A little tiny hand written chapter book by second grader Sofia was presented to me (Mrs. Fuglestad) one day in early February. I LOVED it. It was so full of visual imagery and imagination that I thought it would be the perfect story to try to animate with a technique I've seen but never tried, paper cut stop motion. I talked to Sofia and she recruited Lindsay to meet with me during lunch recess to design, color, cut, animate, narrate, and edit this fanciful story. After 6 weeks we are happy to present, Strange Magic below or here.
I was fortunate enough to attend and present at the National Art Education Conference in NYC this pas week. I went to fascinating sessions, networked with some amazing art educators from around the country, and had the chance to share our iPad animation lessons with others through my presentation.
I got through slide 90 of 150 during my presentation of Elementary iPad Animation. I have way too much to share on this topic right now (which I think is pretty exciting). I have been updating
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with my lesson ideas here. This handout is pointing back to the numbered lessons from the flyer where you can find "how tos" and resources.
Or download the handout as a PDF here.
I first saw this idea from this Tweet from Mrs. Dweck. The "blinkie" concept is to use pre-made animations that play from youtube (like this one) underneath drawings to bring them to life. I immediately began to think about making this concept more creation-based for both the physical art and digital animation. I began playing with the DoInk Animation and Drawing App to make simple white animations over a black background customized for the art I wanted to create.
Animated Glow below a physical drawing on paper----Animation drawn in DoInk app
The solution I developed is very simple. I dreamt up an idea that blends a physical drawing with a glowing animation. I thought of things that glow like a lightning bug, sparkler, a phone, buttons on a machine, stars in the sky, etc... Then I drew a picture with a blank area for the glowing thing(s). Afterwards, I took out the iPad and used DoInk Animation app's drawing mode to make a white animation over a black background. To make it move I used the flipbook technique where you draw movement one slide at a time. Then in the composition mode I resized the animation and placed it in the portion of the screen that best corresponded with the physical drawing that will overlay the animation.
What is really interesting about this animated glow idea is that it not only combines physical and digital art, it requires an interaction of the two to enjoy it or a documentation of that interaction via video or gif.
Animated Glow set to music
I put the video clips into iMovie, used the white balance filter to remove the yellow tint, and set the small video to a piece of royalty free music from incompetech to tell a story.
The following ideas are so image specific that I photographed the drawing, added it to a bottom layer in DoInk drawing app, and drew over it to make the animation. The photo doesn't export with the animation, so this technique is a easy way to place the glowing animation in the correct locations.
Students will learn to draw their profile and out stretched hand (physically) and make a flipbook style animation of a glowing alien (digitally). Then then will create a video of the alien glowing from the iPad as if it is standing on the person's hand in the drawing.
Drawing the Profile and Hand:
There are a few ways to approach the profile and hand drawing. One is to have students pose for a photo. They would then load the photo to the bottom layer of an iPad drawing app and do a contour line drawing of their portrait. These would then be printed out to use with the animated glow effect. The other idea is to use the handout I made below to help students draw a profile and hand from shapes and observation. This drawing would then be traced in black marker and used for the animated glow.
Tutorial: Animated Glow Alien
Here is a preview of our Animated Glow Lesson using the above animation and finished student profile drawings.
4-1 Class Animations below or here
4-2 Class Animations below or here
4-3 Class Animations below or here
4-4 Class Animations below or here
Resources: book and song
Resources: Drawing aliens
1st graders are finishing up their monochromatic heart paintings. This project introduces positive and negative space, mixing a tint, etching a line design, and printing a border. They also do some teeny tiny touch ups to make their final results clean and crisp.
Below you can see the line etching step. Students used a wooden stylus to gently scratch a line design into the wet paint. They painted a little then etched a little so the paint would be wet when they etched it.
After painting the negative space of one heart and the positive space of the other, students mixed a tint of their one color by mixing white into it. They learned about tints and other aspects of color with this brainpop jr video. We watched our Monochromatic Fugleflick too. We had fun playing the color matching game on our interactive board at the end of class too. Find it here.
Download the whole lesson here.
See the gallery of finished art here
I wrote and received an ABC/25 grant for an engineering and art integrated project that will challenge students to create small drawing machines that will move on their own with a battery powered vibrating motor. These little ART BOTS will be constructed from lightweight foam, markers, a battery operated electric toothbrush then decorated with wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners and other craft items. Students will work collaboratively in groups of 4 to make one ART BOT and use it to create their own piece of abstract art. The initial year of implementation will be with the entire 5th grade. Since the grant includes recyclable batteries and a recharger, the bots will be deconstructed and rebuilt by next years’ 5th grade students to make this a multi-year school-wide grant.
Above is the video that I modeled this project after. It turns out that the toothbrushes we purchased are designed differently and pose new challenges. So, I experimented with a few different designs to see what works best. I found some sets of lego wheels in my stash of stuff and added it to each kit as an option. Can't wait to see what our engineers/artists come up with soon. Below is a copy of my grant for your reference.
