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Finished works from an 8th grade Digital Art unit I led with @NewYork564 at @The_School. #artsed

I love collaborating with Yoshiko Maruiwa (@NewYork564) every year on a variety of projects. Yoshiko is a wonderful artist and teacher, and she introduces me and our students to art and artists that put our units in a larger context, from Cindy Sherman to Robert Frank to Louise Bourgeois.

Yoshiko and I just led a Digital Arts mini-course that lasted for 8 sessions. (Other courses offered were mixed media, batik, and ceramics.) Our small group of students completed three photo manipulation projects. Below is their description of each project and the resulting images:

Project 1: InsideOut Collage
Inspired by the artist, JR, the 8th grade artists from Digital Art course created our own interpretations of his classic “InsideOut” artwork. During this assignment, we created a collage of images to represent our inside stories, using images that are important to us. Through the following slides you will see different representations of who the students are and what inspires us.

Project 2: InsideOut Photo
The INSIDE OUT project by the French artist JR gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for.  It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. Inspired by his project, we took black and white photos that conveyed our social action project.

Project 3: Social Action Digital Collage
For this project we took our Social Action Projects (SAP) and turned them into digital art. We collaged and layered pictures until they came together to represent the injustice we are focusing on for our SAP. One requirement was that we had to be in the picture, so it was a challenge to include ourselves in pictures that we found on the internet.

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Yoshiko Maruiwa’s super simple guide for 6th graders to take better photos of their artwork

Yoshiko Maruiwa is a member of the 6th grade faculty team here at The School at Columbia University. She teaches Art, and it is a pleasure to collaborate with her on a few different projects each year. After a unit, Yoshiko tries to have the kids take photos of their artwork to load onto shared albums on The Gallery (our in-house photo server powered by Drupal). They then “point” to these images when writing posts on their personal digital portfolio of their work.

Recently, 6th graders completed mosaics – which correlated with their study of Islam and Islamic art. Yoshiko created the following simple slide show for students to use as a guide for taking better photographs of their finished tiles.

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6th graders added Art posts to their digital portfolio created with Google Sites

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Yesterday, I was in Yoshiko Maruiwa‘s art classes to help 6th graders add three posts to their personal digital portfolio (created in Google Sites). Yoshiko takes photos of all their finished work and creates albums on The Gallery. (The Gallery is our internal photo server powered by Drupal.) Kids include an image of their work along with an artist statement that explains their process, idea, challenges, successes, curricular connections, and anything else they want to include to curate their work. For today’s class, the students made a post for their Art Self Portrait, Art Tessellation, and Art Circle Design.

To organize all the posts from their 6th grade year, kids created an Announcements page named 2011-2012. As each post is written, it snaps into place in the sidebar index and is arranged alphabetically. Hence, I have them title their posts starting with the subject. I like this better than creating a new page/section for each subject. This way there are less clicks to get to examples of their work, and there is no danger of having pages without any projects on them.

During the course of our discussion, we talked about:

  1. Their invisible audience – while access to the kids’ digital portfolios is limited to users on our school’s GoogleApps domain, everyone in the community has an account. At any moment, their work could be viewed by students, teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone with access to a username/password. This should influence what they write (informative without being super personal) and how they write (grammatically correct).
  2. Appropriate commenting – write a comment that is specific and/or can initiate a discussion. Something like, “I liked your use of color” or “I see you painted a guitar. Do you play any other instruments?”
  3. Inserting an image by linking to the URL of the image online rather than taking a screen snapshot or dragging a copy of the image to the desktop. By using the URL, students can simply point to something else online. The alternative is to copy/take/steal a version of it which is tantamount to theft (depending on how the work is licensed).

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