This week’s podcast assignment was very challenging, but the suggested resources were navigable, and I learned a lot. I chose to use Garageband since it was on my laptop, but just needed an update. I read a bit of the help menu and got started recording some voice and sound samples. I chose to record the throwing a pot on the pottery wheel as my subject because I had recently been at the NJ Art Teacher’s Convention where we threw with our feet. I have video of that experience which I have posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktfcarney/videos/10207576763801685/. I plan to make a podcast of throwing with my feet, but I thought I should do the traditional method first.
I wrote the script and experimented with sounds in Garageband . I found so many of the guitar rifts to be “intrusive” and “tinny” sounding, even when I lowered the volume to have them in the background. So I strummed my ukulele and liked that sound. I am sure the sound would have been better if I had a microphone. For the final cut I recorded my voice in narration vocal and my husband playing ukulele in guitar natural flat pick. The only other sound I put in was the handclap when throwing the clay onto the wheel.
I know there is much more to know and understand about podcasts and using Garageband, but I feel like I have made some inroads and will be using it to provide support instruction in my classroom, as well as have students make podcasts to share experiences or give feedback on lessons.
I won't be able to post my podcast here until I upgrade. It means spending $9. a month to get the audio feature.
The 2015 AENJ Conference was a great experience, especially as I participated in many first time events. Here I am throwing a pot on the pottery wheel with me feet. The workshop was called "Unconventional Ways to Throw on Pottery Wheel," and when I signed up for it, I had no idea what was in store. The Lindenwold teacher who ran the workshop, Kurt Digiovani, is an excellent teacher who is able to make accommodations for many varied learners. I have posted the video on Facebook if you'd like to see it: https://www.facebook.com/ktfcarney/videos/vb.1367976560/10207576763801685/?type=2&theater¬if_t=video_processed
I like making these memory images since I am focusing on making art and its effects on memory. The challenge of not sketching in the moment when the event is happening, but rather reflecting on it after the fact, (and trying to accurately recall details) is such an engaging challenge. I like the airbrush effect in SketchbookX. For my next drawing I want to try more color and shape memorization imagery.
Re: Digital Drawing and Painting in the Classroom
by Kathleen Carney - Monday, September 14, 2015, 10:35 PM
This afternoon my husband and I were checking out assisted living/nursing homes for my mother-in-law. When we entered the facility it was "Sock Hop" Monday and the staff were in poodle skirts and bobby socks. The DJ had just put on Etta James's "At Last." He handed me the microphone so I took it and sang the first few lines. We then met with the director and chatted about their programs. Before we left, we danced to "Jailhouse Rock" with some of the residents.
To do the memory drawing I thought about the dancing, got my iPad2 and Sensu stylus which I haven't used for about four years. I wanted to try Procreate, but I am so inexperienced with apps that when I tried to buy it, it had an "open" button, as though I already had it on my tablet. There was no icon on the tablet, so I searched and found it, but I only have access to some drawings that I did with my daughter when I first got the tablet. I was able to email one of the older drawings, but when I tried to open a new document the tablet kept going to the main screen. I decided to download Sketchbook Express and did a couple of sketches. I had some success, but it was a constant struggle to work with the various pen tips, colors, layers, etc. After that, I struggled with saving the file, sending it to the cloud, retrieving it (no luck because it doesn't show as a download file ) and finally did the tech/low tech solution of taking a photo of the artwork on a phone, emailing it and uploading it here. This has been super frustrating. But here are my pictures.
Tree drawing from 2010?