Since Artsonia started allowing students to photograph upload their own artwork this year, I wanted to make sure that the quality of the photographs wasn’t sacrificed. The number one mistake kids make (especially the younger ones) is to photograph their artwork at an angle instead of squared away for accurate cropping.
This iPad photo stand was created by my awesome custodian using repurposed materials. The only thing that he bought was the plexiglass.
As it turns out, Artsonia is also working on a way help kids take good photographs of their artwork. Tiffany from Artsonia sent me some pictures of the iPad photo stand they created using only a cardboard box and two under cabinet lights.
Here are the details so you can make your own for about $20!
- Find a strong cardboard box. (The box dimension in the photo is 18″x16″x12″).
- Three of the four flaps are extended as “legs” reinforced with duct tape in the corners and the 4th flap is taped up inside the box to allow room to slide artwork in/out.
- The two under-cabinet portable lights shown in the picture are made by Lights of America, Model 7108 (13″, 8 watts). I found them online for about $10 each.
Artsonia Classroom Mode (is awesome)
Getting kids to take their own photos and add artist statements has been fantastic experience this year. Not only do I get a ton of time back by the kids photographing and uploading their own artwork, but they also learn some basic photography skills. Since artwork is uploaded immediately, the students can also write their artist statement at the same time instead of waiting until the following class for their artwork to be published. The video below shows a student going through basic upload process.
Important QR scanning tip – use a QR reader that will redirect you to Safari automatically. Staying within the QR reader can cause issues with upload. I prefer the QR reader NeoReader that allows you to go automatically to Safari in the settings.
But, I only have access to one iPad
If you’re in a one iPad classroom (or using your own), have the students take the picture and skip the editing and artist statement. The key to saving huge time is to get the artwork photographed and assigned to the right student. Once the photo is submitted by the student, as the teacher you can access the submitted work to crop the image after class. And if you have access to computers, the students can photograph with the iPad and then go to a computer to finish the artist statement using the class code provided.
Do you use Artsonia Classroom Mode? What are your tips?
When Apple first introduced iBooks Author as a tool to create your own iBooks for the iPad (and now viewable on the Mac desktop), I didn’t immediately see a whole lot of use in art education. I would much rather engage my students in creative art studio experiences and skip the solitary chapter book reading about the history of art. However, after experimenting with iBooks Author, I soon discovered an iBook is so much more than just an electronic text book. It is a tool that can help deliver curricular content, differentiate learning to meet a wide range skills, assess for student understanding and growth, and even allow for students to showcase their own work.
Differentiate Instruction – Students all learn at different levels and speeds. Then why not create an iBook with a lesson that allows for students to learn at their own pace? Record yourself in a demo and outline directions alongside the embedded video. Use as an extension for early finishers, a student who misses a class, or even as a sub plan.
Showcase Student Work – Allow students to create their own iBook pages featuring artwork, video, or artist statements and share online.
Assessments Measuring Student Growth - Create assessments to check for student understanding or document progress toward a learning goal using the built in review widget within iBook Author or the sketchpad widget found in Bookry.com.
The video below shows the interactivity of iBooks I have created for my classroom:
What other uses do you see for iBooks in art education?
Many schools are beginning to redirect money once set aside for textbooks toward technology and purchase iPads. Although some app prices may seem out of reach, they often can purchased in bulk for a fraction of the listed cost.
So what are the best apps to actively engage your students in meaningful art content and help you organize curricular resources? We included our favorites but want YOU to be the judge where they belong on the list!
Please feel free to interact and rank up or down what apps you set as a priority. View as a list or filter by tags such as painting, organization, collage, etc.
