5th graders are going to do an all grade-level collaboration in celebration of International Dot Day. They will contribute an exquisite corpse drawing of either a HEAD, MIDDLE, or LEGS on a cardboard cube. This idea was inspired by the IAEA conference. They had the cubes set up on tables for us all to draw on in pencil. I took some back with me to inspire my students...and it worked. My students were very inspired by them and were begging to try it too. So, I used our amazon gift card from winning a NextVista.org contest to buy the boxes for this year.
Last year my fifth graders made collaborative rotoscope animations that we put into flipbookit.com mutoscopes. It was pretty amazing to see digital art become physical through this fun viewer. See the post with all the how tos here. Below is the display I set up this school year showcasing their flipbookits. I used this display to introduce the concept to my 4th graders.
Here is an idea I'm playing with. I would love for students to write a statement about how they can be kind next to themselves looking as sweet as an angel with flapping animated wings and halo or other symbols of kindness.
Learn about kindness in stories
Prepare your kindness statement
Download this brainstorming handout on front, and reference for wings on back.
1. Students pose angelically before green screen.
2. Import the image into Superimpose App. Use masking tools (magic wand and paint brush) to erase the background. Save using "mask as png" to retain transparency.
3. Using the Do Ink animation app, student can animate the wings and halo using this guide to see some steps for moving the wings.
Students open up a new drawing in Do Ink animation app. They need to make a three frame drawing with the progression above. Then click on the 2nd drawing and copy it (copy and paste are revealed when you click on the double arrows in the bottom right corner). Click on the third drawing and choose "paste". This will put the 2nd drawing after the 3rd drawing to make a 1-2-3-2- progression that loops nicely.
4. Open another drawing in Do Ink animation app and draw a halo. Click + and draw another slightly different. Repeat until you have 3 frames with small changes in each.
5. Now you're ready to put all the pieces together. Open a new composition in Do Ink animation app and begin layering in your pieces. Start from the back to the front: import the wings (use the star button). HINT: DO NOT TOUCH THE GREEN BUTTON ON AN IMAGE YOU IMPORT. Doing so will create an animation path. That is a different effect. Resize by grabbing a handle on the edge, place it where you need it by touching it anywhere else but the green dot, slow down the animation (under the gear tab) to about half the speed. Next bring in the PNG pose from the camera roll (using the camera button). Resize/place. Bring in the halo (using the star) & resize/place/slow down animation. Next, choose the "T" to write your text. Resize/place. Next, pick a background color from the "i" tab at the top. Click the play button to test it out. When you're finished save as a video to your camera roll.
6. Convert the movie to a moving meme in a GIF format by using EZGIF.com
Save the GIF to your camera roll. It can play a GIF in places like Twitter or website.
Follow this process to help students in class each come up with an original idea for being kind in a variety of spaces in the building. If this process works, student will learn from each other and each have a unique statement to add to their moving meme.
Random Acts of Kindness Club (1st graders)
Our kindergarteners share their ideas of how to be kind.
Results: View the art on Artsonia
Teacher's note: We didn't make halos because the wings were more challenging than I expected them to be for my 3rd graders. We all drew the wings in the same direction and then flipped them if we needed to to correspond to their pose.
Moving Memes Movies
Relative Size refers to clues in the picture that help you figure out the size of objects.
Playing with relative size forces the viewer to imagine something much bigger or much smaller than seemingly possible.
Below is a drawing of a fireplace mantel. It has a candle and picture frames. You would imagine that the objects are only about 8"-12" high. Now when you place a human on the mantel that confuses the scene. Either the mantel is much bigger than you thought or the human is a small as a mouse.
Below is a drawing of a building in Arlington Heights. You can tell from the size of the sidewalk and umbrella tables compared to the building that it's probably over 10 stories tall. Now when we add a human into the picture as tall as the building it makes you wonder if the building is much smaller or the human is monstrously big.
How did you do that?
The green screen app by Do Ink allows you to layer video over or under an image. You can record in real time using the camera mode or do what I did above. I recorded the student in front of green screen first which allowed them to crop, resize, and find the best placement over their drawing to create the illusion that they are as small as a mouse according to relative size.
