My app smash journey:
Grab my resources and get started:
OR better yet download the prepared green screen file while on your iPad and open it in the GS app by Do Ink. It's all ready for you to add the subject on the middle layer.
This snow globe effect is a fun way to teach transparency, animation, and layering with green screen. Students can add a still image, animation, pre-recorded or live video to their globe. I was inspired by the Green Screen Maker Space Book by Todd Burleson (lesson 6). I downloaded the image suggested and began trying to figure out a way to turn the project into a video with a layer of snow. I go through all the steps in this app smash in the tutorial below or here.
My app smash journey:
Grab my resources and get started:
Download my video below and import it into the top layer of the Green Screen App by Do Ink. Use the mask tool to make the center of the globe semi-transparent (see step 6 above). Then download my white image here. Import this into the bottom layer. Now you're ready to add a still, animation, or live video to the center layer.
Creativity Prompts: (to make this a lesson)
See this post from Terri Eichholz prompting students to consider what it would be like if you lived inside a snowglobe (as seen in the short film, Bumbleville.) See this post too.
Last year I was asked to contribute project ideas to the Green Screen Maker Space book by Todd Burleson. The book features 24 step-by-step green screen projects to create in the classroom with students.
I just received my copy and discovered what made the cut:
#1. My superhero project (modified)
#24. Shadow Dancing project
You can buy the book on amazon here.
All my projects are on my website, so I'll share the two projects with link to resources below:
Click here to find the original post.
Click here to download the worksheet.
Click here for the tutorial using Superimpose app on the iPad
Click here to see the post with step by step instructions and resources.
Our district is embarking on a ONE BOOK ONE SCHOOL event where every student reads (or is read to) the story, A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole. Here are some ideas I thought of for connecting with the story through art, animation, and character counts.
Below is a handout I created to help students see the shapes in Celeste's form to help you draw. The original illustration by Henry Cole is a value drawing. The pencil strokes become the texture of the fur. He shows highlights and shadows by adding more or less graphite from the pencil. This technique looks more 3-D than just filling in the drawing.
Fly with Lafayette the Osprey
1. Fly using green screen video masked into a still image over a video of clouds
2. Digitally layer in a still photo into the basket and create an animation path in Do Ink.
Be as kind-hearted as an osprey
As Small as a Mouse
Henry Cole wrote and illustrated A Nest for Celeste. He was able to tell us with words and pictures about the characters, setting, and all the elements of the story. See this Fugleflick about the importance of Illustrations.
I bought the book, Go Away Big Green Monster, used on Amazon thinking it would be perfect for a construction paper collage lesson. When it arrived it was all ripped up. I couldn't really read it to my students. So, I decided to use it as an inspiration for our own version of the story that would lead perfectly into our collage lesson. I made it out of shapes in Keynote and animated it slide by slide. I let the students come up and touch the interactive whiteboard to take us to the next digital page of the story. I set it to music to add a bit more suspense. Below is a recording of what our book looks like. It's much more fun when the kids participate. So, here is the keynote file for you to give it a try. When the lesson was complete we created a word bank of colors and shapes and filled out a monster display form. This helped reinforce some of the concepts we explored.
I put the powerpoint lesson with instructions and resources built in to lead you and your students through the steps needed to create a colorful construction paper monster collage that reinforces shapes, symmetry, and color balance on TpT. The lesson is based on the book by Ed Emberley, Go Away Big Green Monster. I created an animated version of his story to introduce this lesson (see above). This project was perfect for my first graders but would probably work anywhere between pre-K and 2nd grades.
Digital Lesson Extensions:
The book uses Augmented Reality to allow readers to access the media on a mobile device with an AR app. They use one of our project to demonstrate how it works. I made a video of the process above.
FUGLEFLICKS are our Art-Related, Student-Created entertaining videos made by kids for kids to teach something about art. We've been making them for over 10 years now and our collection is growing all the time. Sometimes I show a Fugleflick alongside my lessons to introduce a concept or reinforce a skill but this week we are kicking back by the roaring fire and enjoying a Fugleflick Film Festival on our class set of iPads.
The other project that the book shares is our stop motion green screen animation project where 4th graders animated over their action figure paintings to show Movement over movement. This project also happens to be a finalist in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom contest as well.
I was also able to contribute a small example of how using google hangouts can make professional development much more accessible. Here is a recording of my online PD for art teachers via Education Closet. I walk teachers through the steps of making art on their iPads using one free app, Sketchbook Express.
Third graders worked on a Blue Dog image in the style of George Rodrigue. These dogs were painted in a monochromatic color scheme (view our monochromatic Fugleflick to learn what this means). Then the backgrounds were painted with color, line, and shape pattern balanced from left to right. View the growing gallery of images here.
When we were all finished in class we went on a dog show and viewed everyone's work through 3-D glasses to see if the pattern "popped".
What is Art?
This is a great place to start with kindergarten. Our first project this year was an exploration of the color wheel, the primary colors, and abstract art created by mixing them together. The piece they created was then titled and imagined in a large frame as they posed before green screen pretending to gaze at it...pondering, "what is art?" I made a tutorial of how to put this lesson together in keynote. View it here.
I created an interactive color wheel game and coloring sheet so students could explore color mixing before we used paint. View this resource here.
View this exhibit on Artsonia of all the kindergarten framed masterpieces here. (Come back soon if all 4 classes don't appear yet.)
One of the books I like to use to introduce kindergarteners to the variety of forms that art can be is ART IS... by Bob Raczka. I made a movie of my reading of the book with images and text to help the students see the book easily in art class. View it below or at this link.
One of our FAVORITE Fugleflicks was created by 5th graders for kindergartners to help them understand some forms of art. It is called, "I AM ART". It introduces Sculpture, Landscape, Portrait, Figure Drawing, Still Life, Graphic Design, Abstract Art, and Film.
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.
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