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Beginning Flickr

Posted by dregan2 on 29th April 2008


Swim Carnival (Hawkesdale College P12, 2007) (c)

Flickr is one of my favorite websites on the net. It has taken my personal interests in vintage camera, digital and film photography and pushed it to new levels that I didnt even dream existed. But it is more than a mere photo album online.

Drawings, computer illustrations, video, animations, photographs and other types of media can be uploaded. It can ‘processes’ your images into several sizes that can be copied and pasted into any blog or internet forum via HTML code. You can add friends and contacts to your list, which allows you to view(via thumbnail links) five of their new uploads at a time. It also allows you to comment on their images (or anyones images for that matter) that you wish. You can join groups that allow you to ‘post’ your images into their ‘pools’ so that they are visible to an even wider audience.The groups have discussion forum pages that cover questions and answers as well as heaps of useful information regarding how to take a better image, how to use photoshop, debates about ‘issues’ affecting the group, how to repair your camera, and occasionally little competitions and ‘events’ to extend your artistic ability with the camera.

So where do we start?

I am assuming that anyone reading this has already signed up. Please resize your photos to 691 x 518 pixels in your image software. Its a good decent size and uploads quickly. To upload a photo after you have signed in, the first page you should see is your homepage on Fickr:


Go to the link I have underlined in red and click. It will then load this page:


I have a bad internet connection at home so I will show you the basic uploader, otherwise follow the link: Choose photos and videos and follow the links. It is that easy.

If your net connection is slow click : PSSST - looking for our basic uploader at the very bottom of the page. Click and it will take you here:


Click: Browse next to the first box. and find the image you want to upload. I keep a folder on my desktop specifically for Flickr uploads. After resizing I save them to the folder and find that it keeps them conveniently in the one place and easy to find. It is at this page you can set your privacy settings, and add tags. It is also possible to do this later so I tend to skip this option and go straight to the upload button. You should see this page.


When it is finished uploading you will see a page that prompts you again to give the image tags and titles (Batch organising) again I would skip this step as you can change it in the photos own page. From here if you click: You on the toolbar it will take you to your album where the image has been uploaded. Now the next installment of this blog will go into how to title, and tag your images, also how to add a description and how to find and add it to a group pool.


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Grade One Printmaking

Posted by dregan2 on 23rd April 2008

The grade ones recently learnt about printmaking with their teacher Trish. The results were so very beautiful I decided to put the work up here for all to see. The blocks were made by drawing on a type of foam very similar to meat try foam. The colour was rolled on and an impression was made. The block was washed and a new colour was added. I am constantly amazed by the artwork of little people, they work so hard and their sheer enthusiasm, joy and exuberance come shining through with wild colour and vibrant lines.

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A Fishy Tale (update 2?)

Posted by dregan2 on 28th February 2008

While working with all this technology, I realised that some technology becomes obsolete. Sometimes very quickly. I introduced the idea of an art project using and recycling materials using ‘old’ technology to the year 9/10 studio art class. While brainstorming ideas for the large scale outdoors project one of the students mentioned their love of children’s books and their favorite: The Rainbow Fish. The students decided that this would be a good theme to draw together, and interest both primary and secondary students within the school. My brain began to race, how can I fit this in within the recycling materials boundary I had set, and make an attractive large scale artwork for the benefit of the school? What can we possibly use to create the look of the original illustrations and remain true to the originality of the student’s artwork as well? Then it dawned on me! Compact Disks! They would make lovely rainbow fish-scales and use up a load of obsolete, not working cd’s in the school and as it turned out in the wider community. We are still working on the fish but we will soon have a whole ’school’ of them swimming up high on a wall to brighten up an otherwise dull space. Watch this space to see the progress.


(above) Stage one and two of one of the fish.

Fish 1

Another of the ’school’ nearing completion, we are discovering that the tails need to be reinforced somehow, so they won’t weaken and possibly fall off. Serious problem solving is required combined with working alongside the students in systems technology. In the top left hand of the above image it is possible to see the fishes eye being worked on before it is attached permanently.

fish 2

Just a few more details now and this little fish will be finished. Isn’t she cute?


The group that made this fish decided to emphasise the eyes by creating eyelashes

and a eyelid. They trialled various media and methods before settling on this version.

Bright pink fishlips add to the effect. A few more details to be added and the fish face will be complete









Four of the complete fish. Very beautiful and shiny. All of the design problems have been resolved and the students are excited and pleased to have them complete.  We are currently trying to hang them in the designated spot as  a “school”.

D Regan Hawkesdale P -12

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