An NEF Story
Painting with Light at Highlands School
Art teacher Kyle Wood said students apply software that allows for long exposure photography using iPad cameras. Working in a darkened classroom, they shine small flashlights on moving or stationary objects. “For example,” Wood said, “they took a stuffed dragon and used a flashlight to mimic fire coming out of the dragon’s mouth.”
Kyle Wood in his art classroom
Examples of abstract art
Photos can be printed and mounted (framed) or uploaded onto the Internet.
Students in a double exposure
Wood recently learned that next year’s district contribution will allow him to double the number of iPads and work with students individually.
Once each student has his or her own iPad and mount, Wood can fulfill his long-term goal of getting students at all grade levels to create electronic (eBook) art portfolios that can grow with them.
Wood, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, said the young students remain quiet and attentive when he explains scientific concepts, and parents are responding positively. “I’ve gotten some good feedback from parents who see that this is another medium their kids can excel at…whether it’s drawing, animation, video or sculpture.”
Kyle Wood, Highlands School
Through its Annual Grant Awards, NEF helps fund inspirational enrichment
programs created by District 203 teachers, parents and students. Each year,
30-50 grants are awarded in the categories of Literacy, Math & Science, Fine Arts,
Health & Physical Development, General and Cultural Studies.
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