I wrote up an article describing our Spect-ART-acles game that we play in 4th grade to prepare for out trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. It is in the May 2018 School Arts Magazine Issue. View it online here.
Here are the images they used of our students wearing their image on their glasses similar to the game Headbanz.
I wrote up the whole 45 minute lesson as a post with all the resources I use to play the game with my students HERE.
I was interviewed for an article, Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators,
by Lisa Dawley, PhD for Edsurge.com. I think it's a wonderful honor to be considered an educational innovator but also a bit confusing for me. When you see who I am grouped with in the article, you'll find educators who have unique educational brands that shape their career paths.
I'm in the same job I've had since I graduated from college. I did all my growing, exploring, and "innovating" in my art room. My career path is the one I've worn through the tiles of my classroom floor.
I think what I offer teachers is the same thing I offer my students, tech-infused art lessons that make learning (Fugle) fun.
The more I shared via blogs, Twitter, or on Artsonia, the more I realized that other teachers wanted to use our movies, lessons, and resources for their classrooms. Knowing that their work could potentially be seen by others beyond our school community raised the bar for my students in motivation and execution. This has energized me personally and my students. It's not a one-way street.
View the line up from the Screen Test Jr here: http://www.ci.schaumburg.il.us/PCA/youth/Pages/ScreenTestJr2016_Lineup.aspx
View our movie entry below. It is password protected until after the fest. PW: dolphin
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.
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.
"New technologies are transforming how artists make and market their work, but they aren't changing its content. These new tools are being used to deal with age-old human emotions, questions and dilemmas. Digital art really isn't all that different from its analog versions, since it's still about telling stories and examining what it means to be human."
My contribution to this article from Tech News World is on the topic of teaching a new generation.
Read the story here or browse my excerpt below:
"I use technology in art instruction and art production with all my k-5 population," said art instructor Tricia Fuglestad, who incorporates a variety of digital technologies into her lesson plans at Dryden Elementary School."We explore art concepts digitally through interactive lessons on the interactive board, and we use our green screen and video-editing tools to make Fugleflicks, [which are] student-created, art-related movies," she told TechNewsWorld.
Video-editing and sharing technologies have become central to art education for Fuglestad, and she says they give her students new and unique ways of expressing themselves and communicating.
"Because of my access to technology, I can open up new opportunities for my students to extend and enhance their learning," said Fuglestad. "I've been able to connect my students to authentic audiences [and] give them art-making opportunities like animation moviemaking and graphic design that would otherwise be inaccessible."
I shared three main ideas: Teaching digitally, Creating Movies, and transforming learning with new technologies such as the iPad. Here are some posts that will help you explore what I am referring to in more depth.
Here is a two minute peek at what we do in our art room at Dryden.
Warning: You may catch the Fuglevision (it's very contagious and there is no cure)
I have THRILLING news for many Dryden Students today! I was interviewed by Alyson Stamos of Natural Child World Magazine about Dryden's Art Program towards the end of the school year thanks to the recommendation of Jack Tovey, art instructor/digital media specialist and Amanda Armstrong, Program Coordinator for Erikson Institute's TEC Center.
The article talks about how our students use digital media and devices to create art, shows six of my second grader's digital abstract cats in the style of Laurel Birch, and four of our fourth grader's Wish for the World images.
(More ideas on my Creating on iPads page)
Collaborative effort from students, community helps make the school's video submission a winner, teacher says. Read the online article here.
Dryden School Art Teacher, 5th Graders Win $5K Grant with McGraw-Hill STEMIE (click title to read the story)
Dryden art teacher Tricia Fuglestad and her class from Arlington Heights Dryden Elementary School recently won a prestigious STEMIE award from McGraw-Hill Education for innovation in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The collaborative work by 100 fifth graders took second place and brings a grant award of $5,000 to Dryden Elementary School, 722 South Dryden Place in Arlington Heights. The combined technology and art project required 335 drawn images by 100 fifth graders on a class using Apple iPads with styluses and team work. The rotoscope animation collaboration was a unique experiment in creativity and cooperation, and learning to envision the big picture compared to the student’s individual piece of the puzzle.
Dryden STEM project finishes 2nd in national contestStudents and staff at Dryden Elementary in Arlington Heights are celebrating a national recognition and the $5,000 prize that came with it last week. Read this article from the Daily Herald.
Way back when I was first playing with iMovie to make videos for my students I had to go through a very complicated process to do special effects. Be Kind to Your Erasers was filmed as two layers: one for the the finger and one for the lips. I used a third-party plug-in to create a picture in picture FX and did my best to layer the lips on to the fingers. It was inaccurately placed at times if the finger moved too much and the coloring didn't blend well. But, the results worked for me. I was only trying to convince my students to be kind to their erasers.
I remember destroying a Barbie Doll for the hair, painting a finger themed school room background, and using a twist tie for glasses. I was having a blast, giggling and playing like a 10 year old while putting the story together. I think I spent only a day or two of my summer vacation working on this video, but learned enough about editing imovie, script writing, and organizing a video to start doing this with my students the following school year. This is my favorite way to learn technology; by playing.
Now that I've acquired an iPad, I'm finding that there are apps that can be used for awesome video FX that would make recreating this movie much easier.
Funny Movie Maker- layers video over images (the lips effect). example
Paper Camera- makes rotoscoped looking videos. example
Doink-makes animated movies a piece of cake (like Flash but easier interface). example
Brushes- makes video from every stroke and choice made in creating art. example
FaceJack- does what Blabberize does for making an image talk. example
Puppet Pals or Explain Everything-make animated videos w/audio example
What else can we add to this list? Please chime in!
By the way, Be Kind to Your Erasers has a Cafe Press store where you can get the gear. The products feature my favorite line from the movie,
"Oh no! Not the hair!"
Trivia: Did you know this movie was made after I rented the video Thumbtanic.
Trivia: Did you know that I was once recognized at the NAEA conference after I said the word "eraser".
Learn more about Fugleflicks from this
Daily Edventures interview.
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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