Students used a photograph of Chicago to create a contour line drawing of the city skyline. Then they created a new layer and colored it from underneath. See the gallery of cityscapes on Artsonia here.
Flying Movies (Class Collaborations)
What better way to get a message out than to embed it into a visually interesting image? Social networks and media sources online are full of memes from others. Why not create your own? There are some easy iPad apps loaded with tools to help you.
Now, go change the world with your messages of bacon and other compelling things (but what can beat bacon?)
One of the really cool things about having access to iPads is that it gives students creation tools and creation experiences that were always too advanced or complicated before. Now that I learned about the superimpose app, I am finding SO many lessons ideas that they can easily try for themselves. This .99 app has opened so many doors of possibilities. See the original lesson here and watch the tutorial for how to make this digitally below using Brushes (or Sketchbook Express) and Superimpose app.
If you want to see more of my motorcycle tour through the Appalachians click here.
You can download the original painting project as a step-by-step powerpoint on my TpT account. It takes you and your students through every step in creating these beautiful monochromatic views of the Appalachian Mountains while exploring atmospheric effects, tints, shades, and silhouettes. It also has links to further exploration of the mountains, a landform game, and a US map of the mountain range.
Girl at the Window, Salvador Dali, 1925
I came across this painting by surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, online a couple weeks ago in this blog post. This realistic painting of Dali's sister Ana Maria looking out a window inspired this art lesson to teach shallow and deep space. I began by first erasing the view in the window so that students could digitally replace it on the iPad in Brushes or Sketchbook Express with an image that creates deep or shallow space. Download the template below. Then I thought, why don't I just erase everything and let students become the viewer as well as choosing the view. This result would lend itself to a reflective writing piece to accompany their art. Download the template below.
Much earlier in the school year 5th graders created an additive and subtractive clay masks.
One silly day, I took out all my art room props, stuffed animal, and wings and had them pose before our green screen to become the monster body that matched their clay mask. Well, I thought we could work on putting this together on iPads during their rotation, but the animation idea took our entire time. But luckily our art room now has iPads!
Here is how we layer the pieces together:
1. Choose a background (save to photos)
2. Find your monster pose (save to photos)
3. Find your mask (save to photos)
4. Open up the Brushes app.
5. Click the photo button to bring in the background layer
6. Click the photo button to bring in the pose layer, resize and reposition
7. Click the photo button to bring in the mask layer, resize and reposition
8. Save to the gallery and email it to me (subject line=your name and class)
View the finished artwork on Artsonia at this link or few a few examples below.
I've finally gained enough confidence using inkpad on the iPad to share my findings. This vector based illustration tool is still new and wonderful to me. It forces the user to think in terms of shapes instead of line. It comes with endless forgiveness and revisions that never pixelate when you enlarge. It's perfect for creating a logo that you need blown up to 30 feet or shrunk down to 30 pixels. I don't use it completely as I could, but it's nice to know there is an iPad option similar to illustrator.
Here are some of the images I've created using Inkpad so far:
I'm gearing up for the school year by collecting my resources and making them easily available for anyone who wants to learn some of my tips for how to create on the iPad. There are tons of apps in the app store, but I tried to limit my ideas to only a few so that we can work with what we have on our school iPads while I explore other apps and begin writing grants to get them in the future. (100 ipads=$$ for each app purchase) so I'm trying to keep it simple. Below is a screen shot of the new page I added to my website. Visit it here. There are links leading to resources, videos, tutorials, and files that you can download from your iPad and get started playing right away.
The more you know what an app can do, the more you see how you can use it with your students. So, I've been playing and exploring on the iPad all summer.
Last night I decided to try to make an image to communicate our new weekly #ArtsEd Chat on Twitter (Join us!). To make this image I used the Brushes App to draw, ArtStudio App to add text, create an overlay effect, and import an image I borrowed from the PlayArt app. I thought it might be helpful to demonstrate how to do all these steps, so I practiced using another app called, Display Recorder (which is not in the Apple store right now for some mysterious reason) to make a screencast on the ipad. I uploaded it to youtube (see 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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