Managing Director, Mobile Art Academy
Not often I have a long post, but here is the text that appeared on the wall behind me in the Palo Alto Art Center's Youth Art Exhibition with two walls dedicated to iPad art by Elementary and Middle School students. So proud - this is along term goal of our Mobile Art Academy. Hope you have time to read what's on the wall behind me...
In 2015 the Elementary SPECTRA Art teachers began the process of exploring digital media so that they could develop lessons to include in our visuals arts curriculum. Professional Learning sessions were arranged by the Art Coordinator in collaboration with Caroline Mustard, the renowned Bay Area mobile arts teaching-artist. Caroline’s vision that fine art can, and will, include digital media aligned strongly with PAUSD’s goals to teach students 21st century communication skills. Caroline’s expertise in making digital fine art and range of teaching experience were invaluable in achieving our goal.
Two media arts lessons are on display. The shelter animal portraits were done by 5th graders at Nixon Elementary with Caroline and Dawn Tower Irvine, SPECTRA teacher, using the app, Paper 53 and photos of shelter animals taken by High School photo students. An additional 75 animals portraits are currently on display in the Rinconada Library branch. Middle School students from Terman, Linda Papanicolau, art teacher, with Caroline’s guidance explored a more open concept lesson that included line, shape and color exploration with the addition of photography. These two lessons are on displays here as part of Youth art and another is currently on exhibit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Art Coordinator for Palo Alto Unified School District