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Renewal, Growth and Support Institute for Art Educators

4th Annual Renewal, Growth and Support Institute for Art Educators
July 10-20, 2006
Mondays-Thursdays 9:30AM-4:00PM
3 graduate credits or 45 PDP’s

{mosimage}Open to Masssachusetts-based Art Educators.
Space is Limited

The Renewal, Growth and Support Institute is designed to provide a
supportive environment for Art Educators to re-engage their studio
practice by exploring personally significant content through immersion
in art materials, ideas and exposure to the practices of contemporary
artists. Participants take part in self-exploration through intense
studio experiences, as well as dialogue and sharing alongside visiting
artists and other art educators. The Institute fosters the development
of a reflexive practice that explores the relationships between
creating art and teaching- a practice in which the studio is viewed as
the primary site for constructing deeper understandings of the
artist/teacher’s experience.

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Drawing a la John MacPhee

Drawing a la John MacPhee
by Marie Meegan

 Last November, I participated in a drawing workshop conducted by
John MacPhee at Mass College of Art.  Even at that time I had it in
mind to share some thoughts about young students and drawing from my
art education practice.  But, the thoughts remained on my back burner,
so to speak.

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Art & Architecture During the American Industrial Revolution

{mosimage}Summer 2006 Content Institute

Summer Session: July 10-21, Monday – Friday, 10am-3:30pm
Follow up Sessions: September 30, November 4, & December 2, 2006
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Campus, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Free of Charge to Massachusetts Middle and High School Teachers
Presented by Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Public Schools,
Arlington Public Schools and Massachusetts Department of Education

Massachusetts boasts some of the country’s finest examples of 19th
century public art, architecture and landscape architecture. From
Trinity Church to Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, Boston and its environs
provides the perfect classroom setting for this special summer content
institute: Art and Architecture during the American Industrial
Revolution. Employing a strong cross-disciplinary approach including
hands-on art-making activities, the institute will focus on the
significant artists, architects and works produced during this seminal
period of American political, industrial, cultural and artistic growth.

The Institute will offer participants intensive content in the art
history and explore the many connections between the art and artists
and the social, political and cultural ethos of the time.


  • Free-of-Charge for Mass teachers
  • Printmaking in MassArt’s State-of-the art- Print Making Studio
  • Lectures & slide presentations by MassArt faculty, visiting experts.
  • Public Art and Architecture tours.
  • Support for designing curriculum to enhance thinking and understanding.
  • Reference books and curriculum materials supplied.

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Batch Processing with Photoshop

Photoshop is a powerful program that can be intimidating to the new user.

One question that comes up a lot is “how to batch process files.”

While Photoshop includes a variety of pre-made “actions” — macro
scripts that perform repetitive tasks, “resize” is not one of them.
This is because there is no “standard” resize action. One day you
might want to convert a lot of photos to web-resolution images, another day you
might be making thumbnail-size buttons.

So, Photoshop leaves it to the user to create each image-size action when needed.

The process is rather simple, once you get past the quirkyness of “recording” and “playing back” your resizing process.

Open an image you want to resize

Open the “Actions” window, Select “new action” and
start recording (the software will automatically be recording your
actions, selections, mouse movements, etc) the resizing and saving of
your first image.

Stop recording (select the stop button, grey square) and Save that action.

Run your action by selecting Automate > Batch

Choose your newly created action.

Set your saving particulars and run the action script.

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Drawing from Observation: Lesson

MassArt/AEContent Observational Drawing Workshop
by John MacPhee

Create an 8 page signature by folding 4 sheets of 9×12 white drawing paper.

On page 1 write the name of your object and your name and the date.
I suggest you write any notes directly on the pages you draw on. For each drawing select the elements and principles of art you think most important and write them down.

On page 2 write a brief description of your object without naming it. Write a list of descriptive words if you prefer.

On page 3 create a schematic
drawing of your object. This drawing should look like a mechanical
drawing or plan of your object. Write a sentence about what you learned
about the object from this drawing.

On page 4 create a contour
drawing of your object. Focus on all edges and linear details. You can
do a blind contour if you wish. What does this drawing tell you about
the object? If you had your hand holding the object, what would this
add to what you know about the object?

On page 5 create a full value/tonal
drawing of part or the whole object. Include the direct lighting area,
half-tone/color of the object, shaded area, shadow and reflected light.
What more information did this add to your knowledge of the object?

On page 6 create a drawing of the object (or part of it) in color. What information does this add?

On page 7 create a drawing of what it might look like looking out from inside your object. Make this as representational as possible. What does this add to your information?

On page 8 make an abstracted drawing of your object (or cubist drawing).

Capture what you think is the essence of your object (or its physical reality from multiple views).

