Nice to meet you. My name is Fifine. About two years ago, I retired from my profession as a middle school art teacher at the (young) age of 70. I truly loved my job, but I wanted to move on to other opportunities in my life. During this time, I started to become very interested in technology. More specifically, how could it enhance art? And how could art change technology? To better delve into these questions for my own curiosity and others’, I dedicated myself to studying the newest technological advancements.
My Approach as a Teacher
As an art teacher, I mainly focused on traditional techniques and examples. I taught my students about perspective, color theory, and how to work with different mediums. These included paint, pastels, colored pencils, and charcoal. I also stressed the importance of building one’s skills by drawing regularly in a sketchbook. My students enjoyed their lessons with me and created some unforgettable pieces of art. In fact, the name “Arting Pot” comes from a phrase a student once said to me. As the years went on, though, new devices were developed for “digital art.” I initially rejected these inventions but now I wish I had included them in my lessons.
What I’ve Discovered
The invention of digital art has created a whole new world of possibilities, and it’s one that I believe other art teachers should pay more attention to. While drawing with a pencil and paper will undoubtedly remain the most popular medium, digital mediums are rising in popularity. Digital drawing tablets and programs such as Photoshop, Painter, and Manga Studio have made it easier than ever for artists to create breath-taking art right on their computers. Even everyday devices such as smartphones and e-readers can help artists look up references and quickly draw out their ideas, without having to fumble around for a sketchbook. I created this blog to explore new technology and why it should not be underestimated.