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Digital Art exhibition by 7th and 8th grade students [Raul Yzaguirre School For Success (RYSS), Houston, Texas to be held at Talento Bilingue de Houston [A Latino Cultural Arts Center], 333 South Jensen Drive, Houston, Texas: Exhibition: August 3 – 22, 2009 Opening:  August 7 [Friday], 6:00-9:00PM

The online version of the RYSS Digital Art exhibition can be seen at:

DA_7_8_RYSS [2008-2009 School Year] Middle school students 8th grades at Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [RYSS], Houston, Texas, U.S.A. participated in a classroom assignment involving GIMP 2 [Photoshop equivalent] photo software and vocabulary building through word identification/meaning via the Internet.

The students were given a particular word to research the meaning of online then translate that meaning in photo software as Digital Art. As a result, vocabulary enhancement came to the forefront with acquired skills of manipulating photographs … utilizing various tools and filters within the software. This cognitive and creative process placed the students in a new environment of hands-on with photo software and the requirement of researching the “real” meaning of a word [vocabulary] then translating this “reality” into a “creative” one through visualization. “Making art” in this respect was a first-time approach for these students and precedent setting for this school [RYSS] to manipulate photographs via photo software to make Digital Art. Digital Artists abound in all sectors as a part of this Digital Revolution we find ourselves a part of these days, which means this classroom process is also vocational. Another interesting aspect to this project/process is the fact that the students … who usually don’t enjoy vocabulary building within a language arts setting … took the word assignments in stride to be able to visualize their meanings as art and in this case, Digital Art.  Disclaimer: photographs for the manipulations were downloaded from the Internet strictly for educational purposes.

Teacher’s Statement:

“I believe the most important aspect of this digital art project and its showcasing is the fact that a classroom assignment such as this … or any other … has transcended the confines of the room and the school system to provide impact or stimulus within the community.

This impact or stimulus is a realization for the students who participated, their families, their school system members and community members that what happens in the classroom can also be transferred to outside situations within a real world context.

The classroom assignment and its end result have moved from the student’s notebook to a product on display for public consumption and evaluation. This fact indicates to the student that what he/she does can have more meaning within a wider setting. And because of this, it builds greater confidence levels to continue and in parallel with everyday activities in society.”

Note:  this classroom assignment [lesson plan] was found to be exemplary and has been included in the national lesson plan library at Digital Wish:

Other exhibitions for this project: East End Gallery, Houston Institute For Culture, 708-B Telephone Road, Tlaquepaque Plaza, Houston, Texas, January 7 – March 15, 2009:

4th annual Carnival of e-Creativity & Change-agents Conclave [2009 CeC & CaC], February 27 to March 1, 2009, Sattal Estate, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India

Other student projects as a part of the Technology Applications and “Power Time” processes at Raul Yzaguirre School For Success:

Tom R. Chambers
Teacher, Technology Applications Junior Academy
Raul Yzaguirre School For Success
Houston, Texas

Jorge Pina, Curator
Talento Bilingue de Houston
Houston, Texas

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