I've spent months playing with augmented reality in preparation for bringing into my classroom. My 5th graders were my first students to go through the steps I had envisioned of making art, making the art move through animation, then witnessing the art come alive with augmented reality as they scan the art and see the animation.
I wrote about this lesson and every step involved in this post.
When Students become Colleagues
Two of my former students grew up, became teachers, and are now colleagues at Dryden. Miss Dietrich now teaches 5th grade. She was with me to make a spoof of the American Gothic in 3rd grade and a clay bear in 4th grade as well as many other pieces.
We found these two pieces on our Art History Tile Wall. The American Gothic was credited to her on the wall, but the clay bear was anonymous. I had used donations to fill in some gaps in our history with pieces that were from my files. I had a clay bear photo but didn't remember who the artist was. Now we do! Miss Dietrich agreed to bring in hers from home (sitting on her dresser all these years) for a video surprise (see below).
P. S. You can see the video surprise too with HP Reveal app following Fuglefunart next time you visit our Dryden Art History Tile Wall or use the app to view This or This.
Miss Angelico is now teaching 1st grade. I taught her for all her years at Dryden. I went through my files (I'm a digital hoarder) and found this sweet image. Here is Miss Angelico when she was a 1st grader sitting at the same table that her 1st grade students will sit at to make art this year. I love the concentration as she paints the table cloth of her apple still life. Love everything about this photo from the cute handwriting in the bottom corner to the smudge of orange paint on her cheek. What a cool thing for me to see my little student all grown up with her own little students. How cool for the new batch of 1st graders to see their grown up teacher as a little girl just like them ?.
Memoirs of a Robot
Then, I began going bonkers over the idea of painting robots. I called it my robot phase (I might still be in it.) I painted Do-Dad and Alumi-Mum, Polly Phonic, and Anita Toonup. All of these robot paintings are showcased on this blog post. As you can see from the post, I animated each one of the robot paintings so that I would have plenty of examples to show my students when they try the technique this school year. THEN, I received a Shutterfly coupon in the mail. That's when I realized I had enough transdigital pieces of art to fill a Shutterfly book and practice using AR (augmented reality) to make the animations appear over the art. I've seen this technique recently at the ISTE conference and had it in the back of my mind. So, I designed the book, loaded it up with still images of art that I had or intended to animated, added a page with instructions for how to access the AR effects, and set it off to print. I went to HP Reveal studio to build my "auras" by setting the art as the "trigger image" and the animations as the "overlay". When the book arrived all I had to do was use the app to scan over the images and watch the magic.
I was asked to make a robot painting for an upcoming kickstarter as a gift to those who donate. If all works out, Annie Log will become a poster for 100 or so supporters. The instructions I received was to make a robot like the one I made a few years ago and connect it someway to the idea of "love" (hence the heart button).
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