Using Digital Art in Your Classroom

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With Davis Art Images you have access to high quality fine art images from renowned galleries and reputable museums. Easily search for your favorite images with the tools included on the site, contrast and compare, make individual prints, or add art to lesson plans in the Curriculum Designer. The program allows you to search by artist name or subject, making it easy to find and access works by certain artists, themes or styles. You will also have access to special tools that allow you to go beyond color swatches on the screen to actually match colors or patterns, and make art that will look good in any classroom situation.

For example, you might want to teach young children about the cultures around them and showcase artwork created across time by these cultures. An example might be to display a Middle Eastern picture of a child as she holds a bouquet of flowers. This would not only show the diversity of human culture through age, but also give the impression of understanding and appreciation of different cultures. When you create digital fine art images, you have the ability to share these images across time and cultures with students in your classes. You can even create digital wall art to hang on your walls and bring the subject of culture into your classroom.

An Overview

Another way that students in your classes can benefit from digital fine art images is by providing the framework for discussions about global politics, history, art, technology, medicine and so much more. A simple way to do this would be to use individual images of places around the world and then create a topical discussion or argument by linking each image to a specific place or historical figure. You could then show students specific images of places around the world during specific times by connecting the dots. You could even use a combination of images for an overall theme that you are discussing. You could end up making a video to accompany your presentation of the discussion and create an online class project that would allow students to submit their completed work for feedback.

Using images to discuss things such as politics, art history can take a much larger scope than what most people think. You can look at art around the world to explain many things in ways that simply a textbook cannot. You have the chance to get very creative as you explore different themes, subjects and mediums. The possibilities are almost endless. In the end, you want to show students that there is always more to learn and explore in the world.

Another way to use digital fine art images to make your class more interesting is to create original drawings and paintings using a variety of mediums. If you are doing your illustrations using watercolors, pencils, acrylics or pastels you can provide a very detailed and rich medium for your students to explore. Some students might prefer to use paintbrushes and other tools for their drawings while others might enjoy the tactile satisfaction of a canvas. It doesn’t really matter which method you choose as long as you are opening up new ways for your students to visually participate in the discussions. It will add a great deal to the depth and breadth of the class and they will enjoy looking at your artwork.

Using Digital Art in Classroom

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When you are teaching students about color and light and how these factors affect the way that images are created using different media you are also introducing them to digital art. They will learn how to use different software packages like Photoshop, Illustrator or Fireworks to modify their images and make them better suited for print or screen. You can easily provide tips and techniques for enhancing photos, illustrations and paintings and include these in your lectures. As a teacher, you have to be able to navigate this software and know how to effectively use it in your classes.

Once you teach students how to use digital art there are endless ways that they can further develop their skills. You can take your students’ images and transform them into photo prints or calendars. Then you could email them the calendars, making them available to your students at school. For student groups, you could produce art calendars that your students can share with each other. If you want to involve the entire class, create a digital art website where your students can display their work online.

The best way to encourage creativity in students is to make it fun for them to use digital art in their classes. You can provide interesting alternatives to traditional subjects like drawing and painting. When students see that others find the images to be creative they are more likely to use them in their own creations. This will make them want to do more work in this field and perhaps even start their own studio. Teaching your students to use digital art has never been easier!

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