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MAY-JUN 2014

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David Gran Curating a Tutorial Library It would be impossible to list all the excellent tutorials that are available for all the various levels and disci- plines that we cover. If you were to cover drawing at the middle or high- school level, for example, artist/illus- trator Mark Crilley ( youtube.com/ user/markcrilley ) provides countless tutorials on anatomy. If printmaking is in your curriculum, Double Ele- phant Press provides some of the best tutorials I've found online ( vimeo. com/doubleelephant/videos ). T here are a few standout videos that I have found to be consistently useful in deepening student engage- ment with the aesthetic and analyti- cal aspects of all kinds of art-making. Jesse Brass's "Making Art" series ( vimeo.com/channels/makingart ) provides thoughtful reflections on the art-making process from a num- ber of very different perspectives. At CtrlPaint.com , you'll find Matt Kohr's video library about "Fantasy Digital Painting" perfectly relevant to teach- ing basic compositional and drawing skills in an engaging and easy-to- understand manner. D.I.Y. Tutorials With so many resources available, it is not necessary to always reinvent the wheel. Finding specific videos that O ver the last few months we've investigated various ways that technology can be used to radically change the way content can be delivered and experienced in the artroom. In my last article, "Smart History," I looked specifically at how the Khan Acad- emy ( khanacademy.org ) has turned the traditional model of education on its head, and how Smarthistory ( smarthistory.khanacademy.org ) has joined in the Khan Academy's cause on behalf of the visual arts. These two websites engage students by "flipping" the classroom by delivering content to students through videos at home, freeing up class time for teachers to mentor students as they work on their projects. Finding Videos That Fit Smarthistory has an impressive cata- log of videos that relate to the disci- pline of art history, as well as some videos on analysis and interpretation. However, if we are to think about flip- ping the art classroom, we must con- sider flipping instruction on technique and skill-building as well. There is no shortage of tutorial videos, but finding ones to fit our curriculums may be a daunting task. Our options are to cre- ate our own, or to curate a library of our own from what is available online. meet your curricular needs exactly is not always possible. If your option is instead to create your own videos, a webcam and a simple editing program may be all that you need. If your pre- sentation is created on the computer and you want students to be able to see your screen, both Jing ( techsmith. com/jing ) and its big brother, Cam- tasia ( techsmith.com/camtasia ) are excellent tools. Jing allows you to record whatever is happening on your screen and produce a video file for students to see. However, if you'd like to be able to edit or post that video, you'll need to purchase Camtasia, which not only allows you to record your screen, but edit, share, and even add special effects. There is, of course, a third choice beyond creation and curation. Given the freedom to go in their own direc- tion, students will likely uncover some gems that they can share with the rest of the class. Once they've mastered a skill, a final part of their own learning could be to create and share their own tutorials, bringing them into the community of shared learning. 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. carrotrevolu- tion.blogspot.com. dsgran@yahoo.com @ R + Create or Curate 24 SchoolArts A_pages_5_14.indd 24 3/20/14 2:57 PM

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