I had the privilege of leading an iPad workshop with art teachers, technology specialists, and administrators using the lessons I've developed for my students at Dryden. I love knowing that the things we are doing in our art room can influence and maybe inspire other young artists and their teachers. I taught from my growing collection of 222+ STEAM art lessons found here. You download my presentation. When you see numbers next to a lesson it refers back to the number in my STEAM art lessons collection where you will find resources, student examples, tutorials, and/or handouts.
I animated with Kindergarteners for the very first time and recorded each student before green screen to tell the audience how to be kind.
Here is how:
We are kicking off our Character Counts Week at Dryden with a new LEGO MURAL idea focused on the six pillars of character. Students will be collaboratively building 6 murals that each state and represent responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Citizenship, and Respect.
Students will be listening to a story that highlights each pillar of character as they work. Thanks to Melissa Techman for finding these six animated tumblebooks.
This character counts song was written and performed by Dryden Students in art class years ago. It will be our background music as we work.
MY LEGO MURAL RESOURCES:
Use the "You Matter" manifesto from Angela Maiers to spark a conversation with students about the difference they can make in the world now and/or in the future.
Or celebrate International Dot Day by asking students how they will make their mark one day. Turn the table on tabloids by celebrating good character and good choices in life.
What can you do to make a difference?
I put together a folder of Newsweek cover images that inspire students to think about the positive impact they could have on the world. In this collection you will find:
doctors, scientists, astronauts, athletes, writers, storytellers, political leaders, business leaders, and people who are simply smart, brave, giving and/or heroic in whatever they do.
Click here to view the folder.
Put yourself on Newsweek with an iPad
Steps to create:
Click to download this worksheet to brainstorm article titles that explain how you can make a difference in this world.
Once the ideas are ready, download the template and import it into a layer in Sketchbook Express (free) on the iPad.
Take a photo of yourself with the camera app and layer behind the template.
Save this image and import into Pic Collage App (free) to add the text and export/save your work.
Extension: Write the article you referenced on the cover.
Take a photo with a solid background so that the text is less cluttered
Offset the image to make room for text
Make the background transparent so you can overlap the Newsweek logo (see below)
-add the image so that it overlaps the logo
-duplicate the image
-move one image layer above the template and one below
-erase the bottom edge of the image to make it fit the frame. You don't have to be neat because over erasing will only reveal the duplicate image below
If you can't erase the background ahead of time, try to carefully erase it with the eraser tool in the app. Hit "undo" (back arrow) if you over-erase.
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This lesson would be a great technology extension project for art students' self-portrait paintings.
See my students' gallery on artsonia.
I have this 3/4 pose self-portrait powerpoint lesson available for download from TpT here.
Also, if you want to try this lesson on laptops using Keynote or Powerpoint, download the lesson from TpT here.
Thank you to Terri Eichholz for expanding on this lesson idea in your blog post Visualizing Making a Difference. It was so exciting to have an interplay of thought via this medium where ideas can flow and grow. I loved the video by Mark Bezos and want to share it here too so I can remember to play it for my students. Thank you!
The Man of Steel film is full of life lessons in the battle between good and evil, choices, and hope for a better world. One thing that struck me as an art teacher was that the symbol that appears on "Superman's" outfit is not really an "S" as we mere humans would assume, but rather the Kryptonian symbol for hope. This made me ponder an art lesson that asks students, "What superhero powers do you have to make the world a better place and what would your symbol be?". See brainstorm handout below.
Today I was asked how we made our Superhero Silhouettes. I thought I would try to explain with a screencast video (below). We first did a kinesthetic activity where we all became the superheroes found in this Superhero ABC book using body language to warm up for our photo. We tried to imagine ourselves as a superhero of good character defend the pillars of character and picked a pose that matched our powers. Here is their worksheet that helped them brainstorm. View the rest of the artwork on our Artsonia gallery here.
Second Graders are transforming themselves into Superheroes to defend the pillars of character in this back lit silhouette graphic. They had to use body language to communicate their super powers as they work to make our world a better place. See their images here.
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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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