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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.
View my Bobblehead tutorial using:
Student Examples and Work:
View the gallery of finished caricatures on Artsonia here.
View all their Bobblehead Gifs HERE
This science and art lesson designed for 1st graders teaches:
The lesson (a step-by-step powerpoint) is available for download on TpT. Here is a link. You can also view students' finished examples from our online art gallery on Artsonia here. Here is a post from Mrs. Gutterman using Henri Matisse's Goldfish painting as inspiration.
Optional books for a literacy connection:
And here is our Monochromatic Fugleflick to quickly introduce to your students the concept of a one-color painting with tints and shades to create contrast:
Variation on this Lesson (Rainbow Fish):
Instead of using a monochromatic paint palette, students could use a combination of metallic paints and paint markers to make their fish much like Rainbow Fish. View the gallery of first grade fish paintings here.
Add the correct terms for the parts of the fish to reinforce vocabulary and science concepts. Use this sheet as a reference.
After the first graders made their fish paintings we erased the backgrounds and saved them as PNG (to retain the transparency of their backgrounds). Then students put them in the DoInk Animation app to make them swim.
The animation begins by drawing to objects in the DoInk Animation App.
Both objects need to be a complementary color pairs (red/green), (purple/yellow), (orange/blue)
1. The first object is a circle with lines that converge at the center. I used a spiral, but the lines could also radiate out/in with straight, jagged, curving, bumpy, (whatever) lines.
2. The second object is a figure drawing in the style of Keith Haring. This figure is a solid color with a shape pattern in the complement. I used circles but you can use squares, diamonds, hearts, ovals, flowers, leaves, (whatever) shapes.
The two objects are then layered in the composition mode of the DoInk app. I stretched them both out to 6 seconds and set opposite direction rotations on each.
Then I altered the size of the figure so that it began full size and ended almost so tiny that it disappeared.
The lesson is designed to help students see that complementary colors are extra vibrant in your eyes. The rotation of the lines as they converge into the center create an optical illusion that adds depth to the image. The shrinking of the figure creates the illusion of depth as if he/she is falling. Below is my vine video:
Variation of the idea:
This was my first attempt at this animation idea. In this animation I used the Kaleido Free app to draw lines converging to the center. The app allows you to save your drawing as a movie. To layer the figure and the movie I used the Green Screen App by DoInk.
Hypno Bot (another variation)
Pretty much anything can fall, rotate, and shrink away. Here is a 5th grader's robot falling over two layers of images. One layer is a semi-transparent rotating spiral and the other is a geometric patterned design.
The Quick Version:
Since you can animate photos using the DoInk Animation App, I think this variation on the idea may be the fastest one. Students will pose as if they are falling (in front of green screen). Then they will draw an optical illusion circle (like a spiral design). This will be photographed also.
All nine elementary and middle school buildings in School District 25 will have student art on display at theArlington Heights Memorial Library for the entire month of May. There will be an artist reception on Thursday May 5th from 6-7:30 pm hosted by the library. Learn more here.
Dryden will have one full banner of art displaying 40 pieces of physical and digital images and three sculptures in the display case for a total of 43 young artists represented.
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
4th graders finished their Son of Man Spoof inspired by the Surrealistic painting by Rene Magritte. View the original here. The portrait painting is missing some important features...like eyes, nose, and mouth. Our apple, blended with tints and shades covers over the face but slightly hovers so you can peek underneath to see our surreal secret.
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.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
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(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
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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