I must have been feeling pretty inspired this summer because the ideas were really flowing. I tried to organize the new 15 iPad Art Lessons iDeas I experimented with this past month together in this Smore flyer but you can find them all on my Creating on iPads page along with the other ideas too. Have fun exploring! Please share your thoughts, ideas, and improvements with me.
Okay, what if you wanted to teach your young students to make a landscape with foreground, middle ground, background, overlapping, relative size, a horizon line with primary, secondary, and neutral colors? Also, what if you also want to throw in a little bit of opaque and transparent too? And on top of all that you decide to turn it into an animation lesson on the iPads? Well, then, it might look like this:click to view the gallery of student work on Artsonia
I created a Spooky Landscape lesson for my second graders a while back that covered many of the concepts I described above, but now with the magic of iPads and the awesome animation app, DOINK, I think we can add much more (time permitting).
There are a bunch of ways to approach this lesson from starting completely from scratch on the iPad (animation above) to importing a photo and animating over it (example below). This idea uses animation to teach opaque-vs-transparent and relative size. This is so fun and easy that I'm certain my 2nd graders will be able to do this in art class over a few sessions with our class set of iPads, styluses, and DOINK animation app. Maybe we will piece all their little animations into a class movie and compose spooky music as a soundtrack much like this 3rd grade alien animation & this flying 5th graders animation.
This movie is in our
and is featured in our
interactive QR code
Scan View Learn
as well as our
Click View Learn
These books give students independent access to art related videos.
Digitally interact with Chicago's interactive Crown Fountain!
Why not use Godzilla as a tool for teaching perspective to your students on iPads?
Four resources for teaching this lesson:
Use the "You Matter" manifesto from Angela Maiers to spark a conversation with students about the difference they can make in the world now and/or in the future.
Or celebrate International Dot Day by asking students how they will make their mark one day. Turn the table on tabloids by celebrating good character and good choices in life.
What can you do to make a difference?
I put together a folder of Newsweek cover images that inspire students to think about the positive impact they could have on the world. In this collection you will find:
doctors, scientists, astronauts, athletes, writers, storytellers, political leaders, business leaders, and people who are simply smart, brave, giving and/or heroic in whatever they do.
Click here to view the folder.
Put yourself on Newsweek with an iPad
Steps to create:
Click to download this worksheet to brainstorm article titles that explain how you can make a difference in this world.
Once the ideas are ready, download the template and import it into a layer in Sketchbook Express (free) on the iPad.
Take a photo of yourself with the camera app and layer behind the template.
Save this image and import into Pic Collage App (free) to add the text and export/save your work.
Extension: Write the article you referenced on the cover.
Take a photo with a solid background so that the text is less cluttered
Offset the image to make room for text
Make the background transparent so you can overlap the Newsweek logo (see below)
-add the image so that it overlaps the logo
-duplicate the image
-move one image layer above the template and one below
-erase the bottom edge of the image to make it fit the frame. You don't have to be neat because over erasing will only reveal the duplicate image below
If you can't erase the background ahead of time, try to carefully erase it with the eraser tool in the app. Hit "undo" (back arrow) if you over-erase.
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This lesson would be a great technology extension project for art students' self-portrait paintings.
See my students' gallery on artsonia.
I have this 3/4 pose self-portrait powerpoint lesson available for download from TpT here.
Also, if you want to try this lesson on laptops using Keynote or Powerpoint, download the lesson from TpT here.
Thank you to Terri Eichholz for expanding on this lesson idea in your blog post Visualizing Making a Difference. It was so exciting to have an interplay of thought via this medium where ideas can flow and grow. I loved the video by Mark Bezos and want to share it here too so I can remember to play it for my students. Thank you!
The other day I clicked on this link from the Smore.com website and saw an adorable dragon image. I wanted to see if I could draw it or something like it using the vector illustration app INKPAD on my iPad (shown to the left). Since the app allows you to treat line and color as moveable and changeable objects, I thought it would be really easy to create a simple 2 frame animation in this app. Below you can see how I did this.
View the final animation online here.
The animation below was made on the iPad with the following steps:
1. Draw a landscape in Doink Express
2. Add in the PNG image of the dragon (made in Inkpad)
3. Draw a path for it to animate across (still in Doink Express)
4. Export as a 5 second movie to my camera roll of iPad
5. Import the video into 5secondsapp on iPad
Interested in more ideas like this?
This lesson uses similar ideas to my
Lima Bean monster post and lesson.
You can explore the post here.
You can download the lesson here.
View the whole store of lessons here.
Keith Haring, a street artist of the 1980's created bright, simple, and playful dancing figures that inspire my students. We have created Haring inspired pieces in the past focusing on figure, color, and pattern.
The most difficult part of the lesson is creating the figures with arms and legs that bend in places they should bend. It sounds easy but when you're still new a figure drawing, it is very challenging. I've tried having students pose their own bodies, photograph poses and draw over them on the interactive whiteboard, and cut out paper people that they can pose and trace. All these methods have helped, but I just stumbled on one that may be transformational when I found the Wooden Doll 3D app for the iPad.
Below: These are examples from second graders who have hand-drawn after great struggles the four action poses. They completed these with complementary colors pairs in the negative and positive spaces then completed them with line and shape pattern.
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Want to learn more about creating on iPads?
I have a webpage dedicated to the iPad ideas, lessons, tutorials, resources, and videos that we have used in our art room. I also have links to previous workshops where you can see what we learned and explored. If you can't join me now for this mini conference consider attending the IAEA conference this fall where I will conduct a free workshop for attendees.
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The eBook file is just over 40mb and can be downloaded straight into your classroom iPads. Open it in iBooks and view it full screen. Click a movie icon on the index page (left) to go straight to the movie you want to view or thumb through the movies by turning the pages. Each page has a red button with a link to the movie hosted on vimeo. This link brings the viewer to the website. Double click on the home button of the iPad to reveal the iBooks app icon and click it to return to the book. This is demonstrated in the video above. Each movie page gives the students a brief synopsis and describes the video's learning objective while filling the page with colorful images from the movie they will be watching. If you rather have a printable book with QR codes, that is now available too here. Learn more from this blog post.
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