My second graders had two very different portrait experiences this year. First they learned all the rules for creating a REALISTIC self-portrait with features drawn in the correct places with correct proportions. We carefully measured and studied the face to make these beautiful winter self portraits. View the gallery of finished work here.
Then, these same students were given cardboard, foam board, puzzle pieces, and odds and ends. They were shown examples from this School Arts article by Donna Staten and images of Picasso's cubist portraits. They were then told to go ahead and break all the rules to make ABSTRACT portraits. See the growing gallery here.
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:
Photobombing is the act of inserting oneself into the field of view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer [painter for our purposes] or the subjects.
I was playing with the Superimpose app and looking for images to collage when I came across Automat by Edward Hopper. His work is full of open spaces with figures in quiet or isolated poses. Many of his pieces are perfect for practicing digital collages where students can explore overlapping, relative size, middle ground, and adjusting color filters to match the environment. I practiced these images below (click to view them large) with student photos from a previous assignment. The story changes when I added the photo. These would make interesting creative writing prompts as well. Here is my curated collection of images by Edward Hopper that will be perfect for students to photobomb.
Related post: Hopping into Hopper
Click here to this free app from the Metropolitan Art Museum would be a wonderful introductory lesson. It shows manipulated photographs from the days before Photoshop. You can take a quiz, learn why they were manipulated, and browse the collection. Use this link to grab the app.
See this commercial from American Family where hopeful actors photobomb Edward Hopper's NightHawks (owned by the Art Institute of Chicago).
I was looking through my archives of art projects on Artsonia and found on I hadn't tried again in almost a decade.
Monochromatic Triptychs (last attempted in 2005). The third graders made amazing monochromatic paintings this year so I thought it would be fun to use our iPads to turn them into triptychs where they could see their original image and two others with color filters in a different hue side by side.
I played with two free apps to make my examples happen:
Crazy Color Booth for the filters
Pict Collage for the triptych
I'm sure there are other apps to do this, but we have these installed and ready to go, so why not use them!
New update: for iOS 11 update
I lost Crazy Photo Booth when my iPads were updated to iOS11 so I looked for another solution. I put the monochromatic portrait in Brushes Redux and shifted the hue. This is actually a better way to show students more dynamically what HUE is and how it can change the color scheme of your artwork.
I introduced my 5th graders to the photographs and videos of William Wegman earlier this winter. He is famous for his photos that make his dogs look human. See examples from my pinterest board here. So, my students took on the challenge of making themselves look like dogs (just the opposite, I suppose). They began by drawing and painting a dog water color portrait.
See their finished dog paintings here.
Then students came to art class with props and costumes to stand before our green screen to pose for a photo.
These photos were then added to my dropbox along with their dog portraits.
For the next couple of weeks students went through the steps of erasing the backgrounds of their art in Superimpose app, layering their images, artistically convincing us that the two are combined, adding a background, and creating a shadow on one side. All these steps are part of my tutorial which you can view here. I made this blog post to teach from with examples, tutorials, and links to resources.
VIEW THE WHOLE GALLERY OF WILLIAM WEGMAN INSPIRED COLLAGES HERE.
My fifth graders are working on creating a William Wegman Styled photo collage from their water colored dog paintings and a photo they pose for with props and costumes. These images will be combined using two apps on the iPad. We will use the Superimpose app to create transparent backgrounds on both the child's pose and dog portrait painting. They will then use Sketchbook Express to layer the dog head, body, background, and shadow. There are a few techniques I came up with that make this pretty easy. Watch my tutorial below to learn my tricks.
Our finished collages turned out AMAZING!
I'm so excited and inspired by what my 5th graders are able to accomplish on iPads.
--->Take a moment to view the post here.
--->Or go straight to their online gallery here.
I love working with art teachers on generating ideas for incorporating iPads into the art room. During the last couple of iPad workshops we would start creating by using the free app Sketchbook Express. I love the simple interface yet powerful possibilities of this FREE app. After trying our hand at drawing (see this collage of teacher's collaborative figures) we would learn to share our work with each other via AirServer on my laptop. Each participant can mirror their iPad and share the screen with each other without ever leaving their seat. See what that looked like here. There are drawbacks with teaching students to use airplay to mirror their iPads and that was demonstrated repeatedly during my last workshop. Someone kept interrupting my presentation by accidentally choosing to mirror their iPad through my laptop from a different room in the building. This would shrink my display and sometimes knock me off the stream entirely. Imagine the havoc our students could create if they used this tool for evil. (Don't get ideas, please)
Photo Collages using Sketchbook Express
I played with the Drawing with Carl app over the weekend after having learned about it from Karyn Keenan in Chicago. Here are her students drawings and audioboos.
I love the function in it that allows you to draw with patterns. It forced me to draw in shapes from the background to the foreground which is very similar to the way we would construct a paper collage.
I think this app would be perfect for creating a Laurel Birch styled abstract cat lesson. Here is what my students created in paint (physically) and here is a quick sketch of what I did in this app 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,
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