The more I play with the Green Screen app by Do Ink, the more I think of how to use it for layering effects. This app allows you to make silhouettes through a two step process, then layer them onto a photo (or video or live camera feed) and resize it (or spin or turn it) with endless possibilities for curricular applications.
I've shared before how I learned on accident that you can use the Green Screen app by Do Ink to make video silhouettes. I wrote about it here in my dancing silhouette post and here in my shadow dancing post. Quickly, again, I'll share the process below.
I wrote a post last year about the cool visual effects my students were inventing while making their movie about Movement. View it for details and inspiration here.
Don't have to go to Paris to see it!
I just learned by watching a news story on our local PBS station that Whistler's Mother will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago at the same time that I will be taking my 4th graders there for a field trip. This painting is iconic. I have put this in the category of "famous and important" ever since I was introduced to it as an art student in school. Since I've never been to Paris I had never had the opportunity to view it in person until now. I'm so excited about having the chance to see this piece in person finally! The only draw back is that the Art Institute loaned out the American Gothic in its place. Luckily, it will return by the start of summer but that is when Whistler's Mother will head back to France.
Fun fact: Buried beneath a layer of paint and behind our lego mural wall in Dryden's hallways is a very old replica of Whistler's Mother made by young artists long ago. Perhaps one day it will be uncovered.
Parodies of Whistler's Mother
This artwork is so iconic that it has shown up in many pop culture parodies or spoofs:
Interacting with the painting
As a fun way to introduce and familiarize my 4th grade students with the painting, I thought I would mask out the mother and allow them to become the primary subject. I used the Procreate App on the iPad to paint over her while trying to match the colors and textures of the original painting. Using this masked image, students will be able to enter the artwork with the Green Screen App by Do Ink to make a still image or video. It would be interesting to reflect on how they change the mood and story as they compare it to the original.
I spent my first day of Spring Break in West Bloomfield, Michigan working with a lovely group of teachers on iPad creation and STEAM ideas for fine arts and technology. All my lesson ideas are on this growing smore flyer. There are over 185 so far so I use a numbering system to refer to them as in my handout for the workshop below:
In this lesson, students would learn to apply a green screen technique using the Green Screen App by DoInk that creates a silhouette, copy it and change the transparency to create a shadow, then layer it over a background.
The lesson would connect dancing, music, and visual art while teaching about shadows, transparency, silhouette, complementary colors, digital layering, and movement.
Steps for creating this effect:
Create the silhouette: After you load a green screen video, click on the color wheel button and choose a spot on the other side of the color wheel for the chroma key effect. The complementary color (choose red instead of green) makes the subject a silhouette. Adjust the sensitivity bar and choose the crop button to clean up your video. Export the silhouette video to the camera roll by choosing "save" while "video" is selected.
Build your project: Bottom layer-chose image-upload the stage from camera roll Middle layer: choose video-upload the silhouette video. The green will automatically go away. Resize and position by pinching the video with two fingers. Click on video and choose "copy" from menu at bottom Top Layer: touch the layer and choose paste. Go back to the second layer, touch it to select it. Under the color wheel button, slide the sensitivity button until it becomes transparent and looks like a shadow. Audio: I would remove audio from this video and add it back later when the whole class video is made in iMovie.
Below is a Fugleflick about visual literacy created completely in shadows by students.
Below is a performance by an Hungarian Shadow Theater Group on Britian's Got Talent show. (Get your kleenex ready.)
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of complementary colors which is part of this digital art making experience.
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of transparent and opaque which is needed to understand shadows in this digital lesson.
Or look at the still image version of the dancing silhouette called iExpress.
Fourth graders are working on a piece of art inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom called Room at Arles. They are learning to draw in perspective with a vanishing point, about Van Gogh's work, and thinking about how to customize their drawing to make it more like their bedroom in Arlington Heights (or Mt. Prospect).
Drawing a Bedroom in Perspective:
Below are a series of slides from our lesson that lead the students through the steps of creating the basic parts of their bedroom inspired by the Van Gogh painting.
View their gallery of finished paintings on Artsonia at this link.
Entering the Artwork:
Since I happen to own a chair like the one found in Vincent Van Gogh's painting, students made their rooms without a chair so that they could sit on it when they digitally entered their artwork. Below is a quick diagram of the plan for layering a digital video over a digital image using the Green Screen app by DoInk.
See the art gallery on Artsonia here.
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:
Kindergarteners began the school year learning about the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. We poured them into the center of our paper, folded it in half, and watch the colors mix into a symmetrical design. It reminded us of butterflies. So we will turn them into butterflies with construction paper and googly eyes next week. Meanwhile we imagined that each artist was the body of their own butterfly for these images.
See the gallery on Artsonia here.
Here is a little "how to" for making these in Keynote (on a Mac):
Tricia Fuglestad's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow
Students completed their physical piece of art by learning how to make a butterfly body by measuring a good SIZE and designing a good SHAPE for their symmetrical paint wings. These can be viewed in their gallery here.
First graders are making a Wild Thing painting inspired by the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We've done this project in the past and it has been very popular. Below are two first graders I caught wearing their wild things in the art room. Their families purchased it from Artsonia's giftshop. How fun is that?!
Click here to see a gallery of student Wild Things on Artsonia.
Watch the Wild Things March across your screen in the movie below.
Visual Texture Fugleflick
To learn about visual texture (drawing something the way it would feel if you could touch it) is explained in this musical Fugleflick video created by first graders below.
Digital Warm Up:
Students used the Create A Monster App to invent their own digital monsters. See this gallery on Artsonia.
Or, students can pose as if they are with their wild thing using the Green Screen app by DoInk. The movie below was from many years ago using photoshop. This is soooo much easier to do with the app (whew!).
Wild Thing Bookmark
Click HERE to view students' bookmarks
When I first started teaching I would do an introductory lesson with my kindergartners that involved mixing the primary colors and symmetry by squirting paint on paper, folding it, and turning it into a butterfly. See how this is done from Theresa Gillespie's post here. She calls the lesson an oldie but a goodie and I agree. My interest in this lesson revived after running across a photo collage image in a Shutterfly ad (on right below). I started to rethink this lesson. Here are my new plans for two ways of creating this lesson.
Digital art and photo collage:
Physical art and photo collage:
See this post of Kindergarten butterflies
P.S. If you include the whole body in the photo then these images can be used for a flying animation.
Video tutorial showing how to layer images in Superimpose app
Video tutorial showing how to use the symmetry function in Sketchbook express
I explored an alternate way of creating these butterflies by using bilateral symmetry in Amaziograph app and adding a silhouette using superimpose app. I have a tutorial for silhouettes in this post: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/silhouettes-with-superimpose-app
I experimented with one group of 4th graders today to try out my green screen stop motion animation monster idea. Now that we have 6 iPad document stands in the art room (thanks to a grant from ABC/25 foundation) we can easily set up animation stations under them. We tried using simple green construction paper and movable monster figurines under the document stand using the iMotion HD app. We moved the figure, took a picture and repeated. After 20 photos students saved a finished 2 second animation at 10 frames per second. We made a ditty (see my ditty post here) and watched the creatures dance over the music video using the green screen app by doInk.
Parents and students are going to give this lesson a try on the evening of May 19th. I modified the lesson so that it's a bit more streamlined now that Ditty allows you to import your own video. we no longer have to have a green screen step to overlay the ditty music/text to our animation. Here are the directions: download this pdf
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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