My students didn't have enough time to finish their Giving Tree inspired projects the way we normally might with watercolor washes in the background. See this post to find resources for our tree silhouette project and the Giving Tree book video. So, we found an alternative way to create a colorful background for our tree silhouettes using the Superimpose app. Here is how we did it...
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I started thinking about students interacting with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The book encourages you reflect on giving, receiving, and making others happy. The challenge would be to have students use their acting and storytelling skills to pose for a photo as if they were interacting with the tree in place of the little boy. Then they would use a drawing app on the iPad with layers (like sketchbookX) to draw over their photo while matching the limited color palette from the book cover for their image (red, dark green, white, black Tip: use the eye dropper tool to grab exact colors from he book cover), resize and place their drawing in a convincing way. Then, re-write the story while reflecting on good character.
Lesson Extension: Animated Book Cover
Since SketchbookX allows you to keep the drawing on a layer over the book cover, you can save it separate from the design, run it through the superimpose app to give it a transparent background, and use it along with my isolated apple (above) and the empty book design template (above) to create an animation in the DoInk Animation app. If that doesn't make any sense, try watching the tutorial for the animated bobblehead project. It has many of the same steps.
View this post with an art making lesson idea, music, and video of students creating. Below is the video of the book I made long ago. It looks different from the original book because I scanned and I colored every page.
Before we started drawing students each had a turn at the interactive board to trace a "V" in the tree. This helped us make sense of the tree's design as we began to create.
My students fell in LOVE with the song that Ms. Tiedemann shared (see above). So, they asked me to put the words on the board so they could sing while they draw their giving trees. They called it an "emotional" song that brought more meaning to their art.
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