I had the honor of being interviewed for the Jiffy Pop Podcast towards the end of summer. I talked about my take on creativity, how we learn from failure, and how making art brings me joy. See theshow notes to learn about the projects and hashtags we discussed. Thanks to Todd and Jen for including me in your podcast!
Then, I began going bonkers over the idea of painting robots. I called it my robot phase (I might still be in it.) I painted Do-Dad and Alumi-Mum, Polly Phonic, and Anita Toonup. All of these robot paintings are showcased on this blog post. As you can see from the post, I animated each one of the robot paintings so that I would have plenty of examples to show my students when they try the technique this school year. THEN, I received a Shutterfly coupon in the mail. That's when I realized I had enough transdigital pieces of art to fill a Shutterfly book and practice using AR (augmented reality) to make the animations appear over the art. I've seen this technique recently at the ISTE conference and had it in the back of my mind. So, I designed the book, loaded it up with still images of art that I had or intended to animated, added a page with instructions for how to access the AR effects, and set it off to print. I went to HP Reveal studio to build my "auras" by setting the art as the "trigger image" and the animations as the "overlay". When the book arrived all I had to do was use the app to scan over the images and watch the magic.
I purchased a basic Littlebits kit so I could play, invent, and dream up ideas that might find their way into my art room. I have had lots of interactions with littlebits from conferences, workshops, and edcamps, but I hadn't thought of a way to bring them to my students...until now. I thought, why don't I make something that we can all interact with. In doing so, I might spark interest in creating and inventing with electrical and motorized mechanisms. So, I played. My first "invention" was a zucchini freshness tester using the makey makey and lights bit. If the zucchini I just picked from the garden conducts electricity (by being "fresh") it would light up. Take a look below. This idea fits with my garden vegetable themed summer, but doesn't translate well in the classroom.
I've been inspired by the interactive techniques I saw and experienced at the ISTE conference to try to stretch a bit and design more interactive educational games for my students. The first day of school is a great day to get up and play since we haven't started the making art yet, so I plan to begin this year with a game I'm developing called, "Color Mix and Mingle."
Play: Use the slides to direct the students
Watch: our student created movie about color relationships, Complementary in Every Way
I should explain how I came to the place where I made Darcy and Elizabeth of Pride and Prejudice emerge from the pages of the book. I began by wanting to practice a portrait drawing in Keynote on my iPad. I thought of the 1995 mini series of Pride and Prejudice and searched for a still image of the characters I had loved so much. I drew Elizabeth and Darcy separately based on the photo below using the drawing features in keynote.
At first I thought I would frame the portraits with space to add a quote from the text.
Then I saw these images from Cozy Classics. They are the needle felted versions of characters from Jane Austen's novel. I love everything about them. I was really struck by the way they were posed in front of the text from the story. So, I wanted to try a digital version of this some how.
I layered a page from the book and my artwork in the superimpose app. Then I used the brush masking tool (with the soft brush button checked) to gently blend the image and text. The app lets you re-draw the image back in if you take away too much. It's very forgiving, like the forgiveness Darcy requests when he realizes how snooty he was to Elizabeth. You can watch the steps in Superimpose App below or here from my tweet.
My Artistic Book Reports
Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred trapped in the words of her dystopian Gilead. Praise Be.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” Elizabeth Bennet
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
“Each dainty little child ran up to its mother, or aunt, or particular friend; but Molly had no one to go to.”
Cherry asks, "What ever happened to Mr. Pepper?"
Where do salads come from?
I've been playing with the drawing feature in Keynote ever since I learned about it at ISTE18. See my post with steps and a tutorial here.
I also have been working on animating robots lately too. Now the two ideas are coming together. At first I started thinking about making a portrait then trying to make it move through redrawing it in stages using the Brushes App. You can see below that I redrew the eyes by moving the irises and making them blink. These drawn, saved as steps, and complied in EZGIF.com to make an animated GIF.
After I shared this on twitter, Donna Robards shared her idea for animating the keynote drawing in Photoshop Fix app using the liquify tools.
That made me super excited to explore. I dowloaded the app, but found that it wanted a sign in. I wonder how that will work on my art room iPads? (May be a deal breaker) But, meanwhile, I'm going to play a bit. I found that if the app recognizes a face, you get tools specific to the face to help you "liquify" the drawing to make changes. It's really easy to go overboard. Here are a few of my attempts.
The process of changing a face's expression requires a different set of observational skills since the change needs to happen in multiple places gradually and sequentially. I haven't perfected this, but I'm seeing what I'm missing and it's forcing me to study expressions closely (which is great for my young artists).
I uploaded the images to the GIF MAKER tool on EZGIF.com (works on iPads-just fine).
This is where I can adjust the speed, crop, and duplicate frames to customize the GIF.
Trying to combine Brushes and Photoshop Fix didn't work since the different apps resized the image slightly differently. This made the GIF jump awkwardly. I manually corrected it, but I will need to re-think this for my students. If all the animation can happen in one app, the problem would be solved. Need to explore photoshop fix some more. If you can draw in the app, then no need to use brushes.
I was asked to make a robot painting for an upcoming kickstarter as a gift to those who donate. If all works out, Annie Log will become a poster for 100 or so supporters. The instructions I received was to make a robot like the one I made a few years ago and connect it someway to the idea of "love" (hence the heart button).
Do-Dad & Alumi-Mum
Painting Annie reminded me how fun making physical art can be, so I put down my stylus (from the #keynotedrawingchallenge) and picked up my paintbrush to make some more. My next painting is this lovely couple, Do-Dad & Alumi-Mum.
