Some of my Sketches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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:

Armor for a member of the Barberini Family

 

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A detail of the statue, The Struggle of the Two Natures in man by George Gray Bernard
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Hiawatha by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Bonus pic!

 

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Detail of Group of Bears by Paul Manship

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Instagram Fridays: College Humor video about Instagram cliches

College Humor posted this incredibly hilarious video about cliché Instagram pictures.  I’m definitely guilty of some of these.  Are you?

Note: NSFW because of language.

 

My Instagram cliché pics (as evidenced in the video):

Most elaborate latte ever!

TCBY mmm!

Chipotle. I just got hungry as I was posting this.

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Israeli Soldiers

Instagram Use in Art Education

Doodles of Instagram

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Blossoms

Blossoms Art Print starting at $19.97

Daisies Art Print starting at $19.97

Check out my other post about my art on Society6!

Etsy Facebook Page

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

Flowers and Swirls Abstract Scratchboard Drawing available on Etsy

One of the things I am grateful for is being blessed with artistic talent and finding the time do pursue my art while building up my freelance and Etsy business.

Here’s my latest listing which is an ode to everything I love to doodle on the margins of my notebooks.

 

Click on Etsy Shop on the menu bar to check it out!

For Thanksgiving week (Until Saturday November 24th, 2012) enjoy a 10% discount with coupon code: THANKSGIVING2012

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Instagram Fridays: Instagrams of Israel Defense Forces Soldiers

I’m not an expert on U.S.-Israeli relationships or Israeli politics and current events but I found these Instagram photos of Israeli soldiers fascinating.

These were originally posted on buzzfeed.com 

 

“#idf #israel #army #soldier #life #like #girl #girls מצאנו זמן לסגור שבת…”

 

 

“Out in the sun, in the dust of the war, one nation standing stronger than before #sabaton #primovictoria #israel #idf #warrior #kill #colt #m16 #tweegram #instalove #sexy #bomb #rockstar #fire #5.56 #nevergiveup #sleaze #instagood #happy #sleep”

 

 

“אני והחיילים שלי… @gilador @amirovadia #insta_global #israel_only #ig_israel #idf #army #nahal”

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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!