This Saturday, I will be heading into NYC for the National Art Education Association Conference.  I am looking forward to meeting so many great art educators who I have connected with on Twitter.  It sure will be nice to finally be able to put faces to the names that have been the source of incredible inspiration for my students and me. 

Tricia Fuglestad, Theresa Gillespie and I have been planning our presentation, “There’s an App for That: iPads in Art Ed” for about a year now.  Theresa and Tricia live in Illinois, so we prepared using online tools such as Wikis, Google Docs, Skype, DropBox, and more.  Unfortunately, Theresa Gillespie notified Tricia and me that she would not be able to attend the conference, but as Tricia put it, she will be with us in spirit. 

Tricia and I created our presentation using Keynote on our Macs.  We each assembled slides that will inform our attendees why we use iPads, how we manage them, how we manage digital artwork, how we use iPads with students (apps), and what our future goals are. 

We reached out to the developers of the apps we have been using to let them know we would be sharing their apps in our presentation.  Many of them offered to provide us with free app codes.  We are taping the codes to the back of our business cards and giving them away as door prizes!  Some of the apps that we will be giving away, include, Sonic Pics, Faces iMake, Photo Tropedelic, Halftone, Doink, FaceJack, Dramatic Black and White, Grungetastic, NIR Color, PhotoArtista Oil HD, PhotoArtista Haiku HD, PhotoArtista Sketch, Rainy Daze, Romantic Photo, Simply HDR, Snow Daze, Vintage Scene, Artisan Paint and more.

I can’t believe that our presentation day is almost here! I started following Tricia’s work approximately 7 or 8 years ago, so this opportunity to present with her is truly mind blowing!

Check out our presentation website 

I added it as a tab at the top of this B.A. Art Website too. 
Wish us luck! 

Congratulations to Yufan, Tyrell, Shree and Adarsh for having their artwork selected to be on display in NYC as a part of the Big Screen Plaza Slideshow! Their work will be projected on a very large LED Screen that is located at 851 Avenue of the Americas (between 29th and 30th St).  Way to go artists!  I am so proud of you!

Approximate dates and times for Yufan’s exhibit are Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at 7:22pm

Approximate dates and times to see artwork by Shree, Tyrell, and Adarsh in their slideshow are

March 3 at 10am

March 3rd at 10:30am

March 3rd at 4:30pm

March 4th at 12pm

March 4th at 12:30pm

March 10th at 2:30pm

March 17th at 10am

March 17th at 10:30am

March 17th at 4:30pm

March 18th at 12pm

March 18th at 12:30pm

Families and friends, please be sure to visit the Big Screen Plaza website to confirm the dates and times posted on their calendar, as they are subject to change.

Feel free to send me two or three of your favorite photos if you take pics while you are there!

This past year, Tricia Fuglestad (rock star art teacher (Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois) and I have been infusing iPads into our art programs with our students.  We will be presenting our work at the National Art Education Association Conference in NYC on March 3rd.  

We were invited to write a guest post for the award Winning blog, The Teaching Palette, by Theresa McGee and Hillary Andrlik (thank you Theresa and Hillary).  

Read our article here 

Visit our iPads in Art Website here: 

I purchased the "No Button" a few months ago at a Hallmark store, and surprise students with it every so often to be a little silly.  It really makes them laugh when they ask a question such as, "Can I please have more paint" and they hear the button say, "No"!  

Mr. Botello's class and I have shared laughs over the "No Button" before, but today, I let them use it with each other for a minute or two while they were waiting to go to lunch. 

Mr. Botello arrived to pick up his class and played along with us!
It's so important to share laughs with our students.
The "No Button" is certainly great for that.
For months, I have been working on building a website for a presentation titled, "There's an App for That", that I will be giving with art teacher, Tricia Fuglestad at the National Art Education Association Conference on March 3rd. Instead of distributing handouts, we will be inviting those who attend our presentation to link to our content on the new website. Last night I finally put the finishing touches on the site and it is ready to be shared with the world!  

View the iPads in Art site here You will notice that Tricia and I shared our thoughts about iPads in the art room on the home page.  Explore the tabs at the top of the page to view our student's iPad art, our iPad videos on our Vimeo channels, resources that we and others have created, and iPad paintings by famous artists too.  

Tricia and I are looking forward to sharing our work along with providing many great tips at the NAEA Conference.  Now that this website is finished, I need to finish my Keynote slides.  It finally feels like everything is starting to come together!  Very exciting!
After finishing their Cezanne inspired apple still life paintings, 1st graders worked in groups to solve a Cezanne still life puzzle. This activity was very engaging and required students to observe and manipulate shapes to put the famous work of art back together again.

Wait until you see their Cezanne inspired still life paintings!  They will be uploaded to student Artsonia galleries soon.

3rd graders made their owls speak using our iPads and the app, ''FaceJack". See more of these amazing owls in our Artsonia gallery

3rd Graders Used our iPads to add their artist statements about their artwork in their online Artsonia galleries.  They found their work in an online Artsonia form, typed their artist statements, and submitted their statements.  I reviewed their statements on the form and approved them. 
Having iPads makes it so much easier for us to incorporate writing, communication, publishing work, and 21st century skills into our units of study. 
4th graders made their self portraits speak using the app, "FaceJack" on our iPads. See and listen to what they had to say about what art means to them!

FaceJack App:
I was pulled offline to attend a "21st Century Learning Committee" meeting for one day.  I designed a lesson for my substitute that would provide the opportunity for students in grades K through 5 to create a collaborative work of art.  

The substitute read the book, "Ish" by Peter Reynolds to each class. This is a story of a young boy who has doubts about his artistic abilities. His little sister helps him to learn to have an appreciation for his own style of creating.  The vase that he was trying to draw may not have looked exactly as it did in real life, but it looked vase-ish!  

Students created ish drawings all day and taped them together to form a quilt-ish on the wall outside of the art room.  

I was so excited to return to school the next morning to see all of these "Ish" drawings!

See photos of their work above and watch a short narrated video clip of the story below.