To make it look like the human can stand behind the building and in front of the sky we had to import the scene twice. You'll see on my screenshot above that I sandwiched the green screen footage between duplicate images. Then, I erased the background from the top image using the masking tools in the app. Here is what it might have looked like if you were just viewing it alone. I can do this trick in the superimpose app as well and then import it, but it's not necessary since the Green Screen app has all the tools for erasing too.
Playing with relative size resources:
Take a look at this commercial. It's fun to see the inflatable gorilla set loose in the city. Does it's size seem to change when you compare it to the relative size of the objects around it?
This clip from the Disney adaptation of the book, BFG (Big Friendly Giant) makes everyone feel as small as a mouse when you see the world from the point of view of BFG.
A group of 4th graders used their profile drawings and green screen videos of 1st graders to play with relative size. We called this movie, Little Buddies. See this post for more info.
I always love to introduce the primary colors to my kindergarteners at the beginning of the school year, but now that the art room iPads have the Quiver App, it is a magical experience when our crayon color wheels lift off the paper and dance, bubble up, and spin. This year we colored one color wheel together step by step last week and watched the magic happen this week. Then student watched the tumblebook version of the book, The Dot, and created anything they wanted in a blank quiver dot sheet. Perhaps their new drawing made from the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) would have some secondary colors (purple, orange, and green) when they combine.
How to create this effect directly in app:
Here are the steps for creating this "postcard" effect directly in the Do Ink Green Screen app using their Mask function applied to an image over a video.
Creating the effect using a template:
Creating a template makes the project much easier for young learners or lessons with a time crunch. I made this template in Keynote using instant alpha to erase the center space. I like the template because of the drop shadow I can apply to the postcard shape and hand.
More examples of this technique
This graphic design lesson gives students the chance to combine their digital drawing skills and artist statement into a meme that promotes art education.
Process: #ArtMatters Memes
I've taught artist statement
lessons in a bunch of ways.
Here are some posts to explore if you want to try this idea differently:
Using Cam Wow and PicCollage
Download my artist statement worksheet
The Illinois Art Education Association is now offering free webinars for professional development hours. They're short, interactive, and interesting (hopefully.) Check out the list of upcoming and archived webinars on their site (click button or here) to register.
Make it Then Move it: Mixing Physical and Digital Art
Wednesday, September 20th, 7pm Central
Format of Webinar:
The webinar will be synchronous beginning at 7pm central time. I will be sharing short pre-made videos that explain my content and then coming on your screen chatting with you through my webcam. You can interact by sending questions through the interface. Hopefully you will find it helpful. Feel free to watch the videos ahead of time so you can think of questions you might want to ask.
1. Express Yourself in Expressionism
Students made art physically then entered it digitally through the magic of green screen.
View the post here and my brief video below.
2. MAKE IT then MOVE IT: Animated GIF
Students make artwork, take a digital photo of it, then use Brushes Redux on the iPad to make it into an animated GIF. See my post for details and the brief video below.
3. Make Digital Art Physical: HOLOGRAM
Students make a flipbook style animation on the iPad using Do Ink Animation app then make it "come to life" as a hologram. See my post for details and the brief video below.
The more detailed tutorial is on my post.
4. Rotoscope in a Mutoscope
Students collaboratively turned a video into a rotoscope (digital). These individual drawings were then printed and made into a flipbook mutoscope (physical). View my post for more details and the brief video below.
5. Animated Sketchnotes: Mini Stories
Take the sketchnote concept to the next level by animating them. Combine physical drawings and animations to tell mini stories. View my post for details and the brief video below to hear the secrets of some of my mini digital stories.
6. Haunted Masterpieces
Students can enter paintings as if they were ghosts haunting them using the Green Screen App by Do Ink. This gives students a chance to digitally interact with art, change the meaning, and reflect on the new story as if it hung in a haunted art museum. See my post for details and view my haunted paintings and meanings in the video below.
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