This is just another good example of how you can use an iPad as a document camera. Yes, I know "There is no iPad in this image? Well, why would you want multiple pieces of equipment taking up your demo tables when it can all be done with one device. First take a look at this iPad stand
I found during my research the other day, yes it is a bit pricey. But, the possibilities of it are pretty amazing.
What do you do when you have a classroom full of kids and only a couple items to do a still life? Well, having equipment like the iPad Stand I developed (soon to be for sale) and the iPad stand I just showed you make doing projects like this "Charcoal Drawing of Halloween Skull"
that much easier when you have limited items for a still life. Video of how the iPad stand showcased in this post works
This video showcases not only the outstanding work of David Hockney but the type of paintings that can be created in the iPad.
If you've had the chance to look through my website and found any resource that you can use wonderful! If not and your looking something new, look in the iPad resource section under App Manuals. I've been going to various websites to find PDF's of their manuals and creating one central location so that anyone can find them a lot easier.iPad Resources
Yesterday 9-28-13 was the first iPad Mobile Technology professional development workshop held at CCS in Detroit, which I taught. The participants not only were offered a chance to earn 4.0 SCECHs hours but, also 1.0 Grad credit if they wanted it. Many topics were covered in a 4.5 hour time period, lots of questions came up, and when everyone left their heads were full of new information on how to use iPads in the classroom. As of now there is another session scheduled to be held in April 2014 and for additional information email email@example.com
or call 313.664.1530. Yes, I will be presenting at the conference in about 4 weeks for a 50 minutes session on this topic. But, there is no way I can cover the amount of information that I did yesterday. Please consider joining me and the others at CCS for more extension Professional Development workshops to find out how this topic can assist you as a new an awesome tool for your art room.
Take care and Cheers!
First off I hope your school year is off to a great start as I know mine is! Well, the conference is only a few weeks away and I have been working hard to get materials ready for my presentation. One thing you could is start researching my collection of materials I have been gathering that I think are relevant to teaching mobile technology in the classroom. Go to my page iPad Resources
and you can begin researching topics that may be of interest to you.
If you have any topics that are of interest to you in regards to iPads and mobile technology please contact me here in this blog or email me
, either way I will get back with you.
My goal for this blog post is begin a conversation that allArt Educators can benefit from!
Take care and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference.
If you know me I do a lot of research to expand and try to make my craft that much better. Recently I came across a "Cheat Sheet
" done a by a Dutch man that likes to draw. This cheat sheet is on the journal app Paper 53
. After reading through the cheat sheet or tutorial if you want to call it that, either way it is very impressive. It shows the true power of some of these apps that are being released. Please realize when you look through the attached pdf that everything he does is Paper 53 is on "One Layer" not multiple layers like other apps will let you do what he did and much more such as Sketchbook Pro
or even ArtRage
(and these are fantastic art apps). As I write curriculum or lesson plans I am always thinking of ways to incorporate new technology into my discipline and this cheat sheet has really opened up the door. It shows everything a Visual Arts Instructor teaches in the classroom, use of the tool or tools, pressure of the tool, opacity, transparency, hue, saturation, value, layering, and the list goes on. I've been saying at many presentations that the future of digital arts needs to be taken serious, arts such as the digital illustrator or digital artist are changing because of the tablet. And, this is just another proof of that. What about a student young or old that can not gain the concept of watercolor brush control but, by adapting the lesson (which any teacher should be doing instead of forcing them into something they don't like or struggle at) they may find a new way of accomplishing the same goal set forth by me or you. Please take a look at the "Paper 53 Cheat Sheet
", download it, borrow it, steal it, what ever it is you do, just please pass it on to someone that can use.
Thank you and enjoy! L
Of late I have been trying very hard to figure various parts of my own life as well as my classroom and when I came across this article on "Failure is not the Worst Outcome, Mediocrity Is," click here to read it
. I think it hit home and might even be the pinnacle of my internal thought process. How? Well, I think there are areas in both my personal and professional life that I've become comfortable with mediocrity and if you know me that is unacceptable! I very proud of many things in my life from the awesome career change in my life to my one best friend who has been there with me through the good and bad since 10th grade. I love what I do and I strive to achieve the goals set forth before me but, sometimes I forget one of the most important goals there is, taking care of me.
