Saturday, February 25, 2012

Unveiling of United Community Center Mural

I've been meaning to post pictures earlier, but this semester has been crazy! In January we unveiled the Memories Project mural we created at the Adult Day Care center at UCC. Every other Saturday we work in the Hispanic community with adults who have Alzheimers or dementia. We created a mural and invited the families to see what they had done. It was so nice to hear from the family members. Most were surprised what their loved ones could do. I will post more later, but for now, here is a few pictures.

TASK workshop at SUPAR

I had my first day of teaching at high school and as a warm-up I decided to try a TASK workshop. These parties and workshops were designed by an awesome artist, Oliver Herring. It can be done with groups of ten or 600 participants. You supply various props and supplies, a list of tasks are written, and people perform these tasks. That's pretty simplified, but for more details you can see his blog here to learn more:

I made a point of telling the kids to be as creative as they could in completing the tasks. As I was giving the limited instructions, one student asked what they had to do. I said, "Basically, act like a fool." He replied, "That's easy, I do that all the time." It was a great ice breaker and I really got to the know the kids. Oliver Herring is conducting a TASK party at the National Association for Art Educators in New York this week.

Here are some pictures from my day.
R. sweeping with his "broom"

Q. draws task

The finished task...

D. hides from aliens

Taping a body outline

Teacher's mouth taped shut

Jumping rope

Q. is weatherman
and here is his "cameraman"

Cindy, teacher and Q. captured by T.

Friday, February 24, 2012

KaBoom! by PES

In preparing for teaching this week, one of my cohorts turned me on to PES. I particularly liked this one so I decided to share it here. I will post later about my first day. It was awesome.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

I found a very innovative blog from a high school art teacher in NC whose students reinvented this original video. I thought it was a very clever way to have kids get involved with art history!

If you want to check out the version made by high school art students follow this link:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

We saw this in Art Ed class and I thought it was worth posting here. Robinson makes some salient points and the animation just adds to this delightful and thoughtful speech. Please watch and let me know what in particular you found interesting.