Web Sightings for December 2010

There’s something for everyone in this last installment of Web Sightings for the decade:

The Masterpiece from Maeve Clancy on Vimeo.

First up, we have an animated film by Maeve Clancy that tells the story of an artist who upon finishing a painting that he believes is a masterpiece sets out to see what others think. A rather somber story, exquisitely told and animated. While you’re watching it, see how many “masterpieces” you notice embedded within the animation.

Flowers by Zhao Zhiqian (1859)

Next, enjoy this online exhibition from The Huntington Archive that features the 195 images from the Modern section of an exhibition titled China: 5,000 Years held at the Guggenheim Museum, NY in 1998.

This Voicethread titled Colour Poetry was recently shared in the Voicethread group on Art Education 2.0, so I had to check it out. Made by Jan Palko‘s kids in 2008, it’s a real visual and aural delight. It reminds me of the rich possibilities that Voicethread offers for curricular connections between art and other subjects in the school curriculum.

Check out this useful educational resource from the North Carolina Museum of Art, called ArtNC. The site includes several features designed to help K-12 educators incorporate art into classroom instruction, including activity ideas, lesson plans, printable images, information on featured works of art, and more. While the teacher an student lounge areas of the site were not functioning when I visited, there is plenty here that will interest K-12 art and classroom teachers seeking ways to look at and learn from works of art with students. For more about the site, watch this video available on the site.

Speaking of North Carolina, enjoy this TEDTalk by Designer Emily Pilloton who moved to rural Bertie County, North Carolina, where she’s teaching a high school, design-build class called Studio H while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.

Here’s another helpful museum resource from the Art Institute of Chicago that offers parents and teachers tips and techniques for helping young visitors make the most of a museum visit and enrich their encounters with art.

Cousin, by Oscar winner Adam Elliot, tells the childhood story of the animator’s endearing cousin who had cerebral palsy, played cricket with one arm, collected toe-nails, and smelled of licorice. An exceptional example of great story-telling combined with simple production values.

Kim Rugg from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.

I previously came across Canadian artist Kim Rugg‘s work months ago, and then when it popped up again recently on Cool Hunting, I figured her work was worth a second look. Working out of her London home and studio, Rugg uses an xacto knife to slice up cereal boxes, newspapers, stamps, comic books, and postage stamps in order to rearrange their content and render them illegible. Her meticulous process often takes months as she carefully cuts up a newspaper page or similar item, removes the type and picture elements, and then reassembles them in their original layout in ways that no longer carry any meaning in the text, but focuses instead on the graphic design elements such as the fonts used, the space between paragraphs and so on. Rugg is a great example of an artist who finds inspiration in the mundane and everyday objects around us.

According to this recent ReadWriteWeb article on the Top Trends of 2010 “One of the big themes of 2010 has been the increased simplicity of posting content to the Web.” Light-blogging tools like Tumblr and Posterous have become increasingly popular because they enable people to publish ‘found’ things very quickly and at the click of a button. I’ve waded into light-blogging myself lately and am currently experimenting with Tumbler (and liking it) as a way of quickly posting photos, videos and other items of interest.

I’ll wrap up with this 2-minute video of 10 trends to watch for in 2011, produced by JWT Intelligence. The video is based on an 88-page report for $250.00. Perhaps a stocking stuffer?