Sunday, February 26, 2012

Art Teachers...

I got this via pinterest, who got it via Vividlayers

Dontcha just love it!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

4th Grade Tiffany Inspired lamps


As part of our contract, teachers in my district get 1 full day each year to spend observing another teacher either in or out of district.  Last year I had taken a half day to visit a veteran teacher with over 20 years of experience who had been the previous art teacher in what is now my room before I came on board.  She is still teaching, but at a different school within the district.  This lesson was one I noticed she had done with her 4th or 5th graders and was displayed in the halls. I instantly fell in love with it, and I'm pretty sure you will too!

I began by showing a PowerPoint on Tiffany and a brief history of glass and its uses in Ancient Rome and during Medieval times.  After that I did a demonstration on how to fold and cut a piece of newsprint to create a symmetrically shapes 'lampshade'.  Students had the option of drawing a symmetrical or asymmetrical design, and then they used clear acetate and Sharpies to trace and then color their lamps.
When completed, we cut the shades out, backed them with tinfoil, and then made symmetrical bases out of colored construction paper.  As part of learning about glass as an artistic medium I showed students a video from YouTube on glass blowing and we discussed the difference between translucent and opaque. Students had a great time with this lesson and some even constructed bases that could stand up using poster board.

I'll have more pictures and a bulletin board of these posted soon!

Monday, February 20, 2012

53 Art Education Apps for Ipads

According to some research I've been doing, the itunes app store has over 63,000 downloadable apps...and although they are not all art related, with so many choices, fishing for not just art apps, but quality educational ones can be an impossible task.  So instead of spending your summers 'fishing' here's a few apps to get you started:

Here's a list of art education apps I've gotten from IEAR, I.e.a.r. is short for i-education apps review: a website dedicated to using apps in an educational way. I've also posted some from The Teaching Palette (her blog: ) All the apps listed art education related, so if you have the chance check them out, and even better than that, if you have access to ipads for your classroom, have your students check them out!
If you follow the link you will come to the site which has a full description for each app.  Some entries even have video or website links for that gives ideas or examples of their uses in classrooms.

1. 'Faces iMake' by iMagination Machine Llc. 
2. 'Draw' for ipad 
3. ipad 'Garageband'
4. 'Tortoise and the Hare Puppet Show presented by Puppet Art Theater Co.' 
5. 'Color Mix'
6. 'Color Mix for Kids HD'
8. 'Accudraw'
9.  'KidsOrigami'
10. 'Sketchn Guess Lite'
11. 'Fotobabble'
12.  'Art & Music'
14. 'SmartHistory'
15. 'French Impressionism'
16. 'Art Puzzle Lite'
17. 'Art Start'
18. 'Love Art' from the National Gallery of London
19. 'Brushes'
20. 'TypeDrawing'
21. 'Tanzen' (tannagrams)
22. 'Art' Lite version
23. 'Art2Go'
24. 'Color Splash'
25. 'Animoto'
26. ' FlipBook' Lite version
27. 'PixPop Art'
28. '3D Gallery'
29. 'Comic Touch' Lite version
30. 'Life Strips'
31. 'Light Painting'
32. 'Open Culture'
33. 'AP Mobile'
34. 'Jazz Sculptor'
35. 'SculptMaster 3D'
36. 'Architect Envi Deluxe'
37. 'Color Sudoku'
38. 'Eye Tricks'
39. 'Color Wheel'
40. 'Brooklyn Museum'
41. 'Symmetry'
42. 'MovieMaker'
43. 'Pottery Wheel'
44. 'Artist's Touch'
45. 'Google Earth'
46. 'Gallery of Painters'
47. 'Juxtaposer' Lite version
48. 'Sketchbook Express' by autobook
49. '123D Sculpt'
50. 'PotteryHD'
51. 'Flashcards' by Jeffrey Holiday
52. 'Artcapture' by Collectrium
53. 'Color Uncovered' by Exploratorium

Here is a picture of a few more drawing and painting apps: