Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Media Arts - iphoneography -

Portrait by Bibi C. (Student work)

Portrait by Bibi C. (Student work)

I struggled with Teaching Photography before. Like most, I hope, who have Photography training, I tend to go straight to the technical properties of cameras and photo taking instead of the ART of the Photograph and Subject. This time, I took a different approach, and I'm happy with the results. I will also tweak a few things next Term.

I found 3 lessons from a Photographer who suggested teaching kids, specifically High School kids, in a way which takes realistic view of the capabilities of Digital Technology and in particular the Smart Phone and iPhone.

After 3 Assignments/Exercises my students are gaining an understanding of the parts of a Photograph such as, Subject, Lighting, Background, Mood, and Techniques - like Depth of Field, Cropping, Full Frame in Camera, The Rule of Thirds, etc..

Yes, they learn about the 'Rule of Thirds'. We looked at Portraits, with Powerpoint, comparing Portraits from photographers such as Diane Arbus and Vivian Meier, and random 'Selfies'. We had classes where we viewed and critiqued each other's work.

Students demonstrate the beauty of B & W photographs, Mood with color, and that Depth of Field can be achieved when photographing small Toys. All of the photos here are by my Students and are/were taken with Smart Phones and iPhones. Not bad at all!

Mood photo by Cynthia.

Toy Story (Depth of Field) by Cynthia.

Portrait by Jacky.

Portrait by Jake.

Toy Story (Depth of Field) by Lucy.

Toy Story (Depth of Field) by Lucy.

Mood Photo by Vivian.

Toy Story (Depth of Field) by Vivian.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Visual Arts, Blog Portfolios - Gr.9 & 10

The Portfolio requirement is created as a Blog. This is the end of year Exam

Gr. 9 & Gr. 10 students select works from this Term and take 'studio' photos of them. How to create a blog and customize it, is done by projector and one-on-one and small groups. The expectation is that students will take it from there and make it their own.

Any written assignment, however, can be daunting for ESL students. To write in English, learn a new format, and social media program is overwhelming for many . So, I kept this in mind and assured students they could do it.

Teachers, I know, sometimes require a Blog for their students all year and have some success. I haven't tried it before, but I may now! It was a good experience for all, I think. 

Students include the following, Artist Statement, Photos of Artwork, Captions (title, material, dimensions, year made), Descriptive/Reflection paragraph, and customization of Blog. The presentation of Artworks, as a whole, includes the navigation properties of the Blog as well.

Here are a few from Gr.10:

Wendy's Art Portfolio Blog

Jacky's Art Portfolio Blog

Herbert`s Art Portfolio Blog

Eric's Art Portfolio Blog

And, a few from Gr.9:

Snow's Art Portfolio Blog

Katie's Art Portfolio Blog

Joyce's Art Portfolio Blog

Adrian's Art Portfolio Blog

I chose these Blogs as samples, they were also the most complete. Any end of year project is difficult for students, they are tired, and things were missed, or not as complete or thorough as they could have been earlier in the year. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Exam Exhibit and Artist Statement 2017

18 Students, Gr. 11 & Gr. 12. 
My first term with Secondary students with ESL, for me is a year of assessment of Art skills to build upon. For the final exam exhibit, students make selections from drawing class, painting, color theory, 1pt perspective, printmaking (styrofoam, eraser block, and lino), fibre - dreamcatchers, ojo de dios, and weaving, and open projects on the prompt of 'Home' and emotion self-portraits (after Van Gogh). 

Labels were required and students also wrote a 3 paragraph Artist Statement displayed beside their work. The exhibit is in the school lobby area for 2 weeks. 

They did well, and wrote thoughtfully about their experience making Art. The photos show only 2d work and not all Artist Statements are up yet.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Blendspace Test

This is just a test, and my attempt at creating an online assignment for students using new Technology. I've taken some ideas and made them my own too.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Weaving and Culture

First, we started making Dreamcatchers and Ojos de Dios. As students finished, Weaving on a Loom, square or round, was introduced. Coil weave baskets followed soon after. In one class, 5 projects, and 5 choices.

At some point, the powerpoint Weaving and Culture: Making Connections, provided the evidence, a review or introduction to cultures and weaving techniques, pattern, and color choices, and the history of weaving.

This led to Museums and research of an object, online, at the Textile Museum of Canada web site, and collection, Research Worksheet.

This is one of the best classes for engagement, and we all had a lot of fun. Students wanted to put the Dreamcatchers and Ojos de Dios in the cafeteria windows. So we did! They were beautiful in the light against the white shades, seeing them from the street and sidewalk (see below).

Coil weave basket, yarn and rope, 10cm x 6cm, 2017



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Futurism Murals

Making gradation's with pencil and paint was needed, I found out during a drawing class. Exercises that look like Futurist drawings took a turn when I also found out the Gr. 9 students needed to MOVE! A change in scale was in order!

To begin with, Adrian's futurist circle drawing with gradations. Well done!
Transfer that knowledge to the human figure, see below.

After the Circle/Straight line exercise, Futurist images were shown to students and touched on Art History. The challenge given students: to create the illusion of motion and movement using the human figure. Students redrew (no tracing) the outlines of figures from stock vector drawings, overlapping them. Then coloring in new shapes with gradations, creating a new artwork.

Movement, literally, was needed, for the large size, students took turns laying on the large roll paper (x2 or x3) and traced around each other, lines overlapped creating a mess of lines and new shapes. Everyone had to participate.  In the same groups, they chose color schemes (or not), and painted the NEW AREAS made by the overlapping figures.

So we went large, working in groups. It worked well, and the finished mural size artwork are installed in the student Dorms. Good work!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Digital Image Manipulation

Some students wanted to use Photoshop I was told, so we used a trial version (for 7 days) or GIMP (free download). GIMP is not as powerful as Photoshop but for basics did really well for working in Layers: editing and manipulation tools, color adjustments, cropping tools, etc. Gr. 10 student's work included first a Collage for editing practice and getting to know the program. Then this, a Shoe Advertisement.

This was done using an Ipen, all on tablet and computer.