Technology and Art at Chandler Oaks Elementary
Art is something that most students enjoy. But at COES, Mrs Lanahan is helping students to push the creative envelope. Encouraging students to be creative by combining photoshop elements and traditional art resulted in some really interesting pieces of artwork. Students took digital photos of themselves, which were then altered using photoshop to create a video game character. The final digital character was placed in a setting created with traditional paint and mixed media. It’s not just the older students that are having fun with technology. 2nd graders have also explored a variety of digital self portraits using a variety of tools in tux paint. Even younger students in Kindergarten have been learning about the wide variety of fonts that can be used to make their name and describing words look like art by using a simple word document. Art is always about creativity but using technology to develop that creativity is not limited just to the art itself. Most recently, Mrs Lanahan was using a google hangout to share her skill with the potters wheel with collaboration of Angie Bell and her artists at Forest North Elementary. Students from another school watched her throw a clay bowl using the potters wheel and FNE students were able to get their questions answered in real time. Way better than just a movie. The clay pots were then decorated and sold at the Empty Bowl Fundraiser to help local families in need. Mrs Lanahan is also responsible for the Techno Art club where students have made stop motion movies using frames, powerpoint and digital cameras.
Techno Art Movie created by students using Frames (TM)
Art work done by 2nd grade using Tux Paint
Way to go, Mrs Lanahan and the Cheetahs at COES!