My fifth graders are currently working on robots that will light up with a paper circuit designed to have a button in the robot design that closes the circuit. The other day I saw the latest cover of Newsweek magazine. It featured a couple of robots in an American Gothic Parody. My idea, though different, was inspired by this image and by my students' desire to explain all the cool things their robot "does". I thought they could share these ideas in a Newsweek Cover format and learn some graphic design tricks at the same time.
This cover design was photoshlopped. See the original cover here. Learn how I use superimpose app to do some simple photoshlopping here.
Everyone has a story to tell but not everyone's story makes it to the front of a magazine. What if yours did? What would you want to share with the world? If you explore TIME magazine covers you would find over 80 years of stories told from politicians, musicians, scientists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, actors, visionaries, and everyday people. Here is my TIME magazine cover for this moment in my life (Here is more about that story.) Next year my story might change and I hope it does! The magazine cover is a snapshot of life at the time it was created. So, get ready to write your headline and follow the steps below to make your own TIME magazine cover.
Open up sketchbook express on your iPad and import the template of your choosing. Then create another layer either above or below it and insert your photo. If you are overlapping the text TIME with your photo and it is not a transparent PNG or it's too wide compared to the template, you can add the transparent template over the photo in a new layer to bring back the red border. You may need to erase the word TIME from this layer. Either way you choose, don't avoid overlapping. It's an important part of an interesting composition. Also, try to create some open negative space for your story title.
There are plenty of apps that can layer text over a photo, but I've been turning to Phonto lately because it has a an easy interface that makes it fast to add multiple text areas with lots of customization options. TIME magazine keeps their fonts simple, so I worked on adding text that matched my negative space while considering size, emphasis, and contrasting color.
Every line in both my designs were separate text boxes that I could size and format separately. In both designs I added a simple text box for the date in the top right corner just as TIME magazine designers would.
Time Magazine Explains their Covers
How to tell a fake cover from a real one. View this article to learn what graphic design and artistic choices TIME magazine makes for their cover designs.
Actually, it hasn't even been a full week of school for the students, but I can't wait to show some of the cool picture I snapped of students since they arrived on Wednesday.
We are so excited to celebrate with the Dryden artists who had their artwork published in the July/August issue of Natural Child World Magazine. See some of them below.
Use the "You Matter" manifesto from Angela Maiers to spark a conversation with students about the difference they can make in the world now and/or in the future.
Or celebrate International Dot Day by asking students how they will make their mark one day. Turn the table on tabloids by celebrating good character and good choices in life.
I have THRILLING news for many Dryden Students today! I was interviewed by Alyson Stamos of Natural Child World Magazine about Dryden's Art Program towards the end of the school year thanks to the recommendation of Jack Tovey, art instructor/digital media specialist and Amanda Armstrong, Program Coordinator for Erikson Institute's TEC Center.
The article talks about how our students use digital media and devices to create art, shows six of my second grader's digital abstract cats in the style of Laurel Birch, and four of our fourth grader's Wish for the World images.
(More ideas on my Creating on iPads page)
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