UPDATE: I packaged up the Veggie Monster Digital Collage Lesson here
5th graders are going to do an all grade-level collaboration in celebration of International Dot Day. They will contribute an exquisite corpse drawing of either a HEAD, MIDDLE, or LEGS on a cardboard cube. This idea was inspired by the IAEA conference. They had the cubes set up on tables for us all to draw on in pencil. I took some back with me to inspire my students...and it worked. My students were very inspired by them and were begging to try it too. So, I used our amazon gift card from winning a NextVista.org contest to buy the boxes for this year.
I put together this short movie below to showcase how we infuse creativity and technology in Dryden's Art Program. This video has been included in the K12 Online Conference collaborative video about creativity crafted by Samuel Wright in Vienna. It includes a peek into almost a dozen international educators' classrooms. Learn more.
Links to lessons showcased above:
I have resources in my blog for everything above so I decided to make a shortcut for you and linking to everything here:
Almost a dozen international arts teachers gathered through a google hangout in time zones that spanned the globe to discuss creativity. Watch the recorded discussion here.
I wrote and received an ABC/25 grant for an engineering and art integrated project that will challenge students to create small drawing machines that will move on their own with a battery powered vibrating motor. These little ART BOTS will be constructed from lightweight foam, markers, a battery operated electric toothbrush then decorated with wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners and other craft items. Students will work collaboratively in groups of 4 to make one ART BOT and use it to create their own piece of abstract art. The initial year of implementation will be with the entire 5th grade. Since the grant includes recyclable batteries and a recharger, the bots will be deconstructed and rebuilt by next years’ 5th grade students to make this a multi-year school-wide grant.
Above is the video that I modeled this project after. It turns out that the toothbrushes we purchased are designed differently and pose new challenges. So, I experimented with a few different designs to see what works best. I found some sets of lego wheels in my stash of stuff and added it to each kit as an option. Can't wait to see what our engineers/artists come up with soon. Below is a copy of my grant for your reference.
5-1 Art Bot Engineers at work:
5-2 Art Bot Engineers
5-3 Art Bot Engineers
5-4 Art Bot Engineers
This group was given dollar store personal fans as well as toothbrushes.
Engineers with their Inventions and the Art it Created
When the inventing and art-making were complete students posed with their art bots. We photographed the abstract piece of art it created and framed it digitally. Then students used their iPads and the superimpose app to layer the two images together. This was uploaded to their portfolio on Artsonia with an artist statement that explained the process and their thoughts about whether the results were really art.
View their gallery here.
This classic Fugleflick can help you ponder the age-old question, "What is Art?"
These fifth graders thought it reminded them of the abstract expressionism found in the 1940's-1960's like that of Jackson Pollock. Make one digitally here.
Our Art Bots Celebrated by ABC/25
This video montage is of all ABC/25 grant recipients and the items they purchased throughout the district. Watch the way they end this video...oh so cute!
Packaged Lesson Available! Click to view
UPDATE: The flyer has almost 100 lessons now (and it will keep growing)
I'm working on a major organizing task to put my best creative digital art projects in one smore flyer that is easy to find, share, and add to. Every time I write a post with a new idea I can add it to the flyer until it grows CRAZY big. It's already really big. I stopped at 78 projects after 3 days of sorting, archiving, and organizing. There are still a bunch more ideas to add. The smore flyer has all kinds of technology infused art projects that use iPads and desktops. The links will help you find out which is which really quickly. Not every project is Science, Math, Engineering but everyone is at least Art and Technology.
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I have done a presentation called Creative Digital Projects that turn Stem to STEAM at three conferences over the past couple of years. These 45-50 minute presentations include a bizillion ideas in a media packed keynote file that I have trouble sharing online. However I did create a condensed version of the presentation for the AOE Online Conference last summer. The presentation has been behind a pay wall for one year and can finally come out for public consumption now. The following lessons are shared in the video below. Learn more from my links. Also, see Wes Fryer's review of my live presentation at the Illinois Computer Educator's Conference here.
Below is what Carol created after class using some of the ideas we explored.
She made this video to introduce her session at iPad Academy in Chicago.
I was out for a motorcycle ride on this partly cloudy afternoon with my husband when I was struck with another creativity idea for the iPads. Mr. Fuglestad always sees something in every cloud so when we returned I photographed a cloud using the iPad and had him draw over it in Skitch to show me what he saw. Doesn't the iPad offer cool ways to visually communicate? The picture is below. I guess he saw an angry pig this time:)
To see more creating on iPads ideas go to this page.
Here is a link to a folder of CLOUDs to get you started.
Watch the video of me drawing a very angry sky. What did those birds do to offend it?
Wiped the slate clean and tried it again. Here is another story these clouds are telling...
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