A little tiny hand written chapter book by second grader Sofia was presented to me (Mrs. Fuglestad) one day in early February. I LOVED it. It was so full of visual imagery and imagination that I thought it would be the perfect story to try to animate with a technique I've seen but never tried, paper cut stop motion. I talked to Sofia and she recruited Lindsay to meet with me during lunch recess to design, color, cut, animate, narrate, and edit this fanciful story. After 6 weeks we are happy to present, Strange Magic below or here.
I set out a set of supplies for each table to create these snowmen in a progression.
Class Movie with all the finished animations:
Resources: Behind the scenes of plasticine rhythm
Other ideas for progression animations:
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.
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
Ditty is an app introduced to me via @DrydenTech and @msquick4 as a way to make a musical video from any text you type. When I started playing with it I began seeing lots of fun uses for making Musical Memes combined with animation. Above (left) is an example of a green screen stop motion animation using iMotionHD, an iPad document camera, and green construction paper. On the right is a musical ditty of the phrase "monsters love to dance." I combined the videos in the Green Screen app by DoInk and along with some more stop motion clips to make the Musical Meme below. See this post: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/green-screen-stop-motion-monsters
I used two drawings and animated them in the composition mode of the DoInk Animation app over a green background. Then, I layered the video over a ditty created from my slogan, "Life is too short for long faces" using the Green Screen app by DoInk.
This musical meme was created with a drawn animation of a pigeon using the doInk animation app. I was able to export the animation after I used composition mode to the shared folder. When I opened the green screen app I could import the animation with a transparent background using the shared folder feature. The two apps play nicely together to save time and keep you for having to do extra steps while layering your work.
The musical meme below is a quote illustrated with a rotoscope of people scratching each other's back. I made this rotoscope once, duplicated it, changed the color, and repeated until I had a long chain of people helping people. The rotoscope was overlapping the ditty's words so I extended the animation in the green screen app with a layer of plain white. This animation also used the shared folder between the two apps.
Stop Motion Animation Collaboration
This technique not only introduced my students to the concept of stop motion animation, it gave them an opportunity to see how effective a collaboration can be. The results are immediate, impressive, and motivating. Students had to be able to follow directions, cooperate, listen, and understand how their part effects the whole.
UPDATE: I just received an email this morning congratulating us for being in the top 20 of this nationwide contest for BIG prizes. Your help with voting this past month put us in the finalist round! Thank you.
Judges will review the top 2o entries and determine in January who will win prizes valued up to $15,000 for their schools. Stay tuned :)
I made a video of one of our most innovative class projects and entered it into the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom Contest. We are hoping to win prizes for our school and you can help by voting daily from now until November 30th. The top 20 videos will then be judged by a panel to determine who wins prizes valued up to $15K. Here is more info from my original post of our Green Screen Stop Motion Station animation project where students demonstrated movement over their art. This project was funded by a grant received through ABC/25 foundation.
To sign up for a simple text or email notification daily with a link to the voting page please join my REMIND group here:
Update: Unfortunately we did not win. Thank you for all your votes of support!
The book uses Augmented Reality to allow readers to access the media on a mobile device with an AR app. They use one of our project to demonstrate how it works. I made a video of the process above.
The other project that the book shares is our stop motion green screen animation project where 4th graders animated over their action figure paintings to show Movement over movement. This project also happens to be a finalist in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom contest as well.
I was also able to contribute a small example of how using google hangouts can make professional development much more accessible. Here is a recording of my online PD for art teachers via Education Closet. I walk teachers through the steps of making art on their iPads using one free app, Sketchbook Express.
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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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