Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Socratic Seminar - Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret

Socratic Seminar - Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret 
  1. Watch the Video
  2. Open the transcript  > http://goo.gl/eh7Tqo 
  3. Complete the Survey 
  4. In the comment section, answer... Is the information useful and why or why not?

Monday, April 28, 2014

George Bernard Shaw

"The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; 
he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. 
... the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."

In the comment section, interpret Shaw's statement.  
  1. What does he mean?  
  2. How does this connect to joy?  
  3. Why does an attitude of 'takes anew' make for a more joyful life?

Empathy Analogs - Anthropomorphics

Create > Anthropomorphics

  • Imbuing animals, plants, or objects with human qualities.

Imagination Triggers:  
  • Analogy, Transfer, Fantasize, Metaphor

Studio Challenge:
  1. In the medium of your choice, create an anthropomorphic self portrait.
  2. Know your inner animal or which one you would want to be.
  3. Know your Chinese horoscope animal or zodiac sign.
  4. Think of what activities you like to do and show your animal doing it.
    1. frogs ice skating
    2. bugs as bionic construction machines
    3. elephants as artists
    4. toads at a skate park
    5. birds on a coffee break
  5. Compositional ideas include:
    • Create a playing card
    • Create a scene from a graphic novel or movie trailer
    • Create a ‘disney’ like cartoon


Jason Depicts Famous Figures As Anthropomorphic Animals (Art)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Social Dialogue > The Dream of Life Socratic Seminar

Social Dialogue > The Dream of Life Socratic Seminar

1. Watch > 

  • The Dream of Life by Alan Watts video

An inspiring and profound speech from the late Alan Watts. 
Alan Watts audio courtesy of alanwatts.org

2. Comment > 

  • Using lines from the video, what was the most inspiring or profound moment for you?

3. Reply >

  • Offer a thoughtful reply that confirms or disagrees with a mate's original comment.

4. Feel free to carry on a discussion in the comment section with multiple replies.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Empathy Analog > Preposterous Critter Crosslinks

Preposterous Critter Crosslinks

Forced linking of organic and inorganic subjects can create preposterous hybrids

Imagination Triggers:
Hybridize, Fantasize, Empathize

Studio Challenge:
  1. Use the list below or find a random generator and create two columns of words
  2. Force a link by selecting one animal (organic) word and one inorganic word
  3. Visually create a preposterous hybrid critter.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Empathy Analogs - Animal Metamorphosis

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
Bull Profile Series (C. 116-21)

Pablo Picasso
Bull (1945-46)

Animal Metamorphosis

  • Depicting the metamorphic transformation of a representational animal image from one physical state to another

  • Simplify, Transfer, Morph

Art History References:

Studio Challenge:
  1. Make a three-panel composition based on the analysis and metamorphic transformation of an animal subject.
  2. Work directly from an actual subject or a photograph
  3. In the first panel, draw an accurate representation of the animal
  4. Next, use the accurate drawing of the animal as a reference to start a metamorphic transformation in the next panel.
    1. Reduce the shape and detail
    2. progressively break down the image geometrically
    3. depict a physical change like melting
  5. Finally, in the third panel, produce a visual that bears only a faint resemblance to the original subject.
    1. an abstract design with vague symbolic overtones.
    2. a pure geometric shape such as a triangle or circle
    3. a puddle or poof of vapor

Friday, April 4, 2014

Accessing AP Scores Online in July

Accessing AP Scores Online in July

AP(R) Students Will Get Scores Online in July

Your role in ensuring that your students are able to access their scores is critical. Below is some information we'd like you to share with your students -- particularly those who have never taken an AP Exam before -- to help them get ready to access their scores.

Steps AP Students Must Take to Access Scores

   * At exam time or during a pre-administration session, fill in AP
     answer sheets carefully and consistently. Especially important
     are name, date of birth, sex, mailing address, and email address.

   * As early as possible, sign up for a College Board account at
     apscore.org. Students must have an account to access their scores.

        - Some students may already have an account. Have them confirm
          this by signing in.

   * Remember the following information, which will be required to see
     their scores in July:

        - College Board account username and password

        - 2014 AP number (or student ID number if they provided it on
          their AP answer sheet)

Score Release Schedule

The score release schedule will be available at apscore.org in early May, and students will receive an email in early July at the email address they put on their AP answer sheet reminding them when they can access their scores.

