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).
Do-Dad & Alumi-Mum
Painting Annie reminded me how fun making physical art can be, so I put down my stylus (from the #keynotedrawingchallenge) and picked up my paintbrush to make some more. My next painting is this lovely couple, Do-Dad & Alumi-Mum.
I wanted my next robot to be multifunctional, like early version of an iPhone. It should have a radio, TV, turn table, equalizer, and a telephone all built into one. Meet; Polly. her eyes are AM/FM dials. Her mouth is the speaker for all her integrated gadgets. The telly is in her belly and it happens to have Annie Log on the screen (what?). Her arm becomes the needle of the record player that emerges from the slot next to the jukebox-like selections. There is no dial for the phone since you can just ask Polly to place a call.
Student Learning: concepts
Lesson ideas: Making Robot Paintings
I have a TON of robot inspired lessons on my blog. A quick search of "robot" gave me a well over a dozen results. But, I pulled out and linked to the lessons below that would best match the concepts covered above. Click on the photos below to explore.
Lesson Resource: How To on TpT
Digital Extension: Animated Robots
I have a blog post about using the Brushes app to make a very simple animated GIF from a digital picture of artwork. I played with this idea using many different subjects however animating robots is the easiest since they can have so many moveable, blinking, or flashing parts. Here is the post and below are more examples.
I wrote and received an ABC/25 grant for an engineering and art integrated project that will challenge students to create small drawing machines that will move on their own with a battery powered vibrating motor. These little ART BOTS will be constructed from lightweight foam, markers, a battery operated electric toothbrush then decorated with wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners and other craft items. Students will work collaboratively in groups of 4 to make one ART BOT and use it to create their own piece of abstract art. The initial year of implementation will be with the entire 5th grade. Since the grant includes recyclable batteries and a recharger, the bots will be deconstructed and rebuilt by next years’ 5th grade students to make this a multi-year school-wide grant.
Above is the video that I modeled this project after. It turns out that the toothbrushes we purchased are designed differently and pose new challenges. So, I experimented with a few different designs to see what works best. I found some sets of lego wheels in my stash of stuff and added it to each kit as an option. Can't wait to see what our engineers/artists come up with soon. Below is a copy of my grant for your reference.
5-1 Art Bot Engineers at work:
5-2 Art Bot Engineers
5-3 Art Bot Engineers
5-4 Art Bot Engineers
This group was given dollar store personal fans as well as toothbrushes.
Engineers with their Inventions and the Art it Created
When the inventing and art-making were complete students posed with their art bots. We photographed the abstract piece of art it created and framed it digitally. Then students used their iPads and the superimpose app to layer the two images together. This was uploaded to their portfolio on Artsonia with an artist statement that explained the process and their thoughts about whether the results were really art.
View their gallery here.
This classic Fugleflick can help you ponder the age-old question, "What is Art?"
These fifth graders thought it reminded them of the abstract expressionism found in the 1940's-1960's like that of Jackson Pollock. Make one digitally here.
Our Art Bots Celebrated by ABC/25
This video montage is of all ABC/25 grant recipients and the items they purchased throughout the district. Watch the way they end this video...oh so cute!
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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