5-1 Art Bot Engineers at work:
5-2 Art Bot Engineers
5-3 Art Bot Engineers
5-4 Art Bot Engineers
This group was given dollar store personal fans as well as toothbrushes.
Engineers with their Inventions and the Art it Created
When the inventing and art-making were complete students posed with their art bots. We photographed the abstract piece of art it created and framed it digitally. Then students used their iPads and the superimpose app to layer the two images together. This was uploaded to their portfolio on Artsonia with an artist statement that explained the process and their thoughts about whether the results were really art.
View their gallery here.
This classic Fugleflick can help you ponder the age-old question, "What is Art?"
These fifth graders thought it reminded them of the abstract expressionism found in the 1940's-1960's like that of Jackson Pollock. Make one digitally here.
Our Art Bots Celebrated by ABC/25
This video montage is of all ABC/25 grant recipients and the items they purchased throughout the district. Watch the way they end this video...oh so cute!
4th graders made profile portraits and will soon start animating a glowing alien using the DoInk Drawing and Animation app on our iPads. They will let the alien interact with the paper in a new and creative mix of digital and physical art. See my full lesson here.
I distributed examples of aliens by Andy Martin to help families brainstorm theirs. We listened to Emily Arrow's music video based on the book Your Alien while we drew.
In this lesson, students would learn to apply a green screen technique using the Green Screen App by DoInk that creates a silhouette, copy it and change the transparency to create a shadow, then layer it over a background.
The lesson would connect dancing, music, and visual art while teaching about shadows, transparency, silhouette, complementary colors, digital layering, and movement.
Steps for creating this effect:
Create the silhouette: After you load a green screen video, click on the color wheel button and choose a spot on the other side of the color wheel for the chroma key effect. The complementary color (choose red instead of green) makes the subject a silhouette. Adjust the sensitivity bar and choose the crop button to clean up your video. Export the silhouette video to the camera roll by choosing "save" while "video" is selected.
Build your project: Bottom layer-chose image-upload the stage from camera roll Middle layer: choose video-upload the silhouette video. The green will automatically go away. Resize and position by pinching the video with two fingers. Click on video and choose "copy" from menu at bottom Top Layer: touch the layer and choose paste. Go back to the second layer, touch it to select it. Under the color wheel button, slide the sensitivity button until it becomes transparent and looks like a shadow. Audio: I would remove audio from this video and add it back later when the whole class video is made in iMovie.
Below is a Fugleflick about visual literacy created completely in shadows by students.
Below is a performance by an Hungarian Shadow Theater Group on Britian's Got Talent show. (Get your kleenex ready.)
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of complementary colors which is part of this digital art making experience.
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of transparent and opaque which is needed to understand shadows in this digital lesson.
Or look at the still image version of the dancing silhouette called iExpress.
A few times a year, NextVista.org hosts student video contests. These videos teach something learned in school, are 90 seconds (+ credits) long, and fit in one of three categories: student, collaboration, or teacher created. They are screened by a panel of judges and posted to the site. Those that score the highest points are posted as finalists. Winners are awarded after the finalists are viewed by teachers and students around the globe. We entered 4 movies this time into the contest and 2 of them were selected as finalists in two different categories. Click on the movie titles below to see them.
Soaring Creativity: Teacher Category
Soaring Creativity: Collaboration Category
We entered a tutorial explaining the 2nd grade rotational symmetry lego design project in the teacher category. View it below and visit my post to learn more about this project.
We entered a shortened version (to meet requirements) of "How to be Kind" in the collaboration category. View the full version below and visit the post to find out how Dryden's youngest animators created the beating heart effect over their still images.
There were 2 other videos entered during this contest that were not chosen as finalists.
Deep Space (the remake) was given an Honorable Mention. View thefirst version here and learn about animated aliens to play instruments, beatbox, dance, and sing here.
How to Stay Neat was also a remake by the 2nd graders of 2015-2016 school year. It was entered in the summer contest but since they had no other collaboration entries it was put into the current contest where it didn't score as high as the other entries. View the first version here and the remake below.
Here are thescoring guidelines that the judges use for the videos. Try going back to each category (Teacher, Student, Collaboration) and score the movies so you can guess who might win. There are "bonus points" for turning the movie in early and following the directions when the movie is turned in, so your score may be a few points off because of this unknown factors.
Using the DoInk Animation app to digitally rotate the lego designs not only extends the lesson digitally, it serves as an assessment to determine if the designs are rotationally symmetrical.
Students can add their own photo over the rotating design using a size change to indicate falling. The 2nd tutorial below shows the steps for creating this project. It would also help you just rotate the masked lego design (like above) if you skip adding the figure.
View my interview with Corey Engstrom of Teacher Tech Trials about this project below.
Our Rotational Symmetry Lego Wall
-made completely by second graders using our collaborative method of taking a turn
This is the movie made from students' digital animations of their lego plates.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(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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