Second grade students make a snowman, then take a flight with him using art, animation, and imagination
First graders made digital snowmen then put them into a snow globe animation. Read below to find out how and snag my resources so you can try it too.
This snow globe effect is a fun way to teach transparency, animation, and layering with green screen. Students can add a still image, animation, pre-recorded or live video to their globe. I was inspired by the Green Screen Maker Space Book by Todd Burleson (lesson 6). I downloaded the image suggested and began trying to figure out a way to turn the project into a video with a layer of snow. I go through all the steps in this app smash in the tutorial below or here.
My app smash journey:
Grab my resources and get started:
Download my video below and import it into the top layer of the Green Screen App by Do Ink. Use the mask tool to make the center of the globe semi-transparent (see step 6 above). Then download my white image here. Import this into the bottom layer. Now you're ready to add a still, animation, or live video to the center layer.
Creativity Prompts: (to make this a lesson)
See this post from Terri Eichholz prompting students to consider what it would be like if you lived inside a snowglobe (as seen in the short film, Bumbleville.) See this post too.
I set out a set of supplies for each table to create these snowmen in a progression.
Class Movie with all the finished animations:
Resources: Behind the scenes of plasticine rhythm
Other ideas for progression animations:
I was holding off on doing this project with the kindergarteners until we had enough iPads in the art room for everyone to create at the same time. That time arrived! Even though we are tired of snow aren't you excited to know we have enough iPads for K-3rd grades at Dryden to do 1:1 iPad lessons in art class?
If you want to help fund the last two iPads we need to have enough for EVERYONE you can give to our Donor's Choose project here.
This project required a bunch of new learning for the kindergartners including:
We've found the warmest way to build a snowman using this snowman building app on our iPads. We can build an amazingly creative and unique snowman without ever touching snow in the warmth of our art room while watching a glowing fire snap and pop on the big screen to the sounds of festive music.
See our gallery of snowman creations on Artsonia. Wouldn't they make wonderful cards or wintery gifts? Take a moment to compliment the artists. They love comments.
Have a wonderful winter break!
IF this put you in a generous mood, you are in luck, we have outlet for you!
Our Dryden artists are trying to raise money
to buy a class set of iPads so no one has to wait to create. We are getting very near our goal. OurEdbacker.com campaign only continues through the end of December. Please consider giving a tax deductible donation. Thank you!
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This tutorial below goes through my math and art lesson step-by-step for creating a clay snowman from a single lump of clay using very simple division. Students will see the pattern of "dividing into two even pieces." This is a great way for students to concretely experience the mathematical concept of division while creating an adorable little snowman.
Art teachers: Use this lesson to help put STEAM in STEM. Download the ppt here.
Click here to see last year's snowman sculpture gallery.
If you want to try this lesson with older students ask them to come up with the fraction that defines the pieces of clay as they work. The initial lump of clay at the beginning is called 1/1. Each time you divide the clay into two even pieces multiply the denominator by two. The snowman's "Large" is 1/2. "Medium" is 1/4. "Small" is 1/8.
You can continue on until you get to the final little pieces (they are 1/512).
A great book for supplementing this lesson is
The Biggest Best Snowman
This book is story about a little person making a big impressive snowman while demonstrating how to create one out of snow. It reviews the three parts of a snowman: Big Medium, and Small which I emphasize in the lesson above.
I found this video of the story on youtube.
You can watch it below.
I'm gearing up for the school year by collecting my resources and making them easily available for anyone who wants to learn some of my tips for how to create on the iPad. There are tons of apps in the app store, but I tried to limit my ideas to only a few so that we can work with what we have on our school iPads while I explore other apps and begin writing grants to get them in the future. (100 ipads=$$ for each app purchase) so I'm trying to keep it simple. Below is a screen shot of the new page I added to my website. Visit it here. There are links leading to resources, videos, tutorials, and files that you can download from your iPad and get started playing right away.
You're going to be amazed more by the process (though the product is super cute too!)
Listen to what the kindergartners were able to do on their iPads over the past few weeks in art class: Students spent 3 class sessions trying to learn how to turn on their wireless signals in their setting on iPads, find my website to download their snowman template, import it into the Brushes App, add a layer over the image, choose their brush sizes and colors, digitally paint these adorable snowman accessories, and email me their finished work!
Make sure you congratulate these amazing digital artists! (Hopefully the other classes go as well this week.) See the whole gallery as it grows 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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