I've spent months playing with augmented reality in preparation for bringing into my classroom. My 5th graders were my first students to go through the steps I had envisioned of making art, making the art move through animation, then witnessing the art come alive with augmented reality as they scan the art and see the animation.
I wrote about this lesson and every step involved in this post.
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
Then, I began going bonkers over the idea of painting robots. I called it my robot phase (I might still be in it.) I painted Do-Dad and Alumi-Mum, Polly Phonic, and Anita Toonup. All of these robot paintings are showcased on this blog post. As you can see from the post, I animated each one of the robot paintings so that I would have plenty of examples to show my students when they try the technique this school year. THEN, I received a Shutterfly coupon in the mail. That's when I realized I had enough transdigital pieces of art to fill a Shutterfly book and practice using AR (augmented reality) to make the animations appear over the art. I've seen this technique recently at the ISTE conference and had it in the back of my mind. So, I designed the book, loaded it up with still images of art that I had or intended to animated, added a page with instructions for how to access the AR effects, and set it off to print. I went to HP Reveal studio to build my "auras" by setting the art as the "trigger image" and the animations as the "overlay". When the book arrived all I had to do was use the app to scan over the images and watch the magic.
I was asked to make a robot painting for an upcoming kickstarter as a gift to those who donate. If all works out, Annie Log will become a poster for 100 or so supporters. The instructions I received was to make a robot like the one I made a few years ago and connect it someway to the idea of "love" (hence the heart button).
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