Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mr. McGrady's Welcome

Hi everyone,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you all to our class blog.  Our students in Grade 8 Art are a little unsure how this will go - perhaps as maybe you are.  I hope this is an experience where you might learn from one another, share with each other, and possibly enjoy connecting virtually about a topic that is dear to many of us: ART.

I can't wait to hear about you and your experiences in art from the incredible places you attend school.  I know many of you are international students and living in a different country is an incredibly enriching experience and one that can, I believe, make you an more enlightened individual.
When I was at school, Art was something you did to decorate the title page of a bunch of hand outs teachers gave as work in every other subject.  I can remember teaching myself how to draw beakers to decorate the cover of my science notes.  How lucky we are that things have changed!

Right now I am really interested in artwork that is made or generated using machines, mistakes, and chance.  Below is a self-portrait that I glitched out on purpose.  For me, glitch art is incredibly surprising which is why I think I like it so much right now.

I also found this video on my computer the other day and it made me remember that I want to test this  out more.  Its called rotoscoping - which basically allows an artist to write on video and give it a certain quality.  This is just a test but something I hope to try more of this year. 

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  1. Hey Mr. McGrady, my students are about ready to start commenting on all the great blog posts by your kids. I wanted to show them what a sample blog comment may look like, so I'm commenting on yours!

    First off, I like the idea of working with digital glitches as art. All too often we rely on machines to do everything for us, and forget that they are just as likely to make a mistake - nothing is perfect! What I found interesting about the piece you submitted is that you created the glitch on purpose! Do you think this is something you'll continue to do, or do you prefer working with glitch pieces that are done randomly? I would love to see a series of glitches done - some on purpose and some found ones, to see whether I could tell the difference between the two.

    I've not seen a lot of work done with rotoscoping, but it reminds me of snapchat, which is something that I like to use on my own with my friends. We love drawing funny faces and designs on pictures and sharing the moments with each other. What program did you use for your rotoscoping?

    That's too funny you mentioned the title pages for binders - I remember spending hours on my title pages for my science, math, history/geography, and language arts binders to make them look just the way I wanted. I often spent more time on those cover pages than I did on the actual projects. Funny how things have changed, and now notes are kept on computers that students decorate with stickers and coloured cases to make their own.... and now I just feel old!

    I can't wait to see how this blog project all turns out!
    Ms. Burrows

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  2. Ms. Burrows - I really love the glitch art stuff - but agree with you - its all about finding it, and making it. There is a great video on PBS OFF BOOK - http://video.pbs.org/video/2265493171/ - I think that element of being in control vs. not is kind of exciting when making art.

    Rotoscoping is also really cool as it looks like you are again somehow interacting with a machine (perhaps a theme to my art these days). Also there are some current films that adopted this technique (names escape me). I used photoshop and opened the video file as images - I think. It was a while back. This was the tutorial I used - maybe we could all give it a try as a large group https://vimeo.com/14573273. Thanks for the comments - always great to connect with other artists.

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  3. I really like the video because the way you made the video is very original. Also it is very confusing but that is why I like it. The video also has a funny thing because of the eyebrows and the glasses. Maybe you should try and make a story or a demo with these edits, that will look really cool

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    1. Ties - I like the idea of a demo - the video I used to make this video was pretty good as a demo but it is a good idea to make my own using my own video as the resource. I haven't tried rotoscoping with my students yet - but I think it would be a cool activity.

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  4. I really enjoyed this video since it used allot of different frames. It has allot of originality and makes this piece very unique. I would however like to ask you what inspired you to making a video instead of a Painting, as this is very different to the other pieces I am seeing on the blog.

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    1. Alard - good point - as the teacher of these guys in Abu Dhabi I thought it might be cool to show off something you maybe hadn't seen before. The paintings were my student's work of which I am proud of as well.

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  5. Hi Matt, We are all very excited to have started this connection and 3 classes today have commented on your students (and your) work. There is a lot of interest around your video and many would like you to explain or show how you made it - would you post a demo/screencast of the process when or if you have time please? Having read all your students' posts my students have a great idea of the type of things to share and how much to say in order to connect with the audience. This has helped enormously in their process and they are prepping their own content in readiness for next week! We look forward to checking in with you again! Mrs H (UWCSEA)

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    1. Mrs. H - I used this awesome vimeo video to help me - I am not sure how to make it look cool and linked in blogger comments so I will just give you the link and you will have to copy and paste - sorry - https://vimeo.com/14573273 It is really fun - but labour intensive.

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  6. Hello Mr. McGrady, I am Pratyay from Singapore. I am intrigued by that video and how you have put it together, with the glitches and different effects. Could you please explain how you did it?

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    1. Pratyay - All I can say is give this a watch. - https://vimeo.com/14573273

      It should clear up everything you need to know. Best of luck trying it out yourself - I'd love to see your efforts.

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