I experimented with one group of 4th graders today to try out my green screen stop motion animation monster idea. Now that we have 6 iPad document stands in the art room (thanks to a grant from ABC/25 foundation) we can easily set up animation stations under them. We tried using simple green construction paper and movable monster figurines under the document stand using the iMotion HD app. We moved the figure, took a picture and repeated. After 20 photos students saved a finished 2 second animation at 10 frames per second. We made a ditty (see my ditty post here) and watched the creatures dance over the music video using the green screen app by doInk.
Parents and students are going to give this lesson a try on the evening of May 19th. I modified the lesson so that it's a bit more streamlined now that Ditty allows you to import your own video. we no longer have to have a green screen step to overlay the ditty music/text to our animation. Here are the directions: download this pdf
4th graders finished their Son of Man Spoof inspired by the Surrealistic painting by Rene Magritte. View the original here. The portrait painting is missing some important features...like eyes, nose, and mouth. Our apple, blended with tints and shades covers over the face but slightly hovers so you can peek underneath to see our surreal secret.
When my fifth graders completed their light up robot paintings (View our robots here) earlier this year we concluded that the circuits were fun to add to our art but the way we closed and opened the circuit needed to be fixed. I looked into adding a rocker switch to the circuit so we could have more control over when our circuit is open or closed. I wrote and received an ABC/25 grant for the switches, copper tape, batteries, copper wire, foam board, and model magic clay to try this new idea. See the amazon shopping list below. I made this polar bear in a snow storm as a prototype to get a feel for creating a circuit on the back of a relief sculpture.
Step One: Design
Since we wanted to create a creature we used an app on our iPads called Create a Monster. This app had hundreds of configurations for monsters to choose from. We uploaded our monsters to Artsonia here and used them as a reference for our art.
Step Two: Add the switch
Adding the switch was a big task in itself since I didn't want to handout exacto knives to my third graders. We bore a hole into the foam core and widened it with scissors. We had to be careful not to make the hole too big or damage the foam board as we worked. The placement of the switch had to fit into our design somehow and not be too close to the edge of the board for fear it would rip through when we made the hole. Click to enlarge photos.
Step Three: Build the circuit
Building the circuit took some thinking for my third graders. They each received a diagram for how to create the circuit using a switch. I demonstrated under my document camera and led them step by step. We didn't complete the process in one class period so we bundled up our supplies and art in a gallon size ziplock and resumed the following week. All confusion cleared that second day when they flipped the switch and the light when on. They were then able to help each other and trouble shoot problems together.
Step Four: adding clay
Students used one small package of model magic clay to emphasize parts of their creature's portrait like horns, fangs, eyes, nose, etc. The clay kinda sticks automatically to the board and air dries. If it did come off the next time, they just added glue to it.
Step Five: Paint
Students spent time using color balance and good craftsmanship to paint their creatures. It was challenging to get into all the dips and nooks of the clay. They used paint markers to add texture or design and black to outline at the end. See all our finished art here.
My second graders had two very different portrait experiences this year. First they learned all the rules for creating a REALISTIC self-portrait with features drawn in the correct places with correct proportions. We carefully measured and studied the face to make these beautiful winter self portraits. View the gallery of finished work here.
Then, these same students were given cardboard, foam board, puzzle pieces, and odds and ends. They were shown examples from this School Arts article by Donna Staten and images of Picasso's cubist portraits. They were then told to go ahead and break all the rules to make ABSTRACT portraits. See the growing gallery here.
THREE 1st place winners will win a T-Shirt with their favorite art from their Artsonia portfolio printed on it.
THREE 2nd place winners will win a free family pass to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Five young animators met with me on Friday after school for one hour to learn to fly. Second grader, Max, won the iPad animation party prize offered through the Dryden Fundraising Raffle before spring break. He and 4 friends learned how to turn themselves into superheroes that fly across the sky using 3 different apps on our art room iPads.
Animate over a photo of clouds in DoInk Animation App.
View the whole group's animation video below.
View the line up from the Screen Test Jr here: http://www.ci.schaumburg.il.us/PCA/youth/Pages/ScreenTestJr2016_Lineup.aspx
View our movie entry below. It is password protected until after the fest. PW: dolphin
Fourth grade had a wonderful trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. We had a docent guided tour, lunch with a beautiful view, a chance to see Van Gogh's three Bedroom paintings on special exhibit, go on a scavenger hunt, and see President Obama's motorcade on the way back to school! Many of the teachers tweeted images and messages from the trip using the hashtag #drydenartic. I'll share them below.
3 resources that made this trip better:
The highlight of all highlights was this:
Remember those iTunes + iPod Ads?
First, I loaded a green screen video into DoInk Green Screen App. I cropped and resized it to make sure only the figure and green screen showed in the viewfinder. Here is what it looked like before I applied the chroma filters.
When you enable the Chroma filter the green disappears by default. I moved the color dial over to red (the complementary color of green) and adjusted the sensitivity level until I found the sweet spot where the figure became a silhouette.
I exported this clip as a movie to make sure this effect is retained. Here it is below.
Then, I put the video with the new effect back into the Green Screen app and applied the default chroma filter effect which removed the green but kept the black silhouette. I added an image of a color below s that I could see silhouette.
This is the clip of created from above. The next step is to make decisions about the background and the figure's placement to create your video.
I wanted to try to recreate the iPod/iTunes ad with "iWords" in white over a solid color field. So, I used Phonto to make these three images to play behind my silhouette video.
As I was playing with this dancing silhouette effect I found myself wanting to combine them with words and music. A very simple way to achieve this was by using the Ditty App (see this previous post about ditty) to make a musical video from the words I typed. The movie exports as a square. So, I used one of the video layers in the green screen app to add a color so I can scoot the Ditty to one side of the viewing stage. This allowed me to add the dancing silhouettes on the top layer. I played with the sensitivity level until they became semi-transparent so that they can overlap the words without blocking them out.
Here is the video I created over a ditty with two layers of dancing silhouettes. Both layers have some level of transparency so they can overlap the words.
I have been doing a graphic design lesson inspired by the iTunes and iPod ads since 2007. I wrote about this lesson for School Arts Magazine and created tutorials for creating these effects for using the Mac Desktop app Keynote and the iPad using Superimpose. View this post.
Also I've posted a couple lesson ideas using the Ditty app. One was about adding green screen stop motion animation over a ditty.
See that post here.
The other lesson idea included using drawn or composed animation over a musical ditty. See my post about this here.
Students used a photograph of Chicago to create a contour line drawing of the city skyline. Then they created a new layer and colored it from underneath. See the gallery of cityscapes on Artsonia here.
Flying Movies (Class Collaborations)
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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