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About My High School Program, Digital-Evolutions. []

http://www.digital-evolutions.org/

Digital-Evolutions, is a public high school digital arts program, introducing students to digital sculpture, design principles, traditional art mediums, programming, visual storytelling, engineering/medical visualization, video production, and a heavy focus on 3D visualization and animation. Students can participate up to four years, with two possible advanced college accredited tracks, both IB and traditional. Our core philosophy, is to move past just teaching the tool, to empowering students to become intrinsically motivated, independent learners, story tellers, and artists. It challenges them to tap into both hemispheres and further develop their logical and creative abilities as an artist and critical thinker. The program is both exciting and challenging, providing students with a learning environment without limitations and opening the the door to artistic expression and conceptual exploration. Students become artists, visual story tellers, and technical problem solvers, further preparing them for the ever-changing digital landscape and future workforce.

Digital-Evolutions is hosted at Smoky Hill High School part of the Cherry Creek School District.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008/09 predicts that digital media design and animation will show tremendous growth ‘much faster than average’ through 2016 nationally. As of 2008, China has over 30 animation industrial bases, 5,400 animation companies, 450 high schools teaching certified animation courses, and 460,000 students studying animation related subjects. This was an increase of over 36% in comparison to 2006. (Aldric Chang 2008) According to Robi Roncarelli industry expert, China’s growth is not even due to outsourcing, but huge local demands. So it can be said that, our local industry is just at its infancy and this perpetual growth is blending together multiple disciplines, blurring the line between art, science, math, and technology.

But our underling goal is to develop intrinsically motivated creative learners with the skills to succeed in their chosen career path; whether it be engineering and the sciences or entertainment and the arts.

About Me . . . []

Creativity and design has always been a huge part of my life, it has been infused in the way I think, live, parent, and teach, so it is difficult to separate it from my studio classroom. I am a 3d designer and sculptor, my entire family comes from some type design and/or art background. My father was head designer at Kodak and used cutting edge design equipment since the 70's, which lead me to receiving my first computer in 1982. My brother is in a think tank and has been using 3d printers for close to 25 years. A “learning space” is more than just physical, it is a way of thinking, it is a process, it is an atmosphere, it is what I call a “Creative Epicenter”.

In the classroom, I have sixteen years experience working with k-12 and post-secondary students; eleven of those years my emphasis has been teaching creative work flows, the design process, 3d design, and visualization. Additionally, I spent two years as District Technology Coordinator and curriculum trainer for Red Creek Public School District, NY. Personally, I have eight years of Industry related experience – founder and head artist at Specular Studios LLC (http://specularstudios.com/).

Over the last 12 years, I have developed two design program models, a new high school model, Digital-Evolutions (http://www.digital-evolutions.org/) and a middle school version TEAM-C in Denver Public schools.

Digital-Evolutions is a public high school digital 3D design studio housed in Smoky Hill High School outside of Denver Colorado. Our core philosophy, is to move past just “teaching the tools” to empowering students to become creative, intrinsically motivated, independent, conceptual learners with a solid understanding of the creative and design process. Students can participate up to four years, with two possible advanced college accredited tracks, both IB and traditional. The curriculum challenges students to tap into both hemispheres of the brain to further develop their logical and creative abilities as both an artist and critical thinker. The program is both exciting and challenging, providing students with a learning environment without limitations and opening the the door to artistic expression and conceptual exploration. Students become innovators and problem solvers, further preparing them for the ever-changing digital landscape and future workforce.

Presently, I am teaching: 3D Design and Animation, Advanced 3D Design Animation, Digital Portfolio I and II, computer graphics, MYP Design Technology, and IB Digital Arts. The backbone of the classes are to guide them through the design process while they create an original product. During this process, I emphasis that 70% of out effort is developing the idea and once that is set, we build it.

The studio is set in three main areas:

“The Tank” - a collaborative space and think tank, which also houses the recording studio and currently the 3d printers and 3d scanner.

