Welcome to the Digital Art Room

About This Site

This site is for art and technology teachers who are interested in adapting digital technologies to enhance student learning. Browse the tabs above to get inspiration and find useful resources about using digital technologies in the visual arts. 

The site is still under development for 2014, so check back regularly to see new info. If you're up to some cool stuff in your classroom and would like to share, email me and I can add your resources to this site.

 Recent Announcements
  • Flip Learning App
    Explain Everything

    This great app makes flip learning easy. It allows you to insert any resource and record lessons using it. I discuss it more in-depth on the Apps Page and have included one of my examples in this video. Using these Apps for flip learning allow you to spend more one on one time with students as they can watch your 'lessons' at home. There's no better feeling when students come to class already knowing the content and you can spend the whole lesson helping them with their work instead of scrolling through a power point. 


    YouTube Video

    Posted Apr 9, 2014, 5:12 PM by tthatcher@nghs.school.nz
  • Creators Project
     The Creators Project by Intel and Vice
    This project is an awesome collaboration between Vice magazine and Intel. The project brings together artist from multiple disciplines who are using technology to push the boundaries of visual art. The videos are a great way for students to hear about creative processes from the mouths of well known musicians, film makers and other artists. 

    My current favorite is this video about Olafur Eliasson.  

    YouTube Video

    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:55 AM by tthatcher@nghs.school.nz
  • Internet Artists
     25 Internet Artists You Need to Know
    I would love to see more secondary students engaging with Internet art. Its an opportunity for students to take a critical approach to a world they are often highly engaged in. It also allows students to access a public context without having to show in a gallery space. If your new to internet art then check out this link to get started. 

    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:39 AM by tthatcher@nghs.school.nz
  • iPad Art Apps
     20 Best iPad Art Apps
    Drawing apps are often the first thing an art teacher will download when they finally get an ipad. I've tried a bunch of these over the last few years and my students all have their personal favorites. This blog offers a good review of drawing apps. My personal favorite is Paper53 as I enjoy the visual diary layout and water colour brushes.

    Even David Hockney has been sketching on an iPad

    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:29 AM by tthatcher@nghs.school.nz
  • New York Close Up Video Series
    New York Close Up
    PBS produce the Art 21 series which has covered established artists across several DVD series. They also profile emerging artists in their New York Close Up series. The series follows young artists as they discuss their work often in a studio environment. The series is a great way to discover new and emerging artists and the videos allow students to see young artist in discussing their work.

    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:04 AM by tthatcher@nghs.school.nz
  • Shape: A Design Film

    Shape a Design Film
     is a short film that is part of MakeShapeChange, a project aimed at young people to get them thinking about how the world is made around them and where design fits in. There is a wealth of design information on the site including this statement:
    Design is a simple thing that we can all use. Creative thinking for a practical purpose. Being able to imagine a stone as a spearhead, a cave as a house or a rock as part of a wall. It's a bridge between what something is and what it could be. Between the things we make and how we use them. It's not the whole story of the world we make around us, but it's an important part. It's always been there, helping us progress, and making things work better. 
     The poject was comissioned by Pivot DublinLearn more about the project.
    (post from http://oblog.designobserver.com/post/shape-a-film-about-design/38409/#.Uz-va6iSyQA) 

    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:06 AM by tthatcher@nghs.school.nz
  • Excellent Drawing Tutorials

    Check out this excellent drawing tutorial channel. This guy makes fantastic tutorials which my students seem to enjoy. The videos are a good pace and cover all those essential basics. Click on the title above to view the Youtube channel. 

    Do you have any favorite video tutorials? 
    email me the link and I can share them with everyon

    YouTube Video

    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:04 AM by tthatcher@nghs.school.nz
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 About Me
Welcome to the Digital Art Room. I've been using digital technologies in the art room for the last 5 years. I've found that technologies can improve student learning and achievement tremendously. I've made this site to help arts teachers make the most of this exciting, educational era. 

I am based in the Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, but grew up in Auckland and the Far North. I am a trained artist and designer and have a love for arts education. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions or resources you might like to share.

Lets work together to help all students succeed.

Tim Thatcher
HOD Visual Arts 
Napier Girls High School

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