SchoolArts Magazine

January 2015

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schoolartsonline.com 37 Advertiser Page Advertiser Page AMACO 44–CIII Bailey 11 Blick CIV Conrad Machine Co. 37 Crayola CII Davis Art Images 43 Davis Publicatoins 2 14 Eastern VA Medical School 40 General Pencil 40 43 Handy Art 38 L&L Kilns 43 NAEA 4 Nasco Arts & Crafts 7 PCF Studios 38 Professional Hardware Supply 43 Royalwood 38 SchoolArts 40 Skutt 1 SUNY New Paltz 38 Teach.org 41 I Can't Live Without ... Blick 13 Crayola 13 X-Acto 13 The Shop Davis Publications 39 Nasco Arts & Crafts 39 SchoolArts 39 Youth Art Month 39 Advertiser Index HOW DO YOU INSPIRE? Share your lesson plans and teaching ideas with us! SchoolArtsMagazine.com/WritersGuidelines. dously. The proliferation of tablet devices in classrooms allowed stu - dents to deliver their work to a world audience far beyond their expecta - tions. These high school and third- grade students from a relatively small desert town outside Palm Springs, Cal - ifornia, became a collective of what I like to call "iBook Authoristos." We are now having our fourth go at this project—having shared the authorship with many other levels, including middle school and gifted and talented. More recent projects include: • Unicorns and Trashcans: A family's story in a world of magical uni- corns. • Legends of Tahquitz: Three sto- ries investigating the myth of the Tahquitz shaman. • On My Way : A visual poem influ - enced by artists Paul Klee and Henri Matisse. Since beginning this project I've seen the arts in our district earn a front-row seat, and digital publishing transition from a few measly print orders to iBook store downloads in more than fifteen countries. In addi- tion to these tangible rewards, my students have received recognition on the local and national level, as well as honest reflections from participants and parents that demonstrate deep understanding and appreciation. Matt Cauthron is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, and ISTE Outstanding Teacher from the Digi- tal Arts Technology Academy near Palm Springs, California. mcauthron@ psusd.us W E B L I N K www.DATA-Di.us Continued from page 12. P O I N T O F V I E W 12 SchoolArts Continued on page XX. T wenty years ago, while com- pleting my bachelor's degree in studio art, I attended a presentation by a speaker who said that the artist's role should include active leadership within his or her own community. At the time I found this slightly disturbing, espe- cially since I thought my life's calling was to spend my career eternally soli- tary and blissful in the studio. Today I have a deeper understand- ing of what that speaker was trying to communicate. Through a variety of media arts tools, we now have the abil- ity to offer students greater access to the creative process and a wide connec- tion to local and global communities. Multi-Level Collaboration It's exciting to watch students tap into the creative process and apply it to the outside world. One way in which I encouraged my students to do this was through a local collaborative animated story project. Inspiration for this proj- ect initially came from Korean pho- tographer, Yeondoo Jung's Wonderland series, which presents costumed ado- lescents posing in sets based as closely as possible on children's drawings. The idea was to have my high-school students collaborate with elementary students in a similar way. The Process I could never have imagined the posi- tive power of student-to-student men- toring coupled with arts, technology, and passion until we ventured into this project. Things began with my digital arts students visiting a local third-grade classroom where they shared a story written by a sophomore student based on the Greek myth of Pandora's box. High school and third- grade students then worked in small groups to develop illustrations for the story. Back at school, my students digitally re-created, animated, and published the illustrations. iBook Authoristos The finished results garnered local and regional recognition. Initially, our plan involved simply publish- ing the animated story to our Vimeo channel, uploading a static PDF of the text to blurb.com, and tweeting about it until the cows came home. However, after a few local/national presentations caused lots of excite- ment about student collaboration across multiple levels, our ability to publish the full degree of the project evolved tremendously. The prolifera- Matt Cauthron It's exciting to watch students tap into the creative process and apply it to the outside world. Search out meaningful opportunities for profes- sional development such as those that immerse you in another culture. Photo by Nancy Walkup.

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