A group of artists here at South B are trying their hand at digital art. Unfortunately, technology at our school isn't as easily accessible as we might like. Many websites, online programs as well as apps are blocked. This makes teaching digital art difficult, but not impossible.
Despite, these roadblocks, our artists are finding ways to produce some incredible works. They are learning new tools and techniques for working with the technology we have. BYOD is another alternative for students. This option allows the students the freedom to create in the program they choose and also the ability to work on their art at anytime or place.
Above: Kamyrn downloaded Photoshop 3.0 onto her laptop. She has been experimenting with digital imagery.
Nyssa created this work on her iPad. She created this with her finger. Since then, she has borrowed a stylus. It will be interesting to see how much more detail she'll now produce, not that it was lacking before.
Grayson has been working in Photoshop, I have it installed on the teacher desktop. That makes it hard to take attendance sometimes but we work it out. :) This is a mix of his puppy and his friend Andy. i'm not sure which part is which.
Jelonnie has been working digitally for a while now. In her recent work, she is exploring the idea of purposely omitting parts of the portrait. The above piece is a work in process but you can get the idea.
Max has a tablet but some students are creating similar works on their phones. I have fat fingers and have a hard time sending a text, let alone creating a work of art. I'm impressed by the detail they are able to create on such small devices.
Katie Susan borrowed my iPad. She worked several different images on the iPad then combined them in Photoshop to create the image below. Halfway through her project, I updated the iPad and the program she was using, Sketchpad Pro, became obsolete! I paid five bucks for that app! She had to switch apps mid progress.
This is the final piece, with the iPad images combined in Photoshop.
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