I feel a little bit silly for not realizing this earlier, but the DoInk Animation App is a perfect tool for creating rotoscope animations on your own. You can bring in video clips into the drawing, create a layer over the drawing, set how many frames per second, and start drawing over the frames until you created an amazing animation. This is WAY easier than the collaborative animations I wrote about in previous posts (here and here) however it requires about 10 drawing per second which means students will have to exercise patience. Or, you can still make it a collaboration by passing the iPad around the room and letting each student take a break from their other art making experiences to contribute a drawing to the group rotoscope.
Take a quick look through my tutorial below to help you get started on rotoscoping.
Okay, if that wasn't cool enough, how about combining the original video footage with the drawn rotoscope using the green screen app. Hint: original video needs to be in front of a green screen or solid color not in the figure. DoInk animation app is integrated into the Green Screen App so you can save your rotoscope in the DoInk data format in the animation app (I use the shared folder choice) and pull it in to a layer on the GS app.
Anagrams take the letters of a word or phrase and rearrange them into new words. I wanted to play with this idea digitally. I started with an anagram I learned long ago made from the word LISTEN. It can become SILENT. Since I'm a visual and concrete thinker (much like my students), I wanted to SEE the way the letters rearrange. So I used DoInk Animation App to drop in the letters of LISTEN, set a keyframe, and scoot them into the word SILENT. It was pretty simple once I figured out how to harness the power of a keyframe. I imagined playing this as a gif on my projected screen at school for my students when I want them to focus. It's kinda hypnotizing. So I uploaded the .mov file from DoInk to ezgif.com. The gif runs as a continuous loop while playing in a browser.
Then I started thinking of how I could have students make anagrams. Not every attempt, I found, results in something as clever as the example above. However the process of troubleshooting, rearranging letters to form new words, considering the meaning, and trying to figure out what to do with the left over letters was a wonderful exercise in creative problem-solving. Here are a few I created as examples for my students:
Here is a tutorial to help you and your students get started:
This lesson was definitely rewarding for my students though it did require doing the same drawing twice as they spun the paper and repeated their ideas. They painted with tempera paints and metallics then outlined in black and metallic markers. When they were finished I photographed and printed their paintings small enough to look like a real playing card. Though the lesson teaches symmetry, it is really a test of observational drawing skills. These 5th graders really wowed me with their skill & attention to detail.
I printed out symbols for students to apply to their cards after the art was painted, trimmed, and glued to a piece of tag board.
I put the whole lesson with resources and print outs together in one ppt that you can download from TpT here.
The DoInk animation app allows for many many different techniques that can reinforce rotational symmetry. Here is an idea for creating an animated rotationally symmetrical playing card. The animation is created over (blank) photo downloaded from photofunia.
Long ago I came up with a project called iExpress where students pose in a way that expresses themselves, create a silhouette, and add an iWord much like the old iPod/iTunes ads. This project can be reproduced in many different ways on the mac using Photoshop or Keynote or on the iPad using superimpose and Sketchbook Express. I have all three ways explained in this post.
I revised the project today to add a new twist. Instead of the final product being only static images, the lesson can be extended using the animation tools in Keynote.
Students could be challenged to create a pose that lends itself to a movement and then animate that movement using the options for actions, effects, or animations within the app. This can be done on both the Mac and iPad.
Click here to download my keynote to explore my transitions and animation choices
Explore this other keynote animation project too (includes tutorial): http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/flying-fifth-graders1
The Green Screen App by DoInk is very versatile. I love to think of new ways to use it besides overlaying video captured before green screen. If you create PNGs (images with transparent or empty sections) you can put live video, pre-recorded video, or animations behind the PNG. There are SO many possibilities for creating interactive art and images this way. The Crown Fountain is a perfect subject for creating an interactive image since it was designed to be an interactive public sculpture/fountain in Chicago. They feature video of close up and cropped faces. Below you can see how easy it is to layer the PNG I created on the top line of the app and use the camera pointed towards yourself to record your face. The app captures audio as well. What would you say to all those that pass by if you were on the crown fountain?
HINT: I made the template by masking out the fountain in Superimpose App and saved using "mask as PNG". Then I moved the PNG to Keynote where I added a photo of a brick wall with a black and white filter behind the opening. Then I set the transparency of the bricks to 30% so it would be see-through enough to give a similar effect as found in the original photo. Then I grouped the images, copied to the clipboard, and imported it back into superimpose app using "clipboard" import where I could save it all again now with the brick overlay with "mask as PNG." (crazy? I know!) But, you don't have to bother. You can download my template here.
I started thinking about students interacting with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The book encourages you reflect on giving, receiving, and making others happy. The challenge would be to have students use their acting and storytelling skills to pose for a photo as if they were interacting with the tree in place of the little boy. Then they would use a drawing app on the iPad with layers (like sketchbookX) to draw over their photo while matching the limited color palette from the book cover for their image (red, dark green, white, black Tip: use the eye dropper tool to grab exact colors from he book cover), resize and place their drawing in a convincing way. Then, re-write the story while reflecting on good character.
Lesson Extension: Animated Book Cover
Since SketchbookX allows you to keep the drawing on a layer over the book cover, you can save it separate from the design, run it through the superimpose app to give it a transparent background, and use it along with my isolated apple (above) and the empty book design template (above) to create an animation in the DoInk Animation app. If that doesn't make any sense, try watching the tutorial for the animated bobblehead project. It has many of the same steps.
View this post with an art making lesson idea, music, and video of students creating. Below is the video of the book I made long ago. It looks different from the original book because I scanned and I colored every page.
This cover design was photoshlopped. See the original cover here. Learn how I use superimpose app to do some simple photoshlopping here.
View my Bobblehead tutorial using:
These little wire Doodle creatures arrived via FED EX yesterday with a note for me to create a movie by next week. I had asked for this film contest challenge after I learned about it via a tweet from Janine Campbell, art teacher in Michigan. I thought it would be a great time to try using the MyCreate app (a stop-motion animation app) I received from winning the NextVista.org contest last week.
I enjoyed using the MyCreate app for the ability to quickly duplicate a photo in my sequence which significantly reduce my labor, to delete my blurry pictures as I went, and grab-drag to reorder the photos in the timeline as needed. All of these features are missing from the free app we used for stop motion in my classroom this year (iMotion HD). So now, I see the benefits of this paid app.
I did some app smashing for the part of the video where Doodles drew a doodle. It was drawn using Procreate app and exported as a video showing every stroke of the drawing to my camera roll (oh, did I forget to mention this was all made on an iPad?). Then I took a still picture of Doodles holding the pencil and masked out the background in Superimpose app and saved it as a masked PNG. This was then brought into DoInk Animation app over a solid green field of color. I created an animation path as if Doodle was moving the pencil to draw. It was random because I could't view the actual drawing at the time. Then I exported this as a video and brought it into the Green Screen app by DoInk. I layered the pencil animation over the drawing video. The green was eliminated in the app and created the final look of drawing the doodle with a pencil. The whole video was put into iMovie so I could trim reorder the clips and add audio. If you are wondering about my odd voiceover I should admit I looked for inspiration from Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. (Don't know it? It's a Must!)
My fourth graders learned about stop-motion animation this past Spring. To introduce and play with some of the concepts and illusions you can create with this animation technique, I had them animate themselves during class time. We compiled the classes videos into one short mixup and submitted it to the NextVista.org student video contest called Super Thoughts. Our video was chosen as a finalist in this international contest and today we learned that it was selected as a winner! http://www.nextvista.org/tag/contestwinner+thoughts/
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07