On page 9 create a drawing in which you start with the real and transform your object into something else.

On page 10 write briefly about an experience you had with this object (or make one up). What does this add to your knowledge of the object?

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Lesson Plan Format

{mosimage}Suggested format for creating course materials and lessons.

Core components for each lesson should include:

  • Title of Course
  • Grade Level
  • Goals
  • Objectives
  • Concepts
  • Teaching Procedures
  • Supplies ,Visuals or Equipment needed
  • Assessment

Pertaining to the course as a whole

1 Goal(s): Purpose of the course.
Why are you teaching this course? What do you want students to
understand, or be able to do, at the end of the program? What specific
skills do you want them to learn?

2 Obiective(s): Student activity stated in behavior terms
What are the steps the student will take to reach the overall goals of
this course? What sort of studio work will the students do in order to
reach the goals you have set for the class?

3 Concepts:
Concepts, Art terms, or general art ideas that are presented through
the content of the course. What art concepts and theories, art terms
and other theoretical skills do you want the students to have at the
end of this program?

4 Assessment:
Describe how you will assess the students’ learning throughout the
program. For example, verbal critique, writing, quality of student
work, understanding of art ideas and concepts.

Stucturing the Curiculum

Describe the overall structure and schedule for your curriculum. Break it down by weeks or units.. For each week, include your Objective, Concept, Teaching procedure, Supplies and Visuals, Models, Equipment or any course needs you anticipate. Make sure your Assessment structure or grading rubrick is in place.

We hope this information will be useful to you in your curriculum planning.

Adapted from material prepared for Massachusetts College of Art’s Continuing Education Department

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NAEA Conference in Chicago

{mosimage}The Chicago NAEA Conference was excellent. It was, as always great to run in to so many people and meet others.

Several MassArt folks presented: John Giordano, Dan Serig, and Susan
Costello and me. Kathy Douglas and the TAB folks had a variety of
Those of you who  studied with Linda Louis in the Teacher’s
Institute several years back would have enjoyed her presentation too.

The Buzz word for this year seemed to be "Visual Culture". I am a bit
lost on that whole idea, and would welcome discourse on the subject.

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Photoshop and Digital Art Resources

Photoshop Tutorials
Always preview websites before using them in class.

Quickstart Photoshop Guide

More Peachpit Quickstart version/software guides:


User contributed tutorials. Photoshop tutorials, as well as many other programs

PolyKarbon Tutorials
Anime-centric site with Photoshop and other animation tutorials. Appealing for students

Good Tutorials

Another collaborative tutorial site.
Lots of Photoshop tricks Photoshop & Illustrator Tutorials

Phong’s Tutorials

Photoshop Guru’s

A wide variety of Photoshop tutorials covering all levels.

Photoshop for Kids

Resources from

More tutorials from

Tutorial Outpost
Photoshop and other program tutorials Photoshop tutorials

Old Version? Tutorials for photoshop 3 and 4

No software? Online Drawing Resources

Noggin Doodlepad

(designed for ages 2-6)

Online FlashPaint


Make text banners and web buttons. Lots of cool fonts and effects (Built with GIMP)


Online Flash-based painter


links to various online and downloadable tools

Explore Art:
Online art links from web club

Other Resources

Free downloadable “real tools” painting application. This is a great free tool. Mac OS X, Windows or Linux.
Photoshop contests, art, design and user community


Open-source Photoshop Alternative
GIMP tutorials

Apple iPhoto Tutorial

Freeplay Music
royalty-free sounds and music for DV

Stories Without Words

Intro Photography course available through MIT’s OpenCourseware

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New Media in the Art Classroom

March 11, 2006
10am -  5pm

Instructor: Eleanor Ramsay

the interactive features (galleries, blogs) at AEContent and learn
approachable ways
to incorporate new media into your classroom. We will discuss using new
media to promote your art programs within your school and
creating  galleries and journals using AEOntent, Photoshop, iPhoto
and other free services.

We’ll also look at using the Internet effectively for
research and ideas, inexpensive and free programs, technology issues,
and exemplars of technology use in the classroom.

Photoshop Tutorials and Digital Art Resources

Free and Cheap Resources for Art Educators

10 steps for Assessing Educational Material on the Internet

New Media Is…

Links to many new media artists’ sites

Some Random Ideas for Incorporating New Media into The Arts Classroom

(Liz Rudnick and Susan Costello)
A Chalkumentary is film or multi-media
presentation documenting the behind the scenes progress of students
engaged in a visual arts project/program.

Digital Storytelling

(Nettrice Gaskins)

Workshop materials and activities that explore creating new and interesting
dynamic (time-based) stories or movies using found materials such as
photos, video clips and text on the computer.

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