I had the privilege of leading an iPad workshop with art teachers, technology specialists, and administrators using the lessons I've developed for my students at Dryden. I love knowing that the things we are doing in our art room can influence and maybe inspire other young artists and their teachers. I taught from my growing collection of 222+ STEAM art lessons found here. You download my presentation. When you see numbers next to a lesson it refers back to the number in my STEAM art lessons collection where you will find resources, student examples, tutorials, and/or handouts.
This 2nd grade lesson introduces students to the artwork of Keith Haring. He made colorful painting with figures in action poses. I use this artwork to teach very basic figure drawing, complementary colors, primaries and secondary colors, action/ movement, positive/negative space, line pattern, and shape pattern. We begin by drawing poses using the help of a template students cut out and assemble by themselves. This template allows them to play with poses then trace the ones they like. Download the template.
Student Work: see gallery here
When students finished their paintings, they looked at them through 3-D glasses to see if the complementary colors made the actions poses even more vibrant.
Finished stop motion animations:
The fifth graders from 5-1 used the second graders' step up one day and made this:
Digital Extension: Create it digitally
Digital Warm Up Drawing:
Digital Extension: Make and Move
Students can use the template over a piece of construction paper and animate the figure against a complementary color background to demonstrate movement dynamically. I use the free app iMotion HD and have student make a short video. 30 images makes a 2 second video at 15 frames per second. I collect the individual videos for one class video.
Tutorial: Make it Move it Figures
The animation begins by drawing to objects in the DoInk Animation App.
Both objects need to be a complementary color pairs (red/green), (purple/yellow), (orange/blue)
1. The first object is a circle with lines that converge at the center. I used a spiral, but the lines could also radiate out/in with straight, jagged, curving, bumpy, (whatever) lines.
2. The second object is a figure drawing in the style of Keith Haring. This figure is a solid color with a shape pattern in the complement. I used circles but you can use squares, diamonds, hearts, ovals, flowers, leaves, (whatever) shapes.
The two objects are then layered in the composition mode of the DoInk app. I stretched them both out to 6 seconds and set opposite direction rotations on each.
Then I altered the size of the figure so that it began full size and ended almost so tiny that it disappeared.
The lesson is designed to help students see that complementary colors are extra vibrant in your eyes. The rotation of the lines as they converge into the center create an optical illusion that adds depth to the image. The shrinking of the figure creates the illusion of depth as if he/she is falling. Below is video:
Variation of the idea:
This was my first attempt at this animation idea. In this animation I used the Kaleido Free app to draw lines converging to the center. The app allows you to save your drawing as a movie. To layer the figure and the movie I used the Green Screen App by DoInk.
Hypno Bot (another variation)
Pretty much anything can fall, rotate, and shrink away. Here is a 5th grader's robot falling over two layers of images. One layer is a semi-transparent rotating spiral and the other is a geometric patterned design.
The Quick Version:
Since you can animate photos using the DoInk Animation App, I think this variation on the idea may be the fastest one. Students will pose as if they are falling (in front of green screen). Then they will draw an optical illusion circle (like a spiral design). This will be photographed also.
Keith Haring, a street artist of the 1980's created bright, simple, and playful dancing figures that inspire my students. We have created Haring inspired pieces in the past focusing on figure, color, and pattern.
The most difficult part of the lesson is creating the figures with arms and legs that bend in places they should bend. It sounds easy but when you're still new a figure drawing, it is very challenging. I've tried having students pose their own bodies, photograph poses and draw over them on the interactive whiteboard, and cut out paper people that they can pose and trace. All these methods have helped, but I just stumbled on one that may be transformational when I found the Wooden Doll 3D app for the iPad.
Below: These are examples from second graders who have hand-drawn after great struggles the four action poses. They completed these with complementary colors pairs in the negative and positive spaces then completed them with line and shape pattern.
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