Today I had the honor of visiting our Art Star Teacher Karli and one of her classes. How can the iPad be incorporated so effectively in art? Here is how:
The students learned about Wassily Kandinsky, an influential Russian Painter from the early to mid 1900s. Art Karli used the iPad and the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wassily-kandinsky/id434056355?mt=8 to introduce him to the class and show some of his work. At that point, the students were able to look at a gallery of his art on the iPad and relate it to skills they are working on, including the “Super Colors” Red, Yellow, and Blue. The goal was not be able to write a research paper of Kandinsky, but rather integrate his work into skills the students are naturally working on, including color identification, following directions, and understanding the value of positive reinforcement. Students then became print makers, and recreated paintings based on his famous style of using cocentric circles using the super colors, paper stock, circular object borders, and the most important painting tool of all, their finger!
Throughout the 21st Century, people have often emptied their bank accounts to purchase original Kandinsky art, oftentimes selling for thousands and even in one case, in the millions. While these student created pieces will not empty your wallet, I can guarantee they will fill your heart, and illustrate how the deep historical roots of art and modern day technology can come together for a truly wondrous experience.
Mark Giufre (deTechtive1) 2013