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Tech Thursday!

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Tech Thursday!

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s online collection of artworks. This museum features some wonderful artworks and one of my favorites, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by artist Georges Seurat. Click to learn more about this magnificent work! This is also the featured artwork in The Primary Kids Meet Georges...

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Tech Thursday!

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Tech Thursday!

Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Art 24/7” and learn about various pieces of artwork in their collection. I suggest looking at Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”  The only van Gogh sunflower painting located in the United...

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Need your Vote this weekend!

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Need your Vote this weekend!

I have been nominated as the Most Fascinating Art Teacher Blog 2012! Voting ends on June 25th so I need your vote. Voting is through your Goggle+ account (don’t have one, then sign up. Google+ is easy) Look for this post: Then scroll down the comments section towards the bottom, and click on the + sign to vote for me. It looks like this: Thank you for your vote and...

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Tech Thursday!

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Tech Thursday!

Visit the National Gallery of Art for kids website! Check out the “Inside Scoop” to learn about artworks written in a kid friendly way. There are about 40 articles written about various famous works of art. There are also fun games and activities for kids to enjoy as...

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New weekly features!

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Tomorrow is the first day of a new weekly feature, Tech Thursday. Tech Thursday, will feature a great art related websites or iPhone/iPad apps that you can visit with your child. It’s a great way to learn about art from the comforts of your computer. This Monday is the first day of another new weekly feature, Make it Monday. Make it Monday will feature easy creative activities that you and your child can do together. Using basic supplies from around your home, you’ll be introduced to a project that will keep your little one’s busy for hours. I hope that these two weekly features will allow your kids to have fun, while creating and learning, this...

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Art Biography Videos in the Art Room

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One of the things I enjoy doing to introduce my students to artists is to make an iMovie. About 2 summers ago, I took an iMovie class at the local Apple store and loved it! It’s a great way to excite the kids about a new lesson and teach art history in a fun way. None of the iMovies are ever very long, usually under 5 minutes.  I like to include biographical information about the artist, images of the artist, images of the artists work, and I try to relate the artist to something my students already know. If I can find live footage of the artist working or speaking, I put that in the video as well.Once I gather some of this basic information, then the fun part begins! Background music, cool transitions, fancy fonts, and even my own voice doing the narration, gets added. All the things that can turn it into an exciting video. I can spend hours on some of these videos because I find the process pretty cool myself, but most are complete in under an hour. It’s decent amount of time to spend in the outset, but it ensures that each class receives the same information at the start and I have them saved to use them again the next year. After we watch the videos, we go back and discuss many of the artworks in depth. I think the videos make the discussions much more interesting because all the kids are hooked in from the start. Here is a video I made about artist Robert Indiana. The music for the background is Faith Hill singing, “Love is a Sweet Thing” which seemed like a great fit for Indiana’s LOVE sculptures that we were learning about. The song was spliced together for the background music, so as to focus on the word love most often. BTW: I do not own copyright for any of the images or music in the video. It was all made and used for educational purposes. How do you “hook” your students in when introducing a new...

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