The Weather is There, I wish I were… beautiful…

“Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won’t count for much.”
– David Bayles and Ted Orland
Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Welcome to KorbArtWuhs.WordPress.com… take a walk around, stretch your legs, get a feel for the landscape. Here is where I begin and end all of my classes, while also providing a resource for my students, their parents, as well as teachers and students around the world.

GOAL! Goal… goal… goal… GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Now… what goals do you have in your mind for the day? Me… stay warm… it is -60 degrees out there today. http://cache2.allpostersimages.com/p/LRG/38/3841/HPJYF00Z/posters/soccer-player-scoring-a-goal.jpg

GOALS:

  1. Know about how one teacher uses daily goal setting and interaction in the classroom.
  2. Know about the use of a website as a communication tool both inside and outside of the classroom.
  3. Know about how using a students prior knowledge can help set the stage for better understanding of the topic at hand.

(Originally Posted: June 26, 2013) Technology in the classroom was my big presentation at this years InterActiv Learning Conference 2013 in Whitewater, WI. My largest concern with the use of today’s technology is the misuse of it. Having had an opportunity to listen to a new Freshman in High School (not mine… well, my kid, but not my district) discuss the use (or in some conversations that stand out – misuse) of important resources such as YouTube and Google it struck me that the conversation of how we use technology in the classroom as a learning TOOL and not as “bells and whistles” to entertain or simply to “connect” with the kids was important.

Technology and Interaction in the Classroom (link to my Google Presentation is HERE) was the presentation I had at the conference and I really wish I had heard Michael Wesch’s 201o Presentation at the University of Denver prior to my presentation. The good news (maybe for me) is that I am working in the direction he speaks about in his lecture (link to his presentation is HERE). To keep this brief (and give you a chance to watch his presentation) I feel the most important part of his lecture was to emphasize that the INFORMATION out there is NOT SCARCE and the student of today has all the access to it, in their pocket! The important thing to keep in mind, and this is a brain shift for all in education (kids, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members… everyone), is that the teachers need to help the kids learn HOW to use the technology to be self directed learners. The kids sure know how to entertain themselves with the internet… but strong learners of Web 2.0 tools they are not.

How can we, as teachers, use the tools that are out there to help the kids LEARN how to LEARN? How do we demonstrate the tricks of the trade, the skills that are essential in the process of learning so that the students we have the privileged to work with, can become more independent learners? One of the tricks of using the technology (information really) that is out there is to make sure we are teaching them how to CONNECT to it and not to simply learn it all for the test. This also ties into the thoughts of Noah Chomsky (HERE for a YouTube video Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference – Jan 25th 2012- London) that the TEST is not a very good demonstration of the knowledge the kids have. Yes, maybe for the day and a few weeks later, but then – POOF – that is gone. How can we, as concerned educators and leaders, help the learners make sure that the information we provide them with connects to the world they are living in? The tools are there, and they will be using them for as long as they live. How can we connect the tools, the information that is available, and the techniques to gather, toss aside, sort, filter, and use that information is through demonstration by example, teaching and reteaching, and reviewing the importance of being aware of how the tools and information is to be used.

Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Knowing that sketchbooks and goals will ALWAYS be part of the courses, what is one suggestion that you have to offer for future classes? What are some suggestions you may have to help the class become even stronger or more fulfilling than it already is? These require explanation please.

  • “Make the goals so that everyone does them and doesn’t slack. It helps my brain learn from the beginning of class and I know it will help others.”
  • “To take the goals and understand them not just write them down.”
  • “The goals were kind of hard to understand when looking back at them. It’s easy to understand when you explain. but the way they are written down is tricky to look back at.”

February 11, 2013 – Monday

“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost

SETTING GOALS:

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Art Foundations 2D – Pattern, Contour Line, Marker Work to finish portraits – REVIEW PATTERN AND LINE

REMEMBER ME?! Today we choose our BEST! GO SLOW! Keep your big open spaces – BIG AND OPEN. No Shading, Closed Shapes!
What sort of PATTERN are you? Are you a bunch of ALTERNATING elephants? Maybe you are abstract? Maybe a wavy pattern is more your style… Thanks Lotta Bruhn for the Elephants – Check out the site for INSPIRATION!

GOALS:

  1. 1.4 create, define, and solve visual challenges using 1.4.2 synthesis (how are we going to use LINE to create a successful portrait?)
  2. 4.4 evaluate and interpret art for relationships in 4.4.1 form

What was the most fun part of dealing with contours? If you were to describe yourself in terms of lines, what lines would you use? Where are you successful in the contour drawings? Share the images with your classmates and discuss the success and failures.

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Drawing – We are going to be looking at collaborative use of technology to self-evaluate and help others reflect on their own work.

Google Drive – Here we GO!

CNet How to use Google Drive

GOALS:

  1. 1.4 solve charcoal grid drawing challenges  using 1.4.1 analysis and 1.4.2 synthesis
  2. 1.4.3 evaluation (formative and summative reflections about your artwork) of your artwork through digital media. (Technology Operations and Concepts and Communication and Collaboration)

Pair / Share – self – evaluation of the day – back of the goal sheet.

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AP Studio Art: Technology and your artwork. Editing and  uploading to the AP Studio Site.

Remember this 6/6 from last week?

