Photo Collages using Sketchbook Express
I love working with art teachers on generating ideas for incorporating iPads into the art room. During the last couple of iPad workshops we would start creating by using the free app Sketchbook Express. I love the simple interface yet powerful possibilities of this FREE app. After trying our hand at drawing (see this collage of teacher's collaborative figures) we would learn to share our work with each other via AirServer on my laptop. Each participant can mirror their iPad and share the screen with each other without ever leaving their seat. See what that looked like here. There are drawbacks with teaching students to use airplay to mirror their iPads and that was demonstrated repeatedly during my last workshop. Someone kept interrupting my presentation by accidentally choosing to mirror their iPad through my laptop from a different room in the building. This would shrink my display and sometimes knock me off the stream entirely. Imagine the havoc our students could create if they used this tool for evil. (Don't get ideas, please)
Photo Collages using Sketchbook Express
I played with the Drawing with Carl app over the weekend after having learned about it from Karyn Keenan in Chicago. Here are her students drawings and audioboos.
I love the function in it that allows you to draw with patterns. It forced me to draw in shapes from the background to the foreground which is very similar to the way we would construct a paper collage.
I think this app would be perfect for creating a Laurel Birch styled abstract cat lesson. Here is what my students created in paint (physically) and here is a quick sketch of what I did in this app below.
I'm looking for a way to create a class photo collage project where we can add our custom pieces, share them, rotate, resize, overlay, change opacity, and erase parts.
I think MIXEL app used to do this until they changed their format. Muse app is close to what I want except for the customization.
I played with these ideas from my own sources of images in Sketchbook X (and Brushes app). It works, but there may already be an app that makes this easier. Any ideas?
Here is how I started. I imported Edward Hopper's Nighthawks into the Brushes app and color matched and texture matched until I could rub away two of the characters.
Here is my finished file.
Then I pulled in pngs from my collection on layers that I could transform.
Our 3rd grade Matisse Inspired wallpaper still life collages are full of beautiful textures, patterns, and colors. They really are irresistible! See all of these environmentally friendly pieces displayed in the hallways. We must thank Ms. Murphy who donated the wallpaper sample books, all the art volunteers who cut out the paper from the books, and those who have been busy this week hanging artwork in the hallways! Thank you!
You can also explore the images from anywhere in the world on our online art gallery on Artsonia. Please take a moment to write a kind comment to an artist. They will love it!
P.S. The art teacher in me compels me to plea on behalf of the artwork to always show respect for the art in the hallway. Touching is tempting, but it is really easy to damage someone's art. So enjoy it with your eyes. This Fugleflick below is a good reminder to not crush the art's dream of one day making it off the hallway walls and into a frame in the family's home.
Kindergarteners in K-1 and K-2 emailed me their final collage pieces today made in the FACES iMAKE app on the iPads. They were inspired by the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (view his work in my Google Art Project gallery). I caught some of them busy at work below next to the final piece they created.
See my earlier post to learn about the lesson.
The book, FACES, by Zoe Miller and David Goodman is the perfect companion for this lesson. Explore the book here.
View the online gallery on Artsonia or look through the images below.
1st graders are exploring the Faces iMake app in art this week. This app has tons of images that you can arrange into a collage of a face much like the artwork of Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
Take a look at this cool animation featuring one of his paintings below. Click this link to see a first grader working on his collage. Click this link to see the art gallery of finished work.