Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Video on Using watercolor pencils and drawing techniques


Great techniques demonstrated.

My students are working on some wonderful scenery projects.  This video is quick and demonstrates many more techniques than I can show in one class. I showed this to my 7th  some techniques are review and others new. This is the first year I used this video and I see a difference in what is being produced. Many are trying new techniques with the ones learned last year. Instead of using only what they already know how to do.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Harrisburg Bar Camp


I attended this last year learned all about google docs, how to use ipods in the classroom and all sorts of information. I really recommend attending in you want to learn more about technology. Now some talks are just way over my head, but others I loved.

Harrisburg BarCamp April 9th


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mona Lisa


I use this with my 3rd grade when we study the Mona Lisa


<i>Portrait de Lisa Gherardini, épouse de Francesco del Giocondo, dite Monna Lisa, la Gioconda ou la Joconde</i> <br />  <b>Léonard de Vinci</b><br />  Département des PeinturesGreat video about the wood panel behind the Mona Lisa. Also a great close up tool to get closer look at the brush strokes.

How did they photograph the Mona Lisa

Monday, March 14, 2011

Color in motion

Love this program great for the older students to learn a little more about color.


  • Talks about the colors of the rainbow
  • Talks about emotions relating to the colors in our world
  • Gives a profile of each color’s mixing properties

My favorite is “The Movies” portion of the site.

(Just a picture click link above to play with)




Tuesday, March 8, 2011

google art project


www.googleartproject.com  I really recommend checking out. It is like google earth but in museum format the kids love it.

The FAQ page for questions:


GO to youtube and you can find all sorts of video from each museum.

My favorite is before I introduce a museum I show them the quick overview video. Such as if I going to go over art pieces from the MET I will show them this video and then get into the art from the MET.

I love t be able to zoom in and show them the texture, a lot closer than if I was actually at the museum without setting off the alarms. Also I like how I can show the students where it is in the museum and I love the media tab if they have a video clip about it.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Best apps for ipad and ipod touch



I read through this and I only used one of the apps they had listed and that was the Momo app. and I didn’t even use it with the class just when I went to the museum it was handy???


The apps I have used in class:

a favorite I have 2 ipod touches mine and my daughter (because she doesn’t need it during schoolSmile

I do a group of 4, 2 per ipod  for this. I set up center day for art history I try for 3 times a year for each class and the ipod is a favorite.

Art Museum (Match'Em Up History & Geography)Art Museum is great fun as you match paintings from famous artists while classical music plays in the background. You will get to learn the titles of the paintings, the painter and to recognize the actual paintings in this memory matching game that lets the imagination fly. Each game consists of 4 rounds. In round 1 you match the paintings and learn their titles and the artist names. In round 2 you match the painting to the names of the artists. In round 3 you match the paintings to the title. The final round is all words as you match the titles with the artists.

iPhone iPad iPod

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My  next favorite: I have the students take a picture of themselves and then do what they want and print (like a memory stick just plugged into the computer) they love using their photos in projects.

Sketch Me!

Sketch Me! is a simple, fun app that lets you convert your photos into sketches by applying up to six different image effects.
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My favorite video app:8mm Vintage Camera

8mm Vintage Camera

By Nexvio Inc

I just had to show a video to see why this is so cool! I am planning a project based off of this review by having groups of students create an old movie using action figures or using art sketches. Still working through the lesson, but what I have played and I think it will turn out. I am thinking about using it with an Andy Warhol lesson and his odd movies like “sleep” mentioned in the Getting to Know video about Warhol. I do a variety of printing as an extension from that video, but I decided after playing with this app. maybe add a little vintage video also.

The others I am playing with are ComicStrip-CS , imovie of course, and a personal one I like is Love Art National Gallery, London.

The other is Art Project which is from www.googleartproject.com in app form.






Saturday, March 5, 2011



While surfing the net I have been finding many different and good information on teachertube


I think this one is soooo funny  Be kind to your erasers , She had way to much time on her hands, but I like it. I wonder at the beginning of the year I can have the kids group together and create art rules videos.

I used this one “Repeat”,this teacher posted 40 others some OK others fairly good. Click Teacher tube and flip through using the blue arrow keys and see if any work for you.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Interactive drawing ceiling tiles

When drawing a perspective of the school hallway, students always have problems with the ceiling tiles or if you have floor tiles this would work also.