I was asked to make a robot painting for an upcoming kickstarter as a gift to those who donate. If all works out, Annie Log will become a poster for 100 or so supporters. The instructions I received was to make a robot like the one I made a few years ago and connect it someway to the idea of "love" (hence the heart button).
Painting Annie reminded me how fun making physical art can be, so I put down my stylus (from the #keynotedrawingchallenge) and picked up my paintbrush to make some more. My next painting is this lovely couple, Do-Dad & Alumi-Mum.
I wanted my next robot to be multifunctional, like early version of an iPhone. It should have a radio, TV, turn table, equalizer, and a telephone all built into one. Meet; Polly. her eyes are AM/FM dials. Her mouth is the speaker for all her integrated gadgets. The telly is in her belly and it happens to have Annie Log on the screen (what?). Her arm becomes the needle of the record player that emerges from the slot next to the jukebox-like selections. There is no dial for the phone since you can just ask Polly to place a call.
I have a TON of robot inspired lessons on my blog. A quick search of "robot" gave me a well over a dozen results. But, I pulled out and linked to the lessons below that would best match the concepts covered above. Click on the photos below to explore.
I have a blog post about using the Brushes app to make a very simple animated GIF from a digital picture of artwork. I played with this idea using many different subjects however animating robots is the easiest since they can have so many moveable, blinking, or flashing parts. Here is the post and below are more examples.
My transdigital approach to art education merges both traditional and digital methods across physical and digital spaces while giving students an opportunity to dive into ideas that were previously beyond what I could otherwise offer. Take a peek at the lessons I designed to help redefine learning for my elementary art students.
Links to Lessons Showcased in Video:
iPads help students demonstrate learning in dynamic ways. Learn about transparency as students animate a ghost over a photo, practice vocabulary by speaking through artwork, observe reflection with a custom hologram, and assess rotational symmetry by rotating designs digitally. Let's fill your STEAM toolbox with creative ideas to teach anything.
I put some of my many many ideas in a thinglink so you could explore my resources by finding the link when you mouse over the images below.
All of my ideas are on my SMORE page.
I presented and attended conference sessions at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL where Jennifer encouraged us model digital leaders on social media, Carrie challenged us to gamify our classroom, Leah showed us how sketchnoting helps students with visual processing, and the authors of #nowclassrooms explain how we can move from Novice to Operational to WOW technology integration.
Third graders turned shapes (circle, triangle, and rectangle) into forms (sphere, cone, and cylinder). Then made these forms look like vessels used for scientific experiments (florence flask, erlenmeyer flask, and beaker).
Student Gallery on Artsonia
Fugleflick Resources for art concepts:
Our Fugleflick, Deep Space, contains forms with foreground, middle ground, and background with overlapping,
Our Fugleflick, Bye Bye Road, is a fun sing along to a Beatles' tune about things to look for in an image that shows depth including a vanishing point, converging lines, and relative sizes.
Our Fugleflick, Complementary in Every Way, introduces the color wheel including primary, secondary, and complementary colors.
Digital extension: Animating Bubbles
Students will animate bubbles coming from the scientists' vessels .
Tutorial: How to animate the bubbles
Finished Animations: all in one movie
The Do Ink Animation app allows you to save files in their original format, export animations as movies, or create stills from the movies. If you save them in the original format you can only view them by pulling the file into the app. But this also means you can SWAP your animations from one iPad to another so you can layer effects or try this cool trick. What you're seeing below is one animation shared out with two other iPads. I change the animation path on each one and set the timing to make it look like the sprite is flying from one screen to the next.
Swap for storytelling and collaborations
First graders are learning the parts of fish as they designed their own. Then they randomly chose a monochromatic color to paint it. Students mixed to make tints and shades to add contrast to their fish. When the paint was dry, students traced the fish and added scales as visual texture. See the GALLERY of finished monochromatic fish here.
1st graders used the Superimpose app to erase the backgrounds on their fish paintings. These were put into the Do Ink Animation app on the art room iPads to animate their fish. Watch their class videos below.
To animate your fish PNG (erased background), open up a new composition in the Do Ink animation app. Select a background color (under the "i" button). Import the fish from the camera roll (using the camera button), resize and place it off stage. Then touch the green dot on the fish and drag out an animation path. Click play (blue triangle) to preview. Put it back in the gallery and export as a movie. Done!
First Grade Class Movies:
In 2014 my students collaboratively built a lego mural out of a series of portraits in honor of Black History Month. I have apost about it here. I even put a post together explaining how I organized it and created the resources here.
I have a plan to try another Black History Lego Mural again this year. I really like the format I created where each portrait fits on 6 base plates. This mean I can have an entire class work on one portrait (one part per table). They can see how their small group collaboration feeds into a all class collaboration as the base plates are finished and pieced together. The lesson is not about creativity since they just follow a printed 1:1 scale guide, however it does require patience, collaborative strategies, counting, reading a grid, accuracy, and some problem-solving when lego pieces/sizes become scarce.
New Plan: Emphasizes History
The first time I designed the lego wall project I was scrambling, guessing, and making quick decisions to fit my time constraints. Now that I know that we have enough legos, and what my students capable of (2nd-5th graders do this lesson well) I am going to try to make sure the HISTORY part is emphasized as much as the art making. This new plan will include abolitionists, civil rights activists, a mathematician, and a scientist. Students will watch a video biography for each of the 6 figures from black history to learn more about their contributions and the challenges they faced in their lives.
Resources: Download from TpT
I packaged the resources for two of the murals above. You can download them with instructions, examples, and printable lego guide sheets. MLKJr and Harriet Tubman
iPad Animation iDeas that Teach Concepts Dynamically
See this blog post dedicated to this presentation including a thinglink (also below) with links to each project featured. Use this link to view all STEAM art lessons.
