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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Top Ten Projects You Should Never Do: #1

That Moment They Realize The Outlet Has Become A Grill

Project Flop: Good Lessons From a Bad Teacher

Back in 2009 I started giving my students post it notes and setting them free to create art throughout the school. It wasn't long till one of the students figured out how to create a portrait. They used another student as a model and create the portrait you see above.

In 2010, two groups of students decided to create post it note mural. Everyone brought in a pack and the set off to complete this one of Jack Sparrow.

The following semester, 2011, a ten more groups joined the adventure. One group create this portrait of Leo Dicaprio. It made the cover of SchoolArts magazine.

Back in the day, we used Photoshop to create the map used as a guide to make the murals. Here is a link to a post  title Post It Notes Explained. Today, I'm sure there are plenty of apps that can do the magic for you.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Top Ten Projects You Should Never Do: #7

That Moment You Realize Your Skittle Portrait Looks Nothing Like You.

Project Flop: Good Lessons From a Bad Teacher

Expressive Skittle Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

I would never do this project again. However, if you are crazy enough to try it, here are a few helpful hints.

1. Gluing down the Skittles is a time consuming process. This project took way longer than I thought it would. However, we made rather large portraits. If I were to do this over again, I would certainly reduce the amount of squares when applying the mosaic filter. Maybe keep it down to 40 x 46.

2. Skittles are not cheap. I Spent over $100 buying Skittles and I bought them in bulk bags at Target, and once Target sold out, at Walmart. The students also brought in bags. However, if I were to do this project again, limiting the amount of squares when applying the mosaic filter would also reduce the amount of Skittles required.

3. Skittles attract unwanted visitors. It was amazing how many students from other classes stopped by just to see how things were going during this project. They didn’t show that type of curiosity when we were working on value scales. We also had ants. If you leave one Skittle on the floor, an ant will find it. That ant will then call all his ant friends because ants apparently like to share.

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