My transdigital approach to art education merges both traditional and digital methods across physical and digital spaces while giving students an opportunity to dive into ideas that were previously beyond what I could otherwise offer. Take a peek at the lessons I designed to help redefine learning for my elementary art students.
Links to Lessons Showcased in Video:
Fifth Grade Fugleflick Filmmakers spent 2 months creating a story to an original song to encourage everyone to shift their thinking from can't to can. Change that little voice in your head from fixed thinking to a growth mindset and TRY YOUR BEST!
Special FXs Explained:
This movie is full of special effects made with drawn animation and/or green screen. Students used relative size to become the small voice in your head saying positive things to encourage you to TRY YOUR BEST. Here are some of the FX students used.
This little sprite popped onto the TV screen to encourage a student making art. He first had to be layered onto a screenshot of an iPad. Then the artist had to be filmed looking at a TV with the color green on it's screen. The two were layered in the GS app by Do Ink.
Some of the effects students used in this movie have been done before in previous Fugleflicks or projects. The thought bubble trick is explained in this post.
This effect is a straight forward use of relative size to make the sprites look very small. See this post about relative size for a tutorial and more ideas for using this trick.
I'm so excited to see the silhouette special FX in this Fugleflick. This idea has its own post explaining how we found this trick on accident and some of the amazing ideas you can use it for.
For one scene, a student is drawing and gets frustrated. She slams down her marker and gives up. As the art heads to the garbage can, the portrait on it speaks out to its artist begging for her to not give up. This special FX was create after a series of steps as show in the video. The animation was created through rotoscope. See this post to learn more.
This effect where a student spins into a painting with a quick size change was so amazing that it received it's own blog post here.
To make these little sprites fly, we had them pose in the last moment of their video. Then we used a still image of the last frame of the video and made them fly using the keynote app. To enhance the magic, we used a pixie title effect without words (just typed a space) to create a trail of sprite dust as they fly off the screen.
Want to learn the song?
Students wanted to tell the story of a fixed mindset changing to a growth mindset with the encouragement of positive little voices to combat the negative little voices you hear in your own head. Many students need this message so the filmmakers tried to get in their shoes (and heads) to help others Try their Best.
Since this video fits the theme "In Another's Shoes" we trimmed it down to 2 minutes so it could qualify for the first annual Global Student Voice Film Festival. To take a 3 min 40 sec song down to 2 minutes wasn't easy. The best way was to trim each chorus and remove the bridge. We were allowed another 1 minute of credits. I think it still tells the story just as well though some awesome scenes were removed in this version.
Public Screenings of Try Your Best
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers' movie, Try Your Best was accepted into the 2018 Screen Test Film Fest Jr. Of the 5 movies screening, ours was the only one local. The other films were from Texas, Arizona, Canada, and Sweden. The hand drawn animation from an 8th grader in Arizona won best of show. See the list of films here.
iPad Animation iDeas that Teach Concepts Dynamically
See this blog post dedicated to this presentation including a thinglink (also below) with links to each project featured. Use this link to view all STEAM art lessons.
Owning the Learning with Fugleflicks
Find all the movies featured in this presentation on my Fugleflicks page.
Or download the Fugleflick Scan Book to share them with your students independently
Below is a PDF of each slide of my presentation.
Things I learned or want to learn...
Update: I made a plan for how I'm going to paint my Ukulele when it arrives.
I was really inspired by the project Megan Idell presented inspired by street artist, INSA who made Gif-iti art coupled with augmented reality. See some examples.
I demonstrated how to make a custom animated hologram. Here are my resources.
I had a chance to explore Susan Tiemstra's station with CreoPop 3D Pens. I took pictures of the creations people left behind. She said it is non-toxic heated ink cured with LEDs.
I practiced glitch art after talking it over with Justin Bickus at bit. He had a great suggestion. Take one file and open it in Text Edit and then open it again in Preview. This way when you change the code you can see the changes refresh in the photo.
