(Do the Dryden Dos)
Too Loud! (lunch room)
Too Mean! (playground)
Too Messy! (bathroom)
What if kindness was something that’s contagious? (outrageous)
Activating change just from your example (it’s possible)
A simple kind act spreading from someone courageous (audacious)
so they become safe, caring, and responsible
Believe in yourself because we believe in you
It’s not hard to do the right thing so do the Dryden Dos!
Use kind words, start listening make good choices,
you can do it- Just Dryden Do It
With the Global Student Voice Film Festival deadline for early entry fast approaching, a group of my 5th grade students have been hard at work collaborating on their 1 minute “Activating Change” themed film. These twelve filmmakers have been meeting during lunch recesses to brainstorm, plan, rehearse, film, and ultimately edit a short and entertaining story that will encourage our school community and possibly others to be agents of change.
Here is a simple idea for an animated portrait using two apps: Keynote and Ezgif.com
I wrote a post over the summer about how to use keynote for making portraits: explore it here. This will help you go through the steps of importing a photo, tracing over it, and using transparent color shapes to fill the portrait with color.
Step one: draw a portrait
Import a photo into a slide in Keynote, trace & color a portrait. Delete the photo.
Step two: duplicate and blink
Copy your drawing, click + for a new slide, paste. Redraw the eyes to make them close. Use the "..." to export slides as images to the camera roll.
Step three: make the gif
Go to https://ezgif.com/maker to make a gif from your two images. (You use this website from an iPad or desktop/laptop computer.) Click the "copy" button under the image with the eyes open until you have 9 copies and one of the image with eyes closed. This will make a nicely timed blink. Make the animation and save it (if on an iPad, click the save icon, click and hold on the gif, choose "save image" to put it in the camera roll.)
More examples of Animated Portraits
Exploring Math and the Arts with Trees: View Finished Tree Silhouettes in Artsonia Gallery
MATH: Students drew their trees and filled them with V's. We looked at how each branch can split into two more branches. So we did math along the way. Four branches each grew two branches with a "V" at the end (4x2=8). Eight branches each grew two branches when we added a "V" (8x4=16). The sixteen branches each grew two branches when we added a "V" (16x2=32). Our last step was to reach the top of the paper with our smallest branches (Mantra: the branches get smaller as the trees get taller) so, some students were able to draw 32x2=64 branches.
POETRY: Students used this poem written and spoken by a group of 1st graders during an art class over 14 years ago. I dug it up and used it as a way to help our students remember the trick of drawing our tree. It starts by asking "Why" but we actually start our drawing with a letter "Y" then continue with our "V"s. To make it a silhouette, we fill it with black marker to make it "dark and bold in the shivering cold." We're not so sure this tree is scary since we really like the Wishtree from our school-wide story.
PAINTING: Students used a wet on wet watercolor technique to mix and blend a sky that might resemble a sunrise or sunset behind their tree silhouette marker drawings.
LITERATURE: The Giving Tree and The Wishtree
Students are reading The Wishtree in their classrooms, but I read The Giving Tree to them in the art room via my video.
Finished Paintings: view the gallery
Digital Extension: Making a Wish (view)
Students learned about silhouettes as they made their tree. They imagined the tree was backlit which made it appear black. To extend the lesson they will digitally add themselves into their painting as a silhouette making a wish at the wishtree. Students took turns posing with the green screen while thinking about their wish.
Students pulled in a digital photo of their paintings and their green screen photo into the superimpose app. They masked out the green, used the filter to zero out the exposure (makes it a silhouette), transform it to resize and place the figure under the tree. You can view my screen recording to see all the steps.
My third graders are going to explore the primary & secondary colors, complementary colors, patterns, rotational symmetry, while learning the geometry of a circle in these color wheel paintings. Then they will be compared to op art as students rotate and digitally fall into them using Do Ink drawing and animation app on the iPad.
Step One: Learning the Color Wheel
Students practiced creating a color wheel with a rotationally symmetrical design inside. They needed practice with rulers, rotational symmetry, how to fill in the color wheel with secondary colors between each of the primary colors that mix to make it.
We used the Dot Day Quiver sheets to add an extra "dimension" to our practice since we were able to see the color wheels lift off the paper to rotate (and other effects) through the magic of augmented reality (using the Quiver app).
Step Two: Geometry and Symmetry
Step Three: Primaries and Complements
Painting neatly in this project is very important since the color wheel should always have bold clean colors in a specific order. We watched our STAY NEAT video and sang along to prep for our painting steps.
Step Four: Painting Patterns
Painting neat patterns with thin brushes over dry paint takes practice.
Get inspired about patterns with the REPEAT Fugleflick (warning, the song is very addictive-but luckily there is a karaoke version on my website if you can't get enough).
Step Five: Presentation of Physical Art
Our national standards for art education include presentation. Students need to think about how to prepare their art to present it as complete. We will use our BLACK MARKER to help redefine the six wedges of the color wheel while hiding our sloppy paint edges after getting inspired by our art room superhero, Black Marker!
Step Six: Digital Extension
Students are going to learn about rotation and the illusion of depth using size to create a falling animation using two apps: Superimpose and Do Ink Animation App. The first step is prepping the still image of a student falling using the superimpose app.
This Fugleflick helps students remember some strategies for staying neat while painting.
Complementary in Every Way is a lovely Fugleflick video that introduces color theory including primaries, secondaries, and complementary colors through a sweet love story.
