Thursday, March 5, 2009

SES: Technology, Research, Literature and Art!

Ken Hine, Tech Teacher, and Maggie Murphy, Art Teacher worked with the SES 4th grade on a project involving technology, research, literature, and art reflection. This project involved a study of the famous pop artist, Andy Warhol. Students began by hearing stories about the life of Andy Warhol and being exposed to his art. Some of the books used included: Dropping In on Andy Warhol by Pam Stephens, Andy Warhol: Paintings for Children, Uncle Andy’s by J. Warhola. Click HERE to view the digital images of his artwork provided on a website constructed by Mr. Hine.

Students used school research links, as well as the literature and bookmarked web pages to answer guiding questions about the legendary artist. Children composed paragraphs and were then asked to consider the images they would most likely choose if they were to create art consistent with the style of Andy Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup, Marilyn Monroe, and Mickey Mouse pieces. Many students chose to use pictures of themselves.

The students then imported their .jpegs into an innovative website created by Big Huge Labs featuring a tool called a Warholizer. The site took their pic and digitally transformed it into the “Andy Warhol style”. The students were proud to be able to emulate the famous artist and then reflected on their digital artwork. This project was a fun integration of technology and art.

One example of a finished student piece:

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