Students will be listening to books and focusing on their illustrations this week at every K-5 grade level. Illustrations are the drawings inside the books that help you understand the meaning of the stories, visualize the text, and give you a peek into the author's mind.
I learned from Paul Hamilton on Twitter about an augmented reality app that I plan on using to replace HP Reveal called EyeJack app. It has a creator app for the mac desktop and an app for your device. You set up a trigger, overlay, and option audio in the creator then scan the QR code it generates to load the effect (the first time). Look at the tweet below to see what my cover page looks like when you scan the QR code in the app.
I just started playing with the apps that I learned about during ISTE18 in Chicago. One that I'm really drawn to is an updated version of an old Apple app, Keynote. As of spring I learned from @karlyb that keynote had added a drawing feature to their iPad app. As I was searching this topic on twitter I found Mrs. Kellenberger's twitter feed showing student drawings like this one made using Keynote. She shared her tutorial that she made for her students (below) demonstrating a contour line drawing over a photo.
Our district is embarking on a ONE BOOK ONE SCHOOL event where every student reads (or is read to) the story, A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole. Here are some ideas I thought of for connecting with the story through art, animation, and character counts.
Below is a handout I created to help students see the shapes in Celeste's form to help you draw. The original illustration by Henry Cole is a value drawing. The pencil strokes become the texture of the fur. He shows highlights and shadows by adding more or less graphite from the pencil. This technique looks more 3-D than just filling in the drawing.
Fly with Lafayette the Osprey
1. Fly using green screen video masked into a still image over a video of clouds
2. Digitally layer in a still photo into the basket and create an animation path in Do Ink.
Be as kind-hearted as an osprey
As Small as a Mouse
Henry Cole wrote and illustrated A Nest for Celeste. He was able to tell us with words and pictures about the characters, setting, and all the elements of the story. See this Fugleflick about the importance of Illustrations.
Aliens are a truly magical subject for artmaking. They allow the student artist to be creative in it's design by breaking rules of figure drawing, color, and form while also providing the necessary benefit of forgiveness since an alien doesn't have to be drawn realistically. Here are two ideas that extend an alien drawing digitally incorporating music and animation: Idea one: aliens on instruments & Idea two: alien beatboxing.
Idea one: Aliens on Instruments
I began designing an animation challenge for my students after a large dose of inspiration from the animator, musician, and illustrator, Andy Martin. This project would include aliens, repetitive movement, and instruments. If kids can manage this project we'll finally be able to get the band back together! Seriously, students could each contribute a creature to a group animation movie set to music that demonstrates an understanding of flipbook animation, movement, sound, and creative figure drawing.
To animate an alien playing an instrument I created layers that helped isolate the moving and non-moving parts using the Do Ink Animation and Drawing app.
1. I drew the alien head, body, and legs.
(hint: lock the layer when finished so you don't accidentally change or erase it when animating)
2. I drew the alien's instrument then locked it.
3. I drew the arms that played the instrument, copied the slide, erased, and redrew to show movement.
Performance: Lenny and the Leonids
Listen to my favorite alien band's first hit below composed in garageband, animation in DoInk, and edited in iMovie.
Idea Two: Alien Beatboxing
I designed four more aliens in an attempt to try beatboxing. This idea requires that each alien moves its mouth in some way to match the sound it creates.
I used the DoInk drawing and animation app again to make my alien designs move their "mouths" to express their sound. I kept it very simple so that I could generalize the concept later when I layered the music in. Below is a test run of each flipbook design in composition mode. I had to adjust each alien's flipbook motions so they weren't moving their mouths too fast. Later I learn that this was pretty important for matching the mouth with the sound later. But, this was my first time, so I tried to time it better in the movie editing stage.
Next, I pulled out my laptop version of Garageband and tried to make a sound for each creature while keeping a steady beat. I had lots of trouble blending my sounds, getting the timing right, and figuring out effects. What I ended up doing was putting on headphones, laying down a drum beat as one track (which I later deleted), and matching the beat with my new sound recorded to another track. That helped me keep the beat better. I labeled each track by creature color to help me keep track of what's what when I did my final animation. I tried to match the DoInk composition timeline to the garageband timeline as exactly as I could. Luckily both interfaces allow you to look at fractions of seconds so you can bring in the creature at the same time the audio begins.
Below is each alien animation timed with their beatbox sound. Next, to put it all together into one composition using the DoInk animation, garageband sound track, and iMovie.
Performance: Alien Beatboxing
Below is the Dance my 7 alien friends choregraphed quickly. I was able to capture it using Keynote and iMovie with the song they chose from incompetech.com.
Resources: Video and handouts
Andy Martin and his planet animations are the inspiration for animation challenge. There are twelve planets to explore with different creatures on each. Planet one's aliens make music with their voices as they gather. This idea would be fun to explore as well.
Bonus! Alien Remake of a Fugleflick
I used a guitar playing alien and two of his duplicates to recreate a old fugleflick appropriately called, Deep Space. This fugleflick attempts to explain how to create the illusion of space in a 2D place with foreground, middle ground, background, and overlapping. The song was performed by three 3rd graders many years ago. View their movie here. You'll probably notice the moving lips in this video. I recorded my mouth moving to the words and masked them into the video using the Do Ink Green Screen app. The whole movie was created using both the Do Ink animation app and the Green Screen app. I lined it up with the music from the original song using iMovie. View the results here.
Take the Deep Space Quiz
using edpuzzle (found via NICE MiniCon session by Shannon Schroeder-Thanks!)
Here is a Fugleflick collaborative idiom movie made during summer school. Their illustrations are AMAZING. They use voice over to reveal the meaning of their work.
I'm not sure if my coffee images are technically idioms. They may be more of a literal translation of speech.
View the finished movie, Allow us to Illustrate here or below.
I decided to create an image that I could upload to Artsonia to have made into a gift for my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary this summer. I drew this illustration using the Procreate app and a bamboo stylus. The app records the drawing process so you can see all the changes, revisions, and choices I made along the way. For example, we both wear glasses but I erased them. Who needs glasses at that distance?
Speaking of illustrations, have you seen the award winning Fugleflick, "Allow us to Illustrate"? View it here.
"Not everything that matters is measurable"
What have you learned in your time at school that isn't reflected in a test? Did you learn to share your art supplies, take a moment to compliment a classmate, let a friend go first, help a lost kindergartner find their classroom?
What talents do you have that were not tested? Are you a gymnast, a dancer, a basketball player, a swimmer, a musician, a filmmaker, a puzzle worker?
What have you learned about your role in the community? Do you volunteer, do you pick up litter, do you protect animals, do you conserve resources?What about you has grown that a test can't measure? Your artistic abilities, your confidence, your self-esteem, your humor, your courage, your kindness?
All of you matters…and some of the best parts of you are unmeasurable. Here are some examples of wonderful successes that were not measured on a test that I witnessed.
The learning that happens in an art room matters. Look at these spontaneous moments captured through vine video showing creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving all of which are valued in society and the workplace. The art room is a learning lab for life skills yet it should not all be measured with data. It needs to be experienced with joy!
If we can't measure it in school do we still value it? What we prioritize for children communicates value to them. If we take away the unmeasurable things in their education we are depriving them of the beauty, color, richness of life like removing all the illustrations from a book. Speaking of illustrations, view this award-winning video created by my student filmmakers and see why arts education is so vital to children.
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