I wanted my next robot to be multifunctional, like early version of an iPhone. It should have a radio, TV, turn table, equalizer, and a telephone all built into one. Meet; Polly. her eyes are AM/FM dials. Her mouth is the speaker for all her integrated gadgets. The telly is in her belly and it happens to have Annie Log on the screen (what?). Her arm becomes the needle of the record player that emerges from the slot next to the jukebox-like selections. There is no dial for the phone since you can just ask Polly to place a call.
Student Learning: concepts
Lesson ideas: Making Robot Paintings
I have a TON of robot inspired lessons on my blog. Aquick search of "robot" gave me a well over a dozen results. But, I pulled out and linked to the lessons below that would best match the concepts covered above. Click on the photos below to explore.
Lesson Resource: How To on TpT
Digital Extension: Animated Robots
I have a blog post about using the Brushes app to make a very simple animated GIF from a digital picture of artwork. I played with this idea using many different subjects however animating robots is the easiest since they can have so many moveable, blinking, or flashing parts. Here is the post and below are more examples.
I just started playing with the apps that I learned about during ISTE18 in Chicago. One that I'm really drawn to is an updated version of an old Apple app, Keynote. As of spring I learned from @karlyb that keynote had added a drawing feature to their iPad app. As I was searching this topic on twitter I found Mrs. Kellenberger's twitter feed showing student drawings like this one made using Keynote. She shared her tutorial that she made for her students (below) demonstrating a contour line drawing over a photo.
4. You can export your project in a bunch of ways. What I like is the high quality png format for a still image. It looks like a vector drawing with clean edges that enlarges nicely. You can also export as a movie. To make the app replay your drawing you have to first click on the drawing, choose animate, and choose line draw then export.
Variation: Keep it simple
You can make your art layered and detailed in this app or you can keep it simple and cartoonish. I like both. I think I'll be aiming towards portraits like these below with my students, at least at first.
Resource: Learn about Contour Line Drawing from Grandpa Pencil (Fugleflick)
Mrs. Kellenberger and I challenged Twitter folks to surprise people with a portrait using the drawing function in the Keynote app and challenge others to give it a try as well. I've been collecting their drawings in this Twitter Moment. Check it out!
Join in anytime and tag your art with #KeynoteDrawingChallenge & @fuglefun
10 Take Aways from my first ISTE
1. Apple had an interactive mural set up encouraging people to draw. They were using the hashtag, #everyonecancreate I drew on an iPad and it appeared in the iPad icon on the mural. My take away; free app Tayasui Sketches. It has two layers and cool fill tool. Also the pen tool is ready to use unlike Brushes app where we have to make an opaque brush to get a "black marker" line. The fill is unusual. You draw the shape then it fills, but that can create some really cool graphic design-y looks if you miss the edges and leave some white.
2. I need to play with the new drawing feature in the iPad keynote app. It can animate your drawing process as a playback. These ADEs used it to make a rotoscope video. Thanks Karlyb for explaining this feature to me.
4. Another transdigital art idea is forming in my mind when I explored the poster session from Jenny O'Sullivan where they used AR app HP Reveal to connect green screen Do Ink videos to photos that were made into books (using Shutterfly.) My roadblock in using AR has been that I didn't feel like the work in creating would pay off since it needs community education to know how to engage with it. I like their book idea since instructions for access the AR videos are included in the book. Families bought the books and it became a fundraiser to cover costs of legos, canvases, and printing.
5. I joined in on ISTETEN for their gathering on Monday. This was a chance to learn about their network and meet some new folks. I had entered their Tech in Action video contest and won second place. They showed my video and gave me a certificate. My administrators came to support me too (thank you)!
6. I was asked by @doinktweets to present educational and creative uses of their Green Screen and Animation apps during an early learning playground on Tuesday. The tweet I posted before the event stirred up a crowd of interested attendees. Karen Miller of DoInk said that I had over 200 attendees stop by to learn with me. I was LOVING it so much the time flew by. We looked at holograms, flipbook animation, and animated glow ideas and was able to share classroom applications and curricular tie-ins for each.
7. That's when I learned about #passthescopeEdu for those who are #NotatISTE These educators teamed up to use periscope to create interactive recordings that gave the folks from home a chance to experience ISTE. People requested to include my playground presentation. This video was made for them (974 live viewers) to see. They were able to ask me questions and watch me demonstrate to others from over my shoulder. How cool is this?
8. As I was exiting the conference I decided to stroll through the Maker Poster Sessions before I left. That's when I saw two ideas that made me rethink makerspaces. One was a 3D printed Lithophane of a photo of Frida Kahlo. It was a tactile representation of the blacks, whites, and grays in such a way that when you lift it to the light it reproduced the photo magically. I began forming ideas of how this could play out in my art room. Still mulling it over. But, it's the first time I seriously thought about a 3D printer. My tweet (below) inspired others and helped to crowdsource some answers about creating these.
9. The other maker poster session was the very last thing I saw as I headed out the door. This lady had a table of fun looking toys that caught my eye. I didn't understand what I was seeing at first but when it soaked in I wanted to cry. She was having students make tactile versions of favorite books and games to apply their creative problem-solving in a way that gave access for those who are visual impaired. Making with meaning. I learned there is a whole group of educators who strive for meaning, empathy, and kindness while teaching others to make through the interactions from the tweet. How wonderful!
10. My last takeaway: The learning doesn't end. When I got home I wrote my summer "To LEARN list" that included Morphi app. I have a better idea now also of who I want to follow on Twitter to keep learning from all summer long. I've been enjoying creativity challenges from @kimdarche using the #Creativities hashtag. Also, I'm hoping to join more chats and connect more this summer.
I collected all my tweets in this moment.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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