Make Healthy Choices
This project challenges students to think about healthy choices while practicing graphic design techniques to put themselves on the cover of a Wheaties Box.
Here are some questions to begin thinking about healthy choices:
Resources (Click to enlarge. Click & hold to save images to iPad):
I was looking through my archives of art projects on Artsonia and found on I hadn't tried again in almost a decade.
Monochromatic Triptychs (last attempted in 2005). The third graders made amazing monochromatic paintings this year so I thought it would be fun to use our iPads to turn them into triptychs where they could see their original image and two others with color filters in a different hue side by side.
I played with two free apps to make my examples happen:
Crazy Color Booth for the filters
Pict Collage for the triptych
I'm sure there are other apps to do this, but we have these installed and ready to go, so why not use them!
New update: for iOS 11 update
I lost Crazy Photo Booth when my iPads were updated to iOS11 so I looked for another solution. I put the monochromatic portrait in Brushes Redux and shifted the hue. This is actually a better way to show students more dynamically what HUE is and how it can change the color scheme of your artwork.
I was honored with the opportunity to work with the art team in Villa Park, IL on Friday. We went through a dozen or so art education based projects on the iPads together. You can explore the lessons we explored on your own using this handout. Open it in iBooks and use the links to download templates or view blog posts with more information.
I met an amazing team of art teachers on Saturday in Portage, Indiana. They gave up a day of their holiday weekend to work on some teaching ideas and strategies for incorporating their class set of iPads into their art programs. Learn more about their iPad initiative during their NAEA conference presentation this Spring.
We practiced a wide range of techniques and art lessons that were open ended enough that teachers could modify them into the format that best supports the learning objectives needed in their curriculum. This collage to the right is from a Pass the Portrait game/activity where students use my portrait template to begin drawing the features of the face in a layer over it. Then they pass their iPad to the next person who then continues the drawing. This can be modified in many ways. Perhaps each student is given a style of art or portraits made from different artists to reference for their contribution to each portrait that is passed their way. This lesson demonstrates how to share a template, draw in layers, and create a collaborative piece, use sketchbook express, and turn in the artwork via email.
We played around with the Artstudio app's magic wand to create a transparent png to layer with my Newsweek template and text. This lesson can be used across the curriculum. See all my template, handout, examples, and Newsweek resources here.
We used Sketchbook X to create a photo collage where students would begin with their own "selfie" and layer on their classmates' features digitally. I saw this idea first from art teacher, Ms. Oliveri. Here is her post.
We also explored the many possibilities of DOINK including my transparency lesson (see Really Spooky Landscapes) and my perspective lesson (see Godzilla's perspective.
I wrote a grant to receive an all-school purchase of the DOINK iPad app and a class set of styluses. View my grant here. We only spent a few seconds trying out the Crown fountain interactive public art lesson with color lake effect. So much to explore and not enough time. I guess one day wasn't enough:)
Use my Creating on iPads page to keep exploring anytime!
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.
What can you do to make a difference?
I put together a folder of Newsweek cover images that inspire students to think about the positive impact they could have on the world. In this collection you will find:
doctors, scientists, astronauts, athletes, writers, storytellers, political leaders, business leaders, and people who are simply smart, brave, giving and/or heroic in whatever they do.
Click here to view the folder.
Put yourself on Newsweek with an iPad
Steps to create:
Click to download this worksheet to brainstorm article titles that explain how you can make a difference in this world.
Once the ideas are ready, download the template and import it into a layer in Sketchbook Express (free) on the iPad.
Take a photo of yourself with the camera app and layer behind the template.
Save this image and import into Pic Collage App (free) to add the text and export/save your work.
Extension: Write the article you referenced on the cover.
Take a photo with a solid background so that the text is less cluttered
Offset the image to make room for text
Make the background transparent so you can overlap the Newsweek logo (see below)
-add the image so that it overlaps the logo
-duplicate the image
-move one image layer above the template and one below
-erase the bottom edge of the image to make it fit the frame. You don't have to be neat because over erasing will only reveal the duplicate image below
If you can't erase the background ahead of time, try to carefully erase it with the eraser tool in the app. Hit "undo" (back arrow) if you over-erase.
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This lesson would be a great technology extension project for art students' self-portrait paintings.
See my students' gallery on artsonia.
I have this 3/4 pose self-portrait powerpoint lesson available for download from TpT here.
Also, if you want to try this lesson on laptops using Keynote or Powerpoint, download the lesson from TpT here.
Thank you to Terri Eichholz for expanding on this lesson idea in your blog post Visualizing Making a Difference. It was so exciting to have an interplay of thought via this medium where ideas can flow and grow. I loved the video by Mark Bezos and want to share it here too so I can remember to play it for my students. Thank you!
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