Monday, January 7, 2013

Ugly Sweater Skating Party!

Phoenix winters do not include snow, so I try to give kids a little taste of building a snowman, ice skating, and ugly sweaters. Sure, the building task is the main skill, but we do it in a fun way. Most of the kids were able to line up the spheres easily, but the face is actually quite difficult to assemble. (See Animoto below)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

DoubleView Silhouette Portraits

Jr. High students created a double view portrait by first taking a front view and a side view of each other. They cleared out the backgrounds, resized the images, and tried to line up the features on the side view with the front view. They selected a specific portion of the side view and deleted the silhouette from the front view creating the bizarre look of the portrait. After that they added a layer with either a gradient or photo as a background for their portrait. Many digital tools and skills were used to create these pieces. (See Animoto below)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Adding Warhol Projects to Mini Galleries

Apologies for the audio. My students get very enthusiastic as they are working on the grid. As they complete their Warhol projects in Gimp, they will upload them to the Jokaydia Grid and place them in their galleries.
They are still struggling with the design principle of unity and some of the galleries look more like mini garage sales, but in time they will become more unified in style.
At the Jr. High age, you need to give students some flexibility in working so they can play around with textures and shapes. An aesthetic sensibility is years in the making and these students are really just beginning to form their own artistic choices.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

More Mini Gallery Work

Some of the students have a small sitting area for their gallery while others have not been as productive.

Mini Galleries

Students put their names on the gallery of their choice and are now creating seating for their space. They are to put any digital or photos of real work into the galleries such as Wordles or Warhol projects.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Newbies 2012!

A new batch of avatars is the first class to be using the Jokaydia Grid. Their first ojective on the grid was to create a prim with the Bling texture they created using Gimp and placing it in the outer corner of their room as a name plate. They are wearing t-shirts created from a Gimp template to which they applied a layer with their name design. They will also upload their WORDLE and create furniture for their mini gallery/lounge area. This video was recorded using SMART Recorder.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Gearing up for a Great School Year!

School starts soon and I can't wait for my students to explore the Jokaydia Grid!