Thursday, March 23, 2017

Art Project #79-- Minecraft Digital Art

I asked my boys what they wanted to do for art and mostly I got a lot of grumbling and complaining.  When the boys mentioned that they wished they could do art on the computer or the Xbox.

My response: "Oh, you mean digital art?"



That was all it took.  They were off and running each deciding to build something for me to photograph in Minecraft.

There is a time when I might have reminded them that we don't play video games during the school day.  A time when I might have directed them to something that fit my definition of art; but I try as often as I can to let them lead us in our school day.

My boys love Minecraft and I've found that I don't mind them playing since they use a lot of creativity to build new houses, new furniture, tunnels, tracks, boats, and more.

Yet, it wasn't until they asked that I really thought; Hey, that's ART!  I just knew it would be the perfect addition to our 100 Days of Art Challenge! 

Alec made a rainbow with a pot of gold:


Evan made an island suspended above his world; complete with waterfall, trees and stable:


Ian made a pirate ship and asked his brothers to help him (when they were done their own pictures):


Did you notice his figureheads?
Alec decided to go back and add a giant leprechaun standing in front of his rainbow; holding a 4 leaf clover and a golden coin:


This was the most excited I have ever seen all three boys get at the idea of art. It amazes me how fast they can build this stuff too!  I know I need to embrace the digital resources we have and use them more often.



Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 

14 comments :

  1. Digital art - yes! I am so going to "steal" your 100 days of art idea. :-)

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    1. Go for it! Today we made charcoal drawings. I am trying so hard to incorporate ALL the arts! I'm still searching for a fun and easy sewing project.

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  2. How fun! My 4 year old loves playing Minecraft, though she likes doing "real" art too. ;) She loved your son's pirate ship, btw. ;) Stopping by from the This is How We Roll link up.

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    1. Thank you! I have one boy that loves art in all it's form and two reluctant artists that will join in on some of our "real" art projects.

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  3. Very cool! My children love Minecraft.

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    1. Mine love it and I do enjoy when they show me what they've made. They can get so creative!

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  4. I LOVE this! What a wonderful example of valuing our children's interests and using them to help them learn. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  5. I'm stopping by from Homeschool Blog and Tell. :-) I love this. When my son was a little younger he loved doing projects on Minecraft. For one of our history lessons he built a to scale model of the Great Pyramid. It wasn't work because he loved it. :-) My youngest daughter loves it now and makes all kinds of things! It can really encourage their creativity.

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    1. My oldest son once made a replica of the Argo II ship that the Heroes of Olympus were using; based on the descriptions in the book. I have challenged them a time to to recreate famous buildings and landmarks too.

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  6. My son saw this and thought it looked cool! I think both my boys would love the idea of Digital Art with Minecraft!

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    1. I often wish I could join in with them but I get so dizzy and turned around! It's amazing to watch them build. I do love to see how creative they can be.

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  7. What a fun way to combine art and tech - and a hobby that so many kids enjoy! Thanks for sharing this neat idea on the Virtual Fridge!

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