Observation Lessons

Here are two additional observational drawing lessons I found, both look interesting. Do you have any favorite lessons your want to share?

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Teaching for Artistic Behavior

Teaching for Artistic Behavior: Choice-based art education
Instructor: Kathy Douglas
Participants at this workshop  (held Dec. 10, 2005) learned about Choice-based teaching and
how it can incorporate the learning standards and art frameworks in a
meaningful way.

Developed in Massachusetts classrooms over
twenty five years, and through courses and research at the
Massachusetts College of Art, Teaching for Artistic Behavior allows
students to experience the work of the artist through teaching that is
responsive to their needs and interests.

More Information

An Overview of Teaching for Artistic Behavior

TAB Web links

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Resources for Choice-Based Art Teaching


This is the “promising practice” in education site, funded initially by
the Department of Education and run by the Education Alliance at Brown
University.  Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) professional
group created the visual art content.  Register to interact with
this website.

This is the listserv and Internet community created by the TAB
Partnership. Register at this site to post, take polls, view photos and
lesson plans.  A vibrant, online art education community.

Katherine Douglas’ weblog. (elementary art, Massachusetts)

“Transition to Choice Based Art Education: This blog, will document my
transition to choice based art education in my classroom over the
2004-05 school year. I plan to reflect on the transition, from a
teacher centered art program to a student-centered program augmented by
electronic portfolios.”  By Clyde Gaw, elementary art teacher,

“Shifting the focus: choice-based art”
 By Clark Fralick, elementary art teacher, Indiana

Art at Rocky Mountain School in Colorado.

My Choice-Based Art Room, by Carolyn Bonomi, elementary art teacher, Massachusetts

As of 3 Jan 2005, a "Teaching Artistic Behavior" Program (TAB) is being
applied in the PreK-12 art studio set up for students who are either
deaf, hard-of-hearing, or hearing with or without additional
disabilities. Primary language instruction is signed ASL, secondary in
spoken English. by Kathy Velon, Vermont.

School based site of Bonnie Muir, Hopkinton, MA.


Laurie Jakubiak: “on this blog I plan to highlight one good thing that happens each day in the art room.”

A new choice teacher in Oklahoma: Ann Grey

A new web log  from Toledo, Ohio
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Ideas for Incorporating New Media into the Arts Classroom

Some Random Ideas for Incorporating New Media
into the Arts Classroom

Use technologies the students have already embraced.

Have students take a photo series with their camera phones (or work in
teams). Create a narrative, explore texture. Blow images up and
consider the grain and distortions.

Crop in on small details of well known art and blow them up. Can the
students guess the artist? Discuss the texture, brushwork, use of
color, abstraction of form.

Collect found objects and incorporate them into a collage. Combine physical and virtual collage.

Shared art. Create a progression by passing around digital artwork that
is added to by each student. Each student begins a work, then passes it
on. This can be done using an online gallery (or school server) to
share the art. How does this collaboration change ideas about autonomy
in art? Since each iteration is preserved, what is the original? What
is lost?

Create a portfolio. Using software, shareware, scanners and/or simple
HTML, have students select and arrange their best work. Discuss digital
portfolios vs physical portfolios, slides vs CD and web portfolios.

Use free online services (or simple software) to create a slideshow of students’ work.

Research. Have each student pick an artist to research online. Gather
images (discuss copyright and fair-use) and information about the
artist and present via simple HTML or slideshow.

Use screenshots to document a search. Discuss the different ways
information can be presented and how the search evolved; the false
leads, interesting side journeys. Discuss the advantages and pitfalls
of online research.

Use free online art-making tools to make some original art.

Explore algorithmic “code art.” Visit online presentations and explore
interactive art. Save some original creations. How does such art change
perceptions of authorship, originality? Where is the “art?” Is it in
the programming, the code? The presentation? The interaction between
spectator and artist?

Graphic Design. Explore typography. Have each student pick a letter of
the alphabet and create an original poster celebrating that letter.

Use combinations of copier art and digital manipulation to explore and abstract an object.

