Some iPad drawing apps like Procreate and Brushes allow you to record the drawing process as a movie. (Hint: Brushes doesn't allow you to export the file but, you can record the movie as it plays from your iPad through your computer using airserver, quicktime, or reflector apps.) This gives the artist a chance to show the creative process and enhance the viewing experience with music and/or narration for digital storytelling. The following images are scenes from my Snow Flurry Fairy story. Below each image is a process animation where you can hear a snippet of the story as you watch the drawing.
I attended a workshop in Washington D.C. on educating students to become innovators. I made sketchnotes in the Brushes app of the ideas shared in our discussions and narrated my notes as the drawing process video plays. When they asked for feedback from the event, I sent them a link to this video.
Another way to record the drawing process is through time lapse video of a physical drawing. iMotion HD is a free iPad app that I use for time lapse and stop motion animation. These Artist Trading Cards were drawn and captured with time lapse then animated and set to music to help tell the story.
(In January a group of 16 fifth graders volunteered their lunch recesses to work on a Fugleflick movie that would teach viewers how to show movement in art. The process included recording an original song, drawing out a storyboard of every scene, dreaming up video effects to help tell their story, all kinds of animation, and lots of layered green screen effects. View this post to see how they did some of their amazing special effects. The group used teamwork to accomplish this movie each finding a way to contribute from prop directors to wrinkle fixers to behind the scenes photographer to audio manager to dropbox uploader to camera person to choreographer. This two minute movie took nearly two months to complete but, perhaps making produced memories and lessons that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the fuglefick! (password:dolphin)
Photobombing is the act of inserting oneself into the field of view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer [painter for our purposes] or the subjects.
I was playing with the Superimpose app and looking for images to collage when I came across Automat by Edward Hopper. His work is full of open spaces with figures in quiet or isolated poses. Many of his pieces are perfect for practicing digital collages where students can explore overlapping, relative size, middle ground, and adjusting color filters to match the environment. I practiced these images below (click to view them large) with student photos from a previous assignment. The story changes when I added the photo. These would make interesting creative writing prompts as well. Here is my curated collection of images by Edward Hopper that will be perfect for students to photobomb.
Related post: Hopping into Hopper
Click here to this free app from the Metropolitan Art Museum would be a wonderful introductory lesson. It shows manipulated photographs from the days before Photoshop. You can take a quiz, learn why they were manipulated, and browse the collection. Use this link to grab the app.
See this commercial from American Family where hopeful actors photobomb Edward Hopper's NightHawks (owned by the Art Institute of Chicago).
YEAH! We are TWO IPADS CLOSER now to our 1:1 iPad Art Room DREAM thanks to receiving the "Can't Wait to Curate" ABC/25 grant. (View my grant below)
…and YEAH again because we now can have a class set of MINI GREEN SCREEN STUDIOS in the art room with our "Green Screen Storytelling Studio" grant.
We will be purchasing 6 iPevo table top perches and the Green Screen App from DOINK.
This is such exciting news for our art students at Dryden. We LOVE working on iPads and now we will be able to make collaborative green screen movies on our iPads. We are getting closer to reaching our goal of a 1: 1 iPad classroom.
With our two iPads from this grant our total is now 19 and 1/2. We have only a few more days to turn that 1/2 into a whole through our Edbacker.com campaign. Please consider donating! Thanks. Donate here (it's tax deductible).
Animating: We are going to take turns animating a semi-transparent ghost using the DOINK app over the digital version of our finished art. View the gallery of finished art on Artsonia here.
Composing: In preparation for our spooky class animation we experimented with NODE BEAT to make a collaborative spooky song. Listen to it here or below.
Poetry: Our spooky tree was inspired by this SPOOK TREE poem created collaboratively years ago on garageband by 1st graders. Listen to it here or below.
Drama: We also tried some interactive storytelling techniques learned from a Golden Apple Foundation Conference in September lead by Colin Reeves. We all tried telling the story using body language & expressive voices while following along with this recording.
Storytelling with Dynamic Media: A few volunteers tried telling a quick story using our Green Screen app by DOINK about why their spooky landscape was spooky. Take a peek at these four students sharing before their own art below or here.
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers just finished recording an original song about the art concept of illustrations. This was stage one of the movie-making process. Now they will work on creating a storyboard, draw animations on our iPads using DOINK, film before green screen, and edit all their work together in iMovie. Keep checking back to see their progress. It's an adorable song. Listen to their recording below on Audioboo.
I attended some wonderful sessions at the Teachers for Tomorrow Conference hosted by the Golden Apple Foundation on Saturday. One session that really inspired me was called Audience Participation in Storytelling by Rives Collins. He demonstrated how to tell a story that encourages the audience to participate with their voice, ideas, body language, and imagination all the while creating an atmosphere of fun, respect, and engagement.
Below is one of the 5 stories he told. I believe it is called, Long Red Fingernails. I did my best to remember it so that I can share this (not so) spooky story with my students. It has lots of repetition that invites the audience to tell the story along with me. I drew this picture on my iPad to help set the spooky tone. I left much to the imagination.
I snapped this photo of Rives Collins after the workshop. He had a wonderful way of dignifying everyone's contributions to his participatory workshop. This made it not only "safe" to volunteer a response to a question or jump into a story, but his reaction to your input made you feel heard, appreciated, and even clever. I want to remember what it felt like to be in the role of student under a teacher who made everyone feel so...so...special? That doesn't really describe it well, but I can't explain it better than that. One of my take aways is to try to be more like Rives: a teacher who makes his students want to participate, engage, and simply try their best.
I have a couple other posts that relate to this one. Click on the spooky landscape to see the lesson my second graders are doing now. I plan on sharing the Long Red Fingernails story with them. Also, click on the theater games link to see some of my adaptations.
There is no way I can keep up with the all the new apps out there. I started downloading suggested apps and left them untested on my iPad. A few of these included Tangled FX, Kamio, Squigglefish, Paper, TouchCast, Tellegami, Adobe Ideas, and 123D Creature. But everyday my PLN introduces me to something else, so I can't keep up. But, here are a few I finally tried and think they are worth investigating for your classroom uses:
Tellagami is so simple that kindergarteners will make movies in 5 minutes.
Now, this movie isn't an app but it's SO worth sharing. It makes me laugh every time:)
There are so many ways for students to tell their stories on the iPad. It took no time at all to create this very unrehearsed and spontaneous fairy tale using the free version of the Puppet Pals HD App. It gives you the option to make customized characters and settings for a price (which would be very cool) but everything you see here was free. Explore the app here.
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