8 Self Portraits

Hi class. I’m not able to upload the pictures from school, so will do so later this evening. What I can do is pass you a link to the pictures.

Turns out that the first painting is actually from 1967 which helps explain why the beard had gone and the hair went grey in picture 2 which is from 1996.

Here is the link: http://www.boredpanda.com/alzheimers-disease-self-portrait-paintings-william-utermohlen/

As far as I can tell, there is nothing untoward on the site and it is accessible in school so has been through our Internet filters. Obviously, I can make no such claims for any links you click on from the initial site. πŸ™‚

I’ll add the pictures later, and then we can start planning what and how we write about them.

Thanks for the really interesting thoughts and ideas you shared with me in class. I’m hoping we can turn this into a really worthwhile piece of writing.

William Utermohlen – 1967

 

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Rising To The Challenge

Another year, another chance to get busy with the blog.

WordPress has just become available to me again, so I am delighted to start up again by highlighting a couple of pieces of homework from this year’s ‘What is beauty?’ class. The first one is a photo essay/poem from Emma:

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Not only did Emma write the poem, she also sourced or took all the photographs herself. Multi-modal learning and skills, anyone?

The second one I wanted to share with you is this one from Sam. Keep watching…

Sorry about the green line! I managed to add it when uploading the video, but I’ve no idea how!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of you have to share! πŸ˜‰

Old Age Pictures

Hi Class. Welcome to your blog. πŸ˜‰

As mentioned, your homework for next week is to find, or create, a picture you can use for your obituary. Obviously, this means you will need to use an existing picture, and then you will need to ‘age’ it. I mentioned 2 FREE tools you can use to edit an existing photo. You should probably ask permission from your parent or carer before downloading and installing a new programme!Β (NB: Check to see if you already have a programme that can edit the pictures. Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements are ideal, and sometimes come bundled with a camera or scanner)

WINDOWS USERS

My first choice picture editor for quick and easy editing on Windows is a free programme called Paint.net. For a free programme, it is remarkably powerful and will allow you to do a lot with your pictures. It has lots of tricks up its sleeves, so can take a while to get the hang of… but it’s worth it!

MAC USERS

Well done for having a Mac! πŸ˜‰ The best free editor for Macs is a programme called GIMP. This stands for GNU Image Manipulation Programme. Like Paint.net, it’s very powerful, and free.

iOS and Android

Your best bet is to go to the App store and search for “age me”. I found two free iOS (ie: iPod/iPhone/iPad) Apps and there are bound to be some Android ones as well. If you know of one, please leave a comment so you can share it with the rest of the class.

NO COMPUTER, NO TIME, NO WANT TO DO IT? NO WORRIES!

If you don’t want to make a photo, or if you are not able to get access to a computer to do it, or if you are just a bit worried about the technology, DON’T PANIC! You are very welcome to use a random photo instead, just make sure it fits in with what you are writing for your obituary! πŸ˜‰

OK. Enough from me… over to you! Feel free to ask questions by using the comments (Just click on the speech bubble at the top of this post)… and srsly… DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE! You want to try and get a good picture made if you can, and that could take time!

Marking Time…

The title is a pun! I’m marking your “What is Beauty?” work at the moment, and throughly enjoying doing so, so thank you all for your efforts! After a fair bit of faffing around, I have managed to shrink and upload the first version of the Beauty Video Presentation that EW submitted. I thought you might like to see the whole thing. It’s rather good, and gives you all a target to go for for the next piece of big work! πŸ˜‰ Of course, I have no idea how I’m going to grade it…

Comments in the usual place! πŸ˜‰

Playtime

I hope you’re getting some work done on your projects during the holiday… and knowing how the boredom must be kicking in by now, I thought I’d throw some distractions your way.

There are lots of ways you can demonstrate your thoughts on the topic, and I’m aware I often through out the names of a variety of online tools you might not know about, so here in one fun-filled package are a few you may wish to play with.

Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments!

Glogster

Glogster is the site I used to put together the ‘poster’ I used to introduce the Owen poem.


Mr W’s Time Detective Glog!

Now… the bad news is that Glogster is undergoing a massive upgrade at the moment, so you may struggle to set up a new account. That said, it is worth the wait. πŸ˜‰

If you want to go for it, you can sign up for a free account at edu.glogster.com Using the edu.glogster.com site is preferred to the usual public site as the content is ‘safer’, but more importantly, you get more tools for free (My favourite price)!

Next up…

Wikispaces

Looking for a free website that allows you to embed all sorts of media? Looking for incredible ease of use? Looking for a brilliant way of sharing or even better working with others? Then try wikispaces!

