Finger Painting

As a child did you ever do any finger painting. I used to love it. The end results were never much good (though my mum thought that they were brilliant!) but the mess I was allowed to make was great. This video gives a whole new meaning to ‘finger painting’. It is a wonderful example of how the latest technology can be used to create some brilliant art work. This is by an artist called David Kassan using the Brushes app on an iPad. Apparently it took about three hours.

Another great artist, David Hockney has been creating such work, first on his iPhone and more recently on his iPad. Here are some comments he made about the art he was painting on his iPhone:

People from the village come up to me and tease me, ‘We hear you’ve started drawing on your telephone.’ And I tell them, ‘Well, no, actually, it just occasionally I speak on my sketch pad.’ Who would ever have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing. I like to draw flowers by hand on the iPhone and send them out to friends so that they get fresh flowers. And my flowers last! They never die!

What a thought – being sent an original David Hockney on your iPhone! My favourite quote is,

I have got an iPad, what a joy! Van Gogh would have loved it, and he could have written his letters on it as well.

While David Hockney and other creative people are embracing technology, our educational leaders are still debating its place in our schools, still debating whether or not it promotes learning. While artists use their mobile phones to create works of art our schools are banning them! Why are we getting it so wrong!

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10 Responses to Finger Painting

  1. Trevor says:

    It’s because our education system is run by committee along with a couple of book keepers whilst an artist like Mr Hockney get on with showing the world just what is possible if you put your mind to it.

    • Mike says:

      Thanks for your comments Trevor.
      The problem with our education system is that we have politicians and civil servants who don’t want to see change in our schools. The ‘good old days’ served them well so let’s go back to them.

  2. Oh, God. Don’t get me started.
    I spent many, many years in community service, particularly related to education. Here in Africa, it would be like stepping into a time warp if we could get that kind of technology into classrooms that currently, in the year 2011, don’t have enough desks, textbooks, exercise books, pens, pencils, qualified teachers, chalk boards, chalk, teaching aids… should I go on?
    Sorry, but you really touched a nerve there. Thanks.

    • Mike says:

      Thanks for your comments.
      It is refreshing to know that there are lots of people around who feel passionate about children’s learning. I’ve always found that it is this passion that often makes me feel so angry.
      I feel that wherever we live we, as the adults, owe it to our children to give them the best education possible. It always frustrates me when different governments around the world appear to not deliver on this fundamental right for all.
      In the UK we are lucky enough to have the resources and the technology – but what makes me so angry is that we have educational leaders, both at a national level and at a school level who are wasting these resources. Often these resources are wasted because these ‘leaders’ get fixed on ideology and exam results and forget all about learning.
      So we have the resources in our country but we are not using them. Many of our youngsters are bored and frustrated because they don’t see the relevance of what schools are trying to get them to do.
      Enough of me on my soap box!

  3. Just yest i watched an ad on tv about the new advanced teaching system… Science project animations for kids n many more such things… Its happening, just needs some time…

    • Mike says:

      Thanks for your comments.
      You are right, in some schools it is happening. My concern is that it not happening in all schools so some children are at a disadvantage.

      • I don think all schools are able to afford that kind of teaching at the moment… Government needs to take interest in that first… N maybe there are a few ppl who think that when the old education system has worked till now, why invest so much in the new? Maybe in a decade or so its sure to happen… ( or at least it would be that majority of the schools are teaching that way then)… Hopefully…

  4. Seth@ChaosHQ's says:

    I think that new technology can be an appropriate vehicle for promoting meaningful, engaged learning. Technologies also can be used to promote the development of higher-order thinking skills and allow opportunities for teachers to act as facilitators or guides and often as a co-learner with the students… certainly a win-win situation. Rather than using technology just for technology’s sake, the school can develop a vision of how technology can improve teaching and learning. For example, word processing and e-mail promote communication skills… modeling software promotes the understanding of science and math concepts… database and spreadsheet programs promote organizational skills… CD-ROMs and the Internet promote inquiry skills… and so on.
    There are many obstacles standing in the way of new technology being introduced and implemented in schools from funding to which applications/tools to use, etc. Also, at what age/grade do we start introducing young minds to the endless possibilities of technology? I still believe that before we go too far or start the show too soon, we need to ensure that our young people have a firm grasp of the basics, so they are able to fall back on something when technology fails. 🙂

  5. Seth@ChaosHQ's says:

    My visit this morning is to bring to you some extra special Easter Greetings along with Best Wishes for a Happy Springtime too!

    Let the joy of Easter fill up your heart today and forever. Happy Easter!
    ….if you do not celebrate, enjoy this weekend just the same.

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