The lesson would connect dancing, music, and visual art while teaching about shadows, transparency, silhouette, complementary colors, digital layering, and movement.
In this lesson, students would learn to apply a green screen technique using the Green Screen App by DoInk that creates a silhouette, copy it and change the transparency to create a shadow, then layer it over a background.
Create the silhouette: After you load a green screen video, click on the color wheel button and choose a spot on the other side of the color wheel for the chroma key effect. The complementary color (choose red instead of green) makes the subject a silhouette. Adjust the sensitivity bar and choose the crop button to clean up your video. Export the silhouette video to the camera roll by choosing "save" while "video" is selected.
Build your project: Bottom layer-chose image-upload the stage from camera roll Middle layer: choose video-upload the silhouette video. The green will automatically go away. Resize and position by pinching the video with two fingers. Click on video and choose "copy" from menu at bottom Top Layer: touch the layer and choose paste. Go back to the second layer, touch it to select it. Under the color wheel button, slide the sensitivity button until it becomes transparent and looks like a shadow. Audio: I would remove audio from this video and add it back later when the whole class video is made in iMovie.
Below is a Fugleflick about visual literacy created completely in shadows by students.
Below is a performance by an Hungarian Shadow Theater Group on Britian's Got Talent show. (Get your kleenex ready.)
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of complementary colors which is part of this digital art making experience.
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of transparent and opaque which is needed to understand shadows in this digital lesson.
Or look at the still image version of the dancing silhouette called iExpress.
A few times a year, NextVista.org hosts student video contests. These videos teach something learned in school, are 90 seconds (+ credits) long, and fit in one of three categories: student, collaboration, or teacher created. They are screened by a panel of judges and posted to the site. Those that score the highest points are posted as finalists. Winners are awarded after the finalists are viewed by teachers and students around the globe. We entered 4 movies this time into the contest and 2 of them were selected as finalists in two different categories. Click on the movie titles below to see them.
Soaring Creativity: Teacher Category
Soaring Creativity: Collaboration Category
We entered a tutorial explaining the 2nd grade rotational symmetry lego design project in the teacher category. View it below and visit my post to learn more about this project.
We entered a shortened version (to meet requirements) of "How to be Kind" in the collaboration category. View the full version below and visit the post to find out how Dryden's youngest animators created the beating heart effect over their still images.
There were 2 other videos entered during this contest that were not chosen as finalists.
Deep Space (the remake) was given an Honorable Mention. View thefirst version here and learn about animated aliens to play instruments, beatbox, dance, and sing here.
How to Stay Neat was also a remake by the 2nd graders of 2015-2016 school year. It was entered in the summer contest but since they had no other collaboration entries it was put into the current contest where it didn't score as high as the other entries. View the first version here and the remake below.
Here are thescoring guidelines that the judges use for the videos. Try going back to each category (Teacher, Student, Collaboration) and score the movies so you can guess who might win. There are "bonus points" for turning the movie in early and following the directions when the movie is turned in, so your score may be a few points off because of this unknown factors.
Using the DoInk Animation app to digitally rotate the lego designs not only extends the lesson digitally, it serves as an assessment to determine if the designs are rotationally symmetrical.
Students can add their own photo over the rotating design using a size change to indicate falling. The 2nd tutorial below shows the steps for creating this project. It would also help you just rotate the masked lego design (like above) if you skip adding the figure.
View my interview with Corey Engstrom of Teacher Tech Trials about this project below.
Our Rotational Symmetry Lego Wall
-made completely by second graders using our collaborative method of taking a turn
Made physically & assessed digitally
After students made their lego plates, they used a digital image of it to do a test for rotational symmetry. They masked it into a circle using the Superimpose app then put it in the Do Ink animation app to make it rotate. See the video below to view the process and their results.
This is the movie made from students' digital animations of their lego plates.
I set out a set of supplies for each table to create these snowmen in a progression.
Class Movie with all the finished animations:
Resources: Behind the scenes of plasticine rhythm
Other ideas for progression animations:
Fourth graders are working on a piece of art inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom called Room at Arles. They are learning to draw in perspective with a vanishing point, about Van Gogh's work, and thinking about how to customize their drawing to make it more like their bedroom in Arlington Heights (or Mt. Prospect).
Drawing a Bedroom in Perspective:
Below are a series of slides from our lesson that lead the students through the steps of creating the basic parts of their bedroom inspired by the Van Gogh painting.
View their gallery of finished paintings on Artsonia at this link.
Entering the Artwork:
Since I happen to own a chair like the one found in Vincent Van Gogh's painting, students made their rooms without a chair so that they could sit on it when they digitally entered their artwork. Below is a quick diagram of the plan for layering a digital video over a digital image using the Green Screen app by DoInk.
See the art gallery on Artsonia here.
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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