Fourth grade had a wonderful trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. We had a docent guided tour, lunch with a beautiful view, a chance to see Van Gogh's three Bedroom paintings on special exhibit, go on a scavenger hunt, and see President Obama's motorcade on the way back to school! Many of the teachers tweeted images and messages from the trip using the hashtag #drydenartic. I'll share them below.
The highlight of all highlights was this:
Remember those iTunes + iPod Ads?
First, I loaded a green screen video into DoInk Green Screen App. I cropped and resized it to make sure only the figure and green screen showed in the viewfinder. Here is what it looked like before I applied the chroma filters.
When you enable the Chroma filter the green disappears by default. I moved the color dial over to red (the complementary color of green) and adjusted the sensitivity level until I found the sweet spot where the figure became a silhouette.
I exported this clip as a movie to make sure this effect is retained. Here it is below.
Then, I put the video with the new effect back into the Green Screen app and applied the default chroma filter effect which removed the green but kept the black silhouette. I added an image of a color below s that I could see silhouette.
This is the clip of created from above. The next step is to make decisions about the background and the figure's placement to create your video.
I wanted to try to recreate the iPod/iTunes ad with "iWords" in white over a solid color field. So, I used Phonto to make these three images to play behind my silhouette video.
As I was playing with this dancing silhouette effect I found myself wanting to combine them with words and music. A very simple way to achieve this was by using the Ditty App (see this previous post about ditty) to make a musical video from the words I typed. The movie exports as a square. So, I used one of the video layers in the green screen app to add a color so I can scoot the Ditty to one side of the viewing stage. This allowed me to add the dancing silhouettes on the top layer. I played with the sensitivity level until they became semi-transparent so that they can overlap the words without blocking them out.
Here is the video I created over a ditty with two layers of dancing silhouettes. Both layers have some level of transparency so they can overlap the words.
I have been doing a graphic design lesson inspired by the iTunes and iPod ads since 2007. I wrote about this lesson for School Arts Magazine and created tutorials for creating these effects for using the Mac Desktop app Keynote and the iPad using Superimpose. View this post.
Also I've posted a couple lesson ideas using the Ditty app. One was about adding green screen stop motion animation over a ditty.
See that post here.
The other lesson idea included using drawn or composed animation over a musical ditty. See my post about this here.
Students used a photograph of Chicago to create a contour line drawing of the city skyline. Then they created a new layer and colored it from underneath. See the gallery of cityscapes on Artsonia here.
Flying Movies (Class Collaborations)
Last year I was out of the swing of things since I had to take time off tohelp my husband in his recovery from a serious injury. He and I both went back to school this year and with that came my desire to present at the National Art Education Conference in Chicago. Fortunately, my district supported the entire art team when we expressed our interest in this amazing professional development opportunity.
iPad Animation iDeas
The last time I did an elementary carousel I had a cozy little group around my table for each rotation. This time it was a ridiculously large group. My 50 handouts ran out after my first two rotations so I posted them below.Use this link to my ever increasing collection of digital art lessons online to find each iPad animation idea numbered below.
I hope this doesn't look like bragging, but I wanted to create a visual that shows the awards I've won in my career. If you knew my story of how I struggled all my life with painful shyness and was almost fired my first year due very much to my inability to step into the role as leader in the classroom then you too would see this image as an encouragement. I started to bloom as a teacher as soon as I took a step outside of my classroom. The sunlight of community and water of encouragement helped me grow in the soil composed of students who keep me firmly grounded.
Presentations I attended
On Friday morning I woke up at 5am to commute again into the city hoping to arrive in time to catch Janine and Cassie present on Leaving a Legacy. Their presentation was so inspiring. I was particularly touched when I saw that Janine included two slides that gave me and my students a shout out. So honored! But, I must say the whole experience was sweetened by sitting next to Cathy Hunt from Australia. I've been following her for years online and was thrilled beyond belief to finally meet her face to face.
