SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2019

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Caption The freedom of just having fun, feeling the paint, mixing different colors, creating textures, and yes, occasionally painting each other and/ or themselves generally leads to an aha moment. The question is then, how to incorporate the act of painting into a digital artwork. At this point, I usually show them works by several different artists who'd done just that. Endless Possibilities I carefully monitor students' reac- tions as to how they'd like to pro- ceed. Would they like to create paint samples in a medium of their choos- ing, scan, and then apply them to an image generated by the computer? Would they rather draw a sketch of their intentions and paint digitally instead? Or would they like to pro- duce an illustration digitally, print it out, and paint on top of it? It's an opportunity for me to show my students advanced tech - niques for combining Illustrator and Photoshop, how to create their own digital brushes, use a draw - ing tablet, or layer in hand-rendered paint samples. It also allows me to have a discussion with them about how digitally and hand-rendered artwork is no longer mutually exclu - sive. There is a continuing trend to meld the two by many artists today, including myself. The trick is to know how to do it effectively. I have discovered that the results are often stunning, and each stu - dent's style is distinct, like a finger- print. I don't force any of them to choose this path if they feel it's not a fit for them, but it does open the door for students who want an oppor - tunity to create more paint-influ- enced images using the computer. Some even make it the focus for the twelve images required for the exam. Can't wait to get messy again! Kasmira Mohanty is an art teacher at Huntington High School in Huntington, New York. kasmiramohanty@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35

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