Monday, January 30, 2012

Radial Balance with 7th grade



Radial Balance is so much fun to teach and apparently to learn.  My seventh grade students did an EXCELLENT job crating these masterpieces with colored pencil.  I have over 40 images of this project on my flickr account.  

Sunday, January 29, 2012

SchoolArts Room posted my students work.



What a surprise to look at my blog roll today and see that Nancy Walkup has featured some of my students work and my articled on her blog.  I'm always amazed by the great things that she writes about and was honored to be one of them.  In this post Ms. Walkup is talking about promoting your program.  I have mentioned this many times before, getting published in SchoolArts Magazine is one of the best ways to tell everyone about the GREAT things going on in your classroom.  Check out SchooArtsRoom for this post and many other tidbits, and opportunities available in the art education world.

This is a link to the Star News Article of Elk River (click here)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Succulent Scribbles!


What's better then eating the frosting off the beater?  Creating art and eating that too!! 




We melted Wilton Candy Melts in a plastic bag in the microwave.  I set the microwave on 50% and 3 or 4 minutes later, the candies were melted. 


 I placed down wax paper and I cut a small hole in the bag.  Matisse drew her artwork all over the wax paper.  We let it completely cool before proceeding with the project.


Matisse had fun breaking the drawing and placing all the pieces on the cupcakes.  They looked so cute. She kept telling me, "Mom, it's my first time:)"  She has seen me decorate a cupcake or two in my time:)



They tasted pretty good:)

Friday, January 27, 2012

8th grade registration...



At our school students are asked to sign up for high school classes about this time of the year.  They have to decided what they want to take in a place some kids have never stepped foot in.  I wanted to make sure they made informed decisions when it came to art.  Our high school happens to be across the road so I spoke to the the high school art teacher who was more then willing and welcoming to the idea of 8th grade students taking a 'field trip' to her room.  We met in my class at the beginning of the hour and walked across the street as a group.  Students were invited into all three studios, toured the school to look a the MANY displays of quality work, and finished the tour with a discussion with the high school teacher.  She explained the many options in art at the high school, the terminology, and we even were able to talk to the high school students about their projects.  The kids loved this experience.  After teaching middle school for this short time, I've noticed that if it directly effects them, they care.  If I can't show them how they are benefitting, they check out.  I guess as most of us do:)  I think I could have taken them to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and had a tour but they wouldn't have cared as much as they did for my free, 1 hour, tour of a school they will be moving to soon.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Painting with lights in the classroom!



Brought it into the class… Sooooooo fun!!!  Brought in some of my 8th grade into my storage closet (only dark place in my room) and they had a TON of fun painting with lights!  I had a great comment from Mrs. Novak (Organized Chaos) as well.  Her class did some WONDERFUL activities.  She suggested hooking the digital camera to the TV to allow students to see what they are doing.  Great hint.  That would have been helpful.  She also has her whole class involved at once.  She has a room that she is able to make very dark.  It was fun for me to see the kids with smiles from EAR to EAR!  Great job all!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Painting with Lights


Painting with lights was a FUN projects I did with my mini's this weekend.  Again, this was inspired by a pin on Pinterest.  It lead me to a blog called Artful Parents.  The post was about Picasso's painting with lights and gave some hints on how to crate the energetic art!  Here are just a few of the pictures we did at home but I think we will see much more in the future in my class.  This is the perfect one day project or project for kids who are done early.  There is more images on my flickr account.  




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mr. Potato Head and Angry Bird Digital Collages

This quarter I asked my students to do two different digital collages.  This first group of students were asked to research a artist and create a Mr. Potato Head.  I used iMovie on the iPad to create the video's and a similar tactics as I did in the past for the digital collage (see past posts).  I like found this lesson to be successful because it shows student learning, give a snap shot of how to create a digital collage, and encourages team work.



The other group of student used the subject of Angry Birds to show an art style.  I found Art Styles to be a little two abstract for 8th grade.  I think they did a good job, I just feel that the artist was a bit more successful for this group.


Both groups did a GREAT job!!!  I they thought this was a fun activity and I thought it promoted creativity.  I had my minis help with each of the video's and my students even liked that.  I will miss these groups of 8th graders, things move so fast in the middle school.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I actually made something I pinned...

I wanted to share one of my New Years resolutions in 2012.  No… it's not to make more pin cushions, it's to DO more things that I have pinned on Pinterest.  I have been doing quite a bit from my classroom but I want to do more personal projects.  Here is a project with a GREAT tutorial from My Go-Go Life.  I was surprised how easy Kim made this project for her readers.  Go ahead… give it a try.  If you are addicted to Pinterest as I am, make a resolution too and start doing what you're pinning!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Kiln Notes!


I am a crazy lady when it comes to my kiln.  I like it running well and keeping it clean.  This is a laminated sign I have up in my kiln room.  This helps me to remember certain facts such as how many hours each speed of firing takes or what to fire Greenware and and Bisque ware at.  It also helps my coworker and I with scheduling firings.  If anyone else is firing for some reason, there is helpful notes such as giving clay at least 5 days or more to dry.  Finally, you will see a cleaning schedule.  I like to have the kiln vacuumed once a quarter or when ever something blows up.  Maybe this could be helpful in your room.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Art Ed, Top 10 Blogs of the Year


I am happy to announce MiniMatisse was one of the top 10 Art Ed Blogs of the Year. 

Thanks so much to Jessica and the people that voted for me.  What an honor.  Please see the rest of the top ten list at… The Art of Education

Friday, January 20, 2012

Three more new blogs...

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!

These are blogs that I was not as knowledgeable about.



The Paper Pear is a newer teacher sharing her exciting discoveries.  I found out that she is a Pinner on Pinterest and love that about her.  She seems to think BIG with her lessons and art shows.







Splats, Scraps, and Glue Blobs is another blog I hadn't visited before but now I am following.  Theresa Gillespie is another Midwest gal working in Illinois.  I learned that she has a Med in Education and Technology (a girl after my own heart).  I agree with her philosophy that art and technology are a great combination. 




Finally, Organized Chaos, is another blog that I am a new follower of.  I would make number 40 in followers, so I would say Mrs. Novak is a untapped resource.  She seems to post often with some great ideas.  That is one of my favorite things in a blog, new information often.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Splish, Splash, Splatter

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


Splish, Splash, Splatter is one that you may not be a follower of.  Ms. Keller classroom art work is 'pinned' often on Pinterest.  Her work is admired by many.  Look at the energy in this work.  I would say that is one of her trade marks, she encourages energy in her students work.  Go ahead… Check it out!

Painted Paper

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


Painted Paper is just the sweetest blog!  I love the lessons that come from this Ohio native.  Her solid black background makes the work she post, pop!  I enjoy her step by step explanations and as a visual learner, I find her methods easy to follow.  If you are working with elementary age students you need to visit this wonderful blog.

Homeroom Trophy and Twitter

In the elementary setting, art teachers make connections with every student, yet not like a homeroom teacher.  Homeroom teachers know the students, their families, their siblings.  At the middle school level I have a mass amount of students but I also have a homeroom.  We meet everyday and I will have these kids for 3 years (6th-8th).  What a treat.  I have been working hard to get to know these kids.  Here are a couple ways that I have found success.


Above you see my homeroom with a trophy.  Every Friday our school plays a game on the morning announcements.  My kids have played but they have never worked as a team the way they did this last week.  I am happy to say it payed off.  They worked as a team and we get to have the BIG trophy in our classroom for a week.  The trophy to me was the way we all worked together… I wanted to highlight that with a picture… Aren't they cute:)



Another thing that we are trying in the is a TWITTER account… not what you think… these kids are tweeting on a laminated sheet of paper that they designed.  They come in everyday and 'tweet'.  It is fun to see the random thoughts of a middle school student!  I got this idea off someone's pins from Mrs. Whites 5th grade class.  Thanks Mrs. White!  My kids are loving it!

