Five young animators met with me on Monday after school for one hour to learn to fly. Second grader, Sophie, won the iPad animation party prize offered through the Dryden Fundraising Raffle before spring break. She and 4 friends learned how to turn themselves into fairies that fly across the flower garden using 3 different apps on our art room iPads.
Some iPad drawing apps like Procreate and Brushes allow you to record the drawing process as a movie. (Hint: Brushes doesn't allow you to export the file but, you can record the movie as it plays from your iPad through your computer using airserver, quicktime, or reflector apps.) This gives the artist a chance to show the creative process and enhance the viewing experience with music and/or narration for digital storytelling. The following images are scenes from my Snow Flurry Fairy story. Below each image is a process animation where you can hear a snippet of the story as you watch the drawing.
Similar idea: discuss your sketchnotes
I attended a workshop in Washington D.C. on educating students to become innovators. I made sketchnotes in the Brushes app of the ideas shared in our discussions and narrated my notes as the drawing process video plays. When they asked for feedback from the event, I sent them a link to this video.
Similar idea: time lapse video of art-making
Another way to record the drawing process is through time lapse video of a physical drawing. iMotion HD is a free iPad app that I use for time lapse and stop motion animation. These Artist Trading Cards were drawn and captured with time lapse then animated and set to music to help tell the story.
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)
What better way to get a message out than to embed it into a visually interesting image? Social networks and media sources online are full of memes from others. Why not create your own? There are some easy iPad apps loaded with tools to help you.
Now, go change the world with your messages of bacon and other compelling things (but what can beat bacon?)
Girl at the Window, Salvador Dali, 1925
I came across this painting by surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, online a couple weeks ago in this blog post. This realistic painting of Dali's sister Ana Maria looking out a window inspired this art lesson to teach shallow and deep space. I began by first erasing the view in the window so that students could digitally replace it on the iPad in Brushes or Sketchbook Express with an image that creates deep or shallow space. Download the template below. Then I thought, why don't I just erase everything and let students become the viewer as well as choosing the view. This result would lend itself to a reflective writing piece to accompany their art. Download the template below.
Much earlier in the school year 5th graders created an additive and subtractive clay masks.
One silly day, I took out all my art room props, stuffed animal, and wings and had them pose before our green screen to become the monster body that matched their clay mask. Well, I thought we could work on putting this together on iPads during their rotation, but the animation idea took our entire time. But luckily our art room now has iPads!
Here is how we layer the pieces together:
1. Choose a background (save to photos)
2. Find your monster pose (save to photos)
3. Find your mask (save to photos)
4. Open up the Brushes app.
5. Click the photo button to bring in the background layer
6. Click the photo button to bring in the pose layer, resize and reposition
7. Click the photo button to bring in the mask layer, resize and reposition
8. Save to the gallery and email it to me (subject line=your name and class)
View the finished artwork on Artsonia at this link or few a few examples below.
I've finally gained enough confidence using inkpad on the iPad to share my findings. This vector based illustration tool is still new and wonderful to me. It forces the user to think in terms of shapes instead of line. It comes with endless forgiveness and revisions that never pixelate when you enlarge. It's perfect for creating a logo that you need blown up to 30 feet or shrunk down to 30 pixels. I don't use it completely as I could, but it's nice to know there is an iPad option similar to illustrator.
Here are some of the images I've created using Inkpad so far:
I'm looking for a way to create a class photo collage project where we can add our custom pieces, share them, rotate, resize, overlay, change opacity, and erase parts.
I think MIXEL app used to do this until they changed their format. Muse app is close to what I want except for the customization.
I played with these ideas from my own sources of images in Sketchbook X (and Brushes app). It works, but there may already be an app that makes this easier. Any ideas?
Here is how I started. I imported Edward Hopper's Nighthawks into the Brushes app and color matched and texture matched until I could rub away two of the characters.
Here is my finished file.
Then I pulled in pngs from my collection on layers that I could transform.
I'm gearing up for the school year by collecting my resources and making them easily available for anyone who wants to learn some of my tips for how to create on the iPad. There are tons of apps in the app store, but I tried to limit my ideas to only a few so that we can work with what we have on our school iPads while I explore other apps and begin writing grants to get them in the future. (100 ipads=$$ for each app purchase) so I'm trying to keep it simple. Below is a screen shot of the new page I added to my website. Visit it here. There are links leading to resources, videos, tutorials, and files that you can download from your iPad and get started playing right away.
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