Picasso heads+Gifs

A1E32C44-A268-4AB9-A875-E8E7EBAAF93C

This month at Bancroft I’m doing the typical Picasso portrait lesson of abstracting a face but with a new twist.  Being a facilitator I drew the shape of each kids head and drew the figure eight and some lines to divide the head into shapes.  The students made color choices and sometimes provided some direction as to where to put the color or pattern.   Jaquese made some marks of his own and crumpled the paper as usual.  I then took a photo of the drawing and used an a free app Gifycam to add a gif to the drawing.  These kids often respond in some way to movement and light close to their faces.  There was a good amount of reactions today because of the gifs.  Reactions can be an awakening, a smile, eye movement, a vocalization or in one case holding the Ipad up to a face.  Every response is so small.   One just has to believe that something is happening.  They help me live in the moment,to really listen, and better accept what I don’t understand.  Adding the gif was fun for me and I think my enthusiasm rubbed off on the staff and students.  I really had fun today.

 

 

Make tech types nuts..get paint on your Ipad

I recently found a great website ipadartroom.com.  This teacher is amazing and encourages using an Ipad as an art making tool no more precious than a crayon.  I’ve torn through most of her lessons.  You want to respect your art materials and maybe an Ipad more since it’s pricey….BUT…  At least for me it’s been used too preciously and therefore not enough.  For me personally this has helped with artist block.  What I’ve learned is that having the integrated camera makes drawing more spontaneous.  I can snap a pic and use it as a starting point by tracing.  Layers make experimenting easy.  I can try all sorts of things ie: colors,tracing with out starting all over again.  To be able to undo and delete is liberating.  I believe this will be as great with kids that think they can’t make art as it’s been for me.  I’ve been obsessed with drawing on the thing.  I’ve been using the free Adobe draw app.IMG_0221

IMG_0223