I should explain how I came to the place where I made Darcy and Elizabeth of Pride and Prejudice emerge from the pages of the book. I began by wanting to practice a portrait drawing in Keynote on my iPad. I thought of the 1995 mini series of Pride and Prejudice and searched for a still image of the characters I had loved so much. I drew Elizabeth and Darcy separately based on the photo below using the drawing features in keynote.
I love to come up with digital projects that give students a chance to mix medias to make video, animations, or digital art. This project will ask students to layer green screen video over an empty book cover to become the character through body language and digital drawing. It's kinda like we caught them during their book cover photo shoot.
1. I started by cleaning up a few Dr. Seuss book covers so that this lesson can be used to help celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday in March as well as Read Across America. I have a class set of Dr. Seuss books in my art room, so I love to use them whenever possible. I titled each book, added a drop shadow for depth, and layered it over a widescreen format background so that it will fit into the Do Ink Green Screen app without needing resizing.
Or what about this idea: Use a still picture, size and place over book cover in Superimpose app (because you can add a nice drop shadow) then animate a growing heart (because the Grinch heart grew in the story). This could be done in the style above too, but there wouldn't be drop shadow.
Animated Book Cover
This idea uses Do Ink Drawing and Animation app to redraw the character(s) of a Dr. Seuss book and animate it and the text of the book. This requires masking the book cover to erase the character and pull of the text to use it as an image to animate. It is similar to this Jumping of the Pages lesson idea here.
Finished Art (see our gallery)
Resources: Two Bear Books Read by Me
Corduroy's Button: song
Download the Lesson: on TpT
Visual Texture: music video
This snow globe effect is a fun way to teach transparency, animation, and layering with green screen. Students can add a still image, animation, pre-recorded or live video to their globe. I was inspired by the Green Screen Maker Space Book by Todd Burleson (lesson 6). I downloaded the image suggested and began trying to figure out a way to turn the project into a video with a layer of snow. I go through all the steps in this app smash in the tutorial below or here.
My app smash journey:
Grab my resources and get started:
Download my video below and import it into the top layer of the Green Screen App by Do Ink. Use the mask tool to make the center of the globe semi-transparent (see step 6 above). Then download my white image here. Import this into the bottom layer. Now you're ready to add a still, animation, or live video to the center layer.
Creativity Prompts: (to make this a lesson)
See this post from Terri Eichholz prompting students to consider what it would be like if you lived inside a snowglobe (as seen in the short film, Bumbleville.) See this post too.
Last year I was asked to contribute project ideas to the Green Screen Maker Space book by Todd Burleson. The book features 24 step-by-step green screen projects to create in the classroom with students.
I just received my copy and discovered what made the cut:
#1. My superhero project (modified)
#24. Shadow Dancing project
You can buy the book on amazon here.
All my projects are on my website, so I'll share the two projects with link to resources below:
Click here to find the original post.
Click here to download the worksheet.
Click here for the tutorial using Superimpose app on the iPad
Click here to see the post with step by step instructions and resources.
Our district is embarking on a ONE BOOK ONE SCHOOL event where every student reads (or is read to) the story, A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole. Here are some ideas I thought of for connecting with the story through art, animation, and character counts.
Below is a handout I created to help students see the shapes in Celeste's form to help you draw. The original illustration by Henry Cole is a value drawing. The pencil strokes become the texture of the fur. He shows highlights and shadows by adding more or less graphite from the pencil. This technique looks more 3-D than just filling in the drawing.
Fly with Lafayette the Osprey
1. Fly using green screen video masked into a still image over a video of clouds
2. Digitally layer in a still photo into the basket and create an animation path in Do Ink.
Be as kind-hearted as an osprey
As Small as a Mouse
Henry Cole wrote and illustrated A Nest for Celeste. He was able to tell us with words and pictures about the characters, setting, and all the elements of the story. See this Fugleflick about the importance of Illustrations.
I bought the book, Go Away Big Green Monster, used on Amazon thinking it would be perfect for a construction paper collage lesson. When it arrived it was all ripped up. I couldn't really read it to my students. So, I decided to use it as an inspiration for our own version of the story that would lead perfectly into our collage lesson. I made it out of shapes in Keynote and animated it slide by slide. I let the students come up and touch the interactive whiteboard to take us to the next digital page of the story. I set it to music to add a bit more suspense. Below is a recording of what our book looks like. It's much more fun when the kids participate. So, here is the keynote file for you to give it a try. When the lesson was complete we created a word bank of colors and shapes and filled out a monster display form. This helped reinforce some of the concepts we explored.
I put the powerpoint lesson with instructions and resources built in to lead you and your students through the steps needed to create a colorful construction paper monster collage that reinforces shapes, symmetry, and color balance on TpT. The lesson is based on the book by Ed Emberley, Go Away Big Green Monster. I created an animated version of his story to introduce this lesson (see above). This project was perfect for my first graders but would probably work anywhere between pre-K and 2nd grades.
Digital Lesson Extensions:
The book uses Augmented Reality to allow readers to access the media on a mobile device with an AR app. They use one of our project to demonstrate how it works. I made a video of the process above.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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