When my fifth graders completed their light up robot paintings (View our robots here) earlier this year we concluded that the circuits were fun to add to our art but the way we closed and opened the circuit needed to be fixed. I looked into adding a rocker switch to the circuit so we could have more control over when our circuit is open or closed. I wrote and received an ABC/25 grant for the switches, copper tape, batteries, copper wire, foam board, and model magic clay to try this new idea. See the amazon shopping list below. I made this polar bear in a snow storm as a prototype to get a feel for creating a circuit on the back of a relief sculpture.
Step One: Design
Since we wanted to create a creature we used an app on our iPads called Create a Monster. This app had hundreds of configurations for monsters to choose from. We uploaded our monsters to Artsonia here and used them as a reference for our art.
Step Two: Add the switch
Adding the switch was a big task in itself since I didn't want to handout exacto knives to my third graders. We bore a hole into the foam core and widened it with scissors. We had to be careful not to make the hole too big or damage the foam board as we worked. The placement of the switch had to fit into our design somehow and not be too close to the edge of the board for fear it would rip through when we made the hole. Click to enlarge photos.
Step Three: Build the circuit
Building the circuit took some thinking for my third graders. They each received a diagram for how to create the circuit using a switch. I demonstrated under my document camera and led them step by step. We didn't complete the process in one class period so we bundled up our supplies and art in a gallon size ziplock and resumed the following week. All confusion cleared that second day when they flipped the switch and the light when on. They were then able to help each other and trouble shoot problems together.
Step Four: adding clay
Students used one small package of model magic clay to emphasize parts of their creature's portrait like horns, fangs, eyes, nose, etc. The clay kinda sticks automatically to the board and air dries. If it did come off the next time, they just added glue to it.
Step Five: Paint
Students spent time using color balance and good craftsmanship to paint their creatures. It was challenging to get into all the dips and nooks of the clay. They used paint markers to add texture or design and black to outline at the end. See all our finished art here.
Step Six: Demonstrate
Students used the iPads and iPad stands to film a short clip of them turning on their switch to light up their monsters. View a class movie below.
My second graders had two very different portrait experiences this year. First they learned all the rules for creating a REALISTIC self-portrait with features drawn in the correct places with correct proportions. We carefully measured and studied the face to make these beautiful winter self portraits. View the gallery of finished work here.
Then, these same students were given cardboard, foam board, puzzle pieces, and odds and ends. They were shown examples from this School Arts article by Donna Staten and images of Picasso's cubist portraits. They were then told to go ahead and break all the rules to make ABSTRACT portraits. See the growing gallery here.
THREE 1st place winners will win a T-Shirt with their favorite art from their Artsonia portfolio printed on it.
THREE 2nd place winners will win a free family pass to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Five young animators met with me on Friday after school for one hour to learn to fly. Second grader, Max, won the iPad animation party prize offered through the Dryden Fundraising Raffle before spring break. He and 4 friends learned how to turn themselves into superheroes that fly across the sky using 3 different apps on our art room iPads.
Animate over a photo of clouds in DoInk Animation App.
View the whole group's animation video below.
View the line up from the Screen Test Jr here: http://www.ci.schaumburg.il.us/PCA/youth/Pages/ScreenTestJr2016_Lineup.aspx
View our movie entry below. It is password protected until after the fest. PW: dolphin
Fourth grade had a wonderful trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. We had a docent guided tour, lunch with a beautiful view, a chance to see Van Gogh's three Bedroom paintings on special exhibit, go on a scavenger hunt, and see President Obama's motorcade on the way back to school! Many of the teachers tweeted images and messages from the trip using the hashtag #drydenartic. I'll share them below.
3 resources that made this trip better:
The highlight of all highlights was this:
Remember those iTunes + iPod Ads?
First, I loaded a green screen video into DoInk Green Screen App. I cropped and resized it to make sure only the figure and green screen showed in the viewfinder. Here is what it looked like before I applied the chroma filters.
When you enable the Chroma filter the green disappears by default. I moved the color dial over to red (the complementary color of green) and adjusted the sensitivity level until I found the sweet spot where the figure became a silhouette.
