Visual Arts Units for All Levels - ISTE

National Educational Technology Standards for Students Curriculum Series ... classroom projects that use technology in support of visual art in the curriculum.
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Visual Arts Units for All Levels by Mark Gura A well-chosen image has always been an important tool for instruction. While rooted in the most basic and ancient of human needs and behaviors, art is as relevant today in the information age as it was in the print and pre-print eras, perhaps even more so. NETS•S Curriculum Series: Visual Arts Units collects 20 classroom projects that use technology in support of visual art in the curriculum. Some of the skills covered in these units are working with graphics files (such as selecting, saving as, converting, importing), creating slide shows, hyper linking multimedia, digital animation, and virtual reality, among others. The projects described in this book are designed to be flexible, and can be modified to fit a wide variety of grade levels and individual classroom needs. These structured activities involve classic visual arts concerns and content, and each project points to one or more important facets of digital technology use. The projects cover a full gamut of art-making approaches including: drawing, painting, design, drafting, and printmaking, as well as sculpture and three dimensional design, and are contextualized in general and art-specific historical and cultural studies. Most involve ancillary reading, learning, and research. NETS•S Curriculum Series: Visual Arts Units is more than just a compilation of art projects—these projects will engage and challenge your students through reflection, analysis, and criticism.

Copyright 2008, ISTE ® (International Society for Technology in Education), Visual Arts Units for All Levels, Mark Gura. 1.800.336.5191 or 1.541.302.3777 (Int’l), [email protected], www.iste.org. All rights reserved. Distribution and copying of this excerpt is allowed for educational purposes and use with full attribution to ISTE.

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Incorporating Technology in the Visual Arts Classroom • • • • • • • •

Chapter 1 Using this Book Chapter 2 Technology and School Art Programs Chapter 3 Visual Art Projects

and Project-Based Learning Chapter 4 Getting Tooled Up Chapter 5 Working with Graphics Files Chapter 6 Sharing Student Art Work Chapter 7 Assessing Digital Art Projects Chapter 8 Copyright and Intellectual

Property Rights

Copyright 2008, ISTE ® (International Society for Technology in Education), Visual Arts Units for All Levels, Mark Gura. 1.800.336.5191 or 1.541.302.3777 (Int’l), [email protected], www.iste.org. All rights reserved. Distribution and copying of this excerpt is allowed for educational purposes and use with full attribution to ISTE.

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Using This Book This book is for all members of learning communities who

want greater insight into the potential that visual art holds as a vital dimension of 21st-century learning. While rooted in the most basic and ancient of human needs and behaviors, art is as relevant today in the Information Age as it was in the print and pre-print eras, perhaps even more so.

Many members of school communities will have their intellectual lives enriched by the materials and ideas in this book. Art and technology teachers may instinctively understand that integrating both art and technology into classroom activities will enrich them greatly, but all teachers will find value in this integration. This book provides the approaches and projects that will enable them to do what may have previously seemed beyond their reach. Likewise, art teachers who are interested in bringing technology into a teaching practice that is centered on traditional approaches and materials will find here what they need to bring their classroom fully into the digital age. Technology teachers interested in grounding their classroom activities in highly motivating and relevant subject-based curriculum will find new sets of practices here as well—ones that reinforce and extend their