Because Dryden has maintained an online digital art gallery for over 11 years we can look back at how each artist has grown over time. The fifth graders are completing their self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. All those that were here in kindergarten can compare their results to their kindergarten self-portrait painting. Those that came to Dryden after kindergarten and were here in 2nd grade can compare their work to their winter self-portrait. I uploaded all the completed comparison images to this gallery on artsonia so students can reflect on their growth through their artist statement.
Oh my! Look at this treasure I found in an old blog post called "As Cute as a Kitten Video" where a group of the current 5th graders are singing the kindergarten song as KINDERGARTENERS as they line up at the end of art class. I suppose this is one of the benefits of keeping the same teacher at the same school for years, she also celebrates the growth of her students.
I animated with Kindergarteners for the very first time and recorded each student before green screen to tell the audience how to be kind.
Here is how:
Aliens are a truly magical subject for artmaking. They allow the student artist to be creative in it's design by breaking rules of figure drawing, color, and form while also providing the necessary benefit of forgiveness since an alien doesn't have to be drawn realistically. Here are two ideas that extend an alien drawing digitally incorporating music and animation: Idea one: aliens on instruments & Idea two: alien beatboxing.
Idea one: Aliens on Instruments
I began designing an animation challenge for my students after a large dose of inspiration from the animator, musician, and illustrator, Andy Martin. This project would include aliens, repetitive movement, and instruments. If kids can manage this project we'll finally be able to get the band back together! Seriously, students could each contribute a creature to a group animation movie set to music that demonstrates an understanding of flipbook animation, movement, sound, and creative figure drawing.
To animate an alien playing an instrument I created layers that helped isolate the moving and non-moving parts using the Do Ink Animation and Drawing app.
1. I drew the alien head, body, and legs.
(hint: lock the layer when finished so you don't accidentally change or erase it when animating)
2. I drew the alien's instrument then locked it.
3. I drew the arms that played the instrument, copied the slide, erased, and redrew to show movement.
Performance: Lenny and the Leonids
Listen to my favorite alien band's first hit below composed in garageband, animation in DoInk, and edited in iMovie.
Idea Two: Alien Beatboxing
I designed four more aliens in an attempt to try beatboxing. This idea requires that each alien moves its mouth in some way to match the sound it creates.
I used the DoInk drawing and animation app again to make my alien designs move their "mouths" to express their sound. I kept it very simple so that I could generalize the concept later when I layered the music in. Below is a test run of each flipbook design in composition mode. I had to adjust each alien's flipbook motions so they weren't moving their mouths too fast. Later I learn that this was pretty important for matching the mouth with the sound later. But, this was my first time, so I tried to time it better in the movie editing stage.
Next, I pulled out my laptop version of Garageband and tried to make a sound for each creature while keeping a steady beat. I had lots of trouble blending my sounds, getting the timing right, and figuring out effects. What I ended up doing was putting on headphones, laying down a drum beat as one track (which I later deleted), and matching the beat with my new sound recorded to another track. That helped me keep the beat better. I labeled each track by creature color to help me keep track of what's what when I did my final animation. I tried to match the DoInk composition timeline to the garageband timeline as exactly as I could. Luckily both interfaces allow you to look at fractions of seconds so you can bring in the creature at the same time the audio begins.
Below is each alien animation timed with their beatbox sound. Next, to put it all together into one composition using the DoInk animation, garageband sound track, and iMovie.
Performance: Alien Beatboxing
Resources: Video and handouts
Andy Martin and his planet animations are the inspiration for animation challenge. There are twelve planets to explore with different creatures on each. Planet one's aliens make music with their voices as they gather. This idea would be fun to explore as well.
Bonus! Alien Remake of a Fugleflick
I used a guitar playing alien and two of his duplicates to recreate a old fugleflick appropriately called, Deep Space. This fugleflick attempts to explain how to create the illusion of space in a 2D place with foreground, middle ground, background, and overlapping. The song was performed by three 3rd graders many years ago. View their movie here. You'll probably notice the moving lips in this video. I recorded my mouth moving to the words and masked them into the video using the Do Ink Green Screen app. The whole movie was created using both the Do Ink animation app and the Green Screen app. I lined it up with the music from the original song using iMovie. View the results here.
Some iPad drawing apps like Procreate and Brushes allow you to record the drawing process as a movie. (Hint: Brushes doesn't allow you to export the file but, you can record the movie as it plays from your iPad through your computer using airserver, quicktime, or reflector apps.) This gives the artist a chance to show the creative process and enhance the viewing experience with music and/or narration for digital storytelling. The following images are scenes from my Snow Flurry Fairy story. Below each image is a process animation where you can hear a snippet of the story as you watch the drawing.