If you have other ideas for me to do with my homeroom, please comment so I can add on to the community building happening in my art room.

Art with Mr. E.

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


Mr. E is a father of two, a teacher in Nashville, and a blogger… and a popular blogger at that!  Art with Mr. E is a great resource for 'what's happen' in the art world.  He thinks big and shares his BIG ideas.  Again, Mr. E has so many followers that I'm sure if you are seeing this post, you are already a follower of his blog.  If for some reason your not… check out Art with Mr. E.

FugleBlog

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!



FugleBlog… What more do I have to say:)  This blog is AMAZING!!!   Her FugleFlicks are more then impressive.  She has her students fully involved in technology and art.  I completely enjoy visiting this blog on a VERY regular basis!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Art Teachers Hate Glitter

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


Who couldn't love a blog named Art Teacher Hate Glitter?  The author of the blog states…


THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL ART TEACHER BLOG.

You will not find cool lesson plans or pictures of student art work here.


There are many other (better) blogs out there where you can find that sort of thing.
Here you will be given a glimpse into the (crazy) mind of an (overworked and underfed) elementary art teacher. 
This blog is not safe for children.

The humor and candid conversation you get from this blog is refreshing.  If you are an art teacher you will find yourself often saying… Uh huh, yep, exactly… as you read her words.  Check it out

Art For Small Hands


Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


Julie Voigt from Art for Small Hands is a blog author that I read often.  Julie has an impressive resume teaching in public, private, and Montessori schools, both in the United States and Hong Kong.  I have used her lessons once and a while on my mini's at home.  This clean, crisp blog is easy to view what is important, the students art work.  Art for Small Hands is another blog to add to your list!

The Teaching Palette


Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!

Talk about a professional blog… The Teaching Palette has been a blog to follow for many years.  The founders and primary authors of this blog are Hillary Andrlik and Theresa McGee, who both teach elementary art in the Chicagoland area. As a blog authored by art educators for art educators, they focus on arteducationology, or the study or art education.  This team has created a wonderful site posting about classroom management,  creativity and music/art.  Again, if you have not already, visit this wonderful blog!
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Hillary Andrlik
Theresa McGee
Theresa McGee


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SmArt Class

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


Natalie from Smart Class is a blog to highlight.  She does wonderful projects but more then that she is an artist herself.  A while back Natalie must have got a new camera and ever since has been practicing creating wonderfully edited images to feature on her blog.  Her lessons are not only fun to learn about but also BEAUTIFUL to look at!

ART is Basic


Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!



It is my privilege to introduce Marcia Beckett, and her blog Art is Basic.  Marcia is a fellow mid western girl from Madison, WI.  She has had a couple of looks for her blog though out the years and even different names.  You might have know this blog as Vivid Layers at one point.  Mrs. Beckett shares great lessons and breaks them down visually for her readers understanding.  She also give great tips along the way.  Make a point to visit Art is Basic today!

Deep Space Sparkle


Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!



California Girl, Patty, has an extremely attractive blog called Deep Space Sparkles.  Since following this blog, I have watched it go through a couple of looks along the way but the format now is very pleasing to a visual arts teacher.  People who are teaching art can purchase inexpensive, comprehensive lessons from Patty at this blog site.  Be sure to stop by Deep Space Sparkle today.

Art Project Girl


Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!



I'm very excited to introduce the next blog, Art Project Girl, by Erica!  Erica is an amazing art teacher and I have been a big fan of her for a long time.  She loves to share her ideas, and brainstorm professionally.  I love chatting with Erica about Art Projects.  One of my favorite things about Erica these days is what a proud Mama she is!  She love to share about her daughter and let me tell you… what a sweetie!  Go NOW… check out this blog!

Art Project for Kids

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!



Kathy Barbro is the creator of the wonderful blog called Art Projects for Kids.  I like Kathy's blog because it is right to the point.  She knows how to explain her lessons in a short and concise manner.  Her lessons are successful and we are fortunate that she is willing to share.  Please, go check out this great blog.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Adventures of and Art Teacher

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!



