This interactive color wheel is the answer to all of my dreams....looking for color codes? Looking for triads? Wonder what color you should wear with those orange pants? All those answers and more are here for you to discover...have fun playing!
This color wheel clock hangs in my studio--it's a plain white plastic clock from IKEA that I painted with acrylic paint a few years ago.
How can assistive technologies and universal design for learning be useful in the art classroom?
Here is an overview that I created for a class in IT, with two examples of interesting assistive technology: Eyewriter and Digital Wheelart.
How do you use AT or UDL in the art classroom? I want to know!
Sphere Study, watercolor on paper, 6" x 6", J de Mello e Souza, all rights reserved.
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You can make your own South Park avatar here.
I am in love with Google Arts & Culture. In love. I have it on my phone, and so now my phone is reeeeeaaaaallly interesting. What painting do you want to see? When was it painted? By whom? Want to see it up close? You can learn all about art, artists, and take virtual 360 degree tours of museums all around the world.
I had a really fun time playing with my 18 year old son on Keezy (on my iPad). I have found over the last few years that it is really difficult to make my teenager smile, let alone laugh...so when it happens, I treasure it. Keezy made us laugh and we had a great two minutes playing together. I continued on without him, and can't wait to show it to my enthusiastic 12 year old, who I think will love it.
What does Keezy do? It's like that Simon game from the 80's on steroids. Music, sounds, beats that you can mix and create.
Hare:Lime Ground, watercolor and ink on paper, 11" x 14", J de Mello e Souza, all rights reserved.
What a resource! I was just pointed in the direction of this website, that has compiled a bunch of websites devoted to learning. I needed to share this with you, because whether you are a teacher, a student, or just a curious human being, there is a lot out there on there for you to enjoy and use!
Grey Goose with Gold, watercolor and gold leaf on Yupo, 8" x 10", J de Mello e Souza, all rights reserved.
What should you, as a teacher, be able to do in your classroom with technology? Looking for some tools to use in your classroom? Here are some great links for apps and programs that will help your students and enrich your classroom. Best of all, they are free free free!!!
June Afternoon, 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas, J de Mello e Souza, all rights reserved.
Excellent question. Thank goodness for Google Calendar, because my life would be in a shambles without it!
So, where will I be teaching and when?
Western Washington University Youth Programs
ANACORTES, WA JUNE 26-30, 2017
Odyssey of Science and Art: We will learn Scientific Illustration at Shannon Point Marine Science Center. Trips to the woods and beach are guaranteed. Grades 3-6.
BELLINGHAM, WA JULY 6-7, 2017
Grandparents U, for grandparents and their grandkids, from 1-8th grade. We will learn about the sculpture collection on WWU's campus, and we will make our own sculptures in the studio to take home.
BELLINGHAM, WA JULY 24-28, 2017
Odyssey of Science and Art: We will learn Scientific Illustration, spending as much time as possible in the Arboretum and the art studio. Sessions for grades 4-6 and for grades 7-9.
I made my first comic with Pixton, and I have to admit, it was fun. I didn't have any great ideas for how I wanted it to look, so after playing around with the program, I used one of their templates that seemed to line up with my story.
I like the graphics, I like the way you can use their backgrounds and adapt them, and how you can change all the little details any way you like. It is very user friendly.
My topic was digital citizenship. The ISTE Standards #2 state that :
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
Digital citizenship is a vital topic for students to learn about today, as so much of learning and socializing happens online. Students often use school-issued devices, and use school sponsored networks. Schools establish the rules for use for the students, teachers, and employees. These rules include acceptable network use:
Call me crazy, or a little bit different, as my parents do, but I am fascinated with, maybe even obsessed with, arts assessment. How do we, as teachers, evaluate creativity? So I often seek out new sources, read scholarly articles, and bore (?) people with my enthusiastic musing on what works and what doesn't.
Did you know we had a national arts assessment in 2008? About 4000 students' art was evaluated by the NAEP. Here is the Nation's Report Card for Music and Visual Arts. Now the exciting part is that this assessment was recently repeated and we are waiting on the results, due in Spring 2017. HELLO??!!! Any day now, I hope! (UPDATE 4/26/17 The results for 2016 Visual Arts Assessment are in!!! Check it out!!)
So what can I do while I wait on the new results? I have been exploring the International Baccalaureate program. They have info on an arts assessment, some free stuff, some stuff you have to pay for, (for free rubrics, see below post for Rubistar, my fave), and even a Pinterest page of process portfolios. COOL.
I also spent some time with the arts classroom from Washington State's OSPI. Last year, I went to my local arts festival, and saw many students had submitted animal mugs to the student gallery. Some teacher must have come up with this idea and all the students were required to do it, I thought. Well, actually, it was a project from the OPSI's Developed Performance Assessment. This is a great resource for teachers. wow.
I am going to start adding an image of my artwork to each blog post. Just for fun. Here is today's contribution. A little golden rabbit. I may be slightly obsessed with rabbits/hares. Why? I'm not sure, but I love to draw and paint them.
Golden Hare, watercolor, ink, gold leaf on Yupo, 8" x 8", J de Mello e Souza, all rights reserved.
Rubistar is a great FREE resource for helping teachers develop a rubric for evaluation. I have used it a few times, and it really helps me clarify my thoughts, and keep me on track as I work.
Teachers can upload their new rubrics to share with other teachers if they want to- a nice addition to the basic rubrics in their catalog. As I was looking through the art rubrics I found lots of ideas for projects as well as the rubric for evaluation. NICE! Thank you, teachers everywhere!!
Serra de Mantiqueira, 15" x 30", acrylic on canvas, J de Mello e Souza, All Rights Reserved.
I am an artist and teacher, living in the Pacific Northwest. My teaching is heavily based in Art History and Science. I have a certificate in Scientific Illustration. I love nature, hiking, sailing (as long as I am not in charge), my family, and my border collie.