Please leave a comment on how you use it in your art curriculum! Great way to send and retrieve documents and images. Teach your students all sorts of symmetry applications including tessellations. Learn more and see student samples here: http://baart.weebly.com/1/post/2013/01/the-amaziograph-app-is-amazio-ing.html Is a good drawing app with layers for more advanced interactions. Here is a nice review of the uses in the art curriculum: http://www.theartofed.com/2012/06/26/the-app-every-art-teacher-must-have/ Lots of great textures and layers for making beautiful artwork. Student example here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69435082@N06/6779684628/in/set-72157629802735527/ Create and share presentations using images and embedded video. See how art students used them at the Art Institute of Chicago: http://theteachingpalette.com/2013/02/01/artist-experts-on-ipads/ Pricey but it is a fantastic app if you want to do any video production with your students. Create virtual sketchbooks for each of your students. Percolator app is useful to create abstracted effects. Nice introduction to using the iPad for younger students. See student sample here: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/percolator/id385454903?mt=8 Motion HD is an intuitive and powerful time-lapse and stop-motion app for iOS. Great for primary level students and integrates literature and symbolism too. Student examples: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=610488 Check out our interview with the children's book author that inspired this app: http://theteachingpalette.com/2010/04/02/conversation-with-hanoch-piven-about-his-new-iphone-app-“faces-imake”-3/
Here is a video overview of the featueres: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn2id0MjD18
SketchBook Pro offers more layers and additional features including the Photoshop format. Check out this video geared toward kids learning the basics of Sketchbook Pro. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnxQRJUwPi0
Take pictures, edit your movie and export HD 720p videos to your device or directly to Youtube. See how this was used for claymation: http://splatsscrapsandglueblobs.blogspot.com/2012/11/claymation-with-5th-grade-students.html
Great way to send and retrieve documents and images.
Teach your students all sorts of symmetry applications including tessellations. Learn more and see student samples here: http://baart.weebly.com/1/post/2013/01/the-amaziograph-app-is-amazio-ing.html
Is a good drawing app with layers for more advanced interactions. Here is a nice review of the uses in the art curriculum: http://www.theartofed.com/2012/06/26/the-app-every-art-teacher-must-have/
Lots of great textures and layers for making beautiful artwork. Student example here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69435082@N06/6779684628/in/set-72157629802735527/
Create and share presentations using images and embedded video. See how art students used them at the Art Institute of Chicago: http://theteachingpalette.com/2013/02/01/artist-experts-on-ipads/
Pricey but it is a fantastic app if you want to do any video production with your students.
Create virtual sketchbooks for each of your students.
Percolator app is useful to create abstracted effects. Nice introduction to using the iPad for younger students. See student sample here: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/percolator/id385454903?mt=8
Motion HD is an intuitive and powerful time-lapse and stop-motion app for iOS.
Great for primary level students and integrates literature and symbolism too. Student examples: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=610488 Check out our interview with the children's book author that inspired this app: http://theteachingpalette.com/2010/04/02/conversation-with-hanoch-piven-about-his-new-iphone-app-“faces-imake”-3/
Keeping noise volume down and students on task can be challenging in an active environment like an art room. I noticed this year that my 4th and 5th grade students needed a little extra reinforcement to keep their noise volume in check. So, I decided to add to my classroom decor with a simple ART sign using three wooden paint palettes strung together with fishing wire. My younger students think these paint palettes are nice addition to the art room surroundings, but my older students know these letters hold meaning.
When a class has trouble with noise control or remaining on task, a warning is given and the letter T is turned over. If the problem persists, the R is turned over and the students must work for 5 minutes in silence. The last letter (I rarely get this far) represents a silent class (basically strike 3).
I can never remember what classroom management topics I have covered for the many classes I have. So to keep myself sain, I created a checklist to help remember what procedures I covered with each group.
Using this checklist saves me time by avoiding going over something we already covered and puts the responsibility back on the students. So if a student “forgot” a class procedure all I have to say (with a smile) is . . . “We covered what to do already, please ask a classmate what the procedure is” or “We worked on lining up silently in class last month, but looks like we will need some practice and try lining up again”.
Here is the PDF of my classroom procedures checklist that I use in my classroom.
What procedures do you have in your classroom and how do you keep track?
I’ve been wanting to make a word wall in my art room for some time but there was always something else I had to get done first. So my word wall continued to wait until one day when a student wrote “Oil Past -Dell” in one of her Artsonia artist statements. I guess the word sounded OK, but the word was definitely not translating correctly :/ No more waiting, my word wall was getting done.
Using some graphics I found online and a few of my own all I had to do was print directly onto the magnetic paper!
Here are some of the PDF files I created you are welcome to use. Enjoy!
Tip: Try and group the words on the wall based on their relationship to each other to create deeper understanding of the vocabulary.
