My second graders made a very realistic portrait of George Washington earlier this school year. As a follow up on that project, they explored abstract portraits inspired by Pablo Picasso. They built them from scraps of cardboard, foam core, flat wood pieces, and puzzle pieces. Download the lesson on tpt to lead student through all the steps.
Fifth Grade Fugleflick Filmmakers spent 2 months creating a story to an original song to encourage everyone to shift their thinking from can't to can. Change that little voice in your head from fixed thinking to a growth mindset and TRY YOUR BEST!
Special FXs Explained:
This movie is full of special effects made with drawn animation and/or green screen. Students used relative size to become the small voice in your head saying positive things to encourage you to TRY YOUR BEST. Here are some of the FX students used.
This little sprite popped onto the TV screen to encourage a student making art. He first had to be layered onto a screenshot of an iPad. Then the artist had to be filmed looking at a TV with the color green on it's screen. The two were layered in the GS app by Do Ink.
Some of the effects students used in this movie have been done before in previous Fugleflicks or projects. The thought bubble trick is explained in this post.
This effect is a straight forward use of relative size to make the sprites look very small. See this post about relative size for a tutorial and more ideas for using this trick.
I'm so excited to see the silhouette special FX in this Fugleflick. This idea has its own post explaining how we found this trick on accident and some of the amazing ideas you can use it for.
For one scene, a student is drawing and gets frustrated. She slams down her marker and gives up. As the art heads to the garbage can, the portrait on it speaks out to its artist begging for her to not give up. This special FX was create after a series of steps as show in the video. The animation was created through rotoscope. See this post to learn more.
This effect where a student spins into a painting with a quick size change was so amazing that it received it's own blog post here.
To make these little sprites fly, we had them pose in the last moment of their video. Then we used a still image of the last frame of the video and made them fly using the keynote app. To enhance the magic, we used a pixie title effect without words (just typed a space) to create a trail of sprite dust as they fly off the screen.
Want to learn the song?
Students wanted to tell the story of a fixed mindset changing to a growth mindset with the encouragement of positive little voices to combat the negative little voices you hear in your own head. Many students need this message so the filmmakers tried to get in their shoes (and heads) to help others Try their Best.
Since this video fits the theme "In Another's Shoes" we trimmed it down to 2 minutes so it could qualify for the first annual Global Student Voice Film Festival. To take a 3 min 40 sec song down to 2 minutes wasn't easy. The best way was to trim each chorus and remove the bridge. We were allowed another 1 minute of credits. I think it still tells the story just as well though some awesome scenes were removed in this version.
Kindergarten had a chance to do their first animation in art class today by making a glowing heart Valentine. I have a post about this animation lesson from last year here.
We used a simple flipbook animation technique in the Do Ink animation and drawing app. Here is a super quick tutorial so you can see the process. The finished animation glows through the paper that we lay over the iPad screen. This animated glow technique was developed last year when the 4th graders made their aliens glow. View that post.
Kindergarten had 30 minutes from start to finish. It's amazing that they could learn a new app, new technique, and animate for the first time in one class period.
This animation style wasn't completely new to my 5th graders since they were the ones who made the Animated Glow project last year. We took this idea to the next level and layered it over a photo of themselves, exported the movie and converted it to an animated GIF using ezgif.com
4th graders gave this technique a try. They were pretty comfortable with this lesson since they had already done a multi-frame rotoscope animation.
Finished Clay Sculptures: view on Artsonia
Digital Extension: March of the Penguins
Students are going to use stop motion animation to make it look like their penguins can waddle around. (fingers crossed!)
My Fugleflick filmmakers created this effect for their upcoming movie. It was intended to look like the artist was painting The Scream, by Edvard Munch, then becoming the subject of the painting with his own body. There were a bunch of steps to making this illusion. Let's see if we can spell them out below.
This trick doesn't have to be so tricky...
Spin into the art and Jump back out
Falling Out of a Painting
You can add the "magic" if you need to...
Watch the Fugleflick "TRY YOUR BEST"
Try Your Best is the student made movie that inspired this video effect.
4th graders are finishing up their monochromatic self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. Student studied their faces and features in mirrors, measured, and revised their work. Their sketches were so amazing that we photographed them for Artsonia too.
Below is the front page of a handout I created for the students. We used a shade (color mixed with black) to paint shadows. We used the base color (straight from the bottle) for the rest of the skin. We used a tint (color mixed with white) for the background. The hair and shirt were painted with a neutral (color mixed with black & white). We layered tints and shades on the hair with brush strokes that enhanced the direction and texture of hair. We layered a pattern with the base color on the shirt.
One of the biggest struggles for young artists is to draw their own hair and clothing in a convincing way. This side of the handout showed some examples to get them started.
All students went step by step through the drawing. We mapped out the face, measured, and studied our features in the mirror. This ppt lesson helps students problem-solve.
To help students prepare for their self-portrait before we move to the good paper, we practice drawing all the features of our face using the handout I designed below. I like to put the handout in my iPevo interactive software and use the interactive board to draw. Students can come up to the board and give it a try too.
Monochromatic uses the lyrics of this original song to explain the meaning of the word. The visuals are full of hints as to what monochromatic means as well.
Black Marker (super silly) is a favorite movie demonstrating how a black marker line can cover sloppy edges in paintings and bring back all the details into focus.
Digital Extension: Triptych
Since students were randomly given their color pallet for their portrait, this digital extension will give them a chance to see what their portrait would have looked like in a different color. They will use the brushes app on the iPad to shift the hue twice. Then they will put the original and two new versions together in Pic Collage as a triptych.
I've taught this before in the old iOS using an old app that is no longer supported. So, I reconfigured the lesson a bit. View the old post here.
Student results: go to gallery on Artsonia
5th graders will be dynamically demonstrating the concept of movement over their paintings about movement through the magic of stop motion animation and green screen. Here is the post about this lesson from when we first tried it. One big difference this time around is that we have 6 Dewey iPad stands (thanks to an ABC/25 grant) that gives us lift and stability.
Step One: Painting about Movement
Click here to view their gallery of finished art on Artsonia.
You can download this lesson (step by step ppt) from TPT here.
Step Two: Green Screen Stop Motion
I put together a guide for setting up this lesson and a step by step powerpoint for creating the figure painting here:
Download the green screen stop motion lesson from TpT here.
You can also download the figure drawing painting ppt lesson from TpT here.
Step Three: Layer image and video
Student Results: Coming soon
HINT: Here is what it looked like in 2014 when the 4th graders gave this a try.
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.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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