The Desert Willow art studio has a digital projector that I use daily to present slides with lesson objectives, vocabulary and other lesson-related content. I also use it to share websites and videos that showcase artwork. In addition, and interestingly, the digital projector is an invaluable tool for planning murals-we take photos of planning sketches, and then project them to trace them much larger!
The art studio has its own color printer, thanks to Donors Choose, that students can use to print reference material or collage materials for their artwork.
There are two desktop computers in the studio. These are often used by students wanting to reference how-to-draw videos or how-to-make-origami videos. They are also used simply for pulling up reference images, for example, if a student wants to draw a certain type of dog, they can find an image on Google to draw from. Microsoft Paint is also available on the desktops.
Thanks to the Cave Creek Unified Education Fund Grant that I received in 2019, we have 5 iPads and 5 Apple pencils in the art room. Students use the iPads for many things:
- uploading art to Artsonia, an online digital portfolio program for student art
- learning digital art techniques, especially on Procreate
- making movies of toys or games they have invented
- pulling up reference images
There is so much more I plan to implement with the iPads, such as filming puppet shows, and doing stop motion videos with created sculptures.
Google Apps for Education
Our school is a Google Apps for Education School. In this classroom we will be using the district google accounts to collaborate, write, revise and publish writing and presentations. Each student has a Google Account. Within this account, they have access to the following Google Applications: Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Spreadsheets, Google Drawing, and Google Email.