Is Drawing Dead?

Do you teach basic drawing skills?   In February 2012 the always creative and occasionally provocative Jayson Paterson started a thread on the OCC forum entitled “Is Drawing Dead?” Since then there have been 16 replies and more than 360 views. Jayson explains “I want to emphasise again that I am not suggesting that drawing is dead in this discussion thread, but wanting to open up discussion as to what has been added to an artist's basic toolbox in this 21st Century ...

iPad: fashion accessory or creative tool for learning?

All our grade 11 students are being given iPads, and I have just received mine The theory is that their learning might be ‘enhanced’ by having them use the iPad for school-related work, although there are some who suspect that more time might actually be spent on games, social networking and videos. I have enjoyed reading a ‘guest post’ article by Doug Ward (associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas) – “What I’ve Learned from Teaching with iPads”. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/what-ive-learned-from-teaching-with-ipads/37877?sid=at The iPad is ...

“The games people play”

I’m on my way to facilitate a CAS workshop at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. As I wait to board my flight I’m interestedly scanning the faces and activities of my fellow passengers in the airport lounge at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport. Immediately to my right an Indonesian girl, about 7 years old, is playing a game on her i-pad. I look closer, intrusively, over her shoulder and I ask her what it’s called, “Fruit Ninjas Pak (Mr.).” By her side her ...