I exported this clip as a movie to make sure this effect is retained. Here it is below.
Then, I put the video with the new effect back into the Green Screen app and applied the default chroma filter effect which removed the green but kept the black silhouette. I added an image of a color below s that I could see silhouette.
This is the clip of created from above. The next step is to make decisions about the background and the figure's placement to create your video.
I wanted to try to recreate the iPod/iTunes ad with "iWords" in white over a solid color field. So, I used Phonto to make these three images to play behind my silhouette video.
As I was playing with this dancing silhouette effect I found myself wanting to combine them with words and music. A very simple way to achieve this was by using the Ditty App (see this previous post about ditty) to make a musical video from the words I typed. The movie exports as a square. So, I used one of the video layers in the green screen app to add a color so I can scoot the Ditty to one side of the viewing stage. This allowed me to add the dancing silhouettes on the top layer. I played with the sensitivity level until they became semi-transparent so that they can overlap the words without blocking them out.
Here is the video I created over a ditty with two layers of dancing silhouettes. Both layers have some level of transparency so they can overlap the words.
I have been doing a graphic design lesson inspired by the iTunes and iPod ads since 2007. I wrote about this lesson for School Arts Magazine and created tutorials for creating these effects for using the Mac Desktop app Keynote and the iPad using Superimpose. View this post.
Also I've posted a couple lesson ideas using the Ditty app. One was about adding green screen stop motion animation over a ditty.
See that post here.
The other lesson idea included using drawn or composed animation over a musical ditty. See my post about this here.
Students used a photograph of Chicago to create a contour line drawing of the city skyline. Then they created a new layer and colored it from underneath. See the gallery of cityscapes on Artsonia here.
Flying Movies (Class Collaborations)
Last year I was out of the swing of things since I had to take time off tohelp my husband in his recovery from a serious injury. He and I both went back to school this year and with that came my desire to present at the National Art Education Conference in Chicago. Fortunately, my district supported the entire art team when we expressed our interest in this amazing professional development opportunity.
iPad Animation iDeas
The last time I did an elementary carousel I had a cozy little group around my table for each rotation. This time it was a ridiculously large group. My 50 handouts ran out after my first two rotations so I posted them below.Use this link to my ever increasing collection of digital art lessons online to find each iPad animation idea numbered below.
I hope this doesn't look like bragging, but I wanted to create a visual that shows the awards I've won in my career. If you knew my story of how I struggled all my life with painful shyness and was almost fired my first year due very much to my inability to step into the role as leader in the classroom then you too would see this image as an encouragement. I started to bloom as a teacher as soon as I took a step outside of my classroom. The sunlight of community and water of encouragement helped me grow in the soil composed of students who keep me firmly grounded.
Presentations I attended
On Friday morning I woke up at 5am to commute again into the city hoping to arrive in time to catch Janine and Cassie present on Leaving a Legacy. Their presentation was so inspiring. I was particularly touched when I saw that Janine included two slides that gave me and my students a shout out. So honored! But, I must say the whole experience was sweetened by sitting next to Cathy Hunt from Australia. I've been following her for years online and was thrilled beyond belief to finally meet her face to face.
When I first learned that I won the AET Outstanding Community Service Award I was so grateful not only for recognition, which is wonderful, but for the opportunity to thank the people in my personal learning community who have done SO much to support me during my struggles following my husband's very serious injury. My speech attempted to explain how my view of community changed dramatically from a group I threw ideas into to a place that wrapped me in kindness then I was incapable of giving. Then kindly held my hand while I worked on getting back into the world again. I've learned so much about love and selflessness while on the receiving end from my community. I spoke specifically of the financial donations, the catered meals, the cards of encouragement that plastered the hospital walls, the continuous comments via Facebook of prayers for recovery, and the many hands that reached out to lighten my load with sub plans, attempts at including me in things without adding stress, and not giving up on me though I was out of the teaching world for an entire year. It was so wonderful to see so many of the friends who played such an important role in sustaining me through my hardships. How humbling that they chose to honor me when really THEY (you!) are the ones that should be honored, emulated, and applauded. My personal learning network taught me what true community means.
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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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