I had the honor of working with the awesome art teachers of Cobb County, Georgia on their professional development day. I did a 70 minute workshop (3xs) for art teachers who wanted to learn how to integrate technology into their art programs using the iPad. Curated a few Transdigital art examples from my 266 STEAM art lessons indexed on my SMORE page (bookmark this page).
Do the Dryden Dos Wins Award at ISTE!
Back in September I gathered a group of fifth graders to join the Fugleflick Filmmaking club. I challenged them to create a movie about "activating change" in our school community. We looked at our Dryden Dos (to be safe, caring, and responsible) and tried to come up with a strong student-centered video that could educate and encourage the school to do the Dryden Dos while at the same time meeting the qualifications for the Global Student Voice Film Festival (#GSVFF) to be held in Philadelphia at ISTE19.
Art teachers in Wisconsin Rapids, WI wanted training in technology integration using iPads. They had recently acquired some iPads (not at 1:1 yet) for their art room. I shared a full day of my creation based transdigital lessons with them. Many of the ideas I shared had both a physical art making component and a digital extension that encompassed more art concepts as well as touching on the national art standards of creating, presenting, responding, and connecting.
All of my art lessons are indexed on my smore page.
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Six canvases were masked out with tape to spell the word CREATE.
These canvases will be covered in paint spread by Spheros driven by families using iPads.
We borrowed spheros from Windsor and Patton to make a set of 6 (one per canvas). Then covered them with special washable covers to add texture to the art and protection to the robotic devices as the are directed to run through the paint to spread it.
The Set Up:
Results: purple mush-UGH!
So, we learned TWO things about sphero painting as we worked
1. It only takes about 15 minutes to paint a small canvas.
2. Spheros only hold their charge for an hour or less.
Both of these things were learned while we were working on our HOUR long event. This meant that we over-worked the canvases almost immediately and ran the spheroes down in charge before the last session ended (UGH).
Results 2.o: 5th graders to the rescue
I asked the 5th graders in 5-1 to see if they could FIX this problem while using up the rest of the poured paint (that would have gone down the drain). The challenge was to make an abstract design with overlapping CLEAN colors.
I re-taped the letters on the canvases and we gave it a try. The plan was to make a mark on each canvas to give them unity and balance without MUSHING up the colors. We started with paint brushes but switched to popsicle sticks half-way through class so that our mark making was looser and the application thicker.
The Daily Herald wrote a story about the AHML art reception. Read it here.
iPads help students demonstrate learning in dynamic ways. Learn about transparency as students animate a ghost over a photo, practice vocabulary by speaking through artwork, observe reflection with a custom hologram, and assess rotational symmetry by rotating designs digitally. Let's fill your STEAM toolbox with creative ideas to teach anything.
I put some of my many many ideas in a thinglink so you could explore my resources by finding the link when you mouse over the images below.
All of my ideas are on my SMORE page.
I presented and attended conference sessions at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL where Jennifer encouraged us model digital leaders on social media, Carrie challenged us to gamify our classroom, Leah showed us how sketchnoting helps students with visual processing, and the authors of #nowclassrooms explain how we can move from Novice to Operational to WOW technology integration.
Make the Painting Move:
Here is the new digital extension animation plan: Import the digital picture of student art into Brushes Redux. On a layer over the image, recreate the center figure by tracing. Save this image as a png with a transparent background. Then mask out the same figure from original painting and redraw the color and pattern the figure had covered. This forces the student to consider the elements of foreground, overlapping, color, and pattern in a dynamic way. Save the masked painting to the camera roll. Import both images into the Do Ink animation and drawing app in composition mode. Set an animation path and add rotation to the figure. Save this as a video. Here is a quick overview tutorial of all the steps here.
I've been thinking that the figure without pattern would be best to isolate in this process. But, what if that figure is not in the foreground. Does it still work? Why not just isolate the most foreground figure regardless of pattern. Students could redraw the pattern digitally. I wasn't planning on this digital extension when I was instructing students in the design of their lesson. (Download the lesson here from TpT) If I were to do this again, I would have students make the unpatterned figure in the center also in the foreground to make this digital animation a bit easier for them.
Turn up your volume. Yep, it's perfectly quiet. Every single student is digitally painting. They understand the app interface, the concept, their purpose, & the overall goal. They are THINKING LIKE ARTISTS as they digitally create. This is what I've wanted to see for 18 years. This is the results of digital art projects since these 5th graders were kindergarteners. This is the results of being an iPad art teacher for 7 years. This is AMAZING! They are feeling right now how cool it is to work in such a forgiving media. They didn't appreciate the possibilities of the media when they struggled with the tools. Now, the struggle has ended with a hush as they drift into a calm flow of art-making.
5th graders will be dynamically demonstrating the concept of movement over their paintings about movement through the magic of stop motion animation and green screen. Here is the post about this lesson from when we first tried it. One big difference this time around is that we have 6 Dewey iPad stands (thanks to an ABC/25 grant) that gives us lift and stability.
Step One: Painting about Movement
Click here to view their gallery of finished art on Artsonia.
You can download this lesson (step by step ppt) from TPT here.
Step Two: Green Screen Stop Motion
I put together a guide for setting up this lesson and a step by step powerpoint for creating the figure painting here:
Download the green screen stop motion lesson from TpT here.
You can also download the figure drawing painting ppt lesson from TpT here.
Step Three: Layer image and video
HINT: Here is what it looked like in 2014 when the 4th graders gave this a try.
Student Results: 2018 5th graders
The Do Ink Animation app allows you to save files in their original format, export animations as movies, or create stills from the movies. If you save them in the original format you can only view them by pulling the file into the app. But this also means you can SWAP your animations from one iPad to another so you can layer effects or try this cool trick. What you're seeing below is one animation shared out with two other iPads. I change the animation path on each one and set the timing to make it look like the sprite is flying from one screen to the next.
Swap for storytelling and collaborations
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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