The symmetry button in the Sketchbook Express app for the iPad is a wonderful tool for an art teacher. Just think of how many times symmetry is a part of your art lessons. Here is one art lesson idea that Sketchbook Express is perfect for: the Face/Vase Figure-Ground Illusion. I would have students take turns photographing each other with their iPads in a profile pose to begin. They would then add these images as a layer in SketchbookX, trace it with the symmetry button, finish off the vase. I made a demo movie below showing all the steps I would go through. If you want to try along with me, use this image to get started.
We Don't Want to Wait to Create
SHOULDN'T EVERY ARTIST HAVE A "PENCIL"
Right now we have two students sharing one "pencil" on the same piece of "paper" in the art room while trying to create their most exciting and motivating artistic pieces. iPads are a wonderful medium for so many artistic uses but we don't have enough to meet our needs. I explain it all in this flyer below.
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 met an amazing team of art teachers on Saturday in Portage, Indiana. They gave up a day of their holiday weekend to work on some teaching ideas and strategies for incorporating their class set of iPads into their art programs. Learn more about their iPad initiative during their NAEA conference presentation this Spring.
We practiced a wide range of techniques and art lessons that were open ended enough that teachers could modify them into the format that best supports the learning objectives needed in their curriculum. This collage to the right is from a Pass the Portrait game/activity where students use my portrait template to begin drawing the features of the face in a layer over it. Then they pass their iPad to the next person who then continues the drawing. This can be modified in many ways. Perhaps each student is given a style of art or portraits made from different artists to reference for their contribution to each portrait that is passed their way. This lesson demonstrates how to share a template, draw in layers, and create a collaborative piece, use sketchbook express, and turn in the artwork via email.
We played around with the Artstudio app's magic wand to create a transparent png to layer with my Newsweek template and text. This lesson can be used across the curriculum. See all my template, handout, examples, and Newsweek resources here.
We used Sketchbook X to create a photo collage where students would begin with their own "selfie" and layer on their classmates' features digitally. I saw this idea first from art teacher, Ms. Oliveri. Here is her post.
We also explored the many possibilities of DOINK including my transparency lesson (see Really Spooky Landscapes) and my perspective lesson (see Godzilla's perspective.
I wrote a grant to receive an all-school purchase of the DOINK iPad app and a class set of styluses. View my grant here. We only spent a few seconds trying out the Crown fountain interactive public art lesson with color lake effect. So much to explore and not enough time. I guess one day wasn't enough:)
Use my Creating on iPads page to keep exploring anytime!
Creating on iPads workshop
This was my fifteenth year of either attending or presenting at my district's tech academy. This has always been a valuable venue for hands on technology learning and exploration. This is where I first learned to build a website, edit a movie, export a document, and build a slideshow. I owe a big thank you to District 25 for years of training!
Josh Stumpenhorst, 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year, gave the keynote speech to kick off our tech academy. You can view the tweets from the conference at #techacademy25
Below are some of the projects we explored in my Creating on iPads Workshop. We used my website as a guide for resources, but again found that 2 hours wasn't enough time.
Superheroes, ghosts, Godzilla, Lima Bean Monsters, and Fairies are all major players in just some of the ideas I explored this summer to teach some valuable art ideas and concepts to my students. I have all these ideas and much more on this page.
I organized 15 of my iPad lesson ideas from this summer into this smore flyer so you can quickly view the ideas, click, and learn more.
Click the image to go to the flyer or click here.
I also created two books in different formats for my students that I am sharing with you if you are interested. One is a QR code book for students to scan and view 20 of our favorite Fugleflicks, student-created, art-related videos. This way you can send students to the QR book to scan, let them watch, and learn art concepts independently on their devices.
The other is an interactive eBook for the iPad of the same 20 Fugleflicks. So you can have it loaded and ready to set up as a center in the art room.
As part of my beginning of the year ritual, I put together a video of the highlights of last school year. It's a great way to reflect on all we accomplished in art class, celebrate our successes, and energize the students for a great year to come. Take a 4 minute peek at our 2012-2013 school year below or at this link.
As an art teacher who loves to infuse technology, I thought I would add STEAM to this STEM lesson by creating fairy evidence via a drawing/animation app on the iPad.
If you decide to draw your fairy in a drawing app instead of DOINK, you would need to save it as a PNG with a transparent background. There is a very convenient app for this called Superimpose (.99) I have been playing with this app to think of new uses for the other tools and stumbled on this idea. I made a silhouette of my fairy drawing by inverting the masking tool and layering black as a background. That sounds hard, but it was just a few clicks, really. I finished off the image in SketchbookX where I added a phrase ala the old iTunes/iPod ads from apple.
There is no way I can keep up with the all the new apps out there. I started downloading suggested apps and left them untested on my iPad. A few of these included Tangled FX, Kamio, Squigglefish, Paper, TouchCast, Tellegami, Adobe Ideas, and 123D Creature. But everyday my PLN introduces me to something else, so I can't keep up. But, here are a few I finally tried and think they are worth investigating for your classroom uses:
Tellagami is so simple that kindergarteners will make movies in 5 minutes.
Now, this movie isn't an app but it's SO worth sharing. It makes me laugh every time:)
Use the "You Matter" manifesto from Angela Maiers to spark a conversation with students about the difference they can make in the world now and/or in the future.
Or celebrate International Dot Day by asking students how they will make their mark one day. Turn the table on tabloids by celebrating good character and good choices in life.
What can you do to make a difference?
I put together a folder of Newsweek cover images that inspire students to think about the positive impact they could have on the world. In this collection you will find:
doctors, scientists, astronauts, athletes, writers, storytellers, political leaders, business leaders, and people who are simply smart, brave, giving and/or heroic in whatever they do.
Click here to view the folder.
Put yourself on Newsweek with an iPad
Steps to create:
Click to download this worksheet to brainstorm article titles that explain how you can make a difference in this world.
Once the ideas are ready, download the template and import it into a layer in Sketchbook Express (free) on the iPad.
Take a photo of yourself with the camera app and layer behind the template.
Save this image and import into Pic Collage App (free) to add the text and export/save your work.
Extension: Write the article you referenced on the cover.
Take a photo with a solid background so that the text is less cluttered
Offset the image to make room for text
Make the background transparent so you can overlap the Newsweek logo (see below)
-add the image so that it overlaps the logo
-duplicate the image
-move one image layer above the template and one below
-erase the bottom edge of the image to make it fit the frame. You don't have to be neat because over erasing will only reveal the duplicate image below
If you can't erase the background ahead of time, try to carefully erase it with the eraser tool in the app. Hit "undo" (back arrow) if you over-erase.
(click the images below to view larger)
This lesson would be a great technology extension project for art students' self-portrait paintings.
See my students' gallery on artsonia.
I have this 3/4 pose self-portrait powerpoint lesson available for download from TpT here.
Also, if you want to try this lesson on laptops using Keynote or Powerpoint, download the lesson from TpT here.
Thank you to Terri Eichholz for expanding on this lesson idea in your blog post Visualizing Making a Difference. It was so exciting to have an interplay of thought via this medium where ideas can flow and grow. I loved the video by Mark Bezos and want to share it here too so I can remember to play it for my students. Thank you!
Want to learn more about creating on iPads?
I have a webpage dedicated to the iPad ideas, lessons, tutorials, resources, and videos that we have used in our art room. I also have links to previous workshops where you can see what we learned and explored. If you can't join me now for this mini conference consider attending the IAEA conference this fall where I will conduct a free workshop for attendees.