A wiki is an online site that lots of people can edit. The great news is that, as long as you are using it for K-12 education, it is free and has no adverts. I love wikis, and wikispaces is the easiest one I’ve found so far. It doesn’t look too flash at first, but if you have a bit of imagination and time (and are willing to search around for this site :Β http://wheretostartwithwikisandblogs.wikispaces.com/More+Advanced+Wiki+Editing) you can make it look really great β€” or really awful if you over do it!

You can get started here:Β http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers

You’ll need to sign up for a wiki ID, and then make sure you select the following options!

Watch to see the boxes to tick!

Animoto

Animoto is a lot of fun. The easiest way is to think of it as a way of creating very cool slideshows along with music you are allowed to use!

Rather than give a long explanation, I’ll just show you an Animoto I made a few years ago.


Animoto Show

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Enough Already…

My laptop is really stuggling here, so I’m going to leave you to chase up these for starters. I’ll add more later, but in the meantime, keep working!

Need To Know!

Don’t forget that if you use Dropitto.me to pass on your work, you need to include an email address in your document so I can return the marked/commented version! For those who have already uploaded work, can I ask you to upload another version that includes your email address! (Use the footer to include it if you know how to… If not, you’ll soon find help online to show you!)

Thanks!

Your Mission

The Task: You are going to investigate the question “What is beauty?”

What you need to know: You are free to define beauty in any way you wish. It can be physical beauty, or (please pardon the phrase) “inner beauty”. You can talk about people, or you can talk about objects or places or maths calculations or nature. In short, you have a completely free and open choice for the subject matter you choose.

What you need to do: No matter what you choose to investigate, you must use and acknowledge appropriate source material. No sources, no marks… Simples!

You can present your findings in any way you choose. This might be an essay, a PowerPoint presentation, a video, a song, an annotated painting, a website… in other words, in any way you think will best help you demonstrate an answer or point-of-view on the question, What is beauty?

What you need to think about: There are several obvious sources where you will find information about what “beauty” is. I’d start with Wikipedia and any other easily accessible sources such as dictionaries or encyclopaedias. Start by finding out what others have called beautiful. You may agree with their definitions, or you may disagree… But be prepared to support or argue your own point-of-view either way.

What you can do to develop your ideas: You are encouraged to think beyond the obvious. If you decide to look at people who are considered “beautiful”, have you considered how much our perceptions can be and are manipulated by someone using Photoshop? If you choose to talk about art that is “beautiful” have you considered the cultural background and baggage that we bring to how we look at something beautiful?

Consider how much of what we consider beautiful is because of peer pressure, or accepted points-of-view… be strong, and consider that if we all had exactly the same opinions, then we would all be trying to go out with the same person.

Consider the lists you created in class. When you wrote down the names of 5 people and 5 places that you considered “beautiful” and the same again for people and places you considered “ugly”, you were basing your decisions on a set of criteria that you had chosen. How well can you explain or defend these decisions?

Finally: Is there any value in considering the impact the “beauty” has on the person experiencing or enjoying it. Is it a truly personal response according to a set of rules that cannot be shared… or are there some truly beautiful people or objects or places that we can all agree on? And the obvious extension of this is can we ever separate the physical from the essence of that we call beautiful β€” how do we reconcile a physically beautiful person with an ugly personality?

Starting Points

To get you started, here are the slides I used in class, and also some links to the YouTube video(s) I referred to. Please use the comments to ask questions and to get some discussion going. This is an interesting topic, and you do all have something to contribute… So get busy!

My Slides

Dove Evolution

Related Video(s)

DUE DATE: You are expected to hand in your project on Friday 28th October. You are welcome and encouraged to submit early drafts or ideas during the October break using http://Dropitto.me/nwinton (I’ll remind you of the password if you ask me!). And as a last point to consider: you are welcome to include photographs and/or drawings or media in your submitted work… In fact, given the nature of the task, I think you have no choice but to do so… in this case, DO NOT FORGET TO GIVE THE SOURCE OF ANY IMAGES OR MEDIA YOU USE!

THE PRACTICAL STUFF: It is up to you to decide on the format you choose, so it will be up to you to decide on what you include in the final ‘product’. As a general guide, you will need to have some sort of discussion or explanation of what others consider beauty to mean, and then you will need to give YOUR point of view on what you think beauty is.

I am more than happy to give you advice or tips and suggestions, so don’t leave it till the last minute! Think through what you will need to make your project happen, and devise a good plan… Otherwise you may never finish it!

Finally, set your own goals! How will you decide that you have been successful?