I'm always looking for ways to showcase student work. Sometimes it's difficult if what we make is in a dynamic media like a video, animation, or gif. It's even more tricky if the art really needs to interacted with for best results. This made me think about illustrating idioms. When you create one of these drawings it naturally turns into a guessing game. You want people to be able to figure out your idiom as they study your artwork. I've been playing with Thinglink as a way to create a guessing game with any kind of art. Happily I learned they support gif animations. So, this app/website would happily showcase this idea. See if you can guess any of my animated or drawn examples. Mouse over the red dot to see the answers. Click here to explore my other Thinglink images.
Here is a Fugleflick collaborative idiom movie made during summer school. Their illustrations are AMAZING. They use voice over to reveal the meaning of their work.
I'm not sure if my coffee images are technically idioms. They may be more of a literal translation of speech.
Step 4. Combine the LOVE template and the emoji filled heart picture in the Superimpose app using the square size constraints, masking, and blend mode. Watch my tutorial to see how it is done.
I bought the book, Go Away Big Green Monster, used on Amazon thinking it would be perfect for a construction paper collage lesson. When it arrived it was all ripped up. I couldn't really read it to my students. So, I decided to use it as an inspiration for our own version of the story that would lead perfectly into our collage lesson. I made it out of shapes in Keynote and animated it slide by slide. I let the students come up and touch the interactive whiteboard to take us to the next digital page of the story. I set it to music to add a bit more suspense. Below is a recording of what our book looks like. It's much more fun when the kids participate. So, here is the keynote file for you to give it a try. When the lesson was complete we created a word bank of colors and shapes and filled out a monster display form. This helped reinforce some of the concepts we explored.
I put the powerpoint lesson with instructions and resources built in to lead you and your students through the steps needed to create a colorful construction paper monster collage that reinforces shapes, symmetry, and color balance on TpT. The lesson is based on the book by Ed Emberley, Go Away Big Green Monster. I created an animated version of his story to introduce this lesson (see above). This project was perfect for my first graders but would probably work anywhere between pre-K and 2nd grades.
Digital Lesson Extensions:
P.S. Did you notice that Alexis' art is the Peanut (as in Charlie Brown and friends) version of herself?
Want to Peanutize Yourself too? Use this link.
View all the other Peanutized Dryden Students here.
Update: Alexis received 1161 votes! Normally that would be enough to win, but the winner had almost 4x's as many (wow!). So it was a really tough competition. Thank you to everyone who showed your Dolphin Spirit and supported Alexis! See results here.
This app will totally help you get your geek on. I've never had training on it, I just dove in and played until I got the results I wanted. I'll save you the trouble with this quick tutorial. Take a look at how quickly you can create a program that automates your life. What's the alternative? Grabbing each image, clicking print. That would be mega times longer than one click. Here's a bonus: Download my automator file and get started now.
Thank you to the art teachers that nominated the Fugleblog for the Art of Ed Blog of the Year (in the elementary category). We are one of 9 finalists (yeah!).
I would like to encourage you to check out all the finalists and explore their sites.
UPDATE: the results are in. Explore the winners by clicking on the big badge proudly displayed below (this is what the Fugleblog won a finalist.)
Mrs. Weiss, a parent of one of my students shared an image in the style of Downton Abbey made for Downtown Arlington Heights. View image here.
This made me wonder how I could do this kind of art on the iPad.
I played until I came up with this plan:
Watch my tutorial to view these steps.
1. Create black and while line art and make it digital. Like this example.
2. Create a template in Sketchbook Express. Download mine here.
3. Use Crazy Photo Booth app to turn the line art into a negative (opposite).
4. Import the template into Superimpose app.
5. Import the black/white image, mask out the background, size and place above center.
6. Merge the foreground down so you can import the negative version of the drawing.
7. Mask the background, Size it to the original, flip it vertically, & position below center to create a reflection.
8. Save to camera roll.
Download and print this handout for students to view as they work.
I figured out a better way to make these images using ONLY superimpose. The app has an invert colors button to create the negative image. There are a few tricks so, I made this handout for my students to reference as we worked. You can click on the images to view them large or download the PDF here.
Stop Motion Animation Collaboration
This technique not only introduced my students to the concept of stop motion animation, it gave them an opportunity to see how effective a collaboration can be. The results are immediate, impressive, and motivating. Students had to be able to follow directions, cooperate, listen, and understand how their part effects the whole.
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View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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