The Do Ink Animation app allows you to save files in their original format, export animations as movies, or create stills from the movies. If you save them in the original format you can only view them by pulling the file into the app. But this also means you can SWAP your animations from one iPad to another so you can layer effects or try this cool trick. What you're seeing below is one animation shared out with two other iPads. I change the animation path on each one and set the timing to make it look like the sprite is flying from one screen to the next.
Swap for storytelling and collaborations
I had the privilege of leading an iPad workshop with art teachers, technology specialists, and administrators using the lessons I've developed for my students at Dryden. I love knowing that the things we are doing in our art room can influence and maybe inspire other young artists and their teachers. I taught from my growing collection of 222+ STEAM art lessons found here. You download my presentation. When you see numbers next to a lesson it refers back to the number in my STEAM art lessons collection where you will find resources, student examples, tutorials, and/or handouts.
I received some very exciting news today in my inbox. It read as follows;
"Your student, Tyler, won for the Elementary School division for the Youth Art Month poster flag contest. You should be very proud of him and yourself! Your student will win $100 worth of art supplies and yourself $300 worth of art supplies from Sargent Art." ~ Youth Art Month Coordinator, IAEA
Tyler's double portrait of himself (left) and his friend Colin (right) was completed in May of 2017. This amazing portrait was finished beyond the deadlines for our district art show.
I was hoping I could find a way to exhibit it when I learned that the theme for this year's Youth Art Month flag and poster was going to be "Building Community through Art". I thought the image fit the theme and submitted a digital version to the contest.
Only 4 pieces in all of Illinois will be featured on the YAM Poster/Flag design. The Illinois Art Education Association chose Tyler's as the winner from the elementary division. There is a middle school winner, high school winner, and a grand prize winner as well. As part of Tyler's award, he will be given $100 worth of art supplies. Congratulations Tyler for such an amazing piece of art. I'm so glad others will get a chance to enjoy it too.
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.
To animate your fish PNG (erased background), open up a new composition in the Do Ink animation app. Select a background color (under the "i" button). Import the fish from the camera roll (using the camera button), resize and place it off stage. Then touch the green dot on the fish and drag out an animation path. Click play (blue triangle) to preview. Put it back in the gallery and export as a movie. Done!
First Grade Class Movies:
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
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