Katie Morris, from Kansas, has a blog called Adventures of an Art Teacher.  This blog is a WONDERFUL insight on how to teach young artist with great success.  Her tricks of the trade are worth looking into.  She has so many great idea and posts often.  This is a blog to follow because not only is Katie an amazing art education leader but she is also a wonderful cheerleader… she is quick to comment and help pump up her fellow art educators.  

There's a Dragon in my Art Room

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


What an honor to talk about Phyl and her blog There's a Dragon in my Art Room.  Phyl feels that 'she has the best job in the school', and I agree, teaching art is a wonderful job.  This K-6 art teacher shares everything, her ideas, her opinions, and her celebrations.  I'm sure everyone who will run across this post is already following this amazing blog, but if not, you're in for a treat!

The Art Teachers Guide to the Internet

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


From his book... The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet to his blog,  The Art Teachers Guide to the Internet I have been a fan of Craig Roland for a long time.  I was fortunate to attend his session when he came to Minneapolis a couple years ago for the National Art Education Convention.  This man has great ideas and is a wonderful help to us art people living on the edge of technology!  Again, If you are not following Craig Roland's blog, please check it out and become a follower!

Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artist...

Jessica, from The Art of Education was kind enough to let me know that MiniMatisse is nominated for Art Ed Blog of the Year.  I am so humbled by this, especially when I see who the other nomination are.  I want to take a minute to highlight some of the other blogs that are being honored in the same way.  If you are not following these blogs, please do because they are AMAZING!!


This post, is about Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artist.  Hope Hunter Knight is a wonderful educator who is willing to share all of the exciting events, and activities that go on in her room.  I have been fortunate enough to trade ATC's with Mrs. Knight's class.  She has a wonderful board of all the trades her class has taken part in.  Go ahead, check out Mrs. Knight's Smart Artist blog!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nominated, Please vote!


I am so exited to be informed that Mini Matisse was nominated for Art Education Blog of the year!  Please visit Jessica's blog, The ART of Education, to vote for MiniMatisse!!

Finalists Announced! Vote for Art Ed Blog of the Year!

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WOW!  As a result of our Call to Nominations for the 1st Annual Art Ed Blog of the Year Awards, our email inbox was flooded with nominations as well as over 50 comments on our Nominations page.  What a gratifying experience – to give recognition to the great blogs who continually inspire us all.. be sure to Vote Now!
 The nominations are in, the committee has narrowed down the list, and today we are thrilled to announce the following 20 finalists for Art Ed Blog of the Year!

Voting takes place between January 15th and 20th. The Top 10 will be selected by, of course, YOUR or votes! Be sure to visit all of the blogs by clicking on their linked names above,  make your choice, and then vote in the Poll below.  Finalist bloggers are encouraged to share the ballot link with their own readership so there are as many voters represented as possible! Voters, yes, you can vote for multiple blogs when you place your vote (give to your love to lots of blogs or put your eggs all in one basket)! 
Why wait? Vote for your favorite(s) today!
On Saturday January 21st, we’ll announce the winners.  You will be notified if your blog is one of the Top 10 Winners.  The Top 10 blogs will all receive a unique Award Badge which they can proudly post in the side column or other prominent location on their blog! In addition to the badge, award winners will be promoted with a permanent space on the AOE Blog, be featured in the Blogging for Art Educators online class, and get kudos in our Weekly Quick Tips Newsletter.  Talk about a lot of blog love, huh!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

7th grade Magazine Collages


7th grade students worked on a paper collage.  We used lots of magazines to create these wonderful works of art.  I was inspired by MANY other artist and art teachers.  Many of the images were found on Pinterest.  Click here to see my boards to see other examples of similar projects.  You can look at other project samples on our classroom flickr account.

Friday, January 13, 2012

UPDATED: 8th grade Face Sculptures


Eighth grade student from 2nd quarter worked on a low relief sculpture of a face.  Students had fun playing with paper mache and painting these in both realistic and abstract colors.  I was inspired by FecklePhoto blog.  This blog has inspired several projects and projects to come!  I found it on Pinterest (click here to see other pins).  If you want to see more of what my students created, please visit our classroom flickr account.

