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Photobombing is the act of inserting oneself into the field of view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer [painter for our purposes] or the subjects.
I was playing with the Superimpose app and looking for images to collage when I came across Automat by Edward Hopper. His work is full of open spaces with figures in quiet or isolated poses. Many of his pieces are perfect for practicing digital collages where students can explore overlapping, relative size, middle ground, and adjusting color filters to match the environment. I practiced these images below (click to view them large) with student photos from a previous assignment. The story changes when I added the photo. These would make interesting creative writing prompts as well. Here is my curated collection of images by Edward Hopper that will be perfect for students to photobomb.
Related post: Hopping into Hopper
Thanks so much for taking a minute to see our new discoveries, explorations, and adventures in art class at Dryden!
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We love iPads in our art class and have been working with your help at getting enough iPads for the art room to have one for everyone. We've ALMOST reached that goal. We are only TWO iPads short. We have 22 iPads with class sizes topping off at 24 students. The younger grades have enough, but the 4th and 5th graders aren't quite there.
If you want to help us get those last two iPads there is a really easy way: shop and clip.
Shop on our Artsonia Gallery
Our online digital art gallery on Artsonia is not only a wonderful place to view your child's artwork, comment on their efforts, and have family join their fan clubs to connect around the globe, but it is also a fundraiser for our art program. Every time you purchase an item featuring your young artist's masterpiece Artsonia gives back 20% of the purchase to us. So use this link and explore their wonderful products. I love them all!
Box tops are all over your pantry items and tissue boxes already. Please clip them and bring them to school. Every one is worth 10 cents. At Dryden, the Box top money helps Music, Art, and PE purchase special items for their program. You know what we would like to buy:) If you clip them nicely then Mr. Gries doesn't have to spend extra time trimming them before he mails them in. Thank you so much for all you do to help.
Below is an interactive image that tells the story of our iPads. Some have come from winning contests, writing grants, crowd funding, and fundraising.
Click or mouse over each iPad link to learn more.
My 4th graders will be doing a stop-motion collaborative movie later this spring using iMotion HD and the Green Screen app by DoInk. We created little green screen filming stations for the art room from our ABC/25 grant. We will import our stop-motion animation footage into the green screen app and replace the background with the figure drawing images they recently finished. This will be our first time testing out our new Anker stands and green display boards.
To prepare for the concept of stop-motion animation, students watched the video by OK GO below. I also showed them how we used to make stop-motion animation using flip cameras in the art room a few years back. We couldn't play back our animation right away to see how we did since the pictures were stored on the camera. We had to load them into the desktop, import them into iMovie, shorten their length, and then play it back. However, the patience and techniques demonstrated in Making Bunnies Boogie remains the same. Students spent the rest of their class time working on an all class movie using iMotion HD and their own bodies to star in their own stop-motion animation movie (bottom video).
Here is our second attempt. We tried to imitate the sliding movements that you would see if you were animating an inanimate object. There are some cute moments here, so take a look. (Starring 4-1 and 4-3)
Below is our first attempt. We don't think we were truly using the power of stop motion. We could have made things appear/disappear, we could have slid mysteriously around but instead we looked more like a time lapse. I added narration to try to tie the movie into one theme.
I introduced my 5th graders to the photographs and videos of William Wegman earlier this winter. He is famous for his photos that make his dogs look human. See examples from my pinterest board here. So, my students took on the challenge of making themselves look like dogs (just the opposite, I suppose). They began by drawing and painting a dog water color portrait.
See their finished dog paintings here.
Then students came to art class with props and costumes to stand before our green screen to pose for a photo.
These photos were then added to my dropbox along with their dog portraits.
For the next couple of weeks students went through the steps of erasing the backgrounds of their art in Superimpose app, layering their images, artistically convincing us that the two are combined, adding a background, and creating a shadow on one side. All these steps are part of my tutorial which you can view here. I made this blog post to teach from with examples, tutorials, and links to resources.
VIEW THE WHOLE GALLERY OF WILLIAM WEGMAN INSPIRED COLLAGES HERE.
I woke up this morning to a wonderful message in my email inbox:
"YOUR DONOR'S CHOOSE PROJECT WAS FULLY FUNDED!"
Thank you to the 17 donors who made this possible! These two additional iPads put our total art room iPad count at 22! This means when the iPads arrive we will able to do all class iPad projects with K-3rd grades!
(We are two short for our 4th and 5th graders).
This past week I tried to do a one day iPad project with a group of 4th graders without enough iPads. Some students were able to work independently but 8 of them had to double up. Who ever "went first" was able to complete their project while the one who graciously agreed to go second, didn't have enough time to finish. It was horrible to see 4 disappointed students leave the room when class was over simply because we were short on resources. The iPad is extremely fun to create on and to be excluded from the fun all around you is heartbreaking as well as a lost learning experience. I called those 4 students back into art class the following day during recess to give them a chance to have their turn to create. All of them happily traded recess for making art on iPads. I could tell they were relieved that I saw their plight. I DO see the plight and I am extremely motivated to do what I can to solve this problem. We need a 1:1 iPad to student ratio in the art room. That's the most logical solution for meaningful technology integration. It sounded like a HUGE mountain to climb, but with the talent of my students, the support of the Dryden community, and the MANY MANY supporters we have found online, our goal is within reach! View, click, and mouse over the interactive THINGLINK graphic below to learn about every iPad we won through contests, grants, and fundraising.
My iPad Workshop
On Friday I had the privilege to attend and present a workshop at the Illinois Computer Educator's (ICE) onference in St. Charles, IL. I did a hands on iPad workshop exploring creative ways to use iPads with any content. We had a larger than expected group because of another workshop cancellation, so it wasn't as intimate as I would have hoped. But, more the merrier when it comes to learning. IPEVO very graciously provided some items to raffle to the attendees. You can actually ask for the item we raffled during the month of March. Check it out and make your wish here.
Download my workshop handout here.
Find all the iPad lesson resources here.
See some tweets from our session from Jennifer here and here. And Jorge's here.
Photos from Sessions
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