First graders are learning the parts of fish as they designed their own. Then they randomly chose a monochromatic color to paint it. Students mixed to make tints and shades to add contrast to their fish. When the paint was dry, students traced the fish and added scales as visual texture. See the GALLERY of finished monochromatic fish here.
1st graders used the Superimpose app to erase the backgrounds on their fish paintings. These were put into the Do Ink Animation app on the art room iPads to animate their fish. Watch their class videos below.
In 2014 my students collaboratively built a lego mural out of a series of portraits in honor of Black History Month. I have apost about it here. I even put a post together explaining how I organized it and created the resources here.
I have a plan to try another Black History Lego Mural again this year. I really like the format I created where each portrait fits on 6 base plates. This mean I can have an entire class work on one portrait (one part per table). They can see how their small group collaboration feeds into a all class collaboration as the base plates are finished and pieced together. The lesson is not about creativity since they just follow a printed 1:1 scale guide, however it does require patience, collaborative strategies, counting, reading a grid, accuracy, and some problem-solving when lego pieces/sizes become scarce.
New Plan: Emphasizes History
The first time I designed the lego wall project I was scrambling, guessing, and making quick decisions to fit my time constraints. Now that I know that we have enough legos, and what my students capable of (2nd-5th graders do this lesson well) I am going to try to make sure the HISTORY part is emphasized as much as the art making. This new plan will include abolitionists, civil rights activists, a mathematician, and a scientist. Students will watch a video biography for each of the 6 figures from black history to learn more about their contributions and the challenges they faced in their lives.
Resources: Download from TpT
I packaged the resources for two of the murals above. You can download them with instructions, examples, and printable lego guide sheets. MLKJr and Harriet Tubman
Olive the Other Reindeer
See this gallery of images from Dryden artists inspired by the book/animated movie.
Draw along with Art for Kids Hub
Resource: Fireplace for Atmosphere
iPad Animation iDeas that Teach Concepts Dynamically
See this blog post dedicated to this presentation including a thinglink (also below) with links to each project featured. Use this link to view all STEAM art lessons.
Owning the Learning with Fugleflicks
Find all the movies featured in this presentation on my Fugleflicks page.
Or download the Fugleflick Scan Book to share them with your students independently
Below is a PDF of each slide of my presentation.
Things I learned or want to learn...
Update: I made a plan for how I'm going to paint my Ukulele when it arrives.
I was really inspired by the project Megan Idell presented inspired by street artist, INSA who made Gif-iti art coupled with augmented reality. See some examples.
I demonstrated how to make a custom animated hologram. Here are my resources.
I had a chance to explore Susan Tiemstra's station with CreoPop 3D Pens. I took pictures of the creations people left behind. She said it is non-toxic heated ink cured with LEDs.
I practiced glitch art after talking it over with Justin Bickus at bit. He had a great suggestion. Take one file and open it in Text Edit and then open it again in Preview. This way when you change the code you can see the changes refresh in the photo.
Two Award Winners:
My former student teacher Matthew Etherington (who helped design this amazing lesson) won the IAEA Young Professional Award and my student Jessica was one of 40 artists honored for her artwork that was chosen for the year-long traveling IAEA Student Art Show. Find out more here.
Only 40 pieces of art art chosen from across the state for the Illinois Art Education year-long traveling art show. Out of the 683 pieces submitted by art teachers across the state our very own Jessica's artwork (currently in 5th grade) was selected. She will be honored at the conference on Saturday in St. Charles.
Below is an image of her painting based on Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles.
She also entered the bedroom in a digital extension project.
See the whole project and all the videos here.
Update from the event:
A group of young engineers, computer programers, and artists gathered in the art room during lunch recesses for a couple months to see what they could make using a Hyperduino, old computer, some cardboard, LEDs, touch pads, and creativity. The results of the collaboration is called a Fugleflick Art Bot. It is an interactive art piece that plays 5 different student-created, art-related movies when you touch a button on the computer screen in its belly with audio coming through the speaker (mouth). The lights are on a circuit made from copper wire and batteries connected to two LED lights behind 3-D glasses. The switch is built into the nose.
