I went on a cleaning/organizing rampage just after Thanksgiving when I took a week of stay-cation. It was glorious. It was also limited in scope. I worked my way through three large plastic file boxes of “files.”
Some were important files that are still important and they have been re-boxed and stored.
Some were important files at one time but are no longer important. They have been removed and recycled.
Of all the ones that were once valuable but have now lost their value, the oddest to release were the image files. Back in the day when I facilitated high school students in learning about creative writing and art, I used a rather extensive collection of images an prompts of all sorts.
Even after I said good-bye to the school where I taught for eleven years (or, more importantly, something like a thousand students), I kept clipping and filing the really good images. It was a happy habit.
In the time between when I mostly stopped clipping and when I finally moved the last file to the recycle bin for Wednesday morning pick-up on the curb outside my house, the world shifted. The images I sought and hoarded with careful eye to greater things became Google-searchable and Photo-shoppable.
And while I might feel that it has all been cheapened to a not-so-real digitization, the truth is that there are some new ways to awaken creativity and consider composition. I discovered one just last night as I was looking for something else and miss-clicked.
Jessie Sutherland (graphic designer/teacher whose blog appeared following aforementioned miss-clicking incident) posted this about Storybird: “A great digital resource to get students engaged with storytelling and art. Students can create their own stories to correspond with professional illustrations or read stories created by others. This could be a great lead in to an art project involving illustration too!”
I couldn’t say it better myself, so I didn’t. I quoted Jessie. I’m clever that way. And Jessie’s blog is really an art education portfolio which you, too, can enjoy if you’d like.