Instagram Fridays: Exploring Instagram Use in Art Education

I wrote a whole thesis on the potential of Web 2.0, social media, and blogging in Art Education.  At the time, Instagram was not around and I never imagined its possibility in education.

Earlier this week, I received my first fan mail ever from a reader (Thanks Ferina!) who linked me to this article titled “20 Out of the Box Ideas to Use Instagram in Your Classroom.”

Readers know I love Instagram because of its ability to reach, impact, and inform others through photograph. It’s also a way to create a community by making a portfolio of work through hashtags. Since I’m an Art Educator, here’s what they suggest for using Instagram in the Art Classroom:

17. Art

Offer a fun and creative scavenger hunt. Send students out to take photos of different shapes (like finding isosceles triangles in architecture). Then post a collage and invite followers to identify the common denominator in every building.

Here are some of my ideas:

1. Photograph student art work and make hashtags based on class, class period, project, style, media, elements and principles of art and design.

2. Lucky enough to have an iPad in the classroom as well as an iPhone or iPod touch like Fuglefun and Tiedemania? You can instantly upload student work created on the iPad to Instagram!

3. With budget cuts cutting art, music, and physical education, you can document the daily life of your art classroom through Instagram.  For example, if you photograph students working on a mural, write a caption about the arts encourage collaboration and community building.  Since many people use Instagram, its mass appeal can do wonders for any art program.

Also, I noticed that Instagram introduced a new feature where you can easily view your profile online.  This can make it easier to spread the good news about your art program especially to those who may not own a smart phone.

You can check out my Instagram profile at http://instagram.com/abbyesc#.

I’ve also used Statigram to keep track of my followers, likes and comments.  This information can be valuable in increasing your viewership.

I would love to hear other people’s ideas about using Instagram in the classroom.  Even though I didn’t mention it above because I hope that as teachers we use common sense, your students’ safety is of utmost importance!  Make sure you get permission from their parents!

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Instagram Fridays: Doodles of Instagram

What shows up when I type up #doodles on statigram:

by vico_12

 

by momokarina

 

by tinybiffi

by cinestar

 

by knivesofsummertime

Instagram Fridays: Tomás Saraceno Cloud City

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Artist Tomás Saraceno (born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1973) has created a constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials for the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Visitors may enter and walk through these habitat-like, modular structures grouped in a nonlinear configuration. Over the past decade, Saraceno has established a practice of constructing habitable networks based upon complex geometries and interconnectivity that merge art, architecture, and science. The interdisciplinary project “Cloud Cities/Air Port City” is rooted in the artist’s investigation of expanding the ways in which we inhabit and experience our environment.

 

From my Instagram Feed:

Instagram Fridays: Delicious BBQ

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer!  To celebrate here are some delicious pics!

by Instagram user kbir

by Instagram user lxnew

by Instagram user amywarriorsingh

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Related post: Cold Treats

Instagram Fridays: Cold and Sweet Treats

The weather today in New York is beautiful!  To celebrate this, here are some pictures of cold and sweet treats for Instagram Fridays!

I enjoy some gelato while walking the High Line with my mom at Mother’s Day.  Photography by me!  User: abbyesc


Enjoying cherry flavored Italian Ice at Bryant Park.  User: abbyesc

Cupcake, ice cream and candy?  Yum!  Image by ilarol

Cold drink by badbadacid

This looks amazing!  By user xsamxlivetocheer24

Enjoy the warm weather!

Previous Instagram Fridays posts:

Obama Supports Gay Marriage

Rainbow Girl

Park Avenue Tulips

Wednesday’s post!

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.