September 2009 Archives

Once upon a time in Africa

This summer I went to Africa. And there are some things that I learned that I thought might be interesting to share.

 

For Art Education majors: There have been a few sources that have told us that some schools will not take teachers that did their student teaching in other countries. I now know why that is. When we start student teaching(I assume) we will be teaching with a teacher but also learning from their teaching styls. If you were to do your student teaching Africa, you would not have a teacher to guide you. There is a strong chance that if you showed up at a school asking to student teach, the teacher would give you full control of the class and never show up again. We start off with a better understanding of teaching as a high school graduate than a lot of these teachers do after years of teaching. So that is just something to keep in mind when you are choosing where you want to student teach.

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Also the children that  was around were from rural areas, and their exposure to things were very limited. They would see 3 main colors(which are expressed in the photo). These colors were blue(sky), Green(trees), orange(everything else).


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I notice that these were also their favorite colors. I would lay out a number of colors and the color I always ran out of first was orange. The second place color was blue. But I started to wander if this would change as their surroundings started to change. In just the 2 months I was there, they got a new road, restaurant, and new cell phone towers. And in the last 8 years they have gotten cell phones, cars, internet, wooden houses(they had never seen one before), and stores. Imagine going from the colonies in Jamestown to Modern times in under a decade. I cant imagine what kind of effect this is having on their creative thinking, not to mention their other academics.


This picture is of a typical government school class room. Notice how bare it is.

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Each of these students will have to pass an exam in order to get into high school. 30 to 40 percent of them will pass. A passing grade on this exam is 30% or more.

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I am going to conclude this entry for today but if you have any other questions please ask.

 

 

Creature throughts

The final Animation is already up but I thought it would be good to have the original deign up as well.

I really like flying things so I want to somehow make my creature fly. I was satisfied with how he turned out but I wish that I could find a way to make everything work better together. I don't think that my images flow like they should. I think if I go further with the project I will try and make the different animals a similar color or find some way to make a similar texture through out the whole piece.

When I am teaching I will encourage the students to keep this in mind. Just because you can paste the animal together doesn't mean that it will look like it goes together. Something that could fix this is starting with a black and white image and then add colors. This is just a thought for further reference, I don't know if it would actually work.

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creature video

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This is the first animation that I made for this class, and the first animation i have ever made. The challenges that I had was the timing of the animation. I really enjoyed working on this and I like it really has made me think out side the box when it comes to what i can do in photoshop. This animation was mixture of a bird, bison, butterfly, and owl. I wanted it to have the feel that it was coming at you, and once it gets closer, I wanted the viewer to feeling like it was going to jump out at them.

I have recently Noticed

I noticed that there is a lot more use of bold solid colors in advertising. I don't really know how to explain it so I have found some link that you can see. Notice the backgrounds and detailing is very bright, solid, bold, and/or slightly surreal.

http://alieneyes.wordpress.com/2007/09/16/funniest-bus-advertisements/

http://itscoolweb.blogspot.com/2008/12/14-creative-advertisements-part-3.html


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This blog is to communicate with the rest of the digital methods class, fall 2009.
My name is Sarah Wiesner, I am a junior in the Art education Department at UMD. 

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