I finally packaged my Bubbling Beakers STEAM transdigital lesson on TpT. It is a 40 page step by step visual guide for creating the forms from shapes, color mixing, drawing and painting a background in perspective and using complementary colors. Explore
I also packaged up the Dot Day Augmented Reality Color Wheel Activity. It includes the handout and guided instructions for creation and exploration with Quivervision. Explore
5th graders learned how to draw a city scene with one-point perspective. This meant that they created a vanishing point with converging lines. They learned to use their ruler to draw every line towards the vanishing point for the side of the buildings facing the street. We spent a long time exploring this concept, drawing, revising, and enhancing our work.
UPDATE: I Finally Packaged this lesson!
Our district is embarking on a ONE BOOK ONE SCHOOL event where every student reads (or is read to) the story, A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole. Here are some ideas I thought of for connecting with the story through art, animation, and character counts.
Below is a handout I created to help students see the shapes in Celeste's form to help you draw. The original illustration by Henry Cole is a value drawing. The pencil strokes become the texture of the fur. He shows highlights and shadows by adding more or less graphite from the pencil. This technique looks more 3-D than just filling in the drawing.
Fly with Lafayette the Osprey
1. Fly using green screen video masked into a still image over a video of clouds
2. Digitally layer in a still photo into the basket and create an animation path in Do Ink.
Be as kind-hearted as an osprey
As Small as a Mouse
Henry Cole wrote and illustrated A Nest for Celeste. He was able to tell us with words and pictures about the characters, setting, and all the elements of the story. See this Fugleflick about the importance of Illustrations.
5th graders are going to do an all grade-level collaboration in celebration of International Dot Day. They will contribute an exquisite corpse drawing of either a HEAD, MIDDLE, or LEGS on a cardboard cube. This idea was inspired by the IAEA conference. They had the cubes set up on tables for us all to draw on in pencil. I took some back with me to inspire my students...and it worked. My students were very inspired by them and were begging to try it too. So, I used our amazon gift card from winning a NextVista.org contest to buy the boxes for this year.
Relative Size refers to clues in the picture that help you figure out the size of objects.
Playing with relative size forces the viewer to imagine something much bigger or much smaller than seemingly possible.
Below is a drawing of a fireplace mantel. It has a candle and picture frames. You would imagine that the objects are only about 8"-12" high. Now when you place a human on the mantel that confuses the scene. Either the mantel is much bigger than you thought or the human is a small as a mouse.
Below is a drawing of a building in Arlington Heights. You can tell from the size of the sidewalk and umbrella tables compared to the building that it's probably over 10 stories tall. Now when we add a human into the picture as tall as the building it makes you wonder if the building is much smaller or the human is monstrously big.
How did you do that?
The green screen app by Do Ink allows you to layer video over or under an image. You can record in real time using the camera mode or do what I did above. I recorded the student in front of green screen first which allowed them to crop, resize, and find the best placement over their drawing to create the illusion that they are as small as a mouse according to relative size.
To make it look like the human can stand behind the building and in front of the sky we had to import the scene twice. You'll see on my screenshot above that I sandwiched the green screen footage between duplicate images. Then, I erased the background from the top image using the masking tools in the app. Here is what it might have looked like if you were just viewing it alone. I can do this trick in the superimpose app as well and then import it, but it's not necessary since the Green Screen app has all the tools for erasing too.
Playing with relative size resources:
Take a look at this commercial. It's fun to see the inflatable gorilla set loose in the city. Does it's size seem to change when you compare it to the relative size of the objects around it?
This clip from the Disney adaptation of the book, BFG (Big Friendly Giant) makes everyone feel as small as a mouse when you see the world from the point of view of BFG.
A group of 4th graders used their profile drawings and green screen videos of 1st graders to play with relative size. We called this movie, Little Buddies. See this post for more info.
Fourth graders are working on a piece of art inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom called Room at Arles. They are learning to draw in perspective with a vanishing point, about Van Gogh's work, and thinking about how to customize their drawing to make it more like their bedroom in Arlington Heights (or Mt. Prospect).
Drawing a Bedroom in Perspective:
Below are a series of slides from our lesson that lead the students through the steps of creating the basic parts of their bedroom inspired by the Van Gogh painting.
View their gallery of finished paintings on Artsonia at this link.
Entering the Artwork:
Since I happen to own a chair like the one found in Vincent Van Gogh's painting, students made their rooms without a chair so that they could sit on it when they digitally entered their artwork. Below is a quick diagram of the plan for layering a digital video over a digital image using the Green Screen app by DoInk.
See the art gallery on Artsonia here.
How we entered the artwork:
See vimeo.com/232162811this video for a quick look at how we entered the artwork with the Green Screen App by Do Ink.
Why not use Godzilla as a tool for teaching perspective to your students on iPads?
Four resources for teaching this lesson:
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