I experimented with one group of 4th graders today to try out my green screen stop motion animation monster idea. Now that we have 6 iPad document stands in the art room (thanks to a grant from ABC/25 foundation) we can easily set up animation stations under them. We tried using simple green construction paper and movable monster figurines under the document stand using the iMotion HD app. We moved the figure, took a picture and repeated. After 20 photos students saved a finished 2 second animation at 10 frames per second. We made a ditty (see my ditty post here) and watched the creatures dance over the music video using the green screen app by doInk.
Parents and students are going to give this lesson a try on the evening of May 19th. I modified the lesson so that it's a bit more streamlined now that Ditty allows you to import your own video. we no longer have to have a green screen step to overlay the ditty music/text to our animation. Here are the directions: download this pdf
Five young animators met with me on Friday after school for one hour to learn to fly. Second grader, Max, won the iPad animation party prize offered through the Dryden Fundraising Raffle before spring break. He and 4 friends learned how to turn themselves into superheroes that fly across the sky using 3 different apps on our art room iPads.
Animate over a photo of clouds in DoInk Animation App.
View the whole group's animation video below.
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.
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!
One of the ways the art room can connect very readily to science, engineering, and technology is by creating Rube Goldberg inspired animations. His chain reaction inventions creatively demonstrate the transfer of energy. Students can explore this concept in many ways. View the OK Go music video (below) that features a HUGE Rube Goldberg-ish Machine. It took around 60 takes to get it right and it's AMAZING!
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.
Here is a Fugleflick collaborative idiom movie made during summer school. Their illustrations are AMAZING. They use voice over to reveal the meaning of their work.
I'm not sure if my coffee images are technically idioms. They may be more of a literal translation of speech.
UPDATE: I just received an email this morning congratulating us for being in the top 20 of this nationwide contest for BIG prizes. Your help with voting this past month put us in the finalist round! Thank you.
Judges will review the top 2o entries and determine in January who will win prizes valued up to $15,000 for their schools. Stay tuned :)
I made a video of one of our most innovative class projects and entered it into the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom Contest. We are hoping to win prizes for our school and you can help by voting daily from now until November 30th. The top 20 videos will then be judged by a panel to determine who wins prizes valued up to $15K. Here is more info from my original post of our Green Screen Stop Motion Station animation project where students demonstrated movement over their art. This project was funded by a grant received through ABC/25 foundation.
To sign up for a simple text or email notification daily with a link to the voting page please join my REMIND group here:
Update: Unfortunately we did not win. Thank you for all your votes of support!
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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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