Compare digital and film photography. Shoot the same object with
digital and 35mm cameras. Develop a print from each. Is the “real”
photograph richer? How are the processes similar and different?
Photography was the “new media” of the late 19th century. How did it
change the role of artists? Discuss new media’s influence on the art of

Prepared by Eleanor Ramsay

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Digital Storytelling

{mosimage}Session Two of Using New Media in the Art Classroom
Workshop Presented December 3, 2005
By Nettrice Gaskins

During this session you will learn how to create new and interesting
dynamic (time-based) stories or movies using found materials such as
photos, video clips and text on the computer. You will also explore new
media and how it relates to active learning. This session is an
introduction to new media as a field.

(Use the workbook handouts to participate in these activities).

New Media in the Art Classroom (digital storytelling) – pdf

What is Digital Storytelling?
The term “digital storytelling” is used to describe a various new media
production practices. This approach emphasizes the personal voice and
facilitative teaching methods.


Activity #1
In groups of 2-3 teachers explore these sites:


Activity #2

1) Discuss story ideas or choose a “wild card” to develop into a short movie project.
2) Complete the Story Idea Brainstorm worksheet.
3) Organize materials such as photos and text for thestory.

1) Explore this site: http://www.current.tv/studio/survivalguide/
2) Capture or digitize your images using a scanner or digital camera.
Watch Shooting Great Looking Video on iMovie CD.
3) Import images and capture video using iMovie:

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Using New Media in the Art Classroom

New Media in the Art Classroom
December 3, 2005
10am – 5pm

Instructors: Eleanor Ramsay, Susan Costello, Nettrice Gaskins

the interactive features at AEContent and learn about 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
personal narratives with galleries, journals, animation and
“machinima.” 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.

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

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

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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Chalkumentaries and Advocacy in the Visual Arts

Art Educator, Susan Costello, and MassArt K12 Program Director Liz
Rudnick presented at the recent New England Art Educators Conference on
Chalkumentaries and Advocacy in the Visual Arts. Participants were
introduced to Chalkumentaries and shown how valuable these slide shows
of students at work in the visual arts classroom is a resource for
sharing the process of art making with the community.
Sue and Liz will be presenting at the upcoming National Art Education Conference in March 2006 on Chalkumentaries and Advocacy.

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Chalkumentaries and Advocacy in the Visual Arts

At the recent New England Art Education Conference in Hyannis, Art
Educator Susan Costello, and MassArt K12 Program Director Liz Rudnick
presented on “Chalkumentaries and Advocacy in the Visual Arts.” The
presentation introduced participants to Chalkumentaries and
demonstrated ways chalkumentaries can be used as effective advocacy
resources in the visual arts.

Susan and Liz will be presenting again in
Chicago at the National Art Education Conference in March 2006.

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Multicultural Resources for Educational Excellence

Event Nov 12th. This could be great for folks to attend from MassArt, some really interesting workshops.

Conference Title: “Multicultural Resources for Educational Excellence”
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2005
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM
Location: Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St., Roxbury

Jamaicaway Books is hosting an upcoming Resource Fair, “Multicultural
Resources for Educational Excellence – A Vision for Unlimited
Possibilities”. Our store specializes in multicultural literature
and this Resource Fair will allow us to share with a larger population
of educators and parents the wide variety of multicultural resources
that are available to them.

Conference Schedule
9 AM to Noon: Workshops & Exhibition Hall
Noon to 1 PM: Lunch & Exhibition Hall
1 PM to 4 PM: Workshops & Exhibition Hall
4 PM to 6 PM: Exhibition Hall

We will offer several workshops led by specialists on techniques for
teaching a diverse community of students as well as workshops on
developing a multicultural curriculum. An exhibition hall with
children’s authors and displays from vendors of multicultural
materials, books, posters, etc. will be available.

The Exhibition Hall will be open to any educator and parent with prior
registration but attendance to the workshops will be by advanced paid
registration only. The fee for attendance will be $60.00 for two
workshops and $100.00 for four workshops. We plan to offer a
continental breakfast (coffee, tea, bagels, muffins, fruit) and boxed
lunches for the workshop attendees.

Confirmed Workshops

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Basic HTML Tags Tutorial

Basic HTML Tags Tutorial

An overview of basic HTML tags that you can use to mark up your
submissions (especially if you are using Safari, or any other
browser not compatible (yet) with the wysiwyg editor). These basic tags
are the essential HTML text formatting codes for the web.

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