I was blown away by the Yoko Ono retrospective at the MoMA in September of 2015, Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971. During a chat with music teacher, Sheila O’Shea, I spoke of the incredible exhibit and how I purchased the book Grapefruit which was full of instructional performance pieces penned in poetic bursts of words. Sheila was inspired to share this with her students, and they created original artwork to complement their interpretation of Grapefruit’s instructions.
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8th grade instructional performance pieces with @soshea_o at @The_School inspired by @yokoono’s #Grapefruit! #artsed
Gary @Zamchick, co-founder of WordsEye, visited this morning. I had seen an early prototype of WordsEye a few years ago, and his current version is amazing. Here’s a video of Gary offering a demo for one of my awesome colleagues, Kindergarten teacher, Joyce Tsang…
As per the email WordsEye sent me upon registering:
WordsEye lets anyone “type a picture” using simple language. It uses natural language technology to translate your sentences into 3D scenes. Words can become art, visual opinion, greetings, and more.
Below is an example of text and the resulting scene included in the same registration email:
@WordsEye is an amazing two-fold web-based application. You can “type a picture” using simple and descriptive language to create an elaborate 3D scene. There’s also a social network component where you can share your creation to the WordsEye gallery, and download or re-mix someone else’s scene. When you explore the WordsEye Gallery, you can also click an image to see exactly the text used to create particular 3D scenes. I loved this aspect, and it reminded me of how you can “see inside” Scratch programs shared online in order to learn from the original creator and also remix the project to make it personal.
As a literacy tool, WordsEye is amazing for reinforcing the importance of descriptive and figurative language. You can change the scene easily by introducing or replacing words. I imagine having students build a lexicon of language that works in WordsEye – so they can help each other determine how the words tiny, humongous, large, small, huge, etc. will change the look and size of an object. In that respect, there are opportunities to have conversations about scale and proportion as well. Besides space and distance, WordsEye also recognizes pronouns — you can type “The dog is two feet from the sofa. It is to the left of the planet.” and WordsEye will place objects accordingly.
I hope one day WordsEye will be voice-activated, so that younger students can dictate words rather than type them. Also, I wonder if more emotions could be coded into WordsEye so that you can type “the sad boy” or “the happy alien” or “the frustrated teacher” (haha). Consider a doctor’s non-verbal chart of smiley faces to help illustrate a patient’s pain — maybe something similar will enable users to include layers of emotion or other non-verbals that can enhance the finished scene or offer insight into something they are not comfortable voicing aloud yet are ready to share in a visual medium.
Katelin O’Hare (@oharebros) teaches 6th art and was interested in doing an end of year tech project. Katelin led a stop-motion unit with 8th grade in the fall, and she considered trying it out with 6th grade as well. I suggested using Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches as inspiration, since 6th grade was finishing up their unit on The Renaissance: Romeo and Juliet in English, debates about Galileo and Copernicus in Social Studies, Golden Ratios in Math, etc…
We had the students locate hi-res images of da Vinci’s work on Artstor.org, as Columbia University offers a subscription to their community members, and we are allowed to download files for educational purposes. We had a spirited discussion about copyright, terms of service, and fair use.
Students created a storyboard using post-its on a large sheet of paper in order to detail the key frames of their short film. They were tasked with shooting a minimum of 10 seconds at 10 frames per second (100 frames). They used brads, string, sticks, and wire to make the tiny movements of their paper cut-outs. Some of their finished shorts are below. Enjoy!
I loved collaborating with Kim Lane, Katelin O’Hare, Lindsay Calhoun, and Yoshiko Maruiwa on our 3rd annual Inside Out Project with the 8th graders at The School at Columbia University. More info about our See, Hear, Speak! theme is in this post: https://karenblumberg.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/insideout2014/
Students were asked to write a press release for the project and installation. There words are pasted below and archived on The School’s website here: http://theschool.columbia.edu/node/1584
Exhibition on View Monday, May 5 – Tuesday, June 10
The School at Columbia University, 556 West 110th Street, 5th floor windows
April 24, 2014 – New York, NY
In the next week, a new addition to Broadway will appear. Students at The School at Columbia University are participating in the Inside Out project and displaying photographs of their faces as a way of combatting injustices they see.
The soon-to-graduate eighth graders chose a theme to portray through their portraits. Their theme for this project was to “See, Hear, and Speak.” Their goal was to fight against injustice, and they wanted to do that through photography and art. The project is a showcase of black and white photographs of each and every eighth-grader (and their teachers) posing. Their poses stand for either seeing, hearing, or speaking. To see, hear, and speak really is how they thought to best tackle the injustices in the world. This project is their first of many having to do with injustice and speaking out.
This project is part of the larger Inside Out project, coordinated by the French artist JR, started three years ago after he won the TED Prize for his photography installations. His work started as a signal to raise awareness around riots going on in Paris in 2004, then soon escalated to much more than that. Armed with just a 28-millimeter lens, JR then decided to travel to Israel and Palestine to photograph Palestinians and Israelis of the same profession, then post pictures on the wall separating them from one another. He then went on to photograph women in poor neighborhoods (a project called “Women Are Heroes”) to empower them and to make the neighborhood more beautiful. He has three current projects: “Unframed,” “The Wrinkles of the City,” and “Inside Out,” where he takes ordinary people’s photographs and turns them into works of art and social action.
The installation will be put up this week. The images will be displayed on the windows of The School’s art studio, printed on 2 x 3 foot posters. There will be over 60 portraits directly facing Broadway. Come and look at their portraits on the corner of 110th and Broadway, and get inspired to see, hear, or speak!