1. Take photo (horizontally) of a part of the art room. Hint: close up is fun, blurry isn't.
2. Draw a ghost in the DoInk Animation app using "drawing" mode found under the "+" button in the top right corner. Just use black line (we used size 6) then fill with white. Make sure it's a shape so you don't fill the background. Use undo or eraser for mistakes. Touch "gallery" when done.
3. Touch the "+" again and choose composition. Use the camera shaped button to import the photo. Don't touch the green dot-if you do, hit undo button. Use the star shaped button to import your ghost drawing. If you can't see the whole stage use two fingers to zoom out a bit. Resize the ghost by moving the corner in towards the center. Scoot the ghost to the left of the animation stage without touching the green dot. Touch the gear button and choose 50% opacity for both start an end. This is what makes the ghost semi-transparent. Now, touch the green dot on your ghost and drag your finger across the animation stage (over your photo) all the way to the right of the stage to create a path. You should see a green line-that is your path. Hit the play button (looks like the top of an arrow) to see how it looks. Hit done, then gallery, then share button, then save it as a movie or as a still image. We save it both ways-one for a class movie and one for our portfolios on Artsonia.
Introduce the concept of opaque and transparent with this short video.
Spooky story (with repetition so students can help act it out)
Here is a fun reading of "I'm Not Afraid of this Haunted House".
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After I shared this lesson via Twitter I received a couple of fun tweets from teachers who explored this animation technique with their art students.
I dreamed up this lesson over the summer and have been posting about its progress a few times. You can explore my past posts here and here.
Below is the final project. It includes an introduction created using DOINK's Green Screen app followed by everyone's 2 second animation. They are in alphabetical order by student's first name. See all thescreenshots of students animations on Artsonia here.
I attended some wonderful sessions at the Teachers for Tomorrow Conference hosted by the Golden Apple Foundation on Saturday. One session that really inspired me was called Audience Participation in Storytelling by Rives Collins. He demonstrated how to tell a story that encourages the audience to participate with their voice, ideas, body language, and imagination all the while creating an atmosphere of fun, respect, and engagement.
Below is one of the 5 stories he told. I believe it is called, Long Red Fingernails. I did my best to remember it so that I can share this (not so) spooky story with my students. It has lots of repetition that invites the audience to tell the story along with me. I drew this picture on my iPad to help set the spooky tone. I left much to the imagination.
I snapped this photo of Rives Collins after the workshop. He had a wonderful way of dignifying everyone's contributions to his participatory workshop. This made it not only "safe" to volunteer a response to a question or jump into a story, but his reaction to your input made you feel heard, appreciated, and even clever. I want to remember what it felt like to be in the role of student under a teacher who made everyone feel so...so...special? That doesn't really describe it well, but I can't explain it better than that. One of my take aways is to try to be more like Rives: a teacher who makes his students want to participate, engage, and simply try their best.
I have a couple other posts that relate to this one. Click on the spooky landscape to see the lesson my second graders are doing now. I plan on sharing the Long Red Fingernails story with them. Also, click on the theater games link to see some of my adaptations.
Okay, what if you wanted to teach your young students to make a landscape with foreground, middle ground, background, overlapping, relative size, a horizon line with primary, secondary, and neutral colors? Also, what if you also want to throw in a little bit of opaque and transparent too? And on top of all that you decide to turn it into an animation lesson on the iPads? Well, then, it might look like this:click to view the gallery of student work on Artsonia
I created a Spooky Landscape lesson for my second graders a while back that covered many of the concepts I described above, but now with the magic of iPads and the awesome animation app, DOINK, I think we can add much more (time permitting).
There are a bunch of ways to approach this lesson from starting completely from scratch on the iPad (animation above) to importing a photo and animating over it (example below). This idea uses animation to teach opaque-vs-transparent and relative size. This is so fun and easy that I'm certain my 2nd graders will be able to do this in art class over a few sessions with our class set of iPads, styluses, and DOINK animation app. Maybe we will piece all their little animations into a class movie and compose spooky music as a soundtrack much like this 3rd grade alien animation & this flying 5th graders animation.
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