Our Donor's Choose grant for an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil has published just in time for Giving Tuesday. This project will expose students to a more advanced digital drawing experience while teaching rotoscope animation like the examples below:
Donor's Choose Grant:
Each clay pendant began with a long length of cord from the top hole. We added beads with large openings to the string on what we called "top beads".
The "down beads" had small holes so we strung them using wire.
Finished Student Pendants:
View each of the fourth grade pendant on the Artsonia exhibit here.
Compare-a-Twist allows the teacher to set up a compare and/or contrast review game on any topic. Students drag the text or image to the correct side of the screen. Animations give immediate feedback to learners. Teachers can save their games and share them via google docs. Ideas: Sort primary/secondary colors Sort warm/cool colors. Sort images by genre.
Make a Monster App
Create a Monster App
Ideas: as students are individually sketching ideas for an upcoming art design, pass the ipad around the room and have each contribute to a class design. Watch it build on the screen through the projector.
Art Puzzles: Sliding Slices
Find an art puzzle that relates to the art subject or artist that your art project is based on. Let each student make one move until it's solved. Keep track of how many moves it takes to solve and see if they can beat other classes' scores.
You can make your own quizzes in Educreations or use a pre-made interactive quiz from the art section of BrainPop App.
Idea: pass the ipad from one group to the next giving them the first chance at getting the correct answer.
Find an ebook that ties in nicely with what you're learning in art class. We made monsters from shapes . When finished I had student's take turns turning the page in There is a Monster at the End of this Book
starring Groover. We used a Finding Nemo interactive puzzle book to accompany our monochromatic fish lesson too.
Don't forget that an ipad is a video camera and still camera too.
Photograph and upload art with the
Use Evernote to collect images
Use Dropbox app to collect images
Let your ipad roam!
Mirror your ipad through your projector wirelessly with
Reflector 2 App
Or use Quicktime (see this post)
Then pass the ipad around the room.
No wifi? You can create a closed network and still mirror your ipad with a laptop hooked up to a projector.
View the finished movie, Allow us to Illustrate here or below.
We won & raised over $10,ooo in resources for Dryden's Art Program this school year alone!
I began the 2013-14 school year with 2:1 access to iPads for my art students (see this post which explains how this happened) and ended with enough for 1:1. I NEVER dreamed it would really happen so quickly. By April 2014 all my students had iPads loaded with our favorite art apps so that we could animate, digitally paint, and easily curate our online art portfolios. So many doors are open now for my students for exploration, innovation, and art creation because of our many supporters, donors, and voters that actively promoted our fundraisers, voted for our contest entries, and donated generously to our crowdfunding campaigns.
We have a long tradition of entering contests for art, videos, and classroom projects to win resources for the art program and give students a chance for authentic audiences for their work. This year was no exception:
When my student teacher was in full takeover last fall, I decided to use my time to write as many grants as I could for more resources for the art program. I wrote way more than I received but we are so happy for these:
I began aggressively seeking donations by leveraging crowdfunding sites. I did lots of begging & promoting while many kind people donated to help us get the rest of our iPads.
1. When I imported my photo into the Photobricks app I needed to know the size plates I have available (10"x 10") and how many bricks that is (32 x 32 bricks). I planned for an image that would be two plates by three plates (6 total plates) so my image had to be set for 64 x 96 bricks. This app makes a 1 brick to 1 brick photo to work from.
2. I needed to inventory the colors we had left and try to limit the color palette to just those choices. This took tons of trial and error to find a combination that still produced an image that resembled the original.
3. I uploaded the photo to blockposters.com. I chose a format that would be two sheets wide. This meant that one sheet would print the same width as my plate (32 bricks). I trimmed each piece to 32 bricks in length as well. I stapled the trimmed sheets to a piece of cardboard and labeled it so students could understand which tile in the overall design they were working on.
4. Now I set up one tile per table with trays of the color bricks each piece needs. This goes pretty quickly when each student takes a corner of the plate, counts, and places each piece. No estimating allowed. Students must be precise to make the mural work.
HINT: This can go fast if everyone helps. If they start guessing instead of counting, this will take ---forever---because they will have to redo and fix their mistakes.
