Web Sightings for March 2010

Lego Explorer photo by kennymatic, CC Attribution License

Let’s start this month’s installment of Web Sightings out with an amusing music video for the song “70 Million” by the Franco-American band Hold Your Horses!
How many of the reconstructed famous paintings or artists represented in the video do you recognize? (Thanks to Toni or whoever posted this video first on Twitter, where I snagged it.)

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo.

Kudos to Tricia Fuglestad for the NEA article about her digital exploits with her students. I knew her when.

Through the Eyes of Children began in 2000 as a photographic workshop started by photographer, David Jiranek and inspired by the founder of the Imbabazi Orphanage, Rosamond Carr—an American woman living in Rwanda since 1955. The project provides disposable cameras to children who take pictures for themselves and to share with others, exploring their community, and finding beauty as the country struggles to rebuild.

Here’s an inspiring and thoughtful 20-minute TED Talk by Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, who makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Seeing the Future! A Guide to Visual Communication is a downloadable 20-page comic (PDF) filled with drawing and inventing tips from HowToons.com.

I continue to be amazed at the historical information I can find about art education on the Web. For instance, here are some pictures of Ruth Shaw who invented finger painting back in the 1930s. And then, here is Arthur Wesley Dow‘s Theory and Practice of Teaching Art (1908), which along with his book Composition (first published in 1899) has a major influence on how art was taught through much of the 20th century. Even today, if you teach about the design elements and principles or composition in the classroom, you can thank Arthur Wesley Dow.

Next up, The State of The Internet, created and animated by Jesse Thomas with data from multiple sources, features some pretty incredible stats such as Facebook gets 260 billion pageviews per month.

Warhol’s World is an art interactive, from the Queensland Art Gallery, which introduces kids to Andy’s family, history, artwork, and more through time capsules and an entertaining quiz format,

100 Tips, Apps, and Resources for Teachers on Twitter from Online College Degree covers all sorts of Twittery things for educators.

Lastly, if you missed it, FRONTLINE’s In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world.