Owning the Learning with Fugleflicks
Find all the movies featured in this presentation on my Fugleflicks page.
Or download the Fugleflick Scan Book to share them with your students independently
Below is a PDF of each slide of my presentation.
Things I learned or want to learn...
Update: I made a plan for how I'm going to paint my Ukulele when it arrives.
I was really inspired by the project Megan Idell presented inspired by street artist, INSA who made Gif-iti art coupled with augmented reality. See some examples.
I demonstrated how to make a custom animated hologram. Here are my resources.
I had a chance to explore Susan Tiemstra's station with CreoPop 3D Pens. I took pictures of the creations people left behind. She said it is non-toxic heated ink cured with LEDs.
I practiced glitch art after talking it over with Justin Bickus at bit. He had a great suggestion. Take one file and open it in Text Edit and then open it again in Preview. This way when you change the code you can see the changes refresh in the photo.
Two Award Winners:
My former student teacher Matthew Etherington (who helped design this amazing lesson) won the IAEA Young Professional Award and my student Jessica was one of 40 artists honored for her artwork that was chosen for the year-long traveling IAEA Student Art Show. Find out more here.
Custom Animated Hologram
A year ago I learned about using a smartphone to view holograms. The idea definitely interested me but it needed to be tweaked to work for my art room.
First, I needed the idea to work on iPads since that is what students have access to. Secondly, I wanted my students to be makers, not just consumers, so I needed a way for them to make their own hologram videos in the style of these examples.
Today, I finally got around to working on solving these problems. I looked to an old favorite app Do Ink Animation and Drawing app and remembered how easily you can copy and paste layers, rotate animations, and work over a black background: all things needed for this effect.
I downloaded the template (on left) and traced it onto a piece of transparency, folded it and made a pyramid viewer. Then, I made a video tutorial showing how to make one flipbook style animated ghost became four in a rotationally symmetrical design so that you can view it as a hologram through the pyramid.
Next, I want to see if I can make this effect work with video using the Green Screen app by Do Ink. It will take some more steps because it only allows 3 layers at a time and one of those would have to be the black background. Hmmm...sounds like another post. (Update: look below...)
Other Haunted resources
Other Haunted Art Room Lesson:
If you're looking for a way to use the ghost theme (not hologram idea) I have a post that explains how students can make their semi-transparent ghost animation travel over a photo to look like it is haunting your class room. See this post for all the details.
Other themes for your class holograms:
Custom Video Hologram
with Do Ink Green Screen App
WHOA! I hoped it was possible, and now that I've experimented, I know it is....
Custom Video Holograms!
To make these I used the Green Screen app by Do Ink and went through a few steps.
First: I took green screen video of a student doing a movement that would loop nicely.
Second: I imported it into the top two layers of the green screen app. I made them small (the same size) by pinching and rotated one until it was a reflection. Since I will need the video four times, I exported this video of just two to "flatten" it.
Third: I imported the "flattened" two image video on the bottom level then rotated the other two levels to make the four videos into a radial design.
Fourth: After checking that the images were matched in size and well placed, I exported the video to the camera roll.
Unlike the Do Ink animation app, the Green Screen app doesn't loop videos when you hit play. So, there are a few more steps before you can view the hologram.
Fifth: Export the movie TWICE. The slideshow feature in photos on the iPad doesn't work with only one image or video. You have to have two copies of it.
Sixth: Make an album in photos and select the two copies of your hologram video.
Seventh: Click on the album and choose slideshow, click on the options to make it repeat. I couldn't figure out a way to keep the album name from NOT showing (until JLee wrote solution in the comments below-thanks!). Delete name, add a space. DONE! Put on the viewer and enjoy!
Connections: Kinetic Art & Automations
What is a whirligig?
It's an object that spins or whirls through some form of kinetic energy transfer. Weather vanes and pinwheels are whirligigs since they move in the wind. The history of whirligigs can be traced back over a thousand years. In the US colonial days, whirligigs evolved into more complicated designs and are considered an art form (folk art).
-This piece is in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection.
-See this collection of new and old whirligigs for sale on etsy.
-James Eaton is an artist who makes automations, sculptural objects and whirligigs. See his artworkhere.
-Automations (a kind of whirligig) are sculptural pieces that use kinetic energy from cranks, levers, and other clever mechanisms. View this collection youtube.
-View these cardboard automas from kids.
Make a Whirly-bird: plan
Build a Whirly-bird: lay out and attach
Paint: prime, balance color, add pattern
Assemble & test: add brads & try it out
Stop motion animation test using iMotion app. It was small enough to place under an iPad stand (as I hoped). They look like this. I have six in my art room. So I would have student work together to animate.
Whirly-bird ideas: dance & weathervane
One strategy for handling all the little pieces that students will be cutting out of cardboard and painting to make their whirligig is THE POUCH. This is a large folded sheet of paper with stapled edges that students can write their names on and tuck all their pieces into. When they paint, they can place all the pieces on their pouch on the drying rack. The pouch makes this project possible with 24 students.
See the finished STILL image gallery
Working on Stop Motion Animation
See my post for more info.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
is the K-5 art teacher at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL. with a masters in K-12 technology integration. Tricia has been recognized for her innovative teaching in 2010 with the PBS Teachers Innovation Award, won Illinois Art Teacher of the Year in 2011, awarded Teacher of Distinction in 2012 by the Golden Apple Foundation, received Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2013, selected to become a Jacobs Educator 2014-15, and was presented with the NAEA Art Technology Outstanding Community Service Award in 2016. Learn more here.
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