See my previous post for video, resources, my Lego Wall Grant, the School Arts Article, and more images for our Black History Lego Wall. Click here to see our Rotational Symmetry Lego Wall Challenge from 2013.
Collaboration by 4-2
Collaboration by 4-1
Collaboration by 4-4
Collaboration by 4-3
Last fall I wrote an ABC/25 Foundation grant through my district for the supplies for Green Screen Stop-Motion Animation Stations. My ideas for what to purchase evolved a bit with more research to include green display board from BLICK and iPad stands from Anker. We will have two stages of production.
This movie-making experience is an extension project for the 4th graders. They made action figure paintings (download lesson plan from TpT here) which showed movement. Now they will layer this animation over their art to demonstrate this concept digitally. The stages of production are below:
The idea to assign roles with buttons came from Nic Hahn's post here. I thought it would save time to use role descriptions on the buttons so with some production tips. This way there would be less of me talking about roles and and more time for students to create within them. I purchased a fiskar circle cutter and plastic button kits to make these. Here is the PDF I made for the buttons.
I wrote up this lesson plan with all the resources, apps, equipment, and steps needed to complete a stop motion animation using green screen layered over original student art. Make sure that you view the sample video to see how cool this project can be.
Download the green screen stop motion lesson from TpT here.
You can also download the figure drawing painting ppt lesson from TpT here.
UPDATE: View the post with finished student videos here.
Thanks to our ABC/25 grant and supplemental funding from Edbacker.com we have a reusable collaborative lego wall. Last year's rotational symmetry challenge was so engaging and fun that we wrote it up for School Arts Magazine. See it here.
This year's challenge will be both fun and informative. Students will be recreating the faces of four important figures from our history while learning more about the important role African Americans have played in shaping the arts, civics, sports, and politics for everyone in the United States. We hope to use this PBSkids interactive game to match faces to events. See how you do at this game.
Unfortunately, it requires Flash and doesn't work on mobile devices.
I used an app called PhotoBricks to create a custom LEGO mosaic that matches the size, number of plates, and color schemes we have available in the art room. Then, I uploaded the images I made to Blockposters.com so I can print them out as guides (see example).
BrainPop: Underground Railroad (requires password)
BrainPop: Martin Luther King Jr. (free)
BrainPop: Jackie Robinson (requires password)
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (video by ArtGirlJan)
BrainPop: Fredrick Douglass (requires password)
BrainPop: Black History Spotlight (many choices-need password)
PBS video about LEGO ART (free-5:45 minutes)
Download the MLKjr Lego Mural Lesson
See us at work here:
Update May 12th: Added Oprah!
I wrote and received an Illinois Computer Educator professional development grant to attend MACUL, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Conference, in Grand Rapids, MI. I put in a proposal to present with my friend Janine Campbell, middle school art teacher from Byron Center, MI, and we were accepted! It was an honor to have our presentation accepted at a conference of over 3,500 attendees. We presented on student created movies to teach curriculum. I met some of my Twitter PLN face to face including @karlyb @jesscrandell @thenerdyteacher @rushtonh @gcouros There were many more I follow that I didn't get to connect with (or only briefly) and many more I hope to connect with from now on. On Friday's opening session, I tried visual note taking and shared my drawing on Twitter. It was retweeted a bunch of times. It's funny how twitter can make you feel like you're connected even when the crowd is huge and you know so few people. Below is my #viznote drawn in the Brushes App.
But wait, there's more. I saw this keynote at ICE two weeks ago & wrote this reflection.
Janine and I have been making movies with our students for years. She shared her perspective and strategies as a middle school teacher and I shared mine as an elementary school teacher. If you want to learn more, we have our presentations online:
View Janine's here ---View Tricia's here
or attend our presentation at the NAEA conference in San Diego to learn from us in person. One thing George Couros suggested in his Teachers on Twitter session is that you should make a Storify of your tweets of the feedback you receive on your presentation. Janine and I encouraged our crowd to tweet something they learned from our session and awarded an @iPevo product to the first person to tweet out first on our behalf. Congrats again to Jessica for winning the iPevo wireless keyboard and case!
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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