There are many types of students who come through the art room each year. One type of student I have encountered over the years is the excessive question asker. Does that line look right? How do you think I’m doing? Where do I turn this in?
Now lets be clear on the characteristics of this type of student.
Excessive Question Asker Characteristics
- asks a lot of questions about every step of a project. Even if there are written & drawn reminders easily accessible. They have to talk to you (the teacher) about each step again before they can move forward.
- asks a lot of questions even though they are bright and (most of the time) understand the concepts without extended explanation.
- is most likely not disrespectful or disruptive to the class. They know the art room procedures and can work effectively within the environment.
Of course no two students are the same so there are lots of variations in what you might observe from the excessive question asker in your art room.
A colleague shared the idea of using a ticket system to help regulate students who are prone to excessive questioning. It’s pretty simple. The student gives the teacher one ticket and then can ask one question. When their tickets are gone for the class period they can’t ask you anymore questions about the project.
Now this could sound harsh or absolute but it helps force students to look at other information resources in the art room. So instead of taking the easy way out of coming to the teacher or looking for constant adult confirmation they will need to seek alternatives. You will notice that they pick up their heads and look at the board. They will survey the students working around them to compare their progress. They will ask classmates questions. These are all great strategies for kids to keep in the classroom loop. Plus they learn to discern which questions are really worth their time to ask.
I typically start with three question tickets per class. You can adjust the amount of tickets per class up or down to fit your students educational needs. The goal is to eventually wean the student off the ticket system. As students improve and learn to prioritize their questions you can decrease the amount of tickets per class.
Below is a PDF of printable Question Tickets that you can use in your art room. Just print, cut and laminate to reuse over and over.
Click here to download: Question Tickets
As a funny end note, I once had a student ask, “Mrs. Andrlik can I ask you a question about the question tickets?” At that point they had no tickets left and half a class period to go. It’s so hard for some students at the start. I just laughed and let them ask their question even without a ticket.
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I’ve been using “The Cloud” for a few years to host my web bookmarks on Delicious and gather digital resources in Livebinder making them accessible from any location and any computer or mobile device. More recently, I have adopted two other cloud computing tools to manage class schedules, supply orders, and lesson plans: Evernote and iCal.
My “must have” cloud application is Evernote. I keep a running list of supplies needed, track students who need to complete artwork, and use images to organize and plan for future lessons. The video below shows how I have used the Evernote desktop application to sort out and sync all the details of my teaching life.
iCal and Google Calendar
Since I have hundreds of students and lots of classes to track, keeping a planning calendar is essential to my sanity. Instead of using one calendar, I create a separate calendar for each grade level as well as one for school events that can be viewed individually or all together. Like Evernote, a “cloud” calendar travels wherever you are, viewable from any computer or mobile device.
Here is an example of my iCal calendar.
Another great option is Google Calendar. Here is an example:
While I don’t exactly teach painting or ceramics in “The Cloud”, my schedules, lesson plans, and “to do” lists certainly do live online. As a result, I am a more organized and thorough teacher ready to get my hands dirty with art supplies.
How do you use the cloud? What works best for you?
Classroom management really can make or break you as a teacher. Even if you’re a veteran teacher, there is always a new idea or creative solution to make your teaching life easier. For those of you using my favorite web 2.0 tool, Pinterest, you may have seen some of these images before, but for those who are not . . . enjoy!
Get Your Room in Order
Get those paper towels in the right place! Motivation at its best from Katie Moris at Adventures of an Art Teacher.
Short on counter space? Then maximize your wall space with these home-made magnetic containers. This would be great for art teachers on a cart too! Image source: Laissezfaire blog.
De-clutter your desk and get your paperwork in order. I love how this is labeled. Check out the makeover from the Venspired blog.
Every good art room needs a broom and dust pan – especially one that is named “Dusty”! This great idea comes from Theresa Gillespie at Splats, Scraps and Glue Blobs.
If you teach elementary, kids are always making pictures for you. But what do you do with them all? By adding them to a clipboard, you can display the most recent and still be able to look through pictures from the past. Idea from Clean & Scentsible blog.
Create a Classroom that Works
Just a subtle hint for your students (and their teachers) from Mrs. Hansen’s Art Room.
