News from the Art Room
September 28 - October 2
Welcome back to the Art Room--errr, the Art Studio!
Apps for Art
Google Drive - Students in grades 3-5 will be using Google Drive extensively to host their digital Art Portfolio. Please make sure that your iPad is able to connect to WiFi and has Google Drive installed as soon as possible!
Snapseed - Snapseed is a powerful photo editing app that doesn't rely solely on filters to create photo effects.
Doodle.ly - Doodle.ly is a great sketchbook app that has a fair deal of content for free. I encourage students (and parents!) who frequently use their digital devices to regularly draw for leisure--there are strong positive effects of regular drawing and doodling on the developing brain!
iMotion - iMotion is a video editing app for time-lapse photography and stop-motion animation.
Do I need to own a sketchbook to do this?
Nope! I encourage you to find one or make one to keep all of your drawings in one place, though! It doesn't matter what kind of paper or materials you're using; lined spiral-bound paper will work as well as fancy-pants watercolor paper.
Is this homework?
Yes and no. Yes in that it's "assigned" to be done outside of the classroom, but no in that it is not required in any way whatsoever. It's meant to be something that you can do for fun and for relaxation; not something that you feel you "have" to do. This could, in theory, be a family activity, too!
Okay, so what do we do?
For our first sketchbook challenge you are challenged to:
1. Track down a sketchbook/notepad/notebook/pile-of-paper/stack-of-napkins to serve as your sketchbook for future challenges.
2. Set aside a few minutes to color/draw on/decorate/design a cover for your sketchbook. Something that will give it some personality. The goal here is to make something that you are excited to spend time in each week.
3. If you're feeling daring, send a picture of your sketchbook to Mr. Stanley and I'll post it next time!
At the end of this week Kindergarteners will be introduced to their first art project--a mixed-material drawing & painting that will expose them to a couple of new materials.
This drawing is being used to emphasize the difference to the 4th graders between subject matter and medium; that is, the content of the artwork and the material(s) used to create it.
The purpose of this activity is to refamiliarize students with a number of the materials in class, as well as to give them an easy start to using their digital portfolios via Google Drive.
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