Long ago I came up with a project called iExpress where students pose in a way that expresses themselves, create a silhouette, and add an iWord much like the old iPod/iTunes ads. This project can be reproduced in many different ways on the mac using Photoshop or Keynote or on the iPad using superimpose and Sketchbook Express. I have all three ways explained in this post.
I revised the project today to add a new twist. Instead of the final product being only static images, the lesson can be extended using the animation tools in Keynote.
Students could be challenged to create a pose that lends itself to a movement and then animate that movement using the options for actions, effects, or animations within the app. This can be done on both the Mac and iPad.
Click here to download my keynote to explore my transitions and animation choices
Explore this other keynote animation project too (includes tutorial): http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/flying-fifth-graders1
I guess I didn't look too closely at the new version of the Keynote App on the iPad until the other day. Originally I was terribly disappointed in the app for leaving out my favorite feature: Instant Alpha. Well, it's back! That single feature opens up endless possibilities for graphic design and art creation. Here is one example-adding outlines around a photo. I've been seeing this look in ads online and sighing because I don't like to use my desktop to make art, but I knew that my Keynote app on the desktop could do this. But, the sighs have switched to celebrations. Take a look at my tutorial to see how this app can turn your photos into super cool outlined graphics.
I have so much to say about this digital graphic design lesson based on the painting Christina's World created on the ipads that I wrote it up as an article for School Arts magazine. Hopefully I will be able to share every last detail with you if it is accepted for publication.
Meanwhile, I wanted to share some resources that I made to accompany the lesson so you can explore these ideas now while you might have time. How to use instant alpha on a mac to erase the background is in the beginning of this video. How to use the magic wand tool from photoshop to do the same thing is in this video.
I erased Christina out of Andrew Wyeth's original piece, Christina's World. View the video below to learn how to do it in both Keynote and Photoshop Elements. The end of the video shows a student creating the artwork on the ipad using the Brushes App.
The key to making this project work with students is the Dropbox app for sharing and accessing images for the ipad.
View our online art gallery of completed student work for this project. Many students wrote a bit in their artist statements explaining the new story they intended to tell.
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