4th graders finished their Son of Man Spoof inspired by the Surrealistic painting by Rene Magritte. View the original here. The portrait painting is missing some important features...like eyes, nose, and mouth. Our apple, blended with tints and shades covers over the face but slightly hovers so you can peek underneath to see our surreal secret.
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.
I'm looking for a way to create a class photo collage project where we can add our custom pieces, share them, rotate, resize, overlay, change opacity, and erase parts.
I think MIXEL app used to do this until they changed their format. Muse app is close to what I want except for the customization.
I played with these ideas from my own sources of images in Sketchbook X (and Brushes app). It works, but there may already be an app that makes this easier. Any ideas?
Here is how I started. I imported Edward Hopper's Nighthawks into the Brushes app and color matched and texture matched until I could rub away two of the characters.
Here is my finished file.
Then I pulled in pngs from my collection on layers that I could transform.
My fourth grade students worked on a double portrait drawing (in a frontal pose and three-quarters pose) of the two characters in the famous American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. I photographed them for our online gallery before they were reworked into spoofs and painted. See examples below or the entire gallery here.
They are currently working on the painting step. Since this has been a long term project they are becoming very familiar with our "Theme Song" via Greg Percy. We listen to his song called, American Gothic at the start of each class while they settle in. This week I grabbed a camera and caught their enthusiasm. If you look closely you can see their beautiful artwork on the tables. These are going to be amazing!
Greg Percy's song American Gothic:
Here is the link :
View Greg Percy's website and purchase his albums here.
We solved a mystery! The lyrics (my students' favorite part) say that the songwriter sees the American Gothic on his cornflakes box. We didn't understand what that meant until I found this video on pinterest. They used the American Gothic image to sell cornflakes in the 60's. This is one of the commercials from that time.
I wrote a post at the beginning of this lesson that includes
View it here.
I'm gearing up for the school year by collecting my resources and making them easily available for anyone who wants to learn some of my tips for how to create on the iPad. There are tons of apps in the app store, but I tried to limit my ideas to only a few so that we can work with what we have on our school iPads while I explore other apps and begin writing grants to get them in the future. (100 ipads=$$ for each app purchase) so I'm trying to keep it simple. Below is a screen shot of the new page I added to my website. Visit it here. There are links leading to resources, videos, tutorials, and files that you can download from your iPad and get started playing right away.
I have so much to say about this digital graphic design lesson based on the painting Christina's World created on the ipads that I wrote it up as an article for School Arts magazine. Hopefully I will be able to share every last detail with you if it is accepted for publication.
Meanwhile, I wanted to share some resources that I made to accompany the lesson so you can explore these ideas now while you might have time. How to use instant alpha on a mac to erase the background is in the beginning of this video. How to use the magic wand tool from photoshop to do the same thing is in this video.
I erased Christina out of Andrew Wyeth's original piece, Christina's World. View the video below to learn how to do it in both Keynote and Photoshop Elements. The end of the video shows a student creating the artwork on the ipad using the Brushes App.
The key to making this project work with students is the Dropbox app for sharing and accessing images for the ipad.
View our online art gallery of completed student work for this project. Many students wrote a bit in their artist statements explaining the new story they intended to tell.
My fourth graders have the iPads for one month which means that we get extended digital art-making experiences! YEAH. Our first piece is a digital spoof on the painting called, Son of Man by Surrealist Rene Magritte.
Students were asked to replace the apple with a personal healthy choice. We all wore the bowler hat to reference the original piece. View the original here. View our gallery here.
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