I've been thinking about layering an illustration of the character from a story over the text from the book. This digital collage demonstrates how the imagination and the author work together to help the a picture emerge from the pages.
I had the honor of working with the awesome art teachers of Cobb County, Georgia on their professional development day. I did a 70 minute workshop (3xs) for art teachers who wanted to learn how to integrate technology into their art programs using the iPad. Curated a few Transdigital art examples from my 266 STEAM art lessons indexed on my SMORE page (bookmark this page).
I should explain how I came to the place where I made Darcy and Elizabeth of Pride and Prejudice emerge from the pages of the book. I began by wanting to practice a portrait drawing in Keynote on my iPad. I thought of the 1995 mini series of Pride and Prejudice and searched for a still image of the characters I had loved so much. I drew Elizabeth and Darcy separately based on the photo below using the drawing features in keynote.
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.
After 1st graders finish making their monochromatic fish paintings I have a new idea for them. We will learn to draw shapes into forms, create an interior space, fill it with pattern, and balance it with color using THE GOLDFISH, by Henri Matisse as inspiration. The fishbowl, however, will be empty at first.
Below is a slideshow that leads students through the steps for drawing where they will turn a circle into a fishbowl, make an oval table, design a corner of the room, and use color and pattern in the style of Henri Matisse.
I'm working on a lesson that promotes a love for reading while while giving students a chance to illustrate the idiom "jumping off the pages". Oh, here is how it might go...
Digital Carpet Painting:
Before you can go on a magic carpet ride like Aladdin, you need your digital carpet painting in perspective so that you can view it from the side so you can climb aboard. I added my painting into the superimpose app over a plain color background. I found the tool mode for the foreground layer and chose perspective (the default). The configuration needed could be pulled and stretched by grabbing the handles on the image or you can chose a pre-created configuration at the bottom of the screen. I chose the one all the way on the right. Then, chose the checkmark to apply.
Fly on carpet (using still images)
This simple method will get your students up and flying without animating a background. They could pose as if they are riding their magic carpet paintings, use the superimpose app to layer their photo onto the carpet, and take it for a ride using the Do Ink Animation app over a background photo (like clouds). This would also create a fun still image for students' Artsonia gallery.
Moving Background Video:
One really fun way to extend this lesson into geographic/cultural studies is to have each student draw a landmark that they could fly over: Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, The Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Stonehenge Grand Canyon, Red Woods, Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal, Hohenzollern Castle, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, etc. See this list of 15o famous landmarks.
Film the Green Screen:
Paper Cut Version:
BACKGROUND: This version of the magic carpet ride lesson includes a paper cut landscape that shows foreground, middle ground, background in paper pieces. These will be animated traveling across the field of view through stop motion animation. It would be a great opportunity for students to show an understanding of foreground, middle ground, and background in the pieces they create and how they animate the scene.
GROUP ANIMATION: I'm thinking that the background animation would be a group project. Each group would work on designing, drawing, cutting, and animating their landmark landscape. Each student would make their own magic carpet video of themselves flying over their group landmark landscape. Therefore, the class compilation video will only have six backgrounds but 24 videos.
MAGIC CARPET MADE FROM PAPER: A digital magic carpet wouldn't look right with a paper cut background. So, they would need to make a paper carpet in perspective. This is a great opportunity to teach students about a vanishing point, converging lines, and how pattern would be small in the back and large in the front (relative size).
Since you are not going to use stop motion for the carpet, I just took a digital picture of the paper drawing and erased the background in the Superimpose app. It needs to be digital for the green screen effect where a student rides the carpet.
Student Results: view the paintings on Artsonia
Finished: Riding over Landmarks
This link takes you to a travel website featuring 150 famous landmarks. Every student can feature a different landmark in the background video/animation. This would make the class video even more exciting as they fly over scenes from around the world.
View this safeshare.TV link of the "Whole New World" scene from Aladdin.
Update: SchoolArts Magazine Article
I wrote up this lesson for the March 2019 Edition of School Arts Magazine. View it here.
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