I was honored with the opportunity to present my elementary art animation ideas for extending the learning digitally and expanding the curriculum via digital animation at the 77th Annual Kutztown University Art Conference in Pennsylvania.
Here is a quick sampling of my animation lessons and ideas that would help students demonstrate understanding of art concepts in a dynamic, motivating, and powerful way.
Thank you to the conference organizers, Peg Speirs and Nicole Romanski, who wrote a grant as part of the Kutztown Sesquicentennial Events to have me do a workshop with their pre-service art education majors as well as present to the conference attendees comprised of local art educators. Here is the calendar of events (It's so cool to be featured here). Learn more about the conference here.
We are kicking off our Character Counts Week at Dryden with a new LEGO MURAL idea focused on the six pillars of character. Students will be collaboratively building 6 murals that each state and represent responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Citizenship, and Respect.
Students will be listening to a story that highlights each pillar of character as they work. Thanks to Melissa Techman for finding these six animated tumblebooks.
This character counts song was written and performed by Dryden Students in art class years ago. It will be our background music as we work.
MY LEGO MURAL RESOURCES:
By Dryden 5th Graders
See the gallery of finished art here:
See how these were made here:
I found as the students worked on their robots that they were inventing. They decided as they designed what their robots can do. To tell this story, I plan to feature the robots on the cover of Newsweek Magazine like this one.
Third graders worked on a Blue Dog image in the style of George Rodrigue. These dogs were painted in a monochromatic color scheme (view our monochromatic Fugleflick to learn what this means). Then the backgrounds were painted with color, line, and shape pattern balanced from left to right. View the growing gallery of images here.
When we were all finished in class we went on a dog show and viewed everyone's work through 3-D glasses to see if the pattern "popped".
I made a video of one of our most innovative class projects and entered it into the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom Contest. We are hoping to win prizes for our school and you can help by voting daily from now until November 30th. The top 20 videos will then be judged by a panel to determine who wins prizes valued up to $15K. Here is more info from my original post of our Green Screen Stop Motion Station animation project where students demonstrated movement over their art. This project was funded by a grant received through ABC/25 foundation.
To sign up for a simple text or email notification daily with a link to the voting page please join my REMIND group here:
First graders have been working on apple still life paintings with overlapping. They filled the tablecloth and wallpaper with beautiful line, shape, and color patterns. They learned how to do touch ups and use our art room superhero, Black Marker, to hide any sloppy paint edges from the evil Sloppy Brush. View the growing gallery of finish work in our Artsonia exhibit here.
Students use our IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard system to practice drawing lines that look overlapped for the tablecloth before they added them into their artwork. They really enjoyed our REPEAT video about pattern. We found out it's really easy to sing along with because of all the repetition. Imagine that.
When I'm ready to animate I begin a new composition in DoInk and bring in my layers. I began with the masked out layer of the house, added a moon, animated bat, a semi-transparent ghost, and the isolated tree. I set the length of everything to six seconds and began making animation paths. Beyond teaching animation, this lesson would allow students to demonstrate overlapping, transparency, relative size, changes in size to show depth, as well as elements of storytelling. I exported the video and added music in a video editing app (see below). This would be a great way for students to tell their favorite spooky stories.
Some of the elements didn't need to be drawn with movement since the path I create in the composition has movement. I layered all the elements together in this 4 sec. animation. This project also gives students a chance to demonstrate foreground, middle ground, background, overlapping, transparency, movement, relative size, and storytelling. I set it to music in a video app below. These would make one interesting spooky class movie when set to music.
See this post about 2nd graders' Really Spooky Landscapes where they digitally animated over their spooky landscape painting then entered their scene with the Green Screen app by DoInk.
See this post for resources to teach the lesson.
Here is another version of a spooky layered animation. This time I made a painting in the museum haunted with a semi-transparent ghost flying between the layers. The animation (made in DoInk Animation app) was loaded behind an empty picture frame using the DoInk green app.
My fifth graders are currently working on robots that will light up with a paper circuit designed to have a button in the robot design that closes the circuit. The other day I saw the latest cover of Newsweek magazine. It featured a couple of robots in an American Gothic Parody. My idea, though different, was inspired by this image and by my students' desire to explain all the cool things their robot "does". I thought they could share these ideas in a Newsweek Cover format and learn some graphic design tricks at the same time.
I also tried adding both the text and image using Keynote. I madetemplate with the Newsweek background and text boxes already formatted ready for their own customization.
This lesson is a combination of our Paper Circuit Robot project and our Newsweek Cover Project. Both have their own post with tons of resources. Check them out below.
The animation begins by drawing to objects in the DoInk Animation App.
Both objects need to be a complementary color pairs (red/green), (purple/yellow), (orange/blue)
1. The first object is a circle with lines that converge at the center. I used a spiral, but the lines could also radiate out/in with straight, jagged, curving, bumpy, (whatever) lines.
2. The second object is a figure drawing in the style of Keith Haring. This figure is a solid color with a shape pattern in the complement. I used circles but you can use squares, diamonds, hearts, ovals, flowers, leaves, (whatever) shapes.
The two objects are then layered in the composition mode of the DoInk app. I stretched them both out to 6 seconds and set opposite direction rotations on each.
Then I altered the size of the figure so that it began full size and ended almost so tiny that it disappeared.
The lesson is designed to help students see that complementary colors are extra vibrant in your eyes. The rotation of the lines as they converge into the center create an optical illusion that adds depth to the image. The shrinking of the figure creates the illusion of depth as if he/she is falling. Below is my vine video:
Variation of the idea:
This was my first attempt at this animation idea. In this animation I used the Kaleido Free app to draw lines converging to the center. The app allows you to save your drawing as a movie. To layer the figure and the movie I used the Green Screen App by DoInk.
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