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)
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
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.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
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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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