The Green Screen app is full of possibilities when you combine PNGs, video, animation, and live footage. Here is another example of a cool effect you can create for storytelling in your classroom. Students can speak from inside an old tube TV. You can even add a layer of static to make it more retro. Here is what you need: Old TV PNG and a short video of static. Layer these into the Green Screen App with the TV on the top layer (IMAGE), the static on the middle layer (VIDEO), and use the camera towards yourself or your subject to record a retro style TV message.
You can make your own PNGs using the superimpose app and make anything interactive. Here is a tutorial showing you how to mask images below.
The Green Screen App by DoInk is very versatile. I love to think of new ways to use it besides overlaying video captured before green screen. If you create PNGs (images with transparent or empty sections) you can put live video, pre-recorded video, or animations behind the PNG. There are SO many possibilities for creating interactive art and images this way. The Crown Fountain is a perfect subject for creating an interactive image since it was designed to be an interactive public sculpture/fountain in Chicago. They feature video of close up and cropped faces. Below you can see how easy it is to layer the PNG I created on the top line of the app and use the camera pointed towards yourself to record your face. The app captures audio as well. What would you say to all those that pass by if you were on the crown fountain?
HINT: I made the template by masking out the fountain in Superimpose App and saved using "mask as PNG". Then I moved the PNG to Keynote where I added a photo of a brick wall with a black and white filter behind the opening. Then I set the transparency of the bricks to 30% so it would be see-through enough to give a similar effect as found in the original photo. Then I grouped the images, copied to the clipboard, and imported it back into superimpose app using "clipboard" import where I could save it all again now with the brick overlay with "mask as PNG." (crazy? I know!) But, you don't have to bother. You can download my template here.
I started thinking about students interacting with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The book encourages you reflect on giving, receiving, and making others happy. The challenge would be to have students use their acting and storytelling skills to pose for a photo as if they were interacting with the tree in place of the little boy. Then they would use a drawing app on the iPad with layers (like sketchbookX) to draw over their photo while matching the limited color palette from the book cover for their image (red, dark green, white, black Tip: use the eye dropper tool to grab exact colors from he book cover), resize and place their drawing in a convincing way. Then, re-write the story while reflecting on good character.
Lesson Extension: Animated Book Cover
Since SketchbookX allows you to keep the drawing on a layer over the book cover, you can save it separate from the design, run it through the superimpose app to give it a transparent background, and use it along with my isolated apple (above) and the empty book design template (above) to create an animation in the DoInk Animation app. If that doesn't make any sense, try watching the tutorial for the animated bobblehead project. It has many of the same steps.
View this post with an art making lesson idea, music, and video of students creating. Below is the video of the book I made long ago. It looks different from the original book because I scanned and I colored every page.
This cover design was photoshlopped. See the original cover here. Learn how I use superimpose app to do some simple photoshlopping here.
View my Bobblehead tutorial using:
This is a lesson I put together years ago for my first graders. We drew and painted the pigeon from Mo Willems' book.
(Here is his handout with step-by-step directions. Here is his interactive site with games and more.) Originally I would help my students create these Pigeon inspired book covers from their paintings with a rule from our art room. We used keynote on the desktop. Here is the tutorial for this technique. Today I recorded a tutorial for doing this project on the iPad. This technique would empower young artists to do each step of this project independently starting with THIS TEMPLATE. You might also want to show my animated and narrated version of the book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (also created using Keynote). Oh, and here is a worksheet to print out to help your students plan their design.
iPad tutorial using Keynote app
Desktop tutorial using Keynote
Did you know that the Keynote software (Apple's presentation tool) on the Mac has a drawing tool?
It is a vector based tool that creates clean and customizable shapes that you can fill with color, gradients, or a photo. Then layer, arrange, flip, add shadows and group these shapes until they've become almost anything you can dream of.
Here are some of the drawings I created using Keynote. I used images of fabrics to fill my shapes. You can download my folder of fabrics here if you want to give this a try. See my tutorial below for some tips and how tos.
Currently the iPad version of keynote is missing some of the tools: the free draw line and fill with a photo. This means you can only draw shapes from pre-made choices and fill with colors. The teddy bear design below would work on the iPad because it is completely made from ovals, circles, and lines.
Everyone has a story to tell but not everyone's story makes it to the front of a magazine. What if yours did? What would you want to share with the world? If you explore TIME magazine covers you would find over 80 years of stories told from politicians, musicians, scientists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, actors, visionaries, and everyday people. Here is my TIME magazine cover for this moment in my life (Here is more about that story.) Next year my story might change and I hope it does! The magazine cover is a snapshot of life at the time it was created. So, get ready to write your headline and follow the steps below to make your own TIME magazine cover.
Open up sketchbook express on your iPad and import the template of your choosing. Then create another layer either above or below it and insert your photo. If you are overlapping the text TIME with your photo and it is not a transparent PNG or it's too wide compared to the template, you can add the transparent template over the photo in a new layer to bring back the red border. You may need to erase the word TIME from this layer. Either way you choose, don't avoid overlapping. It's an important part of an interesting composition. Also, try to create some open negative space for your story title.
There are plenty of apps that can layer text over a photo, but I've been turning to Phonto lately because it has a an easy interface that makes it fast to add multiple text areas with lots of customization options. TIME magazine keeps their fonts simple, so I worked on adding text that matched my negative space while considering size, emphasis, and contrasting color.
Every line in both my designs were separate text boxes that I could size and format separately. In both designs I added a simple text box for the date in the top right corner just as TIME magazine designers would.
Congratulations to the following Dryden Artists...
Mick and Katherine's art were selected by IAEA as Youth Art Month winners. Their work was included on the Illinois Art Education Association Youth Art Month poster that will be distributed throughout the state to schools and political leaders representing the importance of a high quality art education for every learner. Click here to visit the IAEA YAM site. Click any of the images below to see them enlarged.