This week students will hunt for the elements of art, photograph or draw them, label, and create a drawing, collage, or video. This all-school challenge will get students thinking about the building blocks of art while looking closely at objects all around them.
I introduced my 5th graders to the photographs and videos of William Wegman earlier this winter. He is famous for his photos that make his dogs look human. See examples from my pinterest board here. So, my students took on the challenge of making themselves look like dogs (just the opposite, I suppose). They began by drawing and painting a dog water color portrait.
See their finished dog paintings here.
Then students came to art class with props and costumes to stand before our green screen to pose for a photo.
These photos were then added to my dropbox along with their dog portraits.
For the next couple of weeks students went through the steps of erasing the backgrounds of their art in Superimpose app, layering their images, artistically convincing us that the two are combined, adding a background, and creating a shadow on one side. All these steps are part of my tutorial which you can view here. I made this blog post to teach from with examples, tutorials, and links to resources.
VIEW THE WHOLE GALLERY OF WILLIAM WEGMAN INSPIRED COLLAGES HERE.
My fifth graders are working on creating a William Wegman Styled photo collage from their water colored dog paintings and a photo they pose for with props and costumes. These images will be combined using two apps on the iPad. We will use the Superimpose app to create transparent backgrounds on both the child's pose and dog portrait painting. They will then use Sketchbook Express to layer the dog head, body, background, and shadow. There are a few techniques I came up with that make this pretty easy. Watch my tutorial below to learn my tricks.
Our finished collages turned out AMAZING!
I'm so excited and inspired by what my 5th graders are able to accomplish on iPads.
--->Take a moment to view the post here.
--->Or go straight to their online gallery here.
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,
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