Update:

In response to some questions I was asked… I have some more to add to this post…

Miriam Paternoster said...I’ve seen all works of your student, these are amazing! Did you made them with cardboard and paper with vinilic glue? How many hours did your students spend for this sort of job? It’s really original!!!


I had to look up what vinilic glue is.  I think it is like our white liquid glue.  The paste I used is called Elmer's Art paste.




This product is slimy and the kids love it (but claim they hate it):)!  I did use a matte board template because it is a nice, stiff base.  On the flickr site you will see the kids cutting with a utility knife.  Have band aides on hand:)  We used cardboard for the 3-D parts because they are able to cut out with a scissors rather then a knife.  They taped these parts on and covered with a light paper (newspaper, tissue paper, even toilet paper) dipped into the art paste.

This project took about 8 hours to finish.  Here is a rough guideline (these all overlapped)

  • Day 1: design
  • Day 2: cut Matte Board
  • Day 3 and 4: cut and tape structure of the 3-d parts
  • Day 5 and 6: Paper Mache
  • Day 7 and 8: Paint and add the 'extras' (yarn, beads, materials, and so on)
Hope this clears things up:)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Write about it!


I'm working at the middle school level now but the last several years I was at the elementary level.  Rogers Elementary is a STEM school starting this year and WOW are they doing amazing thing!  Here are a couple of kiddo's on their morning show and we (the art  department) made the news!  If you want to see what a really quality morning announcements look like, check out the whole video.  If you just want to hear about the art department, forward to 3 minutes and 20 seconds. (click here to watch) Really… this is so cute!  This brings me to my next point on this post.  Writing an article is an amazing way to share ideas with peers, a good resume builder, but I feel most of all, a GREAT way to advertise your program and empower students!  Paige and Kal, from this article are being recognized at the school and district level!  These kids KNOW they are artist, they don't have to be one when they grow up!  I encourage you to submit articles to SchoolArts or any other arts publication.  I recently saw in the latest publication that another fellow blogger, Mr. E. submitted his amazing project too! Way to go.  (click here to see Mr. E.'s) article.  Make it a new year resolution!


District Staff Happenings (click here)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Last Chance to get them hooked.


Eighth grade has been a lot of fun for me to develop.  In our district, this is the last Visual Arts class a student must take.  I want them to continue in art so I have set up the class to "advertise" what they could explore more at a high school setting.  I present lessons such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital arts and jewelry so student can see a strong correlation between what we are doing in class and what they can sign up for in high school.  After our clay unit for the students who finish early, I invite students to watch and take part in a wheel demo.  We have 4 wheels and only a quarter with these kids so a demo is all we have time for however, I like letting the kids touch the clay as it is moving… I have some students say it is the best part of class.  


Our class had so much fun, I wanted to share it with my mini's too.  Sawyer had a great time.  It was a fun holiday break!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Two new apps to try

I have had a lot of fun playing with some new apps with my kids.  I am trying to figure out more ways to incorporate technology in my classroom.  I have read about these two apps that allow the user to create puppet plays.  I have only just begun with my playing and have not tried classroom application yet but here are my reviews so far.


Puppet Pals was the most fun for my kids and I think it will be fore my students as well.  With this app users are able to take pictures of themselves and place their own characters in a play.  This would be the same for the set (background of the play).  The down falls of this is that the characters are very stiff and one-demetional.

Here is a quick example of my daughters very first play that she directed and stared in:)

The second app that we gave a try over break was Toontastic.  I like this one too but for different reasons.  Here the characters are animated.  They move and interact a bit more.  I don't think there is a way to add your own characters (but if you know of a way, please let me know.)  I think this would work well for a elementary classroom or any age group for.  It would support story set up and writing very well.  It give prompts of how to create a play such as the set up, conflict, challenge, climax and resolution. One can get suckered into more and more backgrounds and characters with this app however, so be careful.