1st graders are learning about penguins as we sculpt one out of model magic clay. Students began with one lump of clay and followed all the steps until there was no clay left. There was lots of division in the directions (shhh-the truth is the lesson is full of math). Here is a quick rundown of the steps.
Students are going to use stop motion animation to make it look like their penguins can waddle around. (fingers crossed!)
I had the privilege of leading an iPad workshop with art teachers, technology specialists, and administrators using the lessons I've developed for my students at Dryden. I love knowing that the things we are doing in our art room can influence and maybe inspire other young artists and their teachers. I taught from my growing collection of 222+ STEAM art lessons found here. You download my presentation. When you see numbers next to a lesson it refers back to the number in my STEAM art lessons collection where you will find resources, student examples, tutorials, and/or handouts.
Digital Carpet Painting:
Before you can go on a magic carpet ride like Aladdin, you need your digital carpet painting in perspective so that you can view it from the side so you can climb aboard. I added my painting into the superimpose app over a plain color background. I found the tool mode for the foreground layer and chose perspective (the default). The configuration needed could be pulled and stretched by grabbing the handles on the image or you can chose a pre-created configuration at the bottom of the screen. I chose the one all the way on the right. Then, chose the checkmark to apply.
Fly on carpet (using still images)
This simple method will get your students up and flying without animating a background. They could pose as if they are riding their magic carpet paintings, use the superimpose app to layer their photo onto the carpet, and take it for a ride using the Do Ink Animation app over a background photo (like clouds). This would also create a fun still image for students' Artsonia gallery.
Moving Background Video:
One really fun way to extend this lesson into geographic/cultural studies is to have each student draw a landmark that they could fly over: Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, The Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Stonehenge Grand Canyon, Red Woods, Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal, Hohenzollern Castle, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, etc. See this list of 15o famous landmarks.
Film the Green Screen:
Paper Cut Version:
BACKGROUND: This version of the magic carpet ride lesson includes a paper cut landscape that shows foreground, middle ground, background in paper pieces. These will be animated traveling across the field of view through stop motion animation. It would be a great opportunity for students to show an understanding of foreground, middle ground, and background in the pieces they create and how they animate the scene.
GROUP ANIMATION: I'm thinking that the background animation would be a group project. Each group would work on designing, drawing, cutting, and animating their landmark landscape. Each student would make their own magic carpet video of themselves flying over their group landmark landscape. Therefore, the class compilation video will only have six backgrounds but 24 videos.
MAGIC CARPET MADE FROM PAPER: A digital magic carpet wouldn't look right with a paper cut background. So, they would need to make a paper carpet in perspective. This is a great opportunity to teach students about a vanishing point, converging lines, and how pattern would be small in the back and large in the front (relative size).
Since you are not going to use stop motion for the carpet, I just took a digital picture of the paper drawing and erased the background in the Superimpose app. It needs to be digital for the green screen effect where a student rides the carpet.
Student Results: view the paintings on Artsonia
Finished: Riding over Landmarks
This link takes you to a travel website featuring 150 famous landmarks. Every student can feature a different landmark in the background video/animation. This would make the class video even more exciting as they fly over scenes from around the world.
View this safeshare.TV link of the "Whole New World" scene from Aladdin.
Connections: Kinetic Art & Automations
Make a Whirly-bird: plan
The challenge is to make a bird from cardboard that has moveable parts. There is a clear connection between drawing a bird and designing a whirly-bird since you just have to break everything down into shapes: head, beak, eye, legs, body, wings, tail. Each shape can be a piece to add back to the whole bird with brads instead of glue. The brads keep the pieces of the bird moveable like a whirligig. However, this whirligig isn't going to be able to move with the wind. It will move through the magic of stop-motion animation.
Since I work with 100 students in each grade level, I have to figure out a way to manage resources and materials efficiently. This guide (below) can be printed on 8.5'x11" paper to help students make good choices for size, shape, and placement of holes/brads. This may help avoid mistakes from misplaced holes, working too small, or wasting valuable space on their cardboard sheet. I will encourage students to create their own designs and not use my sheet as a tracer so I will need to provide extra cardboard for their ideas.
Build a Whirly-bird: lay out and attach
Paint: prime, balance color, add pattern
Assemble & test: add brads & try it out
Whirly-bird ideas: dance & weathervane
I wrote a post about using this app for a collaborative dance video. It's very similar, so it can help you through the steps of using Do Ink, layering video, and organizing files.
This project would teach SO many concepts: silhouette, landscape, atmospheric effects, monochromatic, size, movement, pattern, balance, stop motion animation, and layering. I have a post and tutorial for creating a digital appalachian mountain landscape here.
This same concept translates well as an insect too. If students made a whirlygig insect then the lesson can have a science component to learn about the parts of an insect as they build. No, that's not a tail-it's a stinger. Sorry for the confusion.
Process: designing the robot
Crowdsourcing solutions: using twitter
It was at this point that I realized I could ruin everything if I'm not careful about my approach in painting the robot. So, I composed the following tweet and collage asking followers and anyone who sees what I should do next so the cardboard doesn't curl up.
Here are some of the responses I received; lots of great advice.
Painting the Robot: disassemble, paint, press
Complete: B-Rad Fastener the LoveBot
Create an advertisement using graphic design techniques to explain the marvels of your creation.
As I was making my robot, I kept thinking about his cool gadgets and what they can do. This is my chance to fully explain B-Rad's coolness to the whole universe.
Create an animation using iMotion app
Show off your robot's moveable parts in a stop-motion animation. Notice the spinning eyes, moving gauge, peeking door, flipping feet, and flapping arms. (Oops, I should have included the blinking light)
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
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