Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Final Stretch

Well we are getting near the end. So we need to sharpen our skills. I have been asking you to open your mind to new possibilities. To begin with, I need you to read this article and take some notes. Where do you agree? Where do you disagree? Tell me.

Once you have done that go here and find out what you need to make awesome presentations. pay attention, there are some tactical tips as well. Then, tell me which slide & tactical tips you find most challenging and why. Remember that the idea is for you to take a chance on creativity.

Here are some more ideas to enhance your presentations.

As you know, your assignment was to go to the MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) and take extensive notes on your impressions, and how you feel about what you saw. We do not need a list of what they are showing there, or the history of the museum. We need you to open, both, your heart and mind. Your presentation will be precisely about that. I will need to see your notes. Remember that you can NOT type your notes into your phone so as not to get distracted. Again, this presentation is a VERY PERSONAL deal.Don't be afraid! Don't cheat yourself out of this experience. Avoid short cuts.

From the Journals of Keith Haring.

"I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it." -Keith Haring

Now that you have read the post, and reviewed the links you will go to the comment section and leave an extensive comment on each question answering what has been asked.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

One of a kind museums

"Arte es la actividad mediante la cual puede reconstruirse el mundo, cuando el mundo ha desaparecido."
 -César Aira, Fragmentos de un diario en Los Alpes.

There are museums in nearly every city in the world. In such a wide range of offers, it is only natural to find unique museums and galleries dedicated to unusual subject matter. Wax Museums are a clear example of this. They have become a chain, and quite the tourist attraction. You can read a bit how Madame Marie Tussaud came to be known for her wax figures.

There are some museums that are far from being average; they are truly one-of-a-kind. These places can either represent a community, or cater to special interests.. 

For example, we have the MOBA. Read and find out about its origins and philosophy; then, look at their collection. 

Why do you think we need places that are so unique?

With the idea of the Techno Museum coming to Frankfurt, your assignment is an easy one today. Go on line, and find a one-of-a-kind museum that you would like us to know about. 

  • You will give your presentations in pairs. 
  • ONE more time I am asking you to be as unconventional as possible. 
  • Ask yourself how you can incorporate the subject matter of the museum into the dynamic of your presentation.
  • Presentations are to be mailed in before 6P.M. on Sunday.

Success is yours.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

So much to do

Read this article, then write a 150-180 word paper on what you understood, which you will turn in when you give your presentation on Monday.

For your presentation go to the DoctorRalf Homework page.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thinking out side the box.

You and I know that here are no formulas to becoming more creative. I really want to get you to think outside the norm. 
Here is a brief list of tips to help you be a better observer
After that, I want you to watch and I listen to some people and try to look inside your life perhaps change your perspective.

Being yourself

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why should people go to museums?

As you get ready to present your projects, it is important that you get more experience in the world of museums. These are some links to some museums which I love. Also some explanations on how culture is accessed and used in Mexico. Visit every link, take a tour, watch videos, look at pictures, read the posts... and do some serious research.
  5. http://www.gugg 
As you take tours of the museum sites: 

  1. Take notes.
  2. Come to your own conclusions. 
  3. Remember that the objective of your visits and these links is to inspire you to understand the importance of art and museums, and the joy of visiting museums. 
  4. The objective of the presentations is not to describe museums. 

Projects will be presented on September 21, under these rules: 

  • You may present with any means you want.
  • You will turn in the evidence of your visit to the museums, and a written presentation. 
  • You can not read your presentation.
  • Executive uniforms must be worn when you present.

Friday, August 28, 2015

PowerPoint and putting people to sleep.

When was the last time you saw or did an interesting or exciting presentation? Was it creative? Are you creative? You are about to do your first real presentation in class. 

There is a certain level of expectations, after all, you are in Level 5. However there are a few things that you have to take into account: 

You will go online and investigate an art movement, particularly in the plastic arts (painting to be more specific). Ask your classmates so topics are not repeated.

You will do this presentation in PowerPoint. There are so many PowerPoint presentations that are just absolutely boring. 
  1. So don't be boring. Here is a fun video that you can watch to get an idea of what to avoid. 
  2. Speaking in public can be a little scary... or very scary. Here are some tips on how to do it better; 
  3. The other thing is that you have to be as creative as possible. Don't be an immitation of everything you dislike, just because that is so much easier. On , we read:
    "Creativity isn’t hard. You shouldn’t be out there, wondering how to find it. You should be focusing your effort into finding what makes you feel inspired.
    I’ll give you one great reason why you should at least try to be creative:
    Life is boring without creativity. It becomes stale and predictable.
    You don’t want to become stale and predictable do you?
    I’m only talking to you like this, because you need a wake up call. Your creativity is not something you can unlock through a blog (ironically, even though that’s just what this blog is intended to do).
    It’s something inside of you.
    Creativity is a realization, more than something we practice.
    I’m not saying you’ll be able to paint like Rembrandt, because that is art. Art isn’t directly equivalent to creativity."
  4. I expect you to follow all these links in order, read all texts completely:So go to read it
    then to and take the following points into account.

    a. Play

    Feeling the need for speed, Ben Franklin, as a boy, crafted one of the earliest sets of swim fins. Architect Frank Gehry, who designed the gravity-defying Walt Disney Concert Hall, in Los Angeles, has been known to construct model buildings out of crumpled paper instead of using a computer.

    b. Borrow Ideas

    William Shakespeare famously filched plot points for many of his plays, including King Lear. (As French author François-René de Chateaubriand wrote, “The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.”) Steve Jobs copied the idea of the personal computer from a Xerox prototype and ran with it.

    c. Sleep on It

    Salvador Dalí once said, “All of my best ideas come through my dreams.” Sigmund Freud’s fascination with his own dreams led to a new avenue for exploring psychology.

    d. Collect Every Seed of an Idea

    Martha Graham, grande dame of modern dance, kept copious notebooks scribbled with quotations from Plato and Virgil, alongside choreography notes. Woody Allen stuffs scraps of paper with script ideas (“Man inherits all the magic tricks of a great magician”) in a bedside drawer.

    e. Embrace Constraints

    In 1907 asthma-suffering janitor James Murray Spangler was in search of a dust-free vacuum cleaner, so he concocted a machine from a box fan, a soapbox, a pillowcase, and a broom handle. Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, was challenged by his publisher to write a book using only 50 words. Green Eggs and Ham was the result.

    f. Commune With Nature

    Ludwig van Beethoven heard symphonic melodies in the sounds of the countryside. In 1941 Swiss engineer George de Mestral invented Velcro after observing the burrs that stuck to his clothing and his dog’s fur during a walk in the woods.

    g. Compete

    The Beach Boys and the Beatles had a rivalry that led to each band’s greatest albums. Inspired by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, Brian Wilson created Pet Sounds, which Paul McCartney tried to outdo with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.—Yolanda Wikiel
  5. At the end you will leave a comment (with your name) in the blog describing what your topic will be and saying why it is creative and different, and how all of this information will improve your experience. 
This type of activity is called a webquest. This is designed to help you give a very successful presentation. 

Rules for presentations:

  • Presentations will be given on Monday the 31st. So you have enough time to prepare well. You have to email it to me NO later than August 30th at 10 PM, to
  • You can NOT read you presentation. You MUST show me your notes on Wednesday so I can approve them. No notes = NO presentation.
  • Presentations will be NO shorter than 2 (two) minutes and NO longer than 3 (three) minutes. Time yourself. Practice.
  • Presentations will be graded according to this criteria. So you MUST download this document, in order for you to know and understand what you will be graded on. 
  • If you have questions, talk to me.