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.
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)
The campaign to end loneliness made this movie showing children befriending seniors.
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.
Finished Student Examples: view gallery
Quick Test Run through Art Room
Step Five: Design an alien landscape
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.
See what Ava's tile looks like with the HP Reveal app (following fuglefunart)
How did we do this?
Ava's tile was a piece of art that lent itself perfectly to a video recreation. In kindergarten students made a painting (lesson is called, What is Art) that they also posed in front of as if they were viewing it hung in a frame. I had a digital version of the painting with and without the artist. I just dug through my digital archives (I've 18 years of digital stuff right now-whoa!) to find Ava's. Then we recorded a green screen video imitating her original pose and used the Green Screen app by Do Ink to layer the video over the image. Here it is a gif below.
Then I went to HP Reveal studio and set up the trigger image (her tile from the art history wall) and used the new video as the overlay. This made the video show up when you use the HP Reveal app while following fuglefunart.
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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