Media arts play a huge role in the contemporary art world, and teach valuable skills for artists of all mediums. I feel a duty to my students to integrate technology as not only an art medium, but a tool for traditional arts practices. Below are two examples of a single media arts incorporating unit applied for pre-school students and high school students, adapted for each age group.
Preschool Light Painting Unit:
Materials: glow sticks, iPads, slow shutter camera app
Exemplars: Pablo Picasso, Contemporary Disney Channel stars magic wand
High School Light Painting Unit:
Materials: various flashlights, light filters, DSLR cameras, tripods, Photoshop
Exemplars: Pablo Picasso, various contemporary light painting artists
*This student created the image above by taping flashlights to her shoes, and taking a long exposure picture of her performing Irish Dancing steps. She put several of these images together using photoshop. During the critique, she stated that she liked the idea of making a still life out of movement.