I had the honor and pleasure of working with the Villa Park District 45 art team during their inservice day to explore STEAM and Active Learning lessons during a full day hands on workshop. Explore the lessons and resources from my smore flyer.
One hands on experience was to make a piece of art that incorporated a light up LED and a "button" housing the battery where the circuit would close. The idea was to seamlessly incorporate the science of circuits into an artistic design. Take a look at some of the clever solutions these teachers created.
Active Learning Art Games
We spent the afternoon thinking through and playing some active learning art games that I designed to help my students using their questioning skills, practice collaboration, use their manners and imaginations.
Teachers played our Spect-Art-acles game. You can learn more from my School Arts Article online here. Or view this post with all my resources.
I pulled out my rose gold karaoke microphone (with a super cool echo feature) and introduced our Fugleflicks Karaoke page to the art teachers. These pages have the embedded Fugleflick movie, soundtrack without words, and the lyrics printed. We tried out the REPEAT song (which is very easy to sing along with and let participants have some fun while singing about line, color, and shape patterns. What an enjoyable way to reinforce art concepts with students!
A group of young engineers, computer programers, and artists gathered in the art room during lunch recesses for a couple months to see what they could make using a Hyperduino, old computer, some cardboard, LEDs, touch pads, and creativity. The results of the collaboration is called a Fugleflick Art Bot. It is an interactive art piece that plays 5 different student-created, art-related movies when you touch a button on the computer screen in its belly with audio coming through the speaker (mouth). The lights are on a circuit made from copper wire and batteries connected to two LED lights behind 3-D glasses. The switch is built into the nose.
Below is a series of photos taken during the creation process. Since we were making discoveries, problem-solving, and working with limited resources, our design changed as we progressed. You'll see the original sketch was for an iPad in the robot belly but then we learned that the hyperduino needed to run in a browser. So, we adapted. The group also changed as we added artists after the engineers wired up the robot. They helped make the robot have a unified design with balanced colors with a brass brad motif.
We created a youtube playlist for the Fugleflick bot. You can explore the five Fugleflick movies that it is programed to play here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS4LIonCAPBfr0enREOu6HH9BQPf6JaGf
Explore all our Fugleflicks here.
So, if you've been following my posts lately you would notice that I've been working on an idea to incorporate paper circuits into an art-making experience for my students.
See my post where I discovered how to make a circuit & dreamt of a light up robot.
See my post where I made my prototype for a light up robot.
Now, watch my step-by-step video where I try to explain the process here or below.
Our students finally had a chance to make light up robots. View the movies below of students lighting up their robots and clickhere to view the gallery on Artsonia here.
I've been learning about ways to add more science to my art projects via conferences, Edcamp Chicago, Twitter, the Art of Tinkering book, and of course having a husband who is a high school science teacher helps. I decided to try creating an art and science lesson using paper circuits as a first step. The plan (see this blog post were I drew out the plan and animated what I hoped would be the results here) is to have students design and paint a robot, make a circuit with copper tape, LEDs, and batteries on the back that lead to a flap in the front that will complete the circuit.
I submitted the plan as a project on Donor's Choose. So, if you would like to in pitch a few bucks to help us get a chance to make these use this link. (Thanks for considering!)
UPDATE: view my tutorial here
During the last school year or so I've been seeing many examples of tinkering, maker spaces, and other science infused projects showcased at conferences and online. I'm very interested in trying to find project ideas that are a good fit for my 45 minute elementary art classes, will not compromise the art-making experience, and embed science concepts. I've lots of ideas but one place I want to begin is with paper circuits. See this resource.
I hacked into an old LED flashlight, grabbed some copper wire and tried to learn about making a very simple circuit. It is very exciting to see the LED light up after making all the right connections. My next task was to think about the art that this LED could light up.
UPDATE: see my light up paper circuit robot painting! http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/light-up-robots-with-paper-circuits
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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