My students made beautiful patterned figure paintings to show movement. See their gallery on Artsonia. These paintings are also the backdrop for a stop-motion digital extension lesson where students animated a mannequin to show movement over their movement paintings. See this lesson and results here.
Here is the new digital extension animation plan: Import the digital picture of student art into Brushes Redux. On a layer over the image, recreate the center figure by tracing. Save this image as a png with a transparent background. Then mask out the same figure from original painting and redraw the color and pattern the figure had covered. This forces the student to consider the elements of foreground, overlapping, color, and pattern in a dynamic way. Save the masked painting to the camera roll. Import both images into the Do Ink animation and drawing app in composition mode. Set an animation path and add rotation to the figure. Save this as a video. Here is a quick overview tutorial of all the steps here.
I've been thinking that the figure without pattern would be best to isolate in this process. But, what if that figure is not in the foreground. Does it still work? Why not just isolate the most foreground figure regardless of pattern. Students could redraw the pattern digitally. I wasn't planning on this digital extension when I was instructing students in the design of their lesson. (Download the lesson here from TpT) If I were to do this again, I would have students make the unpatterned figure in the center also in the foreground to make this digital animation a bit easier for them.
Turn up your volume. Yep, it's perfectly quiet. Every single student is digitally painting. They understand the app interface, the concept, their purpose, & the overall goal. They are THINKING LIKE ARTISTS as they digitally create. This is what I've wanted to see for 18 years. This is the results of digital art projects since these 5th graders were kindergarteners. This is the results of being an iPad art teacher for 7 years. This is AMAZING! They are feeling right now how cool it is to work in such a forgiving media. They didn't appreciate the possibilities of the media when they struggled with the tools. Now, the struggle has ended with a hush as they drift into a calm flow of art-making.
Third graders turned shapes (circle, triangle, and rectangle) into forms (sphere, cone, and cylinder). Then made these forms look like vessels used for scientific experiments (florence flask, erlenmeyer flask, and beaker).
Student Gallery on Artsonia
Fugleflick Resources for art concepts:
Our Fugleflick, Deep Space, contains forms with foreground, middle ground, and background with overlapping,
Our Fugleflick, Bye Bye Road, is a fun sing along to a Beatles' tune about things to look for in an image that shows depth including a vanishing point, converging lines, and relative sizes.
Our Fugleflick, Complementary in Every Way, introduces the color wheel including primary, secondary, and complementary colors.
Digital extension: Animating Bubbles
Students will animate bubbles coming from the scientists' vessels .
Tutorial: How to animate the bubbles
Finished Animations: all in one movie
Here is my animated sketchnote from #ice18 conference day. I don't think it communicates very well to others what I was learning, but it helps me remember what I felt was important from each session I attended.
How I animated my Sketchnote
I presented a session called Animate your Lessons to Dynamically Demonstrate Learning. I shared dozens of ways teachers could use animation techniques with their students to integrate technology, art, and any subject to energize and engage their students. All of my lessons are found at one link that point back to my blog post with how to's, tutorials, resources, and student examples. Explore all 226+ here:
Mouse over the Thinglink images to find the direct links to resources for lessons.
I was interviewed for an article, Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators,
by Lisa Dawley, PhD for Edsurge.com. I think it's a wonderful honor to be considered an educational innovator but also a bit confusing for me. When you see who I am grouped with in the article, you'll find educators who have unique educational brands that shape their career paths.
I'm in the same job I've had since I graduated from college. I did all my growing, exploring, and "innovating" in my art room. My career path is the one I've worn through the tiles of my classroom floor.
I think what I offer teachers is the same thing I offer my students, tech-infused art lessons that make learning (Fugle) fun.
The more I shared via blogs, Twitter, or on Artsonia, the more I realized that other teachers wanted to use our movies, lessons, and resources for their classrooms. Knowing that their work could potentially be seen by others beyond our school community raised the bar for my students in motivation and execution. This has energized me personally and my students. It's not a one-way street.
Fifth Grade Fugleflick Filmmakers spent 2 months creating a story to an original song to encourage everyone to shift their thinking from can't to can. Change that little voice in your head from fixed thinking to a growth mindset and TRY YOUR BEST!
Special FXs Explained:
This movie is full of special effects made with drawn animation and/or green screen. Students used relative size to become the small voice in your head saying positive things to encourage you to TRY YOUR BEST. Here are some of the FX students used.
This little sprite popped onto the TV screen to encourage a student making art. He first had to be layered onto a screenshot of an iPad. Then the artist had to be filmed looking at a TV with the color green on it's screen. The two were layered in the GS app by Do Ink.
Some of the effects students used in this movie have been done before in previous Fugleflicks or projects. The thought bubble trick is explained in this post.
This effect is a straight forward use of relative size to make the sprites look very small. See this post about relative size for a tutorial and more ideas for using this trick.
I'm so excited to see the silhouette special FX in this Fugleflick. This idea has its own post explaining how we found this trick on accident and some of the amazing ideas you can use it for.