GOALS:

  1. 1.3 communicate ideas clearly
  2. 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks

What were the biggest impressions you had from the classmate’s works? What were the most difficult things you felt as you presented your work? Conversation between classmates about the 2 questions for your exam. How does this work relate to your concentration?

February 8, 2013 – FRIDAY!

WELCOME TO THE DRAWING STUDIO - ALL THE ARTISTS HARD AT WORK.
WELCOME TO THE DRAWING STUDIO – ALL THE ARTISTS HARD AT WORK.

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.

 – James McNeill Whistler

To all of our Drawing and Art Foundations Students… I think Whistler’s message will be comforting to you.

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Art Foundations: Continuous Line MARKER Drawings… (maybe one more pencil drawing), Pattern conversation and introduction to watercolor.

Marker and Pencil Continuous Line Contour Portraits - Frank Korb.
Marker and Pencil Continuous Line Contour Portraits – Frank Korb.

Goals:

  1. Work on (1.1.1, 3) applying media and techniques with skill and awareness (of HOW you are using line).
  2. (2.2) Evaluate the effectiveness of how line is working to define your portrait.

What is the most challenging aspect of the portrait / line? What emotions have you chosen to represent yourself? Why? What variety of lines do you hope to use in the process of creating your self-portraits.

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Drawing: Value and Portrait. Charcoal and tools. Reflect and Evaluate the work of your and your classmates.

Jamie Treadwell’s Student’s Drawing – How does this compare to what you might be doing today?

Goals: 

  1. (1.4.1) Create and solve visual problems using analysis of the shape and form of the face.
  2. (1.2.3) Create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to process (grid and value generalization)

Set a sheet of paper next to your drawing and go around to comment on other artists works. What do you enjoy? What is challenging? Where are they challenged? How can you help by adding suggestions?

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AP Studio Art: Reflect on your statements and make critical decisions about the movement of your next work forward in your concentration.

AP Studio Artist’s Work – Felicia Alcaide, Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami, Fla. 6/6. Click to see the entire portfolio.

GOALS:

  1. (4.2) Describe the purposes and meaning of art within your culture and time.
  2. (4.4.1,2) Evaluate and interpret art for relationships in form and context.

What bit of advice did you get from your classmates that you will be able to put to use? What bit of advice did you give that might be used elsewhere? What are your goals for the next work(s) that will show your development?

February 7, 2013 – Thursday

“The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.” —Mack R. Douglas

What do our goals mean to you as we go through the process of working today?

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Art Foundations: Pattern and Contour Line Drawings.

Take a look at the CONTOUR of the face. How did she use CONTOUR lines successfully in this work? What is she doing? Hmmmm.

GOALS:

  1. Work on (1.1.1, 3) applying media and techniques with skill and awareness (of HOW you are using line).

What is the most challenging aspect of the portrait / line? What emotions have you chosen to represent yourself? Why? What variety of lines do you hope to use in the process of creating your self-portraits.


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Drawing: Value and Grid drawings. One value per square. No more, no less.

Intense use of the same techniques we are using in class – by a professional making a living off his work. How many squares do you think Chuck Close used in this artwork?

GOALS:

  1. (1.4.1) Create and solve visual problems using analysis of the shape and form of the face.
  2. (1.2.3) Create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to process (grid and value generalization).

What is difficult about the process? Make sure your neighbor is correct in the ratio and the measurements. What squares are successful and what squares are not? What is successful and not successful about your neighbor’s drawing?

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AP Studio: Concentration Ideas. You have to be productive. Be productive.

How are you focused on the images you are making? How are you going to be working today? WORK TODAY!

GOALS: 

  1. (4.2) Describe the purposes and meaning of art within your culture and time.
  2. (4.4.1,2) Evaluate and interpret art for relationships in form and context.

What are your goals for the next work(s) that will show your development?

February 6, 2013 – Wednesday

“Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.”
— Elbert Hubbard  Thanks Paul: GoalHabits.com

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Art Foundations: Pattern, Chapter 8, Contour Line Drawing

Where do you see the use of the CONTOUR line in this drawing?

GOALS:

  1. (1.1.1) Apply art materials (markers and pencils) being aware of your skills.
  2. (1.4) Solve visual challenges using analysis (element of Line).
What TYPE of PATTERN do you see in this? What is the MOTIF?

What is the most challenging aspect of the portrait / line? What emotions have you chosen to represent yourself? Why? What variety of lines do you hope to use in the process of creating your self-portrait?

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Drawing: Value analysis and synthesis – putting the values into the drawing. Grids and Value – Portraits

How do you see GRIDS in the rest of the world?

GOALS:

  1. (1.4.1) Create and solve visual problems using analysis of the shape and form of the face.
  2. (1.2.3) Create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to process (grid and value generalization).

What is difficult about the process? Make sure your neighbor is correct in the ratio and the measurements. What squares are successful and what squares are not? What is successful and not successful about your neighbor’s drawing?

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AP Studio Art: Concentration Plans and BREADTH work.

Woman and Child – Berthe Mosisot

GOALS:

  1. (4.2) Describe the purposes and meaning of art within your culture and time.
  2. (4.4.1,2) Evaluate and interpret art for relationships in form and context.

What are you getting out of the process of making all of this art? What do you need to do to add more to the “learning” you get from this process? Are you sitting by and slacking your way through the class? Are you challenging yourself with the work? Are you getting it all done in a timely fashion? If you are not WHY?

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