First graders made digital snowmen then put them into a snow globe animation. Read below to find out how and snag my resources so you can try it too.
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.
I was honored with the opportunity to work with the art team in Villa Park, IL on Friday. We went through a dozen or so art education based projects on the iPads together. You can explore the lessons we explored on your own using this handout. Open it in iBooks and use the links to download templates or view blog posts with more information.
I met an amazing team of art teachers on Saturday in Portage, Indiana. They gave up a day of their holiday weekend to work on some teaching ideas and strategies for incorporating their class set of iPads into their art programs. Learn more about their iPad initiative during their NAEA conference presentation this Spring.
We practiced a wide range of techniques and art lessons that were open ended enough that teachers could modify them into the format that best supports the learning objectives needed in their curriculum. This collage to the right is from a Pass the Portrait game/activity where students use my portrait template to begin drawing the features of the face in a layer over it. Then they pass their iPad to the next person who then continues the drawing. This can be modified in many ways. Perhaps each student is given a style of art or portraits made from different artists to reference for their contribution to each portrait that is passed their way. This lesson demonstrates how to share a template, draw in layers, and create a collaborative piece, use sketchbook express, and turn in the artwork via email.
We played around with the Artstudio app's magic wand to create a transparent png to layer with my Newsweek template and text. This lesson can be used across the curriculum. See all my template, handout, examples, and Newsweek resources here.
We used Sketchbook X to create a photo collage where students would begin with their own "selfie" and layer on their classmates' features digitally. I saw this idea first from art teacher, Ms. Oliveri. Here is her post.
We also explored the many possibilities of DOINK including my transparency lesson (see Really Spooky Landscapes) and my perspective lesson (see Godzilla's perspective.
I wrote a grant to receive an all-school purchase of the DOINK iPad app and a class set of styluses. View my grant here. We only spent a few seconds trying out the Crown fountain interactive public art lesson with color lake effect. So much to explore and not enough time. I guess one day wasn't enough:)
Use my Creating on iPads page to keep exploring anytime!
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