Thursday, March 15, 2007

Capturing the truth

Inspired by Matthew's mad Turbo-art, I suggested to the children that I work with that we could try it.


We used Microsoft Paint on a six-foot Smart Board. They use a finger instead of a mouse. In one minute this is what they produced.


So don't ever tell me that....
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...hair has to be attached.....
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..or that a butterfly can't have a willy, or two...



...or that snakes don't have a 'stinger'...

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...or that pigs don't use spoons and forks....

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...or that the Head of Centre doesn't really look like this!

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20 comments:

Roberta said...

Minx! This is outstanding use of the medium! Class interaction and creativity!

What a fun project. You get an A++++++!

mutleythedog said...

Looks likethat Picaso with the ugly green baby that got nicked the other day...

Minx said...

How can you say that, you dog! These pictures represent our future creative souls - if left unadulterated by our finest teachers they would be out- painting Picasso in a couple of years!

Thank you, Roberta, it beats 'colouring in'.
Many of the children I work with have learning difficulties - art is a good leveller and allows for complete freedom - we do a lot of it!

L>T said...

I loved them all. :)

I love childrens art, too. Believe it or not I taught arts & crafts to 1st & 2nd graders in a church school for a few years.(eons ago it seems). It was great fun. No coloring in the lines either! OR lost little lambs made with cotton balls.

Nooy said...

Long time no see!
Love the childrens art, amazing how much freedom even z computer can give, though I believe nothing beats smearing on paint with your own fingers, it sure goves a lot less to clean up after!
Wrote am article on childrens art once, loved it, still do and will make my job out of it sometime in the future! (art therapy) Go you for putting the pictures up here!

L>T said...

Or crosses carved out of bars of soap.

Minx said...

Today children, we shall be looking at Jackson Pollack!

Church school L>t? Who would have thought - heh! Although I am sure that cotton wool lambs have their place somewhere in the world and, umm, soap carving.

Heloooo Meike!
I could ramble on forever on the merits of exploring art with children - it is a passion. And you are right, nothing beats a session of flinging paint - a therapy for all.

Matthew said...

Minx, they are *super*. I particularly like the butterfly. I wish I had a massive great smart board to do mine on - that would be fun. Perhaps one day when I am massively famous for doodling on MICROSOFT PAINT I will invest in one and teach children that it's really hard to shade when you've converted to jpeg.

Hehe.

I'm proud to have inspired something so cool!

Debi said...

No no no. The head of centre's definitely wrong.

How can I tell? Well wouldn't you agree that's a rather fetching hat?

Shameless said...

Oh, yes, Minx, now take them the Pollack plains! Please! :)

Minx said...

Matthew, I will introduce you to the delights of Tizzy's Paintbox - it has a rainbow tool and you can design your own stamps!!

The Smartboard is fantastic, everyone should have one. That is except when some bloggers catch you, just as you've nipped into yer emails in the classroom, and they pop up in google chat writing 'bollocks to ya' in twelve inch high words! Mentioning no names of course - Debi Alper!

What is this 'shading' exactly?

Minx said...

You're right Debi, it is wrong, completely wrong. I see evidence of a bra in this picture, whereas....


And yes, Shameless. We have pollacked Pollack and encircled Kandinsky and you should see their interpretations of a London Underground map - tis wonderful!

Matthew said...

Um, the shading - or what I'd call shading - is the use of the spray tool to spatter a darker colour in areas where I deem it necessary to make shadow.

I'll never be able to sell my book now I've started this lot off. It's bananas.

Debi said...

You need have no fear re mentioning my name in that context, my dear Minx.

I have no shame - in fact I count that episode as one of the highlights of my blogging career.

Marie said...

Great pics! Glad they all had fun.

Verilion said...

These pictures are fantastic. I think you have just convinced me to be one of the 'Power Users' with Interactive Whiteboards next year! Still can't beat good old MESSY paint though. I encountered the art teacher in the staff room a few weeks back when we were preparing for the Art Exhibition. "Are you OK Agnes?" I asked. "I just need to sit and recover for a while. Twice Melvin's balloon exploded when it was covered in paint. You have never seen paint spread so far!" Can you imagine it? It must have been great!

Minx said...

Balloons work better when they are filled with paint, not just covered in it!

Atyllah said...

This is absolutely brilliant. I can see you've got some major talent developing in your class.

Newmania said...

..Terrifying in her determination to confront the real she nonetheless scorns the bourgeois abstract and creates visual structures in a dynamic dialogue with the “real”/”Imagined”( see art quarterly). This most difficult of artists frequently play with allegorical intent dancing a ballet around the viewers resolution of her game/death / love ( see art quarterly).

The most important exhibition of the new Millennium. It was as if someone had peeled back the wall of our dark house and we stood aghast in the brilliant light of the infinite dimensions beyond.

The universe turns on her axis now . She is light on the wing of the 9.11 plane, the crack flash of the future and it s thunderous voice will soon be heard


Praise her , love her visit her soon

Brain Sewell

( PS Minx I like your name and I love the avatar .Can we go and steal some jewels in a comically sophisticated romantically intruiging way?)

Just asking

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Minx said...

Sounds like fun Mr Mania, as long as you're not expecting sex, or anything!
Just telling.