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!
Artist Trading Cards of Kindness
I was so touched by the many many Artist Trading Cards waiting for me when I returned to my art room. Come by and find yours on my door.
Coincidentally, I was also making ATCs while I was away. I even made a vine video for these three before I sent them off to trade. In the videos you can see a quick time lapse of me drawing the images then I animate each. They are 6 second long videos designed to share as vines. See all my vine videos here.
Using Procreate App on iPad
Using DoInk Animation App on iPad
I used the Superimpose app to isolate the figure by erasing the background and saving "mask as png". Then, I isolated each "moving part" of the figure the same way. Hint: I erased, saved, then hit undo, and erased it differently, saved, hit undo...to go faster. In DoInk animation app I opened a new composition and brought in all the pieces over the cleaned up background. I moved arms, skirt, head, and legs using keyframes and paths. The movement looks very fluid compared to the jerky animations from a series of still images. Since this ad included musical notes, I made a soundtrack in the garageband app with a royalty free jingle from incompetech.com and voice recording.
Changing my approach
Now that I'm totally into creating 6 second videos for Vine (thanks again for this LOVELY write up about my vines from Ben Rimes) I began thinking about the soundtrack for this movie. Oh, did I forget to mention how to make it into a movie? I create gifs using ezgif.com and then I change the gif into a video using this online converter. The man in the middle looked like he is wearing a lumberjack quilted flannel type jacket so I used the Monty Python Lumberjack song complete with laugh track.
Hybrid of Procreate and DoInk
Another benefit of animating in DoInk is that you can export to video. I did some editing in iMovie afterwards to add music and sound effects before sharing it out on vine.
This animation below is also a hybrid of Procreate and DoInk. I used DoInk to make her scamper on to the page by setting a path in composition mode. The rest of the animation was made from still images created in Procreate sequenced together into a movie.
Dotty and Madge share vintage sewing secrets below. They are examples of the hybrid style where they are animated both with procreate and doInk.
Using Green Screen App
After I created the "Staying alive" animation (which you can view here) I layered it into the hands of this girl painted by Norman Rockwell using the Green Screen app by DoInk. I had to change her a bit too by adding a shadow the size of the animation on her face. The green screen app just added cropping, resizing, and masking tools so I was able to fit the animation to the right size, erase for the fingers to overlap, and crop any excess.
Below is a triptych. I created the sewing table with objects and still images of the original vintage sewing patterns using superimpose app. I was able to mask out objects and add slight drop shadows. Then I imported the image into the Green Screen App by DoInk and matched the animation videos over each of the sewing patterns with resizing & cropping. I timed the movie to play one animation after the other (18 seconds long). Green Screen app keeps original audio of my clips so this looked hard, but was so easy.
The animation below has two scenes. The first one is a man jumping into a car ad and driving off. The images were isolated in Superimpose app, the background was cleaned up in Procreate, and the animation was composed in DoInk Animation app. Then I had the car drive (with DoInk) in front of three vignettes designed in Superimpose app. This was layered into the Green Screen app by DoInk where I added three little animations. The app only has three layers so I exported after layering two animations into the scene then imported it again and layered the third.
Resources for finding Vintage Images:
There is a Vintage Sewing patter Wiki with over 83,000 images. Explore here.
The robot above was inspired by my little neighbor's robot t-shirt. We talked about the moving parts in the design and what should flash, light up, and spin. It was a challenge that I couldn't wait to try. He said the eyes should move and lights on the belly light up, the lever should go up and down, and electricity should come out of his head. I added some gears that turn, a moving gage, animated teeth, and growing/flashing lights.
This video was made by combining stop motion animation of wire figures and drawn animation created in DoInk animation app. I layered both together in the DoInk Green Screen app and put FXs on the footage using Funimate App.
We have a large and ever growing collection of Fugleflicks, Student-Created Art-Related movies made by kids for kids about art.
Over the summer I started a Fugleflick QR code book that has 18 of our favorite movies. The pages have a graphic title, pictures from the book, description of the movie, learning objective AND most importantly, a QR code leading directly to the movie on vimeo. Learn more about the SCAN-VIEW-LEARN book and how you can get it for your art room from this post.
Today I realized that I had everything I needed (finally) to let my students have a chance to scan, view, and learn from our book. Here is what I needed to make this work:
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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