The concept studio - which is our HP workstation lab (sponsor) fully equipped with hardware and software

The prototype studio – which is the hands on area, for creating maquettes,

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Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe

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My wife called me after hearing an interview on NPR about 3d medical printing.  I searched for it and shared it with my advanced class – Very Interesting!  I played the NPR audio interview followed by the video and then a short discussion.  It went well, but for my intro class I chose to just share the video followed by a short discussion.  The audio interview was a bit on the long side, but it was more interesting for the higher level classes.  *Every time I talk about 3d, I start with saying something like ‘3d is not going away and it will be part of our everyday life like having a car or a cell phone; 3d printing will be huge!!!’ ~Cornell

Baby’s life saved after 3D printed devices were implanted at U-M to restore his breathing

March 17, 2014 - University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

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Ann Arbor, Mich. – In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn’t prevent his breathing from periodically stopping.

His condition was so tenuous that often his parents could not hold him for fear of compromising his breathing. But after surgeons at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital implanted 3D printed devices to  <<  More  >>

 

Here is the NPR audio interview:

25-copy_sq-48360ec6e1de3fc9167d348ff82354c687d51713-s3-c85[1] Ever since the day Garrett Peterson was born, his parents have had to watch him suddenly just stop breathing.

"He could go from being totally fine to turning blue sometimes — not even kidding — in 30 seconds," says Garrett's mother, Natalie Peterson, 25, of Layton, Utah. "It was so fast. It was really scary."

Garrett was born with a  <<  More  >>

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/17/289042381/doctors-use-3-d-printing-to-help-a-baby-breathe

Super Bowl Cleats Were Designed Using 3D Printing

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The first day of class, I was showcasing our 3d printers an415139-stratasys-object500-connex3-multi-material-3d-printer-shoes[1]d sharing all the cool things that can be done with it.  I even explained that you could print shoes with one.  They laughed and thought I was nuts, but it is normal.  Check these out . . . rainbow-colored crocs.    The crocs style shoes are actually functional, but fairly costly for consumers.  There might be a time when they are cheap enough for retail use, but great for prototyping.  With that said, check out the new Nike cleats designed and prototyped on a 3d Printer.    Check them out . . .  here is a interesting article from Sneaker News, and a CBS News video clip.  Very Cool!!!  ~Cornell

 

nike-3d-printing-8[1] Over the last decade, 3D printing has made huge forward strides in development. This style of additive manufacturing has the potential to change the way manufacturing as a whole is done – and for Nike, a company that heavily relies on creating molds and primary structures that assist in the production process, the possibilities are endless. For designers, 3D Printing has sped up the process by months; molds that typically takes 2-3 months to take shape can now be accomplished in a few short hours. During today’s Nike Super Bowl Symposium, the Vapor Carbon Cleat was unveiled – a shoe that utilizes the next-generation manufacturing process on the actual shoe. The cleat will debut at the Super Bowl, undoubtedly the  . . .  <<  MORE  >> *Sneaker News

 

“When the Seahawks and Broncos take the field for Super Bowl XLVIII, players on both sides will be wearing a cleat designed with 3D printing.”  <<  MORE  >>

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-bowl-cleat-designed-using-3d-printing/

Give Childhood Back to Children

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As a parent, I know I can make a huge impact on my children's life . .  HUGE!  And sometimes I feel obsessed with being a great parent worrying if I am doing the right thing.  I think we all do.  That obsession definitely transfer to my teaching philosophy.   First of all, I feel that being a parent I am more empathetic towards students.  I mean, when I see a student struggling or any situation, I try to deal with it as if, ‘what if this was my child?’   These students are someone else children. 

After reading the article, I sometimes question the impact I make.  I know I am and in a positive way, but as a high school teacher . . . is it too late?  I have taught 4th through 12th grade and I see the passion in students to learn slowly disappear, particularly in middle school.  The sixth graders come to school with such intense passion and excitement to learn and I noticed about mid way through 7th grade, it was almost completely gone.  Is it hormones, the drastic change in learning environment from a more nurturing to independent classroom,is it our society, and has it always been that way?

I know play is important and work ethics are too,  it is just finding that balance.  And there is that question of, if they don’t take those extra classes, will they not be able to compete with the other students?   One teacher I know preaches, if you do not take calculus in high school, don’t bother going into engineering.  All that makes me think, is that my brother didn’t take calculus in high school or collage for that matter and is one of the top mechanical designers at Kodak.  Hmmm . . .

