The Piano Guys

My drawing students have been working on the same project for awhile and to give them a break today, I had a YouTube mix of the Piano Guys playing on the SmartBoard. They still had to draw, but when they needed a short break, they could turn to the screen and watch them play. For a Monday, I feel like it calmly got them back into the school mind set. It wasn’t go go go first thing in the morning but calming sounds of the piano and cello.



redbox copyTo help my students learn the selection and clone tools, we inserted ourselves into movie posters. They first had to pick a poster and study the lighting and pose used. They then had to work with a partner to get a photograph of themself. They then used the selection tools to cut themself out of their picture and place themself in the movie poster. They then had to match the coloring and if any part of the character remainded, they had to use the clone stamp to take them out. I have blurred out their faces to protect their privacy.

Classroom Rules

CLASSROOM RULES copyContinuing with spicing up my classroom, I decided my class rules could use a make over. I found this list of rules from pintrest with a red background but decided I needed some glitter in the room. I found an image of glitter and opened it in Photoshop. With a background layer of white, I created a gradiant on the glitter layer to form the ombre effect. I then added the words in makeing some layers bold and changing the spacing on others.

Glass Filter

To continue with our filter unit, I had the students take a piece of glass and smear it with paint. They had to create their own filter that they would be able to hold up in front of their subject. We found that it was easiest to shoot with a manual focus so they could adjust it however they needed to. Also, using a telephoto lens made the effect look better.

Plastic Bag Photography

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Yesterday was a short day in my photo 2 class so I decided to experiment with the kids and try something new. We took our cameras outside to a colorful playground and put plastic sandwich bags over the lens. The kids then had to crinkle the bag in different ways to create a fuzzy dream like filter. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would and the kids loved it.

Teaching Moments

I have a student in my photo 2 class who is average. She gets most of her work done but it has never been anything exceptional. She has turned class into a social hour and comes to chat with her friends. Today however, she said something strange. We took fake flowers outside to photograph them with a narrow depth of field and when we came back inside and uploaded them she said, “I think this is the best photo I have ever taken.” I went over to look at it and she was right. It not only was the best photo she’s ever taken but one of the best in the class so far this semester. Today I watched her work and it appeared like she was having a fun time experimenting. I think things finally clicked for her and she relized that she was capable of taking amazing photographs. I can’t wait to see what she can come up with in the next seven weeks of school, with this new built confidence. It’s moments like this that make my day sometimes even my year and make me feel like I’m making a difference.