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! 

 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

Today, Kindergarten students used our Interactive Whiteboard to learn how to draw.  We looked at a photograph of a penguin and discussed the various lines and shapes we noticed. Then, a few students took turns outlining the lines and shapes on top of the penguin photo and a work of art created by a student last year.  Practicing digitally helped these little artists, because students were then able to draw the same lines and shapes onto their papers. 

They will be painting the snow and the bellies of their penguins next week.  The week after that, they will be learning about a career in art, Fashion Design!  We will talk about the clothes we are all wearing, the fabrics they are made with, and the colors and designs we see too. We will talk about Fashion Design and how everything we wear was first planned by an artist. Students will be asked to design a "one of a kind" fashionable hat for their penguins. They will cut and glue their hats in place to make sure their penguins are ready for the snow that will be falling soon. Be sure to check our Artsonia gallery soon so you can see their finished Penguins sporting their fashionable hats!    

Here is the link to our B.A. Artsonia gallery if you would like to see other artworks by B.A. students:   
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
Our Artsonia Leadership Award arrived this week! Click the image to see a larger version). Even though my name is written on the certificate, this is an award that we all earned together.  Leadership awards are based on the total number of uploaded artworks, fan club members, comments, artist statements and fundraising.  Last year, Brunswick Acres finished out the year ranked #2 in the state of New Jersey and #15 in the Nation!  Congratulations to us!

Students and parents, I hope you continue to enjoy participating in Artsonia.  I have started to upload works of art this year.  Please be as patient with me as you always have been when it comes to seeing your child's artwork online.  Almost all of the photographing, edition, uploading and management of the 550 student galleries is done on my own personal time as there is very limited time for me to do this work during the school day.  There are days when my time may be more limited than others.  

Also, I encourage you to download the free Artsonia app!  This app enables you and your child/children to take photos of artwork created at home and upload these works to a personal gallery!  If you are interested in joining me to help your child's online gallery to grow, you can start uploading anytime.  

If you do not have a smartphone, you can still upload artwork by using your camera and computer.

Email me if you have any questions about this.  I am happy to help. 


Congratulations to all of us for achieving this leadership award!
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. 




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 


All 4th graders will be taking the District Art Assessment Test in two weeks.  This will be a multiple choice Scantron test in which students will answer questions about art knowledge.  They apply the elements and principles of art in every lesson, and demonstrate learning using art tools and media within each art class. Students are typically applying what they learn by problem solving in class, therefore, this pencil/ paper assessment is a different approach and requires practice.  Testing their art knowledge using multiple choice tests is required by our district.

I created an online quiz using http://www.quizrevolution.com/ and students took my quiz using our class set of iPads.  I formatted the quiz so that the questions would appear in random order.  Therefore, students were all answering different questions at different times to ensure they were working independently.

Test your knowledge by taking my quiz below:  

B.A. artists have been finding my username on DrawSomething and have created games with me! It's been a blast drawing pics and guessing what their drawings are too!  When this app was first released, users had to take screenshots if they wanted to save the images, however, the latest update allows users to save their drawings to the camera roll on their devices.

I've been saving my drawings to a website that I created using the free app, Zapd.  Instead of uploading the doodles as is, I started to add filters first.  In doing so, I discovered that I was able to tell a new digital story with each filter I applied.  See my latest DrawSomething doodles here
Most 3rd graders in Mrs. Farber's class needed extra time to complete their Alice in Wonderland inspired Teacups.  As they finished, I allowed them to explore our new iPads. First, they learned how to take an online art assessment quiz. After they finished the quiz, they spent a few minutes learning how to take photos using PhotoBooth.  They found the "mirror" effect and many others to be hilarious.  Take a look at the photos above and you will see why! 

The creative idea of posing with iPads in front of their faces came from one of these students! Click on the images to see larger versions.   

This was the first time that students learned how to take photos using PhotoBooth.  In the future, students will be using our iPads to photograph their artwork and much more.