Friday, July 3, 2015

Tatoo a Banana


Oh my goodness!  I have run across such a great book by Phil Hansen titled, Tattoo a Banana.  This man is incredible!  You must watch his video below.  The top of his take away from his message to me are as follows:

"It (success) did not happen overnight... Sometimes after putting so much effort into a project, the end result was still a little embarrassing.  But having committing to the process I was able to keep on."

"By destroying my Art I was able to let go of outcomes, failures, and improfections."

"Looking at limitations as a source of creativity changed the course of my life."

"Limitations might be one of the most unlikely places to harness creativity, but perhaps one of the best ways to... Get ourselves out of ruts, rethink categories, and challenge excepted norms."

"Tell yourself every day to cease the limitations."



This last takeaway appears to be where the book, Tattoo a Banana is inspired by.  Phil Hansen says, 

"One of the most recent endeavors is to try to take the habits of creativity that I have learned and turn it into something others can replicate."

We wanted to try to tattoo a banana too!  I brought bananas to a baseball game recently and me and the kids gave this new process a try.  




First we drew out a pattern on a 'banana shaped' sheet of paper.


Through the pattern, we poked holes to match our pattern.


By the end of the game, our tattoo was finished! The book suggests that it should take 24 hours, but these bananas were a bit ripe, so the browning happened a lot faster.


What to do with the rest of the game?  Check out the rest of the book.  There are lot's of other processes that we are going to give a try.  I hope to share them with you on this platform.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July's Creativity Challenge


Do you know this guy?  If not, let me introduce you.  This is Tim Needles, @timneedles.  He is one very creative, very energetic guy!  Check out his Tweets... They will make you laugh, and think!  He's great and he is doing an Art Challenge for the month of July. Check out his blog, The Everyday Renaissance.  It will have a new Art Challenge for everyday in the month of July.  


I just finished up the #jfj15for30 from Journal Fodder Junkies and had a blast.  I plan to take part in This challenge too titled, #k12ArtChallenge and/or #TERPart.  I will do my best to keep up but I plan to be more forgiving this time around.  If I miss a day because of life, I miss a day.  But if I have a few minutes, I can sit down and have an 'assignment' ready to go.  I will be sharing these works on both Twitter and Instagram.  Just started posting to Instagram because of peer pressure from Cassie Stephens.  I have to admit, I'm liking the format.  Cassie's always right. :) 


Join me in working on your own creativity.  Art Challenges aren't just for my students, they can be for me and my peers as well!  


3 potential projects inspired by, Mark Mothersbaugh


I wanted to give you a little more insight on the Artwork of Mark Mothersbaugh.  He is currently featured at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, Mn.  His artwork was so interesting, that I had to take the time to write about it and brainstorm some ideas about lesson inspired by his art. 

First, I thought I would get to know a little more about Mark Mothersbaugh.  He was a new artist to me and I was shocked to find out that I (and probably you) know one of his songs well... Whip it, by the Devos (be sure to preview the video before showing it to your students).  Mr Mathersbaugh was a member of the band Devo in the 70's it looks like from my research.  The band had many hits, perhaps you know some of their others (click here).  I wanted more... so I found a couple of videos about Mark Mothersbaugh.


So let's get into some of his artwork and why I want to write about him today... Enter, Mark Mothersbaugh's Myopia!


One of the first things that I saw in which I thought... perfect inspiration for the classroom was his 'Beautiful Mutants'.  He had sculptures such as the back end of a pony mirrored to itself called 'My Little Pony' . There was also a car that had the back end of  two cars mirrored titled Mutatum other as seen here.

The Beautiful Mutants that I was most inspired by was his altered photographs.  Again using the mirroring idea with mostly old pictures.  This has some potential to easily use technology to model art after this interesting artist.




There are many programs that you can use to do this mirror effect.  Photobooth is a built-in app on Mac computers and can be used easily by students.  This works really well when using the camera to take a picture.  I wanted to use a pre-existing picture, and I was unable to figure out how to use 'effects' to an image I already had.  This video by 'Learning with Youtube' is a great tutorial what Photobooth effects look like. The best way to learn this program is to try it... or ask your students, they all know.
Because I wanted to use a pre-existing image, I tried to find a program online that would do the same mirror effect. I tried a lot of programs, but Pixect was my favorite.  The only drawbacks to this one is I couldn't figure out how to download.  Instead it made you 'share' on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.  That might be a problem at school, I just took a screenshot.


