First graders have been working on apple still life paintings with overlapping. They filled the tablecloth and wallpaper with beautiful line, shape, and color patterns. They learned how to do touch ups and use our art room superhero, Black Marker, to hide any sloppy paint edges from the evil Sloppy Brush. View the growing gallery of finish work in our Artsonia exhibit here.
When I'm ready to animate I begin a new composition in DoInk and bring in my layers. I began with the masked out layer of the house, added a moon, animated bat, a semi-transparent ghost, and the isolated tree. I set the length of everything to six seconds and began making animation paths. Beyond teaching animation, this lesson would allow students to demonstrate overlapping, transparency, relative size, changes in size to show depth, as well as elements of storytelling. I exported the video and added music in a video editing app (see below). This would be a great way for students to tell their favorite spooky stories.
Some of the elements didn't need to be drawn with movement since the path I create in the composition has movement. I layered all the elements together in this 4 sec. animation. This project also gives students a chance to demonstrate foreground, middle ground, background, overlapping, transparency, movement, relative size, and storytelling. I set it to music in a video app below. These would make one interesting spooky class movie when set to music.
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What we are doing in Do Ink animation app is similar to what Walt Disney and his crew invented to make their feature length animations more realistic. Learn about it here:
See this post about 2nd graders' Really Spooky Landscapes where they digitally animated over their spooky landscape painting then entered their scene with the Green Screen app by DoInk.
See this post for resources to teach the lesson.
Here is another version of a spooky layered animation. This time I made a painting in the museum haunted with a semi-transparent ghost flying between the layers. The animation (made in DoInk Animation app) was loaded behind an empty picture frame using the DoInk green app.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to share some of my favorite STEAM art lessons with participants of the School Library Journal online Maker Workshop on Oct. 7th. I'll be sharing a bunch of ideas from my STEAM art lessons. Click this link to find resources for 150 of my lessons.
Update: here is how it went
Another Update: Here is the recording of the presentation
Rushton Hurley, world speaker and education specialist, spoke at a TEDx event and quoted our 1st graders (now 4th graders) as inspiration for his audience.
You'll see still images from the video I submitted to NextVista.org explaining our service project.
It's amazing how a seed of kindness from such young students can grow and spread.
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