Is it possible to create a mixed media work of art digitally?  It is when you are using a wonderful collage based app combined with a drawing/painting app! 

Pretty soon, my students will be creating mixed media portraits using our art room iPads!  In the past, we've created artwork using the app Faces iMake, however, we were always so pressed for time being that we only had a few iPads.  In the interest of trying to give everyone a few minutes to create a collage portrait, students often felt rushed.  

Now that we are fortunate enough to have a class set of iPads in our art room, students will be able to work on projects from week to week using their very own iPads. 

They will start out using the Faces iMake app
and will select, size and arrange various objects to make a face.  

Then, they will save their work and import the image into the Brushes app 

Using our styluses, students will outline and paint new details over their collages. Be sure to visit our Artsonia Gallery to see these works of art when they are finished! 

I received an email from a mother/son app developing team based in Bulgaria yesterday.  Marina and Hrisoto Staykov released the app Amaziograph and thought I might find it to be a useful app in the art room.  They generously gifted their app to me to explore, and let's just say I was hooked immediately!  

This app takes me back to the days when I taught my students how to create tessellations using paper and markers.  The discovery of the Amaziograph app is inspiring me to want to teach how to create 21st century tessellations using iPads.  This video is a demo of how to use some of the functions within the app.  There are a number of grids and possible lessons that can be taught using this app.  I am looking forward to teaching traditional as well as digital tessellation- making in the art room.  

View the "How To" demo video I created below to see how I created my tessellations. 

The mirror  and kaleidoscope grids are also wonderful.  I recall teaching a lesson in which students wrote their names in script on a folded paper, superimposed the continuous line in their names and then designed an insect out of the letters.  With this app, students can turn the iPad sideways, write their name on the line and print their names in mirror image format.  Then, they can use traditional tools to design their insects, aliens, etc (see below).

 (First Name Written in Script)

(First Name Printed and Flipped Vertically: Ready to Transform into Insect/Alien/etc.)

The kaleidoscope function can be used to draw snowflakes, flowers, mandalas, etc.   

There are plenty of ways for us art teachers to design rich and engaging lessons that can incorporate traditional and traditional tools using this app.


2nd graders in Ms. Castrantas' class (above) and in Mrs. Babler's class (below) decided that they wanted to work on a level 0 voice level today, which means they decided that they should not talk at all while they were working.  Because of this choice, they were working independently and it gave me the opportunity to take a step back and film them as they worked.  They loved the snow effect in the Video Star app and enjoyed hearing the music, "Snow Day" by Toby Lightman as I filmed with an iPad. The camera on the iPad 2 is not the best, which is why this video is not as clear as the ones that I normally shoot with my iPhone, but it was fun to mix it up a bit.

They are so proud of the progress they are making with their winter rabbits!  Stay tuned and you will be able to see them in our Artsonia Gallery.

 Digital Snowflake by Tyrell112  

See More Snowflakes Created by B.A. Artists in our Artsonia Gallery


Students have been creating digital snowflakes using the free app My Flake on our iPads.

  My Flake:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-flake/id407824729?mt=8

Today, a student in Mrs. Hoens class asked if I could take a video of students as they moved their iPads around like falling snow. We gave it a go, but the iPad screens just glowed white. So, we did the next best thing to make it snow. We took a still photo and then later, added the animated snow. Now it looks like the art room is a snow globe and we are inside!

Song: Snow Globe, by Matt Wertz

Our school, Brunswick Acres is competing for the $5000 Kris Wine and Americans for the Arts grant.  Please VOTE for Brunswick Acres.

How To Vote:
*Click this link and "Like" the Kris Wine Facebook page 

*Type Brunswick Acres in the search box
*Click the red pushpin
*Check the box
*Vote daily until October 31st

The winner is based on the total number of Facebook votes for the top school.  We are currently in 1st place, but noticed that another school advanced 600 votes in one day on Friday.  Our school has been averaging 100 votes per day, so we are hoping that our music video will inspire others to vote for us to keep us in the lead.  We felt it was important to approach this as a creative project instead of just soliciting votes, because we want to prove that we are worthy recipients to receive an arts grant.  

Our video is posted on Vimeo and YouTube! Please consider sharing it with as many people as possible to generate support and votes!

If we win, we will use the money to purchase art supplies.  The cost of supplies continues to rise while our art budget get lower and lower each year.  My students are very respectful with materials.  This grant money would last us for years to come.  

Vote B.A. Oh Yeah!   Thank You!!!

Hi Carly Rae Jepsen!  We hope you like our parody :) Thanks for writing such an awesome song!  Students in every grade (K-5) knew Call Me Maybe, so creating a parody they could sing along to was so much fun for them! 

All the Best,

~Suzanne Tiedemann
Art Teacher
Brunswick Acres Elementary School
FaceWorld Rocks
Faces iMake is one of my favorite apps.  It invites people of all ages to create digital collages using images within the app as well as your own photos. It has received great recognition and won numerous awards, such as the prestigious "Parents Choice Award".  http://www.facesimake.com/

The app developers who created this app (iMagine machine and artist,Hanoch Piven) have just released FaceWorld! FaceWorld allows digital artists to share work within the app and even collaborate to create new collages within the Faces iMake app.  Once an artist is finished with his or her creation, there is an option to post the artwork to FaceWorld.  Others can then view the artwork in the FaceWorld gallery and can even decide to use some of the new objects or images to make another collage.  Learn more about the app developers and about FaceWorld here

I was thrilled to share Faces iMake and my students' digital collages at the National Art Education Association Convention in NYC this past March, but am even more excited about sharing the new possibilities that FaceWorld will bring. 

