"It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before." ~ How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
I love to come up with digital projects that give students a chance to mix medias to make video, animations, or digital art. This project will ask students to layer green screen video over an empty book cover to become the character through body language and digital drawing. It's kinda like we caught them during their book cover photo shoot.
1. I started by cleaning up a few Dr. Seuss book covers so that this lesson can be used to help celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday in March as well as Read Across America. I have a class set of Dr. Seuss books in my art room, so I love to use them whenever possible. I titled each book, added a drop shadow for depth, and layered it over a widescreen format background so that it will fit into the Do Ink Green Screen app without needing resizing.
Or what about this idea: Use a still picture, size and place over book cover in Superimpose app (because you can add a nice drop shadow) then animate a growing heart (because the Grinch heart grew in the story). This could be done in the style above too, but there wouldn't be drop shadow.
Animated Book Cover
This idea uses Do Ink Drawing and Animation app to redraw the character(s) of a Dr. Seuss book and animate it and the text of the book. This requires masking the book cover to erase the character and pull of the text to use it as an image to animate. It is similar to this Jumping of the Pages lesson idea here.
I'm working on a lesson that promotes a love for reading while while giving students a chance to illustrate the idiom "jumping off the pages". Oh, here is how it might go...
Observational Drawing, Literacy, & Tech
Third graders are working on an observational drawing of themselves wearing a Cat-in-a-Hat Hat and bow holding their favorite Dr. Seuss book. These photos were taken using the Green Screen App by Do Ink to magically add the hat. I printed the photos to the copier so students could use it for a 1:1 size drawing. Since their drawing was the same size as the photo, they cut them out and traced the edges. I taught them some measuring and looking tricks to help them translate what they saw into a contour line drawing.
Students spent 3 class sessions working on making these observational drawings, tracing them in sharpie marker, then erasing all hints of the pencil line sketch. They were then photographed and enhanced with high contrast filters. View their gallery on Artsonia.
Coloring these Sketches Digitally
Students are using the Colorscape app on the iPads to color these drawings. This app allows you to color over a black and white drawing without losing your black lines.
Finished Colored Cat-in-a-hat-ified Art
Resources: two useful Fugleflicks
These drawings are considered contour line drawings since they do not include value or shading. View Drawing from Experience to hear how Grandpa Pencil explains contour line drawing to Baby Pencil (fresh from the box).
Observational drawing is a skill that will make any student more observant. It activates the mathematical side of your brain as you translate the what you see into what you draw. It requires a lot of concentration but the results can be very exciting to young artist as they start to create likeness. View Observational Drawing for a quick lesson.
Similar Project: Photo Booth Version
Before we had iPads and the Green Screen App we did a similar project using photo booth on the classroom desktop mac. I made a custom effect that put a hat and bow on each student when they came up for a still picture to the machine. We printed this and then free hand drew from our imagination what the rest of our body would look like holding a Dr. Seuss book. As you could imagine, we struggled with likenesses even more since we had less information to look at for accurate drawings. See the gallery of work.
Digital Extension: Bookmarks
These designs would look awesome as bookmarks. See what we've done in the past.
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 07
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