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Time Lapse Videos

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:05 pm on Friday, December 16, 2016

Time lapse is a tool or process that could be used in any content area.  These short videos condense slow movement or motion into a concise video.  In a science class room they could be used to show movement of plants bending over time in relation to light.

As an art teacher, I could use this time lapse in a documentary photography course to show movement over the course of the day (i.e. traffic in a city, sunrise and sunset, cloud formations, and process of experienced artists at work.)  Students could also use this tool in an assignment to show their own art skills learned within a specific course.

In my example time lapse videos I have used this tool to show oil painting techniques such as glazing  which adds small layers of change to already dried areas of paint as well as throwing pottery on the wheel.


Educational Technology Statement

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 8:01 am on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My living google document of this Ed Tech statement can also be accessed here.

Miranda Figgs

Educational Technology Philosophy Statement

I see myself using technology in my high school art classroom to relay information from older art processes such as oil painting, ceramic, and darkroom techniques over to digital based processes.   Technology is something that is ever evolving and the education system has somewhat failed its students in not keeping up with the demands of the 21st century workforce.  Technology is something that is not always very attainable due to financial constraints, but willpower, writing grants, and advocating for students in a technology based generation can take a class a long way in terms of getting students up to speed on what will be required of them as commercial artists.  With graphic design, illustrator, photoshop, videography, and digital portfolios growing in importance to independent artists, students need to be exposed to these elements in their schooling.  

New processes are popping up in the art realm as well as every other aspect of life.  Ceramicists are using wadding to make sculptures, something that would have been taboo for a classical ceramic artists,  photoshop has taken a hold of commercial product marketing, documentary photography and videography are able to give insight to art processes that would have been underwraps before the internet, online portfolios and independent webpages get patrons in contact with artists within seconds.  Similarly, “New Media” is an art form based in the overlap of technical processes including the internet as an art form of mass communication.  These new and overlapping techniques are something that most instructors are uncomfortable teaching because there aren’t always clear and concise answers associated, it is still in its blurry stage and boundaries are still being formed around this media.

Teachers are afraid to teach something that students may know more about than themselves.  However, technology in the classroom by nature is always changing and growing and should be a learning experience in the same way that scientific advances affect the content that we teach students. Teaching anything other than the most updated version would be doing students a disservice and would be disadvantaging the educator as well because they too would be lacking information and not expanding his or her own horizons.  It is very much so based in a discomfort that is always accompanied by growth.  This discomfort associated with growing pains is something that must be felt to avoid leaving students behind in a digital world.  


Lesson Plan + Flip Chart

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:22 pm on Monday, December 12, 2016

High school Entry level Graphic design Lesson using Online Virtual Tours, Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, and Photoshop negatives.

  1. Find an intriguing composition based on historic examples from virtual tour
  2. Scan in the image using a color scanner7a8b82f69393f78d64fd8d95756ea2c8-2(In my flip chart I dropped in this image from the dome to experiment with my own colors)
  3. Photoshop magnetic lasso tool to change original image and experiment with color (using paper traditionally).
  4. Print image on color photo paper or take it a step farther using photoshop negatives

This flip chart lesson offers an introductory insight to Photoshop and/or illustrator software.  This could be applicable to an introductory graphic design course, drawing, design, or even ceramic tile course.  The final slide of my flip chart explains the various uses and diversity within this lesson.


  • Virtual Tours allow students to explore endless sites that they would otherwise be unable to visit due to time and financial restraints.  Some websites are better than others for this, but it beats only being able to see two dimensional images of a space.  In this lesson, students are asked to specifically look at Medieval architectural structures found in the middle east.  For my demonstration, I used mosaics found from the Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem.
  • Scanning images on a high resolution colored scanner and pulling them into photoshop is a beginner’s skill that is necessary for independent artists from all media to know.  Students learn how to use the magnetic and lasso tools in Photoshop as well as tools to refine edges to be able to seamlessly edit and create effects that mimic that of precious metals and stones.  Color theory comes into play in the students’ individual decision making process.  Students will hopefully be able to gain confidence in digital photo editing from this lesson and will be inspired to continue to take graphics courses and expand their own art history knowledge.
  • Creating Negatives to use alternative photo processing methods is something that requires the acquisition of skill in not only the darkroom, but also in photoshop’s curves and levels as well as tools to inverse color and create negatives.  Students use a color ink jet printer with light emulsion covered light sensitive transparency to feed into the printer.  This non- traditional “negative” can be heavily photoshopped, but still use the controlled techniques that are lent easily to the darkroom.  This is a skill that can be used over or in correlation with many different art styles.