Below is a series of photos taken during the creation process. Since we were making discoveries, problem-solving, and working with limited resources, our design changed as we progressed. You'll see the original sketch was for an iPad in the robot belly but then we learned that the hyperduino needed to run in a browser. So, we adapted. The group also changed as we added artists after the engineers wired up the robot. They helped make the robot have a unified design with balanced colors with a brass brad motif.
We created a youtube playlist for the Fugleflick bot. You can explore the five Fugleflick movies that it is programed to play here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS4LIonCAPBfr0enREOu6HH9BQPf6JaGf
Explore all our Fugleflicks here.
Our Donor's Choose grant for an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil has published just in time for Giving Tuesday. This project will expose students to a more advanced digital drawing experience while teaching rotoscope animation like the examples below:
This snow globe effect is a fun way to teach transparency, animation, and layering with green screen. Students can add a still image, animation, pre-recorded or live video to their globe. I was inspired by the Green Screen Maker Space Book by Todd Burleson (lesson 6). I downloaded the image suggested and began trying to figure out a way to turn the project into a video with a layer of snow. I go through all the steps in this app smash in the tutorial below or here.
My app smash journey:
Grab my resources and get started:
Download my video below and import it into the top layer of the Green Screen App by Do Ink. Use the mask tool to make the center of the globe semi-transparent (see step 6 above). Then download my white image here. Import this into the bottom layer. Now you're ready to add a still, animation, or live video to the center layer.
Creativity Prompts: (to make this a lesson)
See this post from Terri Eichholz prompting students to consider what it would be like if you lived inside a snowglobe (as seen in the short film, Bumbleville.) See this post too.
This DANCE PARTY was inspired by the Christmas dance party scene in the Peanuts animation where each child is dancing in place on the dance floor in a continuous loop. We can try something similar using the Do Ink Animation app with these steps:
1. Get inspired by Peanut's Dance Party
2. Each student creates one dancer
1. Open up Do Ink Animation app and chose a "new drawing"
2. Choose brush size 5 and black and draw your first pose with closed shapes (so you can pour for coloring later)
3. Click the + in the timeline (bottom right corner) and draw the next pose
4. Repeat until you have 5 poses
5. Use the pour bucked and color each frame with the same color scheme.
6. Click on pose 4 in timeline, chose the double arrows to reveal "copy" & choose it
7. Click on frame 5 (last frame) and click "paste"
8. Click on frame 3, choose "copy". Click on last frame (now frame 6) click "paste"
9. Click on frame 2, choose "copy". Click on last frame (now frame 7) click "paste"
10. Click the play button and see if the animation loops nicely
2. Share the Do Ink Files
One of the cool things about the Do Ink animation app is that you can share your files from one device to another. We used the DropBox in my art room so students would save their animation using "DATA" then choose "Dropbox" and navigate to the Dance Party folder, rename it and save.
Sharing our original Do Ink files means that we and put together a group animation with multiple dancers while retaining all all layering, resizing, and editing functions.
3. Bring the dancers into 1 composition
4. Flipbook designs w/lines & shapes
Students can work in pairs on designing a shape or line design for the background of their party. It's helpful if they choose 16:9 ratio as they create. I would recommend NOT using black in the outlines or anywhere. It will look too busy in the final piece and visually confuse the viewer since the figures are outlined in black.
5. Layer in & fade the background
Alien Music Invasion post full of fun musical creatures
Resource: Learn about line and shape pattern with this fun (and repetitive) fuglelflick, Repeat
Last year I was asked to contribute project ideas to the Green Screen Maker Space book by Todd Burleson. The book features 24 step-by-step green screen projects to create in the classroom with students.
I just received my copy and discovered what made the cut:
#1. My superhero project (modified)
#24. Shadow Dancing project
You can buy the book on amazon here.
All my projects are on my website, so I'll share the two projects with link to resources below:
Click here to find the original post.
Click here to download the worksheet.
Click here for the tutorial using Superimpose app on the iPad
Click here to see the post with step by step instructions and resources.
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