I received a direct message on twitter from @GiftedTawk with the image to the left attached. She was wondering if there was a way to create this effect on iPads.
The image and the challenge inspired me, so I pulled out my iPad and got to work.
I took a photo of myself as if I was drawing myself and put it in Adobe Illustrator Draw to create a contour line drawing with the black ink tool. Learn about contour line drawing from Grandpa Pencil here. Then I layered both the photo and the drawing in Superimpose app. I toggled between the paintbrush and eraser masking tools using the soft brush setting. If I took away too much I switched to the other to paint it back in. The app is very forgiving, but it doesn't give me textured results only blended or hard edges. I did the best I could when I whipped up the examples below.
Anagrams take the letters of a word or phrase and rearrange them into new words. I wanted to play with this idea digitally. I started with an anagram I learned long ago made from the word LISTEN. It can become SILENT. Since I'm a visual and concrete thinker (much like my students), I wanted to SEE the way the letters rearrange. So I used DoInk Animation App to drop in the letters of LISTEN, set a keyframe, and scoot them into the word SILENT. It was pretty simple once I figured out how to harness the power of a keyframe. I imagined playing this as a gif on my projected screen at school for my students when I want them to focus. It's kinda hypnotizing. So I uploaded the .mov file from DoInk to ezgif.com. The gif runs as a continuous loop while playing in a browser.
Then I started thinking of how I could have students make anagrams. Not every attempt, I found, results in something as clever as the example above. However the process of troubleshooting, rearranging letters to form new words, considering the meaning, and trying to figure out what to do with the left over letters was a wonderful exercise in creative problem-solving. Here are a few I created as examples for my students:
Here is a tutorial to help you and your students get started:
I've been playing with ways to make a switch or button on my paper circuit artwork appear more integrated and purposeful. The robot I originally played with had a momentary button that I designed over the battery into the belly of the robot. See it here. The button also worked as the mechanism that closed the circuit. This time I bought a button online that was spliced into the circuit and not necessarily near the battery. This meant the connection to the battery was fixed and pushing the button (with a satisfying click noise) completed the circuit. I've been playing with ideas in preparation for the fall since I finally received the Donors Choose grant for supplies to try this with my students.
Shout out to Journal Fodder Junkies and their 15 minute for 30 days sketchbook challenge #JFJ15for30. Today's challenge was for paper cut outs of windows and doors. It forced me to think differently about how to add more interaction to the paper robot with the eyes and helped me invent a way to hide the button in the belly. Thank you!!
See my previous posts on paper circuits:
and my "how to" video:
Want a high tech option?
We now have a class set of iPads available so I designed a lesson to try an iPad Rotoscope Animation collaboration. It's the same idea but no need for transparencies, scanning, or printing. Everything is organized and created digitally. Explore it here.
About a year ago I was approached by Facets, the non-profit group that hosts the Chicago International Childrens' Film Festival, and asked if I could submit their favorite Fugleflicks to their project. They proposed making a child-friendly curated film app that gives children, parents, and teachers one place to go to view the best films for children in the world. They said they would like to include the best films by children for children as well. That is why we are SO EXCITED to announce that they specifically asked for
Well, the Facets Kids app has been released. You can explore it here.
All our Fugleflicks are free to view on vimeo, but the app is full of AMAZING videos by adults for children and children for children. It requires a subscription to view, but the non-profit will donate half the proceeds back to the filmmakers to build up their programs. Win-Win!
Two other ways to enjoy Fugleflicks
I put together 20 of our favorite Fugleflicks into one QR code book. Students can scan the pages with a free scan app on their iPads, plug in some headphones, and learn about art independently with our student-created art-related entertaining videos.
Click here to learn more about this book and peek at the pages. My students LOVED exploring these videos independently.
I also put together these same 20 favorite Fugleflicks into an eBook that you can download to your iPad (just over 40MB). They play the movies in your browser (need wifi available to view) to keep the book from being too large for your school iPads.
Learn more about how to use the ebook, how to download it, and get them ready for student use here.
When I first started teaching I would do an introductory lesson with my kindergartners that involved mixing the primary colors and symmetry by squirting paint on paper, folding it, and turning it into a butterfly. See how this is done from Theresa Gillespie's post here. She calls the lesson an oldie but a goodie and I agree. My interest in this lesson revived after running across a photo collage image in a Shutterfly ad (on right below). I started to rethink this lesson. Here are my new plans for two ways of creating this lesson.
Digital art and photo collage:
Physical art and photo collage:
Video tutorial showing how to layer images in Superimpose app
Video tutorial showing how to use the symmetry function in Sketchbook express
I explored an alternate way of creating these butterflies by using bilateral symmetry in Amaziograph app and adding a silhouette using superimpose app. I have a tutorial for silhouettes in this post: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/silhouettes-with-superimpose-app
I bought the book, Go Away Big Green Monster, used on Amazon thinking it would be perfect for a construction paper collage lesson. When it arrived it was all ripped up. I couldn't really read it to my students. So, I decided to use it as an inspiration for our own version of the story that would lead perfectly into our collage lesson. I made it out of shapes in Keynote and animated it slide by slide. I let the students come up and touch the interactive whiteboard to take us to the next digital page of the story. I set it to music to add a bit more suspense. Below is a recording of what our book looks like. It's much more fun when the kids participate. So, here is the keynote file for you to give it a try. When the lesson was complete we created a word bank of colors and shapes and filled out a monster display form. This helped reinforce some of the concepts we explored.
I put the powerpoint lesson with instructions and resources built in to lead you and your students through the steps needed to create a colorful construction paper monster collage that reinforces shapes, symmetry, and color balance on TpT. The lesson is based on the book by Ed Emberley, Go Away Big Green Monster. I created an animated version of his story to introduce this lesson (see above). This project was perfect for my first graders but would probably work anywhere between pre-K and 2nd grades.
Digital Lesson Extensions:
This lesson was definitely rewarding for my students though it did require doing the same drawing twice as they spun the paper and repeated their ideas. They painted with tempera paints and metallics then outlined in black and metallic markers. When they were finished I photographed and printed their paintings small enough to look like a real playing card. Though the lesson teaches symmetry, it is really a test of observational drawing skills. These 5th graders really wowed me with their skill & attention to detail.
I printed out symbols for students to apply to their cards after the art was painted, trimmed, and glued to a piece of tag board.
I put the whole lesson with resources and print outs together in one ppt that you can download from TpT here.
The DoInk animation app allows for many many different techniques that can reinforce rotational symmetry. Here is an idea for creating an animated rotationally symmetrical playing card. The animation is created over (blank) photo downloaded from photofunia.
Fugleflick to introduce Contour Line Drawing:
Take a digital image of the finished artwork and have students add an artist statement using an app like Phonto if on an iPad or Keynote if using a laptop.
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:
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