A couple examples:
1. Just few months ago I ended up in the hospital as my blood pressure spiked one day at school and after going to the hospital, having many tests run on me the results were I am very healthy internally. So, other than some form of stress that I didn't think I was under, really was affecting me. Emotionally over the next two months I have had many ups and downs, everyday reflecting and analyzing me. How do situations or people affect me when I didn't think they do. Are you like me, looking past them as a copping mechanism when they are right in your face? No, more!
2. In my professionally life I have watch some of my students just settle for what is ok to them and it frustrates me cause I want more for them, they deserve the best I can give them! But, what if they they are not receptive of it and are ok with mediocrity? Should I allow them to be? Should I push harder? I feel it is a natural instinct for me to try and have work harder to be better at what ever or where ever they are headed in life.
In the end, I realize more than ever that this process I'm going through will never end but, become a daily, weekly and even monthly evolving process that I must go through. Why, I am not 20 or 30 years anymore and I must be cognitive of every aspect of my life. I told my best friend that I'm starting to get it, going to the hospital back in December was something I had to go through and grateful I did. Call it a "wake-up" being handed a "perspective" what ever that term is to you, it WOKE ME UP! What has come of it? A lot of soul searching, resulting in a hunger. A hunger of life and everything it has to offer and no I'm not talking about materialistic things but, a purer life whereas I stated in another post about living true to myself. As I finish this please now this is my diary, my couch, my avenue of venting and letting the world see my internal self and yes it is damn scary but, it feels so good to open up.
Remember: Ask yourself, are you being true to you?
If yes, keep doing what you are doing.
If no, do you want to change it? If not, then keep doing whatever your doing but, don't ab complain.
Have a great day and let the creative spirit run freely through every part of your body! L
Welcome to the middle of January and I hope tis been good for you so far in 2013! :)
I know many people have been working hard on their New Years Resolution and so have I. I mean what it be like not to have a resolution? What I've chosen to work on everyday is to live "Truthfully." You might say, "Well aren't you already?" And, I thought I was. As 2012 came to an end I sat back on many different occasions and reflected and what came from it was there were areas that I need to work on. For example: I tend to be a work alcoholic, so saying "No" to work and going home is ok. Boy, by doing that my sleep has gotten better and longer. Making a point to Pay-It-Forward in some way everyday and it that doesn't mean buying something either. This is a year of looking at myself and making sure I am always on track to being Truthful to myself! Wherever your New Years Resolution takes you may you find success and beyond.
Click on the link below to see my digital book on Creating Digital Books.
It has been a fabulous weekend. Just having a mocha and apple pie scone while I think about the all the people I met at the MAEA art donference. I did two presentations on "Creating a Digital Book," and the response was fabulous. The participates were given so much information I almost thought the 50 minute slot I has was kind of tight. So, educators are having to learn how to use their newly issued iPads and they feel they are behind what their students know. I ask my self what you doing to teach yourself? Are you waiting for someone to implement a program that will provide you the tools or, are you reaching out to all the resources that are available to you to improve your skills? I know we all have busy schedules and we feel pulled in multiple directions with every thing that is going on. I know what I've chosen to do and I like the direction I am headed in, like this week I will be looking into taking myself to the Apple iPad training program. The sad part of that is there is not one in the state of Michigan, I will have to travel for it, oh well! It will benefit me, my students and anyone that I come into contact with. Sharing knowledge like I was able to be part of this weekend is amazing to me. If you have a moment please take at a look at my new book in iTunes Bookstore, it may not be much but, I feel I am on my way to something much bigger in the world of visual arts. What are you doing to enhance yourself, yoga, walking more, taking with friends and family, professional developments are you own time, learning a new program or, taking a different route to work? What ever it may be expand yourself and your horizons will only get broader! Have a great day and safe travels in life.