1st graders are learning about penguins as we sculpt one out of model magic clay. Students began with one lump of clay and followed all the steps until there was no clay left. There was lots of division in the directions (shhh-the truth is the lesson is full of math). Here is a quick rundown of the steps.
Students are going to use stop motion animation to make it look like their penguins can waddle around. (fingers crossed!)
This movie features all four groups of stop motion animations and some behind the scenes peeks at how these adorable penguins were created.
One trick I've noticed ever since I was a young cartoon viewer happens most noticeably in running scenes. Instead of the character entering and exiting the frame of view, the character remains in the center of the frame while the background moves. This is very effective but sometimes completely silly since the background is looping over and over giving the impression that the space is a never ending and always repeating. I set out today to try to make a character run like Scooby or any Hanna-Babera character would.
STEP ONE: Running character
STEP TWO: background drawing
STEP THREE: fixing the background
At drew this background thinking I could make it loop somehow in the app. I wasn't able to figure out how to do that. So I took this image, duplicated it, line them up on edge and cropped awu the door. I wanted to make an image that started and ended the same way from left to right so I could loop it. Does that sound confusing? It was. But, now that I know the solution, maybe it won't be hard to replicate it.
STEP FOUR: Creating the animation
The biggest challenge was getting the background image to loop behind the running animation. Now that I fixed the image to match from left to right all I had to do was line it up to start and end with the same looking background.
Second try-new idea for background:
I had trouble making my background loop on my first try. I think the problem was that I learned while going through the process that the image needed to repeat perfectly. So, this time I made it easier on myself. I did the whole drawing and duplications in Brushes Redux app. I drew one piece of a background (house) and copied the layer, resized it, and placed it next to the first until I had 4 houses in a row. I put this tiny tutorial together so you can see that the biggest trick next is to get the running figure to start and end over the same exact background image. Then, it loops nicely.
Karaoke of Scooby-Doo Theme Song:
Sing along or change the words to what you learned while making a running animation.
Fly like Mighty Mouse Might
This idea works for fling if you make the object remain in the frame as the sky (clouds) whiz by. Here is what it looked like when I gave it a try.
View this Animation as a Hologram:
Check out my post about how to set up your animated hologram here.
Try using the running poses in Scratch
Scratch is a visual drag and drop coding site by MIT. I had some students who were really excited about coding come and talk to me today. We put together the running animation in SCRATCH using the individual drawings set to code. View the project here. or below.
1st graders are finishing up their monochromatic heart paintings. This project introduces positive and negative space, mixing a tint, etching a line design, and printing a border. They also do some teeny tiny touch ups to make their final results clean and crisp.
Below you can see the line etching step. Students used a wooden stylus to gently scratch a line design into the wet paint. They painted a little then etched a little so the paint would be wet when they etched it.
After painting the negative space of one heart and the positive space of the other, students mixed a tint of their one color by mixing white into it. They learned about tints and other aspects of color with this brainpop jr video. We watched our Monochromatic Fugleflick too. We had fun playing the color matching game on our interactive board at the end of class too. Find it here.
Download the whole lesson here.
See the gallery of finished art here
I designed a project over the summer for my 3rd graders where we will observe, sketch, draw, decorate, paint, and ultimately animate a carousel horse.
I gathered calendar images as resources and designed a couple handouts to give my artists as many sources to reference for their work as possible. On the first day of the project we watched a brainpop video about horses, saw a slideshow video of carousel horses, then did a practice sketch.
During this lesson we closely looked at a handout I designed to help my students learn to sketch, observe, and add detail to make a carousel horse. You can download it here.
Finished Carousel Animations:
I have two fugleflicks that reinforce some of the concepts we are exploring in this lesson:
Observational drawing and Contour line drawing (called "Drawing from Experience").
Steps for creating the animation are shown in this overview below:
Compare-a-Twist allows the teacher to set up a compare and/or contrast review game on any topic. Students drag the text or image to the correct side of the screen. Animations give immediate feedback to learners. Teachers can save their games and share them via google docs. Ideas: Sort primary/secondary colors Sort warm/cool colors. Sort images by genre.
Make a Monster App
Create a Monster App
Ideas: as students are individually sketching ideas for an upcoming art design, pass the ipad around the room and have each contribute to a class design. Watch it build on the screen through the projector.
Art Puzzles: Sliding Slices
Find an art puzzle that relates to the art subject or artist that your art project is based on. Let each student make one move until it's solved. Keep track of how many moves it takes to solve and see if they can beat other classes' scores.
You can make your own quizzes in Educreations or use a pre-made interactive quiz from the art section of BrainPop App.
Idea: pass the ipad from one group to the next giving them the first chance at getting the correct answer.
Find an ebook that ties in nicely with what you're learning in art class. We made monsters from shapes . When finished I had student's take turns turning the page in There is a Monster at the End of this Book
starring Groover. We used a Finding Nemo interactive puzzle book to accompany our monochromatic fish lesson too.
Don't forget that an ipad is a video camera and still camera too.
Photograph and upload art with the
Use Evernote to collect images
Use Dropbox app to collect images
Let your ipad roam!
Mirror your ipad through your projector wirelessly with
Reflector 2 App
Or use Quicktime (see this post)
Then pass the ipad around the room.
No wifi? You can create a closed network and still mirror your ipad with a laptop hooked up to a projector.
"As of midnight Monday (Dec. 11th), Chicago officially broke the record for longest stretch between measurable snowfalls at 281 days. And, with very little chance of precipitation this week, the area’s snowlessness could break another record."
Screenshot of Snowflake created with My Flake app
Dryden Students will spend the last week before winter break learning about the science behind snowflakes, view how to make paper snowflakes, and then use the iPads to create digital snowflakes using My Flake in an effort to bring on the snow (at least in our art room). Hint: no mobile devices? Use this web app to make snowflakes. See our video from last year.
Make sure you take a peek at the artwork as I upload and publish it on Artsonia. You might consider purchasing the image on an art snappable. There are many designs including backpack tags, bracelets, and necklaces. You can change out the image with new ones all the time. Take a look at how beautiful the snowflake will look in a snappable. Remember that 20% of your purchases goes to the art program so we can continue doing innovative and creative projects all school year long!
If we have a few extra minutes at the end of class we might view this video to learn about the Winter Warlock's and the Heat Miser's role in our changing weather:)
This post is a continuation of my Studying George with Art and Tech post where I first introduced the custom photo booth effect that allowed our second grade students to speak as George Washington through the artwork of Gilbert Stuart. View it here.
Now we can see the short video of the facts about George Washington they created.
Click on the images below to explore the sources we used on our fact finding journey. Disclaimer: The last one, Happy President's Day, is a Fugleflick. It may need a fact check.
These paintings by 5th graders combined art skills, concepts, and US history.
View the rest of our 5th grade Mayflower Seascapes in our gallery on Artsonia.
We practiced our Observational Drawing Skills (see this fugleflick above at the left) to draw the Mayflower ship. We learned about the voyage of the pilgrims through videos from Brainpop and Espresso Education.
Then we painted our seascape with both transparent paints for the sky/water, and opaque paint for the ship (see the fugleflick video above on the right to see who would win in a battle between Opaque Man and Transparent Man).
We spent some time this week combining science, art, and technology while celebrating the winter season.
We first watched this Brain Pop video about the science behind snowflakes.
Then we used this interactive website to make our own snowflake.
Students emailed their flake to me for our online digital art gallery. View here.Take a look at our Make-a-flake digital lesson below:
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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