For one scene, a student is drawing and gets frustrated. She slams down her marker and gives up. As the art heads to the garbage can, the portrait on it speaks out to its artist begging for her to not give up. This special FX was create after a series of steps as show in the video. The animation was created through rotoscope. See this post to learn more.
This effect where a student spins into a painting with a quick size change was so amazing that it received it's own blog post here.
To make these little sprites fly, we had them pose in the last moment of their video. Then we used a still image of the last frame of the video and made them fly using the keynote app. To enhance the magic, we used a pixie title effect without words (just typed a space) to create a trail of sprite dust as they fly off the screen.
Want to learn the song?
Students wanted to tell the story of a fixed mindset changing to a growth mindset with the encouragement of positive little voices to combat the negative little voices you hear in your own head. Many students need this message so the filmmakers tried to get in their shoes (and heads) to help others Try their Best.
Since this video fits the theme "In Another's Shoes" we trimmed it down to 2 minutes so it could qualify for the first annual Global Student Voice Film Festival. To take a 3 min 40 sec song down to 2 minutes wasn't easy. The best way was to trim each chorus and remove the bridge. We were allowed another 1 minute of credits. I think it still tells the story just as well though some awesome scenes were removed in this version.
Public Screenings of Try Your Best
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers' movie, Try Your Best was accepted into the 2018 Screen Test Film Fest Jr. Of the 5 movies screening, ours was the only one local. The other films were from Texas, Arizona, Canada, and Sweden. The hand drawn animation from an 8th grader in Arizona won best of show. See the list of films here.
Kindergarten had a chance to do their first animation in art class today by making a glowing heart Valentine. I have a post about this animation lesson from last year here.
We used a simple flipbook animation technique in the Do Ink animation and drawing app. Here is a super quick tutorial so you can see the process. The finished animation glows through the paper that we lay over the iPad screen. This animated glow technique was developed last year when the 4th graders made their aliens glow. View that post.
Kindergarten had 30 minutes from start to finish. It's amazing that they could learn a new app, new technique, and animate for the first time in one class period.
This animation style wasn't completely new to my 5th graders since they were the ones who made the Animated Glow project last year. We took this idea to the next level and layered it over a photo of themselves, exported the movie and converted it to an animated GIF using ezgif.com
4th graders gave this technique a try. They were pretty comfortable with this lesson since they had already done a multi-frame rotoscope animation.
Finished Clay Sculptures: view on Artsonia
Digital Extension: March of the Penguins
Students are going to use stop motion animation to make it look like their penguins can waddle around. (fingers crossed!)
The WRAP-UP movie:
This movie features all four groups of stop motion animations and some behind the scenes peeks at how these adorable penguins were created.
My Fugleflick filmmakers created this effect for their upcoming movie. It was intended to look like the artist was painting The Scream, by Edvard Munch, then becoming the subject of the painting with his own body. There were a bunch of steps to making this illusion. Let's see if we can spell them out below.
This trick doesn't have to be so tricky...
Spin into the art and Jump back out
Falling Out of a Painting
You can add the "magic" if you need to...
Watch the Fugleflick "TRY YOUR BEST"
Try Your Best is the student made movie that inspired this video effect.
4th graders are finishing up their monochromatic self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. Student studied their faces and features in mirrors, measured, and revised their work. Their sketches were so amazing that we photographed them for Artsonia too.
Below is the front page of a handout I created for the students. We used a shade (color mixed with black) to paint shadows. We used the base color (straight from the bottle) for the rest of the skin. We used a tint (color mixed with white) for the background. The hair and shirt were painted with a neutral (color mixed with black & white). We layered tints and shades on the hair with brush strokes that enhanced the direction and texture of hair. We layered a pattern with the base color on the shirt.
One of the biggest struggles for young artists is to draw their own hair and clothing in a convincing way. This side of the handout showed some examples to get them started.
All students went step by step through the drawing. We mapped out the face, measured, and studied our features in the mirror. This ppt lesson helps students problem-solve.
To help students prepare for their self-portrait before we move to the good paper, we practice drawing all the features of our face using the handout I designed below. I like to put the handout in my iPevo interactive software and use the interactive board to draw. Students can come up to the board and give it a try too.
Monochromatic uses the lyrics of this original song to explain the meaning of the word. The visuals are full of hints as to what monochromatic means as well.
Black Marker (super silly) is a favorite movie demonstrating how a black marker line can cover sloppy edges in paintings and bring back all the details into focus.
Digital Extension: Triptych
Since students were randomly given their color pallet for their portrait, this digital extension will give them a chance to see what their portrait would have looked like in a different color. They will use the brushes app on the iPad to shift the hue twice. Then they will put the original and two new versions together in Pic Collage as a triptych.
I've taught this before in the old iOS using an old app that is no longer supported. So, I reconfigured the lesson a bit. View the old post here.
Student results: go to gallery on Artsonia
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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