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From: Robert Carl (carlr_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Feb 18 2008 - 03:47:06 PST

Any ideas for elementary students that can't follow directions? I mean that I have 4th and 5th graders that can't even do a 1st or 2nd grade art project, because they talk and do not listen to directions. This seems to be a cultural issue with this african-american community. They for the most part can't pass the state tests (NCLB mandates) each year due to this same cultural issues. We are way behind on what we are supposed to be covering. Discipline is bad and getting worse also. We have had all the workshops on differentiated learning styles, assessment strategies, closing the achievement gap, and empowering black males, etc., Nothing seems to work or be of any real value. All just fluff and ivory tower BS. Can anyone in a similar situation offer some REAL advice and suggestions?

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TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Sunday, February 17, 2008.

1. RE: H.S. Digital photo and computer art class
2. HS digital photo and computer art classes
3. Re: teacherartexchange digest: February 16, 2008


Subject: RE: H.S. Digital photo and computer art class
From: "Kevan Nitzberg" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 07:49:58 -0600
X-Message-Number: 1

I also teach a similar class but with a bit of a different focus. The class
is called Video Computer Art and combines computer graphic applications with
iMovie / video instruction. The first part of the course is geared to
students (all levels of ability and computer experience), becoming familiar
with the computer as another art-making tool in addition to translating the
traditional vocabulary of art into computer generated images. Initially we
start with Appleworks Paint and Draw (PC version). We move on to working
with online research and having the class begin to create PowerPoints (which
I have them convert all of their projects into as a final grading format),
as a tool to better communicate ideas and concepts that they are exploring.
We also use Adobe Photoshop for 2 different projects in addition to
utilizing the software as a additional way to manipulate stills created in
their iMovie 'photomontage' films which are used as both stand alone pieces
of artwork (and then saved and printed), as well as re-importing those
further manipulated stills back into their video projects. As time allows,
they create a second video that they base around a theme that they develop
in groups. We only have 4 eMacs at our disposal with video editing
capability at this point and so group work becomes the only way I can
approach video at this time.

Here are a list of the projects:
1) Compilation / Presentation of the Elements of Art and the Principles of
Design (using Appleworks Paint and Draw), that explores these concepts
through the creation of drawings, charts and the inclusion of exemplars from
museum resources. Presented as a PowerPoint.

2) Fine Arts Primer (using the internet and PowerPoint), exploring as wide a
range of the 'arts' as the student desires, utilizing the various features
in PowerPoint including the animation and sound capabilities.

3) Adobe Photoshop Effect Manipulations, in which students need to use 3
different photographs representing different subject categories, applying a
set regimen of both single and multiple effects to each image (27 different
effect screens are explored)

4) Manipulated Self Portraits, where students have had their photograph
taken and placed in their building file and then need to manipulate their
photograph in 5 different ways using various effects / tools in Photoshop.
Each of those ways explores a different avenue / concept. The effect
categories are: Historical / Cultural Image, Physical Property Change Image,
Emotive / Expressive Image, Image with Objects Showing Special Interests,
Image with Text

5) Career Exploration Collection, using ArtsConnectEd's Art Collector
feature, students explore a wide range of careers in order to examine where
the art / technology interface occurs in almost all areas in today's
workplace. The collection (which is publishable), is split into 3 sections:
a) a range of different careers with a variety of criteria that need to be
explored b) their 'dream job' with the same criteria applied c) where they
can go to obtain the necessary course work / training to be eligible for
that job. Hyperlinks and images in addition to the text that they have
developed are all part of these collections.

6) iMovie Photomontage video project using pre-shot dv tape and applying
effects and transitions to the film in addition to creating a sound track
and further manipulation of images in Photoshop that are re-imported into
the film.

7) An additional video (also using iMovie), that explores a theme that they
have created, storyboarded, shot and edited.


Subject: HS digital photo and computer art classes
From: Scott Harrison <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 08:09:53 -0800
X-Message-Number: 2

        I teach 1 period of Digital Art at the high school level and we
currently have a lab of 24 computers which are a mix of newer iMacs
and Dells. I have a stable of 12 Canon A70 cameras that I loan out to
kids without one. I asked the Rotary Club in town for help in
purchasing these and found other donations also. Our class is funded
(my salary for the period) by Mendocino Regional Occupations Project
which also provided the site license for Photoshop. The students who
put in the required hours and work receive a certificate. If you are
teaching for vocational reasons then Photoshop is the way to go,
otherwise Photoshop Elements is an affordable alternative. There is a
freeware program called GIMP which is a good resource for the
students who can't afford the other programs. One of the things I
might incorporate into future classes would be video editing. I have
a group of 8th grade students and we do a claymation project with our
still cameras and iStopMotion software which is lots of fun.
        As for projects, I have them do a bunch of compositional and styled
images including Rule of Thirds, Diagonal Lines, Different Point of
View, Motion, Close Up, Framing, Hand Coloring, Shadows, Silhouettes,
Mandalas, and a Self Portrait Arcimboldo style. They also do a
Keynote/Powerpoint report on a famous photographer. The students have
a project a week and we show and critique with a digital projector.
The first 3 weeks they are learning Photoshop before any photo
assignments are even given. I use stuff intermixed with my
own Keynote presentations to present content. We are on a block
schedule which gives me 80 minutes a day so I spend about half of
this period in my room with the projector and their notebooks,
without the distraction of computers. Then we go over to the lab to
practice what was presented. The 80 min period gives us time to go on
mini field trips (we are in the middle of Humboldt Redwoods State
Park) if we need to.
Scott Harrison
South Fork High School
Humboldt Redwoods CA


