The symmetry button in the Sketchbook Express app for the iPad is a wonderful tool for an art teacher. Just think of how many times symmetry is a part of your art lessons. Here is one art lesson idea that Sketchbook Express is perfect for: the Face/Vase Figure-Ground Illusion. I would have students take turns photographing each other with their iPads in a profile pose to begin. They would then add these images as a layer in SketchbookX, trace it with the symmetry button, finish off the vase. I made a demo movie below showing all the steps I would go through. If you want to try along with me, use this image to get started.
Now that we have our new super cool Fugleflick Elementary Musical which introduces the elements of art, I designed an exploration lesson that accompanies this video to help students really understand the concepts. I took pictures to show you below...
1) This exploration of the elements class began with our Fugleflick Elementary Musical to introduce the elements of art. View it here: vimeo.com/38449478
2) Students looked at El Greco's painting, View of Toledo using the Google Art Project
They used the digital ink on the interactive board to draw over the image to show line, shape, form. They also zoomed in to spot texture, zoomed out to study value, space, and color.
3) Then students headed out to the courtyard with cameras in groups to take pictures of the elements all around them.
Extensions: Look at this photo taken of Toledo. Spain or this photo from similar vantage points. Compare to the painting. What is different, and why? What is similar.
Now explore Toledo using Google Maps street view. Start at this link.
(Thanks Theresa McGee for the extension idea. View her other ideas for using the Google Art Project on her blog post here.)
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