Photoshop, Charcoal, and Spheres – Oh My!

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he Explore & Play | Visual Art series was created for my son, Duncan. Interested in illustration and creating sprites for Minecraft and Scratch, Duncan asked me how to create graphics in Photoshop Elements 12. Of course, I was all too happy to comply!

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Aliens On Earth (Revisited)

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n today's session, we revisit Aliens on Earth and follow up with an additional exploration: Drawing a new plant or animal that could survive/live on Earth.

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Around Here…

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round here, we're up to a variety of things, like feeling grateful for the nice weather and the chance to do writing practice outside at the park!

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The Brainstorming Club

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’m a huge fan and life-member of The Brainstorming Club. When stumped by a problem, I brainstorm to generate creative ideas.

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A Ripple in Calm Water

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ometimes, I imagine that a story begins in the way that ripples do in calm water. An action creates sound—a pebble disrupting the still surface—and meaning spreads outward from there. Each wave reminds me that the impact is additive, too. Sounds shape words, words shape sentences, sentences shape paragraphs, and so on. Visually, it’s a useful metaphor that focuses my attention on the power of words; on how they give form to the story like those concentric rings reshaping the body of water.

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Aliens on Earth!

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uncan and I ponder the difference between living and non-living things, develop hypotheses, and evaluate our definition of life to see how it stacks up against reality.

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