Why not use Godzilla as a tool for teaching perspective to your students on iPads?
Four resources for teaching this lesson:
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!
Keith Haring, a street artist of the 1980's created bright, simple, and playful dancing figures that inspire my students. We have created Haring inspired pieces in the past focusing on figure, color, and pattern.
The most difficult part of the lesson is creating the figures with arms and legs that bend in places they should bend. It sounds easy but when you're still new a figure drawing, it is very challenging. I've tried having students pose their own bodies, photograph poses and draw over them on the interactive whiteboard, and cut out paper people that they can pose and trace. All these methods have helped, but I just stumbled on one that may be transformational when I found the Wooden Doll 3D app for the iPad.
Below: These are examples from second graders who have hand-drawn after great struggles the four action poses. They completed these with complementary colors pairs in the negative and positive spaces then completed them with line and shape pattern.
I have THRILLING news for many Dryden Students today! I was interviewed by Alyson Stamos of Natural Child World Magazine about Dryden's Art Program towards the end of the school year thanks to the recommendation of Jack Tovey, art instructor/digital media specialist and Amanda Armstrong, Program Coordinator for Erikson Institute's TEC Center.
The article talks about how our students use digital media and devices to create art, shows six of my second grader's digital abstract cats in the style of Laurel Birch, and four of our fourth grader's Wish for the World images.
(More ideas on my Creating on iPads page)
Girl at the Window, Salvador Dali, 1925
I came across this painting by surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, online a couple weeks ago in this blog post. This realistic painting of Dali's sister Ana Maria looking out a window inspired this art lesson to teach shallow and deep space. I began by first erasing the view in the window so that students could digitally replace it on the iPad in Brushes or Sketchbook Express with an image that creates deep or shallow space. Download the template below. Then I thought, why don't I just erase everything and let students become the viewer as well as choosing the view. This result would lend itself to a reflective writing piece to accompany their art. Download the template below.
Second graders had a chance to explore the the beautiful abstract cats of artist, Laurel Birch both physically and digitally.
They drew a cat in her style over two class periods as we talked about her artistic choices that made her work abstract.
View all sketches here.
Then I took digital images of these sketches and put them both on Artsonia where students were able to save them into their iPads. They added a layer over their sketch to retrace, paint, and decorate a digital abstract painting in the style of Laurel Birch using Sketchbook express. View all digital painting here.
One class even had enough time to revisit their original sketches to paint them physically!
View the these paintings here.
Fifth graders brought their iPads to art class for the past couple of weeks to work on a digital figure drawing of themselves flying in their pajamas. This image will be the starting point for a creative writing and illustration lesson that will include animating their figures across a landscape. See the entire gallery of images here.
I created the movie below as I was working on this idea. I am hoping their animations can be pieced together into a video with music giving students a chance to combine their art, music, technology, and storytelling skills into a collaborative project.
Did you notice that the figures are all in a similar pose? That is because to help students draw their figures successfully, we imported my sketch of a generic figure as a layer in Sketchbook Express. The artwork was drawn on a separate layer over the sketch and filled with color using the pour feature. The background is empty now so we can erase it using instant alpha in Keynote so we can animate it across their drawn landscapes.
I'm looking for a way to create a class photo collage project where we can add our custom pieces, share them, rotate, resize, overlay, change opacity, and erase parts.
I think MIXEL app used to do this until they changed their format. Muse app is close to what I want except for the customization.
I played with these ideas from my own sources of images in Sketchbook X (and Brushes app). It works, but there may already be an app that makes this easier. Any ideas?
Here is how I started. I imported Edward Hopper's Nighthawks into the Brushes app and color matched and texture matched until I could rub away two of the characters.
Here is my finished file.
Then I pulled in pngs from my collection on layers that I could transform.
Last year I bought little plastic 8"x 2" bookmark sleeves without knowing exactly what to do with them. Well, I think we know now. We are starting to Cat-in-a-hat-ify ourselves in third grade in time for Read Across America this March. We had to work in groups of three on the iPads and follow all the directions for saving the images to the camera role from my dropbox, bring them into sketchbook express, transforming them to the right size and placement, then merging the layers down to free up more layers, then save the art to the camera roll, then email it to the teacher. Whew! that's a lot of steps. But, even on our very first attempt I found these super cute bookmarks in my inbox. Worth it!
I wrote another post full of other Cat-in-a-hat-fying ideas including a custom photo booth effect and this book cover design.
View the post here.
You can try this lesson with images to practice with on your iPad using the resources I posted on my Creating on iPads page.
The Sketchbook Express app for the iPad is FREE and it does so much!
You can work in layers
You can fill with color
You can paint/draw
You can import picts
You can transform
You can add text
You can add shapes
You can merge layers
You can draw/color with the symmetry tool!
There are so many possibilities for my young artists with the symmetry function (you only have to draw one side of a picture and the other side copies with a mirror of your design). This project below is on my wish list of ideas for this school year. I plan on having my fourth graders make a digital version of the face/vase figure-ground illusion that they created in 3rd grade. We will make it based on a photo of their own profile this time and use these vessels from the google art project to inspire our negative space.
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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