All this thoughts always leads me back to, what is really important and what is success?  Check out this article and ask yourself, do you have enough play in your life?  Do your kids?  Students?  ~Cornell


Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less

Because students spend nearly all of their time studying, they have little opportunity to be creative or discover their own passions

   by Peter Gray, Ph.D. is a research professor at Boston College, and author of Free to Learn and Psychology - Sunday 12 January 2014

I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had. I studied algebra, trig, calculus and various other maths in school, but I can’t recall ever facing a problem – even in my scientific research – that required those skills. What maths I’ve used was highly specialised and, as with most scientists, I learnt it on the job.

The real problems I’ve faced in life include . . . <<  Read More  >>>

3D Printed Kidney?

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3DTeacher-Icon[1] Here is another cool 3d printing video to share.  It focuses more on non-traditional uses like medicine and weapons.  Great for initiating discussion.   ~Cornell

 

January 25, 2013: Imagine a world where you can make anything you want, just by pressing "print". 3D printers have arrived and they promise a fascinating future, depending on what we make. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca/3d+printing/...

Scientific American: Why Scientists Should Embrace the Liberal Arts

Science alone isn’t enough to solve the world’s problems

“But to be truly effective, we must start much earlier. What we really need is a much broader humanistic education for scientists (and nonscientists), beginning in K–12 education and continuing through the undergraduate/graduate and professional years. It is through the study of art, music, literature, history and other humanities and social sciences that we gain a greater understanding of the human condition than biological or physical science alone can provide.” ~ David J. Skorton is president of Cornell University

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If you read the comments below the article, it is definitely a controversial topic.   In my opinion, one could say that the Renaissance was the most innovative epoch, and this is a period in history when the arts truly blend with the sciences .   To me, the sciences are to driven by rules that are not to be broken, but one must sometimes  look past them,  break, or bend them to find new  original thought and ideas.  I want to clarify, that the sciences are equally important; the more knowledge one has to work with, the more diverse one thoughts can be . . .

Photoshop Ethics . . .

OJ_Simpson I teach a Photoshop course, which covers the basics for the most part, a little bit of painting, photo manipulation, matte painting, and skills that can be used for texturing in the 3D world.  My first assignment is to take a simple portrait and edit it so that it would be a close relative of that person.  Meaning a completely different person, but still look like it could be an actual photograph.  I show them that even first day of class that can use a very simple and easy tool with amazing results.  I start by showing them the Dove commercial and then going over the tool.  

I love Sunday Morning on CBS, I have been watching as long as I can remember.  Today, I came across this episode from 2010 and it is great for initiating the conversation about Photoshop and ethics.  Definitely worth watching with your 2D or 3D class.  

 

The Mask of Divine Proportion




Dr Stephen Marquartdt developed a facial mask as a measurement of classic beauty to help plastic surgeons align facial features for more symmetrical accuracy based on a series of rectangles, triangles and decagons.  [More] 

http://facethis.blogspot.com/2012/01/perfect-face-golden-ratio-beauty.html

 

Check out this program that will automatically change a person to make them more “beautiful” ???  Portrait Pro http://www.portraitprofessional.com/gallery/

OTHER RESOURCES:

Dove Commercial – Ethics

 Sean Armenta Covering the Liquify Tool


Photoshop Digital Cosmetic Surgery 101 by Sean Armenta

    
Here is an guide to help you with what ever you need to know about the liquify tool.  

A Comprehensive Guide to Photoshop’s Liquify Tool

All For the Love of Cheese . . .

Nolans_Cheddar_CommercialNolan’s Cheddar Commercial - director: John Nolan with a run time of a minute and half. 

I want to start by saying no animals were hurt during the production of the commercial.  A mouse was used, but the mouse in the trap was CG.    

OK, now I thought this was funny and cute, my wife thought it was a bit morbid.   

At first I, assumed it was CG, but after researching, I realized it was an animatronic mouse.  With that said . . . there are a lot of videos that I assumed were CG and were actually animatronic puppets.  Make sure you check out John Nolan’s demo reel.  ~Cornell



John Nolan - Animatronics Reel

The World's First 3D Sensor for Mobile Devices – COOL!

