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
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!)
We just learned that our Fugleflick, MOVEMENT, created by a group of 16 fifth graders in Spring of 2016 was selected from 1000 entries to screen at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival this year! (See the full list of films that will screen from professional filmmakers and students). Admission into this festival is fiercely competitive so we are SO excited to be selected. The audience for the festival is global. People fly in from around the world to attend. This is going to be the sixth Fugleflick to ever screen in at CICFF. See this post from 2012 to view a short slideshow of what the event looked like for our filmmakers. Visit this page to see our others.
MOVEMENT is a short fugleflick, student-created, art related movie, made by 5th graders to show students many ways they can add movement, a principal of design, into their art work.
Students used creative green screen techniques highlighted in this post.
This movie already debuted at a local film festival. View photos and article here.
View the line up from the Screen Test Jr here: http://www.ci.schaumburg.il.us/PCA/youth/Pages/ScreenTestJr2016_Lineup.aspx
View our movie entry below. It is password protected until after the fest. PW: dolphin
(In January a group of 16 fifth graders volunteered their lunch recesses to work on a Fugleflick movie that would teach viewers how to show movement in art. The process included recording an original song, drawing out a storyboard of every scene, dreaming up video effects to help tell their story, all kinds of animation, and lots of layered green screen effects. View this post to see how they did some of their amazing special effects. The group used teamwork to accomplish this movie each finding a way to contribute from prop directors to wrinkle fixers to behind the scenes photographer to audio manager to dropbox uploader to camera person to choreographer. This two minute movie took nearly two months to complete but, perhaps making produced memories and lessons that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the fuglefick! (password:dolphin)
Fugleflick filmmakers are currently working on a movie about movement in art. As they worked on the storyboard they decided to create a movie that had many special effects. For example they said they wanted a thought bubble to appear over video with video inside it with white in the background of the bubble. When we looked at the Green Screen app by DoInk we found it could do everything we needed to create the effect.
This animation was made by importing the video into a DoInk animation app, following the movement of their hands with lines from frame to frame, then matching up the drawn animation and the green screen video (with chroma filter applied over a white background) in the Green Screen app by DoInk. The key to making this work is that you can use a "shared folder" between the two apps so that you can maintain your transparency around your drawing as you layer your work. I'm amazed at the results and the problem-solving my 5th graders undergo as they invent these video effects.
Since our fugleflick is about showing movement on a 2D plane, the above animation was a must for our story. The 5th grade filmmakers animated a still image using the doInk animation app over an image of paper. Then drew motion lines following the movement over the video in the same app. This video was then added to a background image of paper on a table using the Green Screen App by doInk. Yes, that was a lot of steps, but figuring out how to make magic happen is part of effective storytelling.
This video effect required tons of planning and imagination. There is actually more to it in the real movie than what you see here. It began with filming the dance and capturing a still moment from the very beginning. Then, the freeze frame was drawn frame by frame and saved as a movie using the DoInk Animation app. This was all piece together in layers using the green screen app by doInk. This 10sec effect took about an hour of planning and work.
UPDATE: View the finished Movie!
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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