Free Shipping on Society6 Store!

Hello everyone!  Big announcement for the holiday season!  For a limited time you can get FREE SHIPPING on my Society6 Store through December 9th (excludes framed prints, stretched canvases, and throw pillows.)

Click on the picture below to access free shipping (it’s the only way for the promotion to work)

Digital Rainbow Abstract available as a print, iPhone case, and laptop case!

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Blossoms

Blossoms Art Print starting at $19.97

Daisies Art Print starting at $19.97

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Latest Scratchboard Piece on Etsy

Products featuring my Artwork available at Society6!

I am pleased to announce the opening of my new shop at Society6!  Most of the artwork featured are from my sketchbooks since unlike my Etsy Shop (which you can enjoy Free Shipping until December 2nd, 2012 with coupon code CYBERMONDAY), I cannot sell the original copies of those.  You can order my art as a framed print, stretched canvas, tote bag, shirt (in men’s and women’s sizes), hoodies, cards (men’s and women’s), iPhone and iPod case and skin, laptop and iPad skin, and throw pillow.  These products make great presents for the upcoming holidays.  There is also a lot of talent in this website so if you make a purchase, you are supporting independent artists.

I am very excited about this.  One of my early New Years’ resolutions was to be more active in art making and in selling my art.  This is only the beginning.

Clicking on each picture below will lead you straight to the store.  Also, I will be posting a link that goes straight to my Society6 store on the menu bar.

Sun and Hills Landscape Print starting at $19.97.

Hype! iPad Skin $25.00

Poppies iPhone case $35.00

Watercolor and Pen Circles Throw Pillow starting at $20.00

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!

I need two more collectors!

So I know I posted this before but here’s an update.  I only need two more collectors in order for my artwork to be made public in the Artists Wanted website.  The next step is that people vote for me to have my work displayed in Times Square.   This would be an amazing opportunity for me.

Art Takes Times Square

Click “Collect Me” to help me win $10,000 and a show in the most immense exhibition of art in New York City : Art Takes Times Square.

via Abby Escobal.

What is a ZENTANGLE?

I first learned about Zentangles through this website.  Check out Artful Explorations in Nature’s blog about Zentangles here:

What is ZENTANGLE?.

In addition, I did Zentangle inspired art with my iPad using Sketchbook Pro.  I was inspired by Scratchboard paper especially the one with rainbow colors.

Abbyescart Zentangle

The process is actually a lot simpler than it looks.

First I added colors using various brush tools from Sketchbook Pro.  Next, I added another layer and flood filled it in black.  Then, I used the eraser tool to reveal the colors underneath.

I think Zentangles are a great way to teach line, pattern, and rhythm in art classes in all grades.  It’s also very relaxing which makes any art teacher happy :).