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Now that I have an iPad and have become an addict, I am have come across a bunch a very cool apps and tools related to digital arts, particularly 3D.  I am seriously considering get one of these and seeing what we can do with it. My only concern is the scan quality, I have used a number of scanners and have found the scans to be sub par.  I have also used the Kinect as a 3d scanner and although thought it was very cool, was disappointed in the quality of the scan.  *The people who design the Kinect also also has designed the technology for this device.  Either Way . . . Very Cool and I still want one . . . ~Cornell

 Also Check this interview out – THIS IS SO COOL!!! 

Hollow Face Sculpture? An Amazing T-Rex Illusion

I do not remember when, but a while back at either the MET art Museum or the DAM (Denver) I saw what is called a ‘hollow faced’ sculpture of a head.  It was really cool .  As I walked around it,  a number of times,  it seemed to track my movement.  It is hard to explain, but the second video will give you an idea of how it works.   It was basically in a negative of a sculpture or the mold, but as you move around, it  gave the illusion that it was a ‘typical’ sculpture . 

I just came across this video and had to share it, it works on the same ‘hollow face’ principle.   It is the Amazing T-Rex Illusion!   Check it out.  ~Cornell

Amazing T-Rex Illusion!

 

How it Actually Works. . .  It will make you laugh.

Playing with Shadow

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I love light & shadow AND I love sculpture.   I have experimented a bunch with creating sculptures where the subject was the actual shadow not the sculpture.   Man, I love Yamashita work, make sure you check out his gallery too. 

I also came across this software that plays with shadow in a similar way.   The design examples that are used are a bit on the simple side, but it has potential.  Imagine what you could do with 3d modeling software and a 3d printer; it could be a lot of fun. 
~Cornell


Kumi Yamashita

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Niloy J. Mitra, Mark Pauly
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2009


Shadow Art

Abstract:

To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images. - Plato, The Republic

Shadow art is a unique form of sculptural art where the 2D shadows cast by a 3D sculpture are essential for the artistic effect. We introduce computational tools for the creation of shadow art and propose a design process where the user can directly specify the desired shadows by providing a set of binary images and corresponding projection information. Since multiple shadow images often contradict each other, we present a geometric optimization that computes a 3D shadow volume whose shadows best approximate the provided input images. Our analysis shows that this optimization is essential for obtaining physically realizable 3D sculptures. The resulting shadow volume can then be modified with a set of interactive editing tools that automatically respect the often intricate shadow constraints. We demonstrate the potential of our system with a number of complex 3D shadow art sculptures that go beyond what is seen in contemporary art pieces. 

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http://graphics.stanford.edu/~niloy/research/shadowArt/shadowArt_sigA_09.html

 


 

Silhouettes Of Jazz

You also need to  check out this movie produced with the Shadow Art tool.

http://www.silhouettesofjazz.com/

Composition and Chase Jarvis

Updated 12/31/13

One side of rendering that is rarely talked about is composition.  And since many of the schools have been dropping or lessening the traditional skills being taught, a big bummer,  is the quality of student renders are falling? Technically they are getting better, but so is the technology.  Schools are becoming and have been “profiteering”.  That might be a little harsh, but they are more attune to profits and less to educating.   I went to a session at SIGGRAPH where this exact topic was under debate.  The bulk of the students (paying majority) want to jump right in to 3d skipping the foundation courses.  AND this has impacted enrolment leading schools to change program requirements.  I think this is a shame, but just like Mac Donald's in France, despite the the anti-Mac Donald's sentiment, they are still selling millions of burgers.

With that rant over, I love Chase Jarvis.  He is a commercial photographer and is creating exceptional images.  I heard him speak a couple of years ago and then went to diner with him afterwards.   He is a dynamic speaker and has a unorthodox approach to his art form.  Also he has a 21st century outlook on marking.  Basically, he’s got some skills.   Check out his work and share it with your students.   http://www.chasejarvis.com

And here is a play-by-play of this shot: http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2010/08/scotts-guest-post-play-by-play-post-production-on-this-popular-photo/#more-1903.

