I finally packaged my Bubbling Beakers STEAM transdigital lesson on TpT. It is a 40 page step by step visual guide for creating the forms from shapes, color mixing, drawing and painting a background in perspective and using complementary colors. Explore
I also packaged up the Dot Day Augmented Reality Color Wheel Activity. It includes the handout and guided instructions for creation and exploration with Quivervision. Explore
My third graders are going to explore the primary & secondary colors, complementary colors, patterns, rotational symmetry, while learning the geometry of a circle in these color wheel paintings. Then they will be compared to op art as students rotate and digitally fall into them using Do Ink drawing and animation app on the iPad.
I've been inspired by the interactive techniques I saw and experienced at the ISTE conference to try to stretch a bit and design more interactive educational games for my students. The first day of school is a great day to get up and play since we haven't started the making art yet, so I plan to begin this year with a game I'm developing called, "Color Mix and Mingle."
In this lesson, students would learn to apply a green screen technique using the Green Screen App by DoInk that creates a silhouette, copy it and change the transparency to create a shadow, then layer it over a background.
The lesson would connect dancing, music, and visual art while teaching about shadows, transparency, silhouette, complementary colors, digital layering, and movement.
Steps for creating this effect:
Create the silhouette: After you load a green screen video, click on the color wheel button and choose a spot on the other side of the color wheel for the chroma key effect. The complementary color (choose red instead of green) makes the subject a silhouette. Adjust the sensitivity bar and choose the crop button to clean up your video. Export the silhouette video to the camera roll by choosing "save" while "video" is selected.
Build your project: Bottom layer-chose image-upload the stage from camera roll Middle layer: choose video-upload the silhouette video. The green will automatically go away. Resize and position by pinching the video with two fingers. Click on video and choose "copy" from menu at bottom Top Layer: touch the layer and choose paste. Go back to the second layer, touch it to select it. Under the color wheel button, slide the sensitivity button until it becomes transparent and looks like a shadow. Audio: I would remove audio from this video and add it back later when the whole class video is made in iMovie.
Below is a Fugleflick about visual literacy created completely in shadows by students.
Below is a performance by an Hungarian Shadow Theater Group on Britian's Got Talent show. (Get your kleenex ready.)
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of complementary colors which is part of this digital art making experience.
This Fugleflick introduces the concept of transparent and opaque which is needed to understand shadows in this digital lesson.
Or look at the still image version of the dancing silhouette called iExpress.
This 2nd grade lesson introduces students to the artwork of Keith Haring. He made colorful painting with figures in action poses. I use this artwork to teach very basic figure drawing, complementary colors, primaries and secondary colors, action/ movement, positive/negative space, line pattern, and shape pattern. We begin by drawing poses using the help of a template students cut out and assemble by themselves. This template allows them to play with poses then trace the ones they like. Download the template.
Student Work: see gallery here
When students finished their paintings, they looked at them through 3-D glasses to see if the complementary colors made the actions poses even more vibrant.
Finished stop motion animations:
The fifth graders from 5-1 used the second graders' step up one day and made this:
Digital Extension: Create it digitally
Digital Warm Up Drawing:
Digital Extension: Make and Move
Students can use the template over a piece of construction paper and animate the figure against a complementary color background to demonstrate movement dynamically. I use the free app iMotion HD and have student make a short video. 30 images makes a 2 second video at 15 frames per second. I collect the individual videos for one class video.
Tutorial: Make it Move it Figures
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