Thursday, February 26, 2015

International Student Blogging Challenge!

There’s probably no better way for students to build a positive digital footprint they can be proud of than than through blogging. Blogging gives you the opportunity to practice informal writing, develop your personal writing voice, and to share with a global audience. You will also learn valuable digital citizenship and tech skills as you create and customize your blog and add text, images, videos, links.
To help you with your blogging skills and assure that your postings will be read by an international audience, consider participating in the semi-annual International Student Blogging Challenge. The next challenge starts March 1. Each week for 10 weeks, you will be given new tasks and challenges to complete in postings, commenting on other blogs, or working on your blog design and sidebar contents.
Sra Rossell's students who participate will receive a certificate of completion, be featured in the library, and receive extra credit. Do participate! Visit this link to get information and sign up. You can also contact me with any questions or for help.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Exploring Beauty and Aesthetics

For your next blog posting:
  • Explore the Google Cultural Institute and its Art Museum to find two paintings or other art images of a person or multiple people created by a Hispanic artist, one from a former time and another from modern times. (hint: Start your search with the term "Spanish," "Hispanic," or the name of a Spanish-speaking country. Check the 
  • Share both of these images in your posting, including the link to the source. 
  • Here is an example of how to site your source: 
Here is a 2010 photograph by Fernando Maquieira from Madrid in the Fundación MAPFR in London:

Image Link
  • Share your thoughts on what each artist was trying to convey about the beauty or lack of beauty, of the subject(s), both deep and superficial. Also compare the two images and share how you believe they reflect the views of beauty and aesthetics of their time and culture. You can draw on your own knowledge of contemporary times and culture, but cite at least one research source to support your discussion of the culture for previous cultures and times.
Some sources for information about older cultures: