Please click on this: Things Never To Say To A Teacher

Things Never To Say To A Teacher.

To those people who has ever thought “Those who can’t do teach” (as highlighted in #4 in the article), I would have loved for you to sub in a crazy 23 plus teenage boy classroom who seriously spent all period throwing colored pencils at each other. Because I had to deal with that for a whole quarter at my leave-replacement as an art teacher!

Note: Those boys have matured (hopefully!) since then :).

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Grown Up Artists’ Interpretations of Children’s Art.

It’s common knowledge that children are creative, imaginative, and free-spirited.  They’re not burdened by self-defeat and doubt unlike most adults.  So it’s no wonder that three very different, very talented adult artists turn to children’s artwork for inspiration for their own work.

The Monster Engine

The Monster Engine is run by Dave Devries, an artist and graphic designer.  His idea for The Monster Engine started when his 6 year old niece was drawing in his sketchbook.  The  idea for the project is simple, “How would a child’s drawing look like if painted realistically?”  Devries turns children’s drawings into realistic creations. It’s common knowledge that most children don’t have the skills and experience of grown up artists.  The project doesn’t mean that we don’t view children’s drawings as good enough or valuable.  In fact, after watching a couple videos in the website, I saw how enthusiastic the children were when they were collaborating on a painting.  It’s always an honor when someone (especially one who you think is greater than you in skill and knowledge) finds inspiration in something you do, no matter how old you are.  Devries’ paintings have a wonderful, weird and creepy quality to them that is reminiscent of both comic books and Tim Burton.

The Monster Engine is a book, website, and lecture series.  Find out more here.

Bonus:  Check out this lesson plan inspired by The Monster Engine!

Yeondoo Jung

Yeondoo Jung is an artist based in Seoul, South Korea.  His beautiful photographs have a sense of fantasy and storytelling.  The colors are vivid and the compositions are dynamic.  In his  Wonderland (2005) series, he reinterprets children’s drawings with photography using costumes, props, and set design.

Child’s Own Studio

Child’s Own Studio is run by Wendy Tsao.  It is based on the idea of making a child’s drawing come to life by crafting a soft, plush, toy based on the drawing.  I can only imagine how happy the children are when they see a stuffed version of their own drawing :).  Child’s Own Studio takes custom orders and works with the customer personally by finding the right fabrics and techniques in reinterpreting the child’s drawings.  I imagine that the process takes a long time but it’s all worth it for a happy child.  Right now, Tsao is working through her orders but there are other craftspeople she recommends for the same time of project: http://www.childsown.com/softiemaker-showcase/.

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful artwork of both the adult and children artists!

A physical Instagram camera that’s like a Polaroid?!?!

I want this so much!!!!!!  ADR Studio comes up with an amazing concept of a real life Instagram Camera called Socialmatic with the following features:

– 16 GB mass storage;
– Wifi and Bluetooth;
– 4:3 touchscreen;
– 2 main lens, first for main capture, second for 3D filters, webcam applications and QR Code capturing;
– Optical zoom;
– Led Flash;
– Internal printer to make your Instagram photos real;
– Paper cartridge with Instagram Paper Sheets;
– Dedicated 4 colors ink tanks;
– InstaOs 1.0, which put together Facebook and Instagram App feature

Unfortunately, it’s still just a concept but hey you never know…

Speaking of Instagram, if you haven’t done so check out my first two Instagram Fridays post here and here.

Geektroverted’s Blog: Star Wars Invades Famous Works of Art….and The Office

Good morning everyone!  Absurd art parodies always make me smile.  It reminds me of 9th grade studio art when my art teacher Mrs. Zaccarro assigned a project where we put a cartoon character into a famous painting.  I remember that I did one where the Powerpuff Girls totally take over one of Chagall’s paintings.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember which exact painting it was and I don’t have the actual artwork I did so I can post it.  Check out the link below which is featured on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed:

Star Wars Invades Famous Works of Art….and The Office.

Darth Vader

The Office