Bring peaceful thoughts to your classroom as students enter or leave. Image source Jankwilson on Flickr.
This video explains how to get a handle on the noise level in your classroom using plastic cups.
Sometimes you just need to say it plain and simple – keep order in your class by hanging a Peacemakers and Peacebreaker chart. This great idea came from Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten class (though this would certainly apply at all age levels)
Teach with Visuals
I love this word wall Art With Mr. E created for his classroom using index cards with magnets on the back.
Help your students understand what careful artwork looks like with this craftsmanship rubric from art teacher Kathleen O’Malley at her blog, Art Moments.
Make the Most of Your Minutes
From a blog that brings organization to a whole new level, Jessica Balsey at The Art of Education shares how she has art questions ready when there are a few extra minutes left in class.
Looking for more ideas and visuals? Check out our classroom management section.
The web is full of amazing resources to enhance student learning, get organized, and connect with other educators. Instead of trying to figure out the best online tools yourself, I’ve boiled it down to my top ten favorites for art education.
1. QR Codes. These black and white pixelated squares can be found on TV, in magazines, and now in classrooms. Using a mobile device with a camera such as a smart phone, iTouch, iPad or free software downloaded on a computer, a QR code can be quickly created to link directly to text, images, or web addresses. Try it yourself by scanning QR code below:
Don’t have a QR reader? Type getscanlife.com into your Internet browser on your mobile device to download a free QR reader. Now imagine using this in your classroom by linking to online resources, creating a scavenger hunt, providing the answers to quiz questions, or extending art room learning by sending students home with QR code resources. Read my article on QR codes for additional resources and ideas on how to use them in your classroom.
3. Animoto. Want to look like a master movie-maker? Simply upload images or video clips, select music, and click to create an amazing movie. Just by registering for an educator account you get access to full-length movies without paying a dime. (If you’re looking for a good alternative, Flixtime has some very similar features with a good selection of music).
4. Blabberize. What isn’t funny about an artificial talking mouth? Start with any portrait, define the mouth area, and talk. The mouth will follow your voice. Use Blabberize to present information about an artist, convey classroom rules, or give studio instruction. While this may not change your teaching world, incorporating Blabberize into your lessons can certainly enhance instruction and get the students to take notice. Check out this brief example: (Can’t see this video? Click here).
Tip: Use a screen-cast tool such as Jing or Screencast-o-matic to record your Blabberize and save on your computer.
5. Twitter. If you want to take charge of your own learning, Twitter is the way to do it. Every resource I reference in this post I have learned because of Twitter. It is all about following the right people. See my list of art educators on twitter to get you started and develop your own PLN (Personal Learning Network).
6. Padlet (formerly Wallwisher). Want to have a class critique and involve all your students? Wallwisher lets you quickly set up a virtual “wall” so that anyone with the URL address can add a comment and interact. One of my favorite features is the ability to moderate comments, ensuring all posts are appropriate. Learn more about Wallwisher in this article and see how to embed a image in a wallwisher wall here.
7. Delicious is an online bookmarking tool I have been using for several years and blogged about it here. Since your bookmarks are accessible online, you can access them from any computer. Using multiple “tags” makes finding your bookmarks easy. Thankfully you can import your existing bookmarks into Delicious, so you won’t lose your previously bookmarked sites. (A similar, just as awesome, bookmarking alternative to try is Diigo)
8. Pinterest might just be the ultimate bookmarking tool for art teachers. Instead of bookmarking using text, images are used instead. The best way to describe Pinterest is with this video walkthrough:
9. Livebinder I first wrote about Livebinder as a way to organize digitally here. Livebinder is an electronic binder used to collect web resources or your own files in one organized spot. Here are a few examples of binders I have created for students and for my own professional reference.
10. Google Maps. I am a huge fan of Google Maps to help students connect art to our world. My favorite trick is to embed images into the placemarks on the map. Watch video on how to embed an image into Google Maps. Here is my example on using Google Maps to teach about Georgia O’Keeffe:
View Georgia O’Keeffe Life Tour in a larger map
Do you have a web 2.0 tool you can’t live without? Share it be leaving a comment below. Also, check out additional resources in my Web 2.0 Tools Livebinder: