4th graders finished their Son of Man Spoof inspired by the Surrealistic painting by Rene Magritte. View the original here. The portrait painting is missing some important features...like eyes, nose, and mouth. Our apple, blended with tints and shades covers over the face but slightly hovers so you can peek underneath to see our surreal secret.
Remember those iTunes + iPod Ads?
First, I loaded a green screen video into DoInk Green Screen App. I cropped and resized it to make sure only the figure and green screen showed in the viewfinder. Here is what it looked like before I applied the chroma filters.
When you enable the Chroma filter the green disappears by default. I moved the color dial over to red (the complementary color of green) and adjusted the sensitivity level until I found the sweet spot where the figure became a silhouette.
I exported this clip as a movie to make sure this effect is retained. Here it is below.
Then, I put the video with the new effect back into the Green Screen app and applied the default chroma filter effect which removed the green but kept the black silhouette. I added an image of a color below s that I could see silhouette.
This is the clip of created from above. The next step is to make decisions about the background and the figure's placement to create your video.
I wanted to try to recreate the iPod/iTunes ad with "iWords" in white over a solid color field. So, I used Phonto to make these three images to play behind my silhouette video.
As I was playing with this dancing silhouette effect I found myself wanting to combine them with words and music. A very simple way to achieve this was by using the Ditty App (see this previous post about ditty) to make a musical video from the words I typed. The movie exports as a square. So, I used one of the video layers in the green screen app to add a color so I can scoot the Ditty to one side of the viewing stage. This allowed me to add the dancing silhouettes on the top layer. I played with the sensitivity level until they became semi-transparent so that they can overlap the words without blocking them out.
Here is the video I created over a ditty with two layers of dancing silhouettes. Both layers have some level of transparency so they can overlap the words.
I have been doing a graphic design lesson inspired by the iTunes and iPod ads since 2007. I wrote about this lesson for School Arts Magazine and created tutorials for creating these effects for using the Mac Desktop app Keynote and the iPad using Superimpose. View this post.
Also I've posted a couple lesson ideas using the Ditty app. One was about adding green screen stop motion animation over a ditty.
See that post here.
The other lesson idea included using drawn or composed animation over a musical ditty. See my post about this here.
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:
I'm so excited to share that my art room had some technology additions and changes:
Mr. Fuglestad's journey back to teaching was very long but all the while he was surrounded by the love and support of his students, colleagues, family, neighbors, and friends. They gave him a very warm welcome at the first day assembly at BGHS high school where he teaches science. Take a peek at this video below.
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:
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
Everyone has a story to tell but not everyone's story makes it to the front of a magazine. What if yours did? What would you want to share with the world? If you explore TIME magazine covers you would find over 80 years of stories told from politicians, musicians, scientists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, actors, visionaries, and everyday people. Here is my TIME magazine cover for this moment in my life (Here is more about that story.) Next year my story might change and I hope it does! The magazine cover is a snapshot of life at the time it was created. So, get ready to write your headline and follow the steps below to make your own TIME magazine cover.
Open up sketchbook express on your iPad and import the template of your choosing. Then create another layer either above or below it and insert your photo. If you are overlapping the text TIME with your photo and it is not a transparent PNG or it's too wide compared to the template, you can add the transparent template over the photo in a new layer to bring back the red border. You may need to erase the word TIME from this layer. Either way you choose, don't avoid overlapping. It's an important part of an interesting composition. Also, try to create some open negative space for your story title.
There are plenty of apps that can layer text over a photo, but I've been turning to Phonto lately because it has a an easy interface that makes it fast to add multiple text areas with lots of customization options. TIME magazine keeps their fonts simple, so I worked on adding text that matched my negative space while considering size, emphasis, and contrasting color.
Every line in both my designs were separate text boxes that I could size and format separately. In both designs I added a simple text box for the date in the top right corner just as TIME magazine designers would.
Now that the art room has 1:1 iPad access, I'm looking forward to having my students try my old iExpress projects a new way. We used to do this on the laptops using Keynote which I wrote up for SchoolArts Magazine in Nov. 2007 here but this new way is SUPER easy and still just as effective. Take a look what the kids have made in the past here.
If you don't have iPads I still have these tutorials available for the desktop:
Here is a video tutorial for making this project in Photoshop Express on the desktop.
Here is a screencast video for making this lesson in Keynote on the desktop.
This is the 100th Art Ed STEAM lesson complied all in one place on my online flyer.
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Make Healthy Choices
This project challenges students to think about healthy choices while practicing graphic design techniques to put themselves on the cover of a Wheaties Box.
Here are some questions to begin thinking about healthy choices:
Resources (Click to enlarge. Click & hold to save images to iPad):
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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