Contemporary Agreement: Redefining Visual Principles (without commentary)

1. Appropriation in the arts is the use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them. It can be understood as “the use of borrowed elements in the creation of a new work.” In the visual arts, to appropriate means to properly adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects (or the entire form) of […]

Student Teaching at Bev Facey Community High

The first week of the teaching practicum at Bev Facey went very well.  I’m extremely pleased with the placement.  The school has a welcoming atmosphere and the staff have been great with helping me familiarize myself with the school.  One of the programs that really stands out to me is “Facey TV” which allows students to earn […]

Teacher Resources: Think Responsibly about Graffiti

Working on my final project for my curriculum class and stumbled upon this gem.  The article Graffiti Vandalism Linked to Urban Decay intrigues me.  If you read it, drop a line.  Or on any of these resources for that matter! The purpose of their site is to present safety issues of concern to the City of Calgary […]

Artist in Residence: Markus Alexander

Our APT class had the pleasure of listening to Markus Alexander this Tuesday. Over the years, as an expressive art practitioner and teacher, he has collected a wide array of knowledge and beliefs. I’ve wrestled with this notion of being a teacher and an artist at the same time. Do I leave my “teacher thoughts” […]

Illegal Art Practices: Transformation of Thoughts

These past few weeks, I have been able to watch several graffiti films on youtube.  These films would include: Exit through the Gift shop, Graffiti Wars and Alter Ego.  Each video raises questions concerning graffiti and art in various ways.  After watching the videos, I knew that these films would be great conversation starters for […]

When there is “Flow”

Lately, I’ve been consumed with what exactly makes people “click”. It’s that connection that occurs within minutes of meeting a person that makes one think (or feel) like you have known them longer than the time that was allotted to the both of you. There have been few times where this has happened to me…but when it […]

A Remix Manifesto: Culture Jamming Graffiti

In an earlier post “Legal Expression”, a reader who went by the alias “Anon” stated that there is a certain type of graffiti that elicits similar thoughts that fine art does. (Anon, 2012). There usually is a higher amount of engagement required from the viewer before arriving to the idea illustrated.  This type of graffiti is not beating […]

Street Art Evolving to Survive the Law

“Typically, the term street art or the more specific post-graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art.” (Wiki 2012) Issues of privacy come up when a shop owner likes the graffiti on the outside of their buildings but face charges if not removed. The following is an excerpt from the City of Edmonton Bylaw 14600 in […]

DSLR Camera Simulator- Creator Jon Arnold

An amazing tool for teaching photography. This resource works with a variety of the elements when taking photographs.  For instance, ISO and shutter speed.  One of the drawbacks is that this application doesn’t offer the viewer to roam from left to right to capture a variety of compositions. However the application on focusing and framing does […]