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.
Have you visited your Artsonia Gallery yet this year? I've started to upload artwork and our B.A. Gallery is looking great! We have so many talented artists in our school and it's wonderful to be able to showcase student work online!
Some students have already begun to write and post "Artist Statements" about their artwork to let viewers know a little bit about what they were thinking when they were creating their artwork. One of the latest artist statements was written by Samantha (see pic above). It is obvious that Samantha reflected about her work and the creative choices she made. She also shared how this work of art makes her feel.
If you would like to tell the world more about your artwork, please do! Ask your parents to visit your gallery. Here is the link to our B.A. Gallery http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=1620
Once you are on your gallery page, your parents should click the yellow box under your artwork that looks like this:
They will need to click "Click Here" and sign in with the email and password they used to activate their account. Parents, if you do not remember the password you created, please call Artsonia during work hours at 1-(800)-869-9974
Artsonia will be happy to retrieve your information for you.
After you are logged in, students can type and post their artist statements! I'm looking forward to reading what you all have to say about your artwork!