For our last project of the 15/16 school year, we decided to create some interactive murals for the courtyard. First we created our designs on paper. Next, we moved into the courtyard to fill in color. We were on and off a few days due to a few rain drops (all my students are made of sugar and would melt if they went out in the drizzle, but luckily the rain it didn't affect the murals).
Here is a look at some of the finished murals...
Thanks to a technology grant, we were able to purchase a Makerbot Replicator Mini 3D printer. It arrived today and we spent no time getting it out of the box and set up to print. Our first print, a penguin that one of the students made on the iPad in class last week.
Here is a photo journey of the process from box to 3D penguin. it took about an hour and a half to print. Next, we need to get a few more apps on the iPads to really get the ball rolling.
We have moved on to step two of our interactive murals, blocking in color. Currently we are using rather large, Prang sidewalk chalk. still, we are going through them rather quickly. Some of the students got the bright idea to mix the chalk with water and turned it into paint. this worked really well for covering large areas.
Next step will be to move to the details. We have smaller chalk pastels for that. Stay tuned!
For our last project of the 15/16 school year, we decided to create some interactive murals for the courtyard. What's an interactive mural you ask? Well simply put, its a mural, created in chalk, that leaves out the person. This way the person can step into the art and become one with the art. Then, the person who takes a photo really creates the art. The photo becomes the art, the photographer becomes the artist.. it's mind bowing, I know.
We started by planning out ideas on printed photographs of the courtyard wall. This helped the students decide how big things should be and how thing will be placed on the space on the wall. Today, we started with simple outlines. We want to make sure the idea will look how we want it to look before we start the laborious task of coloring.
OK hopefully it won't rain... ever
When i found out that there was a grant and that it was earmarked for technology, i thought we might buy a stylus or two... then i found out that we had enough to purchase a Makerbot Mini 3D printer! S
While the printer is en-route, i thought we should get started with some 3D design work. I rolled the iPad cart into the art room and handed out the iPads. I presented a short (I can show you how to use this program in under five minutes) demo and then let the students start exploring the app. Here is a quick look at some of the day one designs.
For a fun Friday challenge I thought perhaps we would try our hand at creating a few Artbots. Stopped by the dollar store and bought a few electronic toothbrushes and some mini-fans. We disassembled these for the heart of our Bots.
Some cups, googly eyes, tape and a few markers later and our bots were off and running... or markering or making art like Artbots should.
On Wednesdays we wear pink... OK, actually that's not true. However, we do watch videos that feature the strange or peculiar methods artists have used to create art. We call it Weird Wednesday.
For today's Weird Wednesday, I started by asking the class, "What could you make if you only had a trash bag and a fan?" Then we watched a video about Joshua Allen Harris and his inflatable street art.
Afterwards, we decided to see how hard creating an inflatable creature could actually be. It's not as easy as it looks to get it to fly right. After several attempts, we finally got this guy to work. Check it out...
Artists steal. Sometimes its a bad thing, like in the case of Rogers vs Koons. Come on Koons, you can't just blatantly rip someone off like that! However, other times its OK to steal. Like when we appropriate and create something new, something of our own. Like Austin Kleon says, "Everyone steals!" ... or was that Picasso? Or Banksy?
To kick off the unit, we watch Steal Like an Artist and listened to Austin Kleon talked about Blackout poems. We even tried a few of our own poems. Next we considered remixing images and creating our own mash-ups. We looked at different ways to steal including tracing, light boxes, using a grid and my personal favorite, the LCD projector.. like Jamian Juliano-Villani uses in her work.
For our final project (images coming soon) we will appropriate ourselves. Each student will select a work of art they created sometime in their life. They will use this image as inspiration for a new image. They might create a remake of the old art or they might combine it with other images and create an entirely new work. The decision will be up to them. Stay tuned!
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