When I first learned that I won the AET Outstanding Community Service Award I was so grateful not only for recognition, which is wonderful, but for the opportunity to thank the people in my personal learning community who have done SO much to support me during my struggles following my husband's very serious injury. My speech attempted to explain how my view of community changed dramatically from a group I threw ideas into to a place that wrapped me in kindness then I was incapable of giving. Then kindly held my hand while I worked on getting back into the world again. I've learned so much about love and selflessness while on the receiving end from my community. I spoke specifically of the financial donations, the catered meals, the cards of encouragement that plastered the hospital walls, the continuous comments via Facebook of prayers for recovery, and the many hands that reached out to lighten my load with sub plans, attempts at including me in things without adding stress, and not giving up on me though I was out of the teaching world for an entire year. It was so wonderful to see so many of the friends who played such an important role in sustaining me through my hardships. How humbling that they chose to honor me when really THEY (you!) are the ones that should be honored, emulated, and applauded. My personal learning network taught me what true community means.
I wrote up my ideas for how to interact digitally with the Crown Fountain in Chicago. The article was published in School Arts Magazine, April 2016. Click here to read it online. I have many different ideas for how to interact from a simple photobooth technique to using the green screen animation app. Explore all my resources here.
(In January a group of 16 fifth graders volunteered their lunch recesses to work on a Fugleflick movie that would teach viewers how to show movement in art. The process included recording an original song, drawing out a storyboard of every scene, dreaming up video effects to help tell their story, all kinds of animation, and lots of layered green screen effects. View this post to see how they did some of their amazing special effects. The group used teamwork to accomplish this movie each finding a way to contribute from prop directors to wrinkle fixers to behind the scenes photographer to audio manager to dropbox uploader to camera person to choreographer. This two minute movie took nearly two months to complete but, perhaps making produced memories and lessons that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the fuglefick! (password:dolphin)
Ditty is an app introduced to me via @DrydenTech and @msquick4 as a way to make a musical video from any text you type. When I started playing with it I began seeing lots of fun uses for making Musical Memes combined with animation. Above (left) is an example of a green screen stop motion animation using iMotionHD, an iPad document camera, and green construction paper. On the right is a musical ditty of the phrase "monsters love to dance." I combined the videos in the Green Screen app by DoInk and along with some more stop motion clips to make the Musical Meme below. See this post: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/green-screen-stop-motion-monsters
I used two drawings and animated them in the composition mode of the DoInk Animation app over a green background. Then, I layered the video over a ditty created from my slogan, "Life is too short for long faces" using the Green Screen app by DoInk.
This musical meme was created with a drawn animation of a pigeon using the doInk animation app. I was able to export the animation after I used composition mode to the shared folder. When I opened the green screen app I could import the animation with a transparent background using the shared folder feature. The two apps play nicely together to save time and keep you for having to do extra steps while layering your work.
The musical meme below is a quote illustrated with a rotoscope of people scratching each other's back. I made this rotoscope once, duplicated it, changed the color, and repeated until I had a long chain of people helping people. The rotoscope was overlapping the ditty's words so I extended the animation in the green screen app with a layer of plain white. This animation also used the shared folder between the two apps.
Since Dryden's art room began the year with a class set of iPads (find out how here) loaded with awesome creation apps (likeDoInk Animation App, Green Screen App by DoInk, and Superimpose), I decided to offer an animation workshop to students who wanted to learn how to create a film entry for the PTA Reflections contest. The contest theme this year is "Let your imagination fly" which lends itself perfectly to animation.
The workshop filled up with 4th graders almost immediately. Most of the students were uncertain what they wanted to create, so they learned techniques. Here are some animations they created:
One student, Katie, came to the animation workshop with a very clear idea of what she wanted to create. She had already written an original song and wanted to make an animated video to accompany it. So she worked with me a few more days to create an acapella audio recording in Garageband (with her own backup vocals) and a series of animated scenes to tell her story. She explored a bunch of animation tricks using still images, layered animation, and mixing live video with animation using green screen effects. View her little masterpiece here or below.
Her piece was selected by the NW Cook region PTA to advance to STATE! Congratulations!
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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