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Crystal Fireworks

For today’s Phun Phriday post, I am sharing a great creation by teamLab.  I saw an article about this on The Creators Project, and it really makes me want to go to Japan to participate in this interactive installation in Toyama.  With a touch of your finger on your smart phone, you can ignite simulated fireworks!  Head over to this site to see some amazing video and pics.

image of Crystal Fireworks by teamLab
image of Crystal Fireworks by teamLab

TurtleArt Tiles

Yesterday, I featured a great series of images and video taken during a Maker Space event at a public library in Westport, Connecticut.  The man behind the event, Josh Burker, also has a great blog sharing other ideas for making.  The most recent entry caught my eye because it involves using “TurtleArt” and a 3D printer – two things with which I have little experience, but would like to know better.

Josh details an activity in which students use TurtleArt (similar to Logo programming) to create designs on the computer.  These designs are then used to make stamps with the 3D printer.  After practicing using the stamps on Play-Doh, the students stamp clay tiles and paint them to make amazing works of art.

The step-by-step process can be found on the post by Josh.  There are lots of photographs, and it seems fairly straightforward – even for a layperson like me.

I love this intersection of logic and creativity!

TurtleArt image from Josh Burker
TurtleArt image from Josh Burker
Final Clay Tile image from Josh Burker
Final Clay Tile image from Josh Burker

Dads Who Do Lunch

I am pretty sure that my father never ever packed my lunch for school.  And even though my mother would surprise me periodically with sweet notes taped to the bag covering my standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these notes did not have the artistic flair that you see in the images below.  For today’s Phun Phriday post I will remind you that Father’s Day is quickly approaching here in the United States. It’s time to give credit to all of the men who do things like this and other wonderful things for their families.

Alex Feliciano decorates bananas for his sons.

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Click here for more images!

 

David Laferriere should seriously start his own sandwich bag company.

Click here to see more of David Laferriere's creations.
Click here to see more of David Laferriere’s creations.

 

And you really must check out the unbelievable 3-dimensional works of food art from “Lunchbox Dad.”

Click here to view the Lunchbox Dad blog!
Click here to view the Lunchbox Dad blog!

 

Augmented Reality for Visual ARts

an example from Sherri
an example from Sherri Kushner’s presentation

My favorite use of augmented reality is when it enhances student creations.  Sherri Kushner, a Media Arts Teacher at Chute Middle School recently shared a presentation she had made for NAEA 2014 that astounded me with the creative use of the Aurasma augmented reality app for many amazing student projects. I added it to my Augmented Reality in Education Flipboard magazine, and tweeted the link, but I know that many people prefer to get their information in a variety of ways.  I was so blown away by Sherri’s students and their imaginative use of augmented reality that I don’t want anyone to miss out on these fabulous examples.

For anyone not familiar with using Aurasma, Sherri gives links to the basics of viewing augmented reality with the app, as well as how to create your own auras.  If you would like more information, I also have several tutorial links, including to some great videos from Two Guys and Some iPads, on my Augmented Reality Resource Page. (You can also check out a recent episode of the Two Guys Show in which they interview Aurasma’s Head of Operations, David Stone, here.)

To view the example above, you will need the free Aurasma app.  Follow the channel for Chute Middle School, and point the app viewfinder at the picture.  Be sure to visit Sherri’s presentation to see even more amazing ways to create augmented reality art!

Upcycled Art

For today’s Phun Phriday post I want to share a few links with you that I’ve collected in my Phun Phriday Flipboard magazine that show some very unique ways to use unusual materials to create works of art.

First we have the Boeing 777 Jet designed by Luca Iaconi-Stewart out of manila file folders.  I’m thinking, as we move to more and more cloud storage, this young man is really on to something…

image from: Huffington Post
image from: Huffington Post

Next up, we have these amazing collage paintings made out of miscellaneous objects by Jane Elizabeth Perkins:

image from: DesignCloud
image from: DesignCloud

Of course, one could always choose more organic materials, like food, as Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves do in their maps of the world:

image from: Neatorama
image from: Neatorama

Or perhaps you might find the geometric shapes of tangram maps by Ryan Arruda more appealing:

image from: Laughing Squid
image from: Laughing Squid

And, finally, I don’t like the thought of books not being read, but I think I will make an exception in the case of these remarkable book sculptures by Jodi Harvey-Brown!

image from: My Modern Met
image from: My Modern Met

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doodle 4 Google 2014

from Doodle4Google 2014 site
from Doodle 4 Google 2014 site

Every year about this time, Google launches the Doodle 4 Google Contest for students in K-12.  I love to see the new theme each year.  This one certainly invites a lot of creative ideas! The winning entrant can win a $30,000 college scholarship, as well as $50,000 for his or her school.  There are other prizes available as well. Entries are due Thursday, March 20th.

Maybe I completely missed it in years past, but I am really excited to see the addition of “Classroom Activities” to the Doodle 4 Google resources. These include “Activity Packs” for different grade level groups, a video featuring some Google Doodlers, and links to planned Google Hangouts during the month of February that will allow students to connect with some real-life Google Doodlers.

Here are some other resources you might want to view to get some inspiration: Google Doodle Gallery, History of Google Doodles, Some Past Doodle 4 Google Winners.

And, just in case you feel like doodling is a poor way to spend your time, you might want to read this article from NPR: “Bored? Try Doodling to Keep the Brain on Task.

Everyone’s a Critic

Some of the themes suggested in Institute of Play's "Everyone's a Critic" game
Some of the themes suggested in Institute of Play’s “Everyone’s a Critic” game

I’ve pretty much decided that, if I ever stop working at my current school, my next career stop would be The Institute of Play.  How could a place with that name not be a fun place to work?  These are the people who brought us Gamestar Mechanic, Gamekit, and SimCityEdu (which I haven’t tried, yet, but really want to!)

One of the fun resources provided by Institute of Play that I just recently stumbled upon is called, “Everyone’s a Critic.” It’s a game designed to use at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (yet another reason for me to be jealous of New Yorkers!)  The free PDF of the game is available here.  Fortunately, you do not have to use the game at MOMA; any art museum would do.  Instructions are given for a 2-player game and for 3+. For the 2-player game, there is an Artist and a Critic.  The Artist chooses a work in the museum that represents a certain theme (known only to The Artist), and The Critic must try to figure out the theme by clues The Artist gives. For the multi-player game, there is one Critic, and the rest of the students are Artists.  The  Critic chooses a theme, revealing it to The Artists.  They must find a piece of art that reflects that theme, and convince The Critic that their choice is the best representation.

The PDF provides a page with suggested themes.  You could use that page or create your own that might be more suitable for the age group you work with.  Also, who says that you need to be at an art museum?  If you have prints in your classroom, you can set up your own museum where “Everyone’s a Critic!