been diligently trying to keep up/incorporate/experience the most out of the iPads in my art room, and recently I've been incorporating students personal iPods to some great use and some fun!  These next few are just some helpful recommendations for you as well!

March Madness

And I'm not just talking about basketball.  Ever since this month started I've hit the ground running, but there are tons of things I want to share with this blog post, so lets go. . .

NAEA 2012 - NYC

Central Park.
Well now that I've been home from my New York City trip to the National Art Education Conference for a few weeks now, its time to look back and blog!  First off, I've never been to NYC, and this trip was amazing.  I am so fortunate for this experience, especially in my first year of teaching.  It was exciting to see University of Illinois art eddies again as well as meet new, fellow art educators.  

There was so much to learn/take in from all of the very informative sessions, listening to Chuck Close (totally awesome), and inspiring atmosphere, however, the greatest aspect I took in from NAEA was the chance to connect and have great conversations with many experienced and wonderful art educators.  I still feel like I'm flying around trying to absorb as much as I can, and these individuals got it together.  Such inspiration and role models honestly.  

It was a short weekend, but left me with a great spark to finish up the school year and much to look forward too. I'm not gonna ramble on more, that will come when I start applying this knowledge to my teaching, but check out the PREZI below.  Showed this in class and the students loved hearing and asking questions all about it!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Color Wheelin'

After struggling a little with understanding color schemes (see a few posts earlier), my students really rocked it in this Kandinsky inspired "Color Scheme" project.  By separating/concentrating on one color group (or scheme) at a time, students were able to piece together each to create a work of art that really explores the color wheel.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Is that sculpture "Tebowing"?

you know it!

Finally making myself sit down, get off of Pinterest, and write.  It's been a whirlwind of work happening in my art room - and I've been slacking on my blogging action.  My awesome students, however, just finished a very fun and exciting sculpture lesson on the artist Alberto Giacometti, so let's check it out. . .

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ipad Apps: "Discovering Color"

Student playing Mixt Universal
I about had a minor heart attack this past week when I discovered that my 5th grade classes did NOT understand the color wheel.  (gasp right?)  But, being the super awesome miss art teacher lady that I am, I quickly called in my iPad reserves.  These next two apps really helped dig my students out of their colorless despair and where a HUGE hit in explaining the wonderful world of the color wheel.