Web Sightings for May 2010

Let’s start this month’s collection of websites with The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum‘s new online database that contains images of the artist’s work, photographs, and correspondence from the museum’s collection and research center archive. In addition to browsing or searching the database, you can also save items in a “my favorites” file for later retrieval.

Make History is a global online initiative to gather 9/11 stories through the eyes of those who experienced it, both at the attack sites and around the world. Each photo displayed on the site is overlaid on a current street-view image of the present day, creating a “double exposure” of past and present. This site has the makings of an extraordinary and powerful archive.

Don’t miss Ben Heine’s cool Pencil vs Camera series on Flickr, which offers a new twist on the old “complete a photo” drawing project.

If you do a logo design project with students, be sure to check out the 20 Unique and Creative Logo Designs on Toxel.com.

I am really pleased with the digitally-produced work my art education students created this semester. I especially enjoyed Renate’s “Art is Everywhere” music video that she did as a final project in my Digital Media class (above), and MS’s “Drawn into the Past” video that she did as a final project in my graduate History of Teaching Art class (below).

Speaking of videos, the popular Rotoball animation project is back! In addition to rotoscoping, Rotoball 2010 features several other types of animation including stop motion animation, pixilation, tweened animations, live video, paper cut animation, brick films (lego animations) and 3D computer generated animations. For more information, visit the Rotoball website. Congratulations to David Gran and all the students and teachers from around the globe who contributed to this year’s movie.

On the BBC’s Beauty of Maps website, you can view five of the world’s most beautiful old maps, see how the Internet is being mapped, and watch an animated history of European mapmaking.

Mike Lynch’s Cartoon Grid looks like a great exercise for all those aspiring comic book and cartoon artists in your classroom.

Lastly, Joan Weber writes about how Twitter is being used to initiate a national dialogue about arts education, which you can join in on.