I had the honor and pleasure of working with the Villa Park District 45 art team during their inservice day to explore STEAM and Active Learning lessons during a full day hands on workshop. Explore the lessons and resources from my smore flyer.
One hands on experience was to make a piece of art that incorporated a light up LED and a "button" housing the battery where the circuit would close. The idea was to seamlessly incorporate the science of circuits into an artistic design. Take a look at some of the clever solutions these teachers created.
Active Learning Art Games
We spent the afternoon thinking through and playing some active learning art games that I designed to help my students using their questioning skills, practice collaboration, use their manners and imaginations.
Teachers played our Spect-Art-acles game. You can learn more from my School Arts Article online here. Or view this post with all my resources.
I pulled out my rose gold karaoke microphone (with a super cool echo feature) and introduced our Fugleflicks Karaoke page to the art teachers. These pages have the embedded Fugleflick movie, soundtrack without words, and the lyrics printed. We tried out the REPEAT song (which is very easy to sing along with and let participants have some fun while singing about line, color, and shape patterns. What an enjoyable way to reinforce art concepts with students!
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
1. The Story (animated wordless version)
2. What is friendship (Brainpop jr video)
3. How to make a Paper Airplane
4. Photograph the airplane (over green)
Mine is not the best example. I realized after I watched the video above that I had mixed up a step. My plane works, but it's not the same look as the one folded above.
5. Test your airplane (optional but fun)
I have pool noodles hanging in the art room for moments such as this! Find a partner and fly your airplane through your table hoop then return it to them (like in the book).
6. Pose with green screen (4 sec video)
Making green screen video clips (instead of using the live camera option) gives students the opportunity to create the effect on their iPad after I share out the green screen videos. They will need to crop, adjust the chroma key effect, resize, and place their video.
7. Draw and Animate Clouds (4 secs)
Use the Do Ink Drawing and Animation app. In the drawing mode make two clouds. I used the black line (thickness 4.0) and white pour bucket. Each is saved as a separate drawing in the app's gallery.
Using the composition mode of the Do Ink Drawing and Animation app, I set up a blue background with 16:9 aspect ratio, and used the "star" button to bring in/resize my clouds. I moved them (without touch the green dot) to the right side of the animation stage. Then I drag the green dot across the stage to the left side. This made an animation path. I did this for both clouds to make a 2 second animation. I could either stretch out this video by dragging the media in the timeline to 4 seconds or I could duplicate the video in the green screen app for a total of 4 seconds.
8. Put it all together (Green Screen app)
9. Finished Examples
Step One: Brainstorm your alien
Step Two: Finalize your Alien Drawing
I challenged the students to limit their colors to TWO and keep the design simple so that they can successfully redraw the alien in multiple poses to create the illusion of running.
Step Three: Import into app and trace
Students traced their sketch in the Do Ink Drawing and Animation app for their first frame in their animation sequence. First we went through all the steps for importing and setting up our animation. I printed my screen shot (see below) as a guide.
Step Four: Draw frames of animation
After tracing their original drawing, students chose their two colors and poured them into the drawing. Then used the "+" button to make a new frame. Then, they traced the head just as before but redrew the arms and legs to match the pose 2 position. They colored this one and continued. Frame 3 is where we draw the creature blinking.
To be continued...
Inspiration Video: Andy Martin
Visual literacy requires clear communication through images; both creating and interpreting
Set up your game: Boxes, Pockets, Words
Play: Visual Literacy Creativity Game
The boxes become like DICE that students will ROLL. What ever comes up for their Adjective, Noun, and Verb is what they need to DRAW. The goal is to communicate clearly so others can guess the parts of speech they are drawing correctly. Visual literacy requires clear communication through images; both creating and interpreting.
You can award up to 3 points for someone correctly guessing the verb (1 point), adjective (1 point), and noun (1 point) = 3pts. Each table (or team) of artists can add up their total points to see who has the highest Visual Literacy Score.
Resources: Schoolhouse Rock Grammar
If your students are having trouble with Nouns, Verbs, & Adjectives these Schoolhouse Rocks videos can teach these parts of speech with short entertaining videos.
Today-ish is Dot Day (a day to celebrate making your mark) and also the day I wanted kindergarteners to explore the color wheel. So, we did both in a new way. I usually begin kindergarten art classes with a lesson on the primary colors, secondary colors, and how they fit on a color wheel. I give them a blank color wheel sheet and we use the three primary color crayons to fill in primaries and mix to make secondaries. This color theory lesson has become much more rewarding for my students now that we have a 1:1 iPad art room. After filling in our modified quiver dot day wheel we use the Quiver app to make our wheels come to life with augmented reality (AR). Download my color wheel sheet here. See my previous post for more images.
Kindergarten ARt Color Wheels
3rd Grade ARt Color Wheels
Third graders are prepping this week for their optical illusion color wheel paintings. I wanted to give them a lesson on the color wheel, complementary colors, measuring with rulers before we moved to the good paper. So, I pulled out the Dot Day Quivervision sheet and had them practice their work in the circle. They didn't know what the sheet was capable of until we finished and pulled out the iPads. Almost all of them told me they didn't know what augmented reality was. I was so excited to introduce this to them.
Dot Day is inspired by the story, The Dot by Peter Reynolds.
Emily Arrow writes songs inspired by children's books. She wrote this one for The Dot.
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)
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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