April 17, 2012

Art for Children

I don’t think that I have established this before, but I am studying Early Childhood Education. It is what it sounds like, a major that focuses and the specific development and learning patterns of infants and young children.

One of the things that I enjoy is that I am often encouraged to use art for a number of projects. While this isn’t always something I enjoy the moment (because who really wants to do a big project for school), in retrospect, I’d rather be drawing than researching.

With the semester drawing to a close, I thought I’d show off some of my work this semester.

1) Hickory, Dickory, Dock: Needed to create a video aimed at literacy. I drew up some little pictures using oil pastels and put them together with some narration.

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Check out the video!

2) Golem: Assignment, to read 25 Caldecott winning books, choose one and write and report and produce an original image to reflect the style and content of the book.

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I chose the book Golem, for which all of the illustrations are created from cut and torn paper. I was sick during this assignment, so I had to work with what I had at home…7 colors of paper, and 1 size of scissor.

3) Children’s Song Picture Book: This huge project was for music methods in teaching. We were to choose a song from our text, illustrate and bind it into a book. I chose “Bobby Shaftoe.”

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For the illustrations I used rough, recycled sketch paper and chalk pastels.

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After the illustrations were completed, I scanned the images in at 1600 dpi. I took forever, but printed at full bleed on brochure paper, it was worth the wait.

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Because the images were such large files, the text and music could not be imposed over the top. Instead, I waited for the ink to dry and then ran each page through again to receive the text. That means, each page went through the printer 4 times, as the pages were double sided. I was nervous that I would mess up on the last run through, but it came out beautifully.

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April 16, 2012

10 Points to the Stecklers

A while ago I posted about my free sample obsession, and I suppose that this goes hand in hand with it, but I have also started using rewards sites. I had never been too impressed with the reward options, but figured I’d open a few accounts and give them a go…and today I am very happy with my decision.

Firstly, if you are a Disney fan, join Disney Movie Rewards. Do…it. I have only been a member for about 5 months, and I am not someone who sees or buys unused movies very often, and I have already accumulated enough points to get my first reward. I was able to order “The Other Side of Heaven” for free, with free shipping. I was so excited when I ordered it, but now I am even happier that (1) it actually came, and (2) it wasn’t a cheap “free” version. It came in a legit case, with special features and even a code for 75 more rewards points. I was sure it would just be in some kind of cardboard packaging, but no. Disney means business, and I should have never thought so low of them.

I’m already excited for my next point redemption. I am not 100% sure what I’ll get next, but I am sure I will stick with movies and they have several that I’m interested in.

Oh, as a side note, if you do decide to join, or already have joined Disney Movie Rewards, check out My Free Product Samples.com. Cher, the woman who runs the blog, keeps a post updated with all of the free Disney point codes. They are usually 5 or 10 points, but they add up fast if you stay on top of them.