Photography is a great “homework” assignment to supplement your rendering curriculum.  It doesn’t have to be with a fancy SLR, just a simple digital camera.   With that said, it should be with a manual SLR, all the skills transfer.  It should even be a weekly assignment; composition is a skill and can’t not be taught over night.  The most important thing  is to be able to  “see” and unless you are looking, you will not see anything.  Not to sound too philosophical, but it all comes to practice and the more one looks for  or thinks about composition, the better their work gets.  ~Cornell  

 

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Also check out his book . . .  The Best Camera Is The One That's With You: iPhone Photography by Chase Jarvis

My First iPad Painting - Wacom Creative Stylus

My wife gave me an iPad Air for Christmas and it is AWESOME!!!  I also got a Wacom Creative Stylus which works with the iPad.  I am still exploring the stylus’ potential, but this is my first tablet, so I am still just playing.  The first App I downloaded was Sketchbook Pro which I use the regular version in my classroom and painted a simple apple  . . . that kind of looks like a tomato. 

MyFirst-iPad-Painting-sm2So here is my review of the Wacom Creative Stylus in action with pressure-sensitivity!  It didn’t seem to work right out of the box, or so I thought.  Let me clarify, it functioned as a stylus, but I could not notice any pressure-sensitivity either in Bamboo Note or Sketchbook Pro.   The manual states that pressure sensitivity works though Bluetooth, so I tried to connect it to Bluetooth.  No Luck.  I am very new to the iPad, in fact I hadn’t connected it to anything yet.  I  tried to connect my iPad  to the sound system – no luck.  I assumed that my Bluetooth was not working, since it would not connect to anything??? I did a bit more research and couldn’t find muc h that would help.  Eventually, I got my iPad to connect, but it still wouldn’t connect to the Stylus. 

OK, this is what I was doing wrong. First the stylus doesn’t show up on the Bluetooth device list, no matter what you do and this threw me off qui a bit.  Second you have to tell each application what stylus you are using.  For Sketchbook Pro, got to ‘I’ symbol  for information on the top menu, then preferences, and change 3rd Party Pen Connection.  Even after setting it up correctly, the pressure-sensitivity still didn’t seem to work.  I was frustrated needless to say.  Then I played with pen setting and voila, it worked.  I was about to return the $99 stylus.

After I got it going . .  I was sold, but I really wanted to test it and painted an apple.  Hmm, so is it worth $100?  At this point, I would say, “Hell Yea!”  I have had almost every generation of Wacom’s Intous line, including the Cintiq.  Honestly, the (iPad or other) tablet will replace the drawing, tablet there is no question; this is the future.  It is not completely there yet, limited resolution, memory, high-end 3d capabilities, but this is the future.  What I really want to see is a high-end 3d application like Mudbox or Zbrush, on the iPad.  That will be an industry changer.   Or even a wireless connection to your main workstation so that it works like a Cintiq.  Now that would be awesome!

The Creative Stylus.  I read a few blogs out there and a lot of people complaining about the tip . . . I don’t have a problem with it. The flow is smooth enough, not as smooth as the Intous line, but certainly not a deal breaker.  The rubber is soft and they only give you a few, so I will predict that I will be buying a few more down the road; I will let you know how long they last.  They also sell a harder tip for writing, but I think I will just buy a cheap stylus for that, as opposed to switching the tip  and possibly loosing it.   Keep the Creative just for drawing!!!

Another blogger was complaining about the fact that the pen was not rechargeable, well it lasts for over 150 hours and batteries are about $1.50 each???  Rechargeable devices that small never seem to last very long, so I bet it would be more frustrating to find that your battery is out again than just popping in a new one.

Comparing to the Intous line . . . The stylus’ feel is completely different and I have frequently pressed the buttons when not wanting to changing brushes.   The Length is about two inches shorter then the Intous  stylus, but a lot heavier feel which I like.  It is not as thick either, which I feel gives it a bit less control.  There are 2048 pressure levels with +/- 45 Degree tilt recognition, almost the  same as the Intous  which has 2048 pressure levels with +/- 60 Degree tilt recognition. 