As a teacher, I am required to infuse technology into my lessons and teach 21st century skills to best prepare my students for the future.  Faces iMake teaches students how to pinch, zoom, resize, move, turn, flip, duplicate, send to back, bring to front, add, remove and delete on an iPad, all while making creative choices to compose digital works of art. In doing so, students meet these National Technology standards:

1. Creativity and Innovation 
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct 
knowledge, and develop innovative products and 
processes using technology.

a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, 
products, or processes

b. Create original works as a means of personal 
or group expression

 Now, because of the sharing and collaborative features in  FaceWorld, students will be able to meet even more of our National Technology standards:

2. Communication and Collaboration 
Students use digital media and environments to 
communicate and work collaboratively, including 
at a distance, to support individual learning and 
contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, 
experts, or others employing a variety of digital 
environments and media

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively 
to multiple audiences using a variety of media 
and formats

I've been communicating with these talented app developers and consider myself fortunate to have been invited to try FaceWorld as it was in its beginning stages.  Needless to say, I am crazy about the app and am having a lot of fun making my own creations and posting them to FaceWorld.  My digital collages under the name, "Tiedemania" are featured on the "Featured Artist" page in FaceWorld, which is also very exciting!  I've posted my work at the top and bottom of this blog article, but what I am looking forward to most is seeing how my students will collaborate, create and share!  

See how B.A. 1st graders used Faces iMake last year here: 

If you already have the Faces iMake app, be sure to apply the latest update so that you can access FaceWorld! If yo don't have it yet, it is available in the iTunes Store. 

Have fun!

Make Art and Music
Artwork created by B.A. artists was recently shown and recognized in a TED @London Talk by app developer James Alliban! Mr. Alliban presented the TED Talk featured in the video below in London as a part of a global talent search, with the hopes of being invited to TED 2013!  Vote for James and leave a comment on his video page to help him get selected.  You can link to his video page here http://bit.ly/NenBHN or by clicking the image above.
Best of luck to you Mr. Alliban and thank you for the mention!

A little background information regarding B.A. Artists and Mr. Alliban:
We have been using Mr. Alliban's apps, Composite and Konstruct on our iPads in the art room to learn about augmented reality.  Last year, Mr. Alliban participated in a video Skype conversation with my 5th graders. 5th graders had invented ideas for apps as well as logos.  Mr. Alliban was kind enough to offer his expert advice for my students regarding their work as well as answer questions that students had about being an app developer.  Click here to view the video of our B.A. Skype chat with Mr. Alliban  


Click the links below to view the B.A. Augmented Reality Artwork Mr. Alliban shares in his talk. 




Click "Fullscreen" for the best viewing experience of Jason's book.
Jason is in the 3rd grade.  He stops by the art room in the mornings before he heads off to his class.  Sometimes he just wants to say hello, while other times he likes to share his artwork and original stories.  

A couple of months ago, Jason expressed an interest in writing about adventures of superheroes.  He carried in his notebook filled with interesting story lines.  Jason's interest in writing and art reminded me of a special art and digital storytelling project I did with a few 4th and 5th graders last year.  Jason enjoyed hearing about how these students used the app Story Patch on our iPads to write and illustrate their stories.  He flipped through the printed versions of the student created books and asked if there was any chance he could write and illustrate a book too.

Jason decided to forego his recess time on several days and worked on his digital story until it was finally finished today.  He would have liked to work on it longer, but the iPads are being wiped tomorrow.  The pressure was on, but he was happy with his finished product.  

We hope you enjoy Jason's first digital story, "The Fantastic Three"! 

Learn more about the Story Patch app here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/story-patch/id388613157?mt=8See more digital stories by B.A. student artists on our Vimeo Video Channel:   



Created with cinemagr.am


Created with cinemagr.am

 The flowers are all planted in the backyard and the garden will be ready soon too.  Yesterday, I set up my time-lapse camera in front of one of the flower pots for a few hours.  This morning, I imported my still frames (photos) into iMovie and then used the app, Cinemagram to animate the photos above. 

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable holiday weekend and finding a little time to be creative!  


4th graders are bringing inanimate objects to life (an approach used by artists in different careers). To inspire students, I created a Keynote presentation featuring how this strategy is used by commercial artists, authors and illustrators, photographers and sculptors.  We saw video footage of M&M commercials like this one:  
We also viewed other commercials in which objects have been brought to life.  You may have seen the Geico money with eyes, the Swiffer mop, the adorable Mini Wheat cereal characters? 

We saw a snippet of "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On", the story of a tiny shell living in a large world.  

We also saw a few sculptures by Terry Border.  One in particular was an apple lifting a barbel, which conveyed the message of health and fitness.  

We viewed illustrations from the book, "How are you Peeling".

Finally, we learned about a popular street art form called, "Eye Bombing".   There are various Flickr galleries online that feature images of objects in public spaces that were photographed with googly eyes.  
Students then worked in teams, discussing what objects they may want to give human characteristics and what message or story the object might convey.  
The images in our Artsonia gallery   http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=528734     feature their characters.  Currently, they are in the process of creating mini videos, adding video of their mouths to their objects.  See our videos here