I haven’t been posting because I got a full time teaching job teaching elementary art! Yahooooo! More to follow.
On April 27th, I headed down to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by myself. As much as I love exploring art with my friends, it’s nice to go explore a museum or a gallery by myself.
I spent most of my time in Arms and Armor and the American Wing.
Here are my sketches:
Growing up in the 90s, I read a lot of books. Particularly, I love (this is in present tense I still love these books to this day) The Babysitter’s Club, Goosebumps, and the Sweet Valley series.
Which is why I am extra excited to see this article from Buzzfeed titled, “11 Works of Art Inspired by Young Adult Novels.” After reading the article and looking at the pictures, it lead me to the website for Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles that has all of these works on display.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I honestly don’t remember Mary Anne from the Babysitter’s Club wearing glasses but overall, I think Sullivan captured her personality really well.
From the “Night of the Living Dummy” saga which is a part of the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stein. Slappy the Dummy looks both evil and cute here.
Ann M. Martin never fails to mention Stacey’s diabetes in every book.
I love this gold metallic silkscreen by Wilson because both Jessica and Elizabeth’s beauty is captured here without emphasizing their blond hair and blue eyes.
You can see more at Gallery1988. Some of the pieces are still on sale.
From the Adobe website
“Eighty-eight Percent of U.S. Professionals Surveyed Believe Creativity Should be Built into Standard Curricula”
Creativity isn’t limited in art. It’s also just as important in math and science.
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:
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.
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!
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 :).