Third graders learned about the parts of an insect and drew their own physically, then again digitally in the iPad. This is the beginning step of what will become an Anti-Litter Bug Animation. See this post to find our resources (video, template, and pinterest board of critters). We uploaded our insect paintings to Artsonia (view them here and read their artists statements). We will start our animation steps next week using DoInk Animation App. Don't forget to compliment the artists with a kind comment on Artsonia. We are so excited about becoming a 1:1 iPad art room with awesome apps, styluses, and enough iPads to do these fun, engaging, and artistically rich projects.
Maggie won the iPad animation party in the Dryden raffle to raise money for ABC/25 Grant Foundation. She and her guests had an app smashing session while we transformed ourselves into flying fairies. See the lesson here. We used the iPad camera, Superimpose App , SketchbookX, DoInk Animation app, and the Google Drive to share our files. View the fairies on Artsonia here.
Last fall I wrote an ABC/25 Foundation grant through my district for the supplies for Green Screen Stop-Motion Animation Stations. My ideas for what to purchase evolved a bit with more research to include green display board from BLICK and iPad stands from Anker. We will have two stages of production.
This movie-making experience is an extension project for the 4th graders. They made action figure paintings (download lesson plan from TpT here) which showed movement. Now they will layer this animation over their art to demonstrate this concept digitally. The stages of production are below:
The idea to assign roles with buttons came from Nic Hahn's post here. I thought it would save time to use role descriptions on the buttons so with some production tips. This way there would be less of me talking about roles and and more time for students to create within them. I purchased a fiskar circle cutter and plastic button kits to make these. Here is the PDF I made for the buttons.
I wrote up this lesson plan with all the resources, apps, equipment, and steps needed to complete a stop motion animation using green screen layered over original student art. Make sure that you view the sample video to see how cool this project can be.
Download the green screen stop motion lesson from TpT here.
You can also download the figure drawing painting ppt lesson from TpT here.
UPDATE: View the post with finished student videos here.
The Animation Chefs gave me a great idea for a creative lesson on figurative language and animation. Students can use DOINK animation app to illustrate & animate an idiom. Using and understanding figurative language shows up in the CCS 1-12th grades. Here is a list of idioms.
Below are some of the ideas I've tried so far.
Each idea used a different strategy for animation. I think this would be a great way to explore the possibilities in DOINK, challenge students to do some creative problem-solving, and demonstrate an understanding of figurative language all at the same time. I made my short animations into gifs using Bloggif's video to gif converter (free online).
Here is another idea for idioms. This video was made with a small group of students during summer school. They illustrated an idiom and explained what it really meant. Each chose a garageband loop of music to set the stage for their figurative language segment. This video makes me yearn for small groups and long art sessions.
My 4th graders will be doing a stop-motion collaborative movie later this spring using iMotion HD and the Green Screen app by DoInk. We created little green screen filming stations for the art room from our ABC/25 grant. We will import our stop-motion animation footage into the green screen app and replace the background with the figure drawing images they recently finished. This will be our first time testing out our new Anker stands and green display boards.
To prepare for the concept of stop-motion animation, students watched the video by OK GO below. I also showed them how we used to make stop-motion animation using flip cameras in the art room a few years back. We couldn't play back our animation right away to see how we did since the pictures were stored on the camera. We had to load them into the desktop, import them into iMovie, shorten their length, and then play it back. However, the patience and techniques demonstrated in Making Bunnies Boogie remains the same. Students spent the rest of their class time working on an all class movie using iMotion HD and their own bodies to star in their own stop-motion animation movie (bottom video).
Here is our second attempt. We tried to imitate the sliding movements that you would see if you were animating an inanimate object. There are some cute moments here, so take a look. (Starring 4-1 and 4-3)
Below is our first attempt. We don't think we were truly using the power of stop motion. We could have made things appear/disappear, we could have slid mysteriously around but instead we looked more like a time lapse. I added narration to try to tie the movie into one theme.
The high school artists of APEX High School in NC under the direction of their art teacher, Mr. Ian Sands, did a collaborative art project with our 1st graders.
Look at how they transformed these Lima Bean Monsters into super cool animations!
This collaboration was formed via Twitter. Take a look below to see our tweets.
I dreamed up this lesson over the summer and have been posting about its progress a few times. You can explore my past posts here and here.
Below is the final project. It includes an introduction created using DOINK's Green Screen app followed by everyone's 2 second animation. They are in alphabetical order by student's first name. See all thescreenshots of students animations on Artsonia here.
Sure, one lima bean monster is cute, but a massive mob of lima bean monsters is ADORABLE! I started playing with my first graders' images this week (see their individual lima bean monsters here) by assembling them into different designs. To be honest, it became a bit of an obsession. I was so engrossed in these monster mobs that I actually asked my family to pass the lima beans during thanksgiving dinner. Oops, I meant green bean casserole. I kept on designing until every first graders' lima bean was used in a mob. I uploaded the images to each student's portfolio as well. I hope you enjoy these cute little creatures and always remember to EAT YOUR VEGGIES.
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He is in the running for Artist of the Week. Below is a lima bean monster's message.
We are going to try to animate lima bean monsters using iPads and the app called DOINK. I've been practicing this lesson quite a bit and am very excited about helping my 1st graders learn to animate for the first time. See my post. Click here to download the digital animation lesson from TpT.