What if you ran the zoo? What kind of new and interesting animal would you want to have in it?
Take a look at the creatures Dr. Seuss fills his books with for inspiration to create your own new and wonderful species.
Draw your creature in black, white, and grey in Sketchbook App. (Use this activity sheet to brainstorm your ideas). Then use Superimpose app to layer your work into the empty book cover below.
Oh yeah, and try taking this quiz to see which Dr. Seuss character you are most like.
Are you like me and can't get enough of making digital art and animations? Then, you will be happy to know I organized a FUGLEFLIP page so that you can learn from home with my tutorials. I have over 75 tutorials to explore. Go to my new Fugleflip page, get out your iPad or laptop (depending on the video) and dive right in! Have fun and don't forget to show me what you created.
What is Art?
This is a great place to start with kindergarten. Our first project this year was an exploration of the color wheel, the primary colors, and abstract art created by mixing them together. The piece they created was then titled and imagined in a large frame as they posed before green screen pretending to gaze at it...pondering, "what is art?" I made a tutorial of how to put this lesson together in keynote. View it here.
I created an interactive color wheel game and coloring sheet so students could explore color mixing before we used paint. View this resource here.
View this exhibit on Artsonia of all the kindergarten framed masterpieces here. (Come back soon if all 4 classes don't appear yet.)
One of the books I like to use to introduce kindergarteners to the variety of forms that art can be is ART IS... by Bob Raczka. I made a movie of my reading of the book with images and text to help the students see the book easily in art class. View it below or at this link.
One of our FAVORITE Fugleflicks was created by 5th graders for kindergartners to help them understand some forms of art. It is called, "I AM ART". It introduces Sculpture, Landscape, Portrait, Figure Drawing, Still Life, Graphic Design, Abstract Art, and Film.
Did you know that two of our winning Fugleflicks were in the running for Video of the Year through NextVista.org? Take a moment to enjoy these fun collaboration videos that each teach us something useful about art.
Watch the students at work below. I captured many classes with time lapse, photos, and video while they painted and sang about making their mark.
Created by contributions from each 4th grade student submitted on their iPad.
In 1994 Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream was stolen from a Norwegian art museum. It was recovered in a daring undercover operation by British detectives. Charles Hill was one of those detectives who posed as an art dealer to trick the thieves into returning the painting. Watch the 3:51 minute video here.
Interactive ways to explore the art:
During the school's ice cream social, we set up the art room for an I SCREAM social. Many students and parents came by to enter the artwork. See their images here.
We annotated over a video of the hallway to see how we can find converging lines and a vanishing point in our hallway much like we see in the Scream.
This video demonstrates how relative size and placement enhance the illusion of depth in perspective. I'm hoping we can try making animations like this as a lesson extension.
Students combine literacy, Science, Art, and Technology as they play Scrabble with the Periodic Table of Elements.
As I looked at the table to see if I could make words I found that I wanted to write, circle, and see all the choices at once. So I created a template for just this purpose. Download the template into your camera roll and import it into the Skitch app where you can annotate over the image. When I had a word I used Keynote to make boxes and fill them with text, numbers, and colors. Once I had one word finished, I copied the format and kept playing. Here is my Keynote Template for three and four element words. Here are some things I created using my template. I tried using images, gradients, and solid colors in the boxes. Not all options are available on the iPad version of Keynote.
I ran some of the images through CustomInk's site to see what they would look like if they were printed on a mug, hat, or t-shirt. They give you the option of deleting the background color (see the hat) which makes the font turn the color of the fabric.
I'm so excited to share that my art room had some technology additions and changes:
Mr. Fuglestad's journey back to teaching was very long but all the while he was surrounded by the love and support of his students, colleagues, family, neighbors, and friends. They gave him a very warm welcome at the first day assembly at BGHS high school where he teaches science. Take a peek at this video below.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
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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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