Subject: Re: teacherartexchange digest: February 16, 2008
From: "George Doros" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 11:22:18 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

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Subject: teacherartexchange digest: February 16, 2008

> TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Saturday, February 16, 2008.
> 1. HS digital photo and computer art classes
> 2. Bernard Palissy platter lesson update
> 3. warer color paper change
> 4. RE: value of art
> 5. Automotive Technologies
> 6. Doodle 4 Google -- Contest
> 7. cool site
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Subject: HS digital photo and computer art classes
> From: Ellen Burnside <>
> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 11:27:23 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 1
> My school is transforming our Photo 2 class to all digital next year.
> Does anyone have any suggestions for getting started? Equipment,
> software, project ideas? It will be a point and shoot class as we will
> be requiring the kids to have their own cameras and most people don't
> have digital SLRs. At this point, I feel we should use Photoshop
> because as far as I know it is the industry gold standard. Any thoughts
> on this? I am also attempting to broaden my computer art class to
> include a sampling of programs. Currently I just teach Photoshop. I am
> thinking Illustrator and InDesign would be good choices. Does anyone
> know what the mainstays of industry are these days? What are other
> folks using in similar classes?
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> Subject: Bernard Palissy platter lesson update
> From: Ellen Burnside <>
> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 11:32:23 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 2
> Hello! First, I want to thank everyone who gave me advice
> regarding the platter lesson I did with my Ceramics class last semester.
> We tried using the paperclay and it worked amazingly well. The students
> then painted their platters with acrylic paint. There were a couple
> platters that weren't quit finished when the other ones started cracking.
> We let them dry very slowly and there were no problems! I am planning on
> getting photos soon to share with the list. It might take me a while to
> get to this
> as I was out for gallbladder surgery and am slowly trying to catch up on
> everything and get things in order at school.
> _________________________________________________________________
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> Subject: warer color paper change
> From: "" <>
> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 18:15:14 GMT
> X-Message-Number: 3
> Speaking of changes in paper, has anyone noticed that TRU-RAY's quality
> has changed? I used to love this paper, but it seemed to have changed last
> year. The colors are less vibrant and it seems more porous. It turns out
> they switched manufacturers. I really think the quality of supplies being
> made right now have gone down hill.
> On another note, anybody have experience making a wall hanging using
> scraps of long material? I saw a great wall hanging made out of recycled
> pieces of fabric. It was all attached to a branch which held it up. It
> looked like the pieces were all braided and weaved together and tied to
> this branch. Just thought I would throw it out there, see if anyone has
> done something similar with your classes.
> Thanks. Katrina
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> Subject: RE: value of art
> From: "Judi Morgan" <>
> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 13:42:14 -0800
> X-Message-Number: 4
> Look for a book called "Rise of the Creative Class" by Florida
> Judi Morgan
> Saint George's School
> 2929 W. Waikiki Road
> Spokane, WA 99208
> 509.466.1636
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Anne Verrier Scatolini []
> Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 9:02 PM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] value of art
> Anything from Augusto Boal "Rainbow of Desire" and "Theatre of The
> Oppressed" for ice breakers
> On Feb 12, 2008, at 12:48 PM, wrote:
>> I am in the process of preparing a presentation to our Board of Ed
>> about the
>> value of art(s) in the future of our students and thus the world. I
>> know it is
>> a trite and hackneyed idea but after 29 years of trying to convince
>> people I
>> am STILL trying to get the point across. I have been re-inspired by
>> Daniel
>> Pink's, A Whole New Mind, and any research I can find about
>> creativity,
>> imagination and problem-solving as a societal need. I am looking
>> for a powerful opening
>> "exercise"- an icebreaker- to gain their attention and create focus
>> for my
>> presentation of ideas at the meeting. I am also proposing a new
>> class to "teach"
>> creativity, imagination, inventiveness and expression. If you have any
>> suggestions for a powerful introduction I am eager to hear from you.
>> Marcia H in IL
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> Subject: Automotive Technologies
> From: "maki-KAWA" <>
> Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 08:26:35 +0900
> X-Message-Number: 5
> Greetings Art Educators,
> "Today, automotive industry is facing not only fierce competition but also
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> I have updated the page with Automotive e-Learning lesson ideas:
> I have updated the page with Robot e-Learning lesson ideas:
> If you have robot or automobile lesson you would like to share, send it
> me.
> Art Teacher
> Shinozaki Elementary School Art Museum
> Art Lessons and Ideas for Teachers
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> Subject: Doodle 4 Google -- Contest
> From: "Rebecca Burch" <>
> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 19:13:12 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 6
> Check out this really cool contest from Google!!!!
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> Subject: cool site
> From: "Sue Stevens" <>
> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 20:00:06 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 7
> really cool balloon art - check out the parody of "American Gothic"!
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