It just so happened that my district had the day off on the day that Plano Texas Independent School District had professional development planned on the topic of iPads. Talk about serendipity!
So, this gave me a chance to pop in to their meeting via Google Hangout and share a few thoughts on the transformational value of iPads in art education with a full room of art teachers.
Thank you to Laura Grundler and Tracy Evans for setting this up. Thanks to Matthew Grundler for the video. Thanks also to all who tweeted picts and kind messages. Have fun with those iPads!
When I was asked to write an article for the School Library Journal I was still glowing from the excitement of presenting at Kutztown University on iPad Animation. The article is entitled iPads Reimagine Art Class and focuses on the transformational uses of animation for expanding the art curriculum, teaching concepts with dynamic media, and helping students transition from physical to digital. I use three examples of animation lessons to demonstrate these points; features Ghosts, Aliens, and Godzilla. Read the article here.
Fugleflick filmmakers are currently working on a movie about movement in art. As they worked on the storyboard they decided to create a movie that had many special effects. For example they said they wanted a thought bubble to appear over video with video inside it with white in the background of the bubble. When we looked at the Green Screen app by DoInk we found it could do everything we needed to create the effect.
This animation was made by importing the video into a DoInk animation app, following the movement of their hands with lines from frame to frame, then matching up the drawn animation and the green screen video (with chroma filter applied over a white background) in the Green Screen app by DoInk. The key to making this work is that you can use a "shared folder" between the two apps so that you can maintain your transparency around your drawing as you layer your work. I'm amazed at the results and the problem-solving my 5th graders undergo as they invent these video effects.
Since our fugleflick is about showing movement on a 2D plane, the above animation was a must for our story. The 5th grade filmmakers animated a still image using the doInk animation app over an image of paper. Then drew motion lines following the movement over the video in the same app. This video was then added to a background image of paper on a table using the Green Screen App by doInk. Yes, that was a lot of steps, but figuring out how to make magic happen is part of effective storytelling.
This video effect required tons of planning and imagination. There is actually more to it in the real movie than what you see here. It began with filming the dance and capturing a still moment from the very beginning. Then, the freeze frame was drawn frame by frame and saved as a movie using the DoInk Animation app. This was all piece together in layers using the green screen app by doInk. This 10sec effect took about an hour of planning and work.
UPDATE: View the finished Movie!
I'm always looking for ways to showcase student work. Sometimes it's difficult if what we make is in a dynamic media like a video, animation, or gif. It's even more tricky if the art really needs to interacted with for best results. This made me think about illustrating idioms. When you create one of these drawings it naturally turns into a guessing game. You want people to be able to figure out your idiom as they study your artwork. I've been playing with Thinglink as a way to create a guessing game with any kind of art. Happily I learned they support gif animations. So, this app/website would happily showcase this idea. See if you can guess any of my animated or drawn examples. Mouse over the red dot to see the answers. Click here to explore my other Thinglink images.
Here is an idea for an appsmash that introduces first graders to:
Digital Lesson Extensions:
When students were finished with their monster collages I gave them the iPads. We photographed them using Percolator app and played with their fun filters. These pieces were uploaded to their online art galleries on Artsonia. I knew they were a big hit when they started showing up on student's t-shirts in art class a few weeks later. Below is another digital extension where students can build a monster completely on the iPad using the Create a Monster HD app.
Artsonia is our online digital art gallery. They host a weekly Artist of the Week Contest by selecting random artwork from all the uploaded pieces on their site for a contest. This time a Dryden student's piece was selected. If Alexis gets more votes than the others in her age group starting today (Wednesday) through Saturday she will win a gift certificate for art supplies. The art room will also win a gift certificate for art supplies as well.
There is no login needed...just a simple click of kindness and support. Thanks for taking a second to make Alexis' day.
Want to Peanutize Yourself too? Use this link.
View all the other Peanutized Dryden Students here.
Update: Alexis received 1161 votes! Normally that would be enough to win, but the winner had almost 4x's as many (wow!). So it was a really tough competition. Thank you to everyone who showed your Dolphin Spirit and supported Alexis! See results here.
File management is an important part of being an art teacher with technology. If you have students making art on the iPads you're probably wondering what to do with their final images. Here is what I do...
1. I have students use the Artsonia app (with the new classroom mode) and have them upload their artwork to their online digital art gallery.
2. I have them turn in their artwork to my dropbox via the iPad app so I can keep them for displays, contests, and art shows.
3. I use the Automator (a mac desktop/laptop app) to batch all the images I want to print into a pdf. This then allows me to send them all to the printer with one click.
I would like to encourage you to check out all the finalists and explore their sites.
This made me wonder how I could do this kind of art on the iPad.
I played until I came up with this plan:
Watch my tutorial to view these steps.
1. Create black and while line art and make it digital. Like this example.
2. Create a template in Sketchbook Express. Download mine here.
3. Use Crazy Photo Booth app to turn the line art into a negative (opposite).
4. Import the template into Superimpose app.
5. Import the black/white image, mask out the background, size and place above center.
6. Merge the foreground down so you can import the negative version of the drawing.
7. Mask the background, Size it to the original, flip it vertically, & position below center to create a reflection.
8. Save to camera roll.
Download and print this handout for students to view as they work.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
is the K-5 art teacher at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL. She is the NAEA Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2013, was honored with a Teacher of Distinction Title from the Golden Apple Foundation in 2012, named 2011 Illinois Art Teacher of the Year, and was one of 10 nation-wide to receive the 2010 PBS Teachers Innovation Awards. Learn more on the Fugleflicks wiki.
Allow Us To Illustrate
Artist Of The Week
Artist Trading Cards
Beyond The Art Room
Blah Blah Oops
Book Creator App
Bubble Gum Day
Cat In A Hat Ify
Compare A Twist
Contour Line Drawing
Crazy Photo Booth
Cultural Arts Fair
Different Is Good
Dont Crush My Dreams
Doodle 4 Google
Drawing From Experience
Eat Your Veggies
Elements Of Art
Face On Stamp
Funny Movie Maker
Getting To Know
Google Art Project
Hall Of Fame Raffle
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I Am Art
Ipads In Art
Ipads In Art
Lets Be Green
Lima Bean Monster
Long Red Fingernails
Make Your Mark
Man Of Steel
Natural Child World
One Ipad Art Room
Pigasso Met Mootisse
Pin The Feature
Principal Of Design
Read Across America
School Library Journal
Show Of Hands
Spect Art Acles
Spoof O Matic
Team Screen Test
Tech News World
The Glue Blues
The Snow Flurry Fairy
The Teaching Palette
Try Your Best
What Is Art
Year In Review
Young Sloppy Brush
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