February 23, 2013 – Saturday – ABC’s of Art 2013

The Newest ABC of the Arts: I – L
By: Frank Korb
January 2013

Frank Korb

Frank Korb

In 2002 and again in 2007, John Tusa of The Guardian wrote the ABC’s of what was facing the world of the arts and how to deal with them. Inspired by his ABC’s, these are my 26 thoughts on the importance of support of the arts in school systems and communities across the country / world.

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I is for Importance – The importance of the visual arts is often overlooked, yet when walls need decorating, fliers need printing, shirts need designing, sets need painting, the visual artists are the ones that are called upon. Image the walls of a household, office, classroom without the visuals – how sterile and unimportant would that space be (think of a prison cell… maybe I have offered up too much information – Just Kidding.)?

J is for Juxtaposition – The side by side comparison of professional artists, the community artists, and the student artists is essential to the community of artists and learners. The professional, weekend warrior, and the student learning what it is to work in and be around art may not always be attained by those in the arts BUT it is essential to the arts. The Artist, the Critic, the Historian, the Consumer… Art does not get made in a vacuum and is essential to all those involved.

K is for Kindred Spirits – The closeness of a group of artists (professionals and students alike) who are making work, discovering skills and abilities, solving problems and coming up with new and inventive solutions, and then showing work together with a sense of pride… this is something desperately needed in our world – here is an opportunity to promote that spirit of unity. Start an art group with your friends and have pizza while talking about the art you make.

L is for Lifelong Learning – What does it take to be an artist? This is a question that many colleges and universities fail to provide a solid answer for. Opportunities abound as one learns what it is to juggle the time, management, resources, artworks, and all the other things that are part of a successful artist (professional and students alike).

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NEXT WEEK: M, N, and O

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February 22, 2013 – Friday

Technology In-Service Today! Learning a lot about the technology that is out there so that your time in the classroom is stronger.

“It’s hard to pay attention these days because of multiple affects of the information technology nowadays. You tend to develop a faster, speedier mind, but I don’t think it’s necessarily broader or smarter.” – Robert Redford

As an educator and individual who is concerned with Technology and the use of it in our classrooms, society, family, etc… I believe that it is important to stay on top of the technology that is out there. Below are the National Educational Technology Standards that are used in MY classroom and hopefully in all the classrooms in the nation.

National Educational Technology Standards (N.E.T.S.)

National Educational Technology Standards for Students (2007)

  1. Creativity and Innovation – Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  2. Communication and Collaboration – Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and to the learning of others.
  3. Research and Information Fluency – Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making – Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
  5. Digital Citizenship – Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts – Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

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February 16, 2013 – Saturday – ABC’s of Art 2013

The Newest ABC of the Arts: E – H
By: Frank Korb
January 2013

Frank Korb

Frank Korb

In 2002 and again in 2007, John Tusa of The Guardian wrote the ABC’s of what was facing the world of the arts and how to deal with them. Inspired by his ABC’s, these are my 26 thoughts on the importance of support of the arts in school systems and communities across the country / world.

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E is for Education – The lessons and skills learned in the making of art are enhanced through the lessons and skills developed through the exhibition of art as the artist keeps the goals of presentation, conversation, and appreciation in mind as the work is created.

F is for Fine Art – The final product (but for the artist not the most important part of the art – that would be process) that the hard and dedicated work an artist strives to produce and be recognized for.

G is for Goals – It is all about setting them, working towards them, and then reflecting upon them as they are completed (or not completed). The presentation and conversation allows for the “wall” to be the Goal for the learning and a place for reflecting upon the ideas of whether or not those goals were accomplished in the process. What is it that we hope to learn from the process of making art? Is is only about the manipulation of a medium on a ground? Is it only about the plasticity of a clay or metal? Is it just the digital images put into the computer and reproduced through the printer? NO! The objectives are larger than the simple “art making” and revolve around History, Aesthetics, and Art Criticism.

H is for Holistic – It starts with concepts to practice, then practice to presentation, presentation to conversation, conversation to appreciation. The appreciation on a gallery wall is the final space that artists work long and hard to achieve recognition (one more step would be to the hands and walls of the arts patron – but that is another story).

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NEXT WEEK: I, J, K, AND L.

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February 12 – 2013 – Tuesday

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

— Pamela Vaull Starr (Thanks Paul)

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Art Foundations 2D: Watercolor Experiments, Follow Directions and Duplicate Techniques.

If it LOOKs like a Marc Rothko, SMELLS like a Marc Rothko, QUACKS like a Marc Rothko… it is NOT… this belongs to malissasplac

GOALS:

  1. (1.2) Create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the technique of watercolor paints.
  2. (4.4) evaluate and interpret art for relationships in technique

What is the most challenging aspect of the watercolors for the day? What emotions have you chosen to represent yourself? Why? Line Portrait – Complex

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Drawing: Formative Self Evaluation, WORK! Charcoal and TECHNIQUE

SORRY – I have the wrong DATE in the video… the right classes… the wrong date.

GOALS:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret art for  relationships in 4.4.1 form and value
  2. 5.3 describe meanings of artworks by analyzing   5.3.1 techniques

Pair / Share your self–evaluation and thoughts of the day. We are going to clean up 13 minutes early so you can share your personal thoughts about your work and the work of your NON-BFF classmates! Got It?!

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AP Studio Art: Computer Lab – Time to crop and save and edit your images. Link to the instructions HERE and in the AP Studio Art Page (to the right of the goals section of this page).

Yebin So, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J., 24 x 18 charcoal on paper

GOALS:

  1. NETS 3: Research and Information Fluency – Evaluation through technologial tools
  2. 3.4 evaluate and defend the validity of sources for ideas

What were the biggest impressions you had from the AP Student’s works? What were the most difficult things felt as you edited your work? 

February 9, 2013 – Saturday? The NEWEST ABS’s of Art

The Newest ABC of the Arts
By: Frank Korb
January 2013

Frank Korb
Frank Korb

In 2002 and again in 2007, John Tusa of The Guardian wrote the ABC’s of what was facing the world of the arts and how to deal with them. Inspired by his ABC’s, these are my 26 thoughts on the importance of support of the arts in school systems and communities across the country / world.

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A is for Assessment – One’s self and the evaluation of others needs for evaluation and assessment of hard and dedicated work is essential in a well rounded and successful art education. With a focus on the learning of technique and terms as well as a space that allows for REAL exhibition – knowing that the work will earn a space on the white wall of the gallery – gives more credence to the learning and assessment of that learning.

B is for Business – The operations of what it takes to be an artist and to deal with a gallery (space) becomes a needed aspect of courses  taught and give the students an understanding (or at least exposure) to the marketing, hanging, organizing, business end of being a professional artist. When the first show is up, opened, appreciated and critiques, and finally taken down, the learning of the hard work of being an artist in the truest sense of the job, is finally understood.

C is for Collaboration – Working with individuals from the arts community, gaining ideas and insights from professionals, and developing ideas together are skills and tools that are often looked for in professionals entering the working world. the gallery space would give students, faculty, and the community these opportunities to work together to reinforce the importance of the Arts in our growing community and culture.

D is for Development – Art making, speaking, and critiquing skills are abilities that are important aspects of the student’s education that need to be honed and developed. Art in the schools and community, and a space to share those artworks and skills allow for skills to be developed and delivered in an honorable and respectable way, thus  allowing for artistic pride in one’s work to be reinforced.

NEXT WEEK: E, F, G, and H.

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