I was asked to make a robot painting for an upcoming kickstarter as a gift to those who donate. If all works out, Annie Log will become a poster for 100 or so supporters. The instructions I received was to make a robot like the one I made a few years ago and connect it someway to the idea of "love" (hence the heart button).
Do-Dad & Alumi-Mum
Painting Annie reminded me how fun making physical art can be, so I put down my stylus (from the #keynotedrawingchallenge) and picked up my paintbrush to make some more. My next painting is this lovely couple, Do-Dad & Alumi-Mum.
I wanted my next robot to be multifunctional, like early version of an iPhone. It should have a radio, TV, turn table, equalizer, and a telephone all built into one. Meet; Polly. her eyes are AM/FM dials. Her mouth is the speaker for all her integrated gadgets. The telly is in her belly and it happens to have Annie Log on the screen (what?). Her arm becomes the needle of the record player that emerges from the slot next to the jukebox-like selections. There is no dial for the phone since you can just ask Polly to place a call.
Student Learning: concepts
Lesson ideas: Making Robot Paintings
I have a TON of robot inspired lessons on my blog. Aquick search of "robot" gave me a well over a dozen results. But, I pulled out and linked to the lessons below that would best match the concepts covered above. Click on the photos below to explore.
Lesson Resource: How To on TpT
Digital Extension: Animated Robots
I have a blog post about using the Brushes app to make a very simple animated GIF from a digital picture of artwork. I played with this idea using many different subjects however animating robots is the easiest since they can have so many moveable, blinking, or flashing parts. Here is the post and below are more examples.
View the gallery on Artsonia of their black and white marker robot sketches.
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.
I was out for a motorcycle ride on this partly cloudy afternoon with my husband when I was struck with another creativity idea for the iPads. Mr. Fuglestad always sees something in every cloud so when we returned I photographed a cloud using the iPad and had him draw over it in Skitch to show me what he saw. Doesn't the iPad offer cool ways to visually communicate? The picture is below. I guess he saw an angry pig this time:)
To see more creating on iPads ideas go to this page.
Here is a link to a folder of CLOUDs to get you started.
Watch the video of me drawing a very angry sky. What did those birds do to offend it?
Wiped the slate clean and tried it again. Here is another story these clouds are telling...
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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