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!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Starting Over...Again

This coming school year will find me starting over for the 3rd time since I began working in the virtual world. This time I am moving to the Jokaydia Grid and looking forward to continuing life on the grid. Chris Hart has been so helpful and I spent my summer with another blank island. I built a two story house from scratch and while I was in Wisconsin, I built a small gallery to house all my mother's paintings. I even got her to try out an avatar and she's 85! I am happy that even though the Reaction Grid is no longer available, I have a place to take my students. It meant setting up yet another class of avatars, but by now I was used to it!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Learning Art History Virtually

This was another group of younger children using the avatars. One of the reasons I enjoyed the Reaction Grid so much is because it allowed for much younger students. The teen grid was 13 to 17, which was fine for most 8th graders, but here even primary students could experience the virtual world. They knew a few artists and you can see them run over to the Mondrian. (See video below)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Artistopoly on the RG

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade got a chance to use the student avatars decked out in artwork t-shirts and play recognition games using the Artistopoly gameboard I modified from Monopoly. They had an excellent time running to find "The Scream" or "The Mona Lisa." (See Animoto below)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Working in the Math Nets Sandbox

Third and fourth grade students need to work on math nets as part of their math curriculum and since I teach form and shape in art, I was asked to help teach this concept. I created special interactive SMART Notebook activities and we also did some color theory related paper/pencil activities. Today the kids got an introduction to the Reaction Grid and the sandbox I created for them. Next time we will create prims to match the nets on the building platforms.Virtual world building tools are perfect for these spatial concepts. (See video below)