View their movie here.
Behind the scenes here.
Learn about their award.
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers who made the award-winning video, Allow us to Illustrate, had an opportunity to share their learning and creativity with the community at the district's TEACHnology fair earlier this month.
View their movie here.
Behind the scenes here.
Learn about their award.
Photobombing is the act of inserting oneself into the field of view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer [painter for our purposes] or the subjects.
I was playing with the Superimpose app and looking for images to collage when I came across Automat by Edward Hopper. His work is full of open spaces with figures in quiet or isolated poses. Many of his pieces are perfect for practicing digital collages where students can explore overlapping, relative size, middle ground, and adjusting color filters to match the environment. I practiced these images below (click to view them large) with student photos from a previous assignment. The story changes when I added the photo. These would make interesting creative writing prompts as well. Here is my curated collection of images by Edward Hopper that will be perfect for students to photobomb.
Related post: Hopping into Hopper
Click here to this free app from the Metropolitan Art Museum would be a wonderful introductory lesson. It shows manipulated photographs from the days before Photoshop. You can take a quiz, learn why they were manipulated, and browse the collection. Use this link to grab the app.
Animated Superhero silhouettes! Why not? They are a great way to tie in character education and creative writing in your art lesson. We already talked about making superhero silhouettes using Keynote in this past post which includes great resources for helping your students brainstorm ideas.
And I also demonstrated how you can now make silhouettes on the iPad using Superimpose app in this post where you will find a video tutorial that shows exactly the simple steps to make the silhouette effect. Why not make it animated using the Green Screen app by DoInk with an animated radial design from Kaleidoscope Drawing Pad app (free)? The first thing I would have students do is create a radial design in this app and save it as movie to the camera role. Then they would need to pose in front of green screen in their superhero pose. These two items would be needed to make the following effects using Superimpose to create a silhouette (and maybe an inverse of the silhouette if they rather try it that way). I showed both effects below. Then layering the silhouette with the chroma filter to erase the green and reveal the animation from the layer below (see my screenshot below).
I was looking through my archives of art projects on Artsonia and found on I hadn't tried again in almost a decade.
Monochromatic Triptychs (last attempted in 2005). The third graders made amazing monochromatic paintings this year so I thought it would be fun to use our iPads to turn them into triptychs where they could see their original image and two others with color filters in a different hue side by side.
I played with two free apps to make my examples happen:
Crazy Color Booth for the filters
Pict Collage for the triptych
I'm sure there are other apps to do this, but we have these installed and ready to go, so why not use them!
I will be taking my fourth graders on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago in early April. To make the trip more meaningful and engaging, I play three different games to help them become more familiar with the art collection.
One of the games is called SPECT-ART-ACLES. It was inspired by a NAEA presentation I saw a number of years ago about playing games in the art room. My student teacher, Matthew Etherington, helped me put this idea together and customize it for our trip to the Art Institute by making it all about the permanent collection at their museum.
We started by purchasing plastic glasses and hot gluing a popsicle stick to the top with a piece of velcro. I already had a collection of postcards of art from the Art Institute and used those as our game pieces by adding velcro to the back. These could be designed and printed out on card stock and laminated so they last from year to year.
In this introduction video you can play against Matthew and learn how the game works.
This Fugleflick video will help students brush up on their art vocabulary so they can ask good questions like, Am I a landscape? Sculpture? Still Life? Figure drawing? Abstract?
For the last bit of class we have the ULTIMATE CHALLENGE ROUND. We spin the digital wheel to see which student from each table will come up and play the game before the whole class. It's an elimination game that reveals our guessing strategies to all.
We have a large and ever growing collection of Fugleflicks, Student-Created Art-Related movies made by kids for kids about art.
Over the summer I started a Fugleflick QR code book that has 18 of our favorite movies. The pages have a graphic title, pictures from the book, description of the movie, learning objective AND most importantly, a QR code leading directly to the movie on vimeo. Learn more about the SCAN-VIEW-LEARN book and how you can get it for your art room from this post.
Today I realized that I had everything I needed (finally) to let my students have a chance to scan, view, and learn from our book. Here is what I needed to make this work:
Congratulations to first grader Riley! Her percolated still life drawing from kindergarten was selected from over 600 enteries across the state to be on the Illinois Youth Art Month Poster.
This effect was made by running the still life drawing through the percolator app.
Thanks to our ABC/25 grant and supplemental funding from Edbacker.com we have a reusable collaborative lego wall. Last year's rotational symmetry challenge was so engaging and fun that we wrote it up for School Arts Magazine. See it here.
This year's challenge will be both fun and informative. Students will be recreating the faces of four important figures from our history while learning more about the important role African Americans have played in shaping the arts, civics, sports, and politics for everyone in the United States. We hope to use this PBSkids interactive game to match faces to events. See how you do at this game.
Unfortunately, it requires Flash and doesn't work on mobile devices.
I used an app called PhotoBricks to create a custom LEGO mosaic that matches the size, number of plates, and color schemes we have available in the art room. Then, I uploaded the images I made to Blockposters.com so I can print them out as guides (see example).
BrainPop: Underground Railroad (requires password)
BrainPop: Martin Luther King Jr. (free)
BrainPop: Jackie Robinson (requires password)
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (video by ArtGirlJan)
BrainPop: Fredrick Douglass (requires password)
BrainPop: Black History Spotlight (many choices-need password)
PBS video about LEGO ART (free-5:45 minutes)
See us at work here:
After 18 months of fundraising, crowdfunding, contest entering, and grant writing we will very soon have enough iPads for every student in art class to create without a wait!
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.