RE: [art_education] Elementary Art Computer Graphics Question
My school has a laptop program so our kids have laptops in 4th and 5th grade. I do a few simple things in Paint with 4th grade – one of my lessons is on the IAD, and I also use some great ones created by Carolyn Roberts http://www.carolynrobertsart.com/paint.htm. In the 5th grade we do a self portrait beginning with a digital picture of each student. That photo is then modified in Photoshop elements, printed out and used as the basis for a watercolor painting.
Hope this helps,
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of Holly Kincaid
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 1:49 PM
Subject: [art_education] Elementary Art Computer Graphics Question
Ok, I am in need of some help and guidance. I have these grand ideas to
do simple computer graphics with my elementary students. I thought the
4th or 5th might even be able to work at two small computer stations
doing a little photo manipulation or drawing in Photoshop.
Does anyone out there do computer graphics at the elementary level?
If so, I need backing support to request adding it to my program. My
system needs convinced that it is a viable use and concept for this
level. I am being asked to provide proof. My first thought was to use
our Standards or TEKS which discuss photography directly. My original
thought was to tie in digital photography.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. At the moment I am the first
elementary art teacher in this system to request software.
Holly Bess Kincaid
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once
we grow up. "
- Hi Jan,This sounds interesting. When you say <<<That photo is then modified in Photoshop elements, printed out and used as the basis for a watercolor painting.>>>Do you mean they look at the Photoshop picture and paint it in watercolor? or they actually paint on top of the photoshop picture?Thanks!Cindy
- I'm a homeschool parent (I always like to offer that is my perspective for your consideration) and we have done Photoshop since my son was 7 or so - also I've taught my nephew, who was 9 at the time he started. He did use paint for a short while, but it was frustrating to him because the file size of bmps were so big he couldn't email them to his dad.That was the first concept that I really taught - it was a computer science concept, but it is so very important to digital art- it seems a point where science and art merge.IE File types as they relate to size, quality, basics of how compression is handled. What each type is used for. Yes, they got it just fine!Kids are quite capable of learning Photoshop. Just teach them Control+z undo and how to use the history panel and layers and they are HOOKED.I really concentrate on teaching them the tools, then letting them play with them for a while. They discover new things on their own.I have found that Photoshop is very good for teaching math concepts. In the 4th-5th grade, one of the concepts they should become familiar with is scale. Wow-can Photoshop teach about scale! You can - if it is something that you want to do - also go into the concepts of symmetry. Ratio and Proportion is evident in action if you teach them how the custom colors work - with 0-255 being the RANGE for each color, and the proportion of R,G and B making the color determination when using light. They SEE the color wheel in action. When they pick a brush size - THEY SEE decimals in action.I find the boys really respond well to learning keyboard shortcuts. I think they equate it to cheat codes in video games. :)I have found our math lessons to be much easier with the kids having the background in Photoshop.-Kristi