Monday, May 25, 2009
Source: The New Yorker Magazine
Artist: Jorge Colombo - Cover for June 1st, 2009
As teachers we are always trying to find new ways to engage our students.
I read an article in this morning's New York Times about New York artist Jorge Colombo. He is this week's cover artist for The New Yorker magazine.
Now, this might not seem newsworthy, but what is different about Mr. Colombo's art work is that he created the cover on his iPhone with the Brushes application. He calls them isketches, what else?
So, here's to all the teachers like @digitalnative who have class sets of iPod Touch devices. Can you imagine conducting an art lesson where the canvas is handheld and digital? Perhaps some of you reading this are not imagining it -- it is already happening.
I can see entire classrooms full of students finger painting their masterpieces. Can you see it? I guess this is the future, or the present.
I remember, vividly, finger painting as a 5 year old in my Kindergarten class at Silver Creek Public School in Toronto. It was messy but great fun! 45 years ago I could not have imagined sitting in a classroom of the future with a tiny device finger painting.
Here's hoping I get the opportunity to see this happening in a classroom nearby soon. Anyone?
Note: I understand Brushes has been around for a while, I just think it is terrific that someone using the app gets a cover for a magazine.