Ian Sands has taken a new position at South Brunswick HS Check out it out!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Don't You Wish You Knew Quiz Questions in Advance?

I give an Art History Pop Quiz day one... but you are clever and will use your resources to find out the answers to the following questions before Wednesday....

Art History: Pop Quiz

1. Who the @#$%! is Teri Horton?
2. Picasso was a jerk is because…
3. What did Andy Warhol think of Jasper Johns?
4. And the best table flipper award goes to??
5. Who was the artist with bad BO?
6. Most overrated painting ever…
7. Why did Caravaggio stab a man in the groin?
8. When I shop I like to go to Keith Haring’s store called…
9. When he asked his cousin to marry him she said, “Niet, nooit, nimmer!”
10. One lady died when her car was hit by one of Christo’s…

Art? QR Scan for More Info!

Interested in taking Art History or Computer Art but you're not sure what the class is really all about? Scan here for more info!

These posters were created and placed around Apex HS to promote the art classes. Each of these scans links to the keyword section on our blog.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Top 5 iPad Apps for the Art Teacher

For Christmas I got an iPad! How very exciting, I know! Already I have a small collection of apps that I think are very art teacher friendly. And the best part is, all but one of these are free!

I submit to you my..

Top 5 iPad Apps for the Art Teacher!

#5. Note Hub

Note Hub lets you create a single place to store information about a project. You create a folder, name it and then place websites, maps, notes, drawings, etc. inside.

Here is an example. Since i plan to attend the NAEA Conference in Seattle this year, I thought it would be a good project to start. Inside my project I have browser windows preloaded with webpages about the conference as well as places to stay and things to do in Seattle. I also placed a map of Seattle in my project and a task list of things to do before I go.

Now when i need to review anything about the conference I simply open the project. Very cool!


#4. The MoMA Abstract Expressionist New York

All the artist and Abstract Expressionist artwork of the MoMA in NYC. You can browse by artist or chronologically. There are videos to watch, art terms to learn and even a map of Manhattan.

But the most fun thing to do is open the artwork and zoom in real close! Look how cool this Pollock painting looks all zoomed in!


#3. Adobe Ideas

Suddenly you come up with the best idea in the world.... making Zonkey Crossing signs. You quickly open Adobe Ideas and after a few quick flicks of the finger, you have it all drawn up and ready to go. Now click the email button and send it to all your friends!


#2 Famous Artists

A must have if you teach art history. The screen displays a famous artwork and provides a choice of 4 possible artists. See how many you can guess. It keeps score and it's harder than you might think. My best score so far is 18 right in a row. How embarrassing!


and my #1 pick.... Flipboard

Flipboard is simply the coolest way to read Twitter tweets. Flipboard converts tweets into a magazine style layout making it easy and fun to read.

You can group many of your favorite things together, i.e. i have my google reader that contains all the blogs i follow set up as a layout. Alternately, you can follow a single person. Above is one page of the Craig Roland's magazine I created in Flipboard.


Friday, January 7, 2011

RotoBall 2011

As a final project for Computer Art & Animation, we are participating in Rotoball 2011.

The idea is simple. A ball comes in from the left of the screen, goes out the right side of the screen, and the animation should last 15 seconds.

This is one of the first completed. It scares me.

School Arts Magazine

post it note portrait

School Arts Magazine is going to publish an article about Apex Art's Post-it note murals!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Plaster Hands

We started the year with hands so doesn't it make sense we end the year the same way? This time we are taking a lesson from George Segal and getting messy with plaster...

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