Andrew McCormick, one of the hosts of the Art of Ed Radio program, interviewed me on how we incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) into our art program at Dryden Elementary. We chatted for about 20 minutes.
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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:
I wrote and received an ABC/25 grant for an engineering and art integrated project that will challenge students to create small drawing machines that will move on their own with a battery powered vibrating motor. These little ART BOTS will be constructed from lightweight foam, markers, a battery operated electric toothbrush then decorated with wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners and other craft items. Students will work collaboratively in groups of 4 to make one ART BOT and use it to create their own piece of abstract art. The initial year of implementation will be with the entire 5th grade. Since the grant includes recyclable batteries and a recharger, the bots will be deconstructed and rebuilt by next years’ 5th grade students to make this a multi-year school-wide grant.
Above is the video that I modeled this project after. It turns out that the toothbrushes we purchased are designed differently and pose new challenges. So, I experimented with a few different designs to see what works best. I found some sets of lego wheels in my stash of stuff and added it to each kit as an option. Can't wait to see what our engineers/artists come up with soon. Below is a copy of my grant for your reference.
5-1 Art Bot Engineers at work:
5-2 Art Bot Engineers
5-3 Art Bot Engineers
5-4 Art Bot Engineers
This group was given dollar store personal fans as well as toothbrushes.
Engineers with their Inventions and the Art it Created
When the inventing and art-making were complete students posed with their art bots. We photographed the abstract piece of art it created and framed it digitally. Then students used their iPads and the superimpose app to layer the two images together. This was uploaded to their portfolio on Artsonia with an artist statement that explained the process and their thoughts about whether the results were really art.
View their gallery here.
This classic Fugleflick can help you ponder the age-old question, "What is Art?"
These fifth graders thought it reminded them of the abstract expressionism found in the 1940's-1960's like that of Jackson Pollock. Make one digitally here.
Our Art Bots Celebrated by ABC/25
This video montage is of all ABC/25 grant recipients and the items they purchased throughout the district. Watch the way they end this video...oh so cute!
I was asked to do an iPad workshop for the art teachers of District 47 in Crystal Lake today. I was able to show them a bunch of creative ways to make art with their students digitally to explore concepts differently and demonstrate understanding dynamically. (The numbers on the sheet refer to my 175 STEAM art ideas found here.)
We made monsters dance in the art room during STEAM night at Dryden. We used my Stop Motion Animation lesson and set the videos to music using the Ditty app. Use this link to find my post will all the directions and information on how to do this lesson.
While I was developing this idea I tweeted my plans and copied in @zya (the company that makes the Ditty App). They were so excited about our event that they sent swag for us to raffle off to participants. How cool is that?
Families came to an animation station, followed my instructions to make dancing monsters in iMotionHD then set them to a music video in Ditty. (Both are free apps). They turned in their creations using the dropbox and I played their video on my big screen for all to enjoy. Here are some of the creations families made last night.
This science and art lesson designed for 1st graders teaches:
The lesson (a step-by-step powerpoint) is available for download on TpT. Here is a link. You can also view students' finished examples from our online art gallery on Artsonia here. Here is a post from Mrs. Gutterman using Henri Matisse's Goldfish painting as inspiration.
Optional books for a literacy connection:
And here is our Monochromatic Fugleflick to quickly introduce to your students the concept of a one-color painting with tints and shades to create contrast:
Variation on this Lesson (Rainbow Fish):
Instead of using a monochromatic paint palette, students could use a combination of metallic paints and paint markers to make their fish much like Rainbow Fish. View the gallery of first grade fish paintings here.
Add the correct terms for the parts of the fish to reinforce vocabulary and science concepts. Use this sheet as a reference.
After the first graders made their fish paintings we erased the backgrounds and saved them as PNG (to retain the transparency of their backgrounds). Then students put them in the DoInk Animation app to make them swim.
When my fifth graders completed their light up robot paintings (View our robots here) earlier this year we concluded that the circuits were fun to add to our art but the way we closed and opened the circuit needed to be fixed. I looked into adding a rocker switch to the circuit so we could have more control over when our circuit is open or closed. I wrote and received an ABC/25 grant for the switches, copper tape, batteries, copper wire, foam board, and model magic clay to try this new idea. See the amazon shopping list below. I made this polar bear in a snow storm as a prototype to get a feel for creating a circuit on the back of a relief sculpture.
Step One: Design
Since we wanted to create a creature we used an app on our iPads called Create a Monster. This app had hundreds of configurations for monsters to choose from. We uploaded our monsters to Artsonia here and used them as a reference for our art.
Step Two: Add the switch
Adding the switch was a big task in itself since I didn't want to handout exacto knives to my third graders. We bore a hole into the foam core and widened it with scissors. We had to be careful not to make the hole too big or damage the foam board as we worked. The placement of the switch had to fit into our design somehow and not be too close to the edge of the board for fear it would rip through when we made the hole. Click to enlarge photos.
Step Three: Build the circuit
Building the circuit took some thinking for my third graders. They each received a diagram for how to create the circuit using a switch. I demonstrated under my document camera and led them step by step. We didn't complete the process in one class period so we bundled up our supplies and art in a gallon size ziplock and resumed the following week. All confusion cleared that second day when they flipped the switch and the light when on. They were then able to help each other and trouble shoot problems together.
Step Four: adding clay
Students used one small package of model magic clay to emphasize parts of their creature's portrait like horns, fangs, eyes, nose, etc. The clay kinda sticks automatically to the board and air dries. If it did come off the next time, they just added glue to it.
Step Five: Paint
Students spent time using color balance and good craftsmanship to paint their creatures. It was challenging to get into all the dips and nooks of the clay. They used paint markers to add texture or design and black to outline at the end. See all our finished art here.
Step Six: Demonstrate
Students used the iPads and iPad stands to film a short clip of them turning on their switch to light up their monsters. View a class movie below.
I had the opportunity topresent a breakout session at the Illinois Computer Educator Conference today (ICE). It was the first time since 2013 when Wesley Fryer sat in and live blogged my session (see his post here). I found myself extra nervous but some wonderful friends from my PLN came by to support me which boosted my courage. See their picts below. The above image is a sketchnote from three sessions I attended today including Adam Bellow's Keynote, Ben Grey's Spotlight, and Hether Hoffman's poster session. I found that I do a much better job of synthesizing information when I try to communicate it with images.
One of the ways the art room can connect very readily to science, engineering, and technology is by creating Rube Goldberg inspired animations. His chain reaction inventions creatively demonstrate the transfer of energy. Students can explore this concept in many ways. View the OK Go music video (below) that features a HUGE Rube Goldberg-ish Machine. It took around 60 takes to get it right and it's AMAZING!
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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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