A long time ago I responded to Ian Sands on twitter asking for digital images of children's art that he could offer to his high school students to play with as they learn to animate. Some of his students selected my students "He Came with the Chair" paintings. The animations turned out SO adorable and inspiring-see example below or check them all out here. It has been one of my goals to figure out an elementary level lesson with a straightforward app that would give my students the experience of animating their own artwork in the same style. I think I might have figured it out. This technique isn't perfect, but, it will work.
Rotoscope in a Retro Mutoscope
I'm super excited to have found the Flipbookit in my Twitter feed a month or so ago. The discovery came at a time where I was thinking about how to display our class animations as I was preparing for rotoscope animations lesson with my 5th graders. What a perfect solution. The flipbookit is a DIY kit that creates a retro styled mutoscope, an early motion picture hand cracked flipbook device. This box has a crank that spins a rolodex of cards that you can customize through their online tool printed on labels. It took me 1 hour to put the box together and 1/2 hr to print, stick, and load the art. They are too expensive to have each student make their own, but because of their design, they make for a really simple all class rotoscope collaborative project. I'll try to explain.
Ideas for the One iPad Art Room
Compare-a-Twist allows the teacher to set up a compare and/or contrast review game on any topic. Students drag the text or image to the correct side of the screen. Animations give immediate feedback to learners. Teachers can save their games and share them via google docs. Ideas: Sort primary/secondary colors Sort warm/cool colors. Sort images by genre.
Make a Monster App
Create a Monster App
Ideas: as students are individually sketching ideas for an upcoming art design, pass the ipad around the room and have each contribute to a class design. Watch it build on the screen through the projector.
Art Puzzles: Sliding Slices
Find an art puzzle that relates to the art subject or artist that your art project is based on. Let each student make one move until it's solved. Keep track of how many moves it takes to solve and see if they can beat other classes' scores.
You can make your own quizzes in Educreations or use a pre-made interactive quiz from the art section of BrainPop App.
Idea: pass the ipad from one group to the next giving them the first chance at getting the correct answer.
Find an ebook that ties in nicely with what you're learning in art class. We made monsters from shapes . When finished I had student's take turns turning the page in There is a Monster at the End of this Book
starring Groover. We used a Finding Nemo interactive puzzle book to accompany our monochromatic fish lesson too.
Don't forget that an ipad is a video camera and still camera too.
Photograph and upload art with the
Use Evernote to collect images
Use Dropbox app to collect images
Let your ipad roam!
Mirror your ipad through your projector wirelessly with
Reflector 2 App
Or use Quicktime (see this post)
Then pass the ipad around the room.
No wifi? You can create a closed network and still mirror your ipad with a laptop hooked up to a projector.
Dryden Raffle Winners who won the "Make a Bookmark" prize met with me during lunch recess to create a Cat-in-a-hat-ify bookmark of themselves using our new art room iPads purchased from winning the McGraw-Hill STEMie award last fall!
We are so excited about the new ways of creating and exploring art these iPads will bring.
More about our Bookmark Project:
Students used these items from my dropbox folder and a photo they took on their ipad to layer, resize, and position the elements of the bookmark in the Brushes App (can do this in Sketchbook Express too). Then they used the ink dropper to choose a matching color to complete the background layer.
View the gallery on Artsonia here.
Don't have dropbox yet? Click here. Want to make a Weebly? Click here.
I lead an Art Education Association of Indiana sponsored an iPad workshop with art teachers on Saturday, Feb. 23rd. We explored techniques, ideas, and some apps that would enhance their art curriculum using my Creating on iPads resource page as a reference. Thank you Jill Sayers for organizing this event and Jay Blackman for setting up the tech. Together we drew collaboratively, from photos, in layers, from scratch, emailed art, practiced using the dropbox, grabbing templates, using photographic effects (both web-based and app-based), and created animations using the amazing Doink App. We even looked at how to build a Weebly website to host your links, photos, videos, and files to give access to your students.
Take a look at their creations in the video below:)
Special thanks goes to the folks at Percolator App and Bobbleshop App for giving us free iPad app codes. Attendees were very excited to go home and play!
It's Not Christina's World Anymore
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.
Offline Draw Something
I really love the iPhone/iPad game, Draw Something for how it trains the players to communicate words visually. This social media enhanced one-to-one game doesn't work very well in my classroom yet as it is designed. So, I made an offline version to play on the interactive board featuring a collection of my saved drawings from games I was playing over the past month. I had enough that each of my students can take one turn trying to guess the word and spell it correctly. This worked great with my first graders who are just learning to read, write, and grow their vocabulary.
You can download my game in PDF form here.
The next round for this game would be to let the students do the drawing after picking a random word from a hat. This will make a perfect end-of-the-year-we-can't-make-a-mess-in-my-clean-art-room-but-still-learn-and-have-fun Game.
By the way, did you notice that I'm sharing a file from my dropbox? Want to learn how to do this too. Watch my screencast video here.
6 Must Have Apps for Art
UPDATE Oct. 2012: The Original version of Brushes is no longer available. They are selling a new version that requires an in -app purchase to add layers. This doesn't work for the Volume Purchasing Program that my school iPads require. I recommend substituting with Sketchbook Express (free). See more iPads lesson ideas on my Creating on iPads page (see tab above).
I was just asked today to give my top 6 App picks for my art class. I had to go by experience with what I'm using, what my students are enjoying, and what we will definitely use again. Here they are:
We use it for painting in layers:
See our portraits
See our rotoscope project
We use if for graphic design:
See our Rene Magritte spoof.
This is a vector based animation app that is easy to use and understand. See the animated aliens my 3rd graders created using this app with styluses.
This app works with the ipod's or ipad's camera to transform a photo into a beautiful piece of abstract art. See my students transform their art here.
This app redefines the concept of adding an artist statement to artwork. Take a look at the beautiful results when my students used this app.
This is a wonderful free app that helps you distribute or collect files on the ipad. It syncs to your desktop and makes life easier! Please use my referral link so I can have some bonus space:)
This is a download for your desktop to magically mirror your ipad so you can work along with your students. Here is a pict of how I use it projected onto my interactive whiteboard.
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