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Follow Up to the January 26 – Digital Art Creation with MLTI Tools webinars

January 29th, 2012 Comments off

The webinar on January 26 was about making digital art with your MLTI device. We began by looking at art examples of the Initial. Together we critiqued the works by describing what we could see. The Initial can be traced throughout history sometimes changing yet always remaining familiar. The exercise of looking at a piece of art before creating art allows the artist to see how other artists create. It also builds attention to detail. Resources were introduced such as the full encyclopedia on each MLTI device the Creative Commons website ( and of course the MLTI Minutes, We then rolled up our sleeves and made art.

Making the digital art during a webinar was a challenge yet it was also fun. The risk involved when any teacher tries a new teaching method is always filled with trepidation but usually the rewards are worth the angst. The webinar yielded some beautiful results as can be seen here.

We used Acorn to draw our own initial. It was a simple exercise of opening the program and experimenting with the tools on the Tool Palette and colors on the Color Palette. Acorn is an image editor which we used for drawing and painting in this exercise. Acorn is an application on every MLTI device. More about the application can be found here.

The recording for the January 26 – Digital Art Creation with MLTI Tools webinars can be found here. If you create an Initial while following along with the recording and you would like to share your art please email it to and include permission for us to place it on our site with our CC_BY license. (Allows everyone permission to use.)

Also, a special thanks to everyone who participated.


January 26th Webinar ~ Digital Art Creation with MLTI Tools 

January 24th, 2012 1 comment

Image of a horse from the Lascaux caves.

Creating art can be traced back almost to the beginning of human kind. Even those with little background in art history have heard of the Lascaux Caves in France where prehistoric drawings and paintings can be found on the walls and ceilings depicting images of animals and humans. Aesthetically these drawings and paintings, thousands of years later, still bring us to imagine their meanings.

If we continue to look back in history we also have the development of text. Illuminated Manuscripts brought us the initial. “The earliest surviving substantive illuminated manuscripts are from the period AD400 to 600, initially produced in Italy and the Eastern Roman Empire.1 These text images can be found in a variety of forms throughout history eventually even appearing at the beginning of fairy tales. Today initials are still in use and can be found in various artworks including street art tags often recognized as graffiti.

A set of sixteenth-century initial capitals, which is missing a few letters

The MLTI program has many tools which allow for art creation. Over the years artists have used many materials to engage their interests and talents. We now have the ability to create digital pieces of art. Photography, painting, drawing, music, poetry, movies, stories, comics, to name a few…All these and more can be created with the suite of tools on our MLTI devices. Although traditional art will always be an important part of our cultures we now live in a time where digital images flourish. Digital Literacy includes digital images as well as digital text. Our students will need to know how to use digital tools in many different ways to be successful in their future.

Join us Thursday to explore creating digital art with MLTI tools. This is a hands on session so bring your MLTI device and roll up your sleeves. We will work together to create a piece of digital art

Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form.  Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.