From looking at Mothersbaugh's work, He tried to make sure that there were two eyes, one nose, and one mouth for his final images. The features might be ill-proportioned, but he never had 'too many parts'.  If you don't take the picture with you in the center, it will look like the three below...


Another way that I saw Mothersbaugh do this mirroring effect was with two images in a frame as seen below.  I gave that a try as well. 


By teaching students this process, I would be able to talk about 'flipping' horizontally and vertically.  It's a good review on vocabulary and takes a little photo editing. 


Mark Mothersbaugh also had rugs and instruments.  The rugs were displayed with a partnering TV that had the same image on it.  The image had one or two parts animated on it.  It totally reminded me of Ian's Sands, Cartoon Animation. Apex High School has done some amazing collaboration where elementary kids draw an image, and the high school students animate it.  I've always wanted to try that, this would be the artist to study while doing a project like that.


The instruments were very much reminiscent of the sounds from Devo mentioned a the beginning of this post.  There was a baby in the room while we were there that was clapping and smiling as the music played.



The next room blew me away.  It was post cards, post cards, post cards!  Mark Mothersbaugh is known for his many beautiful postcards (click here).  These beautiful treats filled a whole room.  I loved how they were displayed!  It made me think of Artist Trading Cards.  This might be a way to display our small works of art that we make in my art class.




The MIA also had an Mail-Art Swap inspired by the postcards.  I love this idea!  This might be another way that I get parents and students involved in Artist Trading Cards in the fall.  Maybe I'll also set something up with our neighboring schools, churches, communities... it could be really fun!


OK... Have I filled your brain with Mark Mothersbaugh inspired artwork?  I'm so excited to 'bring' this living Artist into my classroom this next year.  Can you see ways that you might incorporate his work?  Have you used him in your classroom before?  Leave your idea in the comments below.



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Expanding the Classroom Walls, Wrap up and Selfies

Two weeks of Field Trips
30 plus sites
An amazing amount of learning
Finding great opportunities for learning out side the classroom
Finding the best way to 'Staycation' in Minnesota
And making some great professional connections


That about sums up this last two weeks.  As mentioned in a previous post, this last two weeks I was taking a class called, 'Expanding the Classroom Walls' with Learners Edge.  I had a blast visiting so many sites in our area.  I had fun reporting to you on the many sites to take your class too, or visit while in Minnesota (all found under the label Continuing Ed).  I wanted to share my experiences and developed lesson plans inspired by these field trips.  If you have questions about any of these, please contact me... I have many resources to share and would love to tell you about my experience.  I had fun taking more selfies than I have ever taken in my life this last two weeks.  Thought I would wrap up this series with a few of them. 

Lego Sculpture, Landscape Arboretum 
Ho, Ho, Ho, Green Giant, History Center
History Center with My Son!
Street Car
Minnehaha Falls

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, with my favorite painting

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Heart of the Beast Puppets

Landmark Center-- Detention Room

Mill City Museum


Belle Museum

Pioneer Museum with my daughter 

Expanding the Classroom Walls, Gale Woods Farm



The Three Rivers Park District, Gale Woods Farm located in Minnetrista Minnesota.  This was one of the most beautiful, farms I have ever visited.  This site has a mission to educate people about where we get our food and by did they.  Farmer Andy Anderson was our very informative tour guide for this site.  


There was so much that she wanted to share with us, but we only had two hours.  I could see how a tour could entertain your school/grade/class for the whole day.  We went on a tractor ride to see some of the 400+ acres of the most beautiful land I have ever seen. 


The farm is a working CSA farm (community supported agriculture).  Many teens (young farmers) are hired to work the farm and learn about job responsibilities.  The public can buy farm fresh eggs, veggies, and much more onsite.


There are many animals on the farm as well.  It was explained that school groups and tours get a front row seat to visiting the animals.  The majority population for this farm is pre school and primary grades.  The farm LOVEs to welcome in older groups however and I can see where this could apply to many subject areas.  Andy suggested that the cooking that they do from the harvested veggies is very relatable to Math, Science of animals and food is a give in, the farm is tremendously inspiring for Language Arts writing.  The sheep provide wool that has been brightly dyed for felting and I guess they do many different felting projects on site for all levels.  If you are within 40 minutes of this farm, I think it would be worth a visit with your class.  If you are farther, drive out and see the beauty of this country with your family.