Here is my brush pressure-sensitivity testing. Very Cool!!!

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Is it worth saving a few bucks for the Pogo Connect with all the extra tip options?  They look really cool and I want to try them.  I almost considered getting a second stylus, just to try it . . . But I have heard that it does not work with the iPad Air.  

Conclusion:  I am sold and will recommend the Wacom Creative Stylus to my students.  If anything changes I will let you know.  Also, if the Pogo Connect I am buying one and will report back.

~Cornell

Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner - TEDxNYED

When I first heard Tony Wagner speak, you could see me nodding as he spoke as if he were preaching.  ‘Sing it brother!’  I can’t say I agree with everything he says, but we are definitely on the same team.  This TEDx speech is a bit watered down version of his he previous speech to the International schools;  The previous speech seemed a bit harsh and with a public school bashing tone.  Either way, the video is worth a watch.  I also purchased his book and am in the process of reading it; I will let you know when I am finished.
~Cornell

Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. Tony consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.


Tony is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and five books. Tony's latest, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World, has just been published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap has been an international best seller and is being translated into Chinese. Tony has also recently collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60 minute documentary, "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World's Most Surprising School System."


Tony earned an M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Paralyzed Graffiti Artist Draws With His Eyes


A group of artists and hackers have crafted a gadget that lets a paralyzed graffiti artist continue making art using only his eyes. And it costs about as much as an iPod shuffle.
 
Zach Lieberman of the Graffiti Research Lab started working on the EyeWriter with one man in mind: Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Tony Quan. In 2003, Quan was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, leaving virtually every muscle in his body paralyzed except for his eyes. Lieberman and developers from Free Art and Technology, OpenFrameworks and the Ebeling Group were inspired to create low-cost, open-source hardware and software for eye-tracking to help Quan draw again.  << More >>
 
*You can also listen to the NPR story.
Also check out the Kickstarter video.



Creativity: Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!

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“They are forced to think inside the box.”

Today in class we talked about “Creativity and Divert thinking”.  I posed questions such as, “Can you learn to be more creative or is is something that you are born with?” and  “How does ones environment influence creativity?”   I introduced the talk by sharing a short music video from Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!  It is an awesome Disney TV series about two inventors.  When my daughter watches TV, which is not very often, it is one of her favorites;  I love it too.  The students wanted to watch the entire episode, because they all seemed to love the show as well. 

In this episode Phineas and Ferb  get caught by their parents making a flying car and get sent to reform school.    The reform school tries to break them of all creative thought.
Sergeant: OK, listen up, maggots! You are here because your parents (mockingly) are worried about you. Now, the way I see it, the root of all children's problems is unacceptable levels of imagination, fun, creativity and unbridled enthusiasm! Don't you eyeball me! Our goal at this school is to crush the dangerous elements inside you and replace them with structure, order, discipline and conformity.    (Part 1, 05:31)
 
 
The music video “Chains On Me” sung by Dan Povenmire,  has a fun chorus ”Cause they say imagination is morally wrong.”
“Chains On Me” by Dan Povenmire
I woke up this morning, and the world was gray.
Haven't seen the sun since they hauled me away.
The boss man says there's no use in trying,
He won't let me color outside of the lines.
Got these chains on me,
And they're draggin' me down.
Got these chains on me,
Hear that clanking sound?
Got these chains on me,
Mister, hear my song
Don't say imagination is morally wrong
Mm-hmm
Drink of water, boss?
As long as I've been here I got nothing to show,
Try to make something but the boss says no
Wanna be creative but the man won't hear it That big boss man, he's trying to crush my spirit
Got these chains on me,
They won't let me fly
Got these chains on me,
Won't tell me why
Got these chains on me
Mister, hear my song
Don't say imangination is morally wrong
No, they won't let us dance or bang that gong,
”Cause they say imagination is morally wrong.”
 

Teaching Digital Painting

First of all, learning Photoshop is essential for almost any 3d application and is required for all advanced courses.
 
