What is childhood without magical snowfriends that come to life and take you sailing across wintry night skies? I love The Snowman Story and share it with my k-5 students as often as I can. I created many connected lessons that have brought so much joy to my students including the following which I have packaged up for you to explore in honor of Raymond Briggs' passing.
Explore the magic of stop motion animation this week by trying one or more of these six strategies using a free app called iMotion on your iPhone or iPad or try Stop Motion Studio (free) for every platform including Chromebooks.
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
Five young animators met with me on Friday after school for one hour to learn to fly. Second grader, Max, won the iPad animation party prize offered through the Dryden Fundraising Raffle before spring break. He and 4 friends learned how to turn themselves into superheroes that fly across the sky using 3 different apps on our art room iPads.
Animate over a photo of clouds in DoInk Animation App.
View the whole group's animation video below.
Students used a photograph of Chicago to create a contour line drawing of the city skyline. Then they created a new layer and colored it from underneath. See the gallery of cityscapes on Artsonia here.
Flying Movies (Class Collaborations)
Since Dryden's art room began the year with a class set of iPads (find out how here) loaded with awesome creation apps (likeDoInk Animation App, Green Screen App by DoInk, and Superimpose), I decided to offer an animation workshop to students who wanted to learn how to create a film entry for the PTA Reflections contest. The contest theme this year is "Let your imagination fly" which lends itself perfectly to animation.
The workshop filled up with 4th graders almost immediately. Most of the students were uncertain what they wanted to create, so they learned techniques. Here are some animations they created:
One student, Katie, came to the animation workshop with a very clear idea of what she wanted to create. She had already written an original song and wanted to make an animated video to accompany it. So she worked with me a few more days to create an acapella audio recording in Garageband (with her own backup vocals) and a series of animated scenes to tell her story. She explored a bunch of animation tricks using still images, layered animation, and mixing live video with animation using green screen effects. View her little masterpiece here or below.
Her piece was selected by the NW Cook region PTA to advance to STATE! Congratulations!
More about this project:
1. Fifth graders used this template to help them create their self-portrait flying on the iPads using Sketchbook Express. They deleted the template and emailed just their final drawings. See the gallery of images here.
2. Students were inspired by the story, Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold while creating a landscape that was to show depth, overlapping, and a high horizon line. See the gallery of images here.
3. Students used Keynote to animate the digital figure and landscapes. I created a tutorial showing all the steps to help them. View it below or here. I put screenshots from their animation movie on artsoniain this gallery.
4. Students helped sing and compose an original flying song using garageband on the iPad (using the built-in instruments) and the desktop version to add voices.
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