Some iPad drawing apps like Procreate and Brushes allow you to record the drawing process as a movie. (Hint: Brushes doesn't allow you to export the file but, you can record the movie as it plays from your iPad through your computer using airserver, quicktime, or reflector apps.) This gives the artist a chance to show the creative process and enhance the viewing experience with music and/or narration for digital storytelling. The following images are scenes from my Snow Flurry Fairy story. Below each image is a process animation where you can hear a snippet of the story as you watch the drawing.
I attended a workshop in Washington D.C. on educating students to become innovators. I made sketchnotes in the Brushes app of the ideas shared in our discussions and narrated my notes as the drawing process video plays. When they asked for feedback from the event, I sent them a link to this video.
Another way to record the drawing process is through time lapse video of a physical drawing. iMotion HD is a free iPad app that I use for time lapse and stop motion animation. These Artist Trading Cards were drawn and captured with time lapse then animated and set to music to help tell the story.
I love to draw portraits. That's my thing. My most challenging portrait lesson is the 3/4 pose. I designed a step-by-step tutorial for my students to guide them through mapping out the face, measuring the features in proportion to the whole, and creating a contour line drawing of their face turned to the side so only 3/4 show. Download the lesson from tpt here.
Watch the slideshow of presidential portraits to see how artists have painted. Look for their use of value and 3/4 poses.
When we finish our portraits we will take a digital picture of them on our iPads, erase the backgrounds in superimpose and layer them into a magazine template. Here students will get a chance to describe the things they will one day do to make their mark on the world for good.
See this lesson and resources here.
I was asked to do an iPad workshop for the art teachers of District 47 in Crystal Lake today. I was able to show them a bunch of creative ways to make art with their students digitally to explore concepts differently and demonstrate understanding dynamically. (The numbers on the sheet refer to my 175 STEAM art ideas found here.)
I just returned from my state art education conference in Bloomington-Normal, IL. I had opportunities to mingle with art teachers from across the state, attend presentations on a variety of topics, present on iPad animation ideas, attend award luncheons and gallery receptions, hang out with my D25 colleagues, connect with artists, special presenters, exhibitors, see my student honored for her artwork which was selected for the traveling exhibit, and soak in lots of ideas for how to improve my art program at Dryden.
I learned about a stand alone system called Game Frame that plays pixel art as an animation. I also learned about Glitch Art made from intentionally corrupting an image file by changing it to a .txt file playing with the code then reverting back to .jpg. I went to try this during the Hour of Code week with my 5th graders. I also saw some demonstrations of Aurasma from D211 high school art teachers and visualized some solutions that might work for bringing augmented reality to our Dryden art displays.
Congratulations to Karis (currently in 3rd grade) who had the above piece of art chosen for the 2016-2017 Illinois Art Education Traveling Student Art Show. Her piece is one of only 40 chosen from hundreds submitted to tour the state of Illinois in multiple exhibits through out the year. She will be honored at a reception in Bloomington, IL during the IAEA conference.
The show will travel to the Palatine Public Library for April 2017. That's very nearby so plan to stop in and take a peek at the best of the best of K-12 art education.
View what this art show reception
has looked like for our past winners:
Aleena in 2014
Klaudia in 2013
Kenzie in 2012
Kristelle in 2011
Anthony and Rachel in 2010
This anthropomorphic thumb, finger, or hand digital project will give students a chance to learn about digital collage, demonstrate an expression with their eyes, mouth, and voice, be creative, and come up with a sentence that includes a hand, thumb, or finger pun. Isn't that thumbtastic?
Steps: Digital Collage
7. Use Chatterpix app to record a sentence including a thumb, finger, or hand pun with an expressive voice. Here is mine using, "I'm all thumbs."
We happen to have two Fugleflicks with Anthropomorphic fingers and hands. These movies include some puns and acting that may get the creative juices flowing.
1. Take photo (horizontally) of a part of the art room. Hint: close up is fun, blurry isn't.
2. Draw a ghost in the DoInk Animation app using "drawing" mode found under the "+" button in the top right corner. Just use black line (we used size 6) then fill with white. Make sure it's a shape so you don't fill the background. Use undo or eraser for mistakes. Touch "gallery" when done.
3. Touch the "+" again and choose composition. Use the camera shaped button to import the photo. Don't touch the green dot-if you do, hit undo button. Use the star shaped button to import your ghost drawing. If you can't see the whole stage use two fingers to zoom out a bit. Resize the ghost by moving the corner in towards the center. Scoot the ghost to the left of the animation stage without touching the green dot. Touch the gear button and choose 50% opacity for both start an end. This is what makes the ghost semi-transparent. Now, touch the green dot on your ghost and drag your finger across the animation stage (over your photo) all the way to the right of the stage to create a path. You should see a green line-that is your path. Hit the play button (looks like the top of an arrow) to see how it looks. Hit done, then gallery, then share button, then save it as a movie or as a still image. We save it both ways-one for a class movie and one for our portfolios on Artsonia.
Introduce the concept of opaque and transparent with this short video.
Spooky story (with repetition so students can help act it out)
Here is a fun reading of "I'm Not Afraid of this Haunted House".
More like this:
After I shared this lesson via Twitter I received a couple of fun tweets from teachers who explored this animation technique with their art students.
This 2nd grade lesson introduces students to the artwork of Keith Haring. He made colorful painting with figures in action poses. I use this artwork to teach very basic figure drawing, complementary colors, primaries and secondary colors, action/ movement, positive/negative space, line pattern, and shape pattern. We begin by drawing poses using the help of a template students cut out and assemble by themselves. This template allows them to play with poses then trace the ones they like. Download the template.
Student Work: see gallery here
When students finished their paintings, they looked at them through 3-D glasses to see if the complementary colors made the actions poses even more vibrant.
Finished stop motion animations:
The fifth graders from 5-1 used the second graders' step up one day and made this:
Digital Extension: Create it digitally
Digital Warm Up Drawing:
Digital Extension: Make and Move
Students can use the template over a piece of construction paper and animate the figure against a complementary color background to demonstrate movement dynamically. I use the free app iMotion HD and have student make a short video. 30 images makes a 2 second video at 15 frames per second. I collect the individual videos for one class video.
Kindergarteners began the school year learning about the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. We poured them into the center of our paper, folded it in half, and watch the colors mix into a symmetrical design. It reminded us of butterflies. So we will turn them into butterflies with construction paper and googly eyes next week. Meanwhile we imagined that each artist was the body of their own butterfly for these images.
See the gallery on Artsonia here.
Here is a little "how to" for making these in Keynote (on a Mac):
Tricia Fuglestad's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow
Students completed their physical piece of art by learning how to make a butterfly body by measuring a good SIZE and designing a good SHAPE for their symmetrical paint wings. These can be viewed in their gallery here.
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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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