November 2011 Archives

Bi-Weekly Report 5

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Surrealistic Me

Surrealistic Me is a collaboration project for high school students. It is being put on by Matt Cauthron, David Gran and Mike Skocko. This project allows students to create a surrealist self portrait of themselves. Portraits that are submitted and chosen will be put together in a book and released to the global public in April 2012. All proceeds go to Jacaranda School for AIDS orphans in Malawi. This project allows students to explore their dreams and sub-concious and come up with a unique self portrait of themselves. Different media can be used such as dry medium, paints, photoshop, printmaking, ext. They provide a lesson plan for teachers to use if they want. Otherwise, the teacher can collaborate this project into their curriculum however they like. It also allows students to be part of a global project that has a great cause.

This project would be great to have your high school students participate in. It's important for students to get in the habit of submit their work to different exhibitions and projects. This project is taking on a subject that each student can have a unique perspective and view on. Everyone has dreams that they can remember or has let their imagination run wild while day dreaming. Those dreams and thoughts can give creative inspiration for artwork. Also, what I love about this project is that only high school students can enter. This enables students to be more competitive and really push their work because they know that they are competing against people their age and not professional artists. Overall, I can't wait for the book to come out because I'm sure it is going to be full of great surreal student work and I wish that I had a class that I could have participate in this.

Surrealistic Me website:

Operation Techniques Slideshow for students:

Inspiration links:

Cauthron, Matt, David Gran, and Mike Skocko. "Surrealistic Me." . N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov 2011. .

Claymation Lesson Plan

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Project Example:

Inspired from William Hunt's "Hireling Shepherd" painting

Lesson Plan:

Grade Level: Middle School

Time Needed: Five, 50min. classes

Focus: To create a claymation inspired by an artwork from the 19C.

a. Students will analyze the elements in media arts such as image, sound space, time, motion and sequence. (
b. Students will create original works of media art in a variety of artistic context. (
c. Students will analyze and interpret a variety of media artworks using established criteria. (

Motivations Resources: These videos and links will be shown to students for inspiration along with project description and guidelines. This would all be presented through a powerpoint with links to videos and websites.

Example Video:

Example Video:

Great Website:

History of Claymation:

Art Materials:
Provided for students:
Computers & Software

Students need to bring:
Background material: (Scissors, glue, colored paper, ect.)

Intro to Lesson:

Students will be learning a stop motion technique called claymation. Claymation dates back to 1897 and since then has been used in many famous movies and television shows. Gumby was one of the first shows that made this technique popular. To create a claymation, you have a create a set, take a picture, slightly move your clay and then take another picture. You repeat this step until you are satisfied with the storyline and the amount of pictures. The smaller the movements the smoother the film will be in the end. After you've finished taking your photos, you can upload into photoshop and create an animation movie from there. Claymation not only allows students to be hands on sculptors and builders but they also learn how to use different technologies.

Claymation can be used in a variety of ways. For this project students will be basing their projects off of any art piece for the 19C. They will chose a piece to research and decide what elements they want to incorporate to create their claymation. For example, they could use the storyline, color scheme, style, time period, ect. Their end product should be an inspiration from their history piece and they should be able to relate in back in some way. They are learning about history in this project as well as how to create an interesting claymation.

Bi-Weekly Report 4

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Incorporating Art Education in Technology and the Public's Eye
I found a video through CNN called, "Exploring the anti-social side of social media". This video was about a women called Cristin Norine who isolated herself in room on a corner of a street. The catch was that all the windows in her room were made of glass and in plain view of all that passed by. The only privacy she had was a small bathroom. She did not leave this room or communicate with anyone except through facebook, twitter and video chat for 30 days, the project is called "Public Isolation Project". This project was done by two different people. One was by Joshua Jay Elliot and the other by Cristin Norine, the one enclosing herself in the room. Elliot's project was around the idea that the way people now share everything about their lives online has turned us into a population that has no boundaries or individual privacy, his piece is called,"An Examinable Life". Norine was exploring the emotional and psychological effects of not being able to communicate with anyone except though technology, her piece is called, "The Future of Socializing".
I thought that this was relevant to digital art education because these artist were exploring our society though the means of digital methods. This would be an interesting subject to bring up in an art classroom. Students who are living in the age may be able to relate or disagree with what the artists are doing. Also, it's a great example of making public/performance art. I think that this video is right on with how digital technology should be used as a extra tool to communicate and not the only or necessarily best tool.

Photo of Cristin Norine in her glass box:

Here is my original reporter's video I found:

Here a link to the "Public Isolation Project" homepage:

Elliot, Joshua, and Cristin Norine. "Public Isolation Project." n. d. Web. 3 Nov. 2011. .

Oppmann, Patrick. "Exploring the anti-social side of social media." End of Privacy. CNN, 22 Nov 2010. Web. 3 Nov 2011. .

Seigneur, Cornelia. "The Public Isolation Project leaves Portland woman isolated, except for social media ." 19 Nov 2010. n. pag. Web. 3 Nov 2011. .

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