Make visual art more interactive with technology.
Artists used to create visually stunning works with little technology. While some artists do still opt for this approach to creation, others now use technology to enhance their existing works or create entirely new works of aesthetic value. Visual arts teachers can better prepare their students for working within the art industry by integrating these artistically valuable tools into their classrooms.
Digital Photography and Video Cameras
Art students of today can create photographic works with greater ease through the use of digital photography and video cameras. With multifunctional cameras, teachers can allow their students to develop their photography skills and capture images of the world around them. Instead of fussing with the once time-consuming film processing, students can quickly download and manipulate these images. By purchasing cameras that also capture video images, teachers can allow their pupils to experiment with live-action artistic works, as well as static ones.
Having computers in the visual arts classroom allows teachers to introduce their students to artistically useful software for video editing, digital animation and graphic design. Students can manipulate or create both live-action and static works of computer-enhanced art. Many jobs in the arts require the use of technology, so by teaching your students about these technological art tools, you effectively prepare them for work in the art field.
While music is not a form of visual art, this related artistic field can be used within the visual arts classroom as inspiration. Many working artists listen to music while creating their works . Allow your students to do the same by giving them MP3 players loaded with inspirational music. Teachers can enhance the clarity of their lessons by purchasing or recording digital versions of art-related content and allowing students to learn while listening to the readings.
With the aid of interactive whiteboards, art teachers can present digital versions of artistic works for their students’ inspection. Many museums now offer digital formats of their collections for online viewing. Teachers can navigate through these collections using an interactive whiteboard, thereby allowing their visual arts students to feel as if they are in an art gallery instead of seated in a classroom.