Archive for June, 2013

Revealing a Character Through the Use of Different Media

Posted 18 Jun 2013 — by Jennifer
Category hundred languages, materials

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/movies/how-pixar-developed-art-for-monsters-university.html

Pixar designers used different media and techniques in order to fully develop the character “Art” for the upcoming movie “Monsters University.” Sketched first in colored marker, artists then used a soft pencil to flush out Art’s movements. Why? Because soft pencil flows…a line from a pencil is a direct connection between the hand and the brain, the most immediate connection (think about those gesture drawings from your first drawing class). A portrait of Art was painted in order to get the final colors correct, a clay machette was sculpted, and the artists looked at videos of Mummenschanz to study Art’s movements. Each material and technique brought something new to the character, and revealed something about Art that was not clearly articulated with a previous material.

This article is an excellent example of the process of an artist and how he thinks with materials (watch the slide show too)!

Canon DLC: Gallery: Canon EOS 101: Photography and Videography Basics

Posted 10 Jun 2013 — by Jennifer
Category Uncategorized

In the different contexts where I work and study, we have been talking a lot about photography and images. This tutorial is very useful, posted on Facebook by my high school photography teacher, Jack Surran.

Canon DLC: Gallery: Canon EOS 101: Photography and Videography Basics.

Organic Chemistry: Two tracks of schooling raise questions about class, race and community – The Root DC Live – The Washington Post

Posted 08 Jun 2013 — by Jennifer
Category Uncategorized

Hopkinson speaks beautifully on how our values should shape our schools, and of the importance of the role of the community in determining these values:

“at a certain point we have to start thinking of public education less as a charitable enterprise or for-profit business and more of a core value in our communities. Schools should begin by building on what assets the community values and what their goals are for their childrens future, not what the franchise decides are best practices. Schools should be part of the ecosystem of a community, one that replenishes itself and stands on its own feet.”

via Organic Chemistry: Two tracks of schooling raise questions about class, race and community – The Root DC Live – The Washington Post.

Anya Kramer: Wearing My Misspellings

Posted 06 Jun 2013 — by Jennifer
Category Uncategorized

Anya Kramer’s article in the Huffington Post underscores the necessity of the Hundred Languages in our schools today, and brings forth the humanity that can and should be a part of our day to day interactions in a classroom:  Anya Kramer: Wearing My Misspellings.

 

 

Share #10 Rachel Sager Mosaics

Posted 05 Jun 2013 — by Jennifer
Category shares, Uncategorized

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I wrote a post a while back: http://indialoguedc.com/taking-myself-…-the-challenge/ about having a bias towards certain materials. Sager’s post reiterates that sentiment and her beautiful and unusual mosaics show what can come from confronting our prejudices.