I hardly ever post anything about the English as a Second Language (ESL) classes I teach. I always take my iPad and project it onto a large screen. Oftentimes, I do a digital drawing in Paper 53 that accompanies a set of scrambled words that I ask students to unscramble. It works especially well at the very beginning of my multi-level, adult, beginning ESL classes as students trickle in. Here’s a collection of a few that I’ve recently used.
Back in early May 2019 I attended an all-day conference held at Stanford University, and so I went up the day before to have a relaxing meal and get a good night sleep. That evening I was lucky to find a restaurant right across the street from the hotel in Palo Alto, CA called Siam Fine Thai Cuisine. As usual, I took my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, which I used while I slowly sipped my beer and ate my pad Thai with tofu. There were folks sitting to my left next to the window, and they became that evening’s practice in the Sketch Club app. When the owners saw what I was doing, they got curious. I showed them the piece, and they liked it enough to express interest in obtaining a copy. Check back to see an image of the wall hanging at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine. Here’s the piece:
While I Was Eating at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine
Incidentally, the conference was called iRelaunch. It was a valuable experience, and I highly recommend it for people who’ve had to step away from their profession(s) briefly for one reason or another. Click here for more information about the iRelaunch Conferences and Carol Fishman Cohen:
One relatively comical take away from the conference was this drawing in Paper 53. A panelist suggested that it’s important to get dressed and to make yourself presentable everyday while you are in the job-search mode…even if it generally takes long for you to look natural (anywhere)!
A rough, very free-hand, sketch of W&J’s Old Main on a beautiful October day in Paper 53 with an iColorama tweak and an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro using a personal photo reference and accompanied by 1802 Cream Ale on nitro right here at the Rusty Gold Brewing in my hometown, Canonsburg, PA. The bartender asked me if I had any prints on me for sale. I did; a little paper print of this image from this post. She bought one and put in on a shelf; see below. Awesome, eh? Down below, check out my painting in the Procreate app of the Washington Trust Building as seen from W&J’s campus in Washington, PA. (See related post related to Jefferson College and Washington & Jefferson College.)
Check out their logo. Maybe this is why they selected one of my truck images.
Washington Trust Building done in Procreate (click on image to enlarge)
I started this Paper 53 piece last evening while stationed – along with 5 other Art Hop artists – at Cue Spot Billiards in downtown Merced, CA. The emotion that I wanted to convey was linked to my finding out that none of my digital painting entrees was selected by jurors for inclusion into this year’s top one hundred at the Mobile and Digital Arts and Creativity Summit (mDAC) 2017. You may recall that I had a piece selected in mDAC 2016 and one in mDAC 2015. This year’s winners are really awesome, click here to take a peek. So, I’m a little disappointed; but, I’m using the development as an opportunity to re-evaluate my artistic vision as part of the coaching and rebranding process that I’m currently engaged in. In that process I’m trying to articulate not so much what I do, or even how I do what I do, but rather why I do it. I’m having some insights, thanks to Adam James Butcher’s coaching process. So let me go back to piecing together some things and dismantling others.
I’m making some arrangements and visiting four different classrooms so as to teach digital iPad art; working with an assistant superintendent, at least two coordinators, and four elementary, middle, and high teachers; dealing with IT Infrastructure and separate networks in two local school district and the county school district; assessing student interest; getting a feel for enrichment art in special education; and playing all this by ear with somewhere between four and 14 iPads that will somehow show up charged and updated with approved drawing/painting apps and maybe even individual students folders in the cloud to hold the resulting image files until maybe some of them can be posted on social media or printed and, who knows, maybe even some of these can be entered into art shows.
Here’s a four minute drawing of the busy high school classroom I visited today, where I might be working once or twice a week with 3 or 4 students during the 3rd period.
Paper 53, iColorama, iPad Pro, Sty HD stylus since my Apple Pencil was playing hocky.