Thank you and enjoy! L
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.
When looking at how you first deliver that new lesson or maybe your deep into a long project with your students, at every level we tend to ask a lot of our them. Thinking, research, remembering, collaborating, etc... at the same time we are looking for that spark to motivate and provide them with the drive they need in class and outside of school. But, what about you and I? Who provides us with that same drive or more? Yourself? Friends? Colleagues? Administrators? Yes, the list goes on. I am not sure why I have been thinking like this, call it the new year, or maybe I'm just realizing we have to find time for ourselves before we can give our students what they need and desire. And, no I do not think this is being selfish. I recently came across an article written in the Harvard Business Review by, Peter Bregman, "Your problem Isn't motivation" and I feel it is very relevant to me and possibly you. One of my favorite quotes from within the article that just grabbed me was, "Motivation is in the mind; follow-through is in the practice. Motivation is conceptual; follow-through is practical." For me the follow-through part is huge cause I am like my students, I have ADD and can tend to be all over the place at times and other times so focused that you could not get my attention for anything.
Where am I going with this, I have tons of internal motivation but really its about the "follow-through" for me. I even begun having these types of conversations with my students. Lately I start the first 5/10 minutes talking about follow-through. Who is struggling and with what? Who is doing great-all of their work is done and what did you do that helped you achieve that (I'm trying to see if I can spark peer-to-peer motivation)? If you need help who will you look to for it? For example: I tell them I am not good at math but, Ms. ????? is, have you talked to her? She loves helping students out and will go that extra mile for you. Is that "Spark" knowing we are there for them every step of the way? Sometimes just having someone you can talk to for support helps them do something you may never know they did. Like me joining Fit42.net, I feel I've became more accountable for the food I eat, the amount and what type of exercise I get. Bottom line I have online support for my health. In the end look for that little spark that is going to help yourself and everyone around will benefit beyond belief.
Take care and allow the creative spirit to flow through your blood
Hi, my name is Linus Parr and welcome to my online world. This website has several purposes which includes blogging, showcasing my educational career, student resource and a link to my business. It also provides resources, apps and other information that I think is relevant to us as life long learners.
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