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An Art Teacher's Perspective of Media and the Arts

posted on December 7, 2012

An Art Teacher's Perspective of Media and the Arts

Off Book explores cutting edge arts and the artists that make it. Breaking the mold of the definition of art, Off Book  explores the avant-garde, the experimental and the underground art forms that are supported by online communities. The bi-weekly, web exclusive series includes episodes on typography, steampunk, internet culture, video game art and more. All of these videos may help support a variety of interests your students could have.

As with other curriculum, technology and media use are changing how teachers share content and skills with their students. "With the technology advancing it is important for every teacher to incorporate media into their classroom," said Virginia Rogers, an art teacher from Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines. "Art has a special connection with technology that other areas do not. It can be created using media and media can be created using art. They share a partnership unlike the other content areas."

So how does a program like Off Book help art teachers?

Off Book can allow teachers to use clips to introduce art topics. "Sometimes it can be difficult to explain how a particular type of art is made," said Virginia. Because they are short, the videos can work as learning objects to help convey or reinforce a key concept or skill teachers want students to learn. "I particularly like the Off Book programs because they are very short in length. It can be difficult to keep a middle schooler’s attention much past five or six minutes."

"Art is important for students to express and explore who they are," continued Virginia. "For students who struggle academically, art can sometimes be the only place that they are successful." Much of these videos can bring students directly into the creative process, foster individual artistic expression, and promote experimentation and exploration.

"I believe that art is important for students to express and explore who they are," said Virginia. "These programs are great ways to quickly inform students about a specific art topic."

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