When I teach digital painting, I break it into four major steps.
  • Basics of Photoshop – General PS Skills
  • Introduction to Digital Painting  –  Sphere
  • Digital Painting with Color   -  Apple
  • Digital Painting for Realism  - Student’s choice


Introduction to Digital Painting  –  Sphere

Students are expected  to paint this reference image using Photoshop  including the background, shadows, reflections, & specular highlight.  This is a really simple project and I demonstrate it in a matter of minutes.   Yet the students always complain because I make it look so easy, so I end up repeating again after their first attempt.     I also introduce some technical vocabulary, which is not necessarily needed, but I feel that it helps them to know what to look for.   This is an easy project for students to draw what they know and not what they see, basically fake it.  Hence, pointing out the elements of light and shadow, helps them to try to draw what they “see”.  Otherwise they almost always overlook the ground reflection and reflected light. 
 
While they are painting, I mention that once they master this, which it is easy to do, the next project, painting the apple, will easier than they think. 
 
 
NEW VOCAB


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Umbra – (Latin for "shadow") The area completely obscured by object or the “Hard” shadows
Penumbra – The area partially obscured by object or the “Soft” shadows
Core Shadow -
Specular Highlight - This is a reflection from a light source and is the bright spot of light that appears on the surface of a 3d object. The smaller the highlight the shinier the surface, the larger the highlight the more the surface defuses the light.
Reflected Light – Is a faint light reflected or bounced back on the object from the surfaces surrounding it.
Mid-Tone – The tonal value mid-way between the highlight and shadow. Sometimes referred to as halftone.
Value – The gradation of tone from light to dark or of color luminosity


Digital Painting with Color   -  Apple

 
With this project students are expected  to paint an apple from a reference image, which I usually provide, using Photoshop  including the background, shadows, reflections, & specular highlight.  Once they have completed the sphere, they will find painting the apple easier then they think.  I generally brake this up into a number of steps because it is hard to really understand then steps if they have traditional painting experience. 
So why do I have them paint an apple?  Honestly, it is not that hard.   If I told them to paint a self portrait, it may look too old, too young, nothing like themselves, and most likely not even human.  But an apple, even beginning students will have success with painting one, even though it may look nothing like the original reference.   My main goal is for them to understand the basic process for painting digitally. 
 
The apple on the left was painted by a senior and it was his first painting ever, traditional or digital.  The Apple on the right was painted by a 9th grader it was also her first painting.

Digital Painting for Realism  - Student’s choice

This last project is a lot more open ended and many students don’t even get to this far and end the semester with the apple;  I am OK with that.  Everyone comes with different backgrounds, experiences,  and drive and my curriculum is very student centric.   I always have a handful of students who want to take it farther AND I WANT THEM TOO. 
 
The self-portrait is a 10th graders final project.
 
The painting below is called “Looking for Answers” was the her final senior project and she won Scholastics Art & Writing National American Vision Award.  The painting was showcased at the Smithsonian in Washington DC for a year.   
 

MakerBot Wants You to Buy a Teacher a 3D Printer

Did you register your program to get a 3D Printer?  I did . . .   Here is the link: http://www.donorschoose.org/blog/2013/11/12/makerbot-announces-a-mission/ 
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MakerBot is a on a mission to bring a 3D printer into every public school in America.  Starting today, any public school teacher in the United States can request a MakerBot Academy Bundle and their project will qualify for Almost Home funding provided by MakerBot and its partners.

Each MakerBot Academy bundle contains a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, three spools of MakerBot PLA Filament, and a full year of the MakerBot MakerCare Service and Protection Plan.  MakerBot will also support teachers with the development of ongoing 3D printing curriculum that teachers can participate in and utilize in the classroom.

- See more at: http://www.donorschoose.org/blog/2013/11/12/makerbot-announces-a-mission/#sthash.DFT5f9Wk.dpuf


Bre Pettis was the first kid on his block to get an Apple II computer. The device was intriguing, and all his neighborhood friends tinkered with it endlessly even though it served little practical purpose. Pettis went on to start 3D-printing company MakerBot Industries (SSYS), and he sees its products in the same light: They may seem silly at first, but the kids will figure them out.

To get kids playing with 3D printers, Pettis is emulating Apple (AAPL) in another way. On Tuesday the company announced an ambitious plan to . . . <<  More  >>


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