Two Award Winners:
My former student teacher Matthew Etherington (who helped design this amazing lesson) won the IAEA Young Professional Award and my student Jessica was one of 40 artists honored for her artwork that was chosen for the year-long traveling IAEA Student Art Show. Find out more here.
A group of young engineers, computer programers, and artists gathered in the art room during lunch recesses for a couple months to see what they could make using a Hyperduino, old computer, some cardboard, LEDs, touch pads, and creativity. The results of the collaboration is called a Fugleflick Art Bot. It is an interactive art piece that plays 5 different student-created, art-related movies when you touch a button on the computer screen in its belly with audio coming through the speaker (mouth). The lights are on a circuit made from copper wire and batteries connected to two LED lights behind 3-D glasses. The switch is built into the nose.
Below is a series of photos taken during the creation process. Since we were making discoveries, problem-solving, and working with limited resources, our design changed as we progressed. You'll see the original sketch was for an iPad in the robot belly but then we learned that the hyperduino needed to run in a browser. So, we adapted. The group also changed as we added artists after the engineers wired up the robot. They helped make the robot have a unified design with balanced colors with a brass brad motif.
We created a youtube playlist for the Fugleflick bot. You can explore the five Fugleflick movies that it is programed to play here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS4LIonCAPBfr0enREOu6HH9BQPf6JaGf
Explore all our Fugleflicks here.
UPDATE: Don't Crush my dreams won!
Don't Crush my Dreams was selected as a finalist in the Next Vista for Learning online student video contest. Judges will determine winners in each of the two categories by the first week of June. Watch the videos and look at the scoring guidelines to decide who you think the winners might be. It's a great way to think about craftsmanship and storytelling.
Student Category Finalists:
Collaboration Category Finalists:
12 5th grade Fugleflick filmmakers used the point of view of artwork on display in the hallways to create this clever musical story mixed with green screen effects, animation, and live video called "Don't Crush my Dreams".
This movie, which took 2 months of lunch recesses to create, began with an original song as if from the mouths of the beautiful art on display in Dryden's hallways. The students storyboarded their plan for how to turn the song into a video including many special effects using the Green Screen App by Do Ink, the Drawing and Animation App by Do Ink, Superimpose App, Keynote, Chatterpix, iFunFace, as well as Garageband to make their audio recording and iMovie to edit their final work.
Fugleflick filmmakers made this video, dedicated to all the ruined art once on display in the hallways, to help grow awareness of the need for respect so no future artwork will have their dreams crushed.
Screen Test Jr Film Festival
Students were accepted into the Screen Test Jr Film Festival in Schaumburg, IL. The screening is Saturday, April 22nd. Here is the line up for this 5th -8th grade event.
NextVista.org hosts an online video contest for students. They give feedback to filmmakers, have a panel of judges, and encourage students to view their movies around the country. Each video entry teaches a school related concept or lesson in 90 seconds or less. Many of ourFugleflicks have qualified for this contest so we've entered it often.
Last Spring we entered LEARN TO FLY in the teacher made category and MOVEMENT in the collaboration category into their Creative Sprouts contest and WON BOTH!
Congratulations to all the students who helped make these fun and informative videos.
We just learned that our Fugleflick, MOVEMENT, created by a group of 16 fifth graders in Spring of 2016 was selected from 1000 entries to screen at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival this year! (See the full list of films that will screen from professional filmmakers and students). Admission into this festival is fiercely competitive so we are SO excited to be selected. The audience for the festival is global. People fly in from around the world to attend. This is going to be the sixth Fugleflick to ever screen in at CICFF. See this post from 2012 to view a short slideshow of what the event looked like for our filmmakers. Visit this page to see our others.
MOVEMENT is a short fugleflick, student-created, art related movie, made by 5th graders to show students many ways they can add movement, a principal of design, into their art work.
Students used creative green screen techniques highlighted in this post.
This movie already debuted at a local film festival. View photos and article here.
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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