Walton Education Foundation

Advanced 2D Art and Career Planning students will choose a literary source from the media center (fiction, nonfiction, informative text) and create a 3D illustration of a story, scene or quotation using technology from the Lenovo 300E series touchscreen tablets and Windows 3D Paint program. This 3D artwork will be displayed in the media center as a visual aide to increase understanding and comprehension of literary content. It will be used to grab student's attention and engage them in a story through the use of visual imagery. The illustrations created by art students will not only encourage all media center visitors to develop a love of reading beyond words, but also build an understanding for how it can trigger our imaginations.

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Seeing is believing!

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School:
Emerald Coast Middle School 
Subject:
Literacy 
Teacher:
Jennifer Rhea 
 
Lisa Burns 
Students Impacted:
250 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
September 25, 2019

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St. Joe Community Foundation - $1,451.97

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Goal

Advanced 2D Art and Career Planning students will choose a literary source from the media center (fiction, nonfiction, informative text) and create a 3D illustration of a story, scene or quotation using technology from the Lenovo 300E series touchscreen tablets and Windows 3D Paint program. This 3D artwork will be displayed in the media center as a visual aide to increase understanding and comprehension of literary content. It will be used to grab student's attention and engage them in a story through the use of visual imagery. The illustrations created by art students will not only encourage all media center visitors to develop a love of reading beyond words, but also build an understanding for how it can trigger our imaginations.  

 

What will be done with my students

During the Spring of 2020, 8th grade students in 2D Advanced Art and Career Planning will work together with the art teacher and library media center specialist to select popular literary genres, stories, characters, themes, settings and quotations to illustrate using 2D and 3D computer based technology. The literary content will be relative to current Florida Standards Language Arts and English Language Learner curriculum's.

After brainstorming, sketching and collaborating, students will transfer essential 2D drawn concepts to 3D real world technology by using the Lenovo tablets and 3D Paint program. This connects to the ELA Florida Standard requirement to visualize figurative language in a story when reading fiction texts. At this stage of the creative process, art students will focus on visualizing what is read on the page, then bring the words to life via an art vocabulary created by both traditional and technical methods.

Continuing these skills for 1-2 weeks, students will utilize new computer based technology (which combines science, engineering, math and art) to develop their original literary based 3D artworks. The artworks will include key focus areas such as: depth, scenery, perspective, lighting, color, mood, motion, and text.

In the next segment, students will share drafts of artwork during a class critique in the library with video production students. This collaboration of classes will provide an opportunity for constructive peer criticism and will promote students with a forum to share what they are doing well, ask questions about products and processes, and give suggestions for finishing the artworks. The critique session promotes success and effective communication skills as well as self-evaluation real-world work skills.

Finally, using their critique feedback, students will finish 3D draft products using Paint 3D remix and revision tools to adjust, add and remove without having to start over as is usual with 2D art revisions. The finished 3D artwork will be printed, mounted/framed and displayed in the library media center for the many years to come. The new 3D creations will also give Language Art Teachers figurative language/literary text examples to use with their students and provide 3D prompts to help students develop narrative writing skills.  

 

Benefits to my students

There will be an average of 22, computer designed 3D artworks, hung in the library media center using the 3 Lenovo Tablets purchased with this grant. These will be produced and installed by the 8th grade 2D Advanced Art and Career Planning class (22 students). The Library Media Center video production class (25 students) will also participate with the artwork critique and installation. The hope is more tablets will be purchased through future grants and the activity will be an annual lesson and installation.

Outcomes will be measured using the following methods: pre-test on art students basic computer skills and post test after creating with Windows 3D Paint Program, media center interest surveys inquiring on book series and genres 8th grade students would like to see illustrated, written reflections on whether the students comprehension of books improved due to visual literacy component (given in media center), usage data based on how often books were checked out before and after art installation due to improved media center attendance and increase in leisure and required reading or use of multi-interdisciplinary content.
Art students will also be assessed on their performance based outcome, 3D computer designed narrative illustrations, using a peer critique and standards based performance rubric (self and teacher assessment).

This lesson will promote cross-curriculum learning with relationships being established between the visual and language arts to include critical thinking. By illustrating the written word with these artworks, not only will art students be improving their own reading comprehension and vocabulary skills, but their artworks will also provide viewers with visual aides to promote the overall importance of reading.

These 3D artworks with their "seeing is believing" narrative will encourage student participation in the school wide reading goal, classroom reading and also improve ELA FSA scores. No longer will reading be just about words on a page for students, but these 3D artworks will give the written word action, lighting, color and mood to move both the mind and imagination.

The technology provided with the Lenovo 300e series tablets gives greater opportunities to those students with strong computer backgrounds, but also beginning students will gain entry level success by proceeding at their own speed.

3D based technology programs gives students opportunities to experience STEAM learning utilizing 21st century real- world scenarios and future college and career readiness. The Lenovo 300 Celeron touch screens will enable Art students to explore and engage with a medium that is the future canvas for not only creative exploration, but also career success.
 

 

Budget Narrative

(Quantity of 3 total) Lenovo 300e Celeron N4100 touchscreen tablets including active pen stylus  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Lenovo 300e Celeron N4100 $483.99
2 Lenovo 300e Celeron N4100 $483.99
3 Lenovo 300e Celeron N4100 $483.99
  Total: $1,451.97

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