SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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@R+ Collaborative Projects David Gran O nline collaborative projects provide students with authentic audiences for their work and help them make connections to their peers around the world based in their shared enthusiasm for art. The impact on student learning is twofold: It allows students to see a wide variety of technical and aesthetic responses to the same challenge; it also allows them to imagine new possibilities for their own work. Having seen these responses made by a community of their peers, they may be empowered to explore a greater range of creative approaches in future projects. The projects listed below have deadlines for participation throughout the school year. The Rotoball Project (carrotrevolution.com/rotoball) Students contribute fifteen seconds to a collaborative animation. A ball enters one side of the screen, transforms and interacts with its surroundings, and exits the other side. All levels and animation types are welcomed. Deadline: March 1, 2013. MyThology (studentcreative.org) MyThology is the fourth project from the Student Creative, challenging students to imagine a new myth for the modern world or reinterpret an old one. 22 February 2013 SchoolArts The published book of student work will benefit the Jacaranda Foundation for AIDS orphans in Malawi. Deadline: March 31, 2013. create an installation of handmade pinwheels in solidarity with others around the world. Deadline: September 21, 2013. Tiny Planets (naea.digication.com/ creative_imaging/Tiny_Planets_ Collaboration) We live on a tiny planet, and this project invites students to envision their own communities and spaces as a "tiny planet" with this clever bit of photo-editing. Deadline: March 31, 2013. Other Projects The website Powerful Projects (powerfulprojects.org) is a wonderful resource for projects like these, with the added bonus that many of the projects create meaningful experiences around civic responsibility and social action. The site lists such projects and organizations as the Memory Project, One Million Bones, and the Empty Bowls Project. In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, two new projects have just begun. Shells for New Jersey Shores (shellsfornjshores. weebly.com) and Heart Houses (www.hearthouses.org) provide students with the opportunity to create art that can directly assist the communities that were most impacted. Projects like these help students consider their own artwork in a context that goes far beyond the classroom walls. It's a Small World (arted20.ning. com/group/it-s-a-small-world) It's not just a tiny planet, it's a small world. In this project, students create miniature worlds for a showcase on the ArtEd 2.0 website in any media. Deadline: March–April 2013. The Butterfly Project (www.hmh. org/ed_butterfly1.shtml) The Butterfly Project asks students to create one of 1.5 million butterflies in dedication to the children who perished in the Holocaust and inspired by the poem "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." Deadline: June 30, 2013. Pinwheels for Peace (pinwheelsforpeace.org) Students stand up for peace in their lives, their world, and their communities, and David Gran teaches high school art and film classes at the Shanghai American School in China and is the author of The Carrot Revolution, a blog about twenty-first century art education (carrotrevolution. blogspot.com). dsgran@yahoo.com

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