Hello world!

Welcome to Day of DH 2010. Yesterday was a day of digital imaging. I’m an art historian and images are my life. I teach with images and I teach images.

Art history uses images. I used to say that the next century–gee, is that this one?–would say that “you can always pick out art historians who wrote in the 20th century because what they write sounds as though they were writing about slides.”

So, the slides are gone but the images are still here.

I remember the first time I saw a photograph come into “being” in a developing tray. Pure magic. How could it be?

I also remember the first time I realized that in the digital age the Mona Lisa could be in a thousand places at once. Magic!

No more teachers fighting over slides, evening holding back slides. Worse than grad school!

Anyway, I’m delighted to still be teaching and learning in the age of the digital image and in the age of the digital humanities.

A Tool for My Students: After the Deadline

I showed my students http://www.polishmywriting.com/ or After the Deadline. The link takes one to a demo page. One pastes a written passage into the box and the clicks “Check Writing”

The site does a pretty good job of catching spelling errors, suggesting grammar changes, and making some style suggestions.

One may download the software to the computer.

This is a tool that students should find helpful. It presents the submitted text with underlined words or phrases. As with a Word spell or grammar check, one may accept or reject a suggestion. If you accept then the change shows within the box. When finished with the check, one selects and copies the passage and pastes it back where you picked it up.

Well worth a try!


Going North for the Day

About to begin teaching. I have three art appreciation classes today. The subject is the Renaissance in Northern Europe.

I have a PowerPoint presentation, in part created by the publisher. I made changes and I inserted empty slides. The blank slides will be places where I ask students to comment or ask questions. I will write these on the slide.

Have a good day!

A Lion

My students and I chatted about the Merode Altarpiece this morning. We found a difference between our perception and what the book says. The book said that Mary leans against a bench decorated with two dogs and two lions. Through the magic of Wikipedia’s creative commons we confirmed our view. A lion. How wonderful to move from a standard classroom to do research on the spot with tools of the digital art historian. Image from Wikipedia Creative Commons.

Detail from the Merode Altarpiece