September 2009 Archives

Professional Claymation: Nick Park and Aardman Animations

Nick Park is the creator of the beloved characters Wallace and Gromit. He has worked with Aardman Animations to create a whole bunch of wonderful Wallace and Gromit Adventures and much more. Here are some links to clips from movies, commercials, and little shorts! 

Wallace and Gromit Website-This has some great features on it. When you click on "schools" it brings you to a website that gives FREE activity/lesson ideas for teachers on how to get kids to invent things!

Here is a link to the Aardman Animations' youtube page. There are a lot more great videos on there that I didn't put on here! Go and check it out.

Other (non-Wallace and Gromit Projects)

"Creature Comfort" is series of animations that are answers from real people to these questions. Some of them are very funny!!! I would look for more online!!! But here are a couple of my favorites and some about Art!

There are also 10 fun little bits called "Cracking Contraptions" that are all wonderfully funny and star Wallace and Gromit. They are little short about different inventions Wallace tries to come up with that just don't really work...


Professional Claymation: Will Vinton

Still of Creature Animation 3

One last still from my creature animation for Digital Methods in Art Ed.

Still of Creature Animation 2

Another still from my creature animation for Digital Methods in Art Ed.

Still of Creature Animation 1

Here is one still I have from my creature animation/movie project for Digital Methods in Art Ed

Project 1: Creature Animation!!!

This is my creature animation for the first project in Digital Methods in Art Ed class. My class was asked to create a  creature and a background out of photos/images in five different categories (texture, face, animal, mechanical, landscape). To take that creature one step further we were asked to animate it using photoshop and imovie. So here is my final! Enjoy!!!!!

I call my little guy Frazzle the Flamfly (flamingo and butterfly).

Environmental Art!

I was just surfing the web and came across this blog site about eco art. There is a really interesting post about this guy that uses recycled material and makes suits that he wears out. These suits are strange to "normal standards", they are made from: corks, cans, bottles, keys, you name it probably has a suit made out of it. What makes this man even more interesting is that he also rides around on a unicycle IN the suits!

In modern society, I think that it is good that some artists are realizing that you don't have to spend a lots of money on making art. And at the same time you are helping the environment.

To connect this to my digital methods class, when doing stock motion like animations we can also try to involve and use recycled materials to create a "earth-friendly" project. It gives a different feel and esthetic to the projects and also gives the viewer an opportunity to see the possibilities of what normal everyday stuff can be turned into!

Make a Statement...with Your SHOES!

One of my fellow employees at work introduced me to this really cool thing! The shoe company Converse, gives you an option to design your own shoes! You can make one of a kind shoes to fit your own artistic style! The price of these isn't bad, about the same as their pre-designed shoes. Sadly, I was hoping that there was a way to upload images of your art to put on the shoes but you can. It is still really cool! If you like converse, you should check it out! Make a statement! The also have shoes the you can design that are part of the (PRODUCT)red campaign, a portion of the profits from the the shoes go to helping fight AIDS in Africa!

Make Your Own Converse!

Here is a website if you are interested in learning more about the (Product) Red campaign to fight AIDS in Africa.

Online Galleries - Show off Your Work!

Something that I have noticed recently was the number of websites that are out there that allow you to show your own account and post your work. They act as online galleries were people can view your work, comment on it, and even on some of the websites people can even buy prints of your art. There is enough a website that you can create your own little online store and place your artwork or photos on items like t-shirts and coffee mugs. Its kind of like being a famous artist like Van Gogh with his painting of starry night on bags and umbrellas! 

Here are some of those sites! There are probably many more out there that I haven't found but check them out! Or even start your own site and show the world your art!

DEVIANT ART is a website that allows you to post your work in different categories from photos to paintings, clothing design to flash designs. Whatever you make, you can post! It is FREE to join. It also allows you to post comments on peoples work and also gives you an option of selling prints of your work! If anything it is fun to go an look at what other people are doing right NOW!

ELFWOOD is another website that you can post your artwork. The one thing about this site is that it is more geared to the Fantasy and Sci-Fi realm of art. So if you like dragons and fairies this is a site for you. It is also FREE to join as well!

ARTSPAN is online gallery website that is geared more for artists that a producing art that want to sell it. It is not free to join and seems to be more for the "vets" of the arts. It is a place for contemporary and original pieces of art.

FANART-CENTRAL is another FREE online gallery that is more for those artists that are into doing fan art of their favorite movies, books, or shows. But is nevertheless another place to put your artwork out to be seen.

One last place you should look at if you are interest in textiles and putting your work on mugs, bags you name it! CAFEPRESS is a website that allows you to upload your artwork and select items for them to be sold on. There many different items you can choose from! It allows you set your price (giving you a base price for the item being printed on) and manage your store front! You get money for selling your art (the difference between your price and the base price)! There are at least two options, you can have a FREE store (which has limited items you can sell, and how many of each category you can sell) or you can pay a monthly fee and have unlimited items! It is a cool place to go see t-shirt designs and what is out there!

About this Blog

This blog is held by Lorena, a 4th year Art Education student at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. I have made this blog as a requirement for my Digital Methods in Art Education class.

We are keeping these blogs in order to better prepare ourselves in future teaching digital arts to children. This is to become a resource that we can refer back to when we are trying to come up with ideas of what and how to teach it.

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