Project 2: Stamps of Newfoundland - Works of Art, Historical Pictures

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections

  General Information

Project Leader(s): Ian Carr
George Mayo
Warren Jane
School: Macpherson Junior High
40 Newtown Road
St. John's, NF
A1C 4E1
Grade Level: Grade 9 (15 students/12 classes)
Project Start and Finish Dates Begin Sept. of 96 - End June 97

  Project Overview

This proposal is a revision of two projects submitted previously, Stamps of Newfoundland, and Stamping in the Internet. As requested/suggested we have combined these two proposals into one project. The students will focus primarily on the Stamps of Newfoundland as part of their Art Program, with a secondary focus on the historical content of the various stamps. While not being part of the Proposal the school would nonetheless use the research of the Grade 9 Art classes to carry over into the Social Studies curriculum of the Grade 7 and 8 classes.

  Curriculum Connections

The Art Program at the Intermediate level is intended to emphasize the "...making of art", to teach the students "...about a variety of media and techniques while "...also providing an opportunity to apply this knowledge within their studies/program. To this extent our project proposal would involve:

  1. a study of the techniques, methods, processes involved in the creation of a stamp with specific reference to the Stamps of Newfoundland
  2. the creation of their "own" stamps
  3. use of Line Block Printing, which would include the following:
    -- graphic design with and without computers.
    -- cutting of line block plate.
    -- inking & printing of plate (b/w only).
    -- identification of set of prints.
    -- photographing and/or scanning of "own" stamps for placement on Web Site as introduction to Stamps of our Province.
    -- creation of embossed paper stamps & colorization of embossed paper.
  4. the design and creation of a Web page for the stamps of our Province.

Students will complete the following tasks.

  1. Scan an image, deconstruct and rearrange it and add parts to create a different design. A message will be incorporated, such as needed for an ad for a school function, or a safety poster. This will be posted on the school's WWW home page.
  2. Communicate a message or messages to students in another school.
  3. Communicate with another person using e-mail.
  4. Post an enquiry or a response to a newsgroup.
  5. Create a 30 second audio 'newsclip' about a selected topic and post this to the school's WWW home page.
  6. Record, edit and mix dialogue and sound effects/music in a 1-2 min sound clip and post this on the school's WWW home page.
  7. Record and edit a video clip on a selected topic of about 1-2 min duration and post this on the school's WWW home page.
  8. Explore an approved topic of interest on the Internet and gather information to be edited into a brief presentation on that topic.

The above activities would help to address the following objectives of Communication Technology.

Nature of Technology

Students will develop an understanding of the nature of modern technology, including the basic technological and scientific principles which underlie technology activities, processes, resources.

demonstrate understanding of the basic communications principles of encoding/decoding, transmitting/receiving, storing/retrieving.

differentiate between analog and digital communications principles and technologies

understand the nature and characteristics of a variety of media and communications systems.

explore new and emerging communications systems.

recognize the effect of resource limitations on choice of communications strategy.

Technological Problem Solving

Students will solve technological problems be employing the design process to identify needs and opportunities, generate solution ideas, make and fabricate solutions, and evaluate and reflect on them.

identify and investigate real life communications problem situations and opportunities.

incorporate a number of representation techniques in developing and communicating design ideas.

examine the solution options and select the most appropriate.

produce the solution using appropriate communication tools.

evaluate communications products and systems, both their own and others, in terms of intended use and effectiveness, and act on that evaluation.

Technological Impact

Students will understand the impact of technology and technological change on self, society, the workplace, and the environment.

explore convergence in a variety of information and communications technologies.

explore ethical decision making and intellectual honesty as factors in making technological choices.

Technological Literacy Students will read, comprehend, write and use the language and terminology of technological problem solving and technological products.

employ the language and terminology of communications processes and communications tools when solving technological problems and when describing their solutions to others.

understand and use a range of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional representational techniques when communicating technical and ideas.

work effectively in a variety of communications media.

Lifelong Learning

Students will understand the role of technology to enhance the learning process, will use technology as learning tools, and will develop active learning strategies to employ technology for lifelong learning.

explore and identify information and communications tools, systems and networks in daily use at home and in school.

use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information.

examine the role of communications technology as a tool for lifelong learning.

Technological Communications

Students will understand the role of information and communications technology in managing technological processes and resources, and will use them to manage and communicate effectively about technology.

use a variety of communications technologies and tools.

use communications tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information, and to create, modify and disseminate information.

We contend that the above proposal will provide a rather unique opportunity for our students to express their ideas and feelings visually in what is essentially a new medium -- the Internet. As a result of participation in the project students will have had an opportunity to:

develop an understanding of design in art through the study of stamps as 'works of art'.

develop skills in the manipulation of various art media, particularly the electronic media.

the stamps of our province provides a very different medium for students to look at "...art in terms of subject matter, media, techniques, design, and mood."

The above is intended to outline the specific Art curriculum connections which we see this proposal providing our students. In addition to the above, we believe the specifics outlined in our earlier proposal are equally relevant to the curriculum content as outlined by the Department of Education for various subjects at the Intermediate level.

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