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re:graphic arts

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Christine and Robert Broyles (rebcab)
Tue, 05 Aug 1997 22:31:23 -0400

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I teach in Charlotte County Florida and have been incorporating
computers slowing into my art room for three years now. The first year I
had two computers for my room. (I teach grades 6-8). One was a LC475 (4
megs) and the other a LC580 (8 megs)with CD-both are Macs.
The 475 stored all my grades for art in a locked file through a program
called Grade Machine. Did take up space on the drive but had tried the
disc approach and lets just say I had problems. The drawing program on
the 475 was 'Easy Color Paint'. Uses limited memory and was good intro
for our students. Excellent art can be done on even the simpliest of
programs. No clip art or stamps are allowed.
The 580 had 'Dabbler 2.0' installed and was a more advanced program for
students to expand their talents.
Interspersed were programs like 'A Passion for Art'', 'The Incredible
Machines', "Becoming a Computer Animator", 'History Through Art' and
'Art &Music' by Zane Publishing, and finally two Wallobee Jack cartoon
adventure ('Secret of the Sphinx' and 'The Lost Lionardo'-for fun). I
popped these programs in and out like a toaster.
Classes in 6th and 7th grade are 6 weeks and 8th grade ranges from 18
weeks or last year a full year course. 6th/7th had storage discs
provided at each computer. They only had to remember the disc number
(1-8) where they would store their art. 8th grade had their own discs.
Bought 50 discs myself along with most of the programs.
Students had a sign up calendar (grease board type) for each computer
use for two day period. If absent, another student would switch dates.
The students could also come in before school, during homeroom and after
school for thirty minutes if arranged with me. I am usually putzing
around at least that long and the kids have been great so far about
parent pick up.
Painted a mural in cafeteria in exchange for a HP Deskwriter 660C for
art room use specifically!
By the end of the first year, the principal enjoyed their work so much
(posted it all over the school) we got two more computers. We had also
begun developing a web page for our work to go online. Our web page went
online through the county at the end of the second year.
The third year we got one computer online for updating our site and
researching artists and museums for classroom use. We also got a scanner
and four drawing slates. All computers have at least 12 megs except the
one with the scanner which has 16.
Our web site is: http:/
The site is constantly changing thanks to students that volunteer time
to assist me with the pages.
To date, we now have full use of 5 computers. One computer is a Power
Mac 5200 and is from the library. Because I understood how to use Power
Point and HyperStudio the library put me in charge of the 5200 which has
video and tv hook-up capability. In most instances, the other teachers
send students to me before school, during my planning or at end of day
for assistance on getting work on video tape for presentations. It is a
small price to pay for almost exclusive use of the Power Mac and takes
very little time.
We now include an arts integration section. Projects from academic
classes (brainstormed by the teacher and myself) are slowing being
added. I have found that being a liason for academics has been a
tremendous success. They are now starting to incorporate art works in
discussions, art/craft projects and the importance of art in a students
daily life. I started with two teachers to help out a few years ago and
now the other teachers are coming to me for help. I don't do the
work....I just give them ideas, let them try it alone with me in art
room and make sure they have what they need or list it so they can order
it themselves.
I take a computer home during the summer to familiarize myself with
programs, internet sites and drawing techniques for the next school
year. This has been invaluable.
Originally, all work was photographed using Seattle Film Works (pictures
on disk-I paid for it) and Ofoto scanned in by the wonderful office
ladies. From the Seattle Film format we used a Gif Converter and Graphic
Converter shareware program to convert. Without the office ladies, much
of the site wouldn't be there. The site is obviously graphic heavy and
takes time.
Christine Broyles
L.A. Ainger Middle School
Rotonda West, Fl

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