I was able to attend the National Art Education Conference in Chicago where this issue of the School Arts Magazine was distributed to any art teacher who visited the Davis Publications booth in the exhibit hall. The editor, Nancy Walkup, posed with me and my article for this picture. She also gave me a ribbon to add to my attendance badge that reads "SchoolArts Author". (yeah!)
Below is the Crown Fountain animation I made using my template in the Green Screen app from DoInk. Click here to find the template and some tips for making an interactive public sculpture video or animation.
I wrote up my ideas for how to interact digitally with the Crown Fountain in Chicago. The article was published in School Arts Magazine, April 2016. Click here to read it online. I have many different ideas for how to interact from a simple photobooth technique to using the green screen animation app. Explore all my resources here.
(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)
Ditty is an app introduced to me via @DrydenTech and @msquick4 as a way to make a musical video from any text you type. When I started playing with it I began seeing lots of fun uses for making Musical Memes combined with animation. Above (left) is an example of a green screen stop motion animation using iMotionHD, an iPad document camera, and green construction paper. On the right is a musical ditty of the phrase "monsters love to dance." I combined the videos in the Green Screen app by DoInk and along with some more stop motion clips to make the Musical Meme below. See this post: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/green-screen-stop-motion-monsters
I used two drawings and animated them in the composition mode of the DoInk Animation app over a green background. Then, I layered the video over a ditty created from my slogan, "Life is too short for long faces" using the Green Screen app by DoInk.
This musical meme was created with a drawn animation of a pigeon using the doInk animation app. I was able to export the animation after I used composition mode to the shared folder. When I opened the green screen app I could import the animation with a transparent background using the shared folder feature. The two apps play nicely together to save time and keep you for having to do extra steps while layering your work.
The musical meme below is a quote illustrated with a rotoscope of people scratching each other's back. I made this rotoscope once, duplicated it, changed the color, and repeated until I had a long chain of people helping people. The rotoscope was overlapping the ditty's words so I extended the animation in the green screen app with a layer of plain white. This animation also used the shared folder between the two apps.
Since Dryden's art room began the year with a class set of iPads (find out how here) loaded with awesome creation apps (likeDoInk Animation App, Green Screen App by DoInk, and Superimpose), I decided to offer an animation workshop to students who wanted to learn how to create a film entry for the PTA Reflections contest. The contest theme this year is "Let your imagination fly" which lends itself perfectly to animation.
The workshop filled up with 4th graders almost immediately. Most of the students were uncertain what they wanted to create, so they learned techniques. Here are some animations they created:
One student, Katie, came to the animation workshop with a very clear idea of what she wanted to create. She had already written an original song and wanted to make an animated video to accompany it. So she worked with me a few more days to create an acapella audio recording in Garageband (with her own backup vocals) and a series of animated scenes to tell her story. She explored a bunch of animation tricks using still images, layered animation, and mixing live video with animation using green screen effects. View her little masterpiece here or below.
Her piece was selected by the NW Cook region PTA to advance to STATE! Congratulations!
I had the opportunity topresent a breakout session at the Illinois Computer Educator Conference today (ICE). It was the first time since 2013 when Wesley Fryer sat in and live blogged my session (see his post here). I found myself extra nervous but some wonderful friends from my PLN came by to support me which boosted my courage. See their picts below. The above image is a sketchnote from three sessions I attended today including Adam Bellow's Keynote, Ben Grey's Spotlight, and Hether Hoffman's poster session. I found that I do a much better job of synthesizing information when I try to communicate it with images.
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!
This is a lesson I put together years ago for my first graders. We drew and painted the pigeon from Mo Willems' book.
(Here is his handout with step-by-step directions. Here is his interactive site with games and more.) Originally I would help my students create these Pigeon inspired book covers from their paintings with a rule from our art room. We used keynote on the desktop. Here is the tutorial for this technique. Today I recorded a tutorial for doing this project on the iPad. This technique would empower young artists to do each step of this project independently starting with THIS TEMPLATE. You might also want to show my animated and narrated version of the book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (also created using Keynote). Oh, and here is a worksheet to print out to help your students plan their design.
iPad tutorial using Keynote app
Desktop tutorial using Keynote
Try this musical meme idea with the pigeon:
Maybe you want to try a mix of drawn images with photos. You can have the pigeon show up in real life as these first graders tried. View the images here. We were inspired by Knufflebunny, a book by the same author. Watch the video of my reading below.
When I was asked to write an article for the School Library Journal I was still glowing from the excitement of presenting at Kutztown University on iPad Animation. The article is entitled iPads Reimagine Art Class and focuses on the transformational uses of animation for expanding the art curriculum, teaching concepts with dynamic media, and helping students transition from physical to digital. I use three examples of animation lessons to demonstrate these points; features Ghosts, Aliens, and Godzilla. Read the article here.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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