Feb 05, 2019
Welcome back! Makerspace is always busy and I’m happy to report that our students are taking more control of what they are able to learn. We have flipped for self guided art and introduced augmented reality that our students get to create!
Merge cubes are amazing because CoSpaces EDU lets us create almost anything in augmented reality. To unpack the ideas behind this complicated technology we talked about some augmented reality that they have already used- from our Dot Day coloring, or Pokemon Go, or even some Snap Chat filters that they might have done with their families. All of these apps use a camera and put parts of something augmented onto the camera image. They also use a trigger or something that activates the program.
For our creations we used the Merge cube. We showed the example of Merge Cube Explores app to show students what augmented reality looked like. These kids were so cool they could touch the sun!
Upon completion of our fabulous Kandinsky art I noticed that many of our students hold great passion and promise for their newly developing skills. With this in mind I want to create an art center that can function more student driven. The latest art center was a flip-classroom formatted video. Because students’ were really enjoying the watercolor pencils we kept them, but added to the technique and mixed mediums. This gave some magic to the mix. We used crayons (wax) on paper and then applied our watercolor pencil with a brush instead of using the pencil on the paper. The results are interesting because the wax will not absorb the watercolor and students can create an invisible snowman and make it appear when they add the watercolors. I also chose to do an ice “cube” (3D) to incorporate some math vocabulary.
Students are also still enjoying the Osmos, and some of our other center options from before.
Check out our halls filled with student Kandinsky art!
Huge shout out to our fourth graders for the assistance in getting all 27 classes (that’s almost 600 pieces of art) up for today!
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Until next week, happy making!