Awareness Toolkit

To support your efforts, we've developed an awareness toolkit that you will receive in the mail in early April and that is available for download.

Learn more

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Submitting Your AP Studio Art Portfolio

About Digital Submission

The AP Studio Art Exam consists of two components:
  1. Digital images and commentary submitted to AP via the Digital Submission Web application 
  2. Physical portfolios: the Quality section (five actual artworks) for Drawing and 2-D Design portfolios, assembled and mailed to the AP Program 
  • Note: The 3-D Design portfolio has no physical component and is submitted entirely online. 
  • For more information about the digital submission process, view the Web demo.
  • For the HELP page about digital submission, click here > http://goo.gl/C0KFFx
Timeline for Students

Before January
  • Capture digital images of your artworks that adhere to the image recommendations and requirements outlined at the bottom of this page. 
January and February
  • Log in to the Digital Submission Web Application as soon your teacher — or AP Coordinator, if you are home-schooled — provides access information. Check with your teacher or Coordinator if you haven't received this information by early February. (View this demo for more information about accessing the application.) 
  • Make sure that you have selected the correct type of portfolio (i.e., 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing). Selecting the correct portfolio type is very important, as it affects how the portfolio is scored. 
  • Begin uploading images as soon as possible after accessing the application, so that both you and your teacher can monitor the development of your portfolio. You can always delete, add or rearrange images later. 
March and April
  • Continue to work with your teacher on your portfolio. 
  • Confirm the deadline for you to submit your final digital portfolio to your teacher (or AP Coordinator). If you are submitting a 2-D Design or Drawing portfolio, confirm the date for assembly of the Quality section with your teacher or AP Coordinator. 
  • The AP Coordinator should provide you with information from your AP Student Pack (your AP number and a list of college codes) by sometime in April. You will need this information before you can forward your digital portfolio to your teacher. 
  • Submit your finalized digital portfolio to your teacher or AP Coordinator by his or her established deadline. 
  • After you forward your portfolios to your teacher or AP Coordinator, sign back in to the Web application occasionally to view your portfolio's status and to ensure that your Coordinator forwards your portfolios to the AP Program by 8 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2014. Only Coordinators can take this final step, and only portfolios that have a "Sent to AP" status at the time of this deadline will be received by the AP Program and scored. 
  • Your teacher will forward your completed digital portfolio to the AP Coordinator before May 9. 
  • Your AP Coordinator will forward your digital portfolio to the AP Program, using the Web application, by 8 p.m. EDT on May 9. 
  • On or before May 9, your teacher or Coordinator will gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for the assembly of the Quality section (the physical portfolio component). 
Technical Requirements and Recommendations

You and your teacher must have access to a digital camera and a computer with an Internet connection in order to submit the digital sections of your portfolio. If you will be accessing the Web application from a computer outside your school, please note the required browsers listed below. You aren't restricted to specific hardware configurations, though you may experience slower response times when using older computer hardware.
Software Requirements

Web Browser (one of the following):
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0 
  • Firefox 3.6 
  • Safari 5.0 or below 
Requirements and Recommendations for Digital Images

All images must be submitted in JPEG format (file name extension .jpg) and RGB color mode. We recommend uploading files that are 72 pixels-per-inch (ppi) because a higher resolution does not add clarity when viewing images on a computer screen. We recommend that you keep copies of your original images.

Image size: The image sizes below are recommendations. Your image sizes may be different.

Landscape orientation:
  • Recommended maximum size: 530 x 780 pixels (7.36 x 10.83 inches) 
  • Recommended minimum size: 480 x 480 pixels (6.67 x 6.67 inches) 
Portrait orientation:
  • Recommended maximum size: 780 x 530 pixels (10.83 x 7.36 inches) 
  • Recommended minimum size: 480 x 480 pixels (6.67 x 6.67 inches) 
Maximum file size: 3.0 MB per image. (Your image files will likely be considerably smaller than 3.0 MB.)
Free disk space:
  • Drawing and 2-D Design Portfolio: Based on the maximum file size of 3.0 MB and a total of 24 digital images per portfolio, you'll need a maximum of 72 MB of free disk space per portfolio. 
  • 3-D Design Portfolio: Based on the maximum file size of 3.0 MB and a total of 38 digital images, you'll need a maximum of 114 MB of free disk space.