With the monies I received from the Target Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant I purchased 5 iPads for my Art classroom to teach digital art. One of the lessons that I taught was how to make stop motion videos. The students loved this project. Since there are only 5 iPads and approximately 30 students in each classroom, they obviously have to work collaboratively on the project. I was concerned as to how different ability levels and personalities would work together and be creative. One of my favorite videos was produced by a group that consisted of two non-verbal students. It was amazing to watch how the other students in the group worked with them and help them communicate what and how they wanted to add to the project. They were extremely patient and sincerely concerned about how the learning support students wanted to express their creativity. This was a true success in digital art in the art room, but more importantly, in life skills for all.
Students have been diligently working to complete their Alexander Calder inspired mobiles. Anxious to see the classroom turn into a virtual color wheel these mobiles were painted in shades and tints of primary, secondary and intermediate colors. Along with the installation classes are publishing their individual work on Artsonia, the on-line student museum. It is an exciting time to be in the art room!