Similar idea: discuss your sketchnotes
I attended a workshop in Washington D.C. on educating students to become innovators. I made sketchnotes in the Brushes app of the ideas shared in our discussions and narrated my notes as the drawing process video plays. When they asked for feedback from the event, I sent them a link to this video.
Similar idea: time lapse video of art-making
Another way to record the drawing process is through time lapse video of a physical drawing. iMotion HD is a free iPad app that I use for time lapse and stop motion animation. These Artist Trading Cards were drawn and captured with time lapse then animated and set to music to help tell the story.
I first saw this idea from this Tweet from Mrs. Dweck. The "blinkie" concept is to use pre-made animations that play from youtube (like this one) underneath drawings to bring them to life. I immediately began to think about making this concept more creation-based for both the physical art and digital animation. I began playing with the DoInk Animation and Drawing App to make simple white animations over a black background customized for the art I wanted to create.
Animated Glow below a physical drawing on paper----Animation drawn in DoInk app
The solution I developed is very simple. I dreamt up an idea that blends a physical drawing with a glowing animation. I thought of things that glow like a lightning bug, sparkler, a phone, buttons on a machine, stars in the sky, etc... Then I drew a picture with a blank area for the glowing thing(s). Afterwards, I took out the iPad and used DoInk Animation app's drawing mode to make a white animation over a black background. To make it move I used the flipbook technique where you draw movement one slide at a time. Then in the composition mode I resized the animation and placed it in the portion of the screen that best corresponded with the physical drawing that will overlay the animation.
What is really interesting about this animated glow idea is that it not only combines physical and digital art, it requires an interaction of the two to enjoy it or a documentation of that interaction via video or gif.
Animated Glow set to music
I put the video clips into iMovie, used the white balance filter to remove the yellow tint, and set the small video to a piece of royalty free music from incompetech to tell a story.
The following ideas are so image specific that I photographed the drawing, added it to a bottom layer in DoInk drawing app, and drew over it to make the animation. The photo doesn't export with the animation, so this technique is a easy way to place the glowing animation in the correct locations.
Students will learn to draw their profile and out stretched hand (physically) and make a flipbook style animation of a glowing alien (digitally). Then then will create a video of the alien glowing from the iPad as if it is standing on the person's hand in the drawing.
Tutorial: Animated Glow Alien
Resources: book and song
Resources: Drawing aliens
I love to draw portraits. That's my thing. My most challenging portrait lesson is the 3/4 pose. I designed a step-by-step tutorial for my students to guide them through mapping out the face, measuring the features in proportion to the whole, and creating a contour line drawing of their face turned to the side so only 3/4 show. Download the lesson from tpt here.
Watch the slideshow of presidential portraits to see how artists have painted. Look for their use of value and 3/4 poses.
When we finish our portraits we will take a digital picture of them on our iPads, erase the backgrounds in superimpose and layer them into a magazine template. Here students will get a chance to describe the things they will one day do to make their mark on the world for good.
See this lesson and resources here.
I was asked to do an iPad workshop for the art teachers of District 47 in Crystal Lake today. I was able to show them a bunch of creative ways to make art with their students digitally to explore concepts differently and demonstrate understanding dynamically. (The numbers on the sheet refer to my 175 STEAM art ideas found here.)
I just returned from my state art education conference in Bloomington-Normal, IL. I had opportunities to mingle with art teachers from across the state, attend presentations on a variety of topics, present on iPad animation ideas, attend award luncheons and gallery receptions, hang out with my D25 colleagues, connect with artists, special presenters, exhibitors, see my student honored for her artwork which was selected for the traveling exhibit, and soak in lots of ideas for how to improve my art program at Dryden.
I learned about a stand alone system called Game Frame that plays pixel art as an animation. I also learned about Glitch Art made from intentionally corrupting an image file by changing it to a .txt file playing with the code then reverting back to .jpg. I went to try this during the Hour of Code week with my 5th graders. I also saw some demonstrations of Aurasma from D211 high school art teachers and visualized some solutions that might work for bringing augmented reality to our Dryden art displays.
Congratulations to Karis (currently in 3rd grade) who had the above piece of art chosen for the 2016-2017 Illinois Art Education Traveling Student Art Show. Her piece is one of only 40 chosen from hundreds submitted to tour the state of Illinois in multiple exhibits through out the year. She will be honored at a reception in Bloomington, IL during the IAEA conference.
The show will travel to the Palatine Public Library for April 2017. That's very nearby so plan to stop in and take a peek at the best of the best of K-12 art education.
View what this art show reception
has looked like for our past winners:
Aleena in 2014
Klaudia in 2013
Kenzie in 2012
Kristelle in 2011
Anthony and Rachel in 2010
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
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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