IPADS!!

Holy Guacamole! I can’t believe our amazing parent organization raised enough money for an entire cart of ipads.
*This is me bowing deeply in sincere and humble appreciation*

Here’s a quick compilation of my best answers to Ipads in the Artroom Frequently Asked Questions:

Ipads in the artroom FAC:

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Aren’t you just playing games?

There’s no denying kids’ natural affinity for Flappy Fish., or whatever the latest game is, but ipads have also can be serious tools for serious artists.

David Hockney is a well publicized example, but some others are here, and here, and here.  And, someone somewhere has to be the artist that actually draws those Angry Birds, right?

Once you’ve made a piece of artwork, what do you do with it?

That’s a good question.  However, it could be asked of paper and paint artwork just as well.  While “analog” art is likely to be crumpled into a backpack, with the possibility of being mailed to a grandma or doing a term on the fridge door, digital art has an opportunity to reach a much wider viewership.  Once uploaded to a student’s Google account, the art could find it’s way to a virtual gallery, photo sharing location like Flickr, emailed to one or a million recipients, be shared via a blog or website, or even go to a virtual museum like Artsonia or to Zazzle where it could be printed on a variety of gift items.

What are other schools doing with ipads in art?

They’re relatively new additions to the education scene, and they’re expensive (as you well know!)  While the vast majority of schools are just testing the water with tippytoes, there are a few who have taken the plunge.  Fortunately, many of those art teachers share their ideas, experiences and successes through blogs and websites.  Trica Fuglestad has been a rock star in innovation and sharing, as has Suzanne Tiedmann, among others.  Hopefully Yours Truly will join the worthy ranks of Ipad Artroom Bloggers on my platform here, although I’ve got a ways to go to be as blog savy as some!  

Are there any resources for how to use my ipads?

Oh man!  Here are some I’ve used and loved:

http://ipadsintheartroom.weebly.com/

http://ipadsinart.weebly.com/

http://www.pinterest.com/mwthornton/art-classroom-ipad-ideas/

http://www.ipadartroom.com/

http://learningwithipads.blogspot.com/2013/03/using-ipads-in-visual-arts.html

http://www.theartofed.com/classes/ipads-in-the-art-room/

Isn’t it better for kids to make art with tactile materials?

We sure wouldn’t want to limit a kid’s opportunity to smear with real paint, scrub with an eraser or mold clay.  Those things are very important developmentally.  But I think that I’m more limited than they are in a digital world because I didn’t grow up understanding how to re-size tools, adjust transparency of layers, select digital sections and apply a green screen.  We definitely don’t want to close any doors, but I think that appropriate inclusion of digital media can open many